Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) provides technical assistance and training for WeTHRIVE!℠ communities, schools, and child care providers. A population health specialist guides each community, school, or child care provider through developing a 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!

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

Mary Ellen provides overall leadership for the WeTHRIVE! initiative.

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Cristie Iwasko, MPH, CHES®
Senior Population Health Specialist

Cristie provides day-to-day support and leadership for the WeTHRIVE! initiative.

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Andrea Bourgeois, MS, RD, LD
Population Health Specialist

Andrea, a registered dietitian, works with WeTHRIVE! schools and child care providers in all WeTHRIVE! communities.

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Tim Frey
Population Health Specialist

Tim works with the WeTHRIVE! communities of Anderson Township, Evendale, Golf Manor, Lincoln Heights, Montgomery, and Wyoming.

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Alex Gonzales, MPH
Population Health Specialist

Alex works with the WeTHRIVE! communities of Arlington Heights, Deer Park, Elmwood Place, Lockland, Reading, St. Bernard, and Woodlawn.

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Nicole Key, MPH, CHES®
Population Health Specialist

Nicole works with the WeTHRIVE! communities of Addyston, Cheviot, Miami Township, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, North College Hill, and Whitewater Township.

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Catherine Lusky, MPH, CHES
Population Health Specialist

Catherine works with the WeTHRIVE! communities of Amberley Village, Delhi Township, Forest Park, and Green Township.

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Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, LD
Communications Contractor

Hollis shares WeTHRIVE! success stories through our website and social media channels.

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Karen Schwamberger
Community Outreach Contractor

Karen provides overall support for the WeTHRIVE! initiative, including outreach. She also helps coordinate the WeTHRIVE! Implementation Team, which brings together our partner organizations.