Blog Posts By: Cori Stites

Celebrating Adriana Pecina’s 15th anniversary at Health Forward

January 27, 2022


Adriana Pecina joined Health Forward when it was a fledgling foundation, and she brought with her a wealth of experience in philanthropy. She has co-led our Healthy Communities initiative for many years, including the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy, which has helped connect and grow leaders across our region. She is passionate, warm, optimistic, and known […]

Celebrating Jane Mosley’s 15-year anniversary

January 12, 2022


Jane Mosley has been directing Health Forward’s learning and evaluation for the last 15 years. Early on, she co-led our Healthy Lifestyles funding round and served as a program officer, managing a portfolio of grants.  In all her roles, she has worked closely with our staff and grantees. She has led our team through efforts […]

Celebrating Jennifer Sykes’ 15-year anniversary

Jennifer and her dog Larry working at home

December 9, 2021


Communications director Jennifer Sykes has helmed Health Forward’s communications for 15 years. She has seen the organization through some significant projects, including strategic planning, logo redesigns, website development, our 10-year and 15-year celebrations, our name change and rebranding in 2018, and media campaigns around important issues like tobacco prevention and Medicaid Expansion.  While Jen’s role […]

Pages with Partners: Mercy and Truth Medical Missions

Pages with Partners

October 14, 2021


Join us for our newest blog series Pages with Partners, where Health Forward staff select a book to discuss with a community partner. If you have a book recommendation, fill out the form at the end of this post. Maid: Hard work, low pay, and a mother’s will to surviveBy Stephanie Land In Stephanie Land’s […]

Pages with Partners: The Whole Person

Pages with Partners

April 15, 2021


Join us for our newest blog series Pages with Partners, where Health Forward staff select a book to discuss with a community partner. If you have a book recommendation, fill out the form at the end of this post. Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights ActivistBy Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner Judith […]

Celebrating Graciela Couchonnal’s 15th anniversary

September 11, 2020


After 15 years at Health Forward, Graciela Couchonnal has acquired extensive knowledge about the health needs in our service area and the agencies working to improve the health of our communities. Her experience includes serving as Health Forward’s first-ever program officer, leading the Safety Net Grants team, and now serving as the vice president of […]

Celebrating Karen Guile’s 15th anniversary

March 5, 2020


We recently celebrated Karen Guile’s 15th anniversary with Health Forward! Karen was the fifth employee to join the team of the fledgling foundation, and she has been part of so many changes through the years. In her words, “We’ve come a loooooooooong way!”  From her perspective, one of the biggest changes is related to technology—specifically […]

Hello from the other side: from grant writer to Health Forward associate

April 26, 2018


Let me apologize in advance if you have an Adele song running through your head for the rest of the day. (Or not, she is pretty great after all!) April 16 marked the end of my first 90 days at Health Forward. Ninety days of coming to the “other side,” moving from grant writing within the […]


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