Our Team

Our Team

Chris Paterson Director, Environmental Initiatives

After spending 15+ years in the Green Mountain State, Chris moved to Iowa City in 2011. Referred to by some as “the Paris of the Midwest” and designated a UNESCO “City of Literature,” Chris enjoys Iowa City’s diverse and vibrant cultural life, walkable historic neighborhoods, rich and seemingly rock-free soil and a good dose of Hawkeye women’s basketball! Chris has over 20 years of experience working with groups of leaders to (re)discover their shared values; align their individual and collective efforts; develop effective collaborative planning efforts; use information-based tools as catalysts for shared learning; and engage in local and national peer learning networks and processes. In addition to his affiliation with CI, Chris has been fortunate to engage previously with other innovative organizations, including Center for Whole Communities (Fayston, VT), Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (Montpelier, VT) and the Green Mountain Institute for Environmental Democracy (Montpelier, VT). Chris’ work is grounded in the belief that the long-term vitality of our communities depends upon a stronger culture of stewardship for our fellow community members; for the land and ecological systems; and for our cultural, economic and civic “commons”. Through his efforts, Chris seeks to create environments that foster dialogue, promote learning and bring a bit of joy to work that serves the well-being of all community members. cpaterson@communityinitiatives.com

david gibbs - Senior Associate

For 12 years as the Principle of Social Capital Consulting – including 7 years as a Senior Associate with Community Initiatives (www.communityinitiatives.com), David has led, managed and supported strategic initiatives designed to create healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities across the country – promoting increased physical activity, proper nutrition, and smoke-free living through policy, systems and environmental enhancements. His work with innovative leaders has spanned from numerous federal and national entities, such as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the YMCA of the USA, The Nat’l Recreation & Parks Association, and the Well Being Trust; to regional collaboratives, State, and County Health Departments, and grassroots organizations on the local levels. In various roles he’s offered training, facilitation, technical assistance, implementation support and leadership coaching to develop and implement community action plans, to build highly-effective coalitions and leadership teams, and to deepen community engagement and participation.

Prior to this period, David spent nine years working for two of the nation’s Top-25 Community Foundations – The Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (CFGA) – serving as Program Officer, Senior Program Officer, and Director of Community Partnerships. In Atlanta, David co-designed, launched and led several place-based and strategic community health initiatives focused on policy systems and environmental changes to promote healthier life styles; another to examine and identify the intersections of homelessness and healthcare; a third to formulate a philanthropic response to the region’s health safety-net; and a forth initiative to engage Atlanta-based HiV/AIDS & social service providers (along with a national advisory committee) to re-invent a coordinated response to increased incidences of new infections.

In Milwaukee, he led the Youth Civic Engagement Initiative, to promote and increase the opportunities for youth participation in public, civic, and community boards, committees, and councils. This effort generated the first-ever County Government Youth Council; and the first-ever youth members of the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Education. The effort also helped transform the culture, and build the capacity of the Public School District to train staff and students for meaningful shared decision-making roles. The YCE initiative also led the Regional Workforce Development Agency to create and finance paid youth and adult positions for “Youth & Adult Partnership” (YAP) roles in various public, nonprofit and civic entities.

David's early career centered around youth development, during which time he spent 3 & ½ serving as Operations Manager for the Youth Leadership Academy – working with over 125 African American males (annually), in 3rd-12th grades – developing academic, social and leadership skills through a project-based, experiential learning curriculum. He also spent 4 & ½ years running summer camps, afterschool programs, civic and career exposure programs, for children, youth, teens and families of the YMCA’s in Wilmington, DE and Milwaukee, WI. He also served as the coordinator, and eventually the Director, for the YMCA’s most dynamic, urban mentoring and role-modeling program – “Black Achievers” – in Wilmington and Milwaukee, respectively.

David has a BA in Psychology from the University of Delaware, and Accountability, Measurement & Evaluation certification from the Eisenhower Foundation. He’s Hull Leaders in Philanthropy Fellow, and a founding member of the Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy. He’s served two terms on the Board of Directors for Voices for Georgia’s Children – including one term as policy committee chair.

Born and raised in Wilmington, DE, David spent 11 years in the Midwest, and currently lives in DeKalb County, Georgia. He enjoys being a father to his 6-yr old son, and playing with their dog, Nami. dgibbs@communityinitiatives.com

Katherine Melland - Associate

Katherine recently relocated from our office in Fort Collins to the mountain town of Gunnison, CO. Katherine continues to support the CI team from her new elevation through contract coordination and management of the team’s Colorado based projects. Katherine began her career in community health in 2009 as a member of the HealthCorps in rural northern CA. As a health educator, Katherine implemented a dental disease prevention program in the Lake County Unified School Districts. From there, she attended the Colorado School of Public Health and earned a master's degree in Public Health-Nutrition. While earning her degree, she was able to work with many of the local community health organizations focused on healthy eating and active living. Today Katherine enjoys volunteering with Cooking Matters and creating healthy dishes for her family. When not at home or work, Katherine can be found running the local trails, gearing up for another trail race. kmelland@communityinitiatives.com

Marcais Frazier - Associate

Marcais is from Atlanta, GA a city known as much for its southern hospitality as for its contributions to the civil rights movement. As the city continues to evolve its legacy steeped in notable faith leaders, musicians and comfort foods, Marcais hopes to play an integral role in ushering in the new wave of community and culture. Marcais is an Associate of Community Initiatives and for the past seven years he has been involved in place-based community projects to advance education, health and social development outcomes. Towards this end, his work has also included engaging youth and young adults in community development processes. He has a growing interest in social innovation and enjoys partnering with inspired persons to design strategies to preserve healthy, whole communities. An ideal Saturday includes a morning run on the Atlanta Beltline and attending a play at the Fox Theatre. Marcais enjoys playing basketball and his favorit e book is Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. mfrazier@communityinitiatives.com

Monte roulier - Co-Founder and President

Monte is President of Community Initiatives (CI), a network dedicated to advancing community health, equity and wellbeing. As a strategist, coach, and facilitator, Monte has helped hundreds of community partnerships develop change strategies resulting in healthier people and places. For more than 20 years, his work has centered on building trust relationships, as well as collaborative practices and structures, that are essential for achieving long-term impact. He is also Co-founder and Convener of www.communitycommons.org, a powerful platform that provides publicly accessible data, visualization, stories and improvement tools for community change makers.

Prior to CI, Monte served as the Senior Community Advisor at the National Civic League where he guided its nationally recognized Healthy Communities Program. Monte also served as President of Service Adventures, leading international teams of volunteer scientists and students who worked with local leaders to establish National Parks across Russian and Central Asia, and who (in partnership with National Geographic) discovered the world’s longest dinosaur track-way. He also joined efforts with Save The Children to initiate a micro-credit banking system that fueled a thriving business and social network of female refugee leaders throughout Tajikistan.

He currently serves on the Boards’ of the Institute for People, Place and Possibility (IP3), the Center for Good Food Purchasing, as well as the Leadership Team of 100 Million Healthier Lives. Monte is a graduate of DePauw University with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications, and studied Political Science/Economics at Oxford University. He lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and four kids and regularly works out of the CI office located in his hometown of Fort Collins, CO. mroulier@communityinitiatives.com

Stacy Wegley - Senior Associate

Stacy is insatiably curious about community, organizational and individual stories. She loves to connect with strangers and convene around aspirations and actions that create communities of opportunity for all. She enjoys exploring the great outdoors and thinks it’s essential to wander occasionally without purpose or plan. The movie she quotes most often is Mary Poppins and her daily indulgence is dark chocolate. She lives in one of the nation’s first planned communities— a short walk connects her to a bike trail, farmers market, movie theater and Graeter’s ice cream. As Senior Associate of Community Initiatives, Stacy has more than 20 years preventive health experience. She has served as a leader in public health, advancing the healthy communities movement. The focus of her work is the development of collaborative teams serving a greater good, meaningful community engagement and the implementation of sustainable strategies. She has served as Principal Investigator for the CDC Strategic Alliance for Health, RWJF Healthy Kids Healthy Communities and Communities Putting Prevention to Work projects in Hamilton County, OH. Stacy brings a community voice to the development of Community Commons and supports communities as they leverage the Commons to create change. Stacy is a photographer and storyteller, supporting and celebrating communities and their change agents. swegley@communityinitiatives.com

Cynthia Puljic - Senior Associate

Cynthia Magallon Puljic is a Memphis based consultant dedicated to providing organizational and executive guidance to community and business initiatives. Having spent 32 years with the YMCA, Cynthia has broad experience in reaching non-profit structural excellence, fund raising, leadership development, and program implementation. She goes above and beyond to give back to her own communities and always does so in the perfect pair of shoes.

Cynthia offers expertise to facilitate development of administration and financing. She excels in aligning community stakeholders for a common goal while obtaining funding via grants, collaborations, partnerships, and broad community support. Through executive coaching, Cynthia guides directives and positions organizations in a positive line toward their end goals. It is her belief that transformative change and funding begins with organizational and personal excellence.

Advocating healthier community initiatives and built environment efforts have been her passion. Via state, national, and other types of grant funding, she has championed chronic disease prevention through healthier lifestyles, access to fresh food, and proper nutrition. Cynthia has promoted improving health outcomes in low-income neighborhoods and the importance of culturally relevant programming.

Cynthia also has fervor for creating next generation leaders. She has been a mentor and an executive coach since 2011 for YMCA of the USA Multicultural Executive Development Institute and the Multicultural Mentoring Program. These programs are designed to help ready and create the next generation of leaders of color to assume positions of decision-making responsibility.

She is active in the Memphis community, serving as a board member of various organizations:

• Deans Leadership Council, University of Tennessee Colleges of Health Science
• National Council of La Raza Member, Health Summit Planning Committee Member, 2013 and 2014 NCLR Annual Conference
• Mid-South Regional Greenprint Committee Member, (HUD funded project)
• Latino Memphis (NCLR affiliate) Program Partner and Chair of the Board
• Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Active Transportation Advisory Committee Member
• Memphis City Beautiful Commission Commissioner
• Memphis Parks System Master Plan Committee Member
• University Neighborhoods Development Corp Board Member
• University District Business Alliance President
• University of Memphis Emerging Leaders and School of Public, Health Guest Professor
• Chair the Diabetes/Healthy Lifestyles Community of Practice for the Shelby County Health Department
• Saint Anne Catholic Church Parrish Council and Hispanic Ministry Leader

Cynthia’s family is from Mexico. She was born in Los Angeles, is bilingual, has a beautiful daughter Aurora, a son in law Adrian, a grandchild Luka, and is married to Dr. Marko Puljic.

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