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!
Deion Sims, Program Leader
Joining Live Healthy Gwinnett in December 2020, Deion is an athletic trainer with a decade of successful experience in promoting healthy habits and leading physical activities. Deion specializes in basketball and regularly attends USA Basketball and Jr. NBA events to teach life and basketball skills to youth. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Deion encourages teamwork because together everyone achieves more. Deion enjoys a good NBA binge but can also be found on long bike rides in Gwinnett County Parks.
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.