Current Partners

 

 Angela Sun, PhD, MPH is the Executive Director of the Chinese Community Health Resource Center (CCHRC) and Founder/President of the Asian Alliance for Health.

She has devoted her career to increase health literacy for the Asian American community utilizing evidence-based strategies for over 25 years. Working with CCHRC’s Board of Directors and staff, Dr. Sun developed CCHRC’s programs and services from its inception in 1989 into a comprehensive, multi-faceted community resource center. CCHRC’s mission is to build a healthy community through cultural competent health education programs, community based participatory research, advocacy and mentorship. In partnership with academics, local and national health organizations, CCHRC initiated numerous innovative programs tailored for the Chinese immigrant community and is recognized as a leader and primary source of culturally competent health education programs in the Bay Area. Dr. Sun serves as the Chair for the Asians Against Violence, formerly known as AAADV, since 2004. Dr. Sun was an invited speaker at numerous conferences, lecturer at academic institutions, and currently serves on various committees advocating for the health equality of Asian Americans. She mentors college students to foster the next generation of public health professionals. Dr. Sun’s research focus is on exploring and identifying effective methods to deliver health messages tailored for the Asian communities.

She has authored publications on multiple health topics and was a book chapter contributor for the Handbook of Asian American Health. For a list of publications and presentations, visit www.cchrchealth.org. In 2012, working with community partners, Dr. Sun founded the Asian Alliance for Health to promote a healthy, violence-free Asian community through local, national and global partnerships. To increase access to culturally tailored health education resources, www.asiansforhealth.org was launched as a web portal for multiple Asian language health articles from credible health organizations nationally and internationally.

 

 

 

I.T. BOOKMAN CENTER

 

 

Felisia Thibodeaux is the CEO/Founder of At Your Service Professional Services and the Executive Director of IT Bookman Community Center. 

 

She has been serving the public for over 25 years.  The majority of this time spent in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Property Management and Housing Development arena.  Ms. Thibodeaux also worked multiple years in the Legal Field but most highly regards her years working in Manufacturing and Production at the New United Motor and Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), where she gained the knowledge of the Toyota Production System (TPS), which basic principles are Kaizen:  Constant Improvement; Respect: make every effort to understand each other, take responsibility and do the best to build mutual trust: Teamwork:  Stimulate personal and professional growth, share the opportunities of development and maximize individual and team performance, and hold dear that these principles transfer across all industries.  She bases her management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals. Highly skilled in Business Process Reorganization, she modernized her former employer from a mom and pop, family based senior serving organization to a leaner, cleaner and greener organization who has received nationally acclaimed attention for their development of services that serve seniors who age in place.

 

She is a leader in her community and champions the causes of the low income, under-served and disenfranchised residents.  She has worked with diverse populations (handicapped/disabled/ wheel chair/immobile, HIV/Aids, Special Needs, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Dependent, multiple cultures and languages).  She is an advocate of Social Justice and has written and facilitates workshops that teach communities how to navigate the affordable housing application process, (Get Rent Ready); provides a guide to assisting those with barriers to preparing for the arduous task of moving (MOVE); and creating housing retention programs that aids management companies and housing developments with forming more productive communities (RETAIN).

 

Felisia coordinate Resilient Bayview  (a group of the Empowering Communities Program and the NEN Neighborhood Empowering Network- which facilitates meeting and trainings that  help communities address Resiliency post disaster.  She also sits on the Board for CASE (Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly).  She is the Founder/Creator of You Go Girl, Youth Leadership Academy (a program to help intercity girls develop and realize their own potential, foster leadership and create community stewards.)

 

Aurora Alvarado is the Healthy Aging & Disability Resource Program Manager

Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

 

Aurora joined MNC in 2006 as Social Services Coordinator for the Senior Program and currently she is leading the program as the Healthy Aging & Disability Resource Program Manager, during the last couple of years, she has launched new programs and expanded services to other senior sites. She oversees and manages the different programs at the HADR Center: Aging & Disability Resource Program, Community Services, Community Services Pilot Program, Intergenerational Program and Naturalization Program. She and her team are responsible for assisting clients in identifying and securing vital benefits and community services, which will help them to continue independent and active in their lives. She is continuously seeking for new ideas on how to innovate and improve the recreational, educational and healthy program curriculum of the program, identifying needs and interest on the older adults and adults with disabilities. Prior coming to MNC, Aurora worked in the non-profit sector of Tijuana, Mexico for 11 years serving the low income and immigrant families as social worker, case manager and administration assistant. Aurora holds a B.S. in Marketing from UNADM at Mexico.

 

 

 

OnLok

 

 

Valorie Villela is the Well Senior Program Development Director, OnLok (Formerly the Director of OnLok's 30th Street Senior Center)

 

Valorie assumed the new role of Well Senior Program Development Director on Oct 1, 2019 after directing the 30th Street Senior Center – San Francisco’s largest senior center for 38+ years. Valorie Villela’s mission is to help seniors remain healthy, active and in their community. The Center serves all seniors 60+ but has a special commitment to the underserved, monolingual Spanish-speaking seniors. This ideal has motivated Valorie to work in the field of aging for 38+ years. As the Director of 30th Street Senior Center’s programs, she was responsible for the management and oversight of eight programs touching the lives of roughly 5,500 seniors annually: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Dining Rooms, Activities Program, Case Management, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), Healthier Living and the Always Active program. In her new role, Villela hopes to help develop & implement programs that enable the active older adults stay healthy & engaged in their communities.

 

Valorie serves on the board of directors of the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly, is a member of San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council and has served as member of  UCSF’s Center for Aging in Diverse Communities over the years. Valorie has taught Nutrition for the Later Years and Health Education in the English & Spanish in the senior community for 38 years as a faculty member of City College of San Francisco.

 

 

Shireen McSpadden is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging.

 

Shireen was appointed Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging by Mayor Edwin Lee in December of 2015.  Prior to that appointment, she served as Deputy Director of the department since 2003.   Ms. McSpadden has nearly 30 years’ experience providing services to people with disabilities and seniors, in both the nonprofit and public sectors. She has served on the boards of local community organizations and committees such as Glide, the San Francisco Palliative Care Workgroup, the San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council, and the community advisory board of UCSF’s Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.  She currently serves as president of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She is also a board member, representing California, for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Ms. McSpadden earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.  She is an alumna of Leadership San Francisco.

 

Winnie Yu is the  Director of Programs & Administration, Self-Help for the Elderly

 

Winnie Yu has 15 years of experience in nonprofit program and administrative operations: leading and managing federally funded projects that impact the local community; private and public grant writing; compliance and monitoring; as well as project implementation and management within and across teams. Winnie has a degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is bilingual in English and three dialects of Chinese: Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taishanese.