Who We Are

Meet our team

A group dedicated to improving health outcomes

 

Our people are what makes IHS special. Our collective academic background, professional experience, network of contacts, and passion for health and wellness. Each team member works with passion, commitment, and resiliency. We are invested and committed to the cause, both as an organization and personally for each employee. This is a passion for us!

The IHS team has broad expertise/experience in healthcare, nutrition, policy, agriculture, and fundraising. We understand the landscape (policy, players, models, and systems) to make healthy change.

 

Reba

Reba Meigs, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

Reba Meigs has nearly 20 years of public health experience at the state and county level, and in academic and non-profit settings. She has extensive strategic planning and implementation experience in federal and state funding models, evaluation frameworks, training and skill development methodologies, and community collaboration...

…Reba has designed, implemented, and evaluated large-scale community-based programs and has provided evidence-based capacity building guidance for health policies, legislative bills, systems, and environmental change initiatives throughout the state of California. During her career, Reba has worked for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Public Health Institute, the Santa Clara and Marin County Public Health departments, and UC San Diego Pediatrics. In these roles, she provided trainings to local health departments, evaluation support for the CDPH Rethink Your Drink Campaign, and managed projects to improve organizational wellness policies, healthy retail initiatives, youth empowerment projects, and school wellness frameworks. Reba has presented at national and state conferences such as the California Association for Health, Physical Activity and Dance, and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and her evidence-based programs have been published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Reba lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two sons and enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, gardening, yoga, and spending time with her family. Reba attended San Diego State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree and a Master of Public Administration degree.

Norma

Dr. Norma Rodriguez de Lisenko

Chief Executive Officer

Norma Lisenko is the founder of Healthy Cooking with Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting healthy living and the reduction of childhood obesity by developing action-oriented coalitions that provide innovative and comprehensive community programs. Healthy Cooking for Kids was formally rebranded as...

…Innovative Health Solutions in 2019. Norma has been a public health advocate for more than 15 years with specific expertise in funds development as well as program planning, development, and implementation. She is passionate about implementing environmental changes and improving policy and systems in the areas of children’s health, nutrition, and physical activity, and in working with underserved and vulnerable populations. Norma is a trusted resource in the communities she serves and excels in building and maintaining strong partnerships with government entities, healthcare providers, community groups, non-profits, and local businesses. Norma resides in Benicia with her husband and three daughters, and enjoys reading, exercising, traveling, eating healthy food, and spending time with her family and friends. Norma received received her doctoral degree, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), from the University of Florida and her Master of Public Health from San Francisco State University. 

Denise

Denise Kirnig

Special Project Advisor 

In June 2021, Denise Kirnig retired from Solano County with more than 29 years of service in the Health and Social Services Department, Public Health Division. Denise began her career with the Solano Services Department of Health and Social Services as a Public Health Nutritionist in 1991 to work in the WIC program, provide outpatient counseling for Family Health Services and the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP). Denise oversaw the WIC Program...

... and led a team of Public Health Nutritionists on a special project dedicated to Solano Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (WORKs) projects. Denise's ability to think outside the box allowed the clients to learn about healthy meal shopping and preparation, and families received Welfare to Work time for attending these classes. Denise is immensely dedicated to her work and supporting her staff, often saying that her main role is to ensure "the team has what they need, and that nothing that her main role is to ensure "the team has what they need, and that nothing gets in their way." Her colleagues are incredibly appreciative of all that she has done for them; she truly cares and always make time to support and assist in problem-solving issues collaboratively. She rises to all challenges where no project is too big or small for her to handle. Denise is a stellar leader, public servant and dietitian. She brings out the best in others, lifts them up and treats all people with fairness and respect. 

Wendy

Wendy Tobiason

Data Analyst

As a data analysis specialist, Wendy Tobiasson believes in the power of numbers, the stories they can tell, and how data can drive positive changes in public health and wellness. Wendy is personally and professionally committed to improving local food systems and infrastructures. Her entire career has focused on sustainable, climate-positive initiates and...

…she has spent many years designing, implementing, and evaluating energy efficiency programs across the US and around the globe. Wendy joined IHS after collaborating with the organization as part of the Marin Food Policy Council, and brings her expertise in data analysis, program planning, and collective impact to the IHS team. Wendy enjoys spending time outside with her family, often hiking the hills of Marin, riding bikes, or rowing in the San Francisco Bay. She is an avid baker and enjoys turning homegrown produce into delicious meals for her family. Wendy attended Lafayette College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Gio

Gio Miramontes, MA

Project Assistant

Gio is a health educator, fitness trainer, and nature lover. In her role at IHS, she helps develop tools and resources for the community, IHS partners, and other groups and organizations. Physical fitness is a passion for Gio, and she has dedicated much of her career to helping others improve their health and wellness. A certified strength and conditioning coach and...

…performance enhancement specialist, Gio manages Fall Prevention classes and other fitness training programs, and she has also worked as an elementary physical education teacher. As a first-generation Latina, Gio has first-hand experience of the equity challenges and issues facing many families in the community she serves, and she’s passionate about using her knowledge and experiences to make positive changes. When she’s not working, Gio enjoys yoga, weightlifting, exploring the beautiful hiking trails in Marin, and spending quality time with her family and close friends. Gio received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Southern Oregon University, and a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Janet

Janet Miramontes, MS

Project Assistant 

Janet came to IHS as an intern focusing on communications with our HealthRx participants and collecting and organizing all data for reporting. After six months of working with IHS, Janet was promoted to Project Assistant displaying her strong skills in communications, marketing, and data reporting for IHS. She brings...

...a bright and lively spirit to the team, ready to accomplish any task presented before her. When she’s not working, Janet is the Head Coach at Carondelet High School Varsity Women’s Rugby team. Outside of rugby, Janet enjoys hiking, photography, going to the beach, playing her guitar, cooking new dishes, going to concerts, and spending time with her family and friends. Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies and a Masters of Science in Business Management and Technology from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Monikkia

Monikkia White, BA

Intern

Our intern Monikkia is passionate about Public Health. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health degree with interests in Birthing Justice and Maternal and Child Health. She brings a breadth of knowledge from her former experience....
 

.... working with underserved populations in the Mental Health sector. She has worked diligently in completing projects such as the West Marin Farm to School Feasibility Study. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and learning new skills. Monikkia received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills and is pursuing her Masters of Public Health from Touro University.