Who is MountainWise?
MountainWise is all of the Western North Carolina region. The people that make up the heritage and rich cultural fabric of our communities are who MountainWise is and what it represents. Facilitated by Macon County Public Health, MountainWise is supported by each of the Health Departments in our region:
- Cherokee County Department of Public Health
- Clay County Department of Public Health
- Macon County Department of Public Health
- Swain County Department of Public Health
- Jackson County Department of Public Health
- Graham County Department of Public Health
- Haywood County Department of Public Health
- Transylvania County Department of Public Health
The MountainWise team consists of four Regional Coordinators, a fiscal lead and one Project Director. These folks are based in Health Departments throughout the region, but are usually out and about doing great work in their communities.
Sarah Tennyson, MPH
While she may originally be from Charleston, SC, Sarah has thrived while living in the mountains. After earning a Masters in Public Health from Georgia State University, Sarah worked for OurVoice and Western NC AIDS Project as a health educator responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of different HIV and violence prevention strategies. Now at MountainWise, Sarah wants to keep our mountain communities healthy by supporting the existing efforts of people that have been taking care of each other, growing their own food, and working hard for centuries.
William Pertet, MHSc, RD
Regional Health Systems Coordinator
Originally from Ngong Hills, Kenya, William obtained his Associate of Science from Young Harris College and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University with a concentration in Dietetics. After earning his Master’s of Health Science in Nutrition at Western Carolina University, William worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Murphy Medical Center. Now working for MountainWise, he enjoys the opportunity to connect and collaborate with various healthcare professionals to ensure that the people in our community are empowered to lead strong and healthy lives. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at Young Harris College. In his spare time, William enjoys exploring our beautiful mountain trails, waterfalls, and lakes.
Nan Kramer, MPH
Regional Community Health Coordinator
Nan moved from her hometown of Charlotte, NC nine years ago and she never wants to leave. She studied at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she received her Bachelor’s in Health and Wellness. She went on to receive a Master’s in Public Health from East Tennessee State University. When she is not working in the office, she can be found in her garden, the woods or playing with her dog, Murph.
Regional Tobacco Prevention Manager
After growing up in Ocala, FL, Tobin’s favorite thing about living in western North Carolina is the mountain seasons. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Science Education with a specialization in Community Health Education from the University of Florida. Tobin was happy to leave the heat of Florida behind and now enjoys working at MountainWise and making new friends in the mountains.
Regional Minority Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator
Everyday, Shaina loves exploring in the beautiful weather of WNC. Originally from Greensboro North Carolina, Shaina studied at East Carolina University (ECU) where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She went on to complete her Master’s in Communication with an emphasis in Health also from ECU. She loves MountainWise because it has afforded her the chance to build partnerships that not only support her in her role but also makes her job more meaningful. “When we can come together as one unit to meet the greater needs of the communities we serve.”