ASHA Professional Development Committee Chairs Profile

Shauvon Simmons-Wright

National Content Advisor, Policy & Environment, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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Area of Expertise/WSCC Component: Local School Wellness Policy development and implementation with an emphasizes of including WSCC components to support the Whole Child, School, and Community Environments.

Shauvon Simmons-Wright, serves as a National Content Advisor focused on Policy and Environment with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In this role she provides technical assistance, professional development training, and develops best practice resources to improve local school wellness policy, school nutrition, and out-of-school time environments for schools and program sites across the nation. Shauvon focuses on building the capacity of districts, schools, and communities to make sustainable policy, systems, and environmental changes. She has brokered national collaborative partnerships to provide support and resources for local education agencies, schools, and communities. She has over 20 years’ experience working in school and community settings providing training, curriculum development, technical assistance, and brokering resources.

Shauvon holds a Master’s in Education with a decade of teaching experience in grades K-12 and Higher Education in Health and Physical Education. She has served as a board member president for Health Education, executive leadership team and planning committee member for state organizations and coalitions in North Carolina. Shauvon has a passion for building collaborative partnerships to create and sustain thriving healthy communities.

Elizabeth Whitney

Health Educator, Julius West Middle School

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Area of Expertise/WSCC Component: Health Education

Elizabeth Whitney will begin her first year as a middle school health education teacher in Montgomery County, MD. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Whitney was at the University of Kentucky where she was a health education teacher educator and health promotion faculty. She is looking forward this career pivot such that she will have the opportunity to directly impact the lives of youth and the local school community by bringing her prior knowledge, resources, skills, and abilities to her new position.