Our Staff

Shelly Brantley

Project Director

Shelly Brantley is Project Director of RISE (Rural Initiatives Strengthening Equity), the Statewide Rural Coordinating Center, a program of the California Health Collaborative. Shelly has worked in tobacco control programs throughout rural Northern California since 1990, primarily as project director for the American Lung Association’s regional and competitive grant programs. Shelly has been an active member of numerous coalitions which saw some of the earliest secondhand smoke protections passed in local communities prior to state laws being passed.

On behalf of the California Tobacco Control Program, Shelly served as a consultant on tobacco industry retail strategies for the Washington State Center for Health Training – Seattle and Yakima; Ohio Department of Health – Bureau of Health Promotion & Risk Reduction, and Montana Governor’s Advisory Council on Tobacco Use Prevention.

Shelly received Bachelor and Master of Public Administration degrees from California State University, Chico.

JoAnn Saccato

Project Coordinator

JoAnn Saccato, MA (she/her) is the Project Coordinator for RISE. She joined tobacco prevention in 2020 working with General Plans and tobacco prevention policy efforts as the Community Engagement Coordinator for Lake and Mendocino counties for the NorCal 4 Health project. JoAnn chairs the California Health Collaborative’s DEI Council and serves on numerous committees in her home community, including the Lake County Community Visioning Forum Committee, the Lakeport Economic Development Advisory Council, and the Sierra Club Lake Group.

JoAnn holds a self-designed master’s degree (Co-creating Sustainable Futures, Sonoma State University, 2009) and is a certified mindfulness teacher and mindfulness-based life coach.