Ronni Batchelor moved to the Tri-Cities in 2010 from Spokane, where she helped her aunt start a performing arts non-profit by researching the community need for an arts council. Her dedication to helping people has been the cornerstone of her life wherever she has lived. Her worked has included volunteering for LGBT and gay organizations, and agencies serving the homeless and people recovering from substance abuse.
In 2014, Ronni trained to be an in-person assister, signing up people for health insurance through Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange. In 2014 she became a certified Community Health Worker (CHW) though the Department of Health.
Ronni has successfully supported people through the process of creating changes in their circumstances; homelessness, addiction, mood disorders, disease states, and food insecurity. She has advocated for people caught up in the court system, behavioral health system, and medical system. She has navigated people into mental health and addiction services. In 2015, Ronni successfully assisted 26 homeless people through the arduous process of getting them housing.
On July 18, 2016 Ronni went to work full time at Lutheran Community Services as a Family Peer Support Specialist, Board Certified where she remains today. Ronni is also an Emerging Advocate Program graduate with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (WLIHA), and has earned several certificates of educational units in health and mental health, including Trauma Informed Care, and Mental Health First Aid.