Healthy Community Initiative

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.


Staff and Board


Mahwa Adoch
East African Youth Engagement Specialist
RISE, TORCH, Northfield Area Learning Center

Mercedez Alpirez Ramon
Growing Up Healthy Community Organizer

Ashley Anderson
Director of Collaborative Health Projects

Odalis Ascencio Puga
Rice County ParentChild+ Early Learning Specialist
Growing Up Healthy

Laura Baltazar
Rice County ParentChild+ Early Learning Specialist
Growing Up Healthy

Jennyffer Barrientos
Growing Up Healthy Director

Nadine Bartolo
TORCH Support Specialist, Northfield High School

Austin Bauer
Director of Reporting & Analytics

Diego Calvario Bravo
Healthy Ways Coordinator

Gwen Daniels
Web Manager

Meleah Follen
Youth Engagement Director

Becky Ford
Rice County AmeriCorps Outreach & Support

Laura Garcia
Rice County ParentChild+ Early Learning Specialist
Growing Up Healthy

Greg Gianopoulos
Project Manager, NCCC

Carrissa Glarner
Administrative Assistant

Candace Godfrey
Northfield Promise Alumni Coordinator

Tessa Kiesow
TORCH Director, Northfield High School

Brian Kopack
Mobile Home Rehabilitation Coordinator
Growing Up Healthy

Sarah Lee
Northfield Community College Collaborative Director

Leslie Limón
Rice County ParentChild+ Director
Growing Up Healthy

Amy Lunderby
Administrative Director

Jodi Lundell
Senior Director

Martha Lundin
Youth Development Coordinator

Sandy Malecha
Senior Director

Amy McBroom
Grants Coordinator

Jessica Navarro
Growing Up Healthy Community Organizer

Diana Perez Guzman
Rice County ParentChild+ Early Learning Specialist
Growing Up Healthy

Juanita Picazo
RISE Coordinator, Faribault High School

Fatima Ponciano
Early Childhood Navigator
Growing Up Healthy

Zach Pruitt
Executive Director

Angie Ramirez
RISE Coordinator, Faribault Middle School

Heidy Ramirez
Family Engagement Navigator, Greenvale Park Elementary
Growing Up Healthy

Coral Ramos
TORCH Director, Northfield Middle School

Joy Riggs
Communications Coordinator

Kathy Ripka
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Navigator
Growing Up Healthy

Mia M. Rocha
Early Childhood Navigator
Growing Up Healthy

Terry Rydberg
Graphic Designer

Cindy Santa
Family Engagement Navigator, Spring Creek Elementary and Bridgewater Elementary
Growing Up Healthy

Haley Sawatzke
Administrative Assistant

Zach Seehusen-Besky
Data Manager

Laura Turek
Northfield Promise Coordinator

Dalila Valencia Delfin
RISE Coordinator, Faribault High School

Carolyn Ward
HCI Project Manager



Meeting Dates

HCI board meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC). If you would like to attend a meeting, contact one of the staff members listed above or write us via our contact form.

  • April 20, 2022
  • May 18, 2022
  • June 15, 2022
  • July 20, 2022
  • August 17, 2022
  • September 21, 2022
  • October 19, 2022
  • November 16, 2022
  • December 21, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023
  • May 17, 2023
  • June 21, 2023

Board Members

Jane Amunrud
Junior, Northfield High School

Keith Argabright (Co-Chair)
EVP/Chief Banking Officer, Minnwest Bank

Erin Bailey
Director, Northfield Public Schools Community Education

Claudia Bauer
Administrative Assistant, St. Dominic School

Carrie Duba
PreK-12 Systems and Instructional Coach, Northfield Public Schools

Kris Estenson
Community Volunteer

Natalie Ginter
Director of Community Engagement and Development, Allina Health

P.T. Haider
Deputy Chief of Police, Northfield

Amira Haileab (Co-Chair)
Senior, Northfield High School

Oden Hoff
Senior, Northfield High School

Ellen Iverson (Co-Vice Chair)
Director of Evaluation, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton

Katlyn Katra (Co-Vice Chair)
Junior, Faribault High School

Anna Kochevar
Arcadia Class of 2019 graduate

Alyssa Melby
Assistant Director of Academic Civic Engagement, St. Olaf

Kirk Muhlenbruck
Market President, Merchants Bank

Connie Nelson
Coach, Retired Teacher, Minnesota Reading Corps

Randy Olson
Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, Community Resource Bank

Betsy Spethmann
Director of Communications, Northfield Hospital + Clinics

Laura Stelter
Executive Director, Arcadia Charter School

Linda Thornton (Treasurer)
Comptroller, Carleton College

HCI Committees 2021-2022

Executive Committee

Chairs: Keith Argabright & Amira Haileab
Vice Chairs: Ellen Iverson & Katlyn Katra
Treasurer: Linda Thornton
Northfield Hospital & Clinics Rep: Betsy Spethmann
Northfield Public Schools Rep: Erin Bailey