Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) provides technical assistance and training for WeTHRIVE!℠ communities and schools. A public health educator guides each community through developing its own WeTHRIVE! team, completing an assessment, creating an action plan, and implementing this plan. We connect your team with partners and other public health professionals based on your selected pathway.

Meet our WeTHRIVE team!

Mary Ellen Knaebel

Mary Ellen Knaebel, MPH, MCHES®
Director of Health Promotion and Education

Mary Ellen oversees the WeTHRIVE! initiative.

Crisite Carlson

Cristie (Carlson) Iwasko, MPH, CHES®, TTS
Senior Health Educator

Cristie provides overall leadership for the WeTHRIVE! initiative. She also works with the WeTHRIVE! communities of Forest Park, Golf Manor, and Lincoln Heights.

Andrea Liptak

Andrea Bourgeois, MS, RD, LD
Health Educator

Andrea, a registered dietitian, works with WeTHRIVE! schools across all Hamilton County communities.

Alex Gonzales, MPH
Health Educator

Alex works with the WeTHRIVE! communities of Amberley Village, Deer Park, Elmwood Place, Evendale, Reading, Montgomery, St. Bernard, Woodlawn, and Wyoming.

Nicole Key, CHES®
Health Educator

Nicole works with the WeTHRIVE! communities of Addison, Cheviot, Delhi Township, Green Township, Miami Township, Mount Healthy, North Bend, North College Hill, and Whitewater Township.

Jessie Richardson, MPH, CHES®
Health Educator

Jessie works with the WeTHRIVE! communities of Anderson Township, Arlington Heights, Colerain Township, and Lockland.

Hollis Bass

Hollis Bass, M.Ed., RD, LD
Communications Contractor

Karen Schwamberger

Karen Schwamberger
Community Outreach Contractor