Domain Partner Highlights

The COI Recognition Program is designed to highlight the many accomplishments that result from the hard work done by members of the COI domains. A component of this program includes a segment in each of the COI monthly newsetters that features a particular partner and their efforts within a given domain. Each month, a different domain is featured, and the Domain Champions are contacted to select a partner that they would like to recognize in this way.



Month / Year

Cheri Fidler
Director, Center for Healthy Communities
Rady Children's Hospital


June 2016

Stephanie Gioia Beckman
Senior Policy Advisor
San Diego County Board of Supervisor Ron Roberts


August 2015

Kim McDougal
Executive Manager 
YMCA Childcare Resource Service

Early Childhood

January 2015

Katie Judd
Health Promotion Specialist
County of San Diego Health and Human Services


May 2014

Kate McDevitt
Senior Manager of School Wellness Programs
UC Sand Diego, Center for Community Health

Schools & After-School

November 2013

Barbara Hamilton
System Sustainability Manager
Palomar Health


July and August 2013

Graham Mitchell
City Manager
City of Lemon Grove


June 2013

Ray Kau & Dwight Detter
Whole Foods Market


May 2013

Jeff Lettow
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church of Lemon Grove


April 2013

Blanca Melendrez
Executive Director
Network for a Healthy California, San Diego and Imperial Counties

Community, Media

March 2013

Laura Avila-Taylor
Program Specialist for Quality Assurance
Neighborhood House Association

Early Childhood

February 2013

Health Link Public Health Nurses
San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency

Schools & After-School

January 2013

Norma Mendoza
Health Educator
YMCA Childcare Resource Service

Early Childhood

November 2012

Jennifer Tracy
Executive Director
San Diego Hunger Coalition


October 2012

Courtney Winston
Assistant Director
Food & Nutrition Services
Kaiser Permanente, San Diego Medical Center


September 2012

Lindsey McDermid
Program Director
Chronic Disease and Health Equity Unit
Maternal, Child and Family Health Services
County of San Diego Health and Human Services


August 2012

Joangrace Espiritu
Program Director of Marketing
YMCA Childcare Resource Service

Early Childhood

June 2012

Jamie Moody
Project Manager
Institute for Behavioral and Community Health
San Diego State University Research Foundation

Schools and After-school

May 2012

James Beaubeaux
San Diego County Medical Society


April 2012

Tyra Myles
Watch Commander
East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility
County of San Diego Probation Department


March 2012

Ron Troyano
Managing Co-partner
Alchemy Restaurant


February 2012

Chelsea Fiss
Retail Program Manager
Network for a Healthy California Marketing/Health Works
Division of Child Development & Community Health, University of California, San Diego


January 2012

Rachel Lebowitz
Digital Storytelling & Community Outreach Director
Outside The Lens


December 2011

Kristine Smith, RD
Director of Nutrition Services
Neighborhood House Association

Early Childhood

November 2011

Barbara Gates
Founder & Director
Lean and Green Kids

Schools & After-school

October 2011

Tanya Dansky, MD, FAAP
Medical Director
Childrens Physicians Medical Group


September 2011

Parke Troutman, PhD
Land Use & Planning Consultant
Healthy WorksSM School and Community Garden Intervention


August 2011

Mike O'Malley
Mailboxes & More, Escondido, CA


July 2011

Carey Riccitelli, MPH
Supervising Community Health Promotion
Specialist, County of San Diego HHSA
Communications Coordinator, Healthy WorksSM


May 2011

Sheila Krotz
Medical Pathways Program Director
San Ysidro High School


April 2011

Debbie Macdonald
Executive Director
YMCA Childcare Resource Service

Early Childhood

March 2011

Kay Stuckhardt
Community Outreach Liaison
Palomar Pomerado Hospital

Schools and After-school

February 2011

Cheri Fidler
Director, Center for Healthier Communities
Rady Children's Hospital


January 2011

Vikrant Sood
Senior Regional Planner


December 2010

Jeff Rossman
Executive Chef/Owner
Terra Restaurant


November 2010

Dan Bennett
Media/Marketing Coordinator
UCSD School of Medicine 
Communities Putting Prevention to Work


October 2010

Elva Arredondo, PhD
San Diego State University
Institute of Behavioral & Community Health


August/September 2010

Estrellita (Lita) Moore
Director of Family Resources
North County Community Services

Early Childhood

July 2010

Kimberly Wright, RD, MPH, CHES
Menu Systems Development Dietitian
San Diego Unified School District

Schools and After-school

May 2010

Joanne Drinkwater, MS, RD, IBCLC
Community Outreach Associate
American Red Cross WIC Program


April 2010

Brad Raulston
Executive Director
Community Development Department
City of National City


March 2010

Stone Brewing Company


February 2010

Sandra Parkington, MPH, RN
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Sharp Health Plan


January 2010

Sabrina Covington, RD
Healthy Kids Choice, Inc.


December 2009

Diana Vandenbusshe
Child Development Associates, Inc

Early Childhood

November 2009

Bea Moniz, RN, RHN
Public Health Nurse Supervisor
SD County HHSA- North Inland Region

Schools and After-school

October 2009

Shaila Serpas, MD
Assistant Program Director
Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program


September 2009

Yvonne Garrett
Community Services
City of La Mesa


August 2009

Sue Botos
Padres Foundation for Children


July 2009

Kate Bartkiewicz
San Diego Diabetes Coalition / icansandiego Community Health Improvement Partners


June 2009

Tia Anzellotti
Executive Director
San Diego Hunger Coalition


May 2009

Kim McDougal, MPH
Health Line Director
YMCA Childcare Resource Service

Early Childhood

April 2009

Shohre Zahedi, MS
Hygia: Weight Loss & Nutrition Counseling

Schools and After-school

March 2009

Phyllis Hartigan
Program Manager
Center for Healthier Communities Obesity Initiative / Partnership for Smoke-Free Families Program
Rady Children's Hospital


February 2009

Mike Stepner
Professor of Architecture & Design /
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
Adjunct Professor /
University of California, San Diego


January 2009

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  • In 2006 alone, overweight; obesity; and physical inactivity cost California $41 billion in healthcare and productivity loss

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