The Associations’s team consists of two groups that work in tandem, the staff and the board. They work together to meet the needs of the CHWs and help lift up the association to make reaching its goals easier
Background: A Richmond, Virginia native and certified community health worker, Stephanie is leading her team at the Richmond City Health District while also serving on many other community boards.
Fun Fact: ” I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren.”
Background: A seasoned health and fitness professional with extensive experience in community health programs, serving as the Executive Director at the John Rolfe YMCA. William advocates for health equity and stays active himself.
Fun Fact: “I am an Ultra Endurance Runner.”
Background: Katelyn Schifano, MS, CHES, is a Richmond City resident with over 13 years of health education experience. Her expertise is in community engagement in research. She works at Massey Cancer Center to help connect the community and researchers to work together to achieve shared goals.
Fun Fact: “I love to try new foods!”
Background: A master’s degree holder from Madrid. Lydia is a dedicated advocate who works with immigrants, providing information and resources to help them adapt. Her focus is on education, outreach, and partnerships.
Fun Fact: “My last name is English but I also speak Spanish.”
Background: An Afro-Latina community leader, Shanteny’s lived experiences coupled with her academic background have been pivotal in her professional development.
Fun fact: “I was a ‘professional’ soccer player and soccer ‘coach’ mom for my three boys.”
The Virginia Community Health Worker Association (VACHWA) is led by industry professionals; who are committed to serving, developing and building their community through access to education and equity in public health.