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OUR TEAM

We are extremely proud to have a dedicated and hard-working team of staff and volunteers.

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Executive Director

Rosa Soto 

Rosa Soto has served as Executive Director of the LAC+USC Medical Center Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) and The Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital in Los Angeles, California since 2015.  In her role, Rosa is responsible for guiding the organizational policies, programs, partnerships and infrastructure to support the mission, vision, and direction of the Foundation, The Wellness Center and the LAC+USC Medical Center.   

 

For more than 20 years, Ms. Soto has focused her passion to empower underserved children and their families by improving health and wellness opportunities across the community.  She has championed important public health issues including: teen pregnancy prevention, relationship violence, child safety, mentoring, and addressing the childhood obesity epidemic. Before joining the Foundation, Rosa served as Assistant Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) where she was responsible for guiding and directing programs, operations and policy and led the efforts to create CCPHA’s evidence-based community engagement and advocacy model. In addition, she advocated for the passage of the strongest sugary beverage and snack food policies in the county of Los Angeles and the State as well as led the development of a national model for local health policies and initiatives.

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Associate Director 
Heather Hays
Heather Hays is Associate Director of the LAC+USC Medical Center Foundation, Inc. and The Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital. Heather is a non-profit professional with 20 years' experience leading teams, programs and projects designed to improve the quality of life for community residents in Los Angeles. Heather is proud of the collective work achieved by the Foundation and its partners to address issues of health equity and improve systems of care.  At The Wellness Center, Heather is privileged to work with an incredible team of community-health advocates who work tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of our clients every day. Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather worked at FAME Corporations as the Director of Health Services, as Director of Chapter Education for the Young President's Organization, and at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in several roles including program manager of Executive Education.
MEET THE CARE COORDINATION TEAM!

This amazing team will greet you as you enter The Wellness Center and are eager to provide the best service to clients. 

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Melina Castelan

Care Team Supervisor

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Linday Alvarez-Tobias

LAC+USC Supervisor Social Worker

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Andrea Zuniga

Wellness Navigator

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Kassandra Carrillo

Wellness Navigator

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Brianna Morales

Wellness Navigator

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Cynthia Mendoza

Senior Care Coordinator, Team Lead

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Soledad Abundis

LAC+USC Community Health Worker

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Erica Bañuelos

Wellness Navigator

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Dayanara Nieto

Wellness Navigator

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Michelle Zamora

Wellness Navigator

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Carmen Izeppi

Senior Care Coordinator

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Magaly Garcia

Wellness Navigator, Innovation 2 

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Jerry Gudino

Wellness Navigator

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Maritza Lopez

Wellness Navigator

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Jazmin Gutierrez

Wellness Navigator

MEET THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM!
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Elijah Flores

Communications Coordinator

MEET INNOVATIONS 2 TEAM!
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Mariana Herrera

Consultant

MEET THE TOBACCO TEAM!
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Christina Cardenas

Senior Program &

Policy Manager 

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Bernice Gonzalez

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator & Wellness Navigator

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Belinda Campos Bresnahan 

Senior Project Manager & Policy Analyst

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Anahi Barajas-Orozco

Communications

Julia Ruedas

Policy Analyst 

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Amy Weaver

Community Engagement Coordinator

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Jacqueline

Alvarado-Perez

Tobacco Cessation Project Coordinator

MEET THE ENDING THE HIV EPIDEMIC TEAM!
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Kenya Ruiz Toscano

EHE Project Coordinator

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Sophia Raygoza

EHE Project Coordinator

MEET THE CHW OUTREACH TEAM!
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Fabiola Sanchez

Community Health Worker Supervisor

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Edith Aguilar

Community Health Worker

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Alejandro Castro

Community Health Worker

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Juana Mena

Community Health Worker

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Alicia Escalante

Community Health Worker

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Yolanda Martinez

Community Health Worker

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Xochitl Escalante

Community Health Worker

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Maria Carrillo

Community Health Worker

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