Southside Coalition Staff

Andrea Williams, MPA, Executive Director
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Andrea Williams joins the Southside Coalition after serving as the Director of Development for the YWCA of Glendale. Generating support for the organization by fundraising from individuals, corporations, government and foundations to support the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Project, Sunrise Emergency Shelter, Recreational Programs and Children’s Summer Day Camp. Prior to working at YWCA Glendale, Andrea served as the Grants Manager for Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, a non-profit federally qualified health center in downtown Los Angeles, CA and as the Grant Writer for Villa Esperanza Services in Pasadena, CA. Villa serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. She also worked at the Children’s Oncology Group as a Scientific Writer/Protocol Coordinator where she worked with physicians from around the world developing clinical trial protocols for children with cancer.

A native to California, Andrea’s career path started in the sciences as a Research Associate in the department of Hematology & Bone Marrow Transplant at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA and led to a career in fund development. As an employee, consultant, and volunteer, Andrea has helped non-profit organizations secure over 15 million dollars in grant funding.

Andrea also served as the Program Manager for the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Costa Mesa, CA. In that position, she managed the affiliate’s education, community & treatment grants, and survivorship programs.

Andrea graduated from the University of La Verne, with a Master’s in Public Administration and has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Fullerton.

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Yolanda Rogers, Program Services Coordinator
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Ms. Rogers joined the Southside Coalition in 2008 as a Specialty Care Coordinator where she successfully managed the Podiatry Program for 3½ years. In 2012, she transitioned into a new role as the Programs and Services Coordinator, working closely with the Executive Director on various projects. Yolanda started her journey in the medical field at the age of 16, gaining experience and knowledge by working for South Central Family Health Center for nine years. She began as a volunteer, which led to a position as a Teen Health Educator and eventually as a Referral Coordinator. Ms. Rogers is currently working toward obtaining a degree in Organizational Management as she continues to climb the ladder in the health care field.

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Olivia Mendez, Promotora de Salud
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Ms. Mendez is a graduate of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation’s Community Health Promoter program. After completing the program in 1998, she began working with the Health Rescue Project. During the next eleven years, she went door to door providing information about the importance of childhood vaccinations. She also provided case management for those children who missed scheduled vaccines. This project was in partnership with the Los Angeles County Immunization Program, a local community clinic, and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. Olivia began her role as the Southside Coalition’s first Promotora de Salud in 2011. In her role with the coalition, she has developed an outreach and education program on the Healthy Way LA program, a part of the Low Income Health Program and the Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform). Olivia and her partner provide outreach to patients within our member clinics and to community members at local schools, WIC sites, nonprofit organizations, and community events.

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Evelia Castañeda, Promotora de Salud
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Ms. Castañeda graduated as a Promotora de Salud from Esperanza Community Housing Corporation in 1998. In the same year, she started her role at the Los Angeles Immunization Program under the Health Rescue Project. In her eleven years there, she promoted childhood vaccines to parents of children under 3 years old, educating parents about the diseases the vaccines can prevent and immunization cards, and offered case management as needed. Evelia began her work with the Southside Coalition as Promotora de Salud in 2011. In her role with the coalition, she has developed an outreach and education program on the Healthy Way LA program, a part of the Low Income Health Program and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Health Reform. Evelia and her partner provide outreach to patients within our member clinics and to community members at local schools, WIC sites, nonprofit organizations, and community events.

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Lucy Castro, Community Outreach Coordinator
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Lucy Castro is a talented photographer with a background in community organizing.  She has lived and worked in South Los Angeles her entire life and has 15 years of experience working with youth and parents in this community. She has organized and involved residents in campaigns such as, educational equity, civic engagement and food equality.  She is currently pursuing a degree in photojournalism, and is Community Outreach Coordinator at the Southside Coalition.   As the Community Outreach Coordinator her role is to engage and organize community health center patients and front line staff around key issues impacting the health and wellbeing of the community with a focus on the social determinants of health. Her goal is to open a cultural arts center in South LA to provide residents with the tools to develop their creative voices so that they too can tell the stories of people working to transform lives and communities.

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June Levine, MSN, RN, Patient Centered Medical Home Director
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Ms. Levine’s professional career has spanned a variety of executive, managerial and clinical positions within ambulatory practices, acute care and community settings. She was the Director of Clinical Practice for the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles where she facilitated broad efforts across multiples community clinics in the area of disease management, quality improvement and disaster preparedness. At LA Net, a practice based research network, she educated and supervised a group of new practice facilitators as they supported community clinics. Prior to this, she spent over twelve years in hospital executive positions. The latter six years was spent as a Chief Operating Officer and Nurse Executive.  Prior to her administrative background, Ms. Levine has had extensive experience as a clinical nurse specialist neonatal and pediatric critical care. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students’ leadership and bioethics.

Ms. Levine received her Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University.  She has been an active participant in the health care professional community, holding offices in various professional organizations. She has spoken at local, state and national conferences on diverse topics such as RN residency programs, bioethical decision-making, disaster preparedness and a variety of leadership topics. She is an author of journal articles, book chapters and books.

In her role as the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Director, June contributes to Southside’s mission and goals through providing our members with technical assistance for clinic providers, staff and board members for the implementation of the PCMH. Activities include project management, site-based coaching, and analytic and technical support to high priority initiatives that promote the PCMH model at each agency that will be customized to the project facilitation needs of each member.

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