Meet Our Team
Verde Valley: Joanne Makielski
Joanne received her Master’s degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Recently, she was working as the nursing director at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford based in Palo Alto, Calif. Previous experience also includes nurse practitioner roles in pediatric cardiology and primary care. Joanne is excited to be a part of the Fit Kids team.
Flagstaff and Verde Valley: Kelcii Fisher
Kelcii received her bachelor’s in nutrition, kinesiology and dietetics from Kansas State University and has also received her ACE certification as a personal trainer. While in college, Kelcii played basketball for two years at Manhattan Christian College, studied abroad in New Zealand and interned in Nome, Alaska, teaching children about nutrition and physical activity. Since receiving her degree, Kelcii has worked as a personal trainer, a clinical dietitian and as a physical therapy technician. She also owns her own business, Flagstaff Adventure Bootcamp for Women. With Fit Kids, she’s excited to help kids learn about healthy foods and physical activity in a way that is fun for them. She truly believes that kids need to be able to relate to a topic before they will engage and be willing to adopt more healthy habits.
Flagstaff: Julie Armstrong
Julie received her bachelor’s in psychology from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont, and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland. Julie has vast experience in behavioral healthcare working in a men’s rehabilitation prison, a middle school, a research center for adults with schizophrenia, a substance abuse inpatient treatment center, a community mental health center, and in-home family counseling with the Department of Child Safety. Most recently, Julie served as a clinical care manager for Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority, and is happy her new Fit Kids position will allow her to get back to providing direct care to patients and families. She can’t wait to help families see progress in meeting their goals!
Verde Valley: Sherry Villas
Sherry is the program counselor for Fit Kids in the beautiful Verde Valley. She has been a teacher, counselor and principal for 28 years. Sherry retired this year and is excited to be counseling children. Sherry has a Master’s Degree in teaching, administration and counseling with an emphasis in reality therapy. She and her husband, Ray, have three children who also live in the Verde Valley. Sherry is a fifth generation Arizonan with ties to Miller Valley in Prescott. Kids are her thing!
Flagstaff: Cynthia Walton
Cynthia is the exercise physiologist for the Fit Kids clinic in Flagstaff. She graduated from Texas A & M University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science and is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist. Prior to joining Fit Kids, Cynthia worked in Reno, Nev., for the Healthy Hearts program at the Children’s Heart Center of Nevada. She is excited about the opportunity to improve children’s lives through exercise as part of Fit Kids of Arizona. Cynthia is an avid college football fan and enjoys running in her free time.
Flagstaff/Verde Valley: Hiliary Smith
Hiliary is the Community Outreach Specialist for Fit Kids of Arizona. Her background is in communication and education, and she received her Bachelor’s degree in public relations from Missouri State University. Prior to joining Fit Kids, Hiliary worked at a public relations firm in St. Louis, Mo., working with clients in education, healthcare, animal nutrition and urban gardening. Most recently, she served as a volunteer for 10 months in Encarnación, Paraguay teaching elementary students, working in a small health center and doing pastoral outreach. In her free time Hiliary enjoys running, reading, volunteering and exploring new places and cultures.
Flagstaff/Verde Valley: Katrina Swan
Katrina is the Program Manager for Fit Kids of Arizona. She has her Master’s of Public (Health) Administration and has extensive experience in program coordination and management in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Fit Kids, Katrina held professional positions in Phoenix and Washington, DC. Having received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University (NAU), she is no stranger to Flagstaff and could not be happier about her return to this great city. When she is not coordinating programs for Fit Kids, she is spending time with her family and staying fit and active in a variety of ways. Fitness and nutrition are her passion, and she is happy to have the opportunity to work in a place that shares these same values.
Tina has worked in healthcare for more than 25 years at numerous locations including working roles in the emergency room, as a medical staff coordinator, a director of volunteer services, and manager. She joined the Verde Valley Medical Center’s Fit Kids of Arizona program in September 2013.
Verde Valley: Tina Haines
In addition to her work in healthcare, she also has helped launch and serve as co-chair for the Lincoln County Project Homeless Connect for four years. This national project brings together county and state services under one roof in an effort to provide the homeless easy access to services to help them return to mainstream community life.
Flagstaff: Lorena Morris-Gonzali
Lorena has her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and her master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from el Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Mexico, a bilingual and bilateral program with University of California, San Diego. Her areas of expertise are environment, security, hygiene and Mexican legislation. Prior to working at Fit Kids, Lorena worked for both the Mexican government and private businesses doing environmental assessments. After living in six different cities across Mexico, Lorena has learned to adapt quickly to new situations, processes and cultures. She is excited to have a job where she can use her bilingual language skills (English & Spanish), work with children and be part of a diverse team.