PROGRAM & PROJECT

MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
 

Over 28 years wellness consulting and project management experience:

2015 - present      HEART AND SOUL, INC, Greater San Mateo County

       Executive Director (2015 – present)

  • Successfully negotiated contracts that increased agency annual  budget from $387k to $2.3 million in 3 years’

  • Piloting innovative county program to reduce recidivism in acute psychiatric settings while increasing individuals community integration

  • Created a Peer Recovery Collaborative to increase consumer stakeholder voice 

  • Working closely with the board, county, staff, volunteers, and mental health community

  • Moving Heart and Soul forward in the development and implementation of goals that reflect the organization's vision and mission.  

  • Providing overall leadership for strategy, organizational development, program implementation, financial oversight and fundraising  

  • Managing a close working relationship with the Board of Directors, and providing monthly reporting on agency standing.

  • www.heartandsoulinc.org

1991 - present       THE TOTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE, Greater San Francisco Bay Area

     
       Board President (2012 – present)

  • Promoting programs focused on community health and wellness, specializing in mental health, physical well being, creative projects and youth mentorship.

  • Supporting consultants who offer wellness services including workshops, retreats and stress reduction classes to diverse communities and highly underserved populations.

  • Sourcing of private funding opportunities to support project implementation; building collaborative relationships with mental health allies on local and national levels

  • www.thetotalhealthinstitute.org
     

      Co-Director, Bay Area Mandala Project (2012-2016)

  • Directing consumers, family members, mental health and medical professionals with expertise in psychiatric crises, spiritual emergencies, peer support, and wellness and recovery support services to create an innovative system diversion program  

  • Supporting education and trainings that build understanding of mental health and wellness as it relates to extreme states. 

  • www.bayareamandalaproject.org

                               
      Internal Consultant & Wellness Educator (1991-1998)

  • Marketed, coordinated and facilitated wellness projects and workshops for local community organizations and educated the public regarding alternative health approaches

  • Facilitator of workshops, retreats, and seminars for participants of all ages and cultural backgrounds

  • Organized strategic staff planning and facilitated effective communication between three managing partners

 

2011- 2015     HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER, Oakland, CA

                               
       Program Manager 

  • Ensuring successful implementation of the following HHREC programs and special projects: Black Women’s Media Project, Alameda County 10x10 Wellness Campaign, Health Through Art, Innovations, Downtown TAY, Covered California

  • Working closely with Fiscal Manager and Program Directors to ensure budgets are being managed well.

  • Overseeing program directors, program coordinators and project specialists to make sure the plans for achieving program goals, as outlined in the Master Contract, are carried forth

  • Created a document management system and  maintaining a cloud database responsible for ensuring data sources are properly maintained and meet county compliance requirements

  • Performing HR management responsibilities, which include reviewing performance evaluations, mediating in employee relations, and providing support to staff in conflict resolution management

  • www.hhrec.org

 

       Alameda County 10x10 Wellness Campaign Manager 

  • Supported Behavioral Health Care Services in developing a kick-off campaign to raise the visibility of the Alameda County 10 x10 Wellness Campaign within the provider, consumer, family member and mental health association networks. Facilitated a presentation to the Board of Supervisors, followed by Board issued Proclamations

  • Identified and seated a diverse Steering Committee consisting of consumers, family members and service providers; focused first year activities on marketing and branding the 10x10 wellness campaign to a local and nationwide audience; second year focus on educational outreach and awareness building; third year building foundational sustainability through increased community stakeholder support

  • Facilitated regular Steering Committee and subcommittee meetings

  • Responsible for development and maintenance of 10x10 website

  • In collaboration local CBOs and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, promoted and supported 3 annual  Mental Health Month walks, “We Move for Health,” serving over 500 consumers, family members and providers

  • Collaborated with CBOs, churches and community organizations to spread the campaign message; presenting 10x10 workshops throughout Alameda County and nationwide to support awareness of the 8 Dimensions of Wellness and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services’ (ACBHCS) role in promoting wellness activities.

  • Worked in collaboration with ACBHCS’ Workforce Employment Training Unit and Consumer Relations Team to draft a Peer Navigator pilot; served as a member of the Alameda County Task Force on Consumer Involvement in the Affordable Care Act

  • Present regularly in SAMHSA webinars and workshops.

  • www.alamedacounty10x10.org

 

2009 -2011            ROBERT TOIGO FOUNDATION, Oakland, CA

                               

        Project Manager/Knowledge Management 

  • Served as architect of customized Salesforce database, Convio CRM (constituent relationship management) system and a social-networking community

  • Facilitated weekly project status meetings with external consultants and internal staff to report on project progress and assign action items

  • Collaborated with departmental heads to facilitate successful data migration from current internal database to new data system

  • Organized and managed data integrity of centralized project database

  • Responsible for all constituent data and donor reporting, strategic planning for new projects and communicating of organization’s mission to outside entities.

  • Supervised the Data Administrator and ensured correct program implementation.


 

SPECIAL PROJECTS:

 

July 2013 - Dec. 2013     MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMER CONCERNS, Concord, CA

 

       Stigma Discrimination Reduction Initiative,  Project Consultant

  • Supported MHCC in meeting the deliverables for the "Creating Compassionate Communities" project, funded by Disability Right’s California, as part of its prevention and early intervention grant to reduce stigma and discrimination from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA).

  • Identified community cultural brokers to assist with outreach to Spanish speaking community liaisons to help with the development and adaptation of culturally specific resource materials and trainings to help providers serve individuals.

  • Worked with collaborators to identify Spanish speaking interpreters to help review and translate fact sheets and training materials.

  • Reviewed the fact sheet developed by Disability Rights California in collaboration with community liaisons and cultural brokers to offer culturally responsive language in Spanish to articulate recommendations to faith-based/spiritual communities concerning the needs of their members who have mental health disabilities; develop a plan for dissemination

  • Developed  resource list and fact sheet to provide to the spiritual/faith-based organizations/agencies that provide mental health services.

  • Developed training for the Spanish faith-based community.

     

 

Spring 2005          ART OF LIVING, New York, NY

     
       Urban Wellness Educator

  • Facilitated ART Excel- All Round Training in Excellence, an inner-city youth program geared towards stress-management training for “at-risk” youth

  • Engaged group of 20 students through an alternative curriculum focusing on physical activity, breathing techniques and contemplative practice.

 

Spring 2004          INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES, Petaluma, CA

                               

       Qualitative Data Analysis Intern

  • Statistically analyzed and recorded interview data in Transformations in Consciousness Project

  • Worked under the supervision of psychologists specializing in addictions, emotional regulation, and mind-body approaches to wellness

  • Assisted in the interpretation of data to reveal common elements across disciplines to reveal how people make significant shifts in the way they experience themselves and view the world, focusing in particular on positive transformations of consciousness, or those that result in improved health, well-being, a sense of meaning, purpose, belonging, and engaged action.

 
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EDUCATION & TRAINING:
 

              2014         W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator 

2001 – 2004        Holy Names College, Masters of Arts – Culture and Spirituality, emphasis on altered states of consciousness and well-being

              1997        UC, Berkeley, Haas School of Business –  Fast Trac Feasibility Plan Series  

1986 – 1991        UC, Berkeley, Bachelors of Arts – French                             

1989 – 1990        La Sorbonne XIII, Paris, Critical Studies Program- Film, Literature, and Philosophy

 

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