Erin Guay, MPH
Erin began her work in public health at the Maine CDC’s Environmental and Occupational Health Program as a Field Research Scientist, coordinating an arsenic and bathing study in cooperation with the US CDC. She then enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health Program at the University of Michigan and graduated from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in April, 2007. She spent the summer of 2006 as a Healthy Androscoggin intern. Following graduation she returned to Maine and Healthy Androscoggin as the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Tobacco Manager, and later managed US CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) project. Erin now serves as the coalition’s Executive Director. She enjoys rowing, biking the Acadia Carriage Trails, and exploring Maine’s hiking trails and eateries. Erin can be contacted by telephone at (207) 795-5990 or by email.
Holly Lasagna, MS
Health Promotion Manager – Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
Holly Lasagna comes to Healthy Androscoggin after almost fifteen years working at Bates College. Most recently, she was as Associate Director for Community-Engaged Learning at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships. Her devotion to the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and respect for this community grew out of the many collaborative projects she developed with Bates students and faculty to create rigorous, respectful and reciprocal relationships and projects between Bates and its neighbors. She developed a passion for public health issues as a result of her work with students’ interested in pursuing health related fields who were looking for practical experience that also helped the local community. Holly has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a Masters in Leadership Studies from USM. Holly brings skills in social science research, facilitation, community-based participatory research, and cultural competency to her role as the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Program Manager. In her current role at Healthy Androscoggin, Holly works with mainstream health and wellness providers to help them become culturally and linguistically competent in their delivery of their programs and services. Holly lives in Auburn with her husband, Peter and has two grown children and a grown dog. Holly can be contacted at (207) 795-5991 or by email.
Katie Boss, MPH
Health Promotion Manager – Physical Activity, Nutrition & Healthy Homes
Katie’s public health background is in healthy homes, lead poisoning prevention, and international health. She has worked for the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Management Sciences for Health in Boston, Healthy Maine Partnership of Greater Waterville, and Boston University School of Public Health – also where she received her Master’s of Public Health degree. Katie has many years of experience working in higher education administration in public health, as well as experience with creating student practicum experiences with public health organizations. Katie is a resident of Auburn, and mom to a two-year old daughter. She is also a board member for a local non-profit called Grow L+A which focuses on sustainable community development in Lewiston and Auburn. Katie can be contacted at (207) 330-7895 or by email.
Corrie is very excited to join the team at Healthy Androscoggin as the Substance Abuse Prevention Manager. Corrie received her master’s degree in social work, specializing in Macro Practice, from Boston College in 2008 and her bachelor’s degree in social work from Regis College in 2000. Previously, Corrie has worked in the areas of mental health, home health, and prevention.
Corrie grew up in the area and currently lives in Auburn. She enjoys camping, fishing (in the warm months), kayaking, and singing loudly (and badly) in the car. Most of all, Corrie is proud to hold the title of “favorite aunt” to her two nephews and niece!
Corrie can be reached at (207)330-5576 or by email.
Emily Dooling-Hamilton, MS
Health Promotion Coordinator, Tobacco Prevention
Emily brings a variety of health related experience to Healthy Androscoggin. She graduated from Springfield College in 2008 with a Master’s of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She completed a master’s thesis: “Utilization of Service Learning in an Upper Level Health Course.” During her time at Springfield she also had a teaching fellowship and taught an undergraduate Health 100 course for four semesters. In addition, Emily served as a member of the AmeriCorps program while working towards her master’s degree. For credit hour she worked as a wellness intern at the global headquarters of Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT.
At the University of Maine-Orono she completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. She is currently certified to teaching K-12 Physical Education in the state of Maine and Colorado. While at UMaine, Emily played Division I field hockey and was on the student athlete advisor board.
After graduating from Springfield College in 2008, Emily moved out west sharing time between Jackson Hole, WY and Denver, CO. Fall 2010, Emily returned to her home state of Maine and accepted the tobacco coordinator position with Healthy Androscoggin.
Emily enjoys reading, traveling, outdoor activities including: skiing, biking, hiking, running, golfing and sailing. Emily can be contacted by telephone at (207) 795-2504 or by email.
Health Promotion Coordinator, SNAP-Ed
Missy has been involved in health promotion for many years. Most recently, she worked in worksite wellness where she led a wellness program at a global company of over 1000 employees. Some of the various responsibilities Missy had here included; designing and implementing lunch and learns, activity challenges, health education literature, policies and procedures, health coaching and managing other health coaches. Missy utilized motivational interviewing skills in her coaching to reduce the employees at risk behaviors resulting in a healthier, more productive population saving thousands of dollars in health insurance premiums. Missy’s expertise is in food and nutrition but her health knowledge is very comprehensive from years of health coaching as this experience covered all areas of wellness.
Before worksite wellness Missy was a Supervisor in the Food and Nutrition department at Central Maine Medical Center. She assisted with the implementation of the menu ordering call center. In the clinical setting, she assisted patients with dietary and cultural food restrictions while maximizing nutrition and taste preference.
Missy grew up in western Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Food & Nutrition with a minor in Sociology from Framingham State College in 2008. After that, she relocated to Maine to be with family. She currently lives in Lewiston with her husband Mike. Growing up she participated in a variety of sports and still stays active today whether it’s playing outdoors with her family or taking fitness classes. Her biggest passion is creating delicious organic, whole foods recipes with local ingredients. She lives a green lifestyle and loves to entertain. Missy can be contacted by telephone at (207) 330-7897 or by email.
Ellen has been involved in the field of nutrition for many years. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. In May of 2014 she completed her Master’s degree and Dietetic Internship program through the University of Maine at Orono, and she is now a Registered Dietitian.
Prior to working at Healthy Androscoggin, Ellen worked in the nutrition office at St. Mary’s Health System, assisting patients with menu choices and understanding any dietary restrictions. She also volunteered at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, working with the Lewiston Farmers’ Markets and the Lots to Gardens youth program. Her dietetic internship provided her with a lot of clinical experience, as well as food service and community nutrition experience by working with the Department of Education’s Child Nutrition programs and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program through the Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council.
More recently, Ellen worked as an Outreach Coordinator promoting the USDA Summer Food Service Program to help increase summer feeding sites throughout the State of Maine. She then worked as a specialist for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, helping to ensure child and adult care providers were implementing the USDA nutrition guidelines into their menus.
Ellen grew up in the Lewiston/Auburn area. She enjoys spending time with family (especially nieces and nephews), walking/hiking/running, gardening and traveling when possible. Ellen can be contacted by telephone at (207) 795-5792 or by email.
Emily is joining the Healthy Androscoggin team as a Health Promotion Coordinator! She is very excited to be a part of this organization and share her love of nutrition with others.
Emily graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2010 with a degree in elementary education. She spent five years teaching in public schools and let her love for education and healthy lifestyles lead her to working here at Healthy Androscoggin!
Emily grew up in Naples and currently lives in Buckfield. Her hobbies include writing children’s stories, boating, running races such as the Tough Mudder and Color Run, cooking new and funky recipes, and spending time with friends and family.
Emily can be contacted at (207) 786-1669 or by email.
Health Promotion Coordinator, SNAP-Ed
Rebecca’s background is in youth development, using the tool of play to engage groups and develop curiosity. In her previous role as a Program Manager for afterschool programs in Boston, Rebecca worked with adult mentors across the city to promote a positive learning environment for the youth participants, and to enhance and implement nutrition education elements into all levels of programming. Rebecca also gained an intimate view of our global food-web, working with vendors and farmers at the local and national to international level through work as Buyer at Whole Foods Market as well as time on small-scale farms.
Rebecca is excited to be returning to her home state of Maine as a SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, and to share her love of cooking, gardening and using play in the classroom to promote such a critical component of health. Her Bachelors in Studio Arts from Connecticut College fuels her to bring creativity into the classroom every day! In her spare time you can find Rebecca toting around a good book or making music, hiking and camping, skiing, playing soccer or finding any excuse to enjoy the fresh air! She loves to spend time in the garden just as much as in the kitchen cooking with the harvest!
Rebecca can be contacted at 207-330-7881 or by email.
Hassan brings a wealth of business experience and knowledge of the greater Lewiston/Auburn community to Healthy Androscoggin as our REACH Health Promotion Coordinator. He is very excited to be part of this organization and to share his love of working with people of different backgrounds.
He has a degree in computer science from the University of District Columbia and spent much of his working career in the Washington DC area. He has worked with a number of computer companies as well as a university in the Washington DC area. Prior to moving to Maine to be closer to family, he held a supervisory position in the loss prevention/asset management department of a national hotel chain. In addition, Hassan has provided operational linguist support for a Department of Defense contractor in various locations in the Middle East and East Africa. He is fluent in both the Somali and Amharic languages and also speaks Oromiffa.
In his role as REACH Health Promotion Coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin, Hassan works with our mainstream health and wellness provider-partners to help them become culturally and linguistically competent in their delivery of their programs and service to the New Mainer and immigrant communities. Hassan currently lives in Lewiston with his family. His hobbies include walking, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.
Hassan can be contacted by phone at (207) 786-1668 or email.
Health Promotion Coordinator, Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention
As a student who owes all of her educational opportunities and success to public schooling, becoming an educator has always Taysir’s dream. From the very beginning, Taysir felt like she was immersed in a community of caring and dedicated educators. Taysir is a graduate of Colby College class of 2015 and she graduated with a Psychology and Education degrees with a concentration in Human Development. Taysir is passionate about public health and determined to have an impact on development of the youth and community members in the Lewiston/Auburn area where she has grown up. Taysir has spent over 400 hours volunteering at the public elementary school in Waterville. Taysir has the experience of working in the classroom through multiple endeavors. As a Teacher’s Assistant in the fall, Taysir had the opportunity to lead class discussions four days a week for Multicultural Literacy. Taysir has also had the great pleasure of being placed in a special education classroom at the George Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville Maine. This position provided her with the opportunity to work in a special needs classroom with many different students. The fall semester of her junior year of college Taysir went abroad to Istanbul Turkey. During that time Taysir had the pleasure of not only studying in a different country but was able to be immersed in a completely different culture. That semester she was able to travel to different countries and Europe and learn about various cultures, traditions, and religions. Taysir is excited to work with people in the community to improve the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of youth.
Taysir can be contacted at (207) 795-2120 or by email.
Community Health Outreach Worker, Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention
Fowsia has been working in the field of health as a cultural broker, medical interpreter, and Community Health Outreach Worker for 9 years. She is currently a student at Central Maine Community College pursuing an Associates Degree in Human Services. Fowsia spent years working with United Somali Women of Maine in Lewiston Maine, empowering women and children. She also worked at CMMC’s Family Practice Residence Program as a cultural broker from 2007-2009. Fowsia worked with Auburn schools from 2010-2013 as a Cultural Broker and she was trained to work with children who were identified as special needs under the Project SHIFA (Supporting the Health of Immigrant Families and Adolescents). This program was developed to provide culturally appropriate mental health care for Somali youth and their families. This initiative grows out of a partnership between the Somali community and education and mental health systems in the Boston area. Fowsia is a certified medical interpreter and does occasional interpretations for the Lewiston District Court. She has worked for many years as a Community Outreach Worker, and an advocate for Domestic Violence and Sexual assaults victims. In 2013-2014 she spent 6 months working for Advocates for Children as an interpreter, working with their home visitor program that offers educational materials for healthy pregnancy and healthy home environment for expecting mothers and families with new born infants. In 2013-2014 Fowsia was hired to work as a Community Coordinator by Learning Works Organization’s English for Work adult class, sadly this program was grant funded and they were unable to sustain the classes that they offer in Lewiston.
Fowsia’s interests include time with family, friends, volunteering with local organizations, empowering the Immigrant/Refuge/Asylum communities in the Auburn Lewiston area, and collecting donation items for New Mainer families. She also serves on the board of a few local nonprofit organizations.
In 2008-2009 Fowsia worked on a project collaboratively with Susan D. Jacoby, DNP, CNM a nurse-midwife who practices with Central Maine Obstetrics-Gynecology, along with Heather L. Lindkvist who is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Bates College, and Dr. Monique Lucarelli, who practices Internal Medicine at Central Maine Medical center in Lewiston, Maine. An article on this project was published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, titled: “Increasing Certified Nurse-Midwives’ Confidence in Managing the Obstetric Care of Women with Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting”.
Fowsia can be contacted by telephone (207) 795-5927 or by email.
Chrissy works with communities in Androscoggin County to make bicycling and walking safer and more enjoyable for residents and visitors. She serves as a member of the Lewiston/Auburn Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and is excited to be part of the area’s bike/ped initiatives. Chrissy also works with Androscoggin County’s 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! sites to curb childhood obesity rates by helping make policy and environmental changes in the places children spend time.
She has a B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science and a M.A. in Sustainable Communities. While earning her master’s degree she was inspired to study the intersection of the natural environment, built environment, human perception, and human behavior.
Chrissy enjoys sauntering through the countryside, daydreaming of car-free cities, riding her bike, and sipping coffee. She can be contacted at (207) 795-2506 or by email.
Grants & Development Coordinator
Shelemiah Baiei coordinates our grants, budgets and financial reports. To exercise her creative muscle, she is our database architect for our mutliple programs, produces print marketing/communication materials and creates multimedia presentations. “I love working with Healthy Androscoggin’s family. I’ve not only seen the expertise and education shared with Androscoggin residents, but the heart.” Also, since the beginning of the Dempsey Challenge, she has been part of the Health & Wellness Expo Planning Committee.
Shelemiah devotes her time to her volunteer Bible education work with the Spanish and Deaf communities throughout Maine. She appreciates being with family, has a ball hosting dance parties and mixing beats with her husband, Josh. Shelemiah can be contacted by telephone at (207) 370-7435 or by email.
Mary Lou Hofmann
Mary Lou brings a wealth of business experience and knowledge of the greater Lewiston Auburn community to Healthy Androscoggin as our Administrative Assistant. As Client Relations Director for 15 years for Occupational Health +Rehabilitation in Lewiston (now Concentra Medical Center), she developed and managed the business relationships with their clients helping to insure a high level of quality service and customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Healthy Androscoggin, she worked for Beacon Hospice as an Account Manager and helped to educate both the medical community and the general public about the benefits of hospice and the Medicare Hospice benefit itself.
At Healthy Androscoggin, Mary Lou provides a welcoming presence to visitors and callers and works with Health Androscoggin staff to provide service and support for the coalition’s various programs and activities. She is thrilled to be able to work with such a great team of colleagues doing such important work to improve the health and lives of folks in Androscoggin County.
Mary Lou has held various leadership positions in her church, has been on the Board and is currently Board president of OutsourceWorks, a local non-profit and has done volunteer work with Maine Alzheimer’s Association, Lighthouse Hospice Foundation, the Auburn School Department among others. She is a self-confessed “foodie” who loves to cook, try new recipes (healthy, of course!) and entertain. Mary Lou can be contacted by telephone at (207) 795-5990 or by email.