Carion Marcelin, Live Healthy Gwinnett Coordinator
Joining the team as the new Live Healthy Gwinnett Coordinator in April 2019, Carion graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida. After teaching 7th and 8th grade science for two years with Teach For America, Carion recognized that the students she served did not have access to healthy, affordable food in their community and noticed the effect of eating unhealthy foods daily had on their overall health. She decided to pursue a career in public health in order to reduce health inequities in low income communities and educate people of all ages on how to improve their health.
Carion attended Mercer University for graduate school and received her Master in Public Health in spring 2018. Her previous experience includes interning for Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s Community Health Department. She created a health equity assessment for both counties and contributed to the design of a Health Equity 101 training course for staff. While working with Aniz Inc., Carion developed a curriculum called Grandparents Hands which included a series of courses focused on stress management, healthy relationships, wellness and pain management for men and women over 50 years of age. She facilitated weekly workshops to promote healthy lifestyle choices and reduce at-risk behaviors in Metro Atlanta. Her main goal is to improve the health of those living in underserved communities and teach residents to become advocates for their own health through education.
Heather Shipman, Be Active Gwinnett Supervisor
Heather serves as the Program Supervisor of Be Active Gwinnett, Live Healthy Gwinnett’s mobile recreation program. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science Wellness Promotion from Georgia Gwinnett College with a minor in Sociology. Heather previously worked with Gwinnett Parks and Recreation as a Recreation Program Leader before joining the Live Healthy Gwinnett team in March 2019. She is an American College of Sports Medicine-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Level 1 YogaFit Instructor, and Certified Stand-Up Paddleboard Instructor.
Heather is thrilled to share her passion for wellness and recreation in the community she grew up in and if you see her Be Active Gwinnett box truck heading down the road, know she’s on her way to play!
Rachel Anderson, Outreach Program Leader
As the Outreach Program Leader, Rachel researches, creates and publishes Live Healthy Gwinnett’s social media content. Graduating from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2017 with a degree in United States History, Rachel is new to the community wellness field and is excited to promote healthy living in the community she grew up in. If you see Rachel out and about taking photos at health fairs, assisting with Be Active Gwinnett play days or sharing fun activities online – be sure to say hi while you like, share and follow Live Healthy Gwinnett’s virtual adventures!