We envision a Clay County where all residents have a fair chance at a future free from nicotine addiction.
To advance policies that increase prevention education, decrease use of nicotine products, and over time end nicotine use disorder.
To become a member, please contact: email@example.com . Interested persons are encouraged to attend a meeting to learn more about Tobacco Free Clay’s work.
Meet our team!
Tobacco Policy Manager
Monique received her Bachelors of Health Education and Behavior from The University of Florida and is currently a graduate student at The University of Central Florida Clinical Masters in Social Work program. Monique has worked as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist in tobacco control for six years; three of of those years spent serving seven counties (Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. John's, and Volusia) and is now placing her efforts to solely serve the residents of Clay County as Tobacco Policy Manager. In her role, she is dedicated to working with local government, organizations, and schools to create tobacco free environments for healthier lives. Monique is very passionate about improving the overall health and well-being of Clay County and this is reflected in her volunteerism; serving as an advisory council member for UF/IFAS, School Health/Wellness Advisory Council member, School Health Services Plan committee member, and Board Councilor with The Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs.
Community Engagement Specialist
Julie Duncan works as the Community Engagement Specialist at CivCom. In her role, she works with youth and adults who are passionate about creating the possibility of a tobacco/nicotine-free future. Julie has a passion for health education and earned her Bachelor's degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida in 2014. Later, Julie attended the University of North Florida, earning her Master's Degree in Communications in 2021. For nearly a decade, Julie has worked in tobacco control and prevention. Julie has had the opportunity to be a part of the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County, the American Lung Association of Northeast Florida, and CivCom (serving Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, and Flagler counties). Now serving Clay County, Julie works to educate and motivate the community to be tobacco/nicotine-free through managing Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), collaboration with community health organizations, and working with local decision-makers to create policies that will allow Clay County residents to have a safe and healthy place to live.
Meet Our Council!
Director of Community Health Division, The Florida Department of Health in Clay County
Ekiuwa is a foreign trained physician with an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of North Florida. She is currently the Health Educator Consultant/Minority Health and Health Equity Liaison for the Department of Health in Clay County. She has several years working in community health and preventive medicine in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
"When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 kids, reading, and traveling. I look forward to partnering with CIVCOM to help develop and implement strategies to improve the health of our community."
Project Coordinator, Clay Action Coalition
Stephanie has lived in Clay County for 40 years, most of those years with her husband Tim. They have 3 sons, all born and raised in Clay County. She has worked for Clay Action Coalition for the past 15 years and has been a member of the Tobacco Partnership of Clay County since that time.
"It is an honor to work with such special people whose passion is to make Clay County safe and healthy for all of our citizens."
Coordinator of Nursing Services, Clay County District Schools
Kristin Riebe has lived in Clay County for the past 10 years with her husband Jeff, and son Jason.They have three children and one grandson. Kristin moved to Clay County because it reminded her of her hometown neighborhoods.
"I have worked with the Clay County District Schools for the past 10 years and I truly enjoy my position with the staff and opportunities it has presented to help the community."
Regional Prevention Coordinator, Hanley Foundation
Nancy Valdes is motivated by her desire to help others and her desire to reach the youth with the truth about substance use and addiction before they make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. She began her career in prevention as a Correctional Officer where she became aware of the impact that addiction and substance abuse have on the rate of recidivism. During this time, she developed a passion to raise awareness within her community and to promote the need to partner together to prevent addiction and reduce the impacts of substance use disorder.
Nancy earned her Bachelor of Psychology degree with an emphasis in Substance Abuse Treatment from Regent University. She earned membership to Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Upon completing her degree, Nancy transitioned from her position as a Correctional Officer into a position as a Prevention Specialist and currently, Nancy is the Northeast Florida Regional Prevention Coordinator for Hanley Foundation.
County Extension Director and Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, University of Florida/IFAS Extension in Clay County
Annie Wallau serves as the County Extension Director and Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension in Clay County, Florida. As FCS Extension Agent and Family Nutrition Program Coordinator in Orange, Alachua, and Clay Counties Annie’s educational programs over the past ten years have focused on nutrition and well-being reaching over 159,000 participants.
Annie has been successful in securing over $2 million in grants and her work has been recognized by multiple professional associations resulting in 11 national/regional awards and 28 state awards. She has had the privilege to lead and serve on many impactful committees and coalitions including the UF & UF Health Wellness Committee, UF/IFAS Extension FCS Advisory Board, Florida Extension Initiative 5: Nutrition Education Action Team, and many local food policy councils and wellness coalitions.
Her commitment to leadership, educational programming, and professional development was recognized in 2019 by the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences with the Distinguished Service Award. She holds a BS in Dietetics from the University of North Florida and a Master of Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida.
Prevention Coordinator, Hanley Foundation
Cara currently serves as a dedicated Prevention Coordinator focusing on prevention and education programming initiatives in Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, and Flagler Counties. Through her work, Cara furthers Hanley Foundation's reach, supporting a variety of prevention efforts within the community. Before joining Hanley Foundation, Cara earned her MFA from Regent University. She also gained experience as a theater teacher and worked within the foster care system. Her diverse background has allowed her to engage with others in many different settings, helping her understand a multitude of perspectives and make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. Through her work, Cara has been honored with a number of achievements and recognitions, including the 2022 Tobacco Free Clay Recognition Award for her outstanding efforts in promoting a tobacco-free environment in Clay County.
Tobacco Free Clay meets the last Tuesday of every month. Come join us as we collaborate with community leaders, concerned residents, and county youth to fight nicotine addiction.
Meetings are open to the public, and guests are welcome!
Please contact Monique Johnson @ firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting link
The next Students Working Against Tobacco meeting will be TBD.
To join via video, please contact Julie Duncan at email@example.com for the meeting link.
Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) mobilizes and equips youth to protect their generation from the tobacco and vaping industries. Clay County SWAT members build leadership skills and plan activities to help raise awareness and support for policies that benefit the community.
To learn more or to attend a SWAT meeting or event in Clay County, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about SWAT’s work across the state, visit SWATflorida.com.
Are you or someone you care about ready to quit? Support is available!
Talk to a quit coach, find a quit group, or get free nicotine replacement patches or gum. Learn more about these and other FREE resources at Tobacco Free Florida.
To learn more about Tobacco Free Clay, please contact email@example.com
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