HEAL-SLO is pleased to welcome the following speakers to this year’s summit, Healing our Community: Turning the Tide of Obesity.
Jessica Borja is the Human Resources Benefits Coordinator for Lucia Mar Unified School District. Lucia Mar is the largest school district in San Luis Obispo County and includes eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, a continuation school and an adult education school. Jessica has been working for Lucia Mar for about two years. She loves her job and looks forward to coming to work each day, helping employees and educating them on how to live a more healthy and active life.
Diringer, Joel, JD, MPH
Joel has worked for more than 30 years in the nonprofit, health, government and philanthropic sectors in areas including access to health coverage, farm workers and rural health, oral health, multicultural populations, breast cancer treatment, and community organizing. Joel was one of the original senior staff at The California Endowment, and he was also an attorney and health policy advocate for California Rural Legal Assistance from 1983 to 1996. Joel received a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University School of Public Health , specializing in policy and management. His law degree is from King Hall School of Law, UC Davis, where he was named Year 2000 Alumni of the Year and founded the King Hall Legal Foundation. He currently serves as the facilitator for HEAL-SLO.
Nick is the Business Development Manager for the Central Coast Division of the American Heart Association. Nick is the local coordinator for the “Start!” workplace wellness campaign, which includes the Start! Walking Program, the Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program, and the Start! Heart Walk. He covers both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, helping local workplaces to encourage employees to adopt healthier lifestyles and reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke.
Fong Wolf, Janice
Janice is Director of Grants & Programs for the San Luis Obispo Community Foundation and is responsible for developing and implementing the grantmaking program. Her duties include developing strategic grantmaking initiatives, monitoring and evaluating grantees, and implementing donor-driven programming. She also works with non-profit organizations to ascertain their needs for capacity building and training. Janice joined the Foundation in April 2000 after working in the non-profit health and human services arena for twenty years. She has lived, worked and volunteered in San Luis Obispo County since 1975. Janice was a member of the 2007 Childhood Obesity Task Force, and sits on the HEAL-SLO Coordinating Committee.
Cecilia has been the County Benefits Coordinator since 2007; she has been with San Luis Obispo County for 19 years. As the Benefits Coordinator, Cecilia administers County benefit programs for active employees and retirees. Most recently she became responsible for implementing a Wellness Program for County employees. Her biggest challenge has been keeping interest in the wellness program on a limited budget.
Stefan is the Assistant Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization. CCPHA addresses the childhood obesity epidemic through policy reform. Stefan directs CCPHA’s statewide soda campaign and works closely with CCPHA’s Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) project in Baldwin Park and its Campaign for California Cities. Prior to joining CCPHA in 2002, Stefan was a national WIC advocate at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.
Kelder, Steven, MPH, PhD
Steve is Professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus and the Beth Toby Grossman Distinguished Professor in Spirituality and Healing. He has over 20 years’ experience in design and evaluation of child and adolescent research, particularly interventions directed towards youth, schools, and parents. Recently, his emphasis is on interventions designed for promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, obesity prevention, and substance use prevention. Dr. Kelder leads CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), a research-based program that guides elementary schools, families and children in the process of being healthy, reaching over a million Texas children (http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/catch/). CATCH is a key element in an important public health effort—increasing physical activity, improving dietary intake, and ultimately preventing childhood obesity. In fall 2006, CATCH won the DHHS Secretaries Innovation in Prevention Award at the National Prevention Summit and in summer 2007, CATCH was highlighted at the UNC/CDC Public Health Grand Rounds. In spring 2010, the CATCH team was awarded the third annual Active Living Research Translating Research to Policy Award. Finally, Dr. Kelder was lead Research Fellow at CDC working to develop the School Health Index, a school self-assessment tool designed to assist schools to gauge their progress towards meeting the CDC school health guidelines.
Lopes, James, AICP
Jamie is a land use planner with the County of San Luis Obispo, in the Long Range Planning Division. Recently, he prepared award-winning “strategic growth” principles, policies and implement strategies for the County General Plan. These policies integrate smart growth concepts (see
www.smartgrowth.org) with strategic planning. He is currently implementing these policies to orient new growth away from rural areas to walkable neighborhood development within communities. Jamie received Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Economics and Sociology, and a Master’s degree from Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo in City and Regional Planning. He is a long-time member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Congress of the New Urbanism.
Martin, Lori, MS, RD
Lori is the Nutrition and Wellness Manager in the Center of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention within the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Ms. Martin has extensive experience in developing, designing, implementing and evaluating programs as a result of her more than 20 years working in the public health field. She has worked for public health departments in both Monterey County and in more recent years with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. She has worked across a wide variety of health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs in many settings including: clinical, schools, worksites, and in the community. Known for her dedication and commitment to creating healthier communities, Ms. Martin and her teams have implemented many innovative community prevention strategies and have created numerous partnerships that successfully advocate for organizational, system and policy level changes to promote healthy, safe, livable communities.
McIntyre, Joseph, MA
Joseph is president of Ag Innovations Network, a United States based non-governmental organization, focused on the sustainability of the food system. Ag Innovations Network convenes and facilitates multi-stakeholder efforts to improve the performance of the food system for producers, consumers, and participants in local, regional, and global food supply chains. These efforts focus both on policy changes and on direct improvements on farms, processing sites, and food outlets. Mr. McIntyre is a trusted intermediary between diverse interests in agriculture and has consulted/facilitated processes with large global entities such as Sodexo, cutting-edge companies such as Clif Bar, environmental organizations including National Resources Defense Council and Sustainable Conservation, prominent NGOs including Roots of Change and Sustainable Food Lab, government entities including California Department of Pesticide Regulation, trade associations such as California Association of County Agricultural Commissioners, and community groups such as Poder Popular. He is the leader of the Ag Futures Alliance project, a California-based effort to create county-level associations of producers and community members to preserve the long-term viability of agriculture in the State and the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment, the state’s most prominent effort to align the interests and needs of agricultural producers and environmental organizations around a common policy platform. Mr. McIntyre holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in psychology/organization development from Sonoma State University. Ag Innovations Network is based in Sebastopol, CA.
Pasciuto , Kimberly, JD
A native Californian with a long family history in agriculture, Kim brings her legal training and small business expertise to the Central Coast Agricultural Network (CCAN) where Kim serves as its Executive Director. CCAN’s mission is to support sustainable local agriculture to ensure a wholesome, diverse and nourishing supply of food and other agricultural products for residents of the Central Coast. CCAN helps to develop new markets for local agriculturalists through an innovative farm and produce locator website (centralcoastgrown.org) and farm to school programs. Kim serves on the California Farm to School Task Force and is a member of the Wellness Committee for the Templeton Unified School District. CCAN works to position San Luis Obispo County as an integral part of the larger Los Angeles and Bay Area regional foodsheds. Kim supports the work of the Southern California Good Food Network, creating a regional food hub system, and participates in the LA Urban Rural Round Table, which now defines San Luis Obispo as the northern hub of the food shed of greater Los Angeles.
Phelan, Suzanne, PhD
Suzanne is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University. She earned her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology (2001) from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Brown University and continues to hold an Adjunct Assistant Professor position there. Dr. Phelan’s principal research is on the treatment of obesity by interventions that have included behavior modification and medications. She is Co-Investigator of the National Weight Control Registry, which is an ongoing longitudinal study evaluating over 6,000 successful weight losers. Dr. Phelan is also conducting studies looking at the prevention of pregnancy-associated weight gain and obesity. She has several publications and numerous professional presentations in the area of obesity.
Ravalin, Dayna, RD, CDE, CLE
Dayna is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator specializing in maternal, child and teen nutrition and weight management issues. She also coordinates worksite wellness for the WIC Program employees in the Public Health Department. She has over 24 years experience working in the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department. Currently, her primary focus is pediatric overweight prevention.
Rosenhall, Jeffery, MA
Jeffery is the Active Communities Specialist within the California Active Communities unit, a joint physical activity program of the California Department of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco. Mr. Rosenhall coordinates several statewide projects including the Healthy Transportation Network (HTN), Local Public Health and the Built Environment Network (LPHBE), Walkable Communities Workshops (WCW), and the State Health Impact Assessment Workgroup. Jeffery currently served as Vice Chair of the Sacramento City/County Bicycle Advisory Committee, currently sits on Caltrans’ California Bicycle Advisory Committee, and is a founding member of the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen. Mr. Rosenhall completed a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning from UC Davis Extension in 2008 and became a League of American Bicyclist’s certified instructor in 2009. Jeffery is an everyday bike commuter and cycling enthusiast who has just begun sharing this passion with his 2 year old son, Isaiah.
Schultz, Herb K., MA
Herb is Director of Region 9 of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he works with state, local and tribal partners to address the needs of communities and individuals served through HHS programs. He was previously serving as Senior Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Director of the California Recovery Task Force. In this role, he was responsible for the oversight and implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As Senior Advisor to the Governor from 2008–2010, he represented the Governor on major domestic policy issues, which included serving as a principal advisor on health care reform. Previously, he served as the Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Governor during California’s 2006–2008 state debate on comprehensive health care reform. From 2005–2006, he served as Vice President of Government Programs for McKesson Health Solutions, where he oversaw the company’s disease management and nurse advice programs for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. Mr. Schultz received his BA in Political Science and International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC and has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, also in Washington, DC.
Sutter, Nickole, BS
Nickole graduated from California Polytechnic State University in June 2008 with a BS in Kinesiology. Her focus in school was clinical exercise science, taking a wide range of classes from exercise physiology to health education. While Nickole was finishing her degree she did an internship with the City of San Luis Obispo and after receiving her degree she became the Wellness Coordinator for City employees. She has experience with nutrition counseling, personal training and goal setting. Nickole has also coached competitive gymnastics for ten years and has a true passion for instilling a healthy lifestyle in people starting at a young age.
Wolff, Robert J., MSW
Rob is a practicing clinical social worker at Atascadero State Hospital who has worked extensively with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and related fields since 1989. His practice background is in health, mental health awareness, recovery programs, bereavement work, residential and community settings. He has worked in the area of cognitive-behavioral and constructivist treatment, is a frequent presenter, and is known for his integration of Buddhist principals in clinical social work practice.