Ambassador Program

In April 2019, 20 Community Health Workers from across the United States were selected through a highly competitive process to become the first cohort of NACHW Ambassadors.

NACHW Ambassadors participated in specific workshops designed for them at the 2019 Unity conference. Throughout their term, Ambassadors will convene meetings and develop strategies with the NACHW Ambassador and Outreach Committee to support new member recruitment and act as an Ambassador of NACHW at select events for at least one year.

This past June, NACHW CHW Ambassadors gathered to discuss the roles, responsibilities and vision for the Ambassador Program. Ambassadors contribute to program development and share updates on outreach efforts in their own regions. We will continue to work together with this essential team to build NACHW! Below you can find the name and contact information for the 2019 NACHW Ambassador near you!

  • LaTanya Black, Minnesota
  • LaTanya Black, Minnesota

    chwconnect@gmail.com

  • LaTanya is an experienced CHW and Executive Director of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance. She has more than two decades of healthcare experience, working as a CHW supervisor in children and senior oral healthcare, and offered help to seniors in hospice, dementia and Alzheimer’s care. LaTanya is the owner of a residential a home that provides daily support to adults living with mental health disabilities. She created the Ready Set Smiles CHW internship program, and finds it extremely rewarding working side-by-side her professional CHW leadership cohorts and offering mentorship opportunities to her alma mater CHW students. She offers a spin-off podcast show called “CHW Perspectives,” a wonderful platform where MN professional CHWs share their personal work experiences and expertise.
  • Daphne Brockington, Washington, D.C.
  • Daphne Brockington, Washington, D.C.

    DBrockington@totalhealthcare.org

  • Daphne is a Community Health Worker at Total Health Care in Baltimore, Maryland. She has worked as a CHW for Total Health Care for 5 years and before that worked as an Outreach Worker for the Baltimore City Health Department for 10 years. On October 24, 2019, she became a Certified Community Health Worker!
  • Dolontria Bryant-Williams, Texas
  • Dolontria Bryant-Williams, Texas

    Dolontria.Bryant@houstontx.gov

  • Dolontria Bryant- Williams is a Houston, Texas native. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration. Dolontria has spent her career with the Houston Health Department and currently works as a Community Liaison. She has been a CHW for 12 years. In addition to serving as an ambassador, Mrs. Bryant- Williams also serves as a Board Member on the Texas Association of Promotores and Community Health Workers as well as Texas Gulf Coast CHW Promotores Association. Dolontria Bryant- Williams feels that being a CHW extends further than her daily duties at her job, she believes it's deeply embedded in who she is as a person.
  • Lucia Colindres-Vasquez, New York
  • Lucia Colindres-Vasquez, New York

    Lucia.Colindres@rochesterregional.org

  • Passionate about community health, Lucia has been active in the CHW movement for 20 years. She first worked as a CHW for the Monroe County Department of Health in 1999 and became involved with Community Health Workers Association of Rochester (CHWAR). Lucia joined Rochester Regional Health (RRH) in 2015 as the Supervisor-Community Health-DSRIP, tasked with bringing the organization’s vision for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) CHW Patient Activation Program to life. Currently, she is the National Health Service Corps Program Manager at RRH. She is currently the chair of CHWAR, NACHW Ambassador for New York State, steering committee member of the Latino Leadership Development Program of United Way of Greater Rochester, and the Co-Chair of the Latino Health Coalition at Common Ground Health.
  • Delores Collins, Ohio
  • Delores Collins, Ohio

    avoc.chw@gmail.com

  • Delores Collins aka Ms. Dee is the founder and Executive Director of A Vision of Change, Inc. (AVOC). AVOC provides prevention/Intervention services. In 2019 she formed The Greater Cleveland CHW Association which is aimed to be launch in the spring of 2020.  Ms. Dee works alongside Dr. Joan Thoman, Ph.D. as the Instructor’s Assistant during Cleveland State University’s Community Health Worker program. In this capacity, Ms. Dee coordinates all community-based outreach and learning sessions for CSU’s CHW cohorts. She also assisted in securing funding for scholarships for 5 yrs. CSU CHW Program. 
  • Paul Conrad, Indiana
  • Paul Conrad, Indiana

    pconrad@aspin.org

  • Drawing on his background training in secondary education, Paul oversees ASPIN’s Workforce Development programs. These currently include the ASPIN Chronic Care Education & Paraprofessional Training Program, ASPIN’s Opioid Workforce Expansion Program, and the ASPIN Certified Community Health Worker training program. He helped to develop the curriculum for the Indiana Certified CHW training. Additionally, Paul conducts all of ASPIN’s trainings in the ASPIN Leadership Academy. These trainings range in topics such as “Communication in the Workplace with Today’s New Technology” to “Delegation and Team Building: Surviving in Today’s Economic Times”. Paul has also spoken nationally of the topic of” Managing the Generations in the Workplace” for over 12 years.
  • Crystal Deshazor, Virginia
  • Crystal Deshazor, Virginia

    cdeshazor@gatewayhealth.com

  • Crystal is a Certified Community Health Worker (CHW) Team Lead for the CHW Initiative of the Dan River Region in southern Virginia. Crystal currently works at Gateway Health a medical management office. Crystal is the Team Lead for 3 other CHW’s. Crystal role is to assign clients to each CHW including herself. Crystal usually works with clients that are high risk and more complex. Crystal and her team cover Pittsylvania County VA, Caswell County NC, and anyone that lives more than a mile radius outside of Public Housing. Crystal assists her clients with, doctor appointments, blood pressure and glucose checks, food, housing, disability and medicade etc. Crystal does weekly or bi weekly home visits with each client depending on the preference of the client. Crystal works with each client over a course of 90 days depending on the needs or severity of client.
  • Lillie Fox, South Carolina
  • Lillie Fox, South Carolina

    lfox@pdhs.org

  • If it's meant to be , it's up to me". These lines governs the life of Lillie Fox serving the community for over 40 years. Ms. Fox has been involve in all aspect of community service from mentoring,  molding, teachering,  Enlighting and reaching out to all those in need. Lillie Fox has been in all aspect of servant leadership from school, churches prison and every arena. Noticeably her special dedication has been to the Healthy start initiative by caring for babies mothers father and families for the last three decades. She was awarded the Algenon Sidney Sullivan award for outstaanding community service on May 8, 2008. She is a member of civic and religious organizations. 
  • Kim Jay, Illinois
  • Kim Jay, Illinois

    kim.artis@sinai.org

  • Kim is a CHW and Senior CROWD Trainer. She started with Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) in 2012 and currently works primarily on SUHI's Center for CHW Research, Outcomes, and Workforce Development (CROWD), to train and onboard CHWs within various organizations and provides support for CHW Supervisors and Managers to insure the most effective integration into their programs. In addition, Kim continues her work as a CHW within SUHI, where she meets clients in the home or in clinic to address any literacy, navigation or social barriers that may be preventing them from being healthy within our medically complex model. This work further supports the integration of CHWs into the healthcare team. In 2014, Kim was the recipient of the Real Award, which is a national award given through the Save the Children foundation that honors outstanding work in the medical field.
  • Jackie Leung, Oregon
  • Jackie Leung, Oregon

    jleung@micoregon.org

  • Jackie Leung has served on the Micronesian Islander Community board since 2012. Jackie holds a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Iowa. She is a Community Health Worker and Community Organizer, focused on meeting the health needs of the Micronesian and COFA community. Jackie is a member of multiple organizations including the Oregon Commission for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, and is involved with local city and county commissions. Jackie will be starting her first term as City Councilor in the City of Salem, Ward 4, in 2019. Her legal and public health background provide her with valuable insight into health policy, advocacy, and legislation.  Jackie is a proud mother of several young children, enjoys reading, and conducting research. 
  • Nicole Moore, Hawai'i
  • Nicole Moore, Hawai'i

    waimaka2675@gmail.com

  • Nicole is starting a new chapter in her life as the Executive Assistant at Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi, Hawai'i Island Native Hawaiian Health Care System. One of her duties is to work with the Community Health Workers, and she says “I absolutely LOVE working with our CHWs as we work on programs like hypertension, diabetes self-management, Healthy Hāpai, Hoʻoponopono, Grow Your Own Laʻau – Community Gardens, Lāʻau Lapaʻau, Lomilomi, and Makahiki Games.  To be surrounded by CHWs who are so passionate about who they are and who they serve, it inspires me on the daily.” Aloha kekahi i kekahi (Have love for one another). 
  • Adrianne Serrano Proeller, Georgia
  • Adrianne Serrano Proeller, Georgia

    aproeller@msm.edu

  • Adrianne Serrano Proeller is a Community Health Worker with Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (PRC) and Community Engagement Coordinator for The Center for Translational Research in Health Disparities at MSM. Her role as a CHW at Morehouse School of Medicine has included community outreach on a number of projects, including the REACH Healthy Corner Stores and Safe Routes to School initiatives, as well as the PRC’s Community Health Needs and Assets Assessment. Adrianne is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans and her background includes 6 years as a senior writer in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and 8 years as Senior Manager of Corporate Communications for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. She is actively involved in many community-based organizations in SW Atlanta, where she has lived for 9 years.
  • Milagrosa Seguinot, Connecticut
  • Milagrosa Seguinot, Connecticut

    mseguinot57@gmail.com

  • Millie is the president and a founding member of the Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut. In May of 2019, Millie joined Gateway Community College as an Instructor for the Community Health Worker Core Competency Course. In the recent past, she has served as a Navigator Key Staff for Access Health CT, providing outreach and support to help enroll residents in insurance plans as required by the Affordable Care Act. In this role she was responsible for coordinating and supporting 48 In-person Assisters for Access Health CT – Navigator and In-Person Assister program. She has extensive experience working with multicultural and diverse populations in the Greater Bridgeport community in the areas of mutual housing, education, parenting and parent leadership, and as a Notary Public, a Justice of the Peace and a Chaplain.
  • Treva Smith, Missouri
  • Treva Smith, Missouri

    Tysmith@swopehealth.org

  • Treva Smith is a Community Education Specialist in the dental department at Swope Health a FQHC in the Kansas City Metro area. She received her B.S. degree from Northwest Missouri State University. Treva has dedicated nearly 20 years to the study, education and avocation of Family and Community health. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Kansas City Regional Community Health Workers Collaborative; she is an active member of the Missouri CHW association and an Ambassador for the National CHW Association. She sits on Kansas Breastfeeding Coalitions board of directors and a SAMHSA workforce development team. She has worked for WIC, Healthy Start and Swope Behavior Health. She resides in Kansas City with her husband and four of their five children. Treva is also the proud grandmother of three beautiful and healthy babies.
  • Claireta Thomas, Michigan
  • Claireta Thomas, Michigan

    clairetafha@yahoo.com

  • Claireta has been a Community Health Worker since 2002. She has worked in the following areas - diabetes Type 1 and Type 2, Behavioral Health, Infant and Maternal Health, weight loss and lead. She has also served as the Co-Leader of the Community Health Worker workgroup for the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance for 5 years and has served on various committees concerning CHWs over the past 17 years.
  • Lakeeta Watts, Wisconsin
  • Lakeeta Watts, Wisconsin

    lakeeta@unitemke.org

  • Lakeeta Watts is the Community Health Worker Network Coordinator of UniteMKE and United Voices Collaborative, Co-Chair of the CHW section of WPHA and the Wisconsin Community Health Worker(CHW) Ambassador of the National Association of Community Health Workers and a member of the Children’s Coalition of Mental Health of Mental Health of America. Her role focuses on providing care coordination services to clients that have chronic health conditions, finding continuing ED, training and self-care activities for CHWs and facilitating chronic conditions workshops. Lakeeta also works to recruit and support CHWs in their work as well as help to motivate and re-energize CHWs around several issues; CHW certification, CHW reimbursement, and CHW professional development in Wisconsin as well as collaborating with other organizations.