CHIP Staff

Terri Zimmerman March, BSN, MPH brings over 25 years of experience in the public health field with expertise in community collaboration and coalition development, community assessment, program planning and health
communications.  Her professional experience includes working with local health departments and providing training and technical support for state and regional organizations. Terri is a trained Results Based Accountability facilitator for the Buncombe County Community Health Improvement Process in the areas of physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weight.

Since 2004 and continuing with her current work as a Health Improvement Specialist at the Mountain Area Health Education, she has worked with a broad range local community partners to prevent and reduce chronic disease through activities directed at policy and environmental change efforts to promote physical activity and healthy eating. She supports these efforts by using data to guide the collective work; identifying shared outcomes and collaborative strategies; identifying gaps and evidence based strategies to address priorities and advocating for policies that improve the health of all who live and work in Buncombe County.

She holds an MPH in Health Education and Health Behavior from the UNC -Chapel Hill School of Public Health

You can reach Terri at

Deanna LaMotte, MPH left a 13-year career in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) after realizing that all the things that most fascinated and frustrated her about the world fell into the category of public health. Years living and working in Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, and Guatemala brought to light just how central environments and policies are in individuals’ ability to
thrive. After receiving her Master of Public Health degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she returned to her home in Black Mountain and spent three years coordinating Triple P--Positive Parenting Program, a public-health approach to parenting support and child abuse prevention, in Buncombe County. She brings a passion for Community-Based Participatory Research and an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) lens to CHIP work, and will strive to increase community members' participation and partnership in the health improvement process.

You can reach Deanna at

Lourdes Lorenz-Miller, BSN, MSN, DHA (c) has been involved in projects to improve the health of the community and health disparities since 2005. She has worked with community partnerships in the Asheville and WNC to improve the health of communities. 

Her past work focused in healthcare and included research and outcomes driven data to demonstrate the gaps in various community and county sectors.  Past work has demonstrated the value of building relationships, connecting resources, building collaborations, and creating strategies for outcome driven data to measure the impact of collective efforts to improve community health.

She recently was the Healthy Living Leader, VP for Wellness at Mosaic Life Care in Kansas City. She has previous been on the Health Advisory Council for the Institute for Emerging Issues in Raleigh, NC.  She holds a MS in Nursing and is completing her DHA. 

You can reach Lourdes at

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