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Our People

RCHWN is a rapidly growing nonprofit. Since its inception, our organization has been run primarily via volunteerism. But with new grants and contracts, our team has grown to include multiple full-time and part-time staff members.

Our Staff

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Rebecca Albaugh
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Rebecca has been RCHWN’s Creator of Opportunities since 2020. She manages the social media and website for RCHWN, engages stakeholders, and organizes quarterly meetings and monthly learning collaboratives for RCHWN.

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Jenny joined the RCHWN team in December 2021. Prior to community health work, Jenny was a medical assistant at a local Midland health center. She remains passionate about making health accessible for all. Now, Jenny connects Michigan residents to community resources through 211.

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Whitney joined the RCHWN team in March 2022. Before joining RCHWN through the 211 grant, Whitney worked in the juvenile justice and support system. She has also worked in Michigan’s CPS system, and she is passionate about connecting children and families to valuable resources.

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Ashley Davidson

Ashley joined the RCHWN team in August 2022. Prior to community health work, Ashley was a Patient Service Assistant with Mid-Michigan Medical Center before relocating with her family. She is still and has always been passionate about helping everyone. Now, Ashley connects Michigan residents to resources available to them through 211.

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Williease Blacksher

Williease joined the RCHWN team in November 2022. Prior to community health work, Williease worked in youth care services as well as with the geriatric population along side mental health. She loves helping people to succeed, gain access to resources, and help them achieve success no matter what that may be. Now, Williease connects Michigan residents to resources available to them through 211.

Our Board


Alazar Chroman is the CHW Services Supervisor for UP Health System Marquette, Bell & Portage working out of the Emergency Department in Marquette, with CHWs embedded in the ED’s at Bell and Portage hospitals.

Alazar is a person in long term recovery, which for him means he’s been sober and drug free since March 2003; he also serves his community on the Marquette Alano Club Board of Directors and as the co-chair of that non-profits Activities and Fundraising Committee. He joined the RCHWN board to develop connections with other CHWs and because being of service is an important part of his recovery and his life.


Jaspreet, MPH, began her career as a Navigator for both the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid in Michigan. She now works with a regional nonprofit in Washington state, focusing on building a community information exchange that aims to enable data sharing and effective care coordination between health, behavioral health, tribal community, and social service organizations.

She believes that CHWs are essential to improving health outcomes by addressing the social needs that impact health and navigating the complexity of our health care system. She serves on the board to celebrate their work and create space that enables and supports them as they engage in their communities.

Sarah Kile

Sarah Kile is the Executive Director of 211 Northeast Michigan as well as the co-chair of the National 211 Steering Committee. She serves her community as the treasurer on the Clare-Gladwin RESD Board of Education, a councilperson for the City of Gladwin and the board President for Mid-Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters.

And she is excited to serve on the RCHWN board because she believes that serving the community is how we make long-term change. Website.

Shannon Lijewski

Shannon is a wife, mother and entrepreneur with a passion for helping people. As the founding board president and CHW, Shannon is honored to support RCHWN and bring awareness to the vital work CHWs do within our communities.

She frequently lends support to the organization through her business, Everyday Life Consulting. Everyday Life allows her to utilize her gifts for distilling, organizing and simplifying processes.

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Twyna Bell is a behavioral health practitioner and the creator of the A-plus Wellness Method. She addresses health disparities and promotes holistic wellness in marginalized communities. She is a transformational leader with expertise in implementing theory-to-practice community wellness initiatives.

She is currently working toward a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology. She frequently presents at workshops, training, meetings, and conferences regarding health disparities and the various dimensions of wellness.

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Wendy is a Certified Community Health Worker specializing as a Chronic Care Paraprofessional. She lives in a small, rural southwest Indiana town. Outside of the office, she is very involved in suicide prevention and survivorship efforts, currently volunteering with Team of Mercy as a county ambassador.

She has two children, Paris and Evan, who inspire her daily to continue advocating for her patients and community to have a better world around them. She became a member of the RCHWN board to help change the world and network with peers from all over the U.S.