Healthy Community Initiative

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.


Staff and Board


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

Dalila Valencia Delfin
RISE Coordinator

Meleah Follen
Youth Engagement Director

Becky Ford
Faribault Youth Investment Director

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

Candace Godfrey
Northfield Promise Alumni Coordinator

Tessa Kiesow
TORCH Director, Northfield High School

Sarah Lee
Northfield Community College Collaborative Director

Leslie Limón
Rice County ParentChild+ Director
Growing Up Healthy

Amy Lunderby
Administrative Director

Jodi Lundell
HCI Senior Director

Martha Lundin
Youth Development Coordinator

Sandy Malecha
Senior Director

Amy McBroom
HCI Grants Coordinator

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
HCI 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
Growing Up Healthy

Haley Sawatzke
Support Specialist

Zach Seehusen-Besky
Data Manager

Laura Turek
Northfield Promise Coordinator



2021-2022 Meeting Dates

HCI board meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Room HS225 of 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.

  • October 20, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 15, 2021
  • January 19, 2022
  • February 16, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • April 20, 2022
  • May 18, 2022
  • June 15, 2022
  • July 20, 2022
  • August 17, 2022

Board Members

Jane Amunrud
Junior, Northfield High School

Keith Argabright (Co-Chair)
Chief Sales Officer, Roundbank-EVP

Erin Bailey
Director, Northfield Public Schools Community Education

Claudia Bauer
Latino Youth Coordinator, Office of Latino Ministry
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

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

Kris Estenson
Associate Director, Alumni Engagement, St. Olaf College

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
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
Master Coach, 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 & TBD
Treasurer: Linda Thornton
Northfield Hospital & Clinics Rep: Betsy Spethmann
Northfield Public Schools Rep: Erin Bailey