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 Mendonoma Health Alliance, 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 Mendonoma Health, 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 Mendonoma Health Alliance 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 Mendonoma Health’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 joined Mendonoma Health 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 the office running smoothly from day to day.
Janis holds an AS degree and a BA in Social Welfare with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. She moved to Gualala in 1976, graduated from Point Arena High School, and returned to the place she always called “home,” in 2013.
Community Health Worker, Bi-lingual Services
Stephanie moved to the coast in 2018 has a lot to offer our community. Stephanie is bilingual; in addition to speaking Spanish, she can read and write the language. She has a BA in Psychology from University of San Francisco with an emphasis in biology. Most recently, Stephanie found her calling at a non-profit organization in the Bay Area; East Bay Agency for Children. There, in her role as Support Specialist she provided administrative support and was responsible for compiling service data, event coordinating, and putting in place several systems that facilitated the Grief and Loss program for young children.
Additionally, she also provided a direct service for bereavement and illness effected individuals for prospective clients and co-facilitated grief support groups for children ages 3–17 years old. Stephanie also provided systemic support for the Practicum Program within EBAC alongside the Field Placement Coordinator. Stephanie has 13 years of experience in sales, customer service, and management. Other experience includes banking and IRS auditing.
Joanne became a Community Health Worker on the Mendonoma Health Alliance team in 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a focus on community health and plans to pursue a master’s in social work. Joanne has over nine years of experience in care coordination and is well-suited to work in this role. She also has experience working in the medical records and billing department of our partner organization, Redwood Coast Medical Services (RCMS). As a prior RCMS employee, Joanne brings a level of understanding and knowledge that helps cultivate deeper connections with the community.
Community Health Worker
This website and Mendonoma Health Alliance’s programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award through the Rural Health Network Development Program totaling $898,645 and through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program totaling $1 million, over a 3-year period, with 80% funded by HRSA/HHS and 20% percentage funded by non-government source(s), such as the Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and tax-deductible contributions from community members. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.