Faculty In Review

Health Education Department

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Alma Avila

Health Education Department

Academic degrees and institutions granting each degree:

M.P.H. San Jose State University
B.S. Golden Gate University

Prof. Avila has been teaching at CCSF since 2003.

Health Education & Community Health Studies Department
Program Director Community Health Worker, Youth Worker and Post Prison Health Worker Certificate Programs

Instructional/educational philosophy and goals:
Committed to educating Bay Area residents and communities, providing resources for work and study in the field of health.

Alma is also

Involvement in non-instructional CCSF activities, e.g. committees, clubs:

Vision Y Compromiso was developed to educate the Latino community about quality of care issues.Other Vision Y Compromiso program areas include children and youth, policy, research and multi-disciplinary evaluation and women.

Multiple Committees & Projects focusing on the needs of formerly incarcerated persons:

*Jail Reentry Project

*City College Prison Project

Foundations for Community Health Worker Textbook, Josey Wells: 2010

SFDPH Tobacco Free Project

Promotoras Network

CHW Collaborative Network : UNITY 2007

Hobbies or extracurricular activities:

Running, Walking & Daily Physical Fitness Program

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Linda Bacon

Health Education Department

Ph.D., University of California, Davis (Physiology);
M.A., San Francisco State University (Exercise Science);
M.A., Naropa Institute (Psychotherapy);
B.A., Wesleyan University.

Dr. Bacon has been teaching at CCSF since 2001.

Linda Bacon, PhD, is a scientist and internationally recognized authority on weight and health. A nutrition professor and researcher, she holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise metabolism, with a specialty in nutrition. She has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health and published in influential, peer-reviewed journals.

Bacon is a Professor at City College of San Francisco.Bacon. She earned her PhD in physiology from the University of California, Davis, where she also currently serves as an Associate Nutritionist. She is also Her research has been supported by grants from the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

Bacon’s latest scientific review, published in Nutrition Journal, has been influential in challenging the public health discourse and ranks as “most-highly accessed.” It examines the scientific literature on weight and health and determines that weight-focused public health policy is ineffective and damaging. Its conclusions call for a paradigm shift towards evidence-based health care based on non-discrimination.

Bacon’s advocacy for Health at Every Size has a large following on the international lecture circuit and in social media. She is the author of a book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, that Prevention Magazine considers the “Bible” of the alternative health movement. A top seller among Amazon’s health titles, it is favorably reviewed by both health professionals and lay people. Her recent interviews include media outlets such as the New York Times, London Sunday Times, ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer, and magazines including Prevention, Glamour, Cooking Light, and National Geographic. Well known for her political and social commentary, she writes a “health expert” column for the Huffington Post and the Association for Size Diversity and Health. Her forthcoming book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand, is a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health, and will be followed shortly by her next book, Eat Well: For your Self, For the World, a handbook for cutting neurosis from our daily diets and, in the process, improving our health and the health of our world.

Dr. Bacon has been involved in the CCSF Sexual Harassment Committee, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Committee and Multi-Cultural Infusion Project.

Dr. Bacon is the author of Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight (www.HAESbook.com).

See www.LindaBacon.Org.

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Carol Badran

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Patrick J Barresi

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Jeanette Bemis

Health Education Department

B.S., Eastern Washington University
M.A., San Francisco State University

Professor Bemis has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 1993.

She states that "learning occurs when questions are asked. The beauty of teaching non-credit courses is the ability to tailor the content to what the participants want to learn . Health and nutrition information in the media can often be confusing so my role is clarify and simplify. I use the participants' questions to gauge their understanding and determine topics to cover."

Professor Bemis has been involved in the California Nutrition Council-Committee for Nutrition Education and Marketing Policy and the San Francisco Active Aging Committee Task Force.

She is very active member of Girl Scouts of Northern California and is a founding member of the Girl Scouts Alumnae. Currently she is a Council Learning Facilitator, and a member of the Heritage Committee.

In her leisure time, Professor Bemiks enjoys tap dancing.

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Timothy M Berthold

Health Education Department

B.A., Brown University; M.S.P.H., Harvard University

Tim began teaching full-time at City College in the Fall of 2001. He was a part-time Instructor from 1995-1997.

His work in the classroom is influenced by theories of popular education and thirty years of public health experience working with diverse communities in the Bay Area and internationally. Tim is motivated by the desire to educate and support CCSF students to advocate for health and social justice in their own communities.

Tim is the lead editor and author of Foundations for Community Health Workers, with a second edition to be published by Jossey-Bass in 2016. Foundations is a textbook for training CHWs based on the Health Education Department's vocational training certificate program.

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Joellen Marie Brothers

Health Education Department

B.S., University of Missouri, Columbia; M.P.H., San Francisco State University

Biography will be forthcoming.

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Carmen Castro-Rojas

Health Education Department

MA, Interdisciplinary Social Work, Social Psychology and Women Studies
BA, English. Minor Italian

Prof. Castro-Rojas has been teaching at CCSF since 2005 at the Healthcare Interpreting Certificate Program

Education is a personal choice, students obtain an education because they want to be prepare for the 'real' world and therefore, each student is only competing with him or herself, competing to learn, grow and master skills that will be used once in the workforce.
Once the education is achieved, the learning and growing process continues beyond graduation day.

As Board member of the California Healthcare Interpreting Association, CHIA, since 2007, I have been involved in the field and informed of the latest trends. As Chair of the Education Committee, I conducted a Training of Trainers on the CHIA standards. As Chair of the Conference Committee for 2012 I help select the topics of workshops and panel presentations. As President of the California Healthcare Interpreting Association for 2012-2013, I plan to serve using my professional experiences in Language Access.

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Frances C. Chan

Health Education Department

B.S., California Polytechnic State University

Biography will be forthcoming.

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Dayo M Diggs

Health Education Department

City College of San Francisco A.A
CSU Hayward B.S.,Health Science
CSU Hayward M.S.,Health Care Administration
SFSU Doctorate, Educational Leadership

Dr. Diggs has been teaching at CCSF for some time now.

Every student can...
Educational justice is health justice

Active member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.,
Board of directors for the San Francisco Breastfeeding collation

Volunteer, San Francisco AIDS Walk

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Pamela K Elzie

Health Education Department

B.S., M.A., University of San Francisco

Prof. Elzie has been teaching at CCSF since 2006

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Amie Ruth Fishman

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Bryant Fong

Health Education Department

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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May Fong

Chair, Health Education Department

B.A., University of San Francisco; M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley

Biography will be forthcoming.

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Beth Gail Freedman

Chair, Health Education Department

Women's Studies Department

Ms. Freedman has been advocating and working for the health of women, young people and LGBT people since 1993. She is a full time Health Science Instructor and has been involved with City College of San Francisco since 1995: as a student, classified staff and now as a full-time Instructor.

Ms. Freedman is also the Faculty Advisor to the Women's Resource Center at CCSF. She has worked with the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies on making HIV prevention research more accessible to affected communities. She also has worked in the areas of violence prevention and women's health.

She currently teaches Women's Health Issues and a general Introduction to Health course. Her main interests are health inequalities among people of color and low income people and making evaluation accessible and responsive to the needs of communities.

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Cathryn Givens-Tolson

Health Education Department

B.A., M.S., San Francisco State University

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Health Education Department

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.P.H., San Jose State University

Ms. Goodfriend-Koven has been teaching at CCSF since 2002.

She states: "Learning is dynamic, a process of exchanging and changing. We learn for ourselves, and also to share our knowledge with our communities. My courses all involve the practical application of theory and course content within a community setting. Within the broad definition of health - students work in the areas most interesting and relevant to their experience. They work on personal transformation, and also at improving the health of their community.

A particular concern is finding ways to eliminate health disparities so that all people can count on the same potential for a long and healthy life. I see students as change-agents who can begin to build towards equality in health for all. As an instructor, I too, am constantly learning from my students, and from the experiences of the 21st century. The classroom becomes a "laboratory" for students and for the instructor."

Ms. Goodfriend-Koven is a member of the Northern California Society of Public Health Educators. She is on the board of directors of California Healthcare Interpreting Association and Walden Center and School. She also volunteers at La Peña.

Extracurricular activities: She loves to camp and hike, listen to and play music, grow organic vegetables and enjoy time with her extended family.

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Edith Guillen-Nunez

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Susana A Hennessey Lavery

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Tandy Iles

Health Education Department

B.A., Hunter College, New York; M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley

Ms. Iles has been teaching at CCSF since 1998.

She is a student-centered instructor who uses an interactive and engaging approach to teaching. My goal is to create an environment that fosters critical thinking and a love of learning.

Ms. Iles coordinates CCSF's Drug and Alcohol Certificate program which is a 38.5 State Accredited program.This program prepares students to be become drug and alcohol counselors. Ms. Iles currently serves as a faculty advisor for the WAYPASS program which is a collaborative effort of the Women's Studies Department and the Community Health Education and Community Health Studies Department (HECHS). WAYPASS serves formerly incarcerated women interested in pursuing college. Ms. Iles has served as a union representative for the HECHS, she has participated in the CalWorks "Retooling the Curriculum" summer project, performed a faculty internship at the Homeless Prenatal Project, and served on numerous campus-wide committees. She is the former Board member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) and past Board President of the Homeless Children's Network.

Ms. Iles has co-authored "It's All About Us"- African American Women Fighting Tobacco.

In her leisure time, she enjoys gardening, reading historical fiction, creating jewelry, her book group, and spending time with family and friends.

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Phelicia R. Jones

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Rama Kased

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Julieta Kusnir

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Jamie B Lavender

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Josephine C. Lee

Health Education Department

B.S., San Francisco State University

Ms. Lee has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 1998.

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Vicki Wirth Legion

Health Education Department

B.A., New College of California; M.P.H., University of Illinois, Chicago

Ms. Legion has been teaching at CCSF since 1994.

She uses a combination of active reality-based learning, popular education and performance-based education.

Ms. Legion has been involved in coordinating Community Health Works of San Francisco, a partnership of CCSF and San Francisco State University - a multi-project program devoted to eliminating health inequality and diversifying the public health and primary care workforce. She also speaks at national conferences several times a year.

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Teresa C Leu

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Joani Ellen Marinoff

Health Education Department

M.P.H - Community Health Education., University of Massachusetts 1995
Physicians Assistant in Primary Care Stanford/Foothill 1980
B.A., Antioch University West San Francisco 1979

- Faculty in the Health Education Dept
- Coordinate the HIV/STI Prevention Studies Office
-Coordinate new 'Infectious Disease Prevention in Priority Populations' certificate
- Coordinate the Link Center MU301
- I am the faculty adviser for The Gender Diversity Project, and Project SAFE

I have been teaching at CCSF since 1997. I have almost 40 years of experience in health education, advocacy, and providing health care services. I started as a community health worker, became an LVN (studied at CCSF -John Adams 1974), went on to become a Physicians Assistant in Primary Care (Stanford-Foothill 1980) and then studied Public Health (MPH - Community Health Education at University of Mass in 1995).

Areas of special interest over the years have been stress reduction, violence prevention, women's health, substance use, HIV prevention, leadership development, gender studies, end of life issues, yoga, meditation and other restorative practice and above all promoting health equity for everyone.

I love teaching at CCSF because I believe strongly in a public open door - open enrollment institution that serves community interests. CCSF is where it all started for me and I remain truly inspired by my creative, enthusiastic, and intelligent students and the talented, dedicated, and compassionate faculty and staff I work with. My classes are interactive with a combination of individual, group, and online learning activities, discussion, video, and lecture.


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Carlos Manuel Martinez

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Sergio R Martinez

Health Education Department

Masters in Public Health, San Francisco State University

Prof. Martinez has been teaching and coordinating the Metro Academy of Health at CCSF since 2015

Prof. Martinez enjoys sharing his lived experience and telling stories as a way to engage and teach his students. He uses various teaching modalities and approaches to reach vulnerable groups and in building rapport with marginalized communities. He believes that meeting students where they are in life and acknowledging their experiences is key in building healthy sustainable relationships and in creating great learning environments. He practices cultural humility and most importantly enjoys learning from his students.

Prof. Martinez also writes and tells stories for the Oakland Tribune's Voices program. A community journalism program intending to highlight and promote positive untold stories specific to East Oakland.

During his spare time, Prof. Martinez enjoys collecting vinyl records, traveling, reading, attending art exhibits and playing indoor soccer.

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Ida P McCray

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Lisa Nerenberg

Health Education Department

MSW, MPH, University of Minnesota

Professor Nerenberg has been teaching Health 9A Elder Abuse Prevention at CCSF since 2008. This .5 credit course is an entry-level class designed to help students prevent elder abuse and neglect. It focuses on raising awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the problem; alerting students to its signs and symptoms, and enabling them to intervene according to laws, policies, and professional standards.

In Spring, 2009, Health 9A Elder Abuse Prevention, will be taught as an online class. That means that all of the reading assignments are online and students will have a chance to discuss what they're learning with their classmates and test their knowledge with online interactive exercises. An introductory class will be held on the Ocean Campus in Rosenberg Library R414 on 3/23/09 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Computer assistance will be provided. The course is designed to take 4 weeks to complete, and final assignments will be due on 5/4/09.

Professor Nerenberg has been working in the field of elder abuse prevention for over 25 years. She particularly enjoys teaching students who are currently working in the field of aging as well as students who are interested in working with elders. To learn more about Professor Nerenberg and elder abuse, visit her Web site at http://lisanerenberg.com/ or my blog, Prevent Elder Abuse at http://preventelderabuse.blogspot.com/

Publication: Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies (Springer, 2008)

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Sal Nunez

Health Education Department

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology; M.S. Mental Health Counseling; B.A. Humanities, Psychology, Music

Dr. Nunez has been teaching at CCSF since 2000

Membership: American Psychological Association, California Board of Behavioral Sciences Publication, California Board of Psychology: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist.

Dr. Nunez has been researching the effects of repetitive drumming patterns on behavioral health, trauma, and recovery. He continues investigated the historical context and medicinal properties of specific drumming patterns and over the past 13 years has developed a therapeutic practice that integrates indigenous medicine, conventional psychology, and ceremonial principles. The drumming praxis he developed has been accepted as a community defined evidence model by SAMHSA and listed in the national directory of the Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health.

Director, Community Mental Health Certificate Program (www.ccsf.edu/cmhw) at the Health Education Department of CCSF, Funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Mental Health Services Act.

Effects of drumming on anxiety in Latino male youth (2005). Drumming styles and facilitators (2008), www.healthydrumming.org. Co-author Chapter 14, Stress management and self-care in, Foundations of Community Health Workers, (2009), Berthold, Miller, Avila-Esparza Eds. Jossey- Bass

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Bruce N Occena

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Amanda A Rittenhouse

Health Education Department

A.B., M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., University of San Francisco

Ms. Rittenhouse has been teaching at CCSF for the past 10 years.

Her goal in teaching is to empower her students to think and grow as individuals by actively listening to them and encouraging them to participate in the learning process.

Ms. Rittenhouse was editor of "Readings Plus with Weblinks", "Women's Health and Wellness", 97-98.

In her leisure time, Ms. Rittenhouse enjoys hat making/designing, indoor rock climbing and time with her family.

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Robin H Roth

Health Education Department

Women's Studies Department

B.A., Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio; M.S., San Francisco State University

Ms. Roth has been teaching at CCSF since 1978.

She believes that good health is the foundation of happiness, and that everyone can learn the knowledge and skills to improve their health and the health of their families, contributing to the health of our communities and nation.

With information and experiential activities, Ms. Roth tries to provide a lively mix whereby students can take charge of their health as well as understand important issues in public health. Her approach is holistic and feminist, honoring the body, mind and spirit, investigating diverse approaches to health and health care, helping students become wise health care consumers.

She is a long-time member and previous precinct representative of AFT 2121, a member of the Women's Caucus, co-director of Project SAFE, and has produced Safer Sex Playshops & Fairs 1991-2001. She is a previous Faculty Sponsor of the Safe Sex Club, CCSF AIDS Advisory Board and has been a Flex Day speaker.

Ms. Roth is a member of the Women's Health Educators Network, Women's Health Rights Coalition Teleconference Educator/Speaker, and Women's Health series, University of Texas. She is a former Board Member of the Min An Health Center, Women's AIDS Network, and San Francisco Women's Health Center. Ms. Roth is also listed in "Who's Who in American College Teachers".

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Janey E Skinner

Health Education Department

M.P.H. from U.C. Berkeley; B.A. from Brown Univeristy

Janey Skinner has been teaching at CCSF since 2004, initially as a part-time instructor. She served as Director of the Regional Health Occupations Resource Center from 2006-2008. Since January 2009 she is a full-time instructor in Health Education. She also works closely with the Trauma Prevention & Recovery Certificate (Interdisciplinary Studies Dept.).

My website is now located at:
More info on my courses and the Trauma Certificate is available there.

I am on sabbatical in Spring and Fall 2016, working on developing new curricular materials for the Health Education department.

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Darouny Somsanith

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Gayle Kit-Lim Tang

Health Education Department

Professor Tang has been teaching at CCSF since 1996

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John C Tighe

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Jill R. Tregor

Health Education Department

Masters of Public Health in Community Health Education, San Francisco State University, 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies, University of Massachusette at Amherst, 1984

Prof. Tregor has been at City College of San Francisco since 2009, and teaching since Fall, 2010.

it is a pleasure and a privilege to teach at CCSF. I have been in the public health field for most of my working life. Health inequalities and unequal access to health care and services are social justice issues. I am committed to doing everything I can to offer a high quality education to students so that together we can fight for good health for all.

She is the former Director of the Regional Health Occupations Resource Center, a program funded by the State Community College Chancellor's office, which worked with Bay Area allied health employers and community colleges to prepare and diversify the allied health workforce.

Prior to coming to City College, Jill worked in the social justice/non-profit field, primarily addressing inter racial conflict and hate motivated violence. She has also worked extensively in the domestic violence and women's health fields, as an advocate, policy analyst, and trainer.

Foundations for Community Health Workers, eds. Berthold, Miller, and Avila-Esparza (2009). Author of chapter "Facilitating Community Health Education Trainings" and co-author of "Community Diagnosis".

Foundations, 2nd edition, 2016. Chapters include "Facilitating Community Health Education Trainings" and co-authoring chapters on Managing Chronic Health Conditions and Health Eating, Active Living.

Training Guide for Foundations for Community Health Workers, 2016.

Chair of the Board of Directors, 2005-2015, HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County (HEPPAC).

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Annie Tse

Health Education Department

A.S., City College of San Francisco; B.S., San Francisco State University; M.P.H., San Jose State University

Annie Tse began teaching at CCSF part-time in 1990 and full-time since 1994.

She teaches in multiple health areas including Women’s Health (Health 25) and Health and Aging (Health 10). Her classes offer the latest health information using a practical focus for making positive lifestyle choices and changes, emphasizing strategies to promote health in individuals and communities. She uses participatory pedagogy and community-building in the classroom to create meaningful and positive learning experiences for her students.

From 1994 to 2012, Ms. Tse served as the Director of the CPR, First Aid and Safety Program and taught CPR, Advanced First Aid, and Child Health and Safety Education classes. In 2013, the CPR, First Aid and Safety Program was discontinued due to the college downsizing of various programs. Her past work as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) includes working with health insurance companies, San Francisco Department of Public Health, and community-based organizations such as the American Lung Association, Children's Council, and Wu Yee Children Services.

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Alison Mary Uscilka

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Valorie L Villela

Health Education Department

B.S., Whitworth College, Spokane, WA

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Darlene K Weide

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Lisa Yamashiro

Health Education Department

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction; B.S., R.D., Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics, University of California, Berkeley

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Aimee Y Yan

Health Education Department

M.S. Health Science, San Francisco State University
B.S., Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics, University of California at Berkeley
R.D.N, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Professor Yan has been teaching at CCSF since 1991.

She believes that learning is a lifelong process that continues to enrich one's life throughout their lifespan.

Professor Yan is a Board Member of the Chinese Community Center of the Peninsula.

She enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures and peoples

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Sharron M Zakus

Health Education Department

A.A., City College of San Francisco; B.A., M.S., San Francisco State University

Ms. Zakus has been a full-time faculty member at CCSF for many years. She has worked and served on a variety of committees at CCSF and for the Health Science Department.

She graduated with a Registered Nurse license from St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and has had nursing experience on Medical and Surgical units, and in the Operating Room. She has also done Occupational Health nursing.

Ms. Zakus is the author of the book and the accompanying student workbook "Mosby's Clinical Skills for Medical Assistants" and has also coauthored another book. Her first book is in its 4th edition and the second book is in its 2nd edition.

Her focus on health is from a holistic and positive viewpoint - an integrative combination of the physical, mental/emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, and intellectual dimensions of wellness and health of individuals and their surroundings and communities. Her classes offer the latest health information using a practical focus for making positive lifestyle choices and changes emphasizing the importance of personal responsibility for our health.

Ms. Zakus' commitment to students is to make learning an enjoyable and a meaningful, positive experience. She shares information which will prepare students to be open to new ideas, to make thoughtful and informed choices; to be empowered to question and evaluate information, to make good decisions, to assume responsibility, to be more optimistic, and to create and follow a healthy lifestyle. It is her hope to challenge students to develop a permanent interest in health, as it affects not only them, but also their communities at large, and to develop a desire for continued growth and knowledge.

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Mena K Zaminsky

Health Education Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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