Meet the Team
Team Spotlight Series
You probably know Working for a Healthier Tennessee is the workplace wellness program for state of Tennessee employees, but how much do you know about our team and how we can help you? Find out why we chose our career paths and read five fun facts about us you probably didn't know.
- Director of Population Health Paige Turner - Paige has more than 30 years of experience in health and wellness!
- Assistant Director of Population Health Kayla Livesay - Working for years as a physical therapy tech and personal trainer, Kayla brings a wealth of knowledge to the WFHTN team.
- Wellness Coordinator Lindsey Joe - Growing up as a gymnast, Lindsey learned the importance and power of fueling her body for optimal performance.
- Wellness Coordinator Morgan McFarlane - Morgan's own health journey inspired her to choose this career.
- Wellness Coordinator Kristina Giard-Bradford - As a child, Kristina watched her mom participate in marathons and triathlons after quitting smoking. She's sure this influenced her career path.
- Communications Coordinator Natalie Bannon - The skills Natalie learned while working in TV and public relations help us spread the good news of WFHTN.
Director of Population Health
As the Director of Population Health for the State of Tennessee's State Group Health Plan, Paige oversees the statewide Population Health and Employee Assistance Programs, which include a primary population health program, weight management program, diabetes prevention program, the Working for a Healthier Tennessee initiative, as well as the Employee Assistance and Work-Life programs. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the population health programs aimed at arresting the poor health behaviors driving the health care spending and chronic disease burden of the health plan.
Assistant Director of Population Health
Kayla has 19 years of experience working in the health and wellness field. Twelve of those years have been dedicated to workplace wellness programming. She has a Bachelor of Science in exercise science/pre-physical therapy and a Master of Science in athletic training. Prior to coming to the state, Kayla worked for Methodist Medical Center where she developed and implemented wellness programs for employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. She is a certified nutrition specialist through the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists and a certified ergonomics assessment specialist through The Back School. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys staying active outdoors and spending quality time with friends and family.
Lindsey has a bachelor's degree in human ecology from The University of Tennessee Knoxville and also completed the dietetic internship program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has been working as a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist with an expertise in employee wellness, weight management and diabetes prevention. Lindsey is a healthy living enthusiast and blogger who has appeared on Nashville's "Talk of the Town" on NewsChannel5, NashvilleHealth.org and Tennessee Home and Farm. In her spare time, you'll likely find Lindsey testing recipes, hitting up a group exercise class or exploring a new restaurant around town.
Morgan has a bachelor's degree in nutrition: dietetics from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She completed her dietetic internship in Washington, D.C. It was there she fell in love with the public health side of dietetics, which inspired her career path and decision to obtain a master’s degree in public health, with an emphasis in health promotion, from Northern Illinois University. Morgan lived in Atlanta, Georgia for two years and worked with two Meals on Wheels non-profit agencies. She decided to return to her home state and became the dietitian for the middle Tennessee office of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. During her more than three years with DIDD, Morgan was actively involved with her department’s wellness council, leading their middle Tennessee council for two years. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys taking care of animals, biking and games of all kinds.
Kristina has a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Art in Education from Tennessee State University. She joined the Working for a Healthier Tennessee team after employment with the Tennessee Department of Health, where she volunteered as their wellness council co-chair. Kristina has experience as a public health educator, grant manager on projects related to preventing chronic diseases and social work with the elderly, families and youth. She is certified as a yoga instructor, laughter yoga leader, life coach and Tennessee Naturalist. She believes in finding the balance of programs that touch individual lives with policy that impacts a population. Kristina tries to "walk the talk" by incorporating physical activity and healthy eating into her daily life and making time for wellness breaks in her schedule. She enjoys yoga, walking, biking, kayaking (on gentle waters), spending time with her husband and two cats and getting out in nature. Originally from New Hampshire, Kristina moved to Nashville in 1997 after spending a few years in Seattle.
Communications & Digital Media Coordinator
Natalie has more than 20 years of experience working in communications. She attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City before transferring to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication. Before coming to the state, Natalie worked at WRCB-TV (NBC) in Chattanooga, NewsChannel 5 (CBS) in Nashville and Shop at Home TV. She then transitioned to a career as a public relations and social media specialist, working at Thrive PR in Dallas, Texas and United Methodist Communications in Nashville. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her husband and watching Dateline NBC.