Natalie Mazzullo

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Natalie Mazzullo

Academic Program Specialist


Professional Experience

University of Nevada at Reno
2019-present, Coordinator, Healthy Aging, Extension Chikdren Youth & Family, CABNR
2012-2022, Associate Director, Nevada Geriatric Education Center, Sanford Center for Aging, SOM
2010-2011, Curriculum Director, Geriatric Training Program, Department of Internal Medicine, SOM 
Lessons of the Heart, LLC
2009-2012, Owner and Education Consultant
Clark County School District
2008-2009, Development Director, Vegas PBS
2002-2008, Grants Administrator, Grants Development and Administration, Student Services Division
Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Southern Nevada
1997-2002, Associate Director, K-16 Student Programs
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
1996-1997, Student Health Educator, Student Health Services
1992-1996, Student Health Education Volunteer, Department of Community Health Education
1984-1991, Accounting Clerk, Controller's Office

Skills and Qualifications

Human Resource Management
  • supervise, hire and train a team of up to 20 team members
  • leadership and team building for staff, management, and Boards
  • volunteer development in community service and outreach

Grant/Fiscal Management
  • successful grant writer with over 30 awarded grants and contracts
  • administrative oversight and compliance for over $100M in grant funds 
  • experience as a principal investigator and project director for federal and state funded grants and contracts
  • list of successful grants and contracts available upon request

Collaboration Building and Partnership Development
  • follow best practices in recruiting and engaging collaboration
  • successful  team leader with experience in action teams and working group development
  • statewide resource for innovative program and educational offerings in public health and workforce development

Teaching and Curriculum 
  • master trainer for AARP Disrupt Aging Classroom and Dementia Friendly USA Dementia Friends
  • instruct Nevada Systems of Higher Education health profession students and faculty, Clark County School District administration and teachers
  • experience as an adjunct faculty, county and state workforce development trainer, university course coordinator, university guest lecturer and national presenter
  • presentations, publications, posters and editorial activities available upon request
  • develop and implement a six-week math and science capacity building, health career awareness, and health education statewide summer program with lessons focused on heart and cardiovascular disease, lungs and respiratory system, cellular biology, forensic science and DNA, viruses and microbiology, and anatomy and physiology for 125 students grades six through 12

Professional Development 
  • facilitate Board of Examiners approved licensing and workforce development state licensed health professionals
  • develop curricula for Nevada Systems of Higher Education health profession students, Clark County School District administration, teachers, and middle and high school students
  • professional conference planning for 19 statewide and Western regional conferences aimed at health professionals and community members (e.g., caregiving, elder care, falls prevention, food security, honoring native American elders, women's health, correctional health)



International Baccalaureate, Valley High School, 1984
Community Health Education, B.S., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1997
Educational Technology, M.Ed., Lesley University, 2004


Elders playing Bingocize.


Bingocize mixes exercise, health education and bingo to help seniors overcome health problems. It’s completely adaptable for all types of facilities and is beneficial for all ranges of physical and mental ability. Evidence shows social, cognitive and physical improvements from doing Bingocize, and the best part is that it's fun!

Trigenerational family cooking dinner together.

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. The program teaches foster grandparents and grandparents with legal guardianship to shop for and cook healthy meals on a limited budget.

Two adults hike along a walking trail

Healthy Aging

The Healthy Aging strategy offers physical activity and nutrition education, and health promotion to seniors throughout Nevada. With funding from the Nevada Division of Health and Human Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), Healthy Aging programming provides skills that support making healthy eating choices and encourage an active lifestyle.

Older adult looking at phone with an individual wearing a mask

Nevada CAN (COVID-19 Aging Network) and Resource Information for Older Adults

Nevada CAN is a service of the Nevada 2-1-1 and Nevada Care Connection – A partnership to help you connect to supports and services.

An older adult man prepares a sandwich

Seniors Eating Well

Healthy eating and nutrition education for older adults. These lessons are designed to reach older adults at places they congregate: senior centers, low-income housing community centers, and other senior housing centers.

women chopping vegs

Simply Delicious: Easy, Healthy Meals

Our Simply Delicious recipes are simple to prepare, easy to cook and taste delicious. To be sent a laminated copy of each recipe presented in the cooking series email


2021, AARP, Disrupt Aging Classroom Master Trainer

2021-2022, University of Nevada at Reno, Geriatric Academic Program, Interdisciplinary Gerontology Curriculum Committee Faculty Member

2019, Kentucky State Research and Extension, Stay Strong Stay Healthy Certified Instructor

2012-2019, Nevada Institutes of Higher Education, Nevada Geriatric Education Center Aging it Can Happen to You

2018, Dementia Friendly America, Dementia Friends Master Trainer

2010-2012, University of Nevada at Reno, Geriatric Training Scholar Program Faculty Instructor

2007, State of Nevada Department of Education, Intervention and Prevention of Remediation State Trainer

2004-2007, Clark County School District, Grant Writing, Management, and Evaluation County Trainer

1999-2001, College of Southern Nevada, Introduction into the Health Professions and Health Professions Skills Adjunct Faculty

1998-1999, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Science and Elementary Education Dyad Course Coordinator

1998-1999, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Body Talk, Safer Sex 101, Demystifying HIV Health Education Instructor

Honors and Awards

2021, University of Nevada at Reno, Extension-Clark County, Collaboration Award

2015, 2016, 2018, 2021, University of Nevada at Reno, School of Medicine, Faculty Development Award

2015, United States Senate, Harry Reid Certificate of Commendation & Senatorial Recognition, Health Literacy in Aging Scholar


2019-present, Governor's Commission on Aging, Governor appointed member

2019-present, Nevada Healthy Aging Alliance, founding faculty and chair

2015, Health Literacy and Aging, scholar


2021, State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division Older Adult Nutrition Services Grant, peer reviewer 

2020-present, Nevada Office of the Attorney General, Abuse in Later Life Statewide Coordinated Community Response Team, member 

2020-present, Three Square, Senior Hunger Steering Committee, member

2020-present, Cooking Matters, state liaison   

2020-present, Governor's Commission on Aging, Policy and Legislative Sub-Committee, member   

2020-present, University of Nevada at Las Vegas School of Public Health's Bachelor of Science, advocacy member

2020-2021, Nevada CAN (COVID Aging Network) Food and Medication Action Team, core member and Rapid Response Team Social Services Action Team, training logistics co-lead 

2019-2020,  Governor's Commission on Food Security, work group member

2016-2019, American Society of Aging, Aging in America Conference, peer reviewer   

2016-2019, Nevada Alliance to Transform the Culture of Aging, support team member 

2016, Community-based Services and Support for Older Adults in Clark County, expert panelist    

2014-2015, University of Nevada at Reno School of Medicine, diversity advocate

2014-2015, University of Nevada at Reno President's Committee on Cultural Diversity, member

2014, Clark County Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation, community representative

2014, Las Vegas Ryan White Part A HIV/AIDS Program, planning council member

2011, High Sierra Area Health Education Center, health career outreach coordinator

2009-2010, Nevada System of Higher Education College Access Challenge, community education specialist

2008-2009, Nevada Development Authority, member

2007-2008, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Nevada Affiliate, peer reviewer

2006-2007, Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity, member

2002, National Association of Minority Medical Educators, member

2001, United States Department of Health and Human Services Allied Health Grant, peer reviewer

2000-2001, Clark County School District Health Occupation Advisory Committee, member

1999-2002, United States Department of Health and Human Services Health Career Opportunity Program Grant, peer reviewer

1997-2002, Nevada Department of Education Health Occupation Technical Committee, chair

1997-2002, University of Nevada at Reno School of Medicine Clinical Faculty Medicine, academic faculty appointment

1997-2002, Latin Chamber of Commerce, University of Nevada School of Medicine Dean appointed member

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Lentil and Quinoa Tacos
What you'll need: Large skillet Spatula or spoon Measuring cups Measuring spoons Cutting board Sharp knife Small bowl Whisk or fork Stovetop
.Mazzullo, N. 2022, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 6
Kale Salad with Pomegranates and Lemon Vinaigrette
What you'll need: Small bowl Whisk or fork Measuring spoons Measuring cups Large bowl Spatula or spoon
Mazzullo, N. 2022, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 5
Festive Fruit Bark
Berries are delicious and nutritious. Try different combinations of berries, jelly and jams.
Mazzullo, N. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 3
Mixed Berry Chia Jam
A quick jam to help you sweeten up breakfast and use up any leftover berries before they spoil!
Mazzullo, N. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 3
Roasted Cauliflower with Chickpeas and Lemon Tahini Dressing
What you'll need: Large bowl Small bowl Whisk or fork Measuring spoons Baking sheet Spatula or spoon Oven Oven mitt
Mazzullo, N. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 2
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup
A healthy soup that is fun, fast, tasty and fits your budget.
Mazzullo, N. 2021, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 1