Heidi Parker, MA
As executive director of Immunize Nevada, Heidi Parker leads and engages a diverse coalition of staff, volunteers, member organizations and funders so they are passionate about vaccines and access to preventive health care across Nevada’s rural, urban and frontier communities. Bringing 19 years of experience in nonprofit program management, fundraising and marketing, she has dedicated her career to being able to affect her community in a positive way, whether working with Head Start families, victims of violence, college students or Nevadans needing immunizations.
Under her leadership, Immunize Nevada is deeply involved in community outreach, collaborative projects and fundraising efforts aimed at helping close the vaccination gap that Nevada faces. Heidi lost her best friend to Hepatitis when she was in elementary school and her great-grandfather died in the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. These personal and family losses drive her motivation to ensure that no one suffers from a vaccine-preventable disease, and that vaccines continue to have an influential voice.
Heidi has earned numerous awards for her commitment to community involvement, including the Reno Gazette Journal’s Twenty under 40 award 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 is a 2nd generation DePaul Blue Demon and received her Master of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She is also a recent graduate of Duke University’s Executive Nonprofit Leadership program
Director, Community Outreach
As Immunize Nevada’s outreach director, Emily Ruzzine is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating Immunize Nevada’s health education and promotion events. 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.
Billing Program Coordinator
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
Adult Immunization Coordinator
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.
Rhonda recently relocated from Northern California to Reno, Nevada where she previously lived. Her broad nursing experience includes various fields, specifically public health, home health, medical/surgical and pediatrics. In addition to her work experience, Rhonda has a breadth of volunteer experience—working with youth in an afterschool tutor program located in a downtown motel, mentoring through YMCA’s Plus One Mentor Program, and mentoring at House of Hope, a women’s new life recovery program. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chico State University and holds RN licensure in California and Nevada along with a public health certificate.