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ABOUT JACY

My start in public health began with Dr. Arthur Agatston, cardiologist, and creator of South Beach Diet on a school-based nutrition and physical activity study. This study operated in both urban and rural areas in Florida, Mississippi, and New York. The research was published widely and led to school health policy reforms with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Later I worked with Alliance for a Healthier Generation, supporting more than 140 schools within 18 school districts. Together we tripled the number of nationally awarded schools for their improvements in nutrition and physical activity policies and practices.

Currently, I am Executive Director of Rural Health Association of Tennessee a 501(c)3 non-profit established to lead the way for a healthy tomorrow throughout rural Tennessee via partnerships, education, advocacy and resources. In this role, I am committed to advocating for members who include rural hospitals and clinics, school health directors, and others who live and work in rural Tennessee. My goal is to bring groups together to deliver services that improve health locally, promote peer-to-peer learning and resource sharing, and to elevate rural voices at the Tennessee legislature as well as nationally.

In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, and hiking with my husband Chris and our three dogs, Alonzo, Jimmy, and Ada Mae.

 
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I AM WHO I AM TODAY BECAUSE OF THE CHOICES I MADE YESTERDAY.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

EDUCATION

MASTERS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Villanova University; Villanova, PA; 2015

BACHELORS COMMUNICATION STUDIES AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Western Kentucky University; Bowling Green, KY; 2003

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

April 2020 - present

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF TENNESSEE

Leads a 501c3 nonprofit that serves 600+ rural health members across the state of Tennessee.

July 2017 - March 2020

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TENNESSEE HEALTH CARE CAMPAIGN

Provided leadership for a grassroots advocacy organization of more than 4000 advocates. Responsible for monitoring national and state healthcare legislation, advocacy, fundraising, and coalition building. (Tennessee)

August 2016 - June 2017

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TOPS

Provided primary leadership for the management of the organization including program delivery, staff supervision, and general operations. (Tennessee)

February 2012 - August 2016

HEALTHY SCHOOLS PROGRAM MANAGER, ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHIER GENERATION

Responsible for building support for childhood obesity preventative and educational programs in Kentucky. Facilitated change in schools as it relates to wellness policies and practices for students and staff. (Western Kentucky)

October 2009 - February 2012

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, GIRL SCOUTS WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA

Responsible for marketing and expanding the Girl Scout program and brand in large geographic areas. (Tampa, Florida)

February 2006 - May 2008

PROGRAM AND RESEARCH MANAGER, AGATSTON RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Responsible for the management and expansion of an intervention study for a school-based nutrition and physical activity program in public elementary schools. (Miami, FLorida)

August 2003 - January 2006

AREA EXECUTIVE, GIRL SCOUTS GREATER LOS ANGELES

Responsible for marketing and expanding the Girl Scout program and brand in large geographic areas. (Ontario, California)