Board of Directors
Chair – Randy McCall, PhD
Recently retired, Randy McCall is the former Administrator for the Chatham County Health Department. He has served in various positions with public health for more than 27 years. Currently, he supervises senior management staff with responsibility for nursing, environmental health, epidemiology, emergency preparedness, finance, human resources, and others. He has provided oversight and consultation on several difficult environmental health issues, including lead abatement ordinances, beach water quality programs, and health consults regarding hazardous waste sites.
He serves on the Center Court Board (works with Accountability Courts), Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition, Juvenile Court Stakeholders Committee, and is a recent graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia. Most recently, he began serving on the PLAN4Health Task Force and as a consultant on the Invest Health initiative. He is married to Lynnette, with 4 adult children, Andrew, Connor, Sydney, and Gillian.
Chair-Elect, Lillian Grant-Baptiste
Lillian Grant-Baptiste is a celebrant, inspirational speaker, cultural artist, and community change agent. She is known throughout Chatham County for her advocacy for personal, family, and community empowerment. In her present position with the City of Savannah, Lillian serves as the Leadership and Training Coordinator for the WorkSource Coastal Department. Lillian is also the Chair of the Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition. Lillian Grant-Baptiste is a 1985 honor graduate of Savannah State University and a 2006 graduate of Leadership Savannah.
Healthy Savannah is not just an organization that aims to effect positive change around health and wellness, it is a campaign that seeks to connect, inspire and grow to ultimately make Savannah a more holistic, healthy, and abundant community. More than 10 years ago, Healthy Savannah began as a few collaborative conversations and a dream deeply rooted in the heart of Mayor Otis Johnson and has since grown from a hope and a dream to a social movement that has drawn tremendous energy and momentum.
Board Treasurer- Blake Caldwell, MD
Blake Caldwell is a physician and scientist who retired in 2010 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a pediatrician but her early career included 8 years in the Navy doing bacterial research with a two-year tour teaching tropical public health and deployment medicine to Navy physicians in Panama. She joined the CDC in 1989 and her long career there included epidemiological research in HIV, health services research in health care quality and medical errors, and finally health policy for infectious diseases.
She developed and initially ran Skidaway Farms, a large community garden on Skidaway Island. She chairs the Agriculture and Archaeology Committees for Sustainable Skidaway. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Landings Association. She has been Co-chair of the Savannah/Chatham Food Policy Council since 2013 and helped found the Healthy Savannah Grant Planning Working Group. In 2011-2012 she chaired a task force for the Metropolitan Planning Commission to revise the city and county animal control ordinances to encourage urban agriculture.
Blake is married to Joel Rosenstock, an Infectious Disease physician practicing in Atlanta and they have two sons and three grandsons.
How is Healthy Savannah is making an impact? Healthy Savannah had had a tremendous impact on the grant funding in the community through its Grant Planning Working Group helping coordinate grant planning for many successful grants since its inception.
Board Secretary, Nick Deffley
Nick Deffley is the Director of Environmental Services & Sustainability at the City of Savannah, promoting a healthy, equitable, and economically vibrant community for our current citizens and future generations. Nick has worked with a variety of organizations locally including Armstrong University, Emergent Structures, Sustainativity, and Step Up Savannah on strategic planning, workforce development, and sustainability efforts. Prior to Savannah, Nick worked at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where he developed sustainable building policies, managed the University’s first sustainable building program, and improved collaboration with women and minority-owned businesses on sustainable building projects. Nick has a multi-disciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science & Communications and a Masters in Environmental Policy & Organizational Effectiveness.
The impact of Healthy Savannah is a direct result of its breadth and depth of relationships, connections, and partnerships that it has developed among so many organizations and people in Savannah and beyond. Healthy Savannah’s collaborative and inclusive approach spurs innovative policy, environment and systems change that has far-reaching impacts on the health of Savannah and its residents.
Tom Bullock, PhD
Dr. Bullock is the Retention Specialist for Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus’ TRIO Student Support Services program and serves on the President’s Diversity Advisory Council. He serves as a Board member for numerous nonprofit organizations including, the Savannah Multicultural Chamber of Commerce, Healthy Savannah, The Heritage Signature Chorale, Whitman-Walker Health, United Aid for Africa, Resurrection Catholic Church Pastoral Council, and the Savannah Technical College Foundation.
Dr. Bullock is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization LEADERS, Inc., which serves to prepare undergraduate students for self-reliance, postgraduate opportunities, and leadership through the facilitation of, and exposure to, social and cultural competencies, professional development, and life skills.
One of his favorite sayings is, “Don’t wait for tomorrow to be successful, do one successful thing each day.”
Tamala Fulton, MPH
Immediate Past Chair, Chair of Nominating Committee
Tamala R. Fulton is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Masters of Public Health degree. She also holds certifications with the Society for Human Resources Management and the National Institute of Wellness.
Tamala is currently the Employee Wellness Coordinator for Chatham County where she is a strong advocate for programs that encourage preventive care and healthy living.
Healthy Savannah is important because the members of this collaborative organization sincerely care about the community. As a result, Healthy Savannah members have supported and successfully advocated for the establishment of policies that both protect and enhance the health of members of this community.
Cristina Gibson, MPH
Cristina has been in public health for 13 years, in the divisions of epidemiology, youth development, and has finally found her passion in health promotion. She is the Chronic Disease Prevention Director for the Coastal Health District, serving all the counties along the coast of Georgia and her branch’s motto is “Make the healthy choice the easy choice.” Her current work involves increasing community assets in the way of opportunities for physical activity, access points to healthy foods, and smoke-free environments. She is a member of the Healthy Savannah Coalition, which was instrumental in helping the City of Savannah and Chatham County pass local smoke-free ordinances and at our local university, Armstrong State, adopt a 100% smoke-free campus policy.
Otis Johnson, PhD
Dr. Johnson is the former mayor of Savannah, GA. While Mayor, in 2007, he planted the seed to start Healthy Savannah. A Savannah native, he graduated from Beach High School in 1960, Armstrong Junior College in 1964 (now Georgia Southern University) as the first African American graduate, and the University of Georgia in 1967. He served from 1959 to 1965 in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1969, he earned a master’s degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University and, in 1980, he received his Ph.D. from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Before becoming mayor, Johnson worked for the Economic Opportunity Authority, Model Cities Program, and Savannah State University. From 1983 until 1988, he served as the City Council Representative for the second district of Savannah. He then became the Executive Director of the Chatham Savannah Youth Futures Authority He formerly served as chair of the board of trustees of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. A longtime neighborhood leader on issues of youth development, he led the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Youth Futures Commission in Savannah. He also was dean of the School of Social Work at Savannah State and is a member of the Aspen Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Change.
Krystal Hill McGee is the district Vice President for the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. She provides leadership to Chatham, Liberty, Effingham, and Bulloch Counties. She is a graduate from the State University of West Georgia where she majored in Recreation and Corporate Fitness. She was also a member of the collegiate softball team, served as an athletic trainer and Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Her passion is to give tools to people and encourage them to enjoy a high-quality life through recreation, health, and comprehensive wellness. Her past work included the development of the US Army’s Pregnancy Fitness Program and the US Army’s Civilian Fitness Program.
Krystal serves on the board of Leadership Southeast Georgia and the Savannah South Rotary Club. She is the proud mother of two boys and can be found sitting the football stands at Berry College every Saturday in the fall watching her oldest, Nick, who is part of the coaching staff and her youngest, Ryan, as he plays on the team.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA., Michael O’Neal is a founder of Parent University and serves as the Executive Director of Community United Services Inc., which is the entity that manages the Parent University program. O’Neal has been the chief steward of this grassroots community-based program since its inception here in Savannah in 1999. Currently, Michael is facilitating Parent University and its new component “Early Learning College” program for the parents of children birth to five years old.
He has managed a pilot project for the City of Savannah called the Strong Families Program to give parental training to the parents of youth who were considered at risk by the schools or courts. He has co-facilitated Parental Engagement seminars at locations in Georgia and South Carolina in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education which was featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Lizann Roberts, MBA
Lizann Roberts is Executive Director of the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition. She received her graduate degree in Education and earned leadership coaching certificates through Georgetown University and Strozzi Institute. Lizann is an active community leader serving on the boards of Inspire Savannah, Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition and serves as Board President of Healthy Savannah. Recently she’s leading an effort to support and teach women fighting heart disease in our community through WomenHeart is the area’s first support network for women living with heart disease. Champions like Lizann use personal knowledge of living with heart disease with the skills learned at the symposium to educate the community and lead support groups.
Joel Smoker is President/CEO of the YMCA of Coastal GA, Inc and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. In addition to serving his community through his work with the YMCA, he is most proud of his volunteering as Past Chair and board member for Healthy Savannah, a non-profit community coalition working to increase physical activity and healthy choice opportunities for citizens through policy change.
He is married to Carmen Smoker, his wife of twenty-nine years, whom he met when she asked him out on a date when they were both working part-time at their hometown YMCA. He and Carmen have two grown children
Thomas L Thomson, P.E., AICP
Officer at Large
Tom Thomson has more than 40 years of experience in planning, management, and engineering. He has directed programs and projects in roadway planning, public transportation, marketing, policy, engineering, and community consensus building. Thomson is the principal of Tom Thomson Consulting, LLC. TTC’s services include a range of urban, development and transportation planning; project and program management; and business and organizational consulting. He previously served as director of the metropolitan planning commission and metropolitan planning organization, in Savannah and was director of the transportation division for the Hillsborough County Planning & Growth Management Department in Tampa, Florida.
Thomson graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and other professional organizations. He is a licensed professional engineer in Florida.
Robin Tisdale-Turner is a Teacher Specialist with Savannah Chatham County Public School System where she has served the administrators, teachers, and students for the past 14 years. She is a passionate advocate for children. Her passion motivated her to start a school/community garden at A.E. Beach HS to educate students and the community about the importance of sustainability and wellness. She has served on the Farm 2 School advisory board for SCCPSS and has formed strong partnerships with organizations such as COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention Education), Department of Public Health, and The Beach Institute.
Melanie Willoughby, RN, BSN, CCR
Melanie received her Bachelors in Nursing from Armstrong State College in 1987. She has worked at St. Joseph’s/Candler for the past 32 years and is currently the Director of Health Management. She received national certification in Critical Care Nursing (CCRN) by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Melanie’s area of expertise is critical care, cardiac rehabilitation, and Health Management.
Steering Committee Chair:
Pastor Ashley Randall
Paula Kreissler, MBA, CPA
Paula volunteered with Healthy Savannah from its launch in 2007, prior to accepting her current position. Paula graduated from Concordia University, is a licensed CPA, earned an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University in 2012 and is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia. The first 25 years of her career were spent primarily in Operations Management at FedEx.
As a volunteer at Healthy Savannah, Paula was on the inaugural Board of Directors, has led the Policy and Advocacy Committee, Steering Committee, Food Policy Committee, and Visibility Committee. Paula was the Project Lead on a Healthy Savannah grant to reduce childhood obesity in the Savannah/Chatham County community and currently is the Program Manager for the CDC REACH Grant. In 2008 Paula received the Top Ten Working Women’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award from A Working Women In Need (AWWIN). Paula’s business Wound Care Clinic -ESU won the 2008 Small Business of the Year Award from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2015 she was recognized by the United Way Women’s Legacy Council with a “Women Who Rule” award.
Healthy Savannah and its 200+ public and private partners are making an impact by collaborating around Policy, Systems, and Environmental change through the lens of health equity. We collectively have been at the table to educate policy influencers and policymakers on how they can help the healthy choice to be the easy choice. From the creation of Healthy Savannah in 2007, Savannah has seen positive health outcomes as a result of new policies being implemented like Smoke-Free Air, School Wellness Policy, School Design Guidelines, Complete Streets Ordinance, Community Garden Policy, Farm Truck Ordinance, and many more. I am looking forward to the next 10 years as we create a Culture of Health in our community.
Nichele Hoskins, MA,
Assistant Director of Healthy Living
A Savannah State University and Beach High School graduate, Hoskins is a longtime health journalist and group fitness instructor. Hoskins earned an MA in Journalism from The University of Michigan and has worked as a senior editor at national publications including Health and Heart & Soul magazines. Communications and increasing visibility are key parts of her role at Healthy Savannah/REACH.
Deidre Grim, PhD, MPP, MURP,
Nutrition Program Manager
Dr. Grim earned her Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Urban Design from the University of California, Irvine but grew up in Charleston, SC, where her passion for equality and equity developed through her family’s activism. She has worked at non-profit organizations including Pathways of Hope, Coast to Coast, and the Orange County United Way.
Physical Activity Program Manager
A Gary, IN native, Turner is a graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Recreation. Turner interned at the Denver Parks and Recreation Department in 2014. A year later he worked at Texas Parks Recreation Department in Southlake and Grapevine, TX. Most recently, Turner was the Recreation Coordinator at Albany State University in 2016.