Vixen came to work for NEON in 2009, as a part-time employee in the Covering Kids and Families program. She worked closely with local families, helping them to obtain health coverage and address prescription needs. In 2013 Vixen became an Oregon State-certified Community Health Worker and a Community Health Worker trainer. In this role, she guides and empowers community members to access the resources available to them, and enables them to advocate for themselves.
With valuable experience in the community, organizing skills and extensive knowledge of available services, Vixen has become a full-time staff leader at NEON. Vixen’s passion for empowering leadership and sharing has led her to become a Living Well with Chronic Conditions leader and a Community Health Worker trainer, while maintaining her certification as a Child Passenger Safety Seat inspector and a Tia-Chi instructor. Since the fall of 2013, Vixen has been NEON’s Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator. With Vixen guiding the team, NEON’s efforts to assist community members who are seeking health coverage have been overwhelmingly successful.
Vixen was born and raised in Eastern Oregon. Growing up in this region has afforded her the unique opportunities that have shaped her love of ranching and an equestrian lifestyle. Vixen grew up in the ranching industry, participating in 4H and FFA and always aiming to serve her community. She represented Wallowa County as Chief Joseph Days Queen and served on the 4H court.
Vixen attended Linn Benton Community College, and received her Applied Associate’s degree in Horse Management, with a focus on children and sociology. After graduating with top honors, Vixen returned home to start her own business in the horse industry. She has coached young women to the level of Miss Rodeo Oregon and Miss Rodeo America titles, provided clinics around the Pacific Northwest for all levels of horsemanship, and served as a professional judge for shows.
Empowerment is her focus and she uses her horses and experience to help people find self-worth. In addition to her business, Vixen has supported her community by working for many years in social services. She has been the program director for the Boys and Girls Club, Wallowa Valley Together Project Traffic Safety Specialist and worked for the Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Energy Assistance Program.