Natalie Mazzullo

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Natalie Mazzullo

Academic Program Specialist

Summary

University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, NV

Director, Healthy Aging Engagement, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Provide guidance and oversight to the Healthy Aging (HA) statewide strategies and initiatives, ensure all statewide HA grant deliverables are met, provide guidance to county partners and collaborators, organize a statewide healthy adult coalition and stakeholder group, provide curriculum training, review and revise all healthy adult curriculum and program development, oversee all adult gardens and garden education, take the lead on all healthy adult evaluation and survey implementation and outcome data using evaluation tools provided in evidenced-based curricula and PSE environmental scan instruments, oversee healthy adult data entry and analysis, report writing and compilation, and continue to foster a strong collaborative relationship with other healthy aging faculty and stakeholders within NSHE and the community. In addition, serve as the healthy aging specialist statewide and will ensure that program duplicity and gaps in service delivery will be monitored and addressed.

2019-present

Associate Director, Nevada Geriatric Education Center

Develop, implement, and evaluate health profession provider and care partner educational offerings for continuing education. This includes content development, identifying expert/qualified speakers, providing guidance for effective content delivery and presentation to diverse learners. These trainings are provided in-person and through the use of interactive video. Oversee all planning, coordination, and staffing of the Geriatric Lecture Series, offered statewide for community health professionals and care partners to address current topics in geriatric education. Oversee all planning, coordination, and staffing of the Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) staff training, offered statewide for state social workers, ombudsmen, and nurses to address topics related to live and through interactive video. Oversee all planning, coordination, and staffing of the ADSD caregiver conference, offered statewide in both Las Vegas and Reno for administrators and employees who work in long-term care settings to address the current needs of the long-term care industry. Assist in the planning, coordination, and staffing of the ADSD rural caregiver training targeted at care provided in rural Nevada. Additional title provided in 2016 when Nevada Geriatric Education Center moved from Office of Statewide Initiative to the Sanford Center for Aging. Duties remain the same.

2012-present

Curriculum Director, Geriatric Training Program

Oversee all planning and coordination of 160-hour Geriatric Training Program for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Professions (GTP) programs for faculty scholars focused on teaching, research, administration, and interdisciplinary clinical education; and also included a 160-hour longitudinal didactic geriatric care component. Initiate continuing education board applications, identifying expert/qualified speakers, providing guidance for effective content delivery and presentation to diverse learners, and marketing training to health professionals. In addition, develop evaluation tools, data collection methods, and monitor scholar progress. Serve as the education specialist in effective teaching methods, learning styles, cultural considerations in teaching, and presentation skills; as well as grant and proposal writing.

2010-2012

Lessons of the Heart, LLC, Las Vegas, NV

Educational Consultant

Provide consultant services in the areas of Board development, curriculum development, educational programming, evaluation design, grant writing, technical reporting; as well as served as a content expert for public speaking engagements in the above areas. Clients consisted of, but were not limited to; Be The Example Character-Building Program, City of North Las Vegas Fire Department, Explore Knowledge Charter School, Nevada System of Higher Education’s (NSHE) College Access Challenge program (GoToCollegeNevada.org), The Public Education Foundation, and UNLV/CSUN Preschool

2009-2012

Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV

Development Director

Develop and supervise continued community-wide revenue producing campaigns using on-air promotion, direct mail, web marketing, telemarketing, proposal writing, sponsorship, and personal solicitation using Allegiance Software for Vegas PBS Membership Department. Develop and execute an ongoing strategic plan for annual major donations, capital donations and gifts, and planned gifts (appreciated stock, wills, etc.) from individuals for Vegas PBS Planned Giving Department. Develop and implement plans to solicit and use volunteers for community and station activities through Vegas PBS Volunteer Program. Develop and supervise strategic plans for foundations, corporate, and federal financial support in cross-platform presentations using television, cable, Internet, and print ad spots for the Vegas PBS Underwriting and Grant Writing Departments. Prepare, manage, and monitor a $3 million budget for the Vegas PBS Development Department.

2008-2009

Grants Administrator

Facilitate the development of grant proposals and budget development, maintain fiscal oversight of over $39 million in grant revenue, specializing in after-school and community, innovation, health education, and special education programs. Provide legislative and policy oversight for grant program personnel. Analyze funding opportunities, including state and federal legislative regulations, to determine the school district’s eligibility and whether or not the funding opportunity aligns with school district goals. Identify and contact the appropriate personnel and stakeholders to involve in the grant proposal development process. Coordinate and lead grant program/proposal development. Write and submit federal, state, and private foundation grant proposals. Monitor all grant activity and implementation for federal and grantee compliance with program guidelines. Prepare school district school Board Trustee agenda items in relation to grant submission and policy. 

2002-2008

Area Health Education Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Associate Director for Student Education Program*

Student Education Program Manager

Develop goals, objectives, curriculum, policies, and procedures to meet the needs of the diverse middle school through college at-risk youth population in southern Nevada. Prepare, manage, and monitor operational and grant/contract program budgets. Plan, promote, and market activities and events funded by city, state, and federal grant proposals. Develop, implement, and evaluate city, state, and federally funded programs; develop memorandums of understanding, contracts, and sub-contracts with independent contractors, community agencies, and community college and university entities. Hired, trained, supervise, and evaluate professional and support staff directly and through subordinate supervisors. Contribute to the overall quality and mission of the agency through collaboration and teamwork by contribution to office-wide projects, community-wide events, and conferences. Solicit volunteers, in-kind donations and sponsorship donors. Establish multidisciplinary statewide strategic planning committees to assess the needs of Nevada’s youth and execute appropriate community programs and cultural awareness activities to meet those needs. Monitor legislative development and senate appropriations as they relate to youth populations. Oversee and monitor the writing of grant proposals to city, county, state, and federal agencies and corporate and private foundations to expand current lines of service. Prepare, review, and present narrative, demographic, and statistical reports and presentations internally as well as externally to national and/or federal audiences. *Title change due to restructuring of the agency. Duties remain the same.

1999-2002

1997-1999

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Interim Student Health Educator

1996-1997

Community Health Education Intern

1992-1996

Principal Account Clerk

1988-1991

Accounts Payable Clerk

1985-1988

TMC and Students Payroll Clerk

1985

Student Worker

1984-1985

Education

International Baccalaureate, Valley High School, 1984
Community Health Education, B.S., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1997
Educational Technology, M.Ed., Lesley University, 2004
Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, anticipated 2025

Programs

Elders playing Bingocize.

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!

person using a calculator at a grocery store

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 ( Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network)/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.

Courses

Faculty Member – Interdisciplinary Gerontology Curriculum Committee

 2021 - 2022

 

Developed gerontology curriculum criteria in the physical, psychological, communicative and social aspects of aging using an interdisciplinary approach to assist with the delivery of the Gerontology Academic Program.

Guest Faculty Lecturer – AARP Disrupt Aging Classroom

 2020 - 2021

 

Delivered aging curriculum that challenges students to examine their perceptions and think about how the growing aging population is relevant to their personal lives and future for university students nationwide.

Community Instructor Seniors Eating Well

2019

 

Delivered nine-week evidenced-based nutrition curriculum developed for older adults by Penn State University to recreation centers, senior centers, and senior apartment complexes.

 

Certified InstructorStay Strong, Stay Healthy

2019

 

Delivered eight-week, evidenced-based curriculum developed for older adults by Missouri State Extension to recreation centers, senior centers, and senior apartment complexes.

 

Guest Faculty LecturerAging, It Could Happen to You

2012-2019

 

Developed and delivered experiential aging awareness and sensitive curriculum for Touro University Nevada, UNLV, and UNR health profession school students, residents, and academic faculty.

 

Faculty InstructorAdult Learning Styles and Rubric Development

2010-2012

 

Developed and delivered adult learning styles and rubric development training for the Geriatric Training Program for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals (GTP).

 

Faculty InstructorYour Role as a Geriatric Educator

2010-2012

 

Developed and delivered geriatric academic faculty roles and responsibilities training for the GTP.

 

State TrainerInnovation and Prevention of Remediation

2007

 

Developed and delivered technical assistance workshop for SB404 and SB185 grant recipients for the State of Nevada Department of Education.

 

County TrainerGrant Writing, Management, and Evaluation

2004-2007

 

Developed and delivered grant writing, management, and evaluation training and interactive activities to Clark County School District support, administrative, and academic staff.

 

Adjunct FacultyIntroduction Into the Health Professions

2000-2001

 

Developed and delivered an experiential introduction to the health professions course curriculum for undergraduate students interested in learning more about the various health professional programs offered by the College of Southern Nevada.

 

Adjunct FacultyHealth Skills and Professions

1999

 

Developed and delivered an experiential health skills and related health professions course curriculum for undergraduate students interested in learning more about the skills necessary for various health professions at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

Course CoordinatorScience and Elementary Education Dyad

1998-1999

 

Developed and delivered a course for pre-med students at UNLV students that paired students with a CCSD elementary education teaches using the FOSS science kit, and a first or second year University of Nevada School of Medicine medical students.

 

Health Education InstructorBody Talk

1998-1999

 

Developed and delivered a reproductive health seminar for UNLV students wanting to get a pelvic exam or birth control. The course was required before scheduling a pelvic exam or birth control appointment and partners were encouraged to attend.

 

Health Education InstructorEroticizing Latex: Safer Sex 101

1998-1999

 

Developed and delivered a safer sex seminar as part of a required six-week Strategies for Success for Freshman dorm residents.

 

Health Education InstructorDemystifying HIV

1998-1999

 

Developed and delivered a comprehensive HIV/AIDS seminar provided to interested students using the services of the UNLV Student Health Center’s Southern Nevada Health Clinic’s HIV Satellite HIV Testing Center.

 

Honors and Awards

  • University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Faculty Development Award

2019-2020

  • University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Faculty Development Award

2017-2018

  • University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Faculty Development Award

2015-2016

  • United States Senator Harry Reid, Certificate of Commendation

Scholar in Health Literacy and Aging

2015

  • United States Senate. Certificate of Senatorial Recognition

Scholar in Health Literacy and Aging

2015

Accomplishments

  • Mazzullo, N. (2021). Forgetful? Or is it a sign of something more serious?, Nevada Today NSights, University of Nevada, Reno, June 2021.
  • Mazzullo, N. (2021). Creating communities of strength by celebrating older adults, Nevada Today NSights, University of Nevada, Reno, May 2021.
  • Mazzullo, N. & Lindsay, A. (2020 – present). Healthy LIVING while aging!, University of Nevada, Reno, Extension.
  • Mazzullo, N. & Clarke, A. (2021). Improving the health of older Nevadans. SNAP-Ed Works! Success Stories, national syndication.
  • Mazzullo, N. & Swager, P. (2018). Leveraging resources to reach urban and rural veteran caregivers, lay and professional. Workshop presented at the Aging in America conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Swager, P. & Mazzullo, N. (2018). Training our future providers while addressing geriatric and IPE competencies. Roundtable presented at the Aging in America conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Mazzullo, N., (2016). Aging sensitivity: adaptations for different audiences. Poster presented at the Celebration of Scholars in Aging, Reno, NV.
  • Haslem, H., Mazzullo, N., & Swager, P. (2016). Pedagogical strategies for developing empathy among students. Workshop presented at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Long Beach, CA.
  • Swager, P., Engelbrecht, S., Harris, S., Mazzullo, N., & Ward, S. (2015). Reaching Nevada’s most valuable elders. Workshop presented at the Aging in America conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Mazzullo, N., Harris, S., Haslem, H., & Swager, P. (2015). Aging sensitivity: adaptations for different audiences. Workshop presented at the Aging in America conference, Washington, DC.
  • Swager, P., Charles, P., & Mazzullo, N. (2014). Did we make a difference? Several approaches to program evaluation and research. Workshop presented at the Mission Possible 2.0: Action Nevada conference, Reno, NV.
  • Swager, P., Charles, P., Mazzullo, N., Rosenberg, L., & Van Buege, S. (2014). The synergism of partnerships. Symposium presented at the Aging in America conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Bennett, J., Charles, P., & Mazzullo, N. (2013). The communication pendulum: striking a balance between technology and in-person. Poster presented at the Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center/Northwest AETC Asilomar Faculty Development conference, Pacific, CA.
  • Mazzullo, N., (2002). Integrating developmental assets into academic enrichment programs. Keynote speaker at the Making a Difference One Child at a Time: The Developmental Asset Approach conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Mazzullo, N., (2002). Working together to develop ways to teach adolescents about sexual health. Workshop presented at the Saying No in a Culture of Yes: Adolescent Sexual Health Summit, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Mazzullo, N., & Dewey, M. (2002). Leveraging tobacco settlement dollars for high school health promotion. Poster presented at theNational AHEC Workshop: Connecting Vision, Values, and Technology, Little Rock, AR.
  • Mazzullo, N., & Yuhos, R. (2002). Leveraging grant dollars to impact the community and increase visibility. Workshop presented at the National AHEC Workshop: Connecting Vision, Values, and Technology, Little Rock, AR.
  • Mazzullo, N., (2002). Recognizing excellence: developing a forum for high school research. Workshop resented at the National AHEC Workshop: Connecting Vision, Values, and Technology, Little Rock, AR.
  • Mazzullo, N., (2002). Preparing a generation of high school students to discover the essential aspects of clinical forensic medicine. Keynote at the HCOP, COE, and MFFP: Changing the Nation Today for a New Generation, Silver Springs, MD.
  • Mazzullo, N., (2001). Educational partnerships and pipelines. General Session Panelist at the Annual National Association of Minority Medical Educators conference, La Jolla, CA.
  • Mazzullo, N., (2001). Community collaborations: preparing Nevada’s youth today. Poster presented at the HCOP, COE, and MFFP: Transcending Today’s Promise into Tomorrow’s Future, Rockville, MD.
  • Mazzullo, N., & Swager, P. (2001). Kids into geriatric health career: models, methods, and modalities.  Workshop presented at the54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America: 2001- A Gerontological Odyssey Exploring Science, Society, and Spirituality, Chicago, IL.
  • Mazzullo, N., (2001). Recognizing the excellence: developing a forum for high school research.  General session presented at theBiomedical Research and Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Mazzullo, N., (1999). The science and elementary education dyad (SEED): a community, university, and school district partnership. Workshop presented at theNational AHEC Workshop, AHEC Leading the Way to the Future, Louisville, KY.
  • Yuhos, R., Mazzullo, N., & Swager, P., (1999). AIDS education training center, area health education center, and geriatric education center partnership. Workshop presented at the National AHEC Workshop, AHEC Leading the Way to the Future, Louisville, KY.

Grants and contracts

  • SNAP-Ed Healthy Aging, supporting - $1,402.592, 2018-20202
  • ADSD Staff Video Training, principal investigator - $111,180, 2016-2022
  • ADSD Urban Caregiver Conference, principal investigator - $113,088, 2016-2022
  • Nevada Department of Veterans Services Veterans in Care, contract - $10,000, 2016-2017
  • NV AIDS Education Training Center Core & Minority Initiative, supporting - $224,436, 2014-2015
  • Future Smiles School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services, contract - $6,000, 2011
  • High Sierra AHEC Freshman MD, Nevadans in Medicine, sub-award - $10,000, 2011
  • Variety Children’s Learning Center Oscar Night America, contract - $9,000, 2010-2011
  • Explore Knowledge Charter School Professional Development, contract - $6,000, 2010
  • North Las Vegas Fire Department Northern S.T.A.R.S., contract - $12,000, 2010
  • Be The Example Network, Inc. Awareness Conference, contract - $6,000, 2010
  • Nevada State College Upward Bound, contract - $6,000, 2010
  • Nevada DoE P-16 Council College Access Challenge Grant, contract - $60,000, 2009-2010
  • MGM Mirage Voice Foundation Described Caption Media, project director - $32,000, 2009
  • Center for Media Engagement Ntl. Parks LV: An Unlikely Adventure, project director - $15,000, 2009
  • Nevada DoE Innovation and Prevention of Mediation, administrator - $71,000,000, 2006-2008
  • Nevada DoE Office of Special Education Early Childhood, administrator - $4,200,000, 2006-2008
  • Nevada DoE 21st Century Community Learning Center, administrator - $4,300,000, 2003-2008
  • Nevada DoE Office of Special Education Caseload Reduction, administrator - $5,800,000, 2003-2008
  • Nevada DoE Office of Special Education IDEA Local Plan, administrator - $103,000,000, 2006-2007
  • US DoE Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, administrator - $5,200,000, 2004-2006
  • Nevada DoE Comprehensive School Reform, administrator - $1,900,000, 2004-2006
  • US Department of Indian Education Title VII, administrator - $169,000, 2004-2005
  • Beaumont Foundation of America Educational Technology, administrator - $348,000, 2004-2005
  • Nevada DoE Office of Special Education Response to Intervention, administrator - $20,000, 2004-2005
  • Nevada DoE Office of Special Education Improving Transition Outcomes, administrator - $54,000, 2004-2005
  • Eli Broad Foundation School BOT Policy Governance, administrator - $200,000, 2004-2005
  • Nevada DoE Office of Special Education School Renovation, administrator -  $99,000, 2003-2004
  • Nevada DoE Office of Special Education Student Support Project, administrator - $200,000, 2003-2004
  • Nevada DoE Office of Special Education Administrator’s Institute, administrator - $40,000, 2002-2003
  • Nevada Dept. of Human Services Task Force for a Healthy Nevada, administrator - $439,000, 2002-2003
  • Neighborhood Services Dept. Community Development Block Grant, project director - $59,000, 2000-2002
  • US Dept. Health & Human Services Health Career Opportunity Grant, project director - $840,000, 1999-2002

Conference planning

  • Aging and Disability Services Division Caregiver Conference             2013-2022
  • Elder Care and Support Summit: Expanding Possibilities                          2017
  • Falls Prevention and Management: Best Practices                                      2015
  • Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Honor the Elders                                       2003-2004
  • Governor’s Conference on Aging                                                          2000
  • First Lady’s Conference on Women’s Health Issues                          1997-1999

Service

  • Governor’s Commission on Aging, appointed member

2019-present

  • Aging in America Conference, peer reviewer                                        

2016-2019

  • Nevada Alliance to Transform the Culture of Aging, support team member                                        

2016-2017

  • Community-Based Services and Support for Older Adults in Clark County, expert panelist                                        

2016

  • Scholar in Health Literacy and Aging, scholar                                        

2015

  • University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, diversity advocate                                        

2014-2015

  • University of Nevada, Reno President’s Committee on Cultural Diversity, member                                        

2014-2015

  • 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                                        

2014

  • American Society on Aging, member                                        

2013-2019

  • High Sierra Health Education Center, health career outreach coordinator                                        

2011

  • Inside Education, Creating a College Going Culture in the State of Nevada, television interview                                      

2010

  • Reno Gazette, Creating a College Going Culture in the State of Nevada, newspaper article interviewee                                 

2009

  • KUNR, Creating a College Going Culture in the State of Nevada, radio interview                                   

2009

  • NSHE College Access Challenge, community education specialist                                       

2009-2010

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, member                                       

2008-2009

  • Nevada Development Authority, member                                        

2008-2009

  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Nevada Affiliate, member                                        

2007-2008

  • Coalition to Promote Childhood Obesity, research member                                        

2006-2007

  • Day One Las Vegas, Talking to Teens About Sex: When Should Kids Know About Sex, television interview

2002

  • KLAS Channel 8 Eyewitness News: Special Edition, Inside Health, Talking to Teens About Sex: When Should Kids Know About Sex, television interview                                        

2002

  • National Association for Medical Minority Educators, member                                         

2001-2002

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

2001

  • Clark County School District Health Occupation Advisory Committee, member                                        

2000-2001

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services Health Career Opportunity Program Grant, peer reviewer                                         

1999-2002

  • Nevada Department of Education Health Occupation Technical Committee, chair                                        

1997-2002

  • University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Clinical Family Medicine, academic faculty appointment                                        

1997-2002

  • National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, CHES                                        

1997-2007

  • Latin Chamber of Commerce, Dean appointed member                                        

1997-2000