Ann recently took over as Executive Director for the North Country Healthy Heart Network. Prior to taking this position, she was the Health Systems Change for a Tobacco Free NY Project Coordinator covering Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties. She has a Master of Science degree in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University and over twenty years of community and other healthcare experience, including her role as Director of Community Health and Wellness at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and later at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Program Manager – Creating healthy Places
Jamie has been managing the Heart Network’s physical activity and nutrition programs since 2007. She has facilitated the creation of several community coalitions for the purposes of prioritizing and implementing strategic interventions to address two of the main causes of chronic disease – lack of physical activity and poor nutrition. Jamie has extensive experience planning bicycle and pedestrian improvements in small towns. She has helped communities create bike & pedestrian advisory boards, adopt and implement complete streets policies, plans and designs, and secure funding to implement projects.
Jamie grew up in the Adirondacks and received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam followed by a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Albany.
Andrea is our newest staff member at the Heart Network. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Graduate Studies in Social Work. Andrea has worked for non-profit agencies throughout her career, mainly with people of all ages diagnosed with chronic psychiatric disabilities and has always tried to incorporate activity and nutrition into the holistic plan of recovery. It was not uncommon to have programs centered around the importance of exercise like walking, hiking, biking, canoeing or kayaking and healthy nutrition.
Andrea lives at the base of Cascade Mountain with the man of her dreams, her husband Bill and their children and pets. Lots of hobbies fill her free time as well as friends and family, preferring to be outdoors as much as black flies and below zero temps will allow.
School Coordinator – Creating Healthy Schools and Communities
Katherine Haney, Kat, joins the North Country Healthy Heart Network as its School Coordinator after spending 10 years as a Library Media Specialist for Saranac Lake Central Schools. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Buffalo. Born in Malone, where her parents still live, she is closely connected to the unique needs of North Country school districts. On her free time Kat can be found supporting community events and culture while trying to keep up with her energetic husband and two young daughters. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, sewing and numerous outdoor recreational activities.
Stefanie V. Miller
Tobbaco Project Manager
The majority of Stefanie’s career since 1993 has been dedicated to building and sustaining public health initiatives that prevent chronic disease and childhood injury. Her work in the municipal, state, healthcare, academic, and business sectors has focused on policy and systems change — through coalition building, training, evaluation, legislation, communication, and community health improvement planning — at organizations including the Boston Public Health Commission, MA Department of Public Health, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA. Prior to coming to the Heart Network, Stefanie’s work included data analysis to support quality improvement efforts at Health Resouces in Action’s Community Health Training Institute. She earned her MBA at UMass Boston. Stefanie shares that she feels a personal connection with our work, having lost her own mom to lung cancer. As Stefanie says,”Too many families suffer needlessly because of tobacco. My mom missed my wedding; meeting her only grandchild; and infinitely more.”
In 2014, Stefanie and her family moved to Keene Valley (her husband’s hometown). She loves our wilderness and wishes there were more hours in the day to paint, write, meditate, hike, paddle, read, organize for environmental justice, and attempt healthier snacks for her young daughter! She promises to share the secret to super-womanhood if she ever figures it out.