VP Partnerships, Policy, and Equity
Kachina Inman has worked with the Healthy Living Collaborative project since its inception in 2012, and currently serves as the HLC’s Executive Director. Kachina received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in Community Health Education and has over a decade of experience in Public Health. She has worked in a variety of different settings, including both direct client engagement and regional policy and systems work. Kachina began her career working in direct service in the area of HIV Prevention, gaining valuable experience working directly with vulnerable populations before moving into a regional position managing a grant to combat HIV across eleven Southwest Washington counties. Kachina coordinated a Community Transformation Grant through the Affordable Care Act aimed at chronic disease prevention through policy, systems, and environmental approaches. Recently, as Executive Director of the HLC, she has worked to develop community partnerships with over 50 organizational partners in Southwest Washington, facilitated the development of a common agenda across partner organizations, and raised the resources needed to implement the HLC’s community transformation plans.
Diana Avalos-Leos began her career in education in 1991 at Ocean Beach School District as a bilingual staff assistant, working her way up to Program Manager for Bilingual and Migrant Education Programs while earning a Bachelors of Liberal Arts. Over the years, Ms. Avalos-Leos has served on several boards including Washington State Hispanic Youth Plan, and currently is VP of Youth for SW Washington League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council, and Vancouver Police Department Chief Diversity Board Member. She is also the founder of Clark County Latino Youth Conference. Diana has received several awards for her work in the community including the Washington State Migrant Education Program Award in 1995, for her passion and commitment to the education of migrant children and outstanding efforts in advocating for migrant families, and the YWCA Val Joshua Racial Justice Award for her commitment to advocate for the elimination of racism and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all people.
Teresa Lavagnino, MSW/MPH, is the Community Health Worker (CHW) Coordinator for the Healthy Living Collaborative, supporting CHWs across 3 counties in Southwest Washington. A staff member of the HLC since May of 2016, Teresa is dedicated to supporting community-driven strategies to improve health equity and is proud and inspired to be a part of the HLC CHW’s work to improve policies and systems and the health of individuals, families, communities. Teresa has over 12 years of experience working with Community Health Workers, most recently with immigrant and refugee communities in Portland, OR where she coordinated culturally specific Community Health Worker and healthcare navigation programming. Teresa developed her passion for working with CHWs as a health promotion volunteer with the US Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
South Kelso Community Health Advocate Coach
Ophelia Noble, began working as a South Kelso CHW in November of 2015 after moving from Vancouver, WA to Kelso, WA in 2014. Ophelia has worked diligently to broaden the local public health conversations to include equity and social justice. She served on the Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) Steering Committee, for 9 months, bringing an “equity lens” to the teams' conversation. In 2016, she became the HLC's South Kelso CHW Coach and began working on broadening the team's reach to support the work and needs of South Kelso's communities of color, youth, homeless, and other marginalized groups in an effort to raise unheard voices and improve health equity.
Rose Village Coach
Evan graduated from Washington State University with a Degree in Human Development and a minor in Human Resources Case Management and began her journey in Southwest Washington in 2013. While in college she spent two years as a Guardian Ad Litem for Clark County, an appointed investigator who works towards solutions “in the best interest of the child.” From 2014-2016 Evan advocated for reproductive rights with Planned Parenthood of Southwest Washington. She started with the Housing and Essential Needs program at Share before landing with the HLC and becoming a coach for Rose Village CHWs.
Brette joined the Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health and Healthy Living Collaborative teams in September of 2017. She brings with her significant experience in operations and team coordination, with a desire to help teams become more efficient. She arrived in the Pacific Northwest in 2006, after growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and attending college in Chicago (at the University of Chicago). Brette has been active in the local Non-profit community, serving on the Board for the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards since 2010, and volunteering with various animal rescue groups including Macaw Landing Foundation, Underdog Railroad Rescue, Odd Man Inn Farm Sanctuary, and West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.