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.
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.
Healthy Living Collaborative is led by two committees: the HLC Committee and Policy Committee.
- Tamara Shoup – Vancouver Public Schools
- Annie Herbert – Kaiser Permanente
- Brandi Williams – Healthy Living Collaborative
- Caleb Luther – Emergency Support Shelter
- Dave Fine – Longview/Active Transportation
- Dominique Horn – Healthy Living Collaborative
- Gloria Arroyo-Grubbs – League of United Latin American Citizens
- Kari Schlosshauer – Safe Routes to School Partnership
- Kate Budd – Council for the Homeless
- Liz Cattin – PeaceHealth
- Matti Neal – Healthy Living Collaborative
- Michelle Rodriguez – Bighaus – Community Health Advocate, Kelso
HLC Committee – The HLC Committee advises on HLC’s overall direction and supports alignment with HLC vision, mission and long-term goals.
- Barbe West (Chair) – Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
- Roxanne Wolfe (Co-Chair) – Clark County Public Health
- Amber Rosewood – Community Member
- Cara Kangas – 211 Info
- Carmen McKibben – League of United Latin American Citizens
- Clara Johnson – Urban League of Portland/SW WA
- Ilona Kerby – Lower Columbia Community Action Program
- Jan Wichert – Vancouver Housing Authority
- Mitzy Leeper – Feirie
- Shona Carter – Community Foundation for SW Washington
Community Health Workers and Peers
In 2014, HLC launched a neighborhood-based project to remove barriers to health and well-being. At the heart of this project are teams of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Community Health Advocates (CHAs).
HLC recruited natural community helpers and trained them become CHAs/CHWs. Today, these teams bring their lived experiences, relationships and cultural background to HLC decision-making, policy and governance.
Learn more about the CHA/CHW teams at the links below.