Contact your Thrive Umpqua Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by stopping by the office at 556 SE Jackson St. Roseburg, OR 97470
M-F: 10am – 5pm
Magdy El-Badry, Food Retail Lead
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Magdy El-badry joined the Thrive Umpqua team to encourage the retail sector to promote healthier lifestyles. Working for the largest natural food distributor in the country, he spent the last six year distributing healthy food to all the natural food stores in Southern Oregon. He has also been a long time advocate for plant-slanting, low processed foods, and believes food should be close to its natural state. He, along with his wife, love growing food in a small space and cooking plant-based food.
Read John's Bio:
John Dimof is the Strategy and Partnership Director for Blue Zones Project, Umpqua. Over the past three years he has worked with over 60 organizations in the Umpqua region focusing on supporting their well-being efforts. Developing innovative models to educate the community in preventative lifestyle medicine, he founded and is current President of a 501-c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the health of Douglas County residents. His history includes 9 years PNW Regional Director for an international non-profit, international trainer, construction manager for collaborative community projects, and certifications in nutrition from PCRM, and the Center for Nutritional Studies.
Read Juliete's Bio:
Juliete is committed to the achievement of a vibrant and thriving community. She serves as a community leader and champion for well-being in her roles as the Community Engagement Director for Blue Zones Project-Umpqua, Executive Director of UC-VEG, the Community Advisory Council Vice Chair for the Umpqua Health Alliance, and a member of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association Board of Directors and 2018 Summer Arts Festival Chair. Graduating with honors from Central Washington University, Juliete earned a degree in International Relations, with minors in Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Environmental Studies. Her professional background includes government, social services, and nonprofit management. She has had the privilege of traveling extensively and holds the breadth of experience gained from her national and international travels as invaluable. Juliete enjoys singing, spending time on the Umpqua rivers, yoga in the park, social justice, bringing people together, eating delicious plant-based foods, and laughing with her friends and family.
Read Jessica's Bio:
Jessica is proud of her rich heritage in the Umpqua region where her ancestors started ranching along the North Umpqua River in the mid 1800’s. During Jessica’s education and early years of her career, she had the opportunity to experience the positive impact of living in two Blue Zone communities, Loma Linda and the Beach Cities. Jessica graduated from Loma Linda University with honors in a Master of Public Health and also majored in Health Promotion/Marketing. Over the last 17 years, Jessica has managed community health and worksite wellness programs spanning a variety of sectors including manufacturing and healthcare. She has received additional training as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Lynn Cockerham, School Wellness Coordinator
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Lynn has been a Blue Zones Project/Thrive Umpqua enthusiast since arriving in Roseburg four years ago. Her school and wellness background has placed her in teaching and coaching positions with Winchester Elementary, YMCA swim team, Umpqua Community College and Butte-Glenn California Community College in recent years. She devoted the earlier years of her teaching career to K-12 schools in Lexington, Kentucky. Through volunteering for Thrive Umpqua, she’s become a champion for Safe Routes to Schools, Catch My Breath Youth E-Cigarette Prevention, Staff Wellness and Purpose Workshops. She looks forward to collaborating with our community to increase the abundance of healthy choices here.
Juli Baker, Community Outreach Coordinator
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Juli serves as Community Outreach Coordinator for Thrive Umpqua. Her career has been focused on dietetics, community nutrition, health and wellness coaching, allergen friendly baking mix manufacturing, and the culinary arts. Juli grew up in Roseburg and recently relocated back here after living in Bend, OR for many years. After graduating from Roseburg High School, Juli first pursued the culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America, later a Bachelors in Psychology from University of Oregon, and a Masters in Dietetics and Community Nutrition from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Juli is excited to join the team at Thrive Umpqua and looks forward to coordinating community health education events, delivering CATCH My Breath youth vaping prevention and cessation curriculums to our schools, and bringing awareness to the longevity principles and our community’s well-being initiative through community outreach opportunities.