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Safety, Nutrition, Activity and Care for Kids

Meet our Staff

 

Denise Avitia

Denise Avitia was raised in the small border town of Nogales, Arizona. Attending Arizona State University, Denise received her Bachelors of Science with focus in Food and Human Nutrition Management. Denise began working with the Office of Nutrition Services with Maricopa County in the summer of 2006, as a nutrition program assistant with WIC (Women Infants and Children) program where she facilitated adult group discussions relating to nutrition; promoting overall healthy lifestyle changes. In 2009, Denise was given the opportunity to join Maricopa County’s Office of Health Promotion and Education as a Bilingual Health Educator with the Women Together for Health Program. Facilitating eight weekly group sessions, women were given informative presentations on a variety of health topics relating from making healthy choices for a better lifestyles to learning how to mediate to help manage daily life stressors. Denise began facilitating youth groups for teens ages 12-18 years old using Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) that is an evidence-based best practice program throughout Maricopa County. Denise wants to help impact younger children 0-5 years developing healthy lifestyles while preparing them for school ensuring that children have a strong foundation for learning; which in turn is setting our future for success.

 

Blanca Barrera

Blanca Barrera began her career in early childhood education as a preschool teacher aide with Mountain View Headstart, and worked her way up to lead teacher at El Rancho Verde Child Development Center in San Jose, CA. She is fluent in Spanish and is experienced in working with diverse communities. Blanca Barrera joined the SNACK team in 2009 as a health educator specializing in child passenger safety. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and instructor. She coordinates and acts as the lead instructor for the four-day long CPST courses for the SNACK program. She also teaches parent education courses in English and Spanish and assists parents and car givers learn how to properly install their child restraints. Previous to this, Blanca served as a fire and life safety education specialist for the Mesa Fire Department for five years, serving parents in the community with water safety, car seat safety, helmet safety, home and fire safety, with tools and education. Blanca is a proud mother of three.

 

Adrienne Decker Delgado

Adrienne Decker Delgado is a social worker who has worked in the Phoenix area for 24 years. She has worked with single parents, people in crisis, children in elementary schools, and several volunteer programs in Latin America. Her special interest is in linking community services to low income persons, including Spanish speakers and the immigrant population. Adrienne joined the SNACK Program in 2010 and assists people in locating resources that will improve health, education, and welfare.

 

Monica

Mónica Falcón was born and raised in Independence, Oregon. Mónica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Oregon University. She moved to Arizona in the August 2002. Prior to working for the Office of Health Promotion and Education she was the Co-Coordinator of the Mesa Fire Department Connector Program and also a Bilingual Interviewer for Proyecto La Familia at Arizona State University's Prevention Research Center. She is a National Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician/Instructor that enjoys working with the community. Mónica is currently the Program Manager for the Injury Prevention Program with SNACK and promotes car seat safety throughout the valley.

 

Crystal Fernandez

Crystal Fernandez has 5 years of experience in the administrative field. Crystal is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Her hunger to learn and improve her job has been noticed multiple times by her superiors. As an Arizona native, Crystal is constantly trying to better her community, work environment, and all of those that surround her by volunteering, and working for Maricopa County. Her extensive knowledge, and organization skills make Crystal an important asset of the SNACK team. Crystal is well known for her contagious smile, willingness to help, and for always going above and beyond in her daily tasks. Crystal enjoys spending time with her family, working out, and exploring the valley for new and exciting places. These, and many other factors make Crystal a fun individual to work with and share time with.

 

Fatima Frieg

Fatima Frieg a Nogales, Arizona native began her career in Education, as an English Language Development Coordinator for the Leona Group of Arizona. She is fluent in Spanish and is experienced in working with diverse communities. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), she teaches parent education courses in English and Spanish and assists parents and caregivers to learn how to properly install their child restraints. Fatima also assists with Findhelpphx.org on translations and educating the community on free or low cost resources available. She joined the county in 2011 working for Ryan White Dental Insurance Program with the Office of Health Promotion and Education, where she then moved to the SNACK program. Prior to working for the County Fatima worked for Mesa Public Schools.

 

KamilahJohnson

Kamilah Johnson, MBA was born and raised near Chicago, Illinois where she earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Dominican University. She also holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and human services from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. Her early experience with children developed when she worked with the supplemental food and nutrition program Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as well as Head Start programs within the City of Chicago. During her dietetic internship, Kamilah headed a legislative initiative to place a dietitian in every school (HR 6324: Dietitians in Schools Act of 2010). Kamilah moved to Phoenix and joined the SNACK program in December of 2011 with the mission to provide child care centers with practical solutions to improve the nutritional health and wellbeing of all children.

Contact Kamilah at 602-506-9335 or kamilahjohnson@mail.maricopa.gov

 

Alejandra Kiesbach

Alejandra Kiesbach was born and raised in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2004. Alejandra graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration/Management. Prior to working with the Office of Health Promotion and Education she worked for the Catholic Charities West Side Head Start program as a Family Support Specialist for a period of seven years. Alejandra is a facilitator of the Abriendo Puertas program and the Strong Father Strong Families curriculum; she is also a National Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician who enjoys working with the community. Alejandra is now the Childhood Injury Prevention Health Educator for the SNACK program. She promotes car seat safety throughout the valley as well assists the community locating resources needed to improve health, education, and welfare.

 

Rebecca Mendoza

Rebecca Mendoza was born in Nogales, Arizona and holds Bachelor's in Science and Technology in Operations Management from Arizona State University. She joined Maricopa County Public Health in 2010, as a health educator with the TRIPP and PASS program promoting child passenger safety and seat belt/distractive driving safety to teens. In 2011, she became the program manager of the K.I.S.S. (Kids & Infants Seated Safely) program. Rebecca has previously worked with Mesa Public Schools as a site director in the afterschool enrichment program. She has extensive management experience in the private and public sector. Rebecca is very excited to be a part of the SNACK program as program manager and to have the opportunity to promote safety, nutrition, physical activity and care for kids.

 

Jasmine Sanchez

Jasmine Sanchez was born and raised in Arizona. Jasmine graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the Arizona State University and received her Master’s in Business from the University of Phoenix. Prior to working with the Office of Health Promotion and Education Jasmine was a Director of a childcare facility and has several years of experience working with childcare facilities, where she has trained staff in multiple areas and gained an in-depth knowledge of government programs and regulations. Jasmine is now a health educator for the SNACK program in the North West Region. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Trainer and is very involved with working with the community. She also serves as a member of the First Things First South Phoenix Regional Council.

 

Siman Qaasim

Polly Turpin was born and raised in Iowa and has been in the Health Education field for 29 years, beginning with teaching junior high physical education classes for 10 years, working as a Health Educator for Maricopa County Department of Public Health for 15 years, Injury Free Coordinator for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and currently as a SNACK (Safety, Nutrition, Activity and Care for Kids) Educator for Maricopa County Department of Public Health. She has a B.A. Degree in Physical Education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a M.A. in Physical Education from San Diego State University in San Diego, California. Her interests have always focused on physical activities, sports, teaching, and the outdoors and she believes that the key to life is having fun while being active.

 

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Safety, Nutrition, Activity and Care for Kids

 

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602.506.6850

 

Street Address:

4041 N. Central Ave.
Suite 700
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

 

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