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Project CHEER (Community Health Education and Exercise Resources) is an exciting effort focusing on accessibility of health promotion activities for individuals with varying levels of abilities.

Kentucky Collaborators

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How to Create a Community Coalition 



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Cody Woolums

Cody Woolums, Fitness Coordinator for Project CHEER at University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute, Kentucky's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education, and Service, is a nationally qualified bodybuilder in the wheelchair division of the National Physique Committee and a PC Pro technician for information technology (IT) services. He brings expertise in adapting exercise and physical activity to be universal. He will be responsible for assisting in curriculum adaptations and reviewing suggestions from the expert panel prior to implementation. He will assist in providing IT and technical support to pilot sites and the Ohio team for the duration of the project.

Anna Fuller

Anna Fuller is a Project Assistant with the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute, with her efforts focused on Project CHEER.  She is a recent graduate from UK receiving her master’s in higher education; and also holds a master’s in kinesiology and health promotion (UK) and a bachelor’s in exercise science (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville).

Anna has had a passion for health and wellness since she can remember, and has spent nearly 10 years working in Campus Recreation and Wellness as a student worker and graduate assistant.  Obtaining her role as a Project Assistant has allowed her to focus her passion on helping individuals of varying abilities receive the tools they need to lead a healthy and well life!

Lindsey Catherine Mullis

Lindsey Catherine Mullis, MS

Lindsey is the Health & Wellness Director for the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky and partners with the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and the Centers for Disease Control Disability and Health branch to promote healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities and the communities that serve them across the state of Kentucky.  Lindsey has worked with the HealthMatters Program team at the University of Illinois at Chicago to become an Advanced Certified Instructor for the HealthMatters Program. She is also a certified Health Promotion Clinical Director for the Special Olympics.



Phone: 859-218-4064


Vivian Lasley-Bibbs

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Vivian Lasley-Bibbs is the acting Branch Manager and Epidemiologist for the Kentucky Department for Public Health Office of Health Equity (OHE).  Ms. Lasley-Bibbs has presented the work of OHE at numerous local, state, regional, and national conferences; and is currently working across cabinets within state government to address disparities and inequities related to where we live, learn, work, play, and pray.  

With over 20 years of public health experience, she has been requested to sit on national, regional, state, and local advisory boards, workgroups, and committees related to cultural competency, health literacy training, and social justice and inequities affecting minority, underserved, and vulnerable populations related to population health and health outcomes.

Ms. Lasley-Bibbs’s impressive educational achievements include a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kentucky State University, a master’s degree in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, and is a graduate of the Physician’s Assistant Program from the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences.

Morgan Turner

Morgan Turner is an employee at the University of Kentucky within the Human Development Institute, is a Global Messenger and Athlete Ambassador for Special Olympics, and an Ambassador for UK’s Best Buddies program.  

Morgan currently participates in an array of sports, ranging from softball to bocce ball with Special Olympics, and is actively involved in speaking to various groups in his role as a Global Messenger.  He has visited Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of Special Olympics with members of Senate and Congress, and introduced Kentucky Senator, Matt Bevin, at the “Spread the Word to End the Word” rally.

Cindy Jacobelli

Cindy Jacobelli is the Director of Adaptive Recreation at Easter Seals Cardinal Hill in Lexington, Kentucky.  After an extensive career in intercollegiate athletics and administration, Cindy now leads the charge to bring adaptive recreation opportunities to a diverse population in the Bluegrass and beyond.  Cindy works with people with physical and cognitive disabilities in activities such as wheelchair basketball, hand cycling, adaptive kayaking, skiing, sled hockey, shooting sports, art music, gardening and more… Her goal is to provide leisure, recreational and competitive sports opportunities for people of all ages, of all abilities.

Cindy obtained a degree in education from Juniata College, and a Master’s in Education from John Carroll University.  She is married and has two children.

David Allgood

David Allgood is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. David has either led or participated in several major advocacy efforts in the state. David is President of a Spinal Cord Support Group, a member of the National Council for Independent Living, serves on the Board of the KY Spinal Cord and Head Injury Trust Fund, is the past chair of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, and also serves on the Hart Supported Living Council. He is employed by the Center for Accessible Living.

As an advocate he has organized and built coalitions with other groups and developed long-term strategic advocacy plans. David is committed to developing strategies to further the advancement for people with disabilities.

Ryan T. Callahan, MS

Ryan T. Callahan, MS

Ryan is currently a medical student at Temple University and completed his Master's Degree at the University of Kentucky in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, with a specialization in Biomechanics, in 2017. Ryan also earned a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities from the Human Development Institute. He has worked with the CHEER group to design inclusive health and wellness programs, along with creating academic and profession relationships across the state of Kentucky. Ryan plans to continue his collaboration with the CHEER group during and after his time in medical school.