Jamey Gill is the Executive Director for Blue Zones Project – Lake County. Jamey is thrilled to support a dynamic team focused on elevating the well-being of our community.
A lifelong resident of Lake County, Jamey started her career at Konocti Unified School District and brings over 25 years of experience in education as a teacher, curriculum specialist, Director of Regional Partnerships for UC San Francisco, and most recently as Program Manager for AVID, a national nonprofit focused on transforming school leadership and culture. In addition, she has experience in marketing/community outreach for a variety of companies including local wine and finance industries, most recently as VP of Marketing for Community First Credit Union.Return to Our Community
Kamlin Fasano joins Blue Zones Project® – Lake County as the Organization Lead. Her journey has taken her from her native South Carolina to Northern California, where she fell in love with Lake County. While here, she married her husband, Bryan, and found her ideals and values laid out in the Power 9®. When the opportunity came to be a part of making Lake County into a Certified Blue Zones Community®, Kamlin knew she had found her dream job.
Kamlin has ties to our local wine region as the former Director of Sales for Steele Wines and through her work with the Lake County Wine Auction. She is a specialist of wine, certified through the American Society of Wine Educators. She is active with both the Kelseyville Business Association and the Lakeport Main Street Association, is a member of 100+ Women Strong of Lake County, and she serves as Secretary of the Lake County Wine Alliance Board.
My Power 9
Since moving to Lakeport, I’ve embraced the Power 9’s Move Naturally by committing to walking downtown instead of driving.Return to Our Community
PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCATE
Greg Damron joins the Blue Zones Project® – Lake County team as the Public Policy Advocate. He brings to the team international field experience in the arenas of preventative public health, food security, community development, and policy advocacy.
Greg received his MPA from Sonoma State University in 2021. His 1.5-year master’s capstone project was an analysis of needs for culturally relevant commercial tobacco policy approaches tailored to Californian tribal communities. The purpose was to better enable the California Department of Health to achieve its 2035 goal to ban all legal sales of commercial tobacco products across the state.
When he isn’t policy “wonking” or volunteering for local conservation efforts or public health campaigns, Greg enjoys spending time with his 19-year-old son, Sam, vegetable gardening, and being entertained by their large flocks of pet heirloom chickens and exhibition pigeons.
Greg is an avid hiker and seasoned naturalist and citizen scientist. He can often be found on local conservation area trails photographing Lake County’s wealth of botanical treasures.
My Power 9
My favorite Power 9® principle is Friends @ 5, which sometimes includes hanging with feathered friends!Return to Our Community
PILOT ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
As a Lake County native with an extensive background in the marketing and public relations industries, Megan Andrus is thrilled to be a part of the Blue Zones Project® – Lake County team, where she gets to combine her love for storytelling and this community.
Megan graduated with a degree in business with an emphasis on marketing in 2011, and then started her career working for public relations and marketing agencies in Seattle where she was able to collaborate with clients such as Whole Foods, West Elm, Destinations Resorts, and Simon Malls, to name a few. Megan is incredibly passionate about working with brands to get their messages out to their public in authentic ways while simultaneously creating conversations and a strong brand loyalty.
Having been raised by a family doctor and women’s health PA in a rural area, Megan has a deep appreciation for taking care of her community and doing what she can to ensure those who are typically underserved in the health and wellness spaces get the information, education, and healthcare opportunities they deserve in order to live healthy and fulfilling lives. She loves that Blue Zones Project – Lake County is doing just that!
When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time on her ranch with her two kiddos Scarlett and Callahan, where they have horses, cows, chickens, miniature donkeys, and a gaggle of dogs to play with! They also love taking road trips and exploring the beautiful state of CA whenever possible – finding unique towns and hotels is one of their favorite ways to adventure.Return to Our Community
SENIOR EVENTS & OFFICE SPECIALIST
April Strait began her journey as a Lake County community member nearly 20 years ago, following her parents who had moved to the area several years earlier. She raised her daughter through Lake County Schools and has held a career primarily in the field of education. April has served as a preschool teacher, elementary school librarian, and most recently as a quality improvement coach for early childhood educators. In addition to coaching educators in the pursuit of being the best they can be, this role included creating, implementing and facilitating trainings, workshops and special events. Her work also focused on event planning, which allowed her to share information with her clients and the early childhood education community that improved their practices and in turn created better outcomes for the children of Lake County.
April’s varied career roles have given her a unique perspective of the different communities that inhabit Lake County, each of them unique and special, and she is excited to bring the Blue Zones Project to these communities and help make a difference in people’s lives.
April considers herself to be a lifelong learner and is always looking for ways to increase her knowledge and understanding of the work that she does as well as the world around her. April is usually enrolled in at least one class every semester at one the local community college. A recent favorite was a class in which she learned about working with Tribal Communities. When April is not taking classes or sharing the Blue Zones Project message, you can find her on road trips to the ocean or the redwoods with her two dogs where they love to explore the trails. Another favorite pastime of April’s is thrift shopping and antique hunting in search of treasures for her home and garden. Additionally, she enjoys relaxing in her garden with a good book where she can practice downshifting, her favorite of the Power 9®.Return to Our Community