Heidi Parker, MA
As executive director of Immunize Nevada, Heidi Parker, MA leads and engages staff, volunteers, board members, committees, member organizations and funders so they are passionate about Immunize Nevada. Bringing 17 years of experience in nonprofit program management, fundraising and marketing, she is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic plan to ensure all of Immunize Nevada’s programs and events further the mission.
Heidi served as the director of the Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition (NNIC), prior to merging with Immunize Nevada. Under her leadership, Immunize Nevada is deeply involved in community outreach and fundraising efforts garnering significant support for new initiatives and programs.
Heidi has earned numerous awards for her commitment to community involvement and has presented at a variety of regional and national conferences, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Immunization Conference. Heidi received her Master of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University and is currently a part-time instructor for the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Community Health Sciences.
Heidi currently serves on the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence Healthcare Leadership Standards Team, and has previously held leadership positions with the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network, Tune In To Kids, Marvin Moss Elementary School PTA, and the University of Nevada Reno Committee on the Status of Women.
Assistant Director, Communications and Partnerships
Katie Nannini serves as the assistant director for Immunize Nevada. With more than 10 years of marketing, public relations and strategic planning experience, her focus of expertise is on developing and implementing community outreach programs, developing communication strategies and building statewide partnerships.
Katie leads Immunize Nevada’s communications efforts by directing all advertising, marketing, public relations and social media. She is responsible for building relationships with the media and other key stakeholders, as well as increasing awareness, by driving broader member and donor support. Her extensive public relations experience allows her to support the organization’s initiatives by building partnerships with statewide, regional and national organizations.
Prior to joining Immunize Nevada, Katie directed PR and marketing activities for community organizations such as, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, and Artown. In these roles she acted as a primary
Having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, Katie is active in the community, having held positions in the Sierra Nevada PRSA Chapter and the Reynolds School of Journalism Alumni Board of Directors at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Outreach and Projects Manager
As Immunize Nevada’s outreach and projects manager, Emily Ruzzine is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating Immunize Nevada’s health education and promotion programs. She ensures the success of various community projects, outreach efforts, and educational trainings for healthcare partners. Emily also assists in identifying and engaging new prospective community supporters and partners.
Emily brings a wide array of marketing, public relations and writing experience to Immunize Nevada, and was previously an account executive at RKPR Inc. in Reno, where she led projects for the City of Sparks rebranding, the Northern Nevada Development Authority, and Grubb & Ellis | NCG among others. A versed writer, Emily created and edited web copy, blogs and collateral material for a number of clients across varied industries to create and maintain brand identity.
Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a minor in Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. While earning her degree, she was employed with the university’s athletic department. Emily is the current programming chair for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sierra Nevada Chapter and serves as a professional PRSA partner for public relations students at the University of Nevada Reno.
School Clinic Project Manager
Claire Potichkin joined Immunize Nevada in March 2013. As the School Clinics Project Manager Claire plans, manages and implements vaccination clinics, as well as manages school clinic billing and insurance.
Prior to working for Immunize Nevada, Potichkin worked for Colonial Life in Reno as an Assistant District Director and Insurance Benefit Counselor, becoming an expert in all aspects of insurance. Potichkin also has experience in human resources and management.
Claire studied Education at the University of Nevada, Reno and holds an insurance license for the State of Nevada in the lines of Health and Life.
Heather Press coordinates all contracting, billing and coding for the Immunize Nevada School Located Vaccination Clinic project. She also oversees all office administration for the organization. Heather graduated from the Canterbury Career School in Sacramento California with credentials as a medical assistant and phlebotomist.
Over the past 20 years, Heather has worked in several positions focused on credentialing, contracting and supervising billing departments and clinics. Her billing background includes everything from creating the super bill to appealing claims and everything in between. In addition, Heather excels at staff training and managing bookkeeping duties.
Rhonda Baskins, RN, BSN, PHN
Community Health Nurse
Rhonda joined Immunize Nevada in August, 2013. Her role as Community Health Nurse is to maintain a working knowledge of trends and developments in the fields of immunizations and public health. This includes assessment of community health needs and collaboration with community partners to deliver related services and education.