Meet the Grants Pass local team!

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In April, Grants Pass was named a Blue Zones Project™ Demonstration Community. The local initiative will focus on implementing a comprehensive, evidence-based plan for improving community well-being. And there is already much progress to celebrate!

We are excited to welcome the local team that will be responsible for implementing programs and principles as the Grants Pass initiative works toward Blue Zones Community Certification™. 

The team will soon be at home in their new office located on the Club Northwest campus.  Big thanks to Club Northwest for the space!

Learn a little bit more about these four talented people below- you will be seeing much more of them!

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Diane Hoover
Before serving for six years at the Josephine County Health Department, Hoover spent 26 years in the United States Navy Medical Service Corps.  Her role, as Community Program Manager for the Blue Zones Project, will be to direct the execution of the initiative; to work directly with advocates, leaders, and volunteers; and to help drive policy priorities set by the community.

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George Prokop
Having previously launched programs and services worldwide while working for Hewlett-Packard for 30 years, Prokop brings a broad set of experiences to the team. He will be responsible for planning, executing, and finalizing projects while ensuring that programs stay aligned with Blue Zones Project strategies.  

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Cort Cox
Cox joins the Grants Pass Blue Zones team after two years with the Blue Zones Project—Klamath Falls initiative. Cox is passionate about working closely with the community to create positive individual change.  His role will focus on driving communication efforts for the initiative while managing activities to inspire people to engage with Blue Zones Project practices and resources.

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Denise Kalic
With more than 20 years of experience in sales and business development, most recently with Harry & David and Lithia Motors, Kalic will be working directly with organizations across the region including grocery stores, schools, and worksites, helping them create settings that encourage improved well-being for the people they serve.