Our mission is to promote a healthy Wyoming. The means in which we fulfill our mission are by creating a forum for discussion of public health issues, enhancing health consciousness through leadership in public health activities, and promoting the professional growth of our members.
Melissa Taylor, MPH
Melissa is currently the Substance Use Prevention Epidemiologist for the Wyoming Department of Health. Prior to her current position she was a Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist for the Public Health Division. In her seven years working in Wyoming, she has focused her scope of work on using data to inform upstream prevention efforts across the lifespan. She has a strong passion for the interpretation of complex data and presenting it in easily understood ways. She is ever in pursuit of the perfect graph and will talk to anyone about how much she dislikes pie charts.
Melissa received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Master of Public Health with a focus in epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health.
David Brown, Ed.D., MLIS, MCHES
Dr. Brown is a respected health educator and librarian committed to improving health outcomes in the United States and the World. He currently serves as the Public Health Engagement Specialist for the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 4. In this position, he is responsible for pubic health outreach and engagement with a nine-state region. He has held academic faulty positions at premier institutions in the United States and the World. He has served on the board of directors for public health organizations and has served on editorial boards related to health education and public health.
Angela Vaughn, DHSc, MPH
Dr. Vaughn is a Community Health Project Director for the Wyoming Institute for Population Health. Her public health experience includes substance use prevention, harm reduction, opioid prescribing stewardship, stigma reduction, housing stability, and sexual health. Angela obtained her Master of Public Health degree from Creighton University and a Doctorate in Health Sciences from A.T. Still University.
Courtney Tillman, MPH
Courtney has worked as an epidemiologist at the Wyoming Department of Health for over a decade, first in the Communicable Disease Unit for eight years where she managed the Surveillance Program. Then as a multi-disease specialty epidemiologist in the Infectious Disease Unit where she has worked for the past 4 years. In addition to her epidemiology job duties, Courtney also leads a data visualization group in the Public Health Division at the Wyoming Department of Health. Courtney has a knack for process improvement and a strong desire to get things done.
Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shenandoah University and her Master of Public Health degree focused in Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. She has a graduate certificate in biostatistics and is certified in public health and in public management.
Director at Large
Amy Spieker, DrPH, MPH
Dr. Spieker has been the Director of Community Health and Analysis at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and as the Executive Director of the Laramie County Partnership for almost five years. Previously, she worked as a maternal and child health epidemiologist at the Wyoming Department of Health. Amy defines herself as a public health practitioner and loves the opportunities to help make Wyoming healthier for everyone. She and her husband Ben are currently enjoying their newest role as parents to their son, Alex.
Amy received her Master's in Public Health from then 'other UW' (University of Washington) and her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Director at Large
Hailey Bloom, MPH
Hailey has worked in local public health for the last eight years including roles in environmental health, communicable disease and prevention. For the last five years, she has served as the Community Prevention Manager at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department. Hailey received her undergraduate degree in math and science from the University of Wyoming and her Master's in Public Health from the University of North Dakota. Hailey enjoys spending time with her husband Jesse and son, Crue.
Director at Large
Feliciana serves as the Maternal and Child Health Unit Manager at the Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division where she leads and supports a team of ten toward equitable health outcomes for communities and families in Wyoming. She is a 2023 graduate of the Diverse Executives Leading in Public Health program. She is passionate about public health and has 15 years of experience in the field. Outside of work, Felicia loves to spend time with her family, play with her five-year-old daughter, and experiment in the kitchen.
Director at Large
Melanie Pearce, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC
Dr. Pearce has been a registered nurse for 24 years with 20 of those working in the specialty of Public Health Nursing. She originally graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Bachelor degree in Nursing but continued her educating by obtaining her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Advanced Public Health Nursing from Rush University in 2015. She is also board certified as an Advanced Public Health Nurse through the ANCC. She currently works as a Regional Nurse Supervisor in Public Health Nursing for the State of Wyoming Department of Health and works contractually as an adjunct faculty in the MSN-Public Health Nursing Program for Grand Canyon University.
Director at Large
Carleigh has worked as a public health professional for seventeen years, with all of her experience directly relating to maternal and child health in Wyoming. She is currently the Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs Program Manager at the Wyoming Department of Health. Carleigh grew up in Cheyenne where she now raises her two children, Ava and August, with her husband Nick.
We are an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit organization. Members of the Board of Directors work with additional WPHA members to accomplish the organization's mission via the following committees. Interested in joining a committee?
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The public policy committee is responsible for establishing and managing the process for soliciting, reviewing, editing, and presenting position papers and resolution for the Board or Association approval as well as guiding the implementation of these after their adoption. This committee leads and coordinates the Association's efforts regarding local, state, and federal health policy.
The annual meeting committee is responsible for planning, coordinating, budgeting, and evaluating all aspects of the association's annual meeting.
Outreach and Education
The outreach and education is responsible for coordinating outreach, marketing, and education of the association to fulfill the mission. This committee maintains the website, coordinates newsletters, and develops public information for the association.
The Membership Committee has the responsibility to conduct membership drives and outreach for recruitment purposes and coordinates all activities relating to membership services.
Public Health Nursing
The Public Health Nursing committee's goal is to have an active and engaging role in WPHA. According to the American Public Health Association Nursing Section, the definition of public health nursing is 'the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences.
The nomination committee is responsible for soliciting nominations for elected officers and annual awards.