Meet the Team
Micheline is a long-time resident of the coast and is very familiar with the territory and the community. Prior to onboarding with MHA, Micheline spent over five-and-a-half years as the Executive Director of the local nonprofit Coastal Seniors, which provides a Meals on Wheels program and many other services for isolated seniors in Mendonoma. While at Coastal Seniors, Micheline managed a transportation program, two nutrition programs and various programs that touched on prevention and wellness, food security, and eliminating depression and isolation for seniors.
Micheline has always worked in the social services realm, a passion stemming from her childhood experience of growing up in a low-income household in Sacramento and a brief bout with homelessness, in which support offered to her family “essentially saved our lives.” With the goal of wanting to give back, Micheline pursued a BA in Sociology with a focus on Geriatrics from Sonoma State University.
Recognizing the importance of bringing more health resources to our isolated community, Micheline is committed to her role as Executive Director at MHA, with its goal of facilitating integration of services between RCMS, Coast Life Support District, and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to improve the health of Mendonoma residents. She also believes that MHA can support and build on some of our area’s greatest strengths.
Micheline moved to the coast in 2008 with her husband, Aaron Kirby, who was born and raised in Gualala. They have two children together: Khailaya, 8, and Jaxon, who was born in June 2018.
Micheline White Kirby
Community Health Worker
Heather joined MHA in 2017 after a similar role at Redwood Coast Medical Services, during which she worked closely with the Visiting Nurse program and was able to help in the coordination of services for many patients within the Mendonoma service area. She had the opportunity to work in local schools as well as with many families in our rural area who needed help in accessing healthcare.
As one of MHA’s Community Health Workers, Heather seeks to help streamline access to healthcare, including specialty care, for residents of our region. She sees herself as a Promotora de Salud, the Spanish term for promoter of health. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology and post graduate work in special education. She and her husband have lived in the community for more than 15 years and are raising their daughter here.
Janis Sites joined MHA as its Network Coordinator in 2017. She brings decades of experience in communications, networking, collaboration, and problem-solving with patients, providers, and organizations as a medical biller and office manager. As Network Coordinator, Janis is responsible for keeping MHA running smoothly from day to day.
Janis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. She was raised in the Mendonoma Area, graduated from Point Arena High School, and returned to Gualala, the place she always called “home,” in 2013.
Community Health Worker, Bi-lingual Services