Author - Live Well Lamoille

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Nancy Wagner, Copley Hospital
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Michele Whitmore, Johnson State College
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Mary Collins, Lamoille Home Health & Hospice and The Manor
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Lynda Marshall, Lamoille County Mental Health Services
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Lisa Mugford, The North Central Vermont Recovery Center
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Jessica Bickford, Healthy Lamoille Valley
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David Vinick, Copley Hospital
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Caleb Magoon, Power Play Sports and Waterbury Sports
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Leah Hollenberger, Copley Hospital
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Valerie Valcour, Department of Health in Morrisville

Nancy Wagner, Copley Hospital

Nancy WagnerNancy Wagner is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator at Copley Hospital. She provides health and wellness to Copley employees through screenings, education and fun activities; educates patients regarding their nutrition and diabetes needs; and works with community members providing education to schools and businesses. Nancy enjoys helping others learn new things about nutrition, their health habits, and their chronic diseases.

Through this blog, she hopes to help readers understand some of the science behind nutrition and how it relates to well being, happiness, and long term health.

Michele Whitmore, Johnson State College

Michele WhitmoreMichele Whitmore is the Associate Dean of Students at Johnson State College. She works closely with Student Service Departments within the College to provide purposeful events to students that will strengthen their professional leadership, personal growth, life skills development and social engagement. Thus far this year, the College has provided educational programs that cover LGBTQ issues, alcohol and drug use, sexual assault prevention, socio-economic struggles, and healthy choices related to eating well and being fit, to name a few.

Michele writes about the outreach and program opportunities that enhance the wellness of a campus community.

Mary Collins, Lamoille Home Health & Hospice and The Manor

Mary CollinsMary L. Collins is the Marketing Director at Lamoille Home Health & Hospice and The Manor.

A 2014 Home Care Elite Top Agency, LHH&H is one of eleven VNAs of Vermont home health and hospice agencies serving Vermont.

Recognized as a 2013 Silver Award Recipient from the American Health Care Association, a 2011 Bronze Award Recipient from the AHCA, and as a Quality Nursing Home by the State of Vermont, The Manor provides residential and long-term care, short-term rehabilitation care, hospice, and respite care in Morrisville, VT.

In addition to her work in health care marketing, Mary serves on the Board of the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce, is founder of Lakota Tiny House Nation – an advocacy program for the Youth of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota – and operates Shine Communications. A 6th generation Vermonter, she is the mother of 1 son and lives with her partner, Dr. Donald Tobey, in Elmore, VT.

Lynda Marshall, Lamoille County Mental Health Services

Lynda MarshallLynda is the Human Resources Director & Compliance Officer at Lamoille County Mental Health Services in Morrisville. She manages human resources, acts as risk management, oversees employee wellness, and edits a community newsletter. On a more personal note, she is a recovering attorney (but please don’t hold that against her) and transplanted Southerner (don’t hold that against her, either).

LCMHS is celebrating 50 years as the designated mental health and development disabilities services agency for Lamoille County. LCMHS serves children, adolescents, families, and adults, including individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Its programs help individuals gain independence and enhance the quality of their lives.

Lisa Mugford, The North Central Vermont Recovery Center

Lisa MugfordLisa Mugford volunteers and works part time at The North Central Vermont Recovery Center in Morrisville. The Center provides a supportive, welcoming, safe, and substance-free environment for individuals and families on their paths to lasting recovery from drugs and alcohol. Lisa writes for the Recovery Center, which means her blog posts are inspirational, real, and sometimes heart breaking.

Lisa has been in recovery from alcohol addiction for eight years. Recovery is the most important thing in her life, because it has changed her life! She lives in Waterbury, VT and owns a business in Stowe.

Jessica Bickford, Healthy Lamoille Valley

Jessica BickfordJessica Bickford has worked as Coordinator of Healthy Lamoille Valley for a little over two years, where she has enjoyed writing for their blog. Writing for Copley’s Community blog is a natural extension of this experience! Healthy Lamoille Valley focuses on making healthy choices easy choices, realizing that when we have access to healthy options we are less likely to choose behaviors that are harmful. Prevention is really a lifestyle of wise choices that enable us to live life to the fullest.

Jessica lives in Johnson with her husband, two children, a cat, and a dog.

David Vinick, Copley Hospital

David VinickDavid Vinick is the Director of Nutritional Services at Copley Hospital. The department serves 110,000 meals a year to patients, staff, and visitors.

David began his career as a Food Service Manager at Copley Hospital 30 years ago. He was an owner, manager, and chef of Hilary’s Restaurant and Green Mountain Catering in Morrisville for 24 years. David spent six years as a Sous Chef at Copley Woodlands, an independent retirement community in Stowe, before returning to Copley Hospital.

David writes about his love of food and how to incorporate nutritious, local foods into your diet. He’ll share healthy recipes, as well as cooking tips and trends.

Caleb Magoon, Power Play Sports and Waterbury Sports

Caleb MagoonCaleb Magoon is a Hyde Park native who grew up hiking, hunting, biking and exploring Vermont’s Green Mountains. His passions for sports and recreation have fueled his career as the owner of Power Play Sports and Waterbury Sports. Caleb encourages outdoor activity and believes it is an essential element to a healthy lifestyle and the Vermont way of life.

Caleb is honored to serve the Lamoille Valley by volunteering on numerous community boards such as the Lamoille County Planning Commission, The Morrisville Alliance for Commerce and Culture, Mellow Velo, and the state chapter of The Main Street Alliance. He lives, plays and works in Hyde Park with his wife Kerrie.

Leah Hollenberger, Copley Hospital

Leah HollenbergerLeah Hollenberger is the Vice President of Marketing, Development, and Community Relations for Copley Hospital. A former award-winning TV and Radio producer, she is the mother of two and lives in Morrisville. Her free time is spent volunteering, cooking, playing outdoors, and producing textile arts.

Leah writes about community events, preventive care, and assorted ideas to help one make healthy choices.

Valerie Valcour, Department of Health in Morrisville

Valerie Valcour

Valerie Valcour is a Public Health Nurse and specializes in chronic disease prevention and emergency preparedness at the community level for the Department of Health in Morrisville. Valerie has lived in Lamoille County most of her life. She graduated from People’s Academy in 1983 and worked as a nurse at Copley Hospital for several years. Recently Valerie has volunteered as a board member of both Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley and the Lamoille County Planning Commission.

Valerie will share information about health topics, such as vaccinations, nutrition for your family, health activities offered in schools, how to make your neighborhood more walking friendly, and how communities can prepare for all types of emergencies.