Faculty & Staff

Beth Gail Freedman

Beth Gail Freedman
Department Chair of the Health Education Department
Coordinator, Metropolitan Academy of Health
Telephone: (415) 452-5570
Email: bfreedma@ccsf.edu
B.A., University of Florida;
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley

Beth Freedman has been advocating and working for the health of women, young people and LGBT people since 1993. She is a full time 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.

Her past work includes working with the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies on making HIV prevention research more accessible to affected communities and as a Community Educator and Trainer for The Riley Center, Shelter and Services for Battered Women and their Children. She also has worked in the areas of sexuality and women's reproductive health.

She is the coordinator of the Metro Academies of Health at City College of San Francisco.

Alma Avila

Alma Avila
Director of the Community Health Worker Certificate Program
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7481
Email: aavila@ccsf.edu
M.P.H. San Jose State University;
B.S. Golden Gate University

Professor Avila has been teaching at CCSF since 2007 and is committed to educating Bay Area residents and communities, providing resources for work and study in the field of health.

Alma involvement in non-instructional CCSF activities include:


  • Vision Y Compromiso which 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 focussing on the needs of formerly incarcerrated persons:
  • Jail Reentry Project
  • City College Prison Project
  • Active Mentor (2007) The Bell Hammond Foundation Mentoring Program for Gay Male Survivors of Domestic Violence.
  • SFDPH Tobacco Free Project
  • Promotoras Network
  • CHW Collaborative Network : UNITY 2007


Alma enjoys running, walking and a daily physical fitness program along with spending time in the art studio with Diego.

Linda Bacon

Lindo Bacon
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 239-3189
Email: lbacon@ccsf.edu


Lindo Bacon, PhD, has been at CCSF for over a decade, and is currently teaching in both the Health Education and Biology Departments. An internationally recognized authority on weight and health, Bacon is a researcher on the inside track of weight regulation science – a scientist whose three graduate degrees, research, and clinical expertise uniquely prepare her to understand and translate the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural underpinnings of weight control, and to integrate the biological and social justice components. Dr. Bacon has published work in top scientific journals as well as the highly acclaimed bestseller, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. 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 the 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.

Carol Badran

Carol Badran
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5867
Email: cbadran@ccsf.edu

Carol Badran has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a Master’s in Public Health.  She has dedicated her professional life to working with underserved youth, primarily in the U.S., and also in Ecuador and El Salvador.   She is especially passionate about training current and future youth workers through CCSF’s youth worker certificate program.

Patrick J. Barresi

Patrick J Barresi
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7482
Email: pbarresi@ccsf.edu 

BA, University of Akron
MPH, University of South Carolina

Patrick has been an instructor in the department since Fall 2000.  Since 2001 he has taught Men's Health, HLTH 27.  Patrick has worked as a health educator and community organizer since 1989.  When not teaching he works as a Certified Personal Trainer (Nat'l Academy of Sports Medicine cert.) and as an actor. 

Timothy M Berthold

Timothy M Berthold
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5266
Email: tberthol@ccsf.edu
B.A., Brown University;
M.S.P.H., Harvard University

Mr. Berthold began teaching full-time at City College in the Fall of 2001.

His work in the classroom is influenced by theories of popular education and twenty years of experience working with diverse communities to train health and human rights workers. Mr. Berthold is motivated by the desire to educate and support CCSF students to advocate for health and social justice in their own communities.

Carmen Castro-Rojas

Carmen Castro-Rojas
Instructor, Health Care Interpreting Program
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5802
Email: ccastro@ccsf.edu

Dayo M Diggs

Dayo M Diggs, M.S., Ed.D.
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7059
Email: ddiggs@ccsf.edu
City College of San Francisco A.A.;
CSU Hayward B.S. Health Science;
CSU Hayward M.S. Health Care Administration
San Francisco State University, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Professor Diggs has been teaching at CCSF for some time now.
Every student can...  Educational justice is health justice.

Dayo is an active member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Breastfeeding Coalition.

Dayo is also a volunteer for the San Francisco AIDS Walk.

Pamela Elzie

Pamela K Elzie
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7404
Email: pelzie@ccsf.edu

Amie Fishman

Amie Fishman, MPH
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7238
Email: afishman@ccsf.edu

Amie Fishman has been working at the intersections of public health, advocacy, and incarceration for over 15 years.  She is currently the Project Director of a collaboration between CCSF and Transitions Clinic Network - a community-based national network of clinics providing culturally-relevant, accessible primary care and support to people coming out of prison, as well as employment opportunities in health fields for formerly incarcerated community health workers. She teaches health impacts of incarceration and challenging mass incarceration in the US.  Amie received her Masters in Public Health from San Francisco State University, where she focused  on alternatives to youth incarceration.

Bryant Fong

Bryant Fong
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7385
Email: bfong@ccsf.edu
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Nora Goodfriend-Koven
Coordinator, Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5158
Email: ngoodfri@ccsf.edu
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 that "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.

Nora loves to camp and hike, listen to and play music, grow organic vegetables and enjoy time with her extended family. 

Edith Guillén-Núñez

Edith Guillén-Núñez, JD, MS
Instructor, Drug & Alcohol Certificate
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7477
Email: eguillen@ccsf.edu

Edith Guillén-Núñez has a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling and is a Marriage Family Registered Intern. She also has a Juris Doctor and is licensed attorney in California and Florida.

Edith has been working as a therapist with children and families for approximately ten years. As a bilingual, English/Spanish therapist, Edith's area of focus has been working with low income, culturally diverse people specifically in the areas of domestic violence, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, child abuse and neglect and homelessness.

In her legal practice, Edith also specializes working with children and families.  Edith's experience has included working within the dependency, juvenile system representing children, and family court. Currently as a family law attorney Edith works primarily with low-income, limited English speaking people who have been affected by domestic violence.

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Susana Hennessey Lavery
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7417
Email: shenness@ccsf.edu

Tandy Iles

Tandy Iles, MPH, CATE
Director of Drug & Alcohol Studies
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5160
Email: tiles@ccsf.edu
B.A., Hunter College, New York;
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley

Tandy Iles is a full time faculty member and has been the Director of the Drug & Alcohol Studies Program since its inception in 1998. She has over twenty-five years in the field with an emphasis on community health and cultural competency. She currently teaches Beginning and Advanced Fieldwork classes, Introduction to Drug & Alcohol Studies, and College Success courses.

Tandy is the co-author of “It's All About Us” African American Women Fighting Against Tobacco. Tandy also serves on the board of the California Association of Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE).

Rama Kased

Rama Kased
Coordinator, Instructor, Metro Academy of Health
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 239-3220
Email: rkased@ccsf.edu

Rama Ali Kased is the Coordinator and Instructor for the Metro Academy of Health in the Health Education department at both City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. Kased also sits on the advisory boards of multiple community and campus-based organizations including Huckleberry Wellness Academy, SFSU Student Success Program, and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center in San Francisco. In addition, she works with other community-based organizations and non-profit institutions in the Bay Area and New York City, where she provides leadership and base building training and curriculum campaign and development support. She is currently working on a dissertation that focuses on community health, critical pedagogy, and social justice.

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Jamie Lavender

Health Education Department

Email: jlavender@ccsf.edu

Email: Jamie Lavender works to reduce harm and increase benefit, which over time has taken many forms and roles.  Currently these include psychotherapist, group leader, teacher, clinical supervisor, community member, activist, student, consultant, and musician, as well as parent, husband/partner, son, grandson, and brother.


Vicki Legion

Vicki Legion
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 338-3480
Email: vlegion@sfsu.edu
Home Page:  http://fog.ccsf.edu/vlegion/
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
Telephone: (415) 561-1041
Email: tleu@ccsf.edu
B.S., San Francisco State University
Dietetic Internship, Houston VA Hospital
R.D., Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Joani Marinoff

Joani Marinoff, PA, MPH
Instructor/Coordinator, HIV/STI Prevention Program

Telephone: (415) 452-5204
Email: jmarinof@ccsf.edu
Home Page: https://sites.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/marinoff.

B.A., Antioch University West, San Francisco;
M.P.H., University of Massachusetts

Joani Marinoff is a full time faculty member of the Health Education Department and the Instructor/Coordinator of HIV/STI Prevention Education Program.

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Ida P McCray
Health Education Department
Email: imccray@ccsf.edu

Lisa Nerenburg

Lisa Nerenberg

Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 239-3220
Email: lnerenbe@ccsf.edu
Home Page: https://sites.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/lisa-nerenberg/
MSW, MPH University of Minnesota

Ms. Nerenberg has been teaching at CCSF since 2008. She teaches Health 9A Elder Abuse, Elder Abuse for Emergency Medical Services Providers (through the Continuing Education Department), Health and Aging, Health Sciences,  and Ageism and Adultism.  

Ms. Nerenberg has been working in the field of aging and elder abuse prevention for over 25 years. She is the author of numerous publications including Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies (Springer, 2008) and has lectured extensively across the U.S. and in Korea, Japan, Indonesia, India, Canada, and Germany. For more, visit her Web site at http://lisanerenberg.com/ or her blog, Prevent Elder Abuse at http://preventelderabuse.blogspot.com/

Sal Nunez

Sal Núñez, Ph.D., MFT
Instructor, Drug & Alcohol Certificate
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-7387
Email: snunez@ccsf.edu
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology; M.S. Mental Health Counseling;
B.A. Humanities, Psychology, Music

Coordinator, Community Mental Health Worker certificate program

Sal Núñez is a full time faculty member and has been teaching in the Drug & Alcohol Studies Program since 2000, and coordinating the Community Mental Health Worker program since 2010. He teaches Treatment Modalities, Physiological Effects of Addiction, Drugs & Society, Cultural Aspects of Addiction and other related courses.

Dr. Núñez is a practicing clinician, researcher, and consultant with over 14 years of experience in the field of professional psychology.

His interests lie in cultural clinical practice, neuropsychology, chemical dependence, pediatric health, indigenous medicine, and therapeutic drumming as a treatment modality. Dr. Núñez has been investigating the medicinal properties of rhythmical patterns for over a decade and is the founder of the Healthy Drumming Institute http://www.healthydrumming.org

Bruce Occena

Bruce Occeña, MPH, MBA
Instructor, Drug & Alcohol Certificate
Health Education Department
Telephone: (510) 506-0775
Email: bnocc@aol.com

Bruce Occeña has over twenty years of experience in the field of public health focused primarily on substance abuse prevention and treatment, HIV outreach and counseling, and homeless services. His overarching focus has been increasing access to care for marginalized populations.

Bruce's current efforts are focused on increasing access to interpreter services in public health settings. In the area of substance abuse services, he has a full range of experiences as a clinician, planner, evaluator and administrator.

Bruce currently teaches HLTH-74 (Criminology & Addiction).

Gayle Reznikov

Gayle Reznikov

Instructor, Health Education Department
Telephone: 415-452-4719
Email: greznikov@ccsf.edu

Gayle Reznikov has been teaching health education for over ten year years. She joined CCSF recently as a part time instructor. She has worked in health education throughout the USA and abroad. Her teaching philosophy is to bring real life experiences to the classroom, empower students to make a difference in their own lives as well as others and to provide active learning opportunities in the classroom. 

Alberta (Abby) Rincon

Alberta (Abby) Rincon
Instructor, CHW Program
Health Education Department
Telephone: (510) 643-7900
Email: arincon@ccsf.edu


Amanda A Rittenhouse

Amanda A Rittenhouse
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5154
Email: arittenh@ccsf.edu
A.B., M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley;
Ph.D., University of San Francisco

Amanda Rittenhouse, Ph.D, M.P.H. has been teaching at CCSF since 1994. She also teaches at DVC. She primarily teaches women's health but also teaches general health and human sexuality. Her goal as an instructor is to empower students to think and grow as individuals by actively listening to them and encouraging students to participate in the learning process.

Robin H Roth

Robin H Roth
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5153
Email: rroth@ccsf.edu
Home Page: http://fog.ccsf.edu/~rroth/
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”.

Jen Shockey

Jennifer (Jen) Shockey
Health Education Department
Email: jshockey@ccsf.edu

I have been teaching at CCSF since 2009 and also work full time for the Alliance HealthProject (AHP) in San Francisco as a Trainer/Curriculum Writer.

I’ve been filled with much diversity since the day I decided to work in the field of HIV/AIDS. This field has taught me the importance of being culturally relevant in all aspects of my life and that we not only learn by doing but that we learn the most by listening to others. This is the philosophy I bring to a classroom,training or even during the days when I did street outreach to drug users and sex workers. I have had the opportunity to be a health educator, a teacher and a trainer in the field of HIV prevention.

To meet the needs and /or expectations of students I find that a course that offers knowledge in addition to skills building is the best way for an individual to learn. The course needs to be serious, fun and engaging to keep students interested. Essential to this commitment is the creation of an inclusive and diverse learning environment where educational, professional, and personal goals can be fulfilled.

Janey Skinner

Janey E Skinner
Coordinator, Trauma Prevention & Recovery Certificate (IDST) Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5276
Email: jeskinne@ccsf.edu
Home Page: http://bit.ly/JaneySkinner
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. From 2006 to 2008 she served as Director of the Regional Health Occupations Resource Center (www.healthoccupations.org).  Since January 2009 she has been a full-time instructor in Health Education.  She teaches both online and in the classroom, including classes in the Metro Academy of Health and the Trauma Prevention & Recovery Certificate. 

Darouny Somsanith

Darouny Somsanith
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 239-3220
Email: dsomsani@ccsf.edu

Darouny Somsanith received her MPH at UCLA and is currently an adjunct faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Health Education Department teaching for both online and in-person courses. For the past eight years, she has had the privilege of teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds in health and wellness courses, including human sexuality. She also teaches for the Community Health Worker Certificate and the Health Care Interpreter Certificate programs. Before coming to City College, her background included working for community clinics in Alameda County, on projects that addressed policy advocacy on behalf of immigrants and underserved populations, to increase health coverage and access to quality health care. She has a strong interest in looking at how community health workers and health care interpreters can be integrated as part of a service delivery team, as a means to improve health outcomes and increase access to health care services. 

Gayle Tang

Gayle Kit-Lim Tang
Health Education Department
Telephone: (510) 271-6828
Email: gtang@ccsf.edu

Professor Tang has been teaching at CCSF since 1996.

Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson, MFT

Program Manager, HIV/STI Prevention Studies
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5202
Email: ethompso@ccsf.edu

BA Women's Studies, CSU Long Beach

MA Counseling Psychology, Community Mental Health, CIIS.

Emily Thompson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides sliding scale mental health services in San Francisco.  Emily has over 15 years experience working in HIV prevention and with LGBTQ communities-(especially transgender and gender variant communities). She is also an Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the ICP program.

John C. Tighe

John C Tighe
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5717
Email: jtighe@ccsf.edu

Tiffany Totah

Tiffany Totah
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5833
Email: ttotah@ccsf.edu

Jill Tregor

Jill R Tregor
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5268
Email: tregor@ccsf.edu

I have been an instructor at CCSF since 2010.  In my public healthwork I am particularly interested in working to remove blame and stigma as factors in how individuals and communities are treated for health conditions.

Since coming to City College I have taught Women’s Health, Human Sexuality, Introduction to Health and Wellness, Introduction to the Drug and Alcohol Certificate, Drugs & Society, Harm Reduction and Health, Demystifying Health Research, Health Education and Chronic Condition Management, HIV/STI Prevention, and Non-Profit Grants Management.  Prior to City College I developed and implemented policies to change how the City of San Francisco (including Child Welfare and the Police) responds to incidents of domestic violence, and worked as an educator and advocate with and on behalf of targets of hate motivated violence.  I currently serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors for HEPPAC, the HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County, which works to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C among injection drug users in Alameda County.

Annie Tse

Annie Tse
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5180
Email: atse@ccsf.edu
A.S., City College of San Francisco; B.S., San Francisco State University; M.P.H., San Jose State University

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 in1990 and full-time since 1994.

She teaches in multiple health areas including Health 53 (Health in Society) and Health 25 (Women’s Health Issues). 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 different 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.


Darlene K Weide

Darlene K Weide
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 748-8976

Craig Wenzl

Craig Wenzl, BBA
Associate Director of Drug & Alcohol Studies
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5159
Email: cwenzl@ccsf.edu 

Craig Wenzl joined the Drug & Alcohol Studies Program as Associate Director in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing/Communication from the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to City College, Craig worked for ten years as the Director of Programs at the Monterey County AIDS Project in Monterey and Salinas, California.  

In addition to program coordinating, Craig also worked as a community health outreach worker, HIV testing counselor, and group facilitator, with a focus on substance use and sexual risk.

Lisa Yamashiro

Lisa Yamashiro, MEd, RD

Instructor, Nutrition Assistant Certificate
Health Education Department- John Adams Center                           
Telephone: (415) 561-1971
Email: lisa.yamashiro@mail.ccsf.edu


Mena Zaminsky

Mena K. Zaminsky, MA, MFT, CATC
Instructor, Drug & Alcohol Certificate
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 420-4464
Email: mkzami@gmail.com

Mena Zaminsky holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) and has a psychotherapy private practice in San Francisco.  

Mena is an adjunct faculty in the CCSF Drug & Alcohol Studies Program where she teaches HLTH-100 (Introduction to Drug & Alcohol Studies) and HLTH-79A (Beginning Field Work).  She previously taught  HLTH-77 (Co-Occurring Disorders), HLTH-76 (Group Facilitation) and HLTH-83 (Motivational Counseling).  

Mena is also a member of the Drug & Alcohol Studies Community Advisory Board and a past Board member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, where she previously served as the Publications Committee Co-Chair, Newsletter Editor and Artist Committee Co-Chair.

Mena has also taught at JFK University, as well as provided trainings on Using Expressive Arts Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions.


Jeanette Bemis
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1931
Email: jbemis@ccsf.edu
B.S., Eastern Washington University; M.A., San Francisco State University

Ms. Bemis has been a member of the CCSF faculty for the past twelve years.

Ms. Bemis 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."

Ms. Bemis has been involved in the California Nutrition Council-Committee for Nutrition Education and Marketing Policy, San Francisco Active Aging Committee Task Force and Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area.

In her leisure time, she enjoys tap dancing.


Jo Ellen Brothers
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 701-2702
Email:  jbrother@ccsf.edu
B.S., University of Missouri, Columbia
M.P.H., San Francisco State University
R.D., Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Frances C. Chan
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1931
Email: fcchan@ccsf.edu
B.S., California Polytechnic State University
R.D., Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Lynn L. Fang
English as a Second Language (ESL) Department
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1850
B.S., Marycrest College, Davenport, IA

Professor Fang has been a member of the CCSF faculty for the past 26 years. Her goal is to increase the knowledge of health and nutrition for seniors, and to help new immigrants enroll in training classes to be able to find jobs and become self-reliant in American society. She has published the following: "Seniors Guide To Using Over-The-Counter Medications and Chinese Remedies (1984); "Practical Child Nutrition", Section 3 Protein, Section 5 Fat, Section 6 Carbohydrate (1960); "Present Knowledge in Nutrition" (translated from English to Chinese)(1984); "Age Page" (20 topics, translated from English to Chinese)(1986); "Chinatown Disaster Response Plan" (translated from English to Chinese)(1990); "Physiology of Fungi" (translated from English to Chinese)(1970); "The Application of Chemical Additives in Food Technology" (translated from English to Chinese)(1960); "Quality Control Handbook" (translated from English to Chinese)(1980); "Salisbury's Manual" (translated for CTPS)(1981); "American Litigation" (translated for CTPS)(1982); "Phonic Ear" (translated for CTPS)(1982) and translation of brochures (from English to Chinese) for the American Cancer Society (1985).

Professor Fang is a member of the Chinese Nutrition Association and Chinese Biochemistry Association. She won a cancer control recognition award for translation of epidemiology questionnaire (1984) and a "Women Who Make a Difference" award from the Commission and Department on the Status of Women (2001).

Professor Fang enjoys oil painting, tutoring Chinese, and doing translation and interpretation from English to Chinese and Chinese to English.


May Fong
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1914
Email: mfong@ccsf.edu
B.S., San Francisco State University
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley
R.D., Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Josephine C. Lee

Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1931
Email: jlee@ccsf.edu
B.S., San Francisco State University
R.D., Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Valorie L. Villela
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1931
Email: vvillela@ccsf.edu
B.S., Whitworth College, Spokane, WA


Aimee Y. Yan
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1931
B.S., Clinical Dietetics, University of California at Berkeley
M.S. Health Science, San Francisco State University
R.D., Registered Dietitian, 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 loves traveling.

Retired Faculty from the Health Education Dept:

Cathryn Givens-Tolson

Beverly Mack 

Robin Roth

Cathy Russo

Dee Dee Stout

Betsy Strausberg

Sharron Zakus