Meet the Team
Assistant Director of Population Health
JJ has been developing wellness programs at various levels for over 25 years. The faculty/staff wellness program he developed at the University of the South was awarded the Gold Award by the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA). Other companies he's helped with wellness programming are Unum, Dollar General and BCBST. JJ has a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science and a Master's in Wellness/Health Promotion. He holds certifications with the National Wellness Institute (Worksite Wellness Manager and Specialist), American College of Sports Medicine (Exercise Physiologist) and US Track and Field Association (Level 1 Coaching). In his spare time, JJ likes running, helping friends, family and others with their fitness goals and most of all long walks in the park with his wife Polly and their three huskies Zaffie, Bruin and Maryn.
East Tennessee Regional Wellness Coordinator
Kayla has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Pre Physical Therapy and a Master of Science in Athletic Training. Prior to the State, Kayla worked for Methodist Medical Center where she developed and implemented wellness programs for employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. Kayla is a certified Nutrition Specialist through the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists and a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist through The Back School. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys staying active outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Middle Tennessee Regional Wellness Coordinator
Lindsey has a Bachelor's degree in Human Ecology from The University of Tennessee Knoxville and also completed the Dietetic Internship Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has been working as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with an expertise in weight management. Lindsey is a healthy living enthusiast and blogger who has appeared on NewsChannel5's "Talk of the Town" and is regularly featured on HealthDay Living. Her passion for creative communications and a do-it-yourself food philosophy aims to help craft the healthy that makes you happy. In her spare time, you'll likely find her testing recipes, hitting up a group exercise class or exploring a new restaurant around town.
West Tennessee Regional Wellness Coordinator
Morgan has a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition: Dietetics from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and completed her dietetic internship in Washington, D.C. It was there she fell in love with the public health side of dietetics which inspired her career path and her decision to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Health, with an emphasis in health promotion, from Northern Illinois University. Morgan lived in Atlanta, Georgia for two years and worked with two Meals on Wheels non-profit agencies. She decided to return to her home state and became the dietitian for the middle Tennessee office for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). During her 3+ years with DIDD, Morgan was actively involved with her department’s wellness council, leading their middle Tennessee council for two years. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys taking care of animals, biking, and games of all kinds.
Communications & Digital Media Coordinator
Natalie has 20 years of experience working in communications. She attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City before transferring to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communications Arts. Prior to Working for a Healthier Tennessee, Natalie worked at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, and Shop at Home TV and NewsChannel5 in Nashville. She then transitioned to a career as a public relations and social media specialist, working at Thrive PR in Dallas, TX and United Methodist Communications in Nashville. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys writing, reading, hiking trails at Radnor Lake with her husband, having fun with with her dog Drummer and watching Dateline NBC.