Meet the Team

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 Masters in Public Health from Emory University and a Masters in 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 
   
 
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. 

 
Carol DeLay
Senior Office Assistant 

 
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 Dept of Human Services where she spent 10 years running the Social Security Payee program and performing the Grant accounting.  She moved to the Community Health Department in 2014 when the Mental Health Services were turned over to Comprehensive Healthcare.  Tracy continues to perform the Grant accounting process and “pays the bills” 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 in her spare time. 

 
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 
   
 

Kevin Tureman
Environmental Health Program Manager

 
Stacy Cutter
Environmental Health Specialist II

 
Andrew Maycumber
Environmental Health Specialist I

 
Charissa Spendlove
Environmental Health Specialist 


 
Healthy Communities Division 
  
 
Sierra Knutson
Homeless Prevention Coordinator 

Sierra 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. 

 
Morgan Linder
Assessment and Communication Coordinator 
Morgan joined the Department of Community Health in September 2017 after completing a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service through the Oregon Health Authority. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, Morgan grew up in Kansas and earned a Bachelor’s 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 community organizations and discussing efforts that can have a positive impact on the community. Outside of work, Morgan enjoys baking, reading, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and chatting with friends over brunch or coffee.


 
Nancy McClenny-Walters
Traffic Safety Coordinator 

 
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, have been active volunteers 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 Osterman
Marijuana and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Amy Osterman 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.


 
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 WW and earning a BSW at WWU, Jess decided to try out life in California and completed her master's degree in public health at UCLA. In search of even warmer climes, 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. At 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.

 
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 Breymeyer
Preventative Services Division Manager

 
Jodi Ferguson
Accreditation, Oral Health and Preparedness Coordinator 
Jodi grew up in an Eastern Oregon logging town.  She has a BS 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!

 
Becky Hermsen
WIC Program Supervisor
Becky had a blast growing up in Walla Walla.  She left to get her BS in Nutrition and came back 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 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 sweet heart 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 Associates 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 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 3 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. 

 
Katelind Morales
Public Health Immersion Intern
Katelind Morales, Katie to all her friends, grew 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 Bachelors 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.