Our Team

Hult Center for Healthy Living Staff

Leadership Team

Andrea Parker, RN, MS
Executive Director


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Holly Bill, MPH, CHES
Assistant Manager


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Renea Gatson, AAS
Administrative Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator


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Community Health and Promotion Team

Kay Blankenship, BA, MPC, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC
Behavioral Health Clinical Counselor


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Addie Cline, BS
Health Education Specialist


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Ella Dancey, BA
Health Education Specialist


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Debbie Harris, BS
Health Education Specialist


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Jessica Johnson, BS, MCHES
Health Education Specialist


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Nate Johnson, BS, CHES
Health Education Specialist


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Betsy Marion, BS
Health Education Specialist


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Alex Tisch, BS

Health Education Specialist

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Oncology Support Programs and Services

Seth Errion, MA, LPC, NCC
Oncology Counselor

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Grace Hensold, BS, RDN, LDN
Registered Dietician


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Jeanna Rich, BS, RDN, LDN
Registered Dietician


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Kitty Bienemann, MA, NCC, LPC
Counselor


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Massage Therapy Staff

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Oncology Wellness Class Facilitators

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Hult Healthy Team Bios

Education:

Methodist College, Bradley University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biography:

Andrea Parker has more than thirty years’ experience as a registered nurse with a background in public and community health, pediatrics and medical surgical nursing, having most recently served as Regional Health Officer for the Illinois Department of Public Health and formerly held the Public Health Administrator for the Peoria City/County Health Department.  Parker is a recognized health leader in the community and serves on the Peoria Downtown Rotary Board, Human Service Board, and the University of IL Dean’s Community Council. Andrea has an extensive list of awards and achievements, among her most recent accomplishments are being inducted into the  Bradley University’s  Centurion Society,  receiving the “ 25 Women in Leadership” and the “Women of Influence” awards.

Other professional recognitions include, the  Bradley University Mildred Pflederer Memorial Alumni Award for contributions to public health nursing; the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Exceptional Achievement Award, induction into the Peoria African American Hall of Fame Museum, “Mentor of the Year” from Peoria Richwoods High School and  “Those Who Excel” award from IL State Board of Education.  Mrs. Parker holds adjunct faculty positions with Bradley University and Methodist College teaching undergraduate, graduate and post graduate nursing majors. She has published several articles on a variety of health topics in local journals and featured in the Peoria Medicine, the Official Journal of the Peoria Medical Society, Healthy Cells Magazine, IBI,  and the Peoria Women.

Andrea is married to her husband Bryan for over 35 years and they have two adult children and five fantastic grandchildren!

Education:

Master of Public Health from Benedictine University and Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Illinois State University

Biography:

Holly earned a Master of Public Health from Benedictine University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education from Illinois State University, and received certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing to be a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She has been with Hult Center for Healthy Living since August 2011, where she has been dedicated to giving back to the community that shaped who she is today. As a Peoria Public Schools graduate (Hines, Von Steuben, and Woodruff High School) and former Hult Center fan from yearly school fieldtrips, Holly is now responsible for ensuring quality health education programs and services are being delivered to each of our youth- over 50,000 youth each year!

Holly received the Outstanding Accomplishments & Achievements Recognition for Promotion of Civil Liberties from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois in 2016 for her efforts in decreasing teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections throughout Peoria County, followed by the iBi Magazine 40 Leaders Under 40 Award in 2017. Holly served as the curriculum coordinator for Peoria Public School District’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Committee since 2013, and is a board member on the Partnership for a Healthy Community. Other committees that Holly serves on include: Partnership for a Healthy Community Board, Co-Chair of the Partnership for a Healthy Community’s Substance Use and Mental Health Committees, Bright Futures PI Advisory Board, Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Community Advisory Committee, and Children’s Mental Health Initiative Steering Committee, to name a few. Holly previously served on the Tri-County Reproductive Health Committee, Tri-County Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Committee, various Heart of Illinois United Way committees, including the steering & curriculum committee for Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods, Peoria Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SAP), Positive Health Solutions Fiscal Committee, and more. She is a Dale Carnegie graduate, is certified in Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid, a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer, National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach, and is a Certified CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Implementation Trainer.

To learn more about Holly, connect with her on LinkedIn.

Education:

Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Illinois Central College

Biography:

Renea is a graduate of Illinois Central College with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Human Services. She has worked in a variety of healthcare areas for over 18 years with UnityPoint Health-Methodist. She enjoys being around and meeting new people, and has a passion for helping others. Renea is a Peoria native, raised among a large, loving family as the oldest of 10 children. She has four beautiful children that are her pride and joy! She has two grand-dogs, Doni and Bella, and recently married her life-long partner. In her spare time, she likes to travel, spend time with family and friends, and eat good food while listening to music. Renea is a happy person who loves life!

Education:

University of Great Falls, Montana

Biography:

Kay Blankenship is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She has worked in the field of mental health and has taught in higher education for over twenty years. Kay has an extensive background in youth mental health and helped design and implement a community wide suicide prevention screening program for schools in Wisconsin. She is certified as a QPR (suicide prevention) gatekeeper trainer and also services as a suicide prevention consultant for schools and communities. Kay is currently the behavioral health clinical counselor for the Hult Center for Healthy Living’s Youth Mental Health Matters educational program.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Community Wellness from Bradley University

Biography:

Addie graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Wellness. When Addie is not at work she enjoys painting, running, and traveling. She is a Memphis to Peoria St. Jude Runner and enjoys volunteering at various locations in the Peoria area. Addie’s ultimate goal is to make a positive impact in the community by inspiring others to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Education:

Bachelor of Asr in Interdisciplinary Studies (Sociology and Political Science) and French from Bradley University

Biography:

Ella graduated from Bradley University and is a Peoria local and Peoria Public Schools graduate. Ella’s experience with teaching started with the Peoria Public Schools Foundation’s “Horizons Club” programming for middle school students. This experience is what sparked her passion for education and community development. In her free time Ella enjoys gardening, sewing, and home improvement projects.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Illinois State University

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Debbie has 16 years of experiences as a Health Education Specialist, previously working as a Health & Nutrition Specialist in the school system. Debbie was awarded the Robin A. Orr Community Partnership Award for promoting health and wellness through nutrition education coordination of services and access to nutrition program so that Illinois residents can achieve food security. Debbie is the coordinator for PNC “Your Amazing Body” and Hult Center’s dental health programs. She is also a National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach and certified CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Implementation Trainer, and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer. Debbie is the Culture Ambassador for Hult Center for Healthy Living/UnityPoint Health and United Way Pacesetter Campaign Coordinator along with serving on several committees, United Way Success by Six, Early Childhood Forum of Central Illinois & Early Childhood Forum sub-committee Legislative Happening Hour, & A.O.K (All Our Kids), Tazewell-Woodford Head Start Health Advisory Committee & PCCEO Health Advisory Committee.

In her spare time Debbie is the Business Sponsor Coordinator for the Morton-Peoria St. Jude Run and a member of the Young Professionals of Greater Peoria, UnityPoint Young Professionals, and volunteers for Hooked on Fishing Park.  Debbie is very passionate about encouraging people to live healthier lives.

To learn more about Debbie, connect with her on LinkedIn.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education and a Minor in Psychology from Illinois State University

Biography:

Jessica’s first formal experience in health education began at the ISU Health Promotion and Wellness office where she thoroughly enjoyed facilitating programs for college students as a peer educator and undergraduate intern. With over six years of experience in teaching swim lessons to children and adults of all age, she is now continuing her passion for teaching people how to live healthier lives at the Hult Center for Healthy Living. At Hult Center, Jessica is responsible for the Illinois Tobacco Free Communities grant. In this role she assists college campuses, multi-unit housing properties, and other outdoor spaces in strengthening and/or adopting smoke-free policies. Jessica believes the healthy choice can be the easy choice for individuals through policy change, education and empowerment.

Right before her journey began at Hult Center, Jessica spent the summer of 2015 living and working on an organic blueberry farm in Sonoma County through an organization called World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. She is always looking for local and traveling opportunities where she can have a positive impact on a community.

To learn more about Jessica, connect with her on LinkedIn.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Illinois State University

Biography:

Nate is a graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education. He is currently presiding as one of our Health Education Specialists. Nate was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. He enjoys hiking, CrossFit, cooking healthy meals, traveling, and going out to eat. Also in his time away from work, he volunteers through the youth mentoring organization, Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Big Brother. His interest in both learning and promoting healthy behaviors to the community, energies his passion to work at Hult Center.

Betsy is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and grew up in East Peoria. After Betsy graduated earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology, she began to pursue a career in medicine by working as an emergency room technician. During this time, she became aware of the need to educate and protect the community through health and wellness education. After five years in emergency medicine, she decided to follow her passion in health and wellness. She became a certified nutritionist and certified personal trainer though the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also a Corrective Exercise Specialist through NASM. During her spare time, she loves strength training, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Community Health Promotions from Illinois State University

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Alex graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Promotions. Alex is now one of our Health Education Specialists. Alex was born and raised in the surrounding Peoria area. During her free time Alex loves baking treats for friends, being outdoors, traveling to new places, or can be found reading the next “best book”. She is always ready to learn something new whether it be health related or not. She has a passion for anything healthy and is always looking for a way to make it a fun experience for those around her so they too can lead a healthy life.

Education:

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University and Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biography:

Seth double majored in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2016.  During his time at the University of Illinois, Seth researched domestic violence in central Asia and was awarded the Fred S. Bailey Scholarship for community involvement.  He earned his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University in 2020 where he graduated with distinction and as a published researcher in the field of sexual assault prevention education.  Seth was also the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Christopher Rybak Legacy Award for his commitment to collaboration, research, and the field of counseling.  After graduation, Seth earned his licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  Prior to coming to the Hult Center full-time in May of 2022, Seth interned with the Hult Center’s Oncology Counseling Program during the 2019-2020 academic year.  Seth also has experience providing counseling services to children and families involved in the foster care system.  Outside of work, Seth enjoys spending time relaxing with his wife and two dogs.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Bradley University

Biography:

Grace graduated from Bradley University in Dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. Grace is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the oncology support programs at Illinois Cancer Care Peoria Clinic. She has a passion for extending her love of food and health to others to empower people to use food to benefit their bodies while going through treatments.

Grace loves being active, trying new foods and restaurants, baking, meeting new smiling faces. She hopes to extend her nutrition knowledge and support to people by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in simple choices and supporting people going through treatments to find foods that are enjoyable and tolerable for them.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Bradley University

Biography:

Jeanna graduated from Bradley University in Dietetics and continued to complete her Dietetic Internship through Bradley. Jeanna is a Registered Dietitian in the cancer programs that travels to surrounding areas to work with patients. She loves helping patients take control of their disease through food and nutrition to aide in healing their body. Jeanna loves to be outdoors with her dogs, garden, four-wheel, and read a good mystery book. She has a passion for helping people build healthier happier lives through food and its benefits.

Education:

Illinois State University (Undergraduate Program), Bradley University (Graduate Program)

Biography:

Kitty is a licensed clinical professional counselor and has worked as a professional counselor in medical settings since 2001. She is currently Hult Center’s counselor working with cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers within Illinois Cancer Care. Through Illinois Cancer Care Kitty is part of a multidisciplinary team of cancer professionals seeing patients at all stages of their cancer journey. Prior to her work as a professional counselor she worked in social services with a variety of individuals: single mothers, refugee minors, the homeless and elderly, persons with developmental disabilities and the chronically mentally ill. She attended undergrad at ISU and later graduate school at Bradley. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and is a national certified counselor.

Kitty is from a large family and lost a sister to lung cancer in 2012 which has forever changed her life. She loves animals, music, a good book and travel and has been blessed with wonderful friends. She loves a good laugh and has been a fan of British television since childhood. Kitty grew up on a farm in Central Illinois and currently lives in Peoria.

Madison David, LMT

Madison David is one of Hult Center’s massage therapists. Madison graduated in 2017 from ICC’s Massage Therapy certificate program with an Associate in Applied Science. At the beginning of her career in 2018, Madison abruptly became a caregiver for her now-husband when he was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer. Her career quickly narrowed from spa massage therapist to becoming a self-employed massage therapist to cater to the individual medical needs of her clients that was harder to support in an industrial setting, especially as Covid-19 hit worldwide. By 2020, her husband was out of treatment and in recovery, and through a mutual therapist, found the perfect position being trained in Oncology Massage at Hult Center in 2022. Having completed “Massage for People Living with Cancer,” she now dedicates her time to growing and learning to provide nourishing touch therapy to the community she calls her own.

AEROBICS

Beth Stauffer, Aerobics Living Strong @ UnityPoint Health – Methodist’s Wellness Center located in the Atrium Building

Elizabeth “Beth” Stauffer, has a BS degree in Commercial Recreation from Southern Illinois University.  She is AAFA certified in Aerobic Training and Pilates, certifications in PIYO and Yoga.  She has always had a passion for athletics and staying physically fit.  “I have found I loved teaching others about exercise and enjoyed the relationships I have made with the participants.  Teaching at Hult has been a blessing in my life.  Working with cancer survivors, who have a different outlook on life, gives all who participate a bond that is so much more than spending an hour together working out.  There are days I come away with so much more than I could ever hope they would gain from me and my instruction.  My goal at Hult Center is to help people find energy and strength after treatment and to improve balance, strength, endurance and body awareness with creative, safe and fun low impact aerobics and strength training.”

MEDITATION

Paul Resnick, Mindful Meditation – Tuesday evenings @ Hult

Paul Resnick began his meditation journey in 2004 at an 8 day silent meditation retreat at the Insight Meditation Society  in Barre, Massachusetts.  Since then, Paul has attended over 25 silent retreats, mainly through the Mid-America Dharma and Insight Chicago meditation groups.  Paul recently earned a certificate in the “Power of Awareness” meditation course and is now in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program at Om on the River yoga studio in downtown Peoria.  Paul’s meditation approach is heavily influenced by such teachers as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzburg, Jack Kornfeld, and Tara Brach.

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