Congratulations to New MACHA Board Members
February 21, 2018: Congratulations to the winners of the recent MACHA elections! We are excited to welcome Ta-Kisha Jones and Diane Stephenson to the MACHA Board of Directors.
Vice President: Ta-Kisha Jones, MBA, CHES, CHWC
Ta-Kisha Jones is the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Initiatives in the Office of Health and Wellness at IUPUI, Indiana. She attended East Carolina University as an undergraduate, where she was a Residential Advisor (RA) and Student Liaison for the Center for Family Violence Prevention for two years, and an active Peer Educator in Healthy P.I.R.A.T.E.S. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education & Promotion, with a concentration in Community Health. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Making Proud Choices Facilitator Coach and Trainer, where she trained others across the state of North Carolina. She is a graduate of the Master of Business Administration program at Fayetteville State University with a certification in Healthcare Management.
Ta-Kisha is a trained generalist in health education and promotion, and has conducted program planning, implementation, and evaluation on health and wellness topics ranging from sexual and reproductive health, tobacco, communicable disease, safety and violence, policy, and environmental change for divers stakeholders. Over the years Ta-Kisha has worked as a health educator for various school and local communities. She utilizes theories, best practices, and evidence-informed initiatives to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach to health education and promotion. She is also a certified health and wellness coach through Real Balance, LLC.
Illinois State Representative: Diane Stephenson, RN, BSN
Diane Stephenson is the Director of Health Services at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois. She has been in this role for 9 years. Prior to her current position, she was the school nurse at Lincoln High School for 12 years. Lincoln College is a private institution that is in transition from a two-year to four-year hybrid campus and Health Services is a nurse-directed, one person office. Diane has served on the Emergency Preparedness, Employee Wellness, Student Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR), and Behavioral Intervention teams. She is the vice president for the Logan County Emergency Preparedness. Diane is treasurere for the Logan County Tuberculosis Committee. She is an active member of the Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Destructive Behaviors task force and the Opioid Task Force, the Healthy Community Partnership, and a member of the design team for Homeland Security Exercises and Evaluation program. She is a certified CPR/AED/First Aid instructor for the American Heart Association