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.

Desde 1991 PVPSA ha estado proporcionando educación integral para la salud, servicios de salud mental, abuso de sustancias y servicios de intervención y prevención, y asesoramiento directo a los estudiantes y familias del Valle de Pajaro, incluyendo el Distrito Escolar Unificado del Valle de Pajaro (PVUSD), el distrito escolar más grande en el condado de Santa Cruz que también incluye el Condado de North Monterey. PVPSA creó el modelo dedicado sin fines de lucro, en referencia a la relación única y especial que tiene con el distrito escolar local.

 

Además de su larga participación con el distrito escolar, PVPSA ha cultivado alianzas con otras ciudades, condados y organizaciones estatales, tanto privadas como públicas, para colaborar en temas comunitarios como el consumo de alcohol y drogas, la prevención de pandillas, la salud mental y, especialmente, la reducción de las expulsiones y la mejora de los resultados educativos.

 

Desde sus inicios, PVPSA ha mantenido un papel de liderazgo en la prevención y la intervención. Con un profundo compromiso de abordar los determinantes sociales de la salud, la agencia utiliza un enfoque de salud pública ascendente para lograr la salud y el bienestar de la comunidad. Esto incluye los esfuerzos de promoción de políticas públicas relacionados con la salud. El personal de PVPSA desempeña un papel clave en la promoción de servicios de prevención y actividades de intervención para los jóvenes y las familias locales en nuestras escuelas y en toda la comunidad.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jimmy Dutra
President/Chair of the Board

Mayor, City of Watsonville

Dr. Nancy Bilicich

Vice President
Community Member

Kim DeSerpa

Board Secretary

Board Member, PVUSD

Claudia Mehl Crosetti

Board Treasurer

Community Business Owner

Dick Allen

Community Member

Samantha Folb
Community Member

Juana Gomez

Community Member

Michael Paynter

Alternate, Santa Cruz

County Office of Education

Dr. Michelle Rodriguez
Superintendent
PVUSD

Kristen Shouse
Assistant
Superintendent

PVUSD

Jorge Zamora

Acting Assistant Chief of Police, Watsonville Police Department  

Maria Zamora

Community Business Owner

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Erica Padilla-Chavez

Chief Executive Officer

Beatriz Collazo

Senior Analyst, Human Resources

Adriana Mata

Program Administrator

Eric Ochoa

Behavioral Health Director

Linda Cosio

Program Analyst

Nicole Rose

Controller

Lisa Luis

Administrative & Executive Assistant

COMMUNITY PARTNERS