STEP UP Community Advisory Board


Lynda Boyer-Chu - Wellness Center Nurse, SFUSD George Washington High School

Lynda Boyer-Chu likes to think of herself as a public health advocate who happens to work in schools. Lynda attended Columbia University School of Nursing. For the past 25 years, she has worked in the San Francisco Unified School District at all levels from preschool to high school and in various capacities. She is grateful for having a role where she can collaborate with students and their parents, educators, community-based healthcare providers, and with exemplary organizations such as UCSF, to help young people achieve optimal health. And when she can pull herself away from work, you can find her spending time with friends and family, trying new recipes, or drumming taiko.

Ruben Cantu - Associate Director, California Pan Ethnic Health Network

Ruben Cantu is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he began his work as an advocate and activist, and earned a B.A. in English. He has over 20 years of nonprofit experience in public health, program and organizational management, and technical assistance and capacity building. As Program Director from 2007 to 2015, Ruben managed CPEHN’s outreach and communications initiatives to inform and connect its constituents, community organizations serving communities of color, to statewide policy. Before CPEHN, he was Senior Specialist and Project Director at Mosaica: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism, and held positions at the National Minority AIDS Council and Human Rights Campaign, in Washington, D.C. He serves on Regional Asthma Management and Prevention's Advisory Committee and several state mental health advisory committees. He has worked extensively with organizations and community members fighting to advance equity for the underserved.

Curtis Chan - Medical Director, Maternal and Child Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Dr. Curtis Chan is Medical Director of Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He graduated from UC Berkeley with undergraduate degrees in social welfare and neurobiology; and a Master's in Public Health. At UC San Francisco, he completed medical school, pediatrics residency, preventive medicine residency, and a general pediatrics research fellowship. He has also served as a medical epidemiologist for SFDPH, Assistant Health Officer for San Mateo County. He has cared for youth and adolescents in primary care clinic.

Ivan Corado-Vega - Case Manager, SF Sherriff's Dept Five Keys Charter High Schools

Ivan M. Corado-Vega is an In Custody Case Manager and Facilitator at the San Francisco Sheriffs Department Five Keys Charter High Schools and Programs. In this role he serves as a case manager in the Reentry Pod at County Jail #2. Five Keys works to prepare men for reentry to the community by providing them with services and programs that support the "Five Keys": EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECOVERY, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY

Angela Echiverri - Physician, North Richmond Center for Health

Angela Echiverri, MD, MPH is a family medicine physician at North Richmond Center for Health, and a lead preceptor for the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program. She has worked on addressing health disparities in urban underserved communities in various capacities, including developing pediatric literacy programs at the Venice Family Clinic, conducting research on African American health inequities at Charles R. Drew University, creating policy briefs and building coalitions around health workforce diversity at The Greenlining Institute and the CA Health Professions Consortium, and spearheading an initiative with student and faculty leaders around diversity at UCSF which led to the naming of UCSF's first Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, the creation of the Multicultural Resource Center and the Office of Diversity. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA with a double major in Latin American Studies and Psychobiology, earned a Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins focused on social behavioral sciences with a specialization in health inequities, is a proud alumnus of the UCSF School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), and trained in Family and Community Medicine at UCSF San Francisco General Hospital. During her training, she served as a resident leader around the development of STEP UP, and is excited to remain involved in this important collaborative program.

Cathy James - Medical Director, Maxine Hall Health Center

Dr. Catherine James serves as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN) the integrated delivery system of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Dr. James has over 20 years of experience working in primary care and public health settings. An alumnus of the California Health Care Foundation Health Care Leadership Fellowship, Dr. James has also served as the Medical Director of Maxine Hall Health Center, a primary care clinic in the city's Western Addition community. Dr. James and her team at Maxine Hall have showed extraordinary leadership and innovation in the areas of team based care, staff engagement, pipeline programs for pre-health professionals and mentoring of clinicians in training.

Doug Jutte - Executive Director, Build Healthy Places

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network, a national organization that catalyzes and supports collaboration across the sectors of community development, investment and health. He has been a leader in the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and RWJ Foundation's Healthy Communities Initiative, which has convened nearly two dozen national conferences bringing together leaders from across these sectors. A pediatrician, associate professor and population health researcher at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, Dr. Jutte’s research focuses on the impact of the social determinants of health on wellbeing in childhood and the policy levers and financial tools able to intervene to protect at-risk families and communities. Dr. Jutte graduated from Cornell University, Harvard Medical School, and UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and completed a fellowship through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program. His clinical work has been in the community clinic setting and as a neonatal hospitalist.

John Hunsaker -Director of Continuous Quality Improvement, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium

John Hunsaker, MPP, MBA, serves as Director of Continuous Quality Improvement at the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (SFCCC), a network of 11 community health centers. He provides leadership in, and is responsible for, all aspects of the development and execution of the SFCCC Quality Improvement (QI) and QI Plan and works closely with SFCCC’s partners to enhance their ability to deliver high quality, low cost health care to their patients. John began working for SFCCC in 2011, and became Director of QI in 2013. Prior to joining SFCCC, John worked in health care policy and human services provision for eight years. He received a BA from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, a Masters in Public Policy from American University in Washington, DC, and a Masters in Business Administration, focusing on nonprofit health care, from Brandeis University's Heller School, in Waltham, MA.

Karen Pierce, Public Health Accreditation Coordinator, Office of Equity and Quality Improvement SFDPH Population Health Division

Karen Pierce, a native San Franciscan, is the Accreditation Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Quality Improvement in the Population Health Division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). In that role, she is project managing the documentation process to respond to the Standards and Measures propounded by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Public Health Accreditation is a new process, launched in 2011 to encourage the development of a culture of continuous quality improvement throughout the practice of public health nationally.

She has been an advocate for her community for over 50 years. Previously, she was the program coordinator for SFDPH’s environmental justice program focusing on environmental health and equity in southeastern San Francisco neighborhoods including Bayview Hunters Point. She has also worked with faculty at University of California, San Francisco for over a decade on transforming the university from a citadel to a neighbor.

Martha Ryan -Executive Director, Homeless Prenatal

Martha Ryan, NP, MPH, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP). In 1989 Martha Ryan founded the program to provide prenatal care for homeless women living in an emergency family shelter in San Francisco. Today the HPP provides a continuum of care for homeless and poor families through comprehensive support services and an on-site childcare center. In 16 years the HPP has grown from serving 72 pregnant women with a part-time staff of three and an annual budget of $52,000 to serving 2,000 families with a staff of 41 (more than half of whom are former clients) and an annual budget of $2.9 million. Ryan holds an M.P.H., Maternal and Child Health, from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of San Francisco. She has received numerous honors for her work including an honorary doctorate from University of San Francisco, a CNN Hero Award, a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership Award and the San Francisco Foundation’s Community Leadership Award.

Keith Seidel- Medical Director, Southeast Health Center

Keith W. Seidel is the he is the medical director at Southeast Health Center in San Francisco. He received his MD from University of Illinoi and trained at UCSF for his residency. He worked 4 years on the Navajo reservation and 8 years in London, England experiencing different systems of care.

Roberto Vargas - Navigator, Community Engagement and Health Policy Program, UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Roberto Vargas, MPH has worked in San Francisco community- and school-based organizations since the 80's, primarily leading programs that strengthen the capacity of urban youth-of-color. For the past 12 years (two years as a community partner, 10 years as UCSF staff) he has worked to build alliances between UCSF and San Francisco's communities and institutional partners to promote health equity. In addition to partnership building, Vargas provides consultation, guidance and teaching for UCSF learners and faculty.

Winston Wong - Medical Director, Community Benefit, Director, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente, National Program Office

Winston F. Wong, M.D., M.S serves as Medical Director, Community Benefit, National Program Office, Kaiser Permanente. He is responsible for developing partnerships with communities and organizations in advancing population management and evidence based medicine, with a particular focus on health disparities and vulnerable populations. Previous to Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Wong served in the U.S. Public Health Service and was awarded an Outstanding Service Medal. Wong currently serves on a number of external national advisory committees, including those supporting public hospitals and school based health centers, CMS, and the Institute of Medicine, addressing issues of access and quality for diverse populations. In 2013, Dr. Wong was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. He is also a Board member of the California Endowment. Bilingual in Cantonese and Toisan dialects, Dr. Wong continues a small practice in Family Medicine at Asian Health Services in Oakland, a federally qualified health center, where he previously served as Medical Director. Dr. Wong was featured as a “Face of Public Health” in the May 2010 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Wong received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at UC Berkeley, and his medical degree from UC San Francisco.