the team

We’re all in this together.

Our truly integrated approach brings together a team of experts in primary health care, mental health and wellness, research, policy, education, and community and family support services to meet children and families where they are and help them lead healthier lives.

Leadership Team
Monica Bucci, MD

Director of Research

Perry Chen, LCSW

Senior Integrated Clinical Social Worker

Shirmila Cooray

Associate Director, Individual Giving

Alyssa Earley

Donor Relations Manager

Abel Embaie

Senior Accountant

Cynthia Flores

Bilingual Care Coordinator

Jessica Gardezy

Communications Manager

Lisa Gutierrez-Wang, PhD

Director of Clinical Programs

Carol Hunter, CPA

Director of Finance & Grants

Petra Jerman, PhD, MPH

Research Associate

Kadiatou Koita, MD, MS-GHS

Clinical Research Manager

Lynne Lathbury

Director of the Office of the CEO

Kara Leslie

Associate Director, Institutional Giving

Andrea Lockett

Director of Operations

Sara Marques, DrPH, MPH

Director of Strategic Initiatives

June-Friday Mcneil

Jr. Accountant

Amanda Medrano, Psy.D.


Skylar Nahl

Program Assistant

Debby Oh, MSc, PhD

Research Associate

Leena B. Singh, DrPH, MPH

National Pediatric Practice Community Program Manager

Xavier Tenorio

Assistant to the Executive Director/Project Coordinator

Afomeia Tesfai, MPH

Policy and Advocacy Manager

Nicholas Thorn-Sermeno, LCSW

Bilingual Clinical Care Coordinator

Emily Tolos, MPH

Associate Director, Marketing

Phoebe Trout

Clinical Programs Assistant

Noelani Viloria

Biofeedback Specialist

Lydia Vincent-White

Community Engagement Manager

Claire Willhite, LMFT

Associate Clinical Director

Tishina Williams


Jabeen Yusuf

Director of Marketing and Communications

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