Healthcare Foundation

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Panelists:

Kim Bender

Kim Bender believes all people deserve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. She is a collaborative team leader with a vision of creating a just and caring community for all. Kim brings a focus on social justice and over twenty years of experience in raising funds and developing programs to the executive director role at the Healthcare Foundation, which she joined in March of 2020. From 2014 to 2019, Kim was the senior development director at the Glide Foundation in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, and was a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute. One of her guiding principles for communication with constituents, whether individuals or institutions, is “no stories without data and no data without stories.” Kim has enjoyed working with volunteers on difficult issues of our time, from income inequality to the housing crisis, and is honored to be working with the generous, deeply civic-minded people of northern Sonoma County on healthcare access, mental health and health equity issues related to the global pandemic.

Brian Prystowsky, M.D.

Brian has been living and working in Sonoma County as a Primary Care Pediatrician and teacher of Pediatrics to the UCSF affiliated Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency training program for the last 12 years. He has a particular interest in both teaching and vaccine advocacy and has been working with the local healthcare institutions, the public health department, and the community based organizations over the last 5 months since the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was first approved and administered to build confidence in the coronavirus vaccines. He is also nationally involved with #ThisIsOurShot and #VacunateYa social media campaigns to build trust in the coronavirus vaccines. He is married to a local family physician Dr. Ellen Green who has a particular interest in women's health and has two sons Sal (7) and Simon (4).

Sue Labbe, PNP

Susannah Labbe has over 20 years of experience in health care leadership. She is passionate about working with the medically underserved and committed to improving access to quality health care for all residents of Sonoma County. She is currently the Medical Director of Alliance Medical Centers in Healdsburg and Windsor California.

Sylvia Lemus

Sylvia Lemus is a Communications Specialist with the County Administrator’s Office where she currently serves in the role of Latinx Community Outreach and Communications. Sylvia is passionate about community service and equity issues. Sylvia is invested in the community through her active participation in organizations, including the Santa Rosa Cinco de Mayo, Los Cien Sonoma County, and Sonoma Raceway Speedway Children’s Charity. She’s also the Vice-Chair of the City of Cotati Planning Commission and helped shape the future of Sonoma County through her work on various task forces and local organizations.

Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham is the Chief Executive Officer at West County Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center caring for patients in western Sonoma County. West County Health Centers (WCHC) has become a thought leader and innovator in re-designing primary care around the principle that a “trusting, long-term relationship” is the most important product of health care and the most influential in improving health. He previously served as WCHS’s Medical Director. His leadership has focused on the use of video and communication technology to improve care coordination, team-based care for patients with complex medical and social stressors, and the use of data to drive innovation. Jason is a family physician and participates in multiple boards and committees committed to health care delivery. He received his bachelor of science from the University of Michigan and medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Glaydon de Freitas

Glaydon believes deeply in the dignity and worth of every human being. These values have always been an integral part of who he is, instilled in him by his father, who gave Glaydon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at age six and pored over every article with him. Glaydon came to the United States to study law at the University of Houston and was a United Nations fellow at the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. More recently, Glaydon served as the head of strategic planning for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) in Houston, Texas. As the CEO of Corazón Healdsburg, he looks forward to many encounters with the Healdsburg community in the coming years.

Stephanie Manieri

Stephanie Manieri was born and raised in Southwest Santa Rosa. Her immigrant parents from Mexico and Venezuela instilled in Stephanie from a young age to pursue a path different from their own. A first generation college graduate, Stephanie earned a B.S. in Public Health and Biology from Dominican University of California and a M.S. in Health Policy and Law from U.C. San Francisco. Having strong roots in Sonoma County, Stephanie is committed to addressing public health issues in her community. Stephanie is currently the Director of Programs at Latino Service Providers, and has previously worked in various non-profits in Sonoma County using her bilingual bicultural skills to help Latinx families impacted by trauma. She is a Santa Rosa City Schools Board Trustee, where she advocates for students and families affected by structural discrimination, and hopes to help motivate more young people of color to enter into spaces of leadership.

Victor Peña

Victor was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California and lived in Morelos, Mexico from 2015 to 2018. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 2020 where he helped co-found the MEChA club and advocate for the academic needs of migrant students. He is currently attending Santa Rosa Junior College and is double majoring in Political Science & Humanities and for two associate's degrees. Victor is a Youth Promotor with Latino Service Providers, an alternate on the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee, a member of the California Democratic Chicano/Latino Caucus, a member of Los Cien of Sonoma County, and is part of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.