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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
Specialty: Positive Youth Development, Youth Science Literacy, Leadership
Phone: 530-750-1334
Email: lschmittmcquitty@ucanr.edu

Panel Members

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Dorina M Espinoza PhD
Title: Youth, Families and Communities Advisor
Specialty: Positive Youth Development Nutrition Education Food Preservation
Phone: 707-445-7351
Email: dmespinoza@ucanr.edu
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Clare Gupta
Title: UC Cooperative Extension specialist
Phone: 650-766-7610
Email: cgupta@ucdavis.edu
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Kamaljeet Khaira
Title: UC CalFresh Director
Specialty: Nutrition
Email: kjkhaira@ucdavis.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
Phone: (925) 608-6681
Email: mqneelon@ucanr.edu
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Lenna 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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Katie Panarella
Title: Director, Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Program & Policy
Specialty: EFNEP, Master Food Preserver Program
Phone: 530-750-1393
Email: khpanarella@ucanr.edu
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Dr Martin H Smith
Title: Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Youth Scientific Literacy
Specialty: Youth science education; scientific literacy; curriculum development; educator professional development; inquiry-based learning; experiential learning
Phone: (530) 752-6894
Email: mhsmith@ucdavis.edu
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Francene M. Steinberg
Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Nutrition - Health and biologic effects of bioactive food components, especially soy foods; health promotion and chronic disease risk reduction through nutrition education and lifestyle modification, especially prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and women's menopausal health concerns.
Phone: (530) 752-0160
Email: fmsteinberg@ucdavis.edu