2012 Speed Dating Mentors

Communications and New/Social Media

Lisa Peterson, New Media Education Specialist, Center for Health Leadership and CALPACT, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Lisa Peterson, New Media and Education Specialist with UC Berkeley’s Center for Health Leadership and the Atkins Center for Weight and Health, designs and conducts training programs for students and health professionals in the areas of new media, video production, program evaluation, and nutrition. She is an instructor for the School of Public Health’s Video for Public Health Practice courses and is also currently developing online video courses, podcasts, and other resources for the California Pacific Public Health Training Center. Prior to her work at UC Berkeley, Lisa worked extensively in the community health field conducting community based public health research, leading trainings, and coordinating health communication projects. Lisa received her MPH from UC Berkeley with a concentration in health and social behavior. Passionate about creating innovative methods for public education and health promotion, Lisa is dedicated to harnessing the power of new media to address health inequities.
Ashley Georgian, MBA
Ashley Georgian is a senior communications specialist at John Muir Health. Her experience has ranged from coordinating health education initiatives to implementing internal and external communications programs. Prior to joining John Muir Health, Ashley managed regional and national provider relations communications and campaigns for UnitedHealthcare. Previously, she worked on a broad range of corporate communications programs spanning public affairs, crisis communications and media relations at Blue Shield of California. Ashley holds a M.B.A. with an emphasis in Dispute Resolution and a B.A. in Public Relations from Pepperdine University.

Heather Gehlert, MJ, Online Communications Specialist, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Heather Gehlert is a writer, editor and project manager at BMSG, where she oversees the organization's website and social media presence. Gehlert holds a master's degree in journalism with an emphasis in new media from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in English and communications from Westminster College in Missouri. Before coming to BMSG, Gehlert was managing editor for AlterNet.org, an online news magazine in San Francisco. She has also spent time as a multimedia journalism coach for San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Oakland Tribune and the Boston Globe.

Community/School Health

Brenda Goldstein, MPH, Psychosocial Services Director, LifeLong Medical Care

Brenda Goldstein is the Psychosocial Services Director at LifeLong Medical Care, a community health center serving Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond, California. Over the past 30 years she has been a vocal advocate for increased access to care for the underserved.  She has fostered numerous partnerships between public and community agencies to create medical, mental health and social services systems of care for the homeless and mentally ill and frequent users of emergency services. Ms. Goldstein has developed LifeLong’s Supportive Housing Program into a nationally recognized model of care serving dually diagnosed homeless adults and she is recognized as leader in developing policies and programs to promote integrated primary care and behavioral health services for low income communities.  Ms. Goldstein received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley in 1984.

Kimi Sakashita, MPH (Community Health Education)

Kimi Sakashita, has extensive experience working in public health systems from direct service to chief administrative officer. She currently works for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, School Health Services Coalition whose goal is create health and education equity through community schools. Kimi is responsible for coordination, planning and implementation of school-based/linked health programming.  Projects include the expansion of school health centers, a federally funded youth & family center, Peralta Community College Health Initiative, Connecting Kids to Coverage and health care financing and sustainability.


Consulting - Management, Planning, Evaluation

Kym Dorman, MPH

Kym Dorman is a leading public sector consultant who excels at planning and evaluating complex community efforts that emphasize organizational and community capacity. With more than fifteen years of experience as an applied researcher and facilitator, Kym’s professional expertise spans a range of public health issues, including violence prevention, early childhood development, health care access, HIV prevention planning, and prison diversion programs for mentally ill offenders. She is skilled in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and has considerable experience using research to help organizations make informed decisions for their future. Prior to her work at Harder+Company, Kym worked with Bay Area Legal Aid and Asian Health Services to provide violence prevention resources to a range of constituents, including multicultural and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender youth.  Kym earned a Master’s in Public Health from San Francisco State University.

John J. Troidl, Ph.D. '01, M.B.A.

John Troidl is a management consultant for community-based health care programs such as community health centers, "Look Alike" clinics, and related partners in the provision of care to underserved populations. His areas of focus include board training, strategic planning, recruitment and retention, management mentoring, and grant-writing. He is a commissioner with the California Health Workforce Policy Commission and was appointed to the Health Council in Yolo County.

Troidl is a lecturer at UC Davis teaching an online course, "Introduction to Public Health." His research interests are organization and economics of primary care services. He has provided workshops on accounting, finance, and budgeting through the School of Public Health's Center for Public Health Practice for 10 years.



Lyn Paleo, MPA, DrPH

Lyn Paleo has worked in the non-profit sector her entire adult life.  For the past two decades, she has conducted program evaluations for agencies in many fields – substance use, AIDS/HIV, youth violence prevention, occupational health, and child development services.

She received her masters degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School and her doctoral degree from the UCB’s School of Public Health.  She taught the evaluation class (PH218B) for 10 years and will teach the on-line/on-campus version of the class next spring.

She was an independent full-time evaluation consultant, and now holds the position of Evaluation Manager at First 5 Contra Costa.  Her practice combines both conventional evaluation and participatory evaluation.  Her research focus is validating the use of Adhesive Formats (dots, labels, stickers) in replacement of traditional post-tests.

Charlotte Chang, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Labor Occupational Health Program

Charlotte Chang is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her DrPH from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and her MPH from the University of Michigan. Charlotte’s dissertation research focused on the evaluation of a community-based participatory research partnership studying restaurant worker health and safety in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  She is currently working on “research to practice” initiatives for worker health and safety in the construction and restaurant industries and developing research and evaluation capacity at LOHP. Charlotte’s interests are in immigrant and worker health, participatory research, and translational research.


Global Health

Mirriam Rafiq Braden, MPH, Executive Director

Mirriam is a global health professional with a Master of Public Health in International Health and Development (Tulane University, 2002) and ten years of experience in project and program management.

She has implemented clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological health research studies and global health projects in academic settings (UCSF, UC Berkeley) as well as the non-profit sector(PATH, Sustainable Sciences Institute) and has worked or studied in Thailand, India, Guatemala, and Vietnam. She served on the Board of Directors of Sahaya, International (Davis, CA) from 2005-2010. Most recently, Mirriam served as program director for the Center for Global Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mirriam is dedicated to global health, including workforce education and training, social epidemiology, capacity strengthening, evidence-based interventions, and social justice. She has a passion for global health advocacy, especially via social media. She is Pakistani-American, born in Karachi and raised in California.

Jessica Evert, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Jessica Evert is Medical Director of CFHI and a Clinical Faculty Member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC San Francisco, where she previously graduated from residency and completed the Global Health Scholars Program. Dr. Evert is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, where she was received the “Distinguished Service in Public Health Award” and the “Gabel-Fahey Award for Academic Excellence.”  Dr. Evert is a longtime advocate for global health medical education quality and ethical standards. She has completed international work in Kenya, Guatemala, Australia, and Cuba, served as an officer and board member of IFMSA-USA, and has authored lay and academic articles in the field of global health and ethics in medical education.


 Health Department - Community, Assessment, and Planning

Tammy Lee, Community Epidemiologist, Alameda County Public Health Department Community, Assessment, Planning, and Education/Evaluation (CAPE)

Tammy has been working as a community epidemiologist at the Alameda County Public Health Department for over 5 years.  Beyond traditional disease surveillance, her work focuses on using data to understand and improve health/health equity countywide, as well as partnering with community to conduct research.  She is committed to translating data into action, including program design/improvement and policy development/advocacy.  She has a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MPH (specializing in Sociomedical Sciences) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.


Health Education and Training

Anna Dorman, MPH, Clinical Health Education Manager, La Clinica de La Raza

Anna Dorman has been the Manager of the Health Education Department of La Clinica de La Raza, in Oakland, California, since 2000.  She has managed both clinical and community-based education, with topics ranging from nutrition and chronic disease self management, promotora programs, sexual and reproductive health, to prenatal care, youth empowerment, domestic violence and community organizing.  She currently manages the clinic-based health education, for La Clinica’s Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano County sites.  She oversees a staff of 45, a budget of 2.5 million, and around 10 projects and grants at any one time.  Prior to La Clinica, Anna worked in the Immunization Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Health.  She received her Masters in Public Health from UCLA.

Kelechi Uwaezuoke, MPH

Kelechi Uwaezuoke, is the Manager for the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) and undergraduate career/graduate education Advisor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.  After receiving her BA from Berkeley in Social Welfare and Ethnic Studies, Kelechi went on to conduct research work at San Francisco State and for UC San Francisco’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and spent 3 years teaching English, Math and Science at LaVonya Dejean Middle School in Richmond.  Her experience teaching largely low-income and disadvantaged youth re-ignited her desire to pursue Public Health. Kelechi received her MPH from Drexel University, with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention.  Her position as Health Education Program Manager for the Solano Coalition for Better Health African American Health Disparities Elimination Project, led her back to the Bay Area where she worked for three years developing, implementing and managing programs aimed towards increasing access to health related resources and reducing health disparities in Solano County.  The HCOP position at the School of Public Health has brought Kelechi full circle to fulfill her undergraduate dreams of inspiring others to pursue careers in health.


Healthcare Management and Administration

Julie Brown, M.B.A, M.P.H, Principal, Julie M. Brown & Associates

A respected manager for more than 30 years, Julie Brown uses her expertise as a former hospital CEO to help clients create productive work environments and develop high performing leaders.  She possesses a solid understanding of business challenges and needs (both in the for-profit and non-profit world); an affinity for action and results, and an unusual comfort with conflict and ambiguity.

She is the Principal of Julie M. Brown and Associates, a management consulting firm established in 1997 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Julie is qualified to administer and interpret a number of leadership assessments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (Master Practitioner) and the BarOn Emotional Intelligence Inventory.  She has spoken internationally and nationally on her research regarding successful leadership, health care, women’s issues, emotional intelligence and personality type. She holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and in Public Health and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Social Welfare, all from the University of California, Berkeley.

Aiyana Johnson, MSW, MPH

Aiyana Johnson is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Social Welfare in 2003 and her Masters Degree in 2009. She has worked as a Case Manager and Therapist for the Native American Health Center, specializing in intergenerational trauma and as a School Social Worker for the Berkeley and Oakland Unified School Districts.  Over the past four years, Aiyana has worked in a hospital setting both for private and public entities. At John Muir Health, she coordinated the program development and evaluation process for community benefit programs, which supported vulnerable populations and provided over $39 million in contributions.  In addition, Aiyana also managed the hospital’s cultural and linguistic services and provided staff with training on culturally appropriate care. Currently, Aiyana manages the Department of Education and Training at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.  She is responsible for addressing the learning needs of staff, clinicians and patients and moving the hospital’s strategic plan forward.



Manel Kappagoda, Deputy Director, National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Manel Kappagoda is the deputy director of the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity, a project of Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP). She oversees a team of staff attorneys and policy analysts providing support to communities nationwide on a range of policy strategies to promote healthy eating and active living.

Prior to joining PHLP, she worked at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), where she provided legal services to low-income clients living with HIV/AIDS in the areas of fair housing, access to health insurance, disability benefits and estate planning. She also founded AIDS Lanka, a multidisciplinary project that effectively advocated for increased access to HIV medications in Sri Lanka, and she conducted program planning for EBCLC's successful medical-legal partnership with Children's Hospital Oakland. She also has worked with the University of California Office of the President and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  She graduated from the University of California-Davis, and received a law degree from the UC Hastings College of the Law and a master's in public health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

George Manalo-LeClair, MSW, Executive Director at California Food Policy Advocates

George provides overall policy and administrative leadership for the organization. For many years, George directed CFPA's legislative efforts and led CFPA's CalFresh team, championing efforts to remove barriers to participation. Prior to joining CFPA, he was the Legislative Director for the Children's Alliance in Washington.

George has a master's degree in social work and more than two decades of experience in advocacy dating back to his time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. He joined CFPA in 1999.


Research - Epidemiology/Healthcare/Medicine

Berna Atik-Watson, MD, MPH, Research Scientist II, California Department of Public Health

Berna Atik-Watson has worked as an epidemiologist and biostatistician at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute for 8 years, on Chlamydial infections. There, she was part of the team who worked in Vietnam for the WHO program, called GET 2020, to eliminate trachoma related blindness around the world by 2020.  She has also worked in projects studying epidemiology of genital chlamydial infections done in both USA, Portugal, Ecuador, and Columbia.  She has joined California Department of Public Health in 2009, where she works as a research scientist II (epidemiology/biostatistics) in Bio-monitoring Program.  She is responsible building and managing the bio-monitoring California data collected through specific projects as well as analyzing and interpreting the data.

Cynthia O’Malley, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Observational Research, Amgen, Inc

Cynthia O’Malley an epidemiologist with over 20 years experience in public health. In 2005 Cynthia joined Amgen, a global biotechnology company, where her work focuses on the epidemiology of bone disease and long-term safety studies. In the biotechnology environment, Cynthia uses methodology from the fields of pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics and health services research to understand the epidemiology and risk management of medical treatment.  Prior to joining Amgen, Cynthia worked at the California Department of Public Health, the Birth Defects Monitoring Program and the California Institute for Cancer Prevention, focusing on disease surveillance. She earned her MPH and PHD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her Amgen position in the Center for Observational Research, Cynthia is an active member of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.


Research - Social Science/Policy/Community Health

Wendi Gosliner, MPH, RD Specialist, Center for Weight and Health, University of California, Berkeley

Wendi Gosliner is a doctoral student in Public Health and a researcher at the Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley. For the past 13 years, she has been conducting research in public health nutrition, focused on improving the health of children and youth through interventions and policy changes designed to expand opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. Wendi also has been a lecturer in community nutrition and nutrition policy at UC Berkeley. She has worked in the Peace Corps, Head Start, the Alameda County Children and Families Commission, and her former community of El Sobrante, CA. Wendi received a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, MPH

Miriam Rotkin-Ellman is a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) health and environment program.  Prior to joining NRDC in 2006, Miriam was an Environmental Scientist with the New Mexico Environment Department. Miriam's work includes researching the links between global warming and health, reducing air pollution from industrial sources, and protecting communities from pesticides and other toxics.

Miriam is the author of 7 journal publications and 9 reports.  She has presented her work for academic, professional, and lay audiences including, the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, lectures at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, and community meetings.  Miriam earned her masters in public health (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences from U.C. Berkeley in 2006 and a BS in Environmental Sciences with Honors from Brown University in 2000.


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