School Nurses Organization of Arizona
Lorie Miller RN, BSN served as the Director of Health Services for Gilbert Public Schools, Gilbert Arizona, and previous SNOA Vice President. She was awarded the School Nurse Administrator of 2019 for Arizona . She has been in nursing for 43 years. Lorie has done many types of nursing before becoming a Certified School Nurse in Illinois prior to moving to Arizona. Lorie has been certified as a hearing/vision screening trainer for Arizona for more than 15 years.
Jason is a Doctor of Pharmacy currently working as a medical science liaison (MSL) for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Vaccines. He obtained his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 1998. Since then, he has worked in several areas of pharmacy, including inpatient hospital, retail pharmacy, cancer center, home infusion, and poison control center/drug information. He started working for GSK in January, 2016 because of his belief in the benefits of vaccines.
Dr. Denise Millstine is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician who is a primary care provider for women with the Mayo Clinic with special interests in preventive medicine and wellness. Dr. Millstine is also an Instructor in Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Millstine completed her M.D. degree at Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Millstine is the recipient of numerous awards and the author of numerous publications addressing complementary and integrative therapies in acute and chronic conditions. Offering a unique approach to health and healing, Dr. Millstine will share her expertise in nutrition, exercise, stress management and mind-body health.
Kacey Gregson has served as General Counsel for Mesa Public Schools since June 2019. A graduate of ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Ms. Gregson has practiced law in Arizona since 1997 and in the field of education law for over 20 years. Ms. Gregson served as an Assistant Attorney General, representing the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona State Board of Education, and the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. After a short time in private practice at the law firm Lewis & Roca representing school districts, Ms. Gregson returned to public service to serve as the Deputy Director of Legal Services at the Arizona Department of Education.
Linsey earned her degree in counseling with an emphasis in addiction, chemical dependency, and substance abuse at Grand Canyon University. Upon graduation she served as a Behavioral Health Technician providing intensive, in-home crisis intervention. She designed and conducted new employee trainings as an introduction to mental health and the DSM-5. For the last 3 years she has worked with an antipoverty program serving a diverse population of children and families. She facilitated professional learning communities for both national and community partners. She has seen how professional development for both social workers and educators has led to improved outcomes for children and caregivers/adults.
Amy is a public health leader that champions health equity through creating trauma-sensitive environments that build resiliency. Amy facilitates the use of evidenced-based practices and data driven, continuous quality improvement measures that support innovative programming and implementation design. Her focused passion lies in developing a community of leaders that assist youth and families in building foundational skills that support mental health and build resiliency.
Rebecca is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a degree in public health, having worked at the school level and state level for a total of 16 years. Rebecca is an advocate for schoolwide implementation of social and emotional learning as a lever for educational equity fostering a climate and culture that is safe, inclusive, and supportive to both students and adults. She is the agency chair of the Social Wellness Committee and celebrates the 2020 adoption of Arizona SEL Competencies.
Group Supervisor John Dyck, a supervisory special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is a 25 year veteran of the agency. His previous assignments include computer forensics and supervising the HSI Phoenix child exploitation/cybercrimes group. GS Dyck is currently supervising the HSI Phoenix human trafficking group. .
Miranda Graves currently serves as the Project Manager for the Arizona Department of Education Comprehensive School Health Program which supports the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Framework. The WSCC model focuses its attention on the child, emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and the school as being a part and reflection of the local community. Miranda is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a degree in Psychology. Miranda has diversified work experience working in both not-for-profit and corporate sectors across the United States. Her goal is to help schools create healthy school environments. Miranda has over 10 years experience in program development/implementation, program infrastructure, coalition building and social marketing. Her work experience has primarily been in the area of minority health disparities, child development programs, professional development and family engagement.
Contact Information: Arizona Department of Education, 1535 W. Jefferson, Bin #7,
Phoenix, Arizona 85007, Phone: (602)364-0461 Fax: (602)542-1531 email@example.com
Zach is the School Health and Wellness Specialist within the School Safety and Social Wellness Program at the Arizona Department of Education. He earned his degree in Health and Fitness Studies at Nebraska Wesleyan University and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Zach has five years of experience coordinating health, wellness, and athletic programs within schools (K-12), communities and college universities. He formerly served as the Coordinator of Summer Programs and K-12 Outreach for the College of Health Solutions at ASU where he developed a virtual summer program that provided free health education to over 400 students across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his current role, Zach leads the teams efforts in chronic disease management as he works to ensure school health staff have access to the resource and materials they need to be successful. Zach is passionate about engaging with schools and communities to promote a positive learning environment that maximizes the health and safety of students and families. Zach is originally from a small town outside Omaha, Nebraska and currently lives in Laveen where he enjoys hiking with his fiancée, Amanda, and black lab, Alfred.
I am very much looking forward to being part of the annual SNOA Conference and appreciate the opportunity. Please let me know if you need anything else from me leading up to the event.
• CHAD ALEXANDER BIOGRAPHY / INTRO •
With a modest upbringing and growing up in the gang-filled neighborhood of Phoenix known as Maryvale, Chad Alexander overcame many obstacles in his youth to arrive where he is today. At just 20 years old Chad discovered his passion for public speaking delivering sales presentations to audiences numbering in the thousands.
In 1998 at the age of 23 he started a non-profit organization aimed at combatting gangs, drugs and teenage pregnancy. When he became a full-time professional speaker in 2008, he was invited to speak all across the country from the small-town high school to major universities.
Over the past 20 years, Chad has founded and grown multiple small businesses. As a consultant and marketing strategist, he has helped numerous small business owners grow successful businesses. As a peak performance coach, he works one-on-one with clients helping them overcome stress, depression and fear by gaining control of their thoughts and internal subconscious beliefs.
He is a regularly requested podcast guest, delivers the occasional corporate keynote and is currently writing his first book.
Shea lived out both his childhood dreams of playing Major League Baseball and owning a zoo. Shea became a 2-Time MLB All-Star through hard work, determination, and dedication. While Shea was having substantial success in the prime of his Major League Baseball career, he was at a point to where his childhood dream had lost its luster, he was not fulfilled. So, he decided to leave Major League baseball to come home to be a father to his three beautiful, adopted children and pursue his second childhood dream of owning a zoo. He accumulated three hundred farm and exotic animals and partnered them with children in his community focusing on inner city, disabled, and child crisis children. The transformations of children’s lives at his zoo superseded any accomplishment Shea had in Major League Baseball stadiums across North America. Through this process, he realized the story he had told himself his whole life, “I’m not lovable, I’m not good enough, my father doesn’t love me,” was his driving force to success. This driving force led him to emptiness. Matter of fact it led him to losing everything in his life. His family, his zoo, and his millions he made playing Major League baseball. He was one breath away from losing his life after overdosing on drugs and alcohol. By the grace of God, Shea made it through.
Now Shea shares his story, his gifts, and his talents to inspire people like you to identify and use your gifts and talents to impact the world. Shea does this through his ITZ TYME training system where he uses a fitness-based system to create your future self.
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