Callie Ponder began working with the American Heart Association at the end of May 2016. Her role with the organization is an Associate Regional Campaign Manager for the Pawtucket/Central Falls ANCHOR (Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes through Reinforcing Partnerships) grant, funded by the CDC and aimed at reducing obesity. She will be with us until the end of September.
Callie recently graduated with a BS from Rhode Island College in Community Health and Wellness, with a concentration in Public Health. Previously, she received a BS in Exercise Science from the University of RI and a specialization in Health Care Administration from Rhode Island College. Callie’s most recent work experience was at the RI Department of Health under the Community, Health, and Equity Division as a family planning intern. She also assisted with our Providence ANCHOR grant (year 1 of the project) by assessing the foods and beverages sold at a hospital and several worksites. Her work at Care New England Health System laid the foundation for the implementation of a system-wide policy requiring the vending machine supplier to adhere to American Heart Association nutrition guidelines.
Callie and her husband of two years are sponsored racquetball players who travel to tournaments within the New England area and occasionally around the country. She enjoys reading, watching movies and television shows, and spending time with family and friends. One of her favorite things to do is to sit on the rocks near the ocean at Beavertail Park in Jamestown, RI to watch the sunset with her husband.