Darcie Warren, MPA - Coalition Coordinator
Darcie Warren comes to the American Lung Association from Milwaukee Children’s Choir, where she was Executive Director. Before that, she staffed UW-Milwaukee's Zilber School of Public Health startup for 6+ years. She supported the School’s successful initial accreditation efforts, and her major focuses included building academic programs, establishing policies, and directing student services.
Prior to working at UW-Milwaukee, Darcie worked as a Public Health Educator in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health Southeast Region-Milwaukee Office, and prior to that, she worked with SmokeFree Wisconsin. She supported local and statewide coalitions by providing training and assistance around policy readiness and growing grassroots power. Darcie started her professional career as a healthcare worker organizer with the Service Employees International Union.
Darcie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Political Science and completed a Master of Public Administration degree at UWM. She completed a fellowship with the Mid-America Public Health Leadership Institute and successfully completed training programs with the AFL-CIO, Midwest Academy of Organizers, and UW-Extension’s Leadership Institute.
She lives on Milwaukee's North shore with her husband and their two young children.
Heather Koch - Master of Public Health Intern - Summer 2019
Heather Koch joined the American Lung Association as a Summer 2019 intern for her Masters in Public Health. Heather is completing her MPH through UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health, and is focused on Community and Behavioral Health. Alongside her MPH training, Heather is also completing her Family Medicine Residency through Waukesha Family Medicine Residency at ProHealth Care.
Heather completed medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2016, with an emphasis in Community Engagement. Her Family Medicine training has been complimented well by formal Public Health education, with goals to utilize both together in the future to improve community health and community program development. Specific interests of Heather's include mental health, addiction medicine, and tobacco cessation.
Outside of work, Heather enjoys traveling both back home to Arizona and abroad, as well as enjoying the beautiful Wisconsin summer weather by biking, boating, or running.
Thank you to Heather for your work on integrating health equity into flavor restriction planning.
Olivia Algiers - Master of Public Health Intern - Summer 2019
Olivia joins the American Lung Association as a Master of Public Health intern with experience in communications and community organizing. She especially values her experience as a political field organizer in Southeast Florida during the 2016 presidential campaign. She has a degree in Spanish and Journalism with an emphasis on Strategic Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
She is currently working on her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health. While completing her program, Olivia works in marketing and business development at a small architectural and interior design firm in Shorewood, Wis.
In her free time, Olivia enjoys traveling, running, yoga and gardening.
Thank you to Olivia for your work re-hauling the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Wisconsin's website.