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ABOUT PVPSA

Since 1991 PVPSA has been providing comprehensive health education, mental health services, substance abuse and intervention and prevention services, and direct counseling to the students and families of the Pajaro Valley including the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD), the largest school district in Santa Cruz County which also includes North Monterey County. PVPSA created the dedicated nonprofit-agency model, in reference to the unique and special relationship it has with the local school district.

 

In addition to its longstanding involvement with the school district, PVPSA has cultivated partnerships with other cities, counties and state organizations, both private and public, to collaborate on community issues such as alcohol and drug use, gang prevention, mental health, and especially reducing expulsions and improving educational outcomes.

 

From its inception, PVPSA has maintained a leadership role in prevention and intervention. With a deep commitment to addressing the social determinants of health, the agency utilizes an upstream public health approach to achieving community health and wellness. This includes health related public policy advocacy efforts. PVPSA staff plays a key role in promoting prevention services and intervention activities for local youth and families in our schools and throughout the community.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Dr. Nancy Bilicich

President/Chair of the Board
Community Member

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Mandy Tovar

Vice Chair of the Board
Community Member

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Kim DeSerpa

Board Secretary

Board Member, PVUSD

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Claudia Mehl Crosetti

Board Treasurer

Community Business Owner

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Dr. Heather Contreras

Superintendent, PVUSD

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Jesse Duque
Community Member

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Samantha Folb
Community Member

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Susan Huffman
Community Member

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Kate Kirkwood

Business Community Member

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Leeann Luna

CEO, Monarch Services

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Maria Orozco

Mayor Pro Tempore,

City of Watsonville

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Michael Paynter

Alternate, Santa Cruz

County Office of Education

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David Rodriguez

Designee - Chief of Police,

Watsonville Police Department

LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Jasmine Nájera

Chief Executive Officer

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Beatriz Collazo

Senior Analyst, Human Resources

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Adriana Mata

Chief of Operations

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Lisa Luis

Administrative & Executive Assistant

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Salvador Chavarin

Director of Finance

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Sofia Cuentas

Director of Policy

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Olga Rechetova

Director of Clinical Programs

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Zak Bauman

 Licensed Clinical Supervisor

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Amanda Engeldrum Magaña 

Quality Improvement Director

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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