Officers and Chairs
Andy Strader, Chair
Andy Strader is a Danville native. He attended William T. Sutherlin Academy for grade school and high school and then went to Danville Community College. He also attended the University of Idaho where he studied communications and wildlife biology. Andy currently works for Optima Health Family Care, in the Medicaid Managed Care area. He is the Community Outreach Coordinator, overseeing the market development for the western part of Virginia. In June of 1999, Andy married Jennifer Shively, of Eden North Carolina. Today they have three wonderful children. Andy has served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army in Danville for more than ten years and enjoys supporting their Annual Christmas Angel Tree campaign. At a young age, Andy became interested in fitness and joined a gym as soon as he was allowed. This desire to stay fit, and the knowledge that he has gained through his career with Optima Family Care gives him a unique perspective on the state of the health in our community. Andy interacts daily with individuals that need more information on how to take better care of their health and is excited about what the DRPHC stands for and the progress being made to make this a healthier community.
Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD, Vice Chair
Jamie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE) at Virginia Tech. She leads the Community-Based Health Disparities Program within HNFE and is affiliated with the Fralin Center for Translational Obesity Research. Her research includes engaging health disparate populations in community-based participatory research (CBPR), which is a research method and process that builds and supports community-university teams to identify, prioritize, plan, execute, and evaluate health interventions. The goal of Jamie’s CBPR work is to build research capacity among at-risk communities to promote the sustainability of effective nutrition and physical activity interventions. She also studies the causes and consequences of limited health literacy. Jamie is one of founding steering committee members and academic partners for the Dan River Partnership for a Health Community. Her research efforts are heavily focused on building community capacity and improving the health of the Dan River Region.
Amy Farinelli, Corresponding Secretary
Amy is the Dan River Basin Association’s Program Coordinator for Danville/Pittsylvania County, VA and Caswell County, NC. She has her B.S. and B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology, respectively, from the University of New England and her Nonprofit Management Certification from Duke University. Amy works to plan and establish meaningful programming and projects, in collaboration with other community groups, to promote DRBA’s mission of preserving and promoting the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River Basin through stewardship, recreation and education. This work has included providing environmental education to local schools and civic groups, launching a storm drain education program, establishing an ongoing citizen water quality monitoring program, river-themed oral history projects, landowner workshops, cleanup events and more. In her work with the DRPHC, Amy hopes to partner with others in the community to bring DRBA’s vision of economically vibrant bi-state community, where people enjoy easy access to healthy rivers, parks, trails and heritage attractions, to fruition.