Lindsay new Health Coaltion director

Lindsay Lindsay has been hired as the new executive director of the Big Horn County Health Coalition. She will start her official duties on Monday, Oct. 24.

Lindsay Lindsay

Lindsay has been working as a paraprofessional in the Special Education Dept. at the Lovell Elementary School and recently earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Phoenix.

The daughter of Jerry and Terri Anderson, Lindsay grew up in Lovell and is a 1999 graduate of Lovell High School. She was active in volleyball, basketball and track during her high school career.

After earning an associate degree in business from Northwest College, Lindsay started the Kidz Korner Daycare out of her home, running it for eight years, and she and husband Chad, along with partners, opened the Busy Body Fitness workout center.

“I ran the (daycare) business until our kids were in school,” she said.

Chad and Lindsay have four children: CJ, 8, Quinn, 7, Carissa, 5, and Celeste, 2.

Lindsay closed the daycare two years ago and went back to school seeking her education degree and working at the elementary school. The Lindsays also leased Better Body Fitness to new manager Steve Hultgren about a year ago.

Chad Lindsay held the position of executive director for seven years, from 2003 to 2010, and Naomi Burns was hired in the spring of 2010 to replace Chad. She resigned in August to take a new job in Powell.

Lindsay said her husband’s long tenure at the helm will ease her transition into the new position.

“I know what it was,” she said. “Chad built the program, and I want to get it back to where it was. I want to do more for the community like we had going in the past.”

Lindsay said she wants to continue and build upon programs like the TCT WEST Today’s Choices for Tomorrow scholarship program, after school programs, summer programs and tutoring but also enact new programming to give youth more voice and get them involved in the coalition, perhaps even starting a youth coalition similar to the former Lovell Youth Council.

“I also want to work on getting the funding back,” she said noting a recent reduction in grant money received. She said she will be actively applying for a variety of grants.

“It’s very exciting,” she said, “not only just to bring the program back where it was and involve my own kids and their friends but to give back to the community we grew up in.”

The Big Horn County Health Coalition funds tutoring programs, summer programming, the Today’s Choices for Tomorrow scholarship program, alternative activities for youth such as after-prom parties, after-homecoming parties and the like, counseling and awareness/prevention media campaigns. The coalition has worked with state and local government representatives to protect youth through the sex offender registry, decreased sales of alcohol and tobacco to youth and participation in the local Prescription Drug Awareness Committee to decrease the misuse and abuse of prescription medication.

By David Peck