Meet the Team

Megan
  Meghan Debolt
Director
Meghan has been the Director of Community Health for Walla Walla County since July 2016. In this role, Meghan is focused on overarching strategy for community health, thus she has her, and her teams’ hands, in a lot of areas around the County. Before coming to Washington State, Meghan worked in Oregon as a Public Health Administrator where she pioneered work in healthcare transformation in rural Eastern Oregon. Prior to her work in Oregon, Meghan worked as a policy research analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Meghan holds a Master of Public Health from Emory University and a Master of Business Administration from Oregon Health Science University. In her free time, Meghan enjoys spending time with her family, doing just about anything outdoors, and traveling
 
 Administrative Services Division 
   
person outline   Nancy Wenzel
Administrative Support Supervisor
Nancy grew up in a remote logging camp in SE Alaska without electricity, running water or any close neighbors and was homeschooled with her siblings.  Her family later relocated to Juneau, Alaska.  She worked in the Office of Management and Budget for the Governor’s Office and later relocated to the Seattle area for school.  She worked for 12 years for the Snohomish Health District before her husband’s transfer to Walla Walla.  Being with the Department of Community Health since 2004, Nancy has worked in several areas including our Environmental Health Office, Public Health Lab, Finance and is now the Administrative Support Supervisor for our department.  Nancy has four grown children and five grandchildren. In her spare time she manages a large community garden, enjoys sewing, travel, unusual foods and is completely fascinated by the chemistry of soapmaking. 

person outline   Carol DeLay
Senior Office Assistant
Carol DeLay was born and raised in Walla Walla.  She attended Prospect Point Elementary School, Garrison Junior High School and graduated from Walla Walla High School.  Carol took some college classes during her senior year of high school to become a nurse but decided nursing was not for her.  Carol has been with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health since 1988 as the front office receptionist, and also as the Chief Deputy of Vital Records for most of her 32 years here.

Tracy   Tracy Jones
Accounting Tech  II
Tracy Jones grew up in the Walla Walla Valley and graduated from Walla Walla High School. She immediately began a career in Bookkeeping and Accounting. She decided to experience the “real world” and moved to Southern California for 10 years, working as the Office Manager and Accountant for an aerospace company.  However, as the saying goes “There is no place like home”.  She returned to Walla Walla and went to work for Cellular One in the billing department until they sold out to Verizon. A stint with Walla Walla Community College updated anything that might have changed in the accounting field over the years. A job with an accounting firm led to a position with Walla Walla County Department of Human Services where she spent 10 years running the Social Security Payee program and performing grant accounting.  She moved to the Community Health Department in 2014 when Mental Health Services were turned over to Comprehensive Healthcare. Tracy continues to perform accounting processes for the Community Health Department along with covering the front desk  when needed. Tracy is an avid reader, plays pool, goes on camp outs with the Eagles camping club  and spends time with her granddaughters.

Morgan   Morgan Linder
Assessment and Communication Coordinator 
Morgan (she/her) joined the Department of Community Health team in September 2017 after completing a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service through the Oregon Health Authority. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, Morgan grew up in Kansas and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During school, she found a passion for community service that continues to drive her involvement in Community Health efforts. As Assessment and Communication coordinator, she enjoys interacting with diverse organizations, discussing efforts that can have a positive impact on the community and making it easier for people to access all of the great things we do at Community Health. Outside of work, Morgan enjoys baking, reading, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and chatting with friends over brunch or coffee.
person outline   Imelda Osario
Accounting Tech II
Imelda Osorio has been with Walla Walla County since 2013. She started out at the County’s Extension Office and then transferred to the Department of Community Health. Imelda has worked as an Office Assistant, WIC Certifier, and currently as an Accounting Technician. She says the best part about having worked in these different positions is that it has allowed her to connect and interact with a variety of people from our community! Imelda used to spend her free time volunteering at community events and programs, but with a growing family, most of her free time is spent hanging out with her kids and partner.


 Environmental Health Division 
   
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Kevin Tureman
Environmental Health Program Manager

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  Stacy Cutter
Environmental Health Specialist II


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  Andrew Maycumber
Environmental Health Specialist I


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  Charissa Spendlove
Environmental Health Specialist 



 Healthy Communities Division 
  
person outline   Samantha Jackle
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Samantha Jackle (she/her) graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in psychology and sociology, as well as a specialization in nonprofit administration. Samantha is also an AmeriCorps alumni and has completed two different terms of service working with vulnerable populations. Prior to starting with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, Samantha worked in Institutional Effectiveness at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. She is also currently working with the local Triple Point group in Walla Walla that serves LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18. She is passionate about issues pertaining to social justice and equality and is a proponent of trauma-informed care. Samantha is originally from the Camas/Vancouver area, but has lived in the Central/Eastern Washington area for the past 11 years. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, and exploring nature with her children.

Sierra   Sierra Knutson
Homeless Prevention Coordinator 

Sierra (she/her) coordinates the homeless crisis system response and housing continuum in Walla Walla County. She enjoys working with the housing providers in Walla Walla and making the homeless crisis response system more efficient to better serve individuals facing homelessness. Born and raised in Walla Walla, Sierra has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and worked in Community Mental Health for 5 years prior to joining the Department of Community Health team in 2016. Outside of work, Sierra enjoys spending time at home gardening, playing with the fur babies, reading, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with Patrick. 

Nancy MW   Nancy McClenny-Walters
Traffic Safety Coordinator 
Nancy McClenny-Walters serves as the Target Zero Manager for the Washington Traffic Safety Commission covering four counties in southeastern Washington.  As an employee of the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, she has coordinated the area Traffic Safety Task Force for over 20 years.  Through her position with the county, she has developed several programs for the Walla Walla Valley including the Walla Walla County Victim Impact Panel, Tipsy Taxi, Every 15 Minutes, Buckle Up Helper Program and Bikes on the Road.  She is a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and Instructor and leads the Child Passenger Safety Team for Walla Walla County.  She was one of original co-sponsors for the statewide DUI Memorial sign program and has developed the same program for her region.
Nancy’s passion for her work comes from her personal experience of being involved in a fatality collision where her husband and youngest daughter were killed when they were hit by a drunken driver.  Since that time, she has shared her story with thousands in the hope of preventing this type of tragedy from happening to another family.

Peggy   Peggy Needham
Behavioral Health Prevention Coordinator 
Peggy is a Certified Prevention Specialist that currently coordinates the W2 for Drug Free Youth Coalition. Peggy serves as a board member for the Washington Association of Prevention Coalitions and is a member of the Health Care Authority/Division of Behavior Health and Recovery Strategic Prevention Enhancement Consortium. Peggy supports Walla Walla County Department of Community Health suicide prevention efforts by participating in the Reach Out Walla Walla Suicide Prevention Workgroup and is a member of the University of Washington (Forefront) Safer Homes/Suicide Aware Coalition. Peggy was born and raised in Walla Walla and, along with her husband Mike, has been an active volunteer for both youth baseball and basketball while raising their three sons.  Peggy enjoys gardening, watching old classical movies and spending time with her family and friends.


Amy   Amy Osterman
Marijuana and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Amy Osterman (she/her) brings to the department experience with working in and managing various programs from her time with Blue Mountain Action Council and Children’s Home Society of Washington. She has worked in affordable housing, SNAP education, transitional housing, managed Early Head Start and Parents as Teachers programs, and has previously served as the chairperson of the County Intercoordinating Council (CICC) which worked to coordinate services for young children with special needs and their families. She is excited to take on her current role in youth substance use prevention.


Cindy   Cynthia Wolski
Developmental Disabilities Coordinator 

Cindy joined the Department of Community Health in May 2015 as the Developmental Disabilities Program Coordinator. In addition to being a parent of an adult son with Autism, she has worked in the disability field for over 20 years. She has served as a Recreation Coordinator for children and teens with disabilities, a high school Para-Educator and Job Coach. She is a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESPTM) and advocating for community integrated employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities is her passion. Her favorite part of the job is to witness increased confidence, job skill growth and enhance quality of life for individuals who find a job that is in line with their skills, gifts, talents and dreams.

 Preventative Services Division 
 
Kara   Kara Breymeyer
Preventative Services Division Manager
Kara (she/her) is a native Washingtonian with roots in Eastern Washington agriculture and Western Washington food snobbery.  Unknowingly, she grew up as a suburban locavore drinking milk from the local dairy down the street, getting eggs from friends who lived in the "country", eating fruit from her aunt and uncles' orchards, and enjoying fresh veggies from her family backyard garden.  Her interests in cooking and eating fresh food led her to a career in Nutrition and Public Health.  She received here Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Bastyr University where in addition to the introduction of evidence-based science behind nutrition, she learned how the art of whole food cookery plays a key role in health promotion and disease prevention.  During her 14 years working in the Human Nutrition Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where she worked on a team that implemented cancer prevention dietary intervention studies on healthy humans, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington and became a Registered Dietitian.  She is super excited to be in Walla Walla, especially as part of the DCH team as she feels public health plays a huge (often under the radar) role in the overall health of local communities. Her approach to engaging people to develop healthy, happy lifestyle habits through public health is a blend of scientific evidence with intuition and common sense. When not at work, she is usually cooking, eating, walking and talking with Erik or her friends and family, or cleaning the dishes!!

person outline   Jodi Ferguson
Accreditation, Oral Health and Preparedness Coordinator 
Jodi grew up in an Eastern Oregon logging town.  She has a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Oregon University and is a Certified Dental Assistant. She has spent her career in Public Service; beginning in 1986 as a Wildland Fire & Aviation Dispatch Coordinator for the USFS for many years.  She was hired in 2007 to start the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program in Walla Walla County, which has since expanded to Columbia, Garfield and Whitman Counties.  As Oral Health Coordinator, her wish for better dental health in our communities includes the addition of city water fluoridation to aid in the prevention of cavities. She also has the role of Local Emergency Response Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness at Community Health planning and training to build a resilient community. She lives by this motto and hopes you will do the same:  Be Prepared!

person outline   Becky Hermsen
WIC Program Supervisor
Becky had a blast growing up in Walla Walla.  She left to get her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, returning to Walla Walla to get married, raise a son, and have fun professionally.  She gets to play with darling babies and chat with their parents and caregivers all day in the WIC and Early Head Start Programs.  Her greatest joys are letting people know there is hope in spite of the crud in the world, hanging out with family and friends (especially on beaches or in mountains), keeping up on biological sciences research, and laughing (since laughter actually DOES cure most that ails us – true story, very scientific – look it up)! 

Amanda   Amanda Hinrichs
Maternal Child Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs Nurse
Amanda was born and raised in Walla Walla and has never left. She married her high school sweetheart and they continue to grow together each day while raising their two beautiful children. Having a desire to help others, Amanda went to Nursing school at Walla Walla Community College and graduated in 2013 with her associate's degree in Nursing. Her nursing career has been in geriatrics and pediatrics, both of which she has a great passion for. Amanda joined the Walla Walla Community Health team in 2017 as the Maternal Child Health Nurse and has loved working with children and families in our community. She believes all children and families are worth investing in, and we all need hope and encouragement along this journey no matter where we came from or where we are at. No one should ever feel like they are alone. She feels very blessed to be in this position and is excited to see what the future holds.
 
Brenda   Brenda Martinez
WIC Certifier
 
Brenda grew up in California and moved to Washington State in 1993. Since moving to Washington State Brenda has married and has three beautiful daughters.  She has worked for the Department of Community Health since the year 2000.  Brenda has worked several different positions at the department such as Receptionist, Billing, First steps intake services, and WIC.  She has worked for the WIC office for 8 years and enjoys working with families especially young children. Her biggest accomplishment has been becoming a Certified Spanish interpreter.  Brenda loves to laugh and make others laugh (life is boring without laughter).  In her time away from work Brenda volunteers at a local church, knits, loves taking long drives, and enjoys a cup of hot chocolate with her family. 

Sarah   Sarah Murray
Community Health Nurse
Sarah grew up in Walla Walla swimming and playing music until high school was over. She then spent various amounts of time living, studying, and working in South Carolina, Florida, California, Mexico, Czech Republic, and Scotland. Now, back in the Valley raising her family, she is feeding her passion for healthcare which lit 10 years ago while working her first job as a caregiver for traumatically brain injured young man. Sarah earned her RN from our very own WWCC, BSN from University of Providence, and is board certified in ambulatory care.  She feels blessed to be at work for the community as your public health nurse.

Jess   Jessalyn Waring Bruce
Health Educator 
A Pennsylvania native, Jessalyn moved cross country to study social work at Walla Walla University and experience the joys of life in the Pacific Northwest. After spending several great years in Walla Walla and earning a Bachleor of Social Work at Walla Walla University, Jess decided to try out life in California and completed her master's degree in public health at UCLA. In search of even warmer climate, Jess moved down to Honduras in Central America for a year and a half to work as the director of a local medical clinic. And then, good ol’ Walla Walla just pulled her back. With the Department of Community Health since 2015, Jess loves the variety of her job, including working with both kids and adults to try out new foods and healthy eating tips in SNAP- Education activities (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In her free time, you’ll find Jess walking her one-eyed poodle or spending time with her favorite Walla Walla local - hubby Nathan.

person outline   Katelind Morales
Public Health Immersion Intern
Katelind Morales, Katie to all her friends, has grown up in Walla Walla since she was four years old. Like most small-town kids, she wanted to explore the vast world that took her to Spokane for four years and then off to Spain for a year. Her travels showed her that residing in a community that is steeped in culture and compassion was very important to her, so she returned to the Walla Walla Valley to settle down and get married. She began working at WWCDCH while she finished her bachelor's degree at Walla Walla University in Psychology. Katie has found that her time at Walla Walla University has enriched her skills regarding understanding the needs of people in the community. She has received ample hands-on training in Spokane and a plethora of online education programs equipping her with top skills to conquer her job tasks. She loves working with the community to make it a safer place for both young and old.