Administration
Lindsay Engh, MPH, CHES, Executive Director

Previous to joining The Health Center, Lindsay worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In this role, she was stationed in Walla Walla, Washington where her primary role included developing a School Safety Inspection program and facilitating the School Health Advisory Committee, which evaluated local school district policies and practices affecting student health through the use of the CDC School Health Index.

Lindsay graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

Suzanne Knapp, Administrative Specialist

Suzanne grew up in Walla Walla and has had a career in banking and project management.  She is new to the organization and looks forward to getting the technology and operational systems updated to better support the special mission of caring for Walla Walla students.

Lincoln High School
  • Jo Menard, ARNP
  • Lacee Key, MA-c, Care Coordinator
  • Tim Schroeder, MSW
  • Oliver Birchwood-Glover, LICSW
Walla Walla High School
  • Ruth Martinez, MSW
  • Vanessa Mata, Care Coordinator
  • M. Laura Aviles-Valdez, MSW, LSWAIC, CDPT
Pioneer Middle School
  • Fannie Alaniz, MA-c, Care Coordinator
  • Nichole Vernon, LMHCA
Blue Ridge Elementary School
  • Anali Pesqueira, MSW
  • Noelle LiaBraaten, Care Coordinator
  • Olivia White, LMHCA, Certified School Counselor

Board of Directors:

The Health Center Board: (From left to right) Mark Higgins, Linda Brown, Noah Leavitt, Dave Gordon, Gina Ohnstad, Alison Kirby MD, Holly Howard, Stan Ledington, Wendy Hernandez, Ted Koehler, Jolene Riggs, Renee Harms. Not Pictured: Marci Knauft, Sharon Hopwood, Melani Magnum Williams.

Sharon Hopwood, President

Sharon comes to the Board of The Health Center with many years of diverse leadership experience in non-profit human resources, and as a human resources executive for the global hi-tech sector in both Oregon and California. Sharon currently works at Saviah Cellars, managing compliance and supporting winery operations. Her husband, Dennis, works at Whitman College, and her daughter, Emily, is a college freshman. They relocated from Portland seven years ago, and live on a ten-acre hobby farm.

Holly Howard, Vice-President

Holly is a co-founder of The Health Center and was instrumental in our growth and development.  Holly served as the Executive Director until 2015. She brings broad experience and understanding of our work and is sought after as a leading expert in school based health centers. Holly brings many connections and community organizing experience to our board.

Linda Brown, Secretary

A former special education teacher in five school districts from K-graduate school, Linda has also worked with children and families from Head Start/ECEAP and at Lydia Place (a transitional housing program in Bellingham).  Her passion for improving the lives of children and their families has led her to work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)  and to participation in Children’s Resilience Initiative community activities.  Linda is also active in the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Jolene Riggs, Treasurer 

Jolene is Vice President and Comptroller for Baker Boyer Bank, where she has worked since 2006. Prior to moving to BBB, Jolene was comptroller for BMAC. Jolene understands the financial issues related to non-profits and served as Treasurer for United Way of Walla Walla for many years. She is capable of understanding and explaining complex fiscal issues in clear and concise ways. She is diligent and highly reliable as a fellow board member. Her daughter is a music teacher at Walla Walla High School so she continues to have a connection to the public schools in this community.

Alison E. Kirby MD, Ex-Officio

Alison is a co-founder of The Health Center and its Medical Director. She and Holly Howard recognized a link between high truancy rates in Walla Walla students and barriers to medical and mental health care. The Health Center was created to make health care accessible and culturally comfortable for children. As the first college graduate in her family, just one generation removed from subsistence living in Appalachia, Alison understands, firsthand, the hardships that poverty places on families and the desperation parents feel to provide for their children. For a decade, Alison regularly volunteered at The Greenhouse, a free clinic for homeless youth in Portland, Oregon, while also maintaining a full-time private practice. She joined Walla Walla Clinic’s Department of Pediatrics in 2000.  In 2008, Alison, along with husband, Dan Calzaretta, and their children, aged 10 and 11, bicycled 3800 miles across America for a summer adventure. “Our children are our future. I want to give kids every chance for success. No child is a throw-away child!” she emphasizes. 

John Cress

Dr. John Cress brings experience in healthcare, educational, religious, and nonprofit organizations to The Health Center board from his career in leadership, teaching, fundraising, and organizational planning. A Past President of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla, Paul Harris Fellow, Don Sherwood Fellow, and graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute, he is also an alumnus of Leadership Walla Walla. John is a Vice President with Thompson & Associates, and an independent consultant for nonprofit organizations.

Dave Gordon

Dave is the owner of Andy’s Market, an anchor business in College Place and the meeting place for people in that community.  Dave is the father of beloved Lincoln High School teacher, Eric Gordon.

Wendy Hernandez

Wendy is an immigration attorney in Walla Walla and is widely trusted and respected by the community. As a business woman and community leader, Wendy brings an appreciation of the needs of the community and will be an effective advocate for our mission.

Marci Knauft

Marci is a long time College Place resident and former College Place Schools board member. Marci brings a very specific perspective on our mission as the principal of Lincoln High School and represents the “customer” perspective. Her relationships with the school districts and appreciation for the dynamics in our valley are very helpful as we work to serve even more of the unmet needs of our students. Further, Marci is a leader in the Adventist community in College Place and thus is a bridge to our faith communities.

Ted Koehler

Ted is the Housing Director at Blue Mountain Action Council. He has shown leadership with a number of organizations in our community including Commitment to Community, Washington State Tech Development Committee, Sustainability Committee, the Planning Commission, and the Walla Walla City Parks and Recreation Urban Advisory Board. He is a Sherwood fellow (2010). Ted brings community connections and business expertise to our board.

Christy Krutulis

Christy joined the Board in the spring of 2017. Christy represents Walla Walla Public Schools as their Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. After 20 years in education on the west side of the state as a teacher and administrator, Christy returns to Walla Walla as a Whitman graduate, passionate about supporting students through the partnership between Whitman College, Walla Walla Public Schools and The Health Center. Christy and her husband, Jay, are passionate about Whitman athletics, The Little Theater, and have the privilege of owning a local winery.

Melani Mangum-Williams

Melani Mangum-Williams RN, MSN is employed at Providence Health & Services. Her role as the Program Manager for the Providence Nursing Institute|Clinical Academy encompasses responsibility for the development and maintenance of curriculum for nurse residency and fellowship across Providence and affiliate systems. Melani has enjoyed adjunct teaching appointments with OHSU School of Nursing and Walla Walla Community College.  She has functioned within an Organizational Development role, especially focused on leadership and staff development. She is a certified instructor for Crucial Conversations, DDI, and Select Interviewing as well as Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Trauma Nursing Core Course.  Melani is also a six sigma Green Belt. She lives in College Place Washington with her husband, near her four adult children and 3 grandchildren.

Gina Ohnstad

Gina has a degree in and experience as a broadcast journalist. She works at Whitman College in their Communications office as a Media Relations Strategist and has access to up to date media strategy and related skill sets. Gina will build on our strong bond with the Whitman campus community and help us strengthen and sharpen our public relations as we move forward with expansion. Gina has young children and brings the parent perspective.