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 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
Stephanie is new to the coast but 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 is the newest member of the MHA team. She is studying for her bachelor’s degree in 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. For the last year, Joanne has worked in the medical records and billing departments of our partner organization, Redwood Coast Medical Services (RCMS). As a prior RCMS employee, Joanne brings a level of understanding and knowledge that will help cultivate deeper connections with RCMS. Joanne is currently working to complete training in developing an evidence-based OUD/SUD prevention education curriculum, Matter of Balance, Stanford Self-Management Resource Center Chronic Care Management courses, QPR Suicide Prevention, and Motivational Interviewing. Additionally, she has completed training for the Eric Coleman Model of Care Transitions and Care Coordination and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
Community Health Worker
This website and MHA’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.