Monica Dixon, Ph.D., R.D.
OPHCC Founder and board director
Monica is a health psychologist, registered dietitian, international author and national motivational speaker with over 30 years in the health promotion arena at the national, state, and local levels.
Dr. Dixon’s expertise in policy and program development, coalition building and communications won her the Center for Disease Control's “Creative Leadership by Example Award” for building the first-ever statewide obesity prevention coalition here in Washington State.
She is the Founder of the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Communities Coalition and has a seat on Governor Inslee’s Prevention Alliance helping set legislative health priorities for our state.
OPHCC Board President & Policy Advisor
Commissioner, Clallam County, District One – Commissioner Ozias is honored to serve as the Clallam County Commissioner representing District One, which is the east end of the county that includes Sequim.
Community health and nutrition are among his primary interests and he is pleased to be a part of the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition which is providing essential and visionary leadership in these arenas. Mark’s favorite place to be when not working or cooking is on the Olympic Discovery Trail, walking the dogs and enjoying this amazing place we call home.
OPHCC Board Secretary
Development Coordinator, Peninsula Behavioral Health – Rebekah was recruited by Peninsula Behavioral Health to establish their Development Office in 2012. Her professional background includes working at two Fortune 500 companies in California honing management, finance and corporate training skills, but she always knew that she’d be back in Washington someday.
When presented the opportunity to return to the Olympic Peninsula, she jumped at the chance and feels privileged to be in a position to serve our residents through meaningful nonprofit work. Rebekah earned a degree in English at Washington State University.
OPHCC Board Treasurer
Executive Director, Sequim Food Bank – Since 2016, Andra has been in the director position, but has been active at the Sequim Food Bank for many years, helping with food drives and fundraising as well as bookkeeping. She feels that when living in a rural and somewhat isolated area such as ours, helping each other is essential for success.
As active partners in the Peninsula Food Coalition and the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition, Andra and fellow partners are creating a unique network - working together, collaborating, and creating relationships to increasing access of fresh food and creating a healthy community.
Joseph R. Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H.
OPHCC Board Director & Grant and Evaluation Advisor
Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences & Founding Director, Program for Research and Outreach – Engagement on Nutrition and Health Disparities Solutions at Texas A&M School of Public Health in College Station, Texas – Dr. Sharkey received his Master of Public Health and Doctoral degrees from the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health. He leads efforts to develop innovative solutions to access and utilization of healthy foods by low-income and vulnerable children, adults, and seniors in rural and underserved areas.
His current work focuses in two geographic areas: 1) developing and implementing a father-focused, family-centered program to improve nutrition and increase physical activity among the growing Mexican American and Mexican immigrant population along the United States border with Mexico; and 2) developing and implementing a program in rural Washington State that targets adult-child pairs and integrates hands-on nutrition education with access to fresh produce from local, small scale farmers.
In this last program, Dr. Sharkey collaborates with Sequim Food Bank and Washington State University Clallam County Extension. In addition to the OPHCC, he serves on the Advisory Council for Olympic Area Agency on Aging and the Washington State Council on Aging. Dr. Sharkey, his wife Wimberly, and 4-legged child Zoe make Sequim home.
OPHCC Board Director & Marketing Liaison
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Olympic Medical Center – Donna began her career as a typesetter and then desktop production manager at a national and regional magazine publishing company in Colorado.
In 2013, Donna and her husband sold the house, bought a travel trailer and wandered the western states before landing in Port Angeles. Now as marketing and communications coordinator at Olympic Medical Center, Donna assists with marketing efforts, event planning, press releases, internal communications, and wellness activities. She enjoys supporting the OPHCC in promoting healthy habits. At home, she and her husband love growing a variety of fresh veggies, hot peppers and juicy berries in their garden.
OPHCC Board Director
Development Chair Sequim Free Clinic (DVHWC) , Vice President / Secretary Sequim Food Bank – In 2002 Patty moved to Sequim from mid-coast Maine with her husband and daughter. Her first community volunteer experience was with the Sequim VFW assisting with fundraising for the newly started Lloyd Strand Veterans Relief Fund. There she was recruited to join the Sequim Food Bank Board of Directors. In 2012, Patty joined the Board of the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic now known as the Sequim Free Clinic.
The Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition was created from the realization that the Sequim Free Clinic and the Sequim Food Bank share some of the same clientele. Our hope is that by offering healthier choices at the food bank, we can support better health for those in need of our services. This idea has opened up the conversation to others that serve these demographics and how through partnerships and conversations we can support a healthier population.