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Adriana Velasquesz


Accounting Specialist

Adriana has 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.

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Community Collaborations

Anaa created the Nutrition Services Program in 1999 so that the County of Alameda could better act in partnership with public (City of Oakland, State of California) and private (Kaiser and Blue Cross of California) organizations with the specific intention to motivate Alameda County residents in making positive health changes that would improve long term outcomes and reduce morbidity and mortality due to chronic diseases. The Nutrition Services Program began with 3 staff - one for each of the following areas: Senior Nutrition, Community Wellness, and School Health – and our program now boasts more than 25 staff. Dr. Reese continues to be an active member of the management team for Nutrition Services by coordinating and supporting county-wide Collaborative efforts (with the Kellogg and Kresge Foundations for example) that focus on changing the local food landscape and supporting improved economic development of Oakland.

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Andy Odell  Program Financial Specialist

Andy Odell

Program Financial Specialist

Andy is a Program Financial Specialist who has served as the Fiscal Services Coordinator for Nutrition Services since 2006. He helps staff with many of the administrative functions of the Department including budgets, claims, contracts, personnel and financial statements and projections. Technology, database and purchasing issues also come to him on a regular basis. Andy has had a lifetime of commitment to working with youth throughout Central and Northern California in community organizations. He is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz in Economics and History.

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Annette Laverty  R.D., M.P.H.

Annette Laverty, M.P.H., R.D.


Annette 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. Annette also facilitates the County Nutrition Action Partnership (CNAP), a collaborative of USDA food assistance program directors and affiliated organizations, and Alameda County Obesity Prevention Partnership (ACOPP), a collaborative of partners interested in reducing obesity rates in Alameda County by affecting policy and influencing institutions. Annette previously worked as a nutrition educator in a local hospital and finds planning for disease prevention programs most rewarding. She is a Registered Dietitian and has a Master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley.

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Brenda Tavares  Nutrition Assistant

Brenda Tavares

Nutrition Assistant

Brenda Tavares is an integral part of our Retail Team and coordinates cooking demonstrations at five retail stores where she promotes Harvest of the Month. In addition, she provides nutrition education via Cooking for Health as a member of our Direct Education team.  Brenda previously worked for the Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) program providing women with breastfeeding assistance and helping them make healthier changes for their families. Brenda is fluent in Spanish.

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Taber Carridad


Nutrition Assistant

Carridad provides technical assistance to School Wellness Champions at elementary schools throughout Alameda County to help facilitate their nutrition education work. This includes: advising teachers on the Harvest of the Month program and nutrition curricula, and helping to coordinate the After School Nutrition and Wellness Learning Community for OUSD. She also serves on the Early Childhood Education team, working to integrate and improve nutrition and physical activity opportunities for young children and their families. She has a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is food safety certified. Carridad previously worked as a Lunch and Extended Care Supervisor at a Cooperative Preschool.

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Cindia Sanchez  Nutrition Assistant

Cindia Sanchez

Nutrition Assistant

As a member of the Community Health Champions (CHC) Team, Cindia works as a mentor to health champions providing training and support for community based nutrition education. In addition, she collaborates with OUSD Nutrition Services Farm to School Program Staff promoting school based produce markets, and she provides technical assistance for the Harvest of the Month program. Cindia is a graduate of the Nutrition Assistant Program at San Francisco City College and is bilingual in Spanish.

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Dale Murai  Program Specialist

Dale Murai

Program Specialist

Dale collaborates with community members to change their environment to become healthier places to live to prevent chronic disease. She engages residents to learn about nutrition and the importance of being physically active.  She also helps plan community wide nutrition education and obesity prevention events.  Dale serves on the Community Capacity Committee of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII). She is bilingual in Spanish.

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Dario Hunter  Program Specialist

Dario Hunter

Program Specialist

Dario is charged with recruiting and training peer educators called Community Health Champions.  His work includes identifying target populations, recruiting and training peer educators with connections to these populations and managing a project through which these peer educators impart healthy living workshops to their peers.  Dario also oversees the Safe Routes to School contract which helps to ensure that students and their families have programs in place that make them feel safe to walk to school.  In conjunction with the Oakland Police Department he has helped establish, train and supervise 12 school safety patrols at schools with the highest pedestrian accident rates throughout the City of Oakland.  Bilingual in Spanish and English, Dario has been involved in community outreach and activism for his entire career and is also an experienced translator.

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Gail Wax


Specialist Clerk

Gail has worked for the county since June 2007 as a Specialist Clerk with Nutrition Services.

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Isabelle Vieyra  Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW)

Isabelle Vieyra

Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW)

Isabelle works tirelessly to engage and educate community members about nutrition, healthful cooking, and physical activity. For several years, “Chef Izzy” has delighted meeting and workshop attendees with her culinary skills and humor, providing cooking demonstrations and delicious taste tests of healthy, easy to prepare meals. Currently, her work is focused on the Cooking Academy, School Safety Patrols and planning large scale nutrition education events. She has a long history with Alameda County, having worked with county agencies since 1972 (!), formerly as a medical assistant and an outreach worker for the lead program. Isabelle is Bilingual (Spanish/ English).

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Jautan Stancill  Nutrition Assistant

Jautan Stancill

Nutrition Assistant

Jautan is a member of the Direct Ed and Faith based teams.  She recruits individuals to participate in nutrition education and cooking for health workshops and provides technical assistance for nutrition promotion in faith-based settings. In addition, Jautan provides presentations upon request to various audiences throughout Alameda County and promotes healthy eating at community health and wellness events.

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Jenny Wang  M.P.H., M.P.P

Jenny Wang, M.P.H., M.P.P.

Senior Program Specialist – Acting Director

As a Senior Program Specialist, Jenny oversees our School and After School subcontracts directly, and our Rethink Your Drink, Retail and Early Childhood Education subcontracts indirectly. She plays an active role representing our program on the OUSD Nutrition Advisory Committee, the Oakland Food Web, and the Oakland School Food Alliance. Jenny also serves on the Alameda County Youth Health Collaborative, the Public Health Department’s Strategic Planning Cross Departmental Workgroup for Health Equity Community Partnerships, and the Education Policy Workgroup of the Place Matters Initiative. Jenny has joint Master degrees in Public Health and Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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Joseph Whittaker  Nutrition Assistant

Joseph Whittaker

Nutrition Assistant

As a member of the Nutrition Services School Team, Joe’s main focus is to provide support for our subcontractors. He also takes part in the important transformative work carried out by the CX3 team and assists with the nutrition education done by the Direct Ed team. 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.

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Manny Flores  Program Financial Specialist


Program Financial Specialist

Manny is the Contract Manager for nutrition education contracts including budgets, invoices, fiscal reporting and adherence to funding requirements. Manny provides program and technical assistance centered on potential census tract sites for eligible populations. He also acts as a liaison with those outside of the program, ensures that 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 accounting and finance. He has an M.B.A. degree in Management from Golden Gate University with undergraduate minors in Accounting and Computer Operations.

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Nori Grossmann  R.D., M.P.H.

Nori Grossmann, M.P.H., R.D.


As a member of the Nutrition Services Team, Nori provides nutrition education and technical assistance in retail grocery stores, schools, and Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) School Based Health Centers (SBHC). She coordinates the new pilot retail project that involves store tours and cooking demonstrations at selected retail grocery stores in Oakland and also provides support to our sub contractors: Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Alameda County Office of Education. In addition she will be implementing nutrition education programming within OUSD SBHCs. She is currently Chair of Communications for California Conference of Local Health Department Nutritionists. Her service in Peace Corps Guatemala was her first job working as a public health nutritionist. Following this she was the WIC Director at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. Nori is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley and is bilingual in Spanish.

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Rafael Cortez  Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW)

Rafael Cortez

Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW)

Rafael provides mentorship and technical assistance to peer educators called Community Health Champions as they perform outreach and provide nutrition classes to low income county residents. Rafael also serves as a mentor to school site coordinators for the School Traffic Safety Patrols at 5 different schools sites in Oakland including Bella Vista, Manzanita Seed, Manzanita Community, Lafayette and Fruitvale Elementary Schools.  For his efforts, he was recognized by the California Automobile Association 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.

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cheryl lott


Cheryl is a member of the Community Health Champions (CHC) Team. She mentors nutrition peer educators/health champions, providing training and support for community based nutrition education. In addition, she collaborates with the Cooking for Health Academy Team, having served on that team for 3 years. Prior to joining Nutrition Services, Cheryl worked at WIC as a Homeless Outreach Coordinator and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. Cheryl is a long time community advocate, a member of the Outreach Resource Collaborative, and a graduate of the Nutrition Assistant Program at San Francisco City College.

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