Faculty & Staff Directory

Beth Gail Freedman

Beth Gail Freedman
Department Chair of the Health Education Department
Coordinator, Metropolitan Academy of Health
Telephone: (415) 452-5570
Email: bfreedman@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.

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.

Jeanette Bemis

Jeanette Bemis
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1931
Email: jbemis@ccsf.edu
B.S., Eastern Washington University; M.A., San Francisco State University
Registered Dental Assistant
Program Director Child Development Permit

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

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 and the San Francisco Active Aging Committee Task Force .

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

In her leisure time, she enjoys tap dancing

Timothy M Berthold

Joellen M 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

Carmen Castro-Rojas

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

Andrew Ciscel

Andrew Ciscel
Program Manager, Link Center

Telephone: (415) 452-5202
Email: aciscel@ccsf.edu
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Andrew Ciscel worked in health systems navigation and peer support for several years. Their interests includes transgender and gender variant ally work, economic justice issues, housing first healthcare, and treatment as prevention for HIV and Hepatitis C. At the University of Tennessee, they studied political economy, critical criminology, and photography.

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

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.

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).

Tandy Iles

Julieta Kusnir, MPH
Metro Transfer Academies
Health Education Department
Email: jkusnir@ccsf.edu

Tandy Iles

Sylvia Lau, MPH
Metro Transfer Academies
Health Education Department
Email: sylau@ccsf.edu

Jamie Lavender Photo

Jamie Lavender

Health Education Department

Email: jlavender@ccsf.edu

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.

Teresa Leu

Teresa C. Leu
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 561-1041
Email: tleu@ccsf.edu
B.A., San Jose State University
Dietetic Internship, Houston VA Hospital
R.D., Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Craig Wenzl

Eric Lewis
Associate Director of Drug & Alcohol Studies
Health Education Department
Telephone: (415) 452-5159
Email: edlewis@ccsf.edu

Eric Lewis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York @ New Paltz and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from National University.   Eric has worked in public education for 19 years as a teacher and site administrator.  Eric is passionate about quality substance abuse care and is a graduate of the Drug & Alcohol Studies Certificate Program at our beloved City College of San Francisco.   

Ida McCray

Michelle Loya-Talamantes
Health Education Department
Email: mloya@ccsf.edu

Emily Thompson

Emily Marinelli, MFT

Instructor, HLTH 105
Health Education Department
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.

Ida McCray

Joani Marinoff
Health Education Department
Email: jmarinoff@ccsf.edu

Ida McCray

Sergio Martinez
Health Education Department
Email: smartinez@ccsf.edu

Ida McCray

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).

Bruce Occena

Ann Rojas-Cheatham
Health Education Department
Email: acrojas@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.

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
Healthcare Interpreter Program Coordinator
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 Tang
Health Education Department
Telephone: (510) 271-6828
Email: gtang@ccsf.edu

Professor Tang has been teaching at CCSF since 1996.

John C. Tighe

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

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

Valorie L. Villela

Valorie L. Villela

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

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


Aimee Y. Yan

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. Ms. Yan has over 25 years of experience in teaching non-credit health and nutrition classes to adults in the community. She is also a consultant dietitian at adult day health centers serving frail elderly in the Bay Area. 

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.

Retired Faculty from the Health Education Dept:

Terrance Hall

Joani Marinoff

Bryant Fong

Frances C. Chan

Lynn L. Fang

May Fong

Cathryn Givens-Tolson

Nora Goodfriend-Koven

Josephine C. Lee

Beverly Mack 

Robin Roth

Cathy Russo

Dee Dee Stout

Betsy Strausberg

Sharron Zakus