About Us: Our Staff

Adriana Velasquez Adriana.Velasquez@acgov.org 510-268-4224

Adriana worked for Alameda County since 1998 and as an Accounting Specialist for Nutrition Services since 2004.

  • She expertly maintains quarterly expense reports and processes invoices for payment. She truly enjoys working with numbers and sleuthing out and solving discrepancies.
  • Adriana, who is bilingual (Spanish/English), has attended Laney and Chabot colleges locally and also the Fort Gordon school of Georgia where she gained accounting expertise and honed her desire to help others.

 

Annette Laverty Annette.Laverty@acgov.org 510-268-4218

Annette facilitates nutrition education and physical activity programming in Alameda County. She is a Program Specialist.

  • Coordinates the California Department of Public Health’s Integrated Work Plan for Alameda County
  • Facilitates County Nutrition Action Partnership (CNAP), a collaborative of USDA food assistance program directors and affiliated organizations and the Alameda County Obesity Prevention Partnership (ACOPP), a collaborative of partners interested in reducing obesity rates in Alameda County by affecting policy and influencing institutions
  • Develops, pilots, and evaluates creative nutrition and physical activity educational programs with the goal of impacting Alameda County residents to change dietary and physical activity behaviors that will help to prevent chronic diseases
  • Supports county worksite wellness policy development and implementation
  • Conducts the Nutrition Evaluation for county jail facilities

Fun Facts:

  • Annette is an Oakland native.
  • As a child, her answer to the question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” was “a veterinarian” because of her great love for animals.

 

Brenda (Tavares) Lesh Brenda.Tavares@acgov.org 510-268-4214

Brenda is a Nutrition Assistant II. She is part of our Retail and Cooking for Health Academy Team.

  • She is bilingual in Spanish.
  • She coordinates cooking demonstrations at our retail stores where she promotes Harvest of the Month.
  • Brenda also provides nutrition education to our families through cooking for health academy
  • During the summer she tests hundreds of recipes for our calendars and retail demos.

Fun Facts:

  • Brenda’s favorite fruit is watermelon and cherries and favorite dish to prepare is chicken posole.
  • Brenda was born and raised in Oakland.

 

Carridad Taber Carridad.Taber@acgov.org 510-268-4215

Carridad is a Nutrition Assistant II who works on multiple teams and projects including Early Education, Employee Wellness, School Age Programing and Retail.

  • She loves building relationships whether it is in the community at an outreach event or with store owners or after school staff, she loves to connect with others.
  • She thoroughly enjoys linking people and organizations to best utilize all resources available in the community. She loves program planning and looking at the bigger picture and how all the puzzle pieces could best fit together for the desired outcome.

Fun Facts:

  • She loves eating kumquat’s and gets excited when she walks in the store and finds that they are in season! Yum.
  • For many years when asked what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday, she requested fruit salad. She is back to requesting cake.

 

Cheryl Lott Cheryl.Lott@acgov.org 510-268-4208

Cheryl is a Nutrition Assistant II who is a member of the Cooking for Health Academy and Senior Garden and Nutrition Education team.

  • Cheryl worked at Women, Infant and Children (WIC) as a Homeless Outreach Coordinator and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor.
  • She is a long time community advocate.
  • She is an active member of the Outreach Resource Collaborative.
  • Cheryl is a graduate of the Nutrition Assistant Program at San Francisco City College.

 

Cindia Sanchez Cindia.Sanchez@acgov.org 510-268-4204

Cindia is a Nutrition Assistant II and is part of our Retail and Senior Community Garden Team.

  • Cindia is a graduate of the Nutrition Assistant Program at San Francisco City College. She is bilingual in Spanish.
  • She coordinates cooking demonstrations at our retail stores where she promotes Harvest of the Month.
  • Cindia also provides nutrition education to our senior housing garden sites.

 

Dale Murai Dale.Murai@acgov.org 510-268-4221

Dale is a Program Specialist, who collaborates with community partners to make sustainable changes to grow the health of our community.

  • She facilitates contract management and support for dedicated community-based organizations to promote healthy eating and increase access to nutritious and delicious food for families.
  • Dale coordinates Nutrition Services community events
  • She is bi-lingual English/Spanish

Fun Fact:

  • Dale loves to take long walks – rain or shine!

 

Jautan Stancill Jautan.Stancill@acgov.org 510-268-4205

Jautan is a Nutrition Assistant II in Nutrition Services.

  • She coordinates and facilitates Cooking for Health Academy series and Senior Nutrition/Gardening series.
  • Jautan promotes and recruits participants for Nutrition Services events/programs throughout the County.
  • Jautan is a liaison for community members seeking nutrition related resources and provides technical assistance for nutrition promotion for partners.

 

Jenny Wang, MPH, MPP                Jenny.Wang@acgov.org 510-268-4222

Jenny is the Program Director of Nutrition Services

  • Jenny loves working in Nutrition Services, providing leadership, oversight, and guidance on all programmatic and fiscal aspects of our program.
  • She also loves working in partnership with community based organizations, community members, and multi-sector collaboratives.
  • Jenny is a proud Cal Alumni.

 

Joe Whittaker Joseph.Whittaker@acgov.org 510-268-4207

Joe provides support & assists with nutrition education done by the direct education team. He is a Nutrition Assistant II.

  • Joe has deep ties to the community having worked for years as a recreation leader with Oakland Parks & Recreation, where he learned numerous easy, fun, physical activities, and enjoyed promoting the importance of being physically active encouraging a healthy living.
  • He was born and raised in Oakland and is passionate and totally invested in promoting education, health and up lifting the youth of the entire community.

Fun Facts:

  • As a kid growing up in Oakland, his favorite fruit was and still is nectarines.
  • Around the corner from his house was a nectarine tree that he’d protect by sitting in it to stop other kids from breaking branches.

 

Manny Flores Manny.Flores@acgov.org 510-268-4210

Manny, Program Financial Specialist, is the contract manager for nutrition education contracts including budgets, invoices, fiscal reporting and adherence to funding requirements.

  • He provides program and technical assistance and acts as a liaison with those outside of our program to ensure program regulations and procedures are followed and plans for sustainability of existing program services and future program growth.
  • Manny has many years of private and public experience in the accounting and finance field.  He has an M.B.A. and B.S. degrees in Management with undergraduate minors in Accounting and Computer Operations.

 

Molly Devinney Molly.DeVinney@acgov.org 510-268-4203

Molly is a Health Services Consultant. She is focusing on our healthy messaging campaigns in Ashland and East Oakland.

She works with community based organizations, community members, and county-wide collaboratives.

  • She plans and facilitates focus groups and community forums, as well as works closely with Community Champions to ensure our work reflects the communities we strive to serve.

 

Nori Grossmann, MPH, RD           Nori.Grossman@acgov.org 510-268-4225

Nori is a Nutritionist whose work includes support to and promotion of healthy foods (especially fruits and vegetables) in small corner stores in low income areas of Oakland.

  • She supports Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) by helping to develop a systematic approach to ensure equitable safe tap water to all school children.
  • She participates in the Oakland Food Policy Council’s (OFPC) Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) sub-committee to ensure transparency of Oakland soda tax money drawn down by the City of Oakland and helps strategize best ways to educate SSB advisory council on needs and priorities identified by Oakland community members most impacted by negative health effects from SSB’s.

Fun Fact:

  • Nori worked as a Nutritionist in Peace Corps Guatemala for 2 ½ years.

 

Rachel P. Paras Rachel.Paras@acgov.org 510-268-4217

Rachel is a Senior Program Specialist who brings her joy of working with young people to the program. She is a resident of Union City.

  • She oversees our Safe Routes to School, Early Childhood Education, and youth focused-Cooking for Health Academy program teams and our contract with the Alameda County Office of Education who are leading youth participatory action research projects and providing garden mentoring in schools and community based organizations.
  • Rachel also supports place-based initiatives such as our community driven work in the Ashland, unincorporated area of Alameda County.

Fun Facts:

  • Rachel’s favorite dish to prepare is chicken adobo. Her children and husband appreciate when she cooks because it is so rare!
  • Her parents immigrated from the Philippines. She remembers her mom sharing that she bought chocolate candy bars because she was mesmerized by the shiny, foil and brown candy bar wrapping.

 

Rafael Cortez Rafael.Cortez@acgov.org 510-268-4206

Rafael is a Community Health Outreach Worker II. He serves as a mentor to school site coordinators for the Safe Routes to School traffic safety patrols at school sites throughout Oakland.

  • Rafael was recognized by the California Automobile Association (CAA) as the National School Safety Coordinator of the Year in 2013.
  • Rafael previously worked as a Health Care Options Representative at social service sites in Alameda County and at Oakland’s La Clinica de la Raza.
  • Rafael is Bilingual (Spanish/ English) and Bicultural.

Fun Fact:

  • Rafael loves blueberries since they are full of antioxidants!
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