President- Andrea S. Boozer BBM
As a former District Manager of 20 years, Andrea comes with over 10 years’ experience volunteering in the community and advocating for health and wellness. She has participated in various fundraisers for AHS and ACS and a host of individual special programs. Andrea has also organized and led successful charity fundraisers and events, and served on the advisory board for "You Go Girl” a nonprofit organization for at risk girls. Andrea also comes with strong leadership skills, with a special focus on her organizational skills, including delegating, decision making, and program development. Most recently in September, 2017 Andrea has become a Fitness Warrior Instructor providing a free fitness class to the community every Wednesday.
About the Founder
Andrea’s vision for 1S2HF came to life due to the health issues within her family. Her mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the early age of 27, and also has high blood pressure. Andrea's grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 54, her oldest sister is a breast cancer survivor, and she’s also had a host of aunts and uncles who developed chronic diseases which led to treatment or death. In 2014 and 2015 and she's had friends who've lost their husbands of heart disease in their 40’s and early 50’s. Most recently in November, 2017 Andrea lost her father from a heart attack. After doing research, Andrea discovered that if we educate and bring awareness around nutrition, health and fitness, people can increase their life expectancy. So Andrea decided to step out on faith and leave her job as a District Manager to contribute in helping to make our community healthier.
Vice President - Willette Ellis
Willette is a native New Yorker that moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2003. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the State University of New York and her Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix. She is passionate about wellness and believes that incorporating the various facets thereof is integral in order to avoid, and even reverse, the symptoms of preventable chronic diseases. Her goal is to educate and encourage others to lead healthier lives. Willette resides with her husband George, III, son George, IV and four-legged son, Phoenix.
Secretary - Tracie Fox-Elliott
My name is Tracie Fox Elliott, I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University(VCU) with a BS in Business Administration and Management. I have a corporate and retail background in sales to include manager for Britches Great Outdoors of Georgetown for Men, Ann Taylor and IKON Office Solutions. I currently work in the Petersburg Public Schools System as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) and I also assist in the Math training and development for Administration and Teachers. My passion is in education and the well-being of our children. One of my most important accomplishments was becoming 2015-2016 "Teacher of the Year" for Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Virginia. Past positions in education include: Middle school Math teacher, Elementary Math Coach and Director of Math Achievement for Catapult Learning. Future plans include pursuing a Master's in Administration and Supervision.
Treasurer - Benjamin B. Boozer lll
Vassell- Program Director
Arlene Vassell is currently employed as the Vice President of Programs, Prevention & Social Change at a nationally recognized organization that is part of a social change movement to end violence against women and other forms of gender-based violence. In her professional and personal life she consistently advocates for the human rights of women, girls and other traditionally marginalized populations. She also served with distinction as the Vice Chair of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015. In her current role, she provides leadership to the organization’s Program and Prevention Team as well as its Communications Team. Arlene has over 18 years of multifaceted experience working at all levels of the movement to end domestic violence and other forms of gender based violence. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, community organizing, developing community and state level collaborations, and promising practices when working with traditionally underserved and marginalized populations. In 2016, Arlene was selected as part of the United States Delegation that traveled to China for an exchange of domestic violence information with the All China Women’s Federation and national experts.
Ethics and Governance - Alyssa Holliday
Alyssa is an experienced exercise physiologist, nutritional counselor, and public speaker with a passion for health, prevention and education. She additionally works as the Director of Medical Fitness within a local cardiologist practice, and teaches at local health events. In her free time she enjoys long distance running, exploring new places and playing in her garden and she is always coming up with new avenues for continued self-development and unique ways to address health obstacles. She is a passionate advocate of growth and lives true to the Chinese Proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time now.”
Amy became a health and fitness enthusiast after witnessing family members with health issues and during her own weight loss journey. She has been in the healthcare business industry for almost 20 years and a member of the American Public Health Association. She is a member and former ambassador with RVA Black Girls Run and has completed several races, including a half marathon. She has been featured on WTVR “Virginia This Morning” & Comcast “Hip Living”. As a Licensed Zumba/Mixxedfit Instructor and group instructor with RVA Fitness Warriors, you’ll often find her teaching fitness classes throughout local communities. Due to her own personal experiences, Amy is very passionate about helping others lead happier and healthier lifestyles.
Jodi developed a strong sense of devotion for 1 Step 2 Health Foundation in 2015 when she started volunteering for several of their community awareness events. Jodi brings her expertise as a former teacher, skills of a culinary specialist along with professional experience as an analyst. In 2016, she started her own culinary career. Jodi love the challenge of cooking for individuals who’ve made commitments to eat for their health. Jodi believes that it is one of the most earnest motivations for exercising creativity in the kitchen. She feels confident that this adventure would be an excellent mesh for 1S2HF. her involvement grew even more in 2017 when she became a member on the Board of Directors for 1S2HF. Jodi serves in the capacity of a Fundraising Coordinator.
Tamie’s compassion, determination and love of service to people led her to join the military for began her career in healthcare over 30 years ago. After graduating from high school, she joined the United States Army as a Radiology Technologist and served at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and is a Veteran of Desert Storm/ Desert Shield. Tamie became Board certified with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Diagnostic Radiology and later in Vascular Intervention and is currently seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Tamie is an experienced Technologist that has worked in Mammography, Computed Tomography (CT) and Vascular Intervention. She has worked in various hospitals in the Richmond, Virginia area including her current employer, VCU Health, as the Supervisor for the Division of Interventional Radiology for the past 13 Years as ""Chair" for the Virginia Chapter, Association of Vascular Interventional Radiographers (VA AVIR) and selflessly gives of her time to support her field and her community.
Tamara is the Nursing Director of Telemedicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Health. She has a Bachelor’s in Human Factors Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master’s in Nursing Administration and Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at VCU and she is board certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced. She is an Army Brat from California, but grew up in Petersburg, Virginia and is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Tamara has almost 30 years of leadership and management experience from the military, corporate America, government contracting and federal service. She has held several clinical, administrative and managerial positions at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and VCU Health. She has also taught as an adjunct Professor at VCU’s School of Nursing. Tamara is the President of the Central Virginia Chapter of the
National Black Nurses Association and serves on several community and legislative boards and committees.
Tamara and her husband Tony are the parents of two young adult children, Tony Jr. and Tori.