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Health Heroes Radio Campaign

Sullivan 180 and Bold Gold Media are proud to partner on “Be Bold, Choose Health”, a radio campaign for 2021 which will feature several Health Heroes each month across all three Bold Gold Media radio stations (WSUL, Thunder 102, and VOS-FM).

A Health Hero is someone who has helped to make strides in the health and wellness of the county by doing something big or small that improves the mental, physical, or spiritual health of those around them. It could be through building a wellness committee at a workplace and inspiring walking meetings. It could be through educating children in a youth group about sugary beverages and healthier eating, or perhaps it’s someone who brings healthier choices to the church coffee hour. No matter what or who it is, this year, we’re going to showcase the people in Sullivan County who are making a difference and helping to build a culture of health.

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PARTNER INITIATIVE:

Health Heroes Radio Campaign

Sullivan 180 and Bold Gold Media are proud to partner on “Be Bold, Choose Health”, a radio campaign for 2021 which will feature several Health Heroes each month across all three Bold Gold Media radio stations (WSUL, Thunder 102, and VOS-FM).

A Health Hero is someone who has helped to make strides in the health and wellness of the county by doing something big or small that improves the mental, physical, or spiritual health of those around them. It could be through building a wellness committee at a workplace and inspiring walking meetings. It could be through educating children in a youth group about sugary beverages and healthier eating, or perhaps it’s someone who brings healthier choices to the church coffee hour. No matter what or who it is, this year, we’re going to showcase the people in Sullivan County who are making a difference and helping to build a culture of health.

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If you would like to nominate someone to be a potential Health Hero, please complete the…

Health Hero Nomination Form

PARTNER INITIATIVE:

Health Heroes Radio Campaign

Sullivan 180 and Bold Gold Media are proud to partner on “Be Bold, Choose Health”, a radio campaign for 2021 which will feature several Health Heroes each month across all three Bold Gold Media radio stations (WSUL, Thunder 102, and VOS-FM).

A Health Hero is someone who has helped to make strides in the health and wellness of the county by doing something big or small that improves the mental, physical, or spiritual health of those around them. It could be through building a wellness committee at a workplace and inspiring walking meetings. It could be through educating children in a youth group about sugary beverages and healthier eating, or perhaps it’s someone who brings healthier choices to the church coffee hour. No matter what or who it is, this year, we’re going to showcase the people in Sullivan County who are making a difference and helping to build a culture of health.

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If you would like to nominate someone to be a potential Health Hero, please complete the…

Health Hero Nomination Form

MEET OUR HEALTH HEROES!

Each of them is proud to be a Sullivan 180 Health Hero and you can be one too. Everyone can do something to turn around the health of our county one degree at a time. Be Bold, choose health!

“Hi this is Erin Alvord and I’m honored to be a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. Keeping healthy motivates me beyond just my job as a Physical Education teacher at Liberty Schools. I have also been developing activities to help keep the staff active and involved. It’s important for everyone at any age to stay connected and accept physical challenges. Best of all I like to keep our challenges fun and informative. Liberty staff and students are currently logging all of our miles as we take a virtual tour of areas around the country. Our first stop was the Statue of Liberty and we have made it all the way to Mount Rushmore!”

“Hi, this is Tom Bosket with Sullivan Agencies Leading Together (SALT) and I’m proud to be nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. I’m an artist and have considered myself an adventurer and seeker of uncommon experiences that inspire growth. As SALT’s Drug-Free Communities Program Manager working with young people gives me an opportunity to guide them in their search for creative ways to use their knowledge and discuss youth’s perceptions of substance use. The recently launched SALT Youth Impact Initiative is one of many countless project happening now!”

“Hi this is Maura Caycho, I’m proud to have been nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. As Director of Executive Operations and Administrative Associate to the Board of Trustees I’ve lead the creation of a wellness program at SUNY Sullivan. The Wellness Committee and our Community Learning Program have expanded the colleges efforts to ensure that our students, faculty, staff and the community have access to information, opportunities and resources to improve their health. I continue to work with Sullivan 180 and bringing our movement to the larger community.”

“Hi, I’m Martin Colavito, I’m proud to have been nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. As Director of Executive Operations and Administrative Associate to the Board of Trustees I’ve led the creation of a wellness program at SUNY Sullivan. The Wellness Committee and our Community Learning Program have expanded the colleges efforts to ensure that our students, faculty and staff and the community have access to information, opportunities and resources to improve their health. I continue to work with Sullivan 180 and bringing our movement to the larger community.”

“Hi, I’m Debra Conway, I’m proud to have been nominated to be a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. I recently worked to motivate the residents of Barryville and the surrounding area to advocate for a Farmer’s Market when the original site was cancelled. The result is a new and better version, now hosted by the Barryville Methodist Church on Route 97. The impact that the improved Farmer’s Market has on local and visiting residents is exemplary, especially during this time of Covid-19.”

“Hi, I’m Audrey Garro, Executive Director of A Single Bite and I take pride in our organization being nominated as Sullivan 180 Health Heroes. A Single Bite’s food-based mission provide free, healthy meals to families struggling with food insecurity and real hunger as well as an interactive volunteer presented program designed to compliment the New York State curriculum requirements in our area schools. A Single Bite has been working throughout the COVID pandemic to meet the needs of our community.”

“Hi this is Kyle Goldstein and I am honored to have been nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. I’ve returned to my roots in Sullivan County to promote health and wellness. About a year ago I opened A New Breath Yoga dedicated to offering yoga to all residents. The COVID pandemic has brought me the opportunity to educate community members about holistic remedies for pandemic stress. I have also developed wellness programs to help our youth. I also recently finished my degree in nutrition counseling so that I can combine my skills through Yoga, Meditation, Nutritional Support, as well as sharing Mental and Spiritual thoughts that motivate.”

“Hi this is Meghan Green, head farmer of New Hope Community Hope Farm. I’m proud to be a part of this beautiful three acre organic Farm located at SUNY Sullivan. We support access to fresh food by donating more than 2000 pounds of produce grown on our farm to local food pantries and nutrition programs. Our farm fresh produce is a key ingredient in hundreds of culinary students menus at SUNY Sullivan and each week we provide nutritious and delicious produce for New Hope Community’s 42 residences. ”

“Hi this is Karen Kerendian, registered nurse and director of health services at New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake. And I’m Muriel Cypert, registered nurse and nurse educator at New Hope. And we are honored to be Sullivan 180 Health Heroes.
We are part of a team of dedicated new Hope community employees who used our creativity to make ten thousand colorful cloth face masks to protect the people we support and our staff from Covid 19. We also supplied masks to our neighbors, local fire departments and retail employees.”

“Hi I’m Tiffany Khan and I’m honored to have been chosen as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. I first came to Public Health services as a home care nurse in January 2018. During the initial COVID response I switched my responsibility from nursing to Epidemiology as a communicable disease case investigator. The job gave me an opportunity to make suggestions on workflow and other matters that saved our Department and emergency management staff a great deal of time.
By training others in the proper use of PPE I was also able to educate a family who had lost a family member to COVID, going to their home, donning PPE, and providing both support and education. I am also very proud receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in April of last year.”

“Hi, this is Fiore Kinne and I’m honored to be chosen as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. As a nursing assistant at Garnet Health Catskills I provide care and support to the medical staff. The care of our patients is our priority. Whether it’s to help them with daily care or just listening. Being in a strange place can be overwhelming, especially to our older generation, and we show compassion and dedication. As a unit we are trying to resolve the staffing issues, to be able to better care for our patients.”

“Hi this is Amy Kolakowski, Director of Behavioral Health Services of Catholic Charities in Monticello. I’m honored to have been chosen as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero and salute our Catholic Charities’ staff at our Monticello campus. Staff have been “boots on the ground” from the moment the world abruptly came to a halt in March 2020. In order to keep residential clients connected, we procured laptops and tablets so they could have virtual visits with loved ones as well as books and personal DVD players for their entertainment. Telehealth services were implemented so that those in outpatient programming continued to access counseling and treatment during the COVID pandemic. ”

“Hi I’m Kathy Krieter and I’m proud to have been nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. As Executive Director of the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, I along with our volunteers provide breakfast and lunch five days a week to local residents as well as a twice a week food pantry. This past year has been a challenge as our soup kitchen meals were prepared for pick up to go only and our food pantry became a pop-up tent. The Federation has been my mission for so many years because nutrition is one way to keep our community healthy regardless of circumstances.”

“Hi I’m Bee Moser, Nutritionist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County and I’m proud to be nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. Four years ago the Town of Bethel and the Bethel Healthy Committee collaborated with me to help with our Nourish your Neighbor food drive. Each year since, I, as part of Cornell Cooperative Extension, have done healthy cooking demonstrations, workshops, provided education tools and valuable information to help improve the healthy of our community.

“Hello, I’m Haley Motola, Epidemiologist at Sullivan County Public Health Services and I’m proud to be nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. My career with Public Health began at the same time COVID cases arrived in Sullivan County, and I completed a trial-by-fire orientation on communicable disease case investigations and contact tracing to quickly get myself up to speed and support my co-workers in their ongoing efforts to combat the pandemic.”
“Over the past 17 months, many challenges have been faced and conquered. My work during the pandemic included updating the county’s COVID-19 Dashboard on a regular basis, keeping the public informed about COVID-19-priority for our school personnel, local businesses and healthcare organizations, working on various other infectious diseases, as well as providing moral support to my peers. Throughout the pandemic people were upset and frightened as their personal and professional lives were continually changing. They needed reliable and factual information-which as an Epidemiologist I was able to provide.”

“Hi this is Christine Panos and I’m proud to have been nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. I take pride in my role as Community Health Coordinator for the Division of Health and Family Services and Wellness Coordinator for all Sullivan County employees. I’m involved in multiple projects for the Division of Health and Family Services related to substance use, mental and physical health, as well as social service programs. I identify gaps in needs in the Division, work with our community partners, and run the Sullivan County Health and Family Instagram page. As part of the Workplace Wellness program, I coordinate monthly wellness events for staff, their family members, and their pets too! I also create and share weekly and quarterly health related messages for County employees.”

“Hi, this is Sean Powers and I’m Tara Powers, and we’re both proud to nominated as Sullivan 180 Health Heroes. Our connection, not just as husband and wife but love of athletics and adventure, has inspired us to bring healthy and fun events to Sullivan county. In 2018 we founded Cadence and Craft, partnering with local craft breweries for the inaugural Livingston Manor 5k and Half Marathon, combining athletics and exercise with a fun pub/tailgate/festival atmosphere. It was a huge success with over two hundred participants in 2018, growing to over 260 in 2019. Last year our event went virtual!

We both care deeply about our community and it’s physical, social, and economic health. Cadence and Craft is bringing the community together and Improving local commerce here in the beautiful Catskills.”

“Hi, this is Karen Reilly and I’m proud to be nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. I am a certified Sullivan 180 Community Health Champion and founder of the UNITED 180 club for SULLIVAN COUNTY HOMESCHOOLERS. We participate in fun and healthy activities that help our homeschool community improve physical, mental, and environmental wellness. I work with other community organizations to offer events for our area homeschoolers. I also provide support, mentorship, and encouragement to other homeschool families. With other veteran homeschoolers, I oversee our social media group. Together we navigate the state regulations and wide variety of activities and curriculum options.”

“Hi this is Michele Rosenstein and I’m proud to be nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. As the school nurse at Kenneth L Rutherford Elementary School my role over the past year has been stressful but also quite rewarding as I navigate between parents concerns and the health concerns of our entire school nursing staff during quarantine. Developing guidelines for hybrid school schedules based on state guidance and so much more has put our school nurses front and center and I’ve taken on the role of protecting our children’s health with pride. ”

“Hello, this is Gerry and Rose Skoda of Skoda Farms. We are honored to be nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. Promoting the health and well-being of our community should be everyone’s priority. As owners of Skoda Farms, we have been supporting the efforts of the Boys and Girls Club of Sullivan County, local food pantries, as well as the efforts of A Single Bite. Providing bushels of fresh produce packed with nutrients and vitamins goes a long way to benefit residents of all ages in Sullivan County.”

“Hello, my name is Robert Spinello of the Dav Ministries Outreach Pantries. I’m humbled to be nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. The fact is that I was diagnosed with end stage, terminal cancer in 2017. I was told I had a life expectancy of 0-3 months. I made the choice to use my mental, physical and spiritual health to continue feeding the poor in Sullivan County as the outreach pantries have done since 2006. Instead of staying in hospice in 2020 I kept on going on with encouragement, motivation, and jokes to share among the other helpers, and consumers. Thankfully today I am in remission.”

“Hi this is Tialisa Yaskanich-Whipple and I’m honored to be nominated as a Sullivan 180 Health Hero. As a Sullivan 180 Community Health Champion many know that I have the drive and energy to make a difference. One of my favorite projects was putting together a free community yoga class which I was happy to turn around within a month, filling our class to it’s capacity. A healthy lifestyle is a priority for me, whether as a member of the Sullivan County Women’s Softball League or within my own Community Wellness Group.”

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Health Hero Nomination Form


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