Meet the Scholars (2nd Cohort)

of the Community Research Scholar Initiative

Carey Gibbons

Growing up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Carey has a predilection for everything Cleveland. In 2012, Carey accepted a position as the Program Activities Coordinator for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland. This position provided Carey an opportunity to create meaningful activities for youths, young adults, and seniors, such as an annual Thanksgiving celebration, a Senior (50+) Prom, and weekly programs that provide support to the LGBT Community. Carey has a diverse work background. Prior to working for the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, Carey’s varied work experiences ranged from serving as a Site Director at Camp Happiness and a Youth Counselor at Eckerd Youth Alternative Camp, to working as a Nursing Staff Coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic and a Family Service Assistant at Dayton, Ohio’s Habitat for Humanity. Notably, Carey’s work history also includes serving as a Class-10 Corp Member in the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps. A few highlights from her year of service include working in New York City immediately after 9/11 with the American Red Cross, building three miles of trail on the Continental Divide in New Mexico, restoring prairie in Iowa, and working as a teacher’s assistant for an alternative-learning school in Denver Colorado.

Carey is surrounded by a loving family and friends. She is extremely passionate about advancing the rights and respect for the LGBT Community. Carey will be found enjoying TedTalks, eclectic music, and the outdoors. She loves a great bonfire while discussing the meaning of life and whether or not the Browns will win next week. A shining achievement for Carey was receiving a softball silver medal for her Kenny Lofton-like performance in the 2014 Cleveland and Akron Gay Games 9.

Diane Mastnardo, BS, LMT

Diane Mastnardo is the founding director of the Massage of Northern Ohio Practice Based Research Network (PBRN). She has collaborated with The Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Shared Resources PBRN out of Case Western Reserve to develop a group of clinical massage therapists that provide quality, consistent massage therapy treatments creating efficacy of care and encouraging continual gains in healthcare. The mission is to improve access to Massage Therapy, to conduct research on massage efficacy, and to educate the public, healthcare providers, and policy makers about massage therapy.

Diane lives in Avon Lake with her husband, two sons and dog Zoe, she loves everything outdoors and being active. Her private practice, Mastnardo Massage Therapy in Avon, Ohio is where she collaborates with her patients and other health care providers to help achieve wellness. Diane is excited to be involved with CRSI to bring her full circle. Attending Ohio University her goal was to become a medical chemical researcher, she now has the opportunity to research the effects of massage therapy. With her love for continuous learning and creating understanding Diane feels this is a perfect fit.

Rachelle Milner, LSW

Rachelle is currently employed at the West Side Community House where the mission is “Transforming Lives in the Community.” This is done over the spectrum of life through programming for seniors, parents, children and youth. As Family Services Director, she works primarily with the Family to Family and Tapestry System of Care programs which services families and youth involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Rachelle’s interest in program evaluation and research increased when evidence based programming was implemented at the agency. It affords agencies to gain more perspective on not only activities but the outcomes and effectiveness of programs and services. The aspiration to increase her expertise in this area as an emerging leader was the driving force for her desire to participate with the program.

She loves spending time with family and friends while also volunteering with many organizations including the worship, dance and liturgical arts ministries at Resurrection World Outreach. In addition to being a Licensed Social Worker, she also holds Zumba and AFAA Group Exercise Instruction certifications.

Yvonne Oliver, MA

Yvonne Oliver has worked as an advocate for changes in health care policies to improve the lives of Ohioans. She is the NE Ohio Advocacy Coordinator for UHCAN Ohio, a statewide organization that advocates for health policies and funding decisions inthe interest of consumers. As part of UHCAN Ohio’s Health Equity Team she is engaged in outreach and enrollment activities to assure that participation in Ohio’s Insurance Exchange is inclusive of communities of color.Yvonne grew up in Cleveland and is a graduate of The University of Akron with an M.A. in Intercultural Communication, and an undergraduate degree in communication from Kent State University.

Yvonne is an avid lover of culture and has performed in live theatre and film. Most recently she was a part of the 2014 cast of ‘The Color Purple,’ at Karamu House. She is married to Nathan and they have two adult sons Nicholas and Nelson. They have one granddaughter, Nia.

Cathy Vue, MPH

Vue, CathyCathy Vue is the Assistant Manager of the Community Health and Research Evaluation Department at Asian Services In Action, Inc. At ASIA, Cathy manages public health initiatives throughout the Asian American/Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities in Northeast Ohio along with instrumenting state-wide Affordable Care Act efforts throughout Ohio. Under her leadership, Project RAISE, which is ASIA’s CDC-funded REACH project, has facilitated regular access to healthy food options, nutrition education, and environments that promote physical activity for AAPIs in and around Cleveland. Cathy also leads another CDC project that disseminates AAPI-centered HEAL promising practices to local, regional and state policymakers and is instrumental in ASIA’s federal Office of Minority Health Funded Data Collections/Evaluation initiative. Ms. Vue holds a Master of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology and Global Health from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Health. Ms. Vue and her family are Hmong and were resettled in the United States from Laos; her fluency in Hmong and experience as a first-generation born in the United States have helped shape her approach to public health advocacy in the AAPI community.

Mary-Helen Wiesen, BA

Mary-Helen “Mickey” Wiesen is an information and referral specialist at 2-1-1 at the United Way of Greater Cleveland. She has handles a variety of inquiries regarding health and human services, government and nonprofit agencies and program for several counties throughout Ohio and has had an opportunity to work on special programs administered by 2-1-1 such as Flu on Call©. Mickey’s interest in research is studying the needs that go unmet by the resources available in Cuyahoga County.In addition to Mickey’s tenure at the United Way of Greater Cleveland, Mickey has over 13 years of experience in customer service, data management, and market research working in private industry and for The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, an international regulatory agency.

She moved to the Cleveland area in 2005 from metropolitan Washington D.C. and has become actively involved in Girls Scouts of Northeast Ohio, volunteers in Strongsville City Schools and served as secretary of the Strongsville Early Learning Preschool PTA. Presently Mickey lives in Strongsville with her family.