Jen Van Den Elzen, Executive Director
Jen earned degrees in Biology and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before moving to Atlanta, GA to complete her Master of Public Health at Emory University. Jen spent the first part of her career in International Public Health - where in addition to studying community behavior change, she learned the ins and outs of how to build a proper ecological latrine. Moving back to her hometown of Green Bay, WI, Jen joined Live54218 as the organization's first Executive Director. She is dedicated to community-based health improvement and believes strongly in coordinating our efforts across the state for the maximum positive impact on well-being throughout Wisconsin. She is responsible for the overall management and administration of Live54218 and values shared leadership and authentic collaboration. When not working hard to transform community health, Jen loves to run and travel with her husband, Greg. They have two beautiful daughters (under the age of 3) that keep Jen busy!
Natalie Bomstad, Director of Operations
Natalie earned a degree in Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI and completed her Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. She brings experience in health systems, health policy, and has a strong interest in advancing population health approaches to improve the overall health and well-being of communities. As the Director of Operations, Natalie is responsible for developing efficient and effective systems, policies, and environments that affect population health and increase the reach and impact of Live54218. She enjoys staying active and traveling with her husband, Andrew. They have a human-like dog named Charlie who enjoys long runs and playing catch.
Beth Heller, Community Initiatives Lead
Beth comes to Live54218 with a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the last 15 years, Beth has worked in the field of integrative health, focusing on infertility and pregnancy, and collaborating with the medical community to make nutrition, exercise and stress management education part of the standard of care for women's health. As the Community Initiatives Lead, Beth will focus on building partnerships across multiple disciplines within the Healthy Food System space with the aim of executing action plans for Live54218 grants and programming. A yoga teacher for almost 20 years, Beth's personal passions include teaching mindfulness to elementary school kids and trying to live in the present moment. Beth's family recently relocated from Chicago to Green Bay and are enjoying the green space and the welcoming community.
Deb Johnson, Farm to School Coordinator
Deb Johnson graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare and UW-Milwaukee with a Master of Science in Administrative Leadership in Education. Before she and her husband relocated their family to the Green Bay area, she managed a volunteer program at a residential treatment center for boys in Milwaukee. Upon settling in DePere, she began working with children in various capacities. Healthy eating has always been an interest of Deb's and she has been fortunate to be able to help children develop that interest through cooking classes since 2006. Her current role in our area's elementary schools allows her to combine her experience and passion for working with children with her passion for good nutrition. In her free time, Deb enjoys reading, checking out new recipes, boating, running, and watching her two boys play hockey.
Mario Gonzalez, Community Engagement Lead
Mario Gonzalez earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to the Green Bay area, he worked as a play-by-play announcer, media adviser, and news/sports reporter, which took him to Alaska, Indiana and Wisconsin. As the Community Engagement Lead, Mario is responsible for marketing, communications, media relations, social media and volunteer coordination for Live54218. His time in the news industry has given him skills and experiences that can help promote the organization's mission of making Brown County the healthiest place to live. Mario is a Chicago native and passionate fan of the city's sports teams. He likes to keep active in his free time by playing golf, softball, and is always looking for an excuse to bring out his baseball glove.
John Dye, Chair
Jacob Bauman, Schreiber Foods
Carla Buboltz, Wrightstown Community School District
Brian Danzinger, Greater Green Bay Area YMCA
Mary Ellen Gillespie, UW-Green Bay
Regan Gurung, UW-Green Bay
Lori Lutey, Schneider
Kelly McBride-Moore, Bellin Health
Gail McNutt, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Amber Paluch, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
Aaron Popkey, Green Bay Packers
Chrystal Woller, St Norbert College