About Us


The Community Health Worker Association’s Vision is a recognized, integrated, and unified Community Health Worker profession improving community wellness in Nevada.


The Community Health Worker Association’s mission is to unify, strengthen, and grow the presence of a diverse, collaborative network of Community Health Workers and Community Health Worker employers in Nevada by providing advocacy, promotion, education, support, and professional development opportunities focused on increasing access to health care and social services, and improving community wellness.

Meet the Team:

Kayla Valy, MSW, NvCHWA Project Manager

Kayla is Nevada raised and back after completing her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle. As the Project Manager, she supports the NvCHWA in advocacy, education, and professional development to increase access to health care and social services for Nevadans. She brings her experience serving multi-generational families, her focus on racial equity and value of collaboration to this role. She believes the Community Health Worker profession is essential to improving health and wellness for us all.

Cody Wagner, NvCHWA CHW Coordinator

Cody graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 2012. He spent six years working in foam insulation manufacturing and stepped away from that in 2017 to pursue more community- and educational-based work. In his free time, Cody runs two small companies, chairs the Fernley Community Foundation, works with the Upward Bound program at UNR, serves on the Fernley Planning Commission, and coaches high school football and basketball.

Board of Directors

The NvCHWA is guided by a group of 9 volunteer board members who represent a variety of settings including clinical, community, rural, and educational settings. Several of our board members are CHWs allowing us to get a broad perspective on how to move the association forward to most benefit CHWs and CHW employers in Nevada.

Aidee Flores

Aidee Flores Fernandez has served as a Community Education Program Specialist for Community Health at Dignity Health St Rose Dominican for nine years. She is fluent in Spanish and has a bachelor of arts in psychology from the National University. She is also the Coordinator for the Nevada Network of Promotoras and the Project Coordinator for the Nevada Quality and Technical Assistance Center. Aidee is focused on delivering evidenced based lifestyle change programs to the Las Vegas community at large and aims to include diversity in all that she does while also working to expand these opportunities statewide.

Steven Messinger

Steve is the Policy Manager at the Nevada Primary Care Association serving the state’s Community Health Centers. He works on federal and state legislation and advocacy, as well as statutory and regulatory analysis. He received his BA in Political Science and Economics and MS in Economics from UNR.

Sherimae Rittgers

Sherimae is a long time resident of the Las Vegas Valley and enjoys living in the diverse community.  She has worked for Nevada Health Centers, a nonprofit community-driven organization, for 4 years as a Patient Services Educator. Her responsibilities include managing the eligibility and enrollment process, training front office team members, and supporting other facets of non-clinical operations. Her background is also comprised of working as a Retail manager where she oversaw store operations for 10 years.  Her passion for service led her to currently work towards a degree in Healthcare Administration and Management at Colorado State University.  She actively serves as a volunteer for Little League in Henderson where two of her three sons play baseball.  She loves the state of Nevada for its rich access to nature around every corner!

Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith is the CEO of NyE Communities Coalition, a nonprofit serving Nye, Esmeralda and Lincoln Counties.  She has overseen the growth of the organization into the four divisions of Workforce, Prevention & Wellness, Community & Coalition Building, and Transportation & Facilities.  She has lived in Pahrump almost 25 years and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.

Luz Castro

Luz Castro is a long-time adult educator, program developer, advisor and mentor. She has been an integral part of the CSN team as she has been involved in the foundation and development of several programs.  She leverages her professional background to help people find career opportunities in the healthcare field. She currently coordinates and oversees the Home Health Aide and the Community Health Worker Training Program at CSN’s Division of Workforce and Economic Development.  In addition to overseeing these programs, her outreach efforts yielded broad and enduring partnerships with diverse organizations and agencies for these and other CSN-DWED programs. She holds a B.S in Education from a University in Mexico.

Elicia Torres

Elicia Torres is the Title X Program Manager at Nevada Primary Care Association (NVPCA). She has been a certified CHW since 2015, she has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University and is a US Air Force Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veteran. She specializes in the following areas: Care Coordination, reproductive health, Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment. Elicia currently leads NVPCA’s Title X Family Planning program where she collaborates with FQHCs in the state to integrate high quality family planning services into the primary care setting.

Ilda Zepeda

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Karla Banda

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Monica DeBrest

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Partners and Sponsors

The NvCHWA would like to thank all of our partners and sponsors for their generous support of the organization and projects supporting CHWs in Nevada.

CHW of Nevada