Blue Mountain Heart to Heart
BMH2H is a community-based organization whose mission is to promote public health with advocacy, education, harm reduction, and support for individuals across a spectrum of chronic conditions, with a special emphasis on HIV prevention and care. Through our efforts we hope to encourage an environment of dignity and improved quality of life for the entire community. Blue Mountain Heart to Heart has been serving clients and providing prevention education to communities in Southeast Washington since 1991.
Board of Directors
Everett supervises the program areas of BMH2H and is also responsible for fundraising, development, and evaluation of the agency. He has overseen a broad expansion of HIV case management services into Asotin and Garfield counties, harm reduction programs into the Tri-Cities and Clarkston, and an innovative, outpatient opioid recovery program in across six counties in Southeast Washington. Everett is co-manager of the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health’s (GCACH) Opioid Resource Network, and he sits on the GCACH Practice Transformation Workgroup. He also serves as a member on the financial committee for the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, and is a member of its new Behavioral Health Council. Everett also is a state commissioner on the LGBTQ Commission, and he co-chairs its Youth, Children, and Families Committee. Everett is a former federal employee and has worked on quality improvement projects for various federal and state agencies for more than 26 years.
Supervisory Case Manager, Ryan White Program
Crystal supports more than 40 clients at BMH2H, helping clients meet their prescriptions and treatment needs, as well as their housing, food, and wellness issues. She supervises two staff members, who also work in our case management program. Crystal has a BA in sociology and has worked at BMH2H since June 2014.
Case Manager Assistant, Ryan White Program
Esmeralda is part of our case management team and has more than eight years of healthcare experience as a Certified Medical Assistant. She has worked and volunteered at a variety of medical offices in Walla Walla and looks forward to supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS and struggling with opioid dependence in our community.
Case Manager, Ryan White Program and Meds First Program
Aisha comes to us as a graduate of Lewis & Clark College with a degree in social work, and is our Case Manager in Clarkson for the Ryan White Program, supporting individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She also begin serves as a case manager for the Opioid Resource Network program for people seeking recovery from opioid dependence. She has a longstanding interest in health care and supporting the wellness of people in her community in Asotin County. Aisha is also a yogi.
Nadean Pulfer, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Meds First Program
Nadean is a critical member of our Meds First Program, and prescribes buprenorphine and other medications to clients seeking to start and manage recovery after opioid dependence. She works with our Case Manager on our “Rapid Induction” Meds First program, Liz Fraser, and our Nurse Case Manager, Melissa Cross. Nadean formerly worked at a local pain management center and is excited to focus on recovery efforts and BMH2H’s opioid crisis response strategy.
Melissa Cross, RN
Nurse Case Manager, Meds First Program
Melissa is the Nurse Case Manager for our opioid recovery clients in Walla Walla, working closely with Nadean Pulfer to help individuals get treatment for opioid use disorder, and support their continued engagement in the program. Melissa is great at working with people, and has a passion for non-judgmental clinical support to people in drug-using communities.
Liz Fraser, MSW
Supervisory Case Manager, Meds First Program
Liz comes to BMH2H with an MSW from Columbia University. She currently is responsible for care coordination and non-medical case management for our opioid recovery clients. She has a long history of philanthropic work in Walla Walla and is excited to work on our case management expansion project to support opioid-dependent individuals.
Nathan VanVickle, CRNA
Nurse Case Manager, Meds First Program
Nathan is the Nurse Case Manager for our Meds First Program in Kennewick, working with providers in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla to help individuals get treatment for opioid use disorder, and support their continued engagement in the program. A trained nurse anesthetist, Nathan decided he wanted to work with people who were awake instead of asleep, and to help them learn to self-advocate as they participate in their own recovery.
Finance and Contracts Manager
Our Bookkeeper and Finance Manager provides support to our Board’s Finance Committee and ensures compliance with all grant and government requirements. April also manages payroll and benefits for BMH2H.
Promotores de Salud Coordinator
2010 BMH2H Man of the Year, Raul Morales is our Coordinator of the Promotores de Salud and is responsible for outreach, testing, prevention and education in the Latino/a community. He has been involved with BMH2H as volunteer or staff for more than twenty-two years.