Meet the Team
Team Spotlight Series
You probably know Working for a Healthier Tennessee is the workplace wellness program for state of Tennessee employees, but how much do you know about our team and how we can help you? Starting in February 2022, we're going to spotlight one team member per month on here. Find out why we chose our career paths and read five fun facts about us you probably didn't know. Then, join the conversation on Facebook so we can all get to know each other in the process!
- Assistant Director of Population Health Kayla Livesay - Working for years as a physical therapy tech and personal trainer, Kayla brings a wealth of knowledge to the WFHTN team.
- Wellness Coordinator Lindsey Joe - Growing up as a gymnast, Lindsey learned the importance and power of fueling her body for optimal performance.
- Wellness Coordinator Morgan McFarlane - Morgan's own health journey inspired her to choose this career.
- Wellness Coordinator Laura Demeri - Laura is a national board-certified health and wellness coach, has been a faculty member at a college in Washington and has a professional chef's certificate, and that's only part of her experience!
- Communications Coordinator Natalie Bannon - The skills Natalie learned while working in TV and public relations help us spread the good news of WFHTN.
Director of Population Health
As the Director of Population Health for the State of Tennessee's State Group Health Plan, Paige oversees the statewide Population Health and Employee Assistance Programs, which include a primary population health program, weight management program, diabetes prevention program, the Working for a Healthier Tennessee initiative, as well as the Employee Assistance and Work-Life programs. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the population health programs aimed at arresting the poor health behaviors driving the health care spending and chronic disease burden of the health plan.
Assistant Director of Population Health
Kayla has 19 years of experience working in the health and wellness field. Twelve of those years have been dedicated to workplace wellness programming. She has a Bachelor of Science in exercise science/pre-physical therapy and a Master of Science in athletic training. Prior to coming 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. She 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 quality time with friends and family.
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 employee wellness, weight management and diabetes prevention. Lindsey is a healthy living enthusiast and blogger who has appeared on Nashville's "Talk of the Town" on NewsChannel5, NashvilleHealth.org and Tennessee Home and Farm. In her spare time, you'll likely find Lindsey testing recipes, hitting up a group exercise class or exploring a new restaurant around town.
Morgan has a bachelor's degree in nutrition: dietetics from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She 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 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 of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. During her more than three 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.
Laura is a national board-certified health and wellness coach, American College of Lifestyle Medicine diplomate and American College of Sports Medicine fitness instructor. She received her Master of Science in nutrition and exercise science from Queens College in New York City. While in school, she wanted to deepen her understanding of nutrition to learn about food and received a professional chef’s certificate in health-supportive cooking from the Natural Gourmet Institute. During this time, she learned how to nourish the body, mind and soul. Laura taught at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and Portland Community College for more than a decade. She was also a health coach with Kaiser Permanente. This role taught her the craft of motivational interviewing and active listening as powerful ways to connect, engage, empower and inspire. Laura recently relocated to Nashville with her husband and two Labrador retriever puppies that keep them extremely busy and active.
Communications & Digital Media Coordinator
Natalie has more than 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 communication. Before coming to the state, Natalie worked at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, NewsChannel 5 in Nashville and Shop at Home TV. She then transitioned to a career as a public relations and social media specialist, working at Thrive PR in Dallas, Texas and United Methodist Communications in Nashville. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her husband and watching Dateline NBC.