The purpose of the Crow Wing Energized steering committee is to establish and grow community support for policy, systems and environmental change work in obesity prevention and tobacco use and control. Crow Wing Energized also aims to enhance health and wellness through the development and implementation of a county wide strategic plan.


  • Improve Crow Wing County health outcomes and health related costs.
  • Communicate progress both internally and externally.
  • Support goal group efforts and alignment with the county wide strategic plan.
  • Document history of health and wellness movement.

Guiding Principles

  • Collaborate towards solutions with multiple stakeholders (e.g. schools, worksites, medical centers, public health) to improve community health.
  • Build trust through collaboration with community members experiencing health disparities.
  • Prioritize sustainable evidence based efforts around the greatest community good.
  • Create clear, specific, realistic, and action-oriented goals to improve priority health indicators.

The Crow Wing Energized steering committee will have four main goal groups that will help with implementation and be driven by partnerships within these collaborating goal groups: Healthy Choices, Mental Fitness, Workplace Wellness, & Community Connections

Crow Wing Energized Steering Committee

Kara Griffin – Crow Wing County Community Services

Mike Larson – Essential Health, Vice President Operations

Steve Barrows – Crow Wing County Commissioner

Nathan Bertram – Crow Wing County, Adult Services Supervisor

Charles Blacklance – Central Lakes College, Trio Programs Director

David Chanski – City of Breezy Point, City Administrator

Julie Christensen – Nystrom Counseling

Daryl Doucette – Community Volunteer

Heidi Hagen – ISD 186 Pequot Lakes Schools, Business Manager

Karen Johnson – Crow Wing Energized, Community Health Specialist

Carolyn McQueen – University of MN, Extension Nutrition Educator

Cindy Myogeto – Crosslake Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Schwartz– Essentia Health

Dr. Jon Pryor – Essentia Health, President

Adam Rees – ACR Consulting, LLC, President

Renee Richardson – Brainerd Dispatch, Associate Editor

Shane Riffle – Brainerd Family YMCA, Executive Director

Jon Aga – Lakes Area United Way of Crow Wing and S. Cass Counties, Director

Kathy Sell – Essentia Health, Marketing Manager

Ryan Sjoblad – Heartland/Promedica Hospice and Palliative Care

Susie Stetson-Buchite – Big Stone Therapies

Russel Habermann-Essentia Health, Community Health Program Manager

Crow Wing Energized Support Staff

Karen Johnson – Crow Wing Energized, Community Health Specialist

Kelli Johnson – Crow Wing Energized, SHIP Coordinator, Community Health Specialist

Kara Schaefer – Crow Wing Energized, Community Health Educator