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Jen Skinner

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Glenna Akers, MA

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Glenna holds a BS degree in Health and Community Services and a Masters degree in Social Work from CSU Chico. Glenna is employed at PASSAGES (a non-profit arm of the Chico State university Foundation) where she supervises the Multipurpose Senior Service Program (MSSP) which is a medical model care management program that serves 200 older adults over three counties in Northern California. Glenna has worked in multiple capacities @ PASSAGES including directing the Family Caregiver Support Program, supervising the Information and Assistance Program and has provided many hours of consumer education to the public focusing on older adult education.

Linda Bilsborough

Linda Bilsborough M.H.S

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Lindsay Briggs

Lindsay Briggs, PHD, MPH

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John Cannan

John Cannan B.A.

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John Cannan teaches nonprofit management and grantwriting at California State University, Chico, one day per week each semester. He is the Foundation Director of the Emergency Services Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides equipment, training and other resources to emergency response organizations in an 11-county region in Northern California. John has extensive experience securing grants from private foundations, corporations and government sources. He has worked with nonprofit organizations to secure millions of dollars in grants for community-based projects in health, emergency services, economic development, social services and other areas. He has taught more than 3,000 people the craft of grantwriting, funding research and nonprofit management.

Kristina Carter

Kristina Carter MA, MS

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Kristina Leser Carter is thrilled to be a part of the Health and Community Services Department since Fall 2012. She has a Master’s in Health and Wellness Program Administration and holds an additional Master’s in Multi-Cultural Education with a single subject teaching credential in Health.  She currently teaches Public Health Administration and does Academic Advising for Health Education. She has spent her twenty-year career advocating for people with various disabilities, both as a Special Educator and as an Administrator and Executive Director in the non-profit sector and Intermediate Care Facilities. Her research and teaching interests include: (1) Leadership and management (2) Alternative healing methods (3) Wellness promotion (4) Chemical and alcohol dependency studies. She serves on two community committees, one of which started and sustains several Children’s Virtue classes in Chico.  In her spare time she enjoys live theatre, fitness and reading, in addition to spending time with her large family.

Lyndall Ellingson

Lyndall Ellingson, Ph.D.

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Professor Lyndall Ellingson has been a faculty member in the Department of Health and Community Services since 1996. Dr. Ellingson earned her doctorate in Public Health from Indiana University. Her research and teaching interests include sexuality, sexuality education, multicultural health, women's health, and research methodology. She teaches the department's "writing proficiency" course, Research Methods. Dr. Ellingson has published in several health-related journals and is an elected officer of the western regional chapter for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

Diana Flannery

Diana Flannery, Ph.D.

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Diana Flannery, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Health and Community Services at California State University, Chico. Dr. Flannery's research interests include sexual behavior among college students. Dr. Flannery has delivered presentations of her work both internationally and nationally and has published in peer-reviewed journals on tobacco, sexual health, and service learning related topics. She primarily teaches Environmental Health and Women’s Health. Dr. Flannery is involved with many different population groups and instructional methods, including service learning, feminist activism, K-12 education, environmental education, and social justice. For many years, her students have been engaged in fundraising and pesticide awareness programs to migrant farm workers and their families in Butte and Glenn Counties, and created educational materials for women's organizations and the local environmental health department. Moreover, Diana and her students are active participants in events like Take Back the Night and Diversion Excursion. Her teaching style and classroom environment is politically driven, socially conscious, student centered and empowerment driven. Dr. Flannery is a native of New Jersey and attended the Pennsylvania State University where she earned her Ph.D. in Health Education in 1991, and East Carolina University where she earned an MS in Environmental Health and a BS in School and Community Health Education. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor adventures, and mountain biking.

Patti Horsley

Patti Horsley

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Patti Horsley believes improving the health of individuals and communities helps people be physically and mentally happy and achieve their full potential. Patti began as an accidental health educator as an undergraduate at Western Washington University. After an uninspired attempt at a business degree, she was diligently completing her requirements for physical therapy school when she became a Peer Health Educator on campus. Thus began her love of public health as a vehicle for good things. Patti moved from the cold and rainy northwest to sunny San Diego for her Master’s Degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. After receiving her MPH, Patti went on to explore different methods for promoting public health, from working with youth to prevent and reduce consequences of underage drinking in Mexico to preventing traffic injuries through state-level policy, planning and coalition work. Patti’s current work is diverse - ranging from helping local health departments implement obesity prevention plans, to fostering outdoor active play opportunities for families at Chico parks, to helping local leaders advocate in Sacramento for changes to laws and regulations that impact health. Her topical interests are equally diverse and include gun violence, mental health, obesity prevention, active transportation, and leadership development. Patti’s passion is fostering opportunities for people to uncover their strengths and achieve their full potential in the world. Through service learning opportunities and interactive discussion, her classes are designed for learning, engagement and growth. In her time away from work, Patti enjoys her family, yoga and pilates. She visits the ocean and her home state of Washington as much as possible.

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Kari Kaney-Tyler, MPH

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Kari is a Chico native and an Alumni of the HCSV department with a B.S. in Health Education. She went on to earn her Secondary Teaching Credential in Health Science also from CSUC participating in the Department of Education's exchange program teaching in Dublin, Ireland. Her focus then turned to school health, working for 10 years as a teacher and administrator in public schools. That experience lead her to get involved with many public health agencies targeting teen pregnancy prevention, peer mentor education, school-to-career programs for at risk youth, and in particular, the migrant health issues affecting her students and their families of California's central coast. These experiences sparked her drive to complete her Masters in Public Health starting at San Jose State University, finishing with Walden University and a year long graduate project working with the American Red Cross. Doing graduate work online grew into a career in online education working as a Health subjects instructor, teacher trainer, and lead administrator in California for the largest online K-12 school and curriculum provider in the US. Kari is a proud to be back home in the north state with her husband and three daughters.

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Wendy Oji Kaplan, MPH

Phone: 530-415-0415
Fax: 530-898-5107
Office: Butte 614
E-mail: wkaplan@csuchico.edu

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Wendy Oji Kaplan is the Project Coordinator/Health Educator for the Every Woman Counts breast and cervical cancer early detection program and Program Manager for the CECaNN (Clinical Education Coordination & Nurse Navigation) program under the California Health Collaborative. Wendy has been working as a health educator since she graduated in 1997 from the Health and Community Services Department at Chico State. In 2003, she earned a Masters of Public Health degree from San Jose State. Wendy has worked as a nutrition educator, HIV educator and test counselor, homeless youth street outreach worker, comprehensive sexuality education specialist, and director of community services for a rural Tribal nation. Wendy spends her free time with her 2 young daughters, partner, dog, and playing pool.  

Roland Lamarine

Roland Lamarine, H.S.D.

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Roland J. Lamarine is a native of New Hampshire where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire. He has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont and his doctorate in Public Health was completed at Indiana University in 1987. His work experience includes a wide variety of teaching settings ranging from elementary to graduate school. He has worked in public schools as a teacher and curriculum coordinator, and spent several years as a teacher and health educator for American Indian tribes in the southwest. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Health and Community Services at California State University, Chico since 1987. His research interests include American Indian health, drug education, and consumer health education. He regularly teaches classes on drugs, disease, and research methodology. Dr. Lamarine has published widely on a variety of health topics focusing on consumer education.  Dr. Lamarine has also maintained a life long interest in nutrition, fitness, power lifting, and natural history, which are addressed in his professional practice and his private avocation.

Bow Lee

Bow Lee, MPH

Phone: 530-898-6019
Fax: 530-898-5107
Office: Butte 614
E-mail: blee@csuchico.edu

“Have a beautiful day because you are a beautiful person,” is one of Bow Lee’s favorite sentences. Bow is the second-generation of a Hmong Refugee family from SE Asia. She has been living in Chico, CA since she was 5-years-old. She received her B.S. Degree in at CSU, Chico and her M.P.H at CSU, Long Beach. Bow’s mission statement is, "The Earth is my canvas. I am a paint brush. And I’m painting love to the world." Some of her passion includes advocating for a universal health system in U.S., alleviation of health disparities, protecting Mother Nature, and to improve the health of the community. Her hobbies include volunteering, photography, poetry, dancing, advocating for others, and hiking through Bidwell Park. If Bow can leave one message behind for others to follow it would be, “Your body is your temple, so honor it, love it, and respect it.”

Joni Meyer, MA

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This fall has been a terrific teaching experience for me. The students at Chico State are consistently fun, smart, open-minded, and caring. The course offers students at opportunity to observe and participate in activities designed to broaden their understanding of how licit and illicit drugs impact our society. The Service Learning Project which is new this semester, has been a very nice addition to the standard curriculum. The students went out to a variety of organizations in Chico and learned how drugs and alcohol impact these organizations. Students went on law enforcement and firefighter ride-a-longs. They also met with narcotics officers in the area and even had an undercover officer in disguise skype into the classroom.  Enloe ER opened its doors to us and a few students were able to shadow medical professionals. There were many other interesting presentations done, demonstrating to all of us the profound and complex nature of drugs in our society. We also work to gain and understanding about the disease of addiction and how it impacts individuals as well as friends and family members. We were honored to have recovering addicts speak in our class and inspired by those battling the disease of alcoholism when we attended AA meetings. As an educator, I am feel very fortunate to teach and work with the students, staff and community members in Chico. I believe very strongly with the knowledge we gain each day about the devastating disease of addiction, we become closer and closer to making a small difference in the way society views the disease and therefore, treating it with more understanding and intelligence.  

Richard Narad

Richard Narad, D.P.A., J.D.

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Richard A. Narad is coordinator of the health services administration program. He teaches courses on the healthcare delivery system, healthcare policy and politics, and healthcare law and ethics. He advises students in the HSA major and minor. He received his MPA., with a specialty in health services administration, and his DPA., with a specialty in health policy, from the University of Southern California. He also received his JD, with a focus on health law, from Concord Law School and is a member of the State Bar of California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. His research interest is public policy related to the planning, implementation, and management of emergency medical services systems.  His publications have included evaluation of ambulance regulatory programs, modeling of changes in the ambulance industry, and a model for comparing public and private services.

Holly Nevarez

Holly Nevarez, PHD, MPH, MCHES

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Holly Nevarez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Community Services at California State University, Chico. Holly is an alumni of the program; she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Science with an option in Health Education. Upon graduation she returned to her home-state of Illinois and earned her MPH with a concentration in Community Health Administration from Benedictine University. Eventually she returned to the West Coast and received her doctorate in Public Health from Oregon State University. Holly’s previous work has helped her bring real life examples into her teaching. Before she became an professor, Holly worked for 12 years in hospital and clinical settings. She taught at both The Bryman School (Phoenix, AZ) and Oregon State University before coming to CSU, Chico. Dr. Nevarez strives to give her students hands-on experiences by providing service learning opportunities in her classes. As an example, she teaches students in Community Health about poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity by having them run the Harvest Food Drive for the local food bank each fall. Other community projects include an organ donor drive, several fitness and nutrition programs at local schools, and a social marketing project to gain school supplies for the local Boys & Girls club. In her time away from work Holly spends time with her three children, her husband, and family. She enjoys running and being outdoors. She recently completed her fifth marathon and is now looking forward to tackling a new fitness challenge.

Victor Sbarbaro

Victor Sbarbaro, Ed.D.

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Vic Sbarbaro has a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences from UC, Davis, a M.A. in Recreation & Parks Management from CSU, Chico, a Single-subject Teaching Credential from CSU, Chico, a Doctoral degree in Education from the University of Southern California, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist; a Water Safety Instructor Trainer; a Lifeguard Training Instructor Trainer; and a CPR Instructor/Instructor Trainer. Vic Sbarbaro has been teaching for the Department of Health & Community Services (1988-present). Courses currently teaching include HCSV 450 & 451 (Health Education for the Elementary & Secondary School Teacher). Vic Sbarbaro also teaches for the Department School of Education (Access & Equity, Multicultural Education Issues in American Education), & the Department of Kinesiology (Safety Instruction in Physical Education, Beginning Swimming, Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instruction.)

Jen Skinner

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Stan Salinas, MHA

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James A Suver, M.A.

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Marie A. Halvorsen

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