Meet the Team

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 Administrative Services Division 
Nancy (2)   Nancy Wenzel
Administrative Support Supervisor
Nancy began her life in a remote logging camp in SE Alaska.   Her family later relocated to Juneau, Alaska.  She worked in the Office of Management and Budget for the Governor’s Office and later relocated to the Seattle area for further education.  She worked for 12 years for the Snohomish Health District before her husband’s transfer to Walla Walla.  Being with the Department of Community Health since 2004, Nancy has worked in several areas including our Environmental Health Office, Public Health Lab, Finance and is now the Administrative Support Supervisor for our department.  Nancy has four grown children and five grandchildren. In her spare time she manages a large community food bank garden, enjoys sewing and quilting, travel, unusual foods and is completely fascinated by the chemistry of soapmaking. 

person outline   Carol DeLay
Senior Office Assistant
Carol DeLay was born and raised in Walla Walla.  She attended Prospect Point Elementary School, Garrison Junior High School and graduated from Walla Walla High School.  Carol took some college classes during her senior year of high school to become a nurse but decided nursing was not for her.  Carol has been with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health since 1988 as the front office receptionist, and also as the Chief Deputy of Vital Records for most of her 32 years here.

Tracy   Tracy Jones
Accounting Tech  II
Tracy Jones grew up in the Walla Walla Valley and graduated from Walla Walla High School. She immediately began a career in Bookkeeping and Accounting. She decided to experience the “real world” and moved to Southern California for 10 years, working as the Office Manager and Accountant for an aerospace company.  However, as the saying goes “There is no place like home”.  She returned to Walla Walla and went to work for Cellular One in the billing department until they sold out to Verizon. A stint with Walla Walla Community College updated anything that might have changed in the accounting field over the years. A job with an accounting firm led to a position with Walla Walla County Department of Human Services where she spent 10 years running the Social Security Payee program and performing grant accounting.  She moved to the Community Health Department in 2014 when Mental Health Services were turned over to Comprehensive Healthcare. Tracy continues to perform accounting processes for the Community Health Department along with covering the front desk  when needed. Tracy is an avid reader, plays pool, goes on camp outs with the Eagles camping club  and spends time with her granddaughters.

person outline   Imelda Osario
Accounting Tech II
Imelda Osorio has been with Walla Walla County since 2013. She started out at the County’s Extension Office and then transferred to the Department of Community Health. Imelda has worked as an Office Assistant, WIC Certifier, and currently as an Accounting Technician. She says the best part about having worked in these different positions is that it has allowed her to connect and interact with a variety of people from our community! Imelda used to spend her free time volunteering at community events and programs, but with a growing family, most of her free time is spent hanging out with her kids and partner.

 Healthy Communities Division 
Nikki   Nikki Sharp
Healthy Communities Division Manager

Nikki Sharp (she/her) graduated from Walla Walla University with a master’s degree in Social Work. She has served the Walla Walla Community in the mental health setting for over 15 years and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is passionate about improved integration of services and trauma-informed care across all aspects of health. Nikki is originally from the westside of Washington, but when she moved here 20 years ago she decided to make Walla Walla her home. Nikki enjoys in her spare time pursuing fitness through CrossFit, time with her family and friends, and enjoying activities outdoors.

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Samantha Jackle
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Samantha Jackle (she/her) graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in psychology and sociology, as well as a specialization in nonprofit administration. Samantha is also an AmeriCorps alumni and has completed two different terms of service working with vulnerable populations. Prior to starting with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, Samantha worked in Institutional Effectiveness at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. She is also currently working with the local Triple Point group in Walla Walla that serves LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18. She is passionate about issues pertaining to social justice and equality and is a proponent of trauma-informed care. Samantha is originally from the Camas/Vancouver area, but has lived in the Central/Eastern Washington area for the past 11 years. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, and exploring nature with her children.

person outline   Ruben Hernandez
Traffic Safety
Peggy   Peggy Needham
Behavioral Health Prevention Coordinator 
Peggy is a Certified Prevention Specialist that currently coordinates the W2 for Drug Free Youth Coalition. Peggy serves as a board member for the Washington Association of Prevention Coalitions and is a member of the Health Care Authority/Division of Behavior Health and Recovery Strategic Prevention Enhancement Consortium. Peggy supports Walla Walla County Department of Community Health suicide prevention efforts by participating in the Reach Out Walla Walla Suicide Prevention Workgroup and is a member of the University of Washington (Forefront) Safer Homes/Suicide Aware Coalition. Peggy was born and raised in Walla Walla and, along with her husband Mike, has been an active volunteer for both youth baseball and basketball while raising their three sons.  Peggy enjoys gardening, watching old classical movies and spending time with her family and friends.

Amy   Amy Osterman
Marijuana and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Amy Osterman (she/her) brings to the department experience with working in and managing various programs from her time with Blue Mountain Action Council and Children’s Home Society of Washington. She has worked in affordable housing, SNAP education, transitional housing, managed Early Head Start and Parents as Teachers programs, and has previously served as the chairperson of the County Intercoordinating Council (CICC) which worked to coordinate services for young children with special needs and their families. She is excited to take on her current role in youth substance use prevention.

Cindy   Cynthia Wolski
Developmental Disabilities Coordinator 

Cindy joined the Department of Community Health in May 2015 as the Developmental Disabilities Program Coordinator. In addition to being a parent of an adult son with Autism, she has worked in the disability field for over 20 years. She has served as a Recreation Coordinator for children and teens with disabilities, a high school Para-Educator and Job Coach. She is a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESPTM) and advocating for community integrated employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities is her passion. Her favorite part of the job is to witness increased confidence, job skill growth and enhance quality of life for individuals who find a job that is in line with their skills, gifts, talents and dreams.

 Preventative Services Division 
Kara   Kara Breymeyer
Preventative Services Division Manager
Kara (she/her) is a native Washingtonian with roots in Eastern Washington agriculture and Western Washington food snobbery.  Unknowingly, she grew up as a suburban locavore drinking milk from the local dairy down the street, getting eggs from friends who lived in the "country", eating fruit from her aunt and uncles' orchards, and enjoying fresh veggies from her family backyard garden.  Her interests in cooking and eating fresh food led her to a career in Nutrition and Public Health.  She received here Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Bastyr University where in addition to the introduction of evidence-based science behind nutrition, she learned how the art of whole food cookery plays a key role in health promotion and disease prevention.  During her 14 years working in the Human Nutrition Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where she worked on a team that implemented cancer prevention dietary intervention studies on healthy humans, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington and became a Registered Dietitian.  She is super excited to be in Walla Walla, especially as part of the DCH team as she feels public health plays a huge (often under the radar) role in the overall health of local communities. Her approach to engaging people to develop healthy, happy lifestyle habits through public health is a blend of scientific evidence with intuition and common sense. When not at work, she is usually cooking, eating, walking and talking with Erik or her friends and family, or cleaning the dishes!!

person outline   Jodi Ferguson
Accreditation, Oral Health and Preparedness Coordinator 
Jodi grew up in an Eastern Oregon logging town.  She has a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Oregon University and is a Certified Dental Assistant. She has spent her career in Public Service; beginning in 1986 as a Wildland Fire & Aviation Dispatch Coordinator for the USFS for many years.  She was hired in 2007 to start the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program in Walla Walla County, which has since expanded to Columbia, Garfield and Whitman Counties.  As Oral Health Coordinator, her wish for better dental health in our communities includes the addition of city water fluoridation to aid in the prevention of cavities. She also has the role of Local Emergency Response Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness at Community Health planning and training to build a resilient community. She lives by this motto and hopes you will do the same:  Be Prepared!

person outline   Becky Hermsen
WIC Program Supervisor
Becky had a blast growing up in Walla Walla.  She left to get her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, returning to Walla Walla to get married, raise a son, and have fun professionally.  She gets to play with darling babies and chat with their parents and caregivers all day in the WIC and Early Head Start Programs.  Her greatest joys are letting people know there is hope in spite of the crud in the world, hanging out with family and friends (especially on beaches or in mountains), keeping up on biological sciences research, and laughing (since laughter actually DOES cure most that ails us – true story, very scientific – look it up)! 

Amanda   Kristine Holtzinger
Maternal Child Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs Nurse

Brenda   Brenda Martinez
WIC Certifier
Brenda grew up in California and moved to Washington State in 1993. Since moving to Washington State Brenda has married and has three beautiful daughters.  She has worked for the Department of Community Health since the year 2000.  Brenda has worked several different positions at the department such as Receptionist, Billing, First steps intake services, and WIC.  She has worked for the WIC office for 8 years and enjoys working with families especially young children. Her biggest accomplishment has been becoming a Certified Spanish interpreter.  Brenda loves to laugh and make others laugh (life is boring without laughter).  In her time away from work Brenda volunteers at a local church, knits, loves taking long drives, and enjoys a cup of hot chocolate with her family. 

Sarah   Sarah Murray
Community Health Nurse
Sarah grew up in Walla Walla swimming and playing music until high school was over. She then spent various amounts of time living, studying, and working in South Carolina, Florida, California, Mexico, Czech Republic, and Scotland. Now, back in the Valley raising her family, she is feeding her passion for healthcare which lit 10 years ago while working her first job as a caregiver for traumatically brain injured young man. Sarah earned her RN from our very own WWCC, BSN from University of Providence, and is board certified in ambulatory care.  She feels blessed to be at work for the community as your public health nurse.

Jess   Jessalyn Waring Bruce
Health Educator 
A Pennsylvania native, Jessalyn moved cross country to study social work at Walla Walla University and experience the joys of life in the Pacific Northwest. After spending several great years in Walla Walla and earning a Bachleor of Social Work at Walla Walla University, Jess decided to try out life in California and completed her master's degree in public health at UCLA. In search of even warmer climate, Jess moved down to Honduras in Central America for a year and a half to work as the director of a local medical clinic. And then, good ol’ Walla Walla just pulled her back. With the Department of Community Health since 2015, Jess loves the variety of her job, including working with both kids and adults to try out new foods and healthy eating tips in SNAP- Education activities (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In her free time, you’ll find Jess walking her one-eyed poodle or spending time with her favorite Walla Walla local - hubby Nathan.

 Environmental Health Division 
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Environmental Health Program Manager

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  Stacy Cutter
Environmental Health Specialist II

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  Andrew Maycumber
Environmental Health Specialist I

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  Charissa Spendlove
Environmental Health Specialist