Lisa Marshall, MS, RD - Chair
Lisa Marshall is currently employed as a Health Educator with Ramsey County Public Health Environmental Health Division. Through her position, she has provided liaison for 15 years between the Ramsey Tobacco Coalition and the Saint Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health. In addition to her work on tobacco, she also organizes educational programs for adults and children on nutrition and food recycling, coordinates the ServSafe program, educates on Radon and manages community grants.
She received her B.S. from Mansfield University and her M.S. from City University of New York.
Latrisha Vetaw - Vice-Chair
Latrisha Vetaw works as the Health Policy & Advocacy Manager at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. She has worked with NorthPoint for more than 10 years. Her position entails reducing disparities in communities of color through program development; policy and systems change; utilizing community organizing, education, policy, and advocacy strategies. Her focus areas are reducing tobacco use among youth and priority populations, advocating for policies that create access to healthy foods and physical activity and other areas related to the social determinants of health.
She has been with NorthPoint for 10 years and currently oversees the Breathe Free North program.
Breathe Free North is a program that engages communities of color surrounding the harms of tobacco and educates about long-standing tobacco industry tactics of targeting communities of color. This project has worked with the community to create formal and informal policies around exposure to tobacco. Breathe Free North has worked with Faith based organizations, Home Day cares, Multi Housing Units Owners and Managers, and local business to adopt tobacco free policies. Breathe Free North led the charge in Minneapolis in 2015 for a successful initiative to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco to adult-only tobacco stores and to establish a minimum price for cigars. Making the community aware of how it is preyed upon by the tobacco industry is a primary concern for Ms. Vetaw.
LeeAnn Mortensen, MPH - Secretary/Treasurer
LeeAnn Mortenson currently works as the Injury Prevention Coordinator at North Memorial Medical Center. In this role, she serves as the primary educator and contact for injury prevention activities for the region, including child passenger safety seats, bike and helmet safety, adolescent drug and alcohol prevention, water safety, violence prevention and childhood injury prevention. Prior to her current position, she worked as the Project Coordinator at Partnership for Change, the Metro Regional Prevention Coordinator for the Minnesota Institute of Public Health, and as a Community Organizer/Public Health Specialist at Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council. She has 13 years of experience in tobacco prevention, community organizing, and coalition engagement. Her extensive work in tobacco control includes providing technical assistance to several groups promoting good choices around ATOD use, building local coalitions to support changes in local tobacco policy, working with elected officials and community members around tobacco use reduction, and coordinating media events with youth around tobacco prevention activities.
She received her B.A. at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. After serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya for two years, she returned to the U.S. and completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham through a fellowship awarded to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
Dylan Flunker - Board Member
Dylan works as the Research & Policy Manager at Rainbow Health Initiative, focusing on improving the health access and experiences of LGBTQ people in Minnesota through research, education, and advocacy. In addition to researching LGBTQ health access and experiences across the state, he manages Shift MN, an LGBTQ youth and young adult tobacco control and prevention program. Dylan has worked with Shift MN since 2012, starting off as a young adult core leader before joining Rainbow Health Initiative full time. Dylan has a BA from Luther College and a Masters in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Sunny Chanthanouvong - Board Member
Sunny Chanthanouvong is the Executive Director of the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota and has worked with the Southeast Asian community for 15 years. As Executive Director, he supervises all programs of the 5-10 affiliated organizations of the Lao Assistance Center including youth tobacco media, tobacco cessation and chemical free healthy living work. He currently is working to support tobacco-free living in Southeast Asian Communities with funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
He received his B.S. from Mankato State University and attended the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Martha Hewett - Board Member
Martha Hewett is the Director of Research at Center for Energy and Environment where she has worked in energy efficiency and indoor air quality since 1983. Her work related to secondhand smoke in multifamily buildings includes (a) survey, legal and technical research on secondhand smoke transfer in rental buildings, (b) monitoring of SHS particles and gases in a stratified random sample of rental apartments and (c) survey research on secondhand smoke transfer in multi-unit condominium buildings. She also managed monitoring of secondhand smoke particles in a large sample of bars & restaurants in Minnesota. All of these projects were funded directly or indirectly by ClearWay Minnesota. She has conducted surveys and engineering research on the design of hospital operating rooms and airborne infection isolation rooms for infection control with funding from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and chaired development of the Indoor Air Quality Guide developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) with funding from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Anne Joseph - Board Member
Dr. Joseph currently holds the Wexler Professorship of Medicine. She is Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs and Diversity for the Department of Medicine. This office leads the mentoring programs for approximately 120 junior faculty in this Department. She directs the Applied Clinical Research Program in the Department of Medicine to support faculty development in clinical research. The program provides a second level of mentorship for young faculty, with particular attention to career development issues specific to women and minorities.
Her primary research interest is reducing harm from tobacco use. She has conducted randomized controlled trials in clinical and health services research, principally funded by the NIH and VA Health Services Research and Development for over 25 years. The studies have included topics of common public health concern including use of nicotine replacement therapy in smokers with heart disease; concurrent treatment of alcohol and nicotine dependence and promotion of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to population-based samples of smokers; and using novel telephone, proactive outreach and longitudinal care interventions to reach smokers. The research team, including Steve Fu, is particularly interested in how proactive outreach might overcome disparities in access to tobacco treatment. She co-leads the Prevention and Etiology Program at the University of Minnesota Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Eugene Nichols - Board Member
Gene is a past board member and a co-chair of the African American Leadership Forum-Health and Wellness Group. He brings with him more than 30 years of health care experience as the Sales Operations Manager for the Health Care Division of 3M Corporation, now retired. Gene is the Board Chair of Open Cities Health Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center in St. Paul, and also serves as a Senate District Chair for Minnesota DFL party and an active member of TakeActionMinnesota where he currently serves on the PAC, the Health Care Core Team, and past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. He twice successfully managed the campaign for former Representative Barb Yarusso (HD42A). Gene is a Human Right Commissioner for the City of Shoreview Minnesota where he resides, and a member of the Ramsey County Community Health Advisory Committee, the Ramsey County Healthy Family Initiative Advisory Commission, and Vice-chair of the American Heart Association Advisory Committee. He has worked on menthol related tobacco issues for the past 3 years within the U.S. born African American community.
Gene was born and raised in Yonkers, New York, and earned his BA degree Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.