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!
Aspen Brown, Program Leader
Aspen Brown joined Live Healthy Gwinnett in October 2019 as a Recreation Program Leader. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Georgia College and State University and is pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health from Baylor University. Aspen’s goal is to combine the creative aspects of theatre to help others learn about living healthier lives in a new and engaging way. While completing her undergraduate, Aspen directed a traveling children’s show and was a member of an improv troupe! A Gwinnett native herself, Aspen is excited to lead her community to live healthier, happier lives.
Brandon Seay, Program Leader
As Program Leader, Brandon will lead the new and exciting Harvest Gwinnett program, which aims to provide freshly-grown produce to local families in need while offering residents an opportunity to grow their own food. This December, Brandon will graduate with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Science and Technology at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), majoring in environmental science and minoring in biology. From an early age, Brandon has been very involved in Gwinnett County, participating in many organized activities and programs, including sports, music, and local service organizations.
At GGC, Brandon has been an active student and has participated in academic symposiums, multiple student organizations, and gained substantive experience with community engagement and service efforts. From its beginnings, Brandon helped organize and grow the community garden and Micro farm program at GGC, whose programs now include food donations, academic participation, research projects, and resource conservation. Brandon plans to continue serving and engaging the community, while he shares his passion for the outdoors, plant science, food security, and community.
Clary Herrera, Program Leader
Clary joined our team as a Program Leader in August 2020. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Global Epidemiology at Emory University. She served as a Public Health Extension volunteer with the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa from 2017 to 2020. In Guinea, she enjoyed conducting field studies with community stakeholders and interacting with youth participants. She is excited to be bringing her learned skills to serve locally in her home county of Gwinnett!