2013 Presenter Bios

Gabino Arredondo works for the City of Richmond, CA in the City Manager’s office working on Health Initiatives. As the Health and Wellness Coordinator he aids in the coordination of the Richmond Health Equity Partnership (RHEP), a collaboration between the City of Richmond, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), community based organizations and UC Berkeley Professor Jason Corburn to support collaborative leadership among key systems working to improve health outcomes for children and families in Richmond Schools and neighborhoods. The RHEP is currently working on Health in All Policies (RHEP), Full Service Community Schools, and a Health Equity Data and Report Card. Gabino began his work in Richmond as a graduate student fellow in the Planning department working with residents and parents in the Iron Triangle and Belding Woods on implementing the Community Health and Wellness element of Richmond General Plan 2030 around school sites. He received his M.A. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. Gabino is originally from the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles and has always been interested in equity and access work with historically disenfranchised communities.


Karen Ben-Moshe, M.P.P., M.P.H., is the Project Coordinator for the Health in All Policies Task Force at the California Department of Public Health. She has worked at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, La Clinica de La Raza (a federally qualified health clinic), and Children Now. Ms. Ben-Moshe worked as a consultant for the Alameda County Public Health Department, Place Matters Initiative on the connection between economic development policy and health. In addition, she worked at the University of California, Berkeley Center for Health Leadership, implementing programs and organizing conferences for students and professionals. Ms. Ben-Moshe received her M.P.H. and M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. from Wesleyan University.


As Director, Janet Biblin manages the Decision Support Service unit at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. Her work focuses on revenue-generation strategies that promote positive outcomes for clients. Janet specializes in leveraging and integrating multiple disconnected data systems to improve service delivery and increase client benefits. Before coming to the County, Janet worked for many years in the operations and fiscal management of primary health care clinics.


Julia Caplan, M.P.P., M.P.H., is the Program Director for the Health in All Policies Task Force, a collaborative project between the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Strategic Growth Council. Ms. Caplan has twenty years experience in community building, social change, management, and public policy leadership. She has worked to support youth leadership, reproductive rights, economic security for seniors, and protections for consumers of financial products. Ms. Caplan was a fellow in the California Women’s Policy Institute in 2009-2010, and holds Masters’ degrees in Public Policy and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.


Anupama Chapagain is a Community Wellness Advocate for Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA). She mainly advocates for the Bhutani, Nepali and other South Asian communities. Anupama has a postgraduate degree in Women's Studies and she focuses on women empowerment, gender awareness, domestic violence issues and income generating activities for new immigrants. Anupama's work also focuses on mental health issues such as PTSD and others among the immigrant community.


Sana Chehimi is a Program Director with Prevention Institute, a national organization committed to advancing strategies and practices that keep communities safe and healthy in the first place. She directs projects related to healthy eating and active living, community prevention through health reform, and communications. Sana's work focuses on developing tools and strategies to promote healthier, more equitable environments. Sana co-edited Prevention Is Primary: Strategies for Community Wellbeing, one of the first academic texts on primary prevention; the Second Edition was published in August 2010.



Ronald Davis was appointed Chief of Police for the City of East Palo Alto in 2005. Prior to his appointment, Chief Davis served 20 years with the Oakland Police. In East Palo Alto, Chief Davis has led an organizational reform and community-policing effort that has increased public trust and confidence in the police and achieved dramatic crime and violence reductions. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee, the California Endowment Youth Justice Policy Board, the California Board of State and Community Corrections Juvenile Justice Standing Committee, and the prestigious Harvard University and National Institute of Justice Executive Sessions on Policing and Public Safety. Chief Davis served as the co-Chair of California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Smart Policing Transition. He is the co-author of several articles including the National Institute of Justice’s, “Exploring the Role of the Police in Prisoner Reentry,” andPolice Executive Research Forum’s “Early Release of Prisoners and Its Impact on Police Agencies and Communities in California.” Chief Davis possesses a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and he has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Patricia Dennehy is a Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and the Director of the Nurse Managed Health Center (NMHC) at Glide Health Services (GHS). Her contribution to nursing has come in her leadership in increasing access to primary care and addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations. Since 1999, she has led the UCSF NMHC at GHS, a Federally-Qualified Health Center. During this period GHS has grown to become the largest NMHC on the West Coast, providing 15,000 visits annually to 3,000 clients who are largely homeless, racially diverse, with a high proportion of health disparities. Since its inception and with the support of three current BHPr-Division of Nursing grants, GHS has provided instruction and rotations for nurses and other health professionals. Dr. Dennehy's work has led the NMHC to ground-breaking initiatives on chronic disease health disparities, behavioral health and EHR integration, while developing an integrated, patient-centered model of health care, based on nursing principles, which has demonstrated effectiveness serving medically underserved populations. Dr. Dennehy is a healthcare leader and strong spokesperson for nursing’s contribution to healthcare access and quality. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Nursing Centers Consortium and the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium. Currently, she serves on multiple state and local task forces on primary care workforce development and access. Dr. Dennehy received her B.S.N. and F.N.P. from Sonoma State University, M.S.N. from the University of California San Francisco, and D.N.P. from Rush University.


Andrew Ellis, Associate of Research and Dynamic Media at Collective Invention, recently graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with an M.F.A. in Dynamic Media. His thesis work explored the use of narrative in dynamic media as a means to augment our experiences of physical places. Some of the more recent deliverables include smartphone/tablet applications and site-specific interactive installations. Prior to graduate school, Andrew was a freelance photographer and filmmaker living in New York City. He has lived abroad in a number of countries including Cambodia, France, and Chile to explore new cultures, cuisines and languages (and trying to make good use of his undergraduate degree in linguistics). Andrew is passionate about connecting with people from a variety of backgrounds, applying ethnographic research methodologies to inform the design process, plucking the guitar, and cooking a new recipe.


John Engstrom is Senior Policy Analyst in Decision Support Services, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. He is a social justice attorney with a background in economic development, disability, language access, homeless rights, and public benefits. John has over seven years of direct-service experience working with clients on public benefits issues at the Homeless Action Center and the East Bay Community Law Center. His policy work has focused on social indicators of health including access to housing, healthy homes, job development, income security, access to health care, and environmental indicators.


Angelo Ercia grew up in the Bay Area and gravitated to work in public health from his volunteer work in the community. He received his undergraduate degree in Human Development from UC Davis and M.P.H. from The University of Arizona. Angelo's passion to address social justice issues in healthcare among communities of color to improve their health and wellness has led him to work in non-profit agencies in the Bay Area and now with Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) as their current Health Equity Program Supervisor.



Erika Gregory is President and Founder (2005) of Collective Invention, a multi-disciplinary consultancy dedicated to innovation for the common good. Based in San Francisco, Collective Invention works with governments, private sector clients, NGOs and civil society to develop both the cultural characteristics and the practical skills necessary for systemic innovation. Co-Founder (1997) of The Idea Factory, an innovation center now based in Singapore, Erika has been instrumental in the development of tools and methodologies that support social innovation. She has coached boards and leadership teams across Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States, focusing on the role of leadership in fostering innovation culture. Erika has designed and managed projects for senior leaders and their direct reports in government ministries, industry consortia and Fortune 100 clients. Working closely with US-based organizations Grantmakers for Education and KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Erika is also leading a multi-year innovation process for educational philanthropists investing in the transformation of learning in America. Foundations engaged in this work include the WK Kellogg, John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur, Bill and Melinda Gates, Intel, Carnegie, Nellie Mae, Stupski and Hewlett Foundations, among others.


Paul Harkin, HIV Services Program Manager at Glide Health Services (GHS), has been managing HIV prevention programs since 1997. He has also worked in research, at UCSF, on the Urban Health Study, which looked at HIV medication adherence in homeless and marginalized populations. Paul specializes in community outreach to marginalized populations, particularly injection and non-injection drug users. He is a vocal proponent of harm reduction based interventions and has initiated two syringe exchange programs in the Tenderloin area: Tenderloin AIDS, a Resource Center in 2000 and the current program at Glide which started in 2011. In his role as GHS HIV Manager, Paul is responsible for all aspects of Glide’s HIV Services: HIV Counseling, Testing and Linkages; Community Outreach; Syringe Access Services; and Drug Overdose Prevention and Education trainings. As a member of San Francisco’s HIV Prevention Planning Council, Paul continues to provide advocacy for underserved populations in San Francisco. His professionalism coupled with his passion for marginalized populations have been a recognized force for change in HIV services and policy in SF. Paul has an M.A. in Cultural Studies from East London University, England. Originally from Scotland, he came to the US in 1997 to do HIV/AIDS prevention volunteer work.


Jack Henderson is the Associate Director for Food Service Operations at the UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco CA. He supervises over 100 staff including four managers and ten supervisors, with annual retail sales over $6M and catering sales of $2M. One old kitchen produces all foods for patients (~1500/day, 365 days/year), and all food for retail and catering. Jack has an annual food budget of over $6M. Originally from NW England, Jack was originally a high school chemistry teacher. He subsequently underwent culinary training and has worked as a chef in London, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Boston, Berkeley and San Francisco. Jack is passionate about good food and is a registered fanatic of sustainability, composting and recycling. He was recently awarded 2nd place Exemplary Food Service Professional at the international CleanMed Conference in Boston.


Karen Hill, PhDc, is a UCSF Nurse Practitioner Faculty Practice at Glide Health Services (GHS) in San Francisco, CA. She currently serves as the Clinic Manager and is a Primary Care Provider of direct services to a population of underserved and vulnerable residents. Karen earned an undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of San Francisco in 1989 and her Master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner certification at the University of California, San Francisco in 2004. Her focus is on adolescent occupational health for at risk youth.

Karen has a special interest in worker health, underserved populations, and workforce development. Under her leadership, the clinic has increased and improved its health promotion activities, and intra and interdepartmental relationships and workplace health. These programs have been directed at increasing immunization rates, chronic disease maintenance, health maintenance screening, patient education and occupational health and safety. Karen served on the clinic’s implementation team for the electronic health record, and started an adolescent health clinic in a school-based vocational training program on Treasure Island and is active member of the grant writing for the clinic. She currently supervises nurse practitioners, medical assistants, volunteers and coordinates internships for graduate students, and is a preceptor to five students in the clinic. Karen is a member of the American Nurses Association, National Association of Black Nurses, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and National Nursing Centers Consortium. She was awarded National Institute of Occupational Health Training Fellowship and Cota Robles Fellowships and Maternal Child Health Adolescent Trainee Fellow for 2010-2012. Karen also participates on the following advisory boards: Saint Francis Hospital Community, San Francisco Community Breast Cancer and UCSF’s Community Participatory Research Advisory Board.


Jenny Hoang is Marketing Manager and Design Strategist at Collective Invention. Her background in advertising began with legal research and trademarks, and transitioned to business development, creative strategy and consumer insights. She has worked with for-profit businesses from start-up stage to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and social businesses. Jenny has a M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School where she focused her studies on social innovation, design thinking, new business models, and sustainable development in emerging markets. Her passion for this work continues through experimentation and development of collaborative processes in the field of social innovation.


Jeff Hobson is TransForm’s Deputy Director. By combining high-quality policy analysis with coalition building and strategic media efforts, TransForm has become a powerful voice for world class transit and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. TransForm's campaigns have helped to raise over $6 billion for sustainable and socially-just transportation and to establish ground-breaking policies linking transportation and land use planning. Jeff leads TransForm's work at the regional and local scales, building on experience since 1998 in shaping Bay Area transportation decisions. He now leads efforts to influence the region's Sustainable Communities Strategy called for by SB 375, California's ground-breaking climate change law. He also oversees TransForm's finance and operations functions and supervises the director of TransForm's Safe Routes to Schools program.

Jeff helped found and coordinated the Great Communities Collaborative, which brings together a wide variety of stakeholders to help communities plan for neighborhoods near transit. Jeff also helped shape and win voter approval of transportation funding measures in several Bay Area counties, created the Transportation Equity And Community Health (TEACH) project to win transportation solutions for low-income residents, and authored eight TransForm reports, including the Access Now! guide to transportation decision-making.

Before joining TransForm in 1998, Jeff worked on environmental justice and energy efficiency in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. He holds a Master's degree from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and a Bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University.


David Law, PhD, is the Executive Director of Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation, a community- and evidence-based nonprofit organization in Detroit with a mission of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. By combining the resources of a free clinic with a community development corporation, Joy-Southfield addresses clinical care, health behaviors, the physical environment, and socio-economic factors. This ‘upstream’ approach is intended to prevent serious complications of common chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes and hypertension. The overarching goal of the Joy-Southfield socio-ecological model is to eliminate health disparities, consistent with the National Prevention Strategy. David’s background in biomedical research and community activism allowed him to play a key role in developing the Joy-Southfield socio-ecological model for health promotion.


Sarah Lawrence is the Director of Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation for the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Sarah currently manages a portfolio of criminal justice research and policy projects. She is the former Director of Research for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, where she launched a research and policy analysis department that provided state-level strategic and analytical support on public safety and criminal justice issues. Sarah served on the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Corrections Reform. Previously, Sarah worked at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center where she conducted research with a focus on parole and prisoner reentry. She has experience partnering with practitioners and researchers and works to increase connections between research and best practices and program design and implementation. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and Master’s degree in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley.


Meredith Lee, M.P.H., works for the City of Richmond coordinating the City’s Health in All Policies Initiative and supporting the City Council. As a former community and political organizer, Meredith has experience in community capacity building, advocacy, training, and program development and implementation. Additionally, Meredith worked with Partners HealthCare in Boston, MA on their environmental sustainability initiative. Meredith received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also was a Fellow in the Center for Health Leadership Fellowship.




Russell Lee was the initial manager for the HealthFirst chronic disease patient education program, located at St. Luke’s Health Care Center in San Francisco. His Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University has provided cover for working in a variety of industries: university teaching, international transportation logistics, and hospital clinic operations and planning, and currently as a Senior Consultant for Kairos Health Consultants and also as a Program Development Manager in U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health.



Judy N. Li has been involved in developing, researching, and disseminating health care innovations for over 15 years. She has been the principal investigator for HealthFirst, and the project leader in developing this model of chronic disease management for replication at primary care clinics that are transforming into medical homes. Dr. Li is currently the Vice President of Health System Innovation and Community Benefit for the Sutter West Bay Region. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with both a DrPH and an M.B.A.



Esker-D Ligon is the manager of the Behavioral Health department at Glide Health Services (GHS) in San Francisco. She is dually prepared as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, and provides both primary care and behavioral health services at GHS. During her career as a nurse practitioner, she has worked in community health clinics located in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, and has developed expertise in the treatment of multiply diagnosed clients. She has presented at conferences and provided staff trainings on the topics of Harm Reduction Addiction Medicine, Integrated Behavioral Health, and use of Electronic Health Records to manage care for vulnerable populations.



SaraT (ST) Mayer is the Director of Public Health, Policy and Planning for the San Mateo County Health System. In this role she leads the Health System’s work to deliver public health services, prevent the spread of diseases and build communities which make it easy to stay healthy. Prior to taking on this role, ST held several leadership positions within the San Mateo County Health System, including leading the department’s strategic priorities around land use and transportation planning, food systems and school wellness. Previously, ST worked in program and policy evaluation on issues including community economic development and living wage analysis and has worked to develop community benefits agreements in Petaluma and Oakland. ST serves on the Boards of Directors for Human Impact Partners, a national non-profit advancing the use of Health Impact Assessment as well as Housing Leadership Council, a local non-profit advocating for housing at all income levels within San Mateo County.


Ariane Michas is the Bay Area Regional Food Systems Manager for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF). She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from UC, Davis and a B.A. in Anthropology from UC, Santa Cruz. Ariane led the statewide Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign for three years, publishing local food guides and overseeing consumer education and marketing assistance to family farmers. Currently, she focuses on technical assistance projects in the supply chain. Ariane also works with a consortium of hospitals in the Bay Area to source more local, sustainable, traceable produce from family farms into both patient and cafeteria feeding programs. She also leads CAFF’s work with the Oakland Unified School District and has consulted food hub start-ups and feasibility research.




Alison Negrin has been the Executive Chef at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, California for 10 years. She develops recipes and menus for patients, employee dining and on-site catering, overseeing three campuses. Like many commercial chefs, Alison migrated to the noncommercial foodservice world in order to have more time for herself and her family, but she also chose the healthcare segment out of a growing interest in food and healing after studying holistic nutrition at Bauman College. In 2005, Alison facilitated the foundation of the Healthy Food for Hospital Committee to support the use of local sustainable foods, waste reduction and employee and patient education. Previously, Alison spent time in a number of top Bay Area restaurants including Chez Panisse, Poulet, Bridges, Mesa, Normans and Ginger Island. She was a chef instructor at San Francisco City College and Treasure Island Job Corps. Alison is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and UC Berkeley with a major in sculpture. She has traveled extensively in the United States, Mexico, Northern and Southern Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan and enjoys using the knowledge gained from these travels in her recipe and menu development.


Ariana Oliva is a Nutrition Policy Advocate with California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA). In addition to contributing to state policy nutrition work, she provides technical assistance to local school districts on the implementation of the new nutrition standards for school meals. Ariana is also involved in promoting water consumption in schools and has developed tools to guide districts in making water more accessible to students during meal times. Prior to CFPA, Ariana was a 2008-09 Executive Fellow at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.



Tammy Rice is the Social Work Supervisor for the SSI Advocacy Unit at Alameda County Social Services and has been with Social Services for 6 years. Her prior experience includes 10 years as a Deputy Probation Officer and 5 years as an elementary school teacher. Tammy has a Master’s in Psychology from Thomas Edison State University - Trenton, New Jersey.



Lucia Sayre is the Co-Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF PSR), and the Co-Coordinator of Health Care Without Harm’s national Healthy Food in Health Care program. She has coordinated the healthy foods programmatic work for Health Care Without Harm in California for the past 8 years, since developing the first FoodMed conference in Oakland in 2005. Lucia manages all aspects of SF PSR’s programs, including the Healthy Food in Health Care project, climate change and health literacy, pediatric and reproductive environmental health projects, and a clinical education and advocacy training program. Before starting with SF PSR in 2004, Lucia worked in educational program development and community organizing for fifteen years, in the United States, Mexico and South America. Her work has included fieldwork and curriculum development for the Peace Corps program, 6 years as the Education Director for the Tucson Audubon Society, the design of educational outreach strategies for the Field Museum in Chicago, and grass-roots organizing around issues of food security and access to educational programming on the U.S./Mexico border.


Florence Simpson, Senior Food Services Supervisor - Educational Service Center West, is a key member of the Food Services Division senior staff that is transforming meal service and nutrition within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Over the past nine years she has held various roles including overseeing marketing and communications, product development, purchasing and menu and compliance. Recently, LAUSD was reorganized into four Educational Service Centers (ESC); North, South, East and West. Currently, Florence oversees ESC West which includes about 150 school site cafeterias and Early Educational Centers. During this past school year, the district has embarked on two major initiatives with Breakfast in the Classroom rolling out to almost 300 schools and the Supper Program servicing students after school.


Theresa Traynor is the supervising case manager and Senior Program Specialist at the TRUST Clinic, in the Health Care for the Homeless Program, Alameda County Public Health Department. She has over 27 years of housing related case management experience while working in a variety of non-profit and government settings, including: hot meal programs, day time drop in center, legal advocacy center, emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, juvenile justice center, and a housing department.


Deryk Van Brunt is President/CEO of the Healthy Communities Institute and teaches Health Informatics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Van Brunt works with health departments, health systems, hospitals, insurers, ACOs and community coalitions to understand the health risks in the communities these organizations serve, and to plan best practice intervention. He has authored articles and commentaries on health information management and communication technology and serves on healthcare committees and advisory boards. Van Brunt received his DrPH in Health Informatics from the University of California at Berkeley.


Jill Vialet has worked for more than 25 years in the nonprofit sector, during which she has focused her entrepreneurial skills on founding and growing two successful nonprofit organizations. In 1996, Vialet launched Playworks with two schools in Berkeley, California. Currently the organization brings play and physical activities to children across the country, with offices in 23 cities. During the 2012-13 school year Playworks will serve over 400,000 students through direct and training services, reaching more than 750 schools and youth-serving organizations. In 2013 Jill was awarded the James Irvine Leadership Award.


Tsering Yangkey is Community Health for Asian Americans' (CHAA) Community Wellness Advocate for the Tibetan Community. Before joining the CHAA team, Tsering co-founded Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement (TEAM), a non-profit Tibetan environmental organization in exile. She also worked as a Research Officer and the Head of the Environment and Development Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration for six years. Educated in a Tibetan refugee camp in Ladakh (Tibetan Children’s Village School), Tsering received her B.A. in Biology from Berea College and an M.S. in Environmental Pollution Control from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.


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