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Local Resident Jasmine Nájera Takes on Leading Role at PVPSA



For Immediate Release                                                                                  

Monday, October 24, 2022

Watsonville, CA – The Board of Directors for PVPSA is proud to announce Jasmine Nájera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to serve as CEO of the organization. 


“On behalf of the PVPSA Board of Directors, it is my pleasure and honor to announce that Jasmine Nájera is the new CEO of PVPSA,” stated Dr. Nancy Bilicich, President/Chair of the PVPSA Board of Directors.  “It was a unanimous decision and the Board is excited to welcome her in this leadership role.” 


For over 20 years, Jasmine has worked with the Health Services Agency of Santa Cruz County where she served in many capacities. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and brings experience in both Adult Behavioral Health and Children’s Behavioral health and has served as a Mental Health Client Specialist, Forensic Services Supervisor, Forensic Services Program Manager, and Children’s Behavioral Health Supervisor.  Since the beginning of 2022, Jasmine served as Clinical Intern Supervisor for PVPSA, and in August of 2022 was appointed as Interim CEO of PVPSA.


“I look forward to this transition into the leadership role at PVPSA where I can continue to support our incredible staff in delivering high quality Behavioral Health services in the Pajaro Valley.  I will continue to develop and foster our partnerships and collaborations to best support and uplift the children, youth and families in our community,” stated Nájera.  “I am also passionate about mentoring and coaching staff in ongoing professional development to ensure that our team continues to grow in their service to our community.”


Jasmine is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County.  She serves on the Pajaro Valley Health Care District Board, and as Chair of the Monarch Services Board.  She received her MSW from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and a BA in History from the University of California in Santa Cruz in 1997. She is married and a proud mother of two.


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.  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.

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