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CSH Summit

CSH Unbridled Talkers

Each Coordinated School Health Unbridled Talker provided a passionate, well-constructed and entertaining talk about their particular component in about 10-15 minutes.  Scroll through the talks below for a link to the podcast and PowerPoint presentations.

School Health Environment & Policy

School Health Environment and Policy

Podcast

Lee Anne Browder, principal, Shannon Johnson Elementary, Madison County Public Schools

Lee Anne Browder is a principal at Shannon Johnson Elementary in Madison County. She has worn several hats in her career, from classroom teacher, guidance counselor and instructional coach to principal. She has been an advocate for quality, daily physical education for years. She is totally committed to creating a school environment that promotes and protects children's health by supporting good nutrition and physical activity. Her school has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for its efforts. The school has been awarded the Bronze and Silver Awards from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and was one of 27 schools nationally to receive the Silver Award this year.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services

Podcast

Michelle Coker MA, RD, LD, Director Child Nutrition, Fayette County Public Schools

Michelle Coker MA, RD, LD is the director of the Child Nutrition Program for Fayette County Public Schools. The FCPS Child Nutrition Program plays a major role in providing nutritious, well balanced meals to the students of Fayette County. More than 10,000 breakfasts and 24,000 lunches are served daily. She completed her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and practiced as a registered dietitian in acute care, long-term care, wellness and food distribution. She was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Kentucky Dietetic Association. She has been married for 20 years and has two middle school-age children.

Physical Education and Physical Activity

Physical Education and Physical Activity

Podcast

Jamie Sparks, KDE SHAPE network director and KY Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance vice-president for Division of Physical Education.

Jamie Sparks BA, MA is the CSH project director at the KY Dept of Education. Sparks began his career as an elementary health and physical education teacher in Eastern Kentucky. He currently chairs the Kentucky Board of Education School Health Sub-Committee, which includes a wide range of stakeholders from state-level agencies, advocacy groups, and the state Chamber of Commerce.  In July 2013, Jamie was named as co-lead under Kentucky’s newly awarded CDC grant, State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health that the Department for Public Health received. Jamie also serves as the vice president for physical education for the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Health Education

Health Education

Podcast

Taylor Charron Haydock, practical living teacher, John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary, JCPS
 
Taylor Charron Haydock is the practical living teacher at John F. Kennedy Montessori, a Health Promotion School of Excellence in Louisville, Kentucky. She serves children in pre-school through fifth grade, helping students explore and practice healthy behaviors. In addition to her work in her own classroom, Taylor focuses on helping teachers promote physical fitness and improved health in the regular classroom by providing resources to increase physical activity and to integrate related content into Kentucky Core Academic Standards-based lessons. In 2013, she worked with a district practical living specialist to identify and summarize related texts in an effort to make them more user friendly for classroom teachers. Taylor was a co-lead in the inauguration of the Girls on the Run program at Kennedy Montessori and continues to serve as a coach. Additionally, she co-wrote the grant proposal to secure funding from the Active Schools Acceleration Project to implement the Build Our Kids' Success program.
 
Robin MeMe Ratliff, health promotion/director of physical activity, Greenwood Elementary, JCPS

MeMe Ratliff is a health and physical education teacher at Greenwood Elementary in Louisville. In addition to teaching, Ratliff coordinates the Health Promotion Schools of Excellence program, coaches cross country and sponsors the Run Louisville Run program. She wrote the proposal that earned Greenwood an Active Schools Acceleration Project grant for the CHALK/Just Move program to increase physical activity in classrooms. She is collaborating with her colleagues to earn Greenwood national recognition as a Bronze Level school in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools program.

Health Services

Health Services

Podcast

Dennis R. Chaney, Administrator, Barren River District Health Department   
        
Dennis Chaney is the public health director for Barren River District Health Department. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Georgetown College and a master of public administration degree from the Martin School of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky. Chaney's background spans 25 years of health care administration in both the private and public sectors. His private sector experience includes more than 12 years as a not-for-profit hospital administrator for Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. in Harlan, Morgan and Perry Counties. Chaney is a past-president for the Kentucky Public Health Association and serves on the board of stakeholders for Western Kentucky University College of Health and Human Services the Bowling Green Independent Schools community advisory council.  Chaney is a part-time instructor at Western Kentucky University.

Counseling, Psychology & Social Services

Counseling, Psychology and Social Services

Podcast

Jill West R.N., MSN, director children’s services, Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center
 
West has a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's of science of psychiatric nursing degree from the University of Tennessee. She is a qualified mental health professional and a registered nurse in Kentucky. West is a board member for Whitley County Board of Health and currently is the director of children’s services and infection control at Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center, where she has worked for more than 20 years.

Health Promotion for Staff

Health Promotion for Staff

Podcast

Cara Blackmon, district assessment coordinator and district coordinated school health chair, Bardstown Independent Public Schools 
  
Cara Blackmon is a 26-year public school educator who is currently the district assessment coordinator, supervisor of instruction, Title I and II coordinator and chairperson of the Coordinated School Health Council for the Bardstown Independent School District. Cara began her work in education as a chemistry and advanced placement chemistry instructor for the Paducah Independent School District.  She went on to serve as assistant principal at Paducah Tilghman High School prior to coming to Bardstown High School as assistant principal in 2000. In 2007 she became principal at Bardstown High School, a position she held until assuming her current position in 2011. 

Family and Community Involvement

Family and Community Involvement

Podcast

Merritt Bates-Thomas, board member, Daviess County Public Schools and nutrition services supervisor, Green River District Health Department

Merritt Bates-Thomas, RDN, LD is nutrition services supervisor for Green River District Health Department where she oversees the operation of the Community Education Department, nutrition services, breastfeeding peer counseling and the WIC program. She has served on the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics board of directors in numerous positions including president and is currently Kentucky’s delegate in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics house of delegates. In 2010, she was appointed by the Kentucky Education Commissioner to fill a vacancy on the Daviess County Public Schools Board of Education and was elected to fill the remainder of the term in November 2010. In November 2012 she was re-elected to serve a four-year term. She also represents Kentucky on the American Association of School Administrators School Health and Learning

 

Last Updated 3/25/2014