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Healthy Families & Communities Panel Members

How the Panel helps

The SI Panels help


1. Create vision, 2. Identify themes & priorities, 3. Input to Strategic Plan, 4. Hold meetings, 5. Operate a think tank, 6. Help build capacity, 7. Input to staffing needs, and 8. Manage grants


1. Collate stories & highlights, 2. Develop materials (white papers, etc.), 3. Foster debate


1. Represent UC ANR and the SI, 2. Engage stakeholders and government, 3. Raise awareness, 4.Represent on Program Council

Initiative Leader

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Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty
Title: Statewide 4-H Director, Interim Director for County Cooperative Extension
Specialty: Positive Youth Development, Youth Science Literacy, Leadership
Phone: 530-750-1334
Email: lschmittmcquitty@ucanr.edu

Panel Members

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Nathaniel W. Caeton
Title: 4-H Youth Development Advisor
Specialty: 4-H Youth Development Program
Phone: 530-224-4900
Email: nwcaeton@ucanr.edu
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Dr Lucy Diekmann
Title: Urban Agriculture/Food Systems Advisor, Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Phone: 408-282-3104
Email: lodiekmann@ucanr.edu
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Dorina M Espinoza PhD
Title: Youth, Families and Communities Advisor
Specialty: Positive Youth Development, Nutrition Education, Food Preservation, Food Systems with a focus on emergency response
Phone: 707-445-7351
Email: dmespinoza@ucanr.edu
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Wendi Gosliner
Title: Project scientist
Specialty: Food policies and programs, health equity, food systems, children's nutrition
Phone: (510) 642-1779
Email: wgosliner@ucanr.edu
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Kamaljeet Khaira
Title: UC CalFresh Director
Specialty: Nutrition
Email: kjkhaira@ucdavis.edu
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Vikram Swaroop Chandra Koundinya
Title: Evaluation Specialist (Assistant CE Specialist)
Specialty: Program evaluation, needs assessment, mixed-methods evaluation/research
Phone: 5304000345
Email: vkoundinya@ucdavis.edu
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Dr Yu Meng
Title: Youth Family and Community Advisor
Specialty: Nutrition Science, Nutrition Education and Behavior
Phone: 442-265-7709
Email: ucmeng@ucanr.edu
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Keith C. Nathaniel Ed.D.
Title: County Director & 4-H Youth Development Advisor
Specialty: Adolescent Development; Educational Planning; Social Capital and Community Networks
Notes: Mailing address: PO Box 22255, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: (626) 586-1970
Email: kcnathaniel@ucanr.edu
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Marisa Neelon
Title: Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor
Specialty: Food security and the prevention of childhood obesity and chronic disease in populations with low-income.
Phone: 925-608-6681
Email: mqneelon@ucanr.edu
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Lenna L Ontai Ph.D
Title: Family and Early Childhood Specialist
Specialty: parent-child interactions; parenting; early socialization; parenting and child feeding
Phone: (530) 752-6410
Email: lontai@ucdavis.edu
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Keith Taylor
Title: Assistant Specialist in CE, Community Economic Development
Specialty: Public entrepreneurship, Institutional development, Governance, Public policy, Community Economic Development
Email: keitaylor@ucdavis.edu
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Steven M. Worker PhD
Title: 4-H Youth Development Advisor
Specialty: Educational research; design and research of out-of-school (informal) learning environments; positive youth development; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education
Phone: 415-761-1020
Email: smworker@ucanr.edu