Tioga Partnership Staff
Sue is responsible for the overall operations of the Partnership. Born and raised in Tioga County, Sue received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Penn State, and a Master of Education from Mansfield University. Prior to coming the Partnership, she had been employed by the Laurel Health System providing oversight to programs for persons with developmental disabilities, an occupational health and wellness program, an information and referral helpline, a youth recreation program, and two community fitness centers. Sue is a graduate of the Tioga County Community Leadership Program Class of 2003 and served as co-facilitator of the Program from 2007-2009. Sue graduated from the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program (RULE) in 2007. She is a certified grant writer and reviewer, and is active in her community through the Penn State Master Gardener Program, Special Olympics, Partners In Progress, St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Wellsboro Garden Club. Sue and her husband, Arnie, have three grown sons and two huge dogs. email@example.com
Coleen Evert Prevention Education Specialist
Coleen received her BSE from Mansfield University in 2003 and landed at the Partnership, for the second time, in 2012 as the Business Manager. Transitioning to her current position in May of 2016, she is excited to put to use her education degree by providing area schools drug prevention education, focusing on grades 2 through 6. In her role as the Prevention Education Specialist, she is also responsible for providing information to the community on topics including prescription drug disposal, underage drinking laws and penalties as well as supporting community efforts to be drug free. She believes in supporting the community through volunteerism and is a longtime volunteer for Hamilton Gibson Productions (local community theater, as the box office volunteer coordinator and sits on their volunteer and fundraising committees), the American Cancer Society (as a member of the Relay for Life committee, in the past as logistics and event co-chair, currently serving as the team lead), and the Samaritan House (hospice home, member of the Steering committee and serves as guest liaison when one is in residence). firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Button Transportation Coordinator
Lisa is the main contact between the local transportation companies and Tioga County Department of Human Services to ensure that residents have access to services they need and also the coordination with our local school districts to ensure children in foster care are able to remain in their current school district. She also coordinates transportation for the Tioga County Probation Department, the Drug Court Program and UPMC Soldiers & Sailors. She also monitors the Assistance Line for the Tioga County Covid-19 Task Force. Lisa is also the Website Admin and is responsible for the Partnership’s social media and Resource Directory. She has spent several years working in tech support and telecommunications and her educational background includes an associate degree from Mansfield University in Computer Information Systems. She has also completed training to become a Certified Recovery Specialist. Lisa also does freelance photography for several community events in her spare time. email@example.com
Carolyn Moyer is a native Tioga County resident who hopes to be able to reach out to all the people of the county to share the importance of immunizations for our health and the health of our loved ones. While serving as the Immunization Coordinator, she will travel to various locations throughout the county with mobile vaccination clinics and is available to come to organizational meetings to talk about the program. She will also work with the Safe Kids Campaign throughout the year. Her roots are in dairy farming (Jersey cows are her favorite) and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Science from Penn State University. She also works as a Certified Nursing Assistant at UPMC, The Green Home. She is a 4-H volunteer, a member of the Tioga County Dairy Promotion Team, the Southern Tioga FFA Alumni and Supporters and a member of Salem Lutheran Church, in Hartsfield. Carolyn enjoys spending time with her husband and four adult children and is happiest when they are all in the same state!
Shelby Rush is the Program Coordinator for the Community Care Initiative, a new program launching in January in Northern Tioga School District Elementary Schools. She is coordinating with partner schools and building a working network of youth serving organization and community volunteers to bring programming to each partner school Monday-Thursday throughout the school year. Shelby previously worked developing and supervising the Adventure Challenge Experience and NYPUM program from 2018-2022. From that experience she deeply knows the impact intentional connections with caring grown ups can have on a child’s life. She is excited to be part of the Partnership and being on the side of prevention and community building efforts. She will also be overseeing Fit for Life programs in the summer and working to get new summer programming opportunities up and running over in the Valley area and hopes to be able to bring these efforts to other parts of Tioga County in the future. Shelby Rush is the Program Coordinator for the Community Care Initiative, a new program launching in January in Northern Tioga School District Elementary Schools. She is coordinating with partner schools and building a working network of youth serving organization and community volunteers to bring programming to each partner school Monday-Thursday throughout the school year. Shelby previously worked developing and supervising the Adventure Challenge Experience and NYPUM program from 2018-2022. From that experience she deeply knows the impact intentional connections with caring grown ups can have on a child’s life. She is excited to be part of the Partnership and being on the side of prevention and community building efforts. She will also be overseeing Fit for Life programs in the summer and working to get new summer programming opportunities up and running over in the Valley area and hopes to be able to bring these efforts to other parts of Tioga County in the future.
Denise is our newest member of the Partnership family. She brings years of accounting experience, specializing in tax preparation, payroll, and real estate appraisal. She is a Notary Public, a Pennsylvania Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and has experience as a Paralegal. Denise attended Williamsport School of Commerce and holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. She is responsible for all aspects of financial accounting for the Partnership. firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1993, individuals from the Laurel Health System, Mansfield University, and the Tioga County Human Services Agency began planning for a community health partnership that would define and address health needs in the community. The goal was to develop a countywide health plan that would demonstrate ways in which unrelated providers of service could work together to meet health and social service needs.
Additional agencies and members of the community, such as the North Central Area Education Center, the PA Department of Health, and the Tioga County Development Corporation along with many others, quickly joined the effort and the Tioga County Partnership for Community health was formed.
By 1995, the Partnership had been chosen, as one of only 25 sites from a diverse range of communities across the United States, to participate in the Kellogg National Community Care Network Demonstration Program. In 1997, the Partnership was awarded a Health Resources and Services administration Rural Network Development grant in order to expand the efforts initiated during the Community Care Network project and to continue development of a countywide health plan.
In the same year, the Partnership was selected to serve as one of seven pilot sites for the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). SHIP explored how community partnerships and the Department of Health could collaborate to make a positive impact and develop creative solutions to local health problems.
In 1998, the Partnership formed a board of directors, an executive committee and a finance committee to oversee operations. A full-time executive director and support staff was hired to coordinate activities, ensure representation from all potential members and organizations, and gather input from the communities being served.
The Partnership was incorporated in October 2000 as a public nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, and currently boasts membership of more than 500 individuals and 30 organizations.
Partnership members meet monthly as representatives of 6 work groups, each of which addresses a specific health or quality of life issue. Work group chairs hold seats on the board of directors. The board also includes five at-large members elected from and by the full Partnership and one director from each full member organization and each founding member organization.
One Tioga County Commissioner also sits on the board of directors. An executive committee is selected from the board of directors and reviews and guides the activities of the executive director and staff.