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Welcomes New Staff to Team

[FERNDALE] –Sullivan 180 is proud to announce that Amanda Langseder has been appointed with the new title of Executive Director and Lindsay Wheat has been named Outreach Coordinator. They are also welcoming new staff members, Elise Yamen as Administrative Assistant, and Tuwanda Martin as Health Equity Outreach Coordinator.

Ms. Langseder has been in the role of Director since she joined the organization in October 2021. Amanda works collaboratively with the Sullivan 180 Board, staff, volunteers, county government and diverse community partners to grow and mature the organization delivering on its long-term vision through programs, strategic-planning, and community outreach. She ensures that operations and resources are effectively implemented across the organization and that they are being targeted to the priorities and strategies identified in the County Health Improvement Plan.

“What can I say about Amanda Langseder that hasn’t been said: she is a proven leader, a compassionate community member and an outstanding Director. This promotion is well earned and I’m certain will move Sullivan 180 forward,” said Jay Quaintance, chair of Sullivan 180’s Board of Directors and president of SUNY Sullivan.

Lindsay Wheat has served the organization as its Administrative Assistant and has now accepted a promotion to Outreach Coordinator. She will coordinate volunteers including the Community Health Champions and Sullivan Club 180s to further their grassroots impact. Lindsay will be hands on with community workplaces, civic organizations, and fire departments helping to implement the Encouraging Healthy Behaviors Community Challenge. Lastly, she will collaborate with community partners, including the Sullivan County Drug Task Force to reduce stigma around substance use disorder and raise awareness around prevention programs.

Tuwanda Martin is the new Health Equity Outreach Coordinator and she will ensure the organization is listening and responding to all members of our community, including those whose voice is often under represented. She will support grassroots volunteer development in communities of color and Spanish-speaking communities, growing new Community Health Champions and Sullivan Club 180’s. Tuwanda will perform outreach in the community, sharing the Sullivan 180 Community Resource Guide and engaging residents in the Encouraging Healthy Behaviors Community Challenge.

The new administrative assistant, Elise Yamen, will provide administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office, and support staff through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication. She will also assist with logistics for meetings and special events while shining a positive light as she represents the organization and its mission.

“The Sullivan 180 team is a proven force for collective impact and change with each and every team member deeply connected to the mission of improving the health of the people who live here. Each team member lives in the county and serves on various boards and committees across the county, ensuring we remain connected and in touch with the greatest areas of need. As we grow and bring on two additional high-spirited, enthusiastic team members, I have not a single doubt that the ripple effect of this organization’s work with our partners will continue to grow.”

Sullivan 180’s mission is to build a healthy, vibrant Sullivan County where everyone has a sense of purpose, connection to family and community and access to fresh foods and an active lifestyle. To learn more about Sullivan 180, please visit:


Health Promotion Strategies LLC chosen to lead the Sullivan Hands4Health Network

[FERNDALE] –Sullivan 180 and its partners are pleased to announce that they have chosen Health Promotion Strategies, LLC, located in Monticello, to lead the planning effort for the development of the Sullivan Hands4Health Network as part of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Network Planning Grant. The Network development is being funded by a one-year planning grant from HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will support a strategic plan for a Community Health Worker Program to serve people in the county at risk of or already diagnosed with chronic disease such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Carol Ryan, President of Health Promotion Strategies, is a Registered Nurse who earned her Master of Public Health Degree at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ryan, who was the previous Sullivan County Director of Patient Services and Public Health Director, is a proven leader in community health planning, research and strategies. She is also well versed on the impact of the social determinants of health for county residents.

Ryan has already begun outreach to network partners to have individual conversations in preparation for convening as a network. There is a lot of work to do but she is eager to embark on such an important effort. “I am very excited to engage Network Partners in planning for the development of a sustainable Community Health Worker model that will help Sullivan County residents to spend less time as patients in emergency departments and hospitals. This is a project that is close to my heart after a career of witnessing the economic and social disparities that lead to such unfortunate health outcomes for so many people. Community Health Workers are effective as peers who support healthy behaviors by assisting residents in overcoming social and economic barriers to good health,” said Ryan.

Amanda Langseder, Director of Sullivan 180, shares “I have personally seen the enormous impact a Community Health Worker can have on someone’s life. They oftentimes intervene right when someone is most in need and most open to getting help, exploring new resources and developing healthier habits. I have no doubt that, with Carol’s expertise, we can work together to develop a program that will bring help right to the homes of those who have been diagnosed
with chronic disease, and I am thrilled that our partners unanimously chose Health Promotion Strategies to lead this critical planning process.”

Health Promotion Strategies is a New York State consulting firm certified as a woman-owned business enterprise and is created by policy and education experts in the health, public health, and the mental health fields. To learn more about Health Promotion Strategies please visit

Sullivan 180’s mission is to build a healthy, vibrant Sullivan County where everyone has a sense of purpose, connection to family and community and access to fresh foods and an active lifestyle. To learn more about Sullivan 180, please visit:

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