Meet our group of dedicated program managers working to build community health and economic wellness on Chicago’s West Side.
Martina Coe, Program Manager
Martina Coe is a health care researcher and public health advocate with a background in program management, health policy, and psychology. Her work as a mental health administrator in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, allowed Martina to witness the huge gaps in mental health understanding and policy changes. She previously worked as a Program Specialist at the American Hospital Association. While there, her focused centered on population health and the social determinants of health.
Martina holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In academic, Martina served as a policy researcher conducting a social impact analysis on marginalized communities and organizations impacted by the Illinois Budget Impasse. In her role as a research assistant for the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice (MCPHP), Martina served on the planning committee for the Change Institute focusing on nutrition and physical activity.
Outside of work, Martina loves to travel. Her recent adventures have taken her to Europe and will soon include travels to South America. She looks forward to contributing and growing the West Side United goal by applying her skills and knowledge.
Rachael Wilson, Program Manager
Rachael Wilson is an advocate, coordinator and researcher with a background in urban planning. She is native to Chicago and is also an Irish citizen with roots in Belfast. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and her master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rachael became fascinated with urban planning while working with a team of planners to assess the social impacts of a river remediation as an undergraduate researcher. While completing her masters degree, Rachael focused her research on the intersection of community health needs and the built environment. She also developed interests in economic development and local finance.
Before starting work with West Side United, Rachael worked as the Health Outreach and Engagement coordinator at the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA), located in Humboldt Park. There she forged partnerships with residents and local health institutions. She also led community programming focused on decreasing health disparities in the communities LUCHA serves.
Rachael’s work at LUCHA provided her with a visceral understanding of the negative health effects of displacement, which informed her advocacy work for the creation and preservation of affordable housing with LUCHA and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.
In her free time, Rachael enjoys singing and playing guitar, catching up on local news, and reading science fiction.
Jennifer Norsworthy, Healthy Food Program Manager
Jennifer Norsworthy is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) focused on directing community-based interventions. She serves as the Chair for the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) and on the Communication Committee for the Global Member Interest Group (GMIG) under the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In additional, she volunteers with GreenCity Farmers Market (GCM) and on the Junior Associate Board for Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA). Jennifer is an advocate for regenerative and equitable food systems. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys experimenting with recipes and traveling to new places.
LeShonne W. Segura, Special Project Manager
As Special Project Manager, LeShonne will work closely with WSU to develop a strategic plan and implementation of at least one robust, multi-service community hub model housed within an active PK-12 public school.
Project Management (Cross-functional, community-aligned, and inclusive)
This role will be responsible for ensuring that WSU’s Community Hub(s) serves the interests of the community, including the enrolled students and their families, as well as the community at large. The objective is to have a multi-generational set of resources/services that align with what the community desires while also bolstering the school’s academic environment.
Before joining Kids First Chicago and West Side United, LeShonne served as the Manager, Program Investments at The Chicago Public Education Fund. There, she grew school support programs to their largest cohorts to date and helped launch partner convenings, a signature feature of The Fund’s partner management approach. LeShonne began her career as a corps member with City Year at a school in Chicago’s West Side. She then joined Teach For America as the Director of College Counseling in the Noble Network of Charter Schools, later founding the Family and Community Engagement department at Rowe Elementary.
LeShonne was recently recognized as Education Pioneers Agent of Change and Negocios Now 40 Under 40 Latinos in Chicago. LeShonne is a Chicago native and an alumna of Chicago Public Schools
LeShonne graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and received a Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. In her free time, LeShonne enjoys dancing, fitness, reading, and traveling with her family.