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WIC Leadership Academy

California has many new local agency directors, young professionals and state staff. Opportunities to develop and sharpen leadership skills are vital to their current positions as well as career success and advancement. With the many upcoming changes and new challenges in WIC and public health, professionals in leadership positions need a toolbox of skills for effective communications and decision making.

We are back with another WIC Leadership Academy Cohort for 2023-2024! After enduring an unprecedented year of challenges and immediate urgent needs, we are pleased to share a revised program of leadership development, with the conscious inclusion of equity, with a commitment to anti-racist awareness, culture, and practices. CWA will be working again with management consultant and author Rita Sever; we are thrilled to add trainer Melissa Franklin, a management and communications consultant with specific focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Rita and Melissa have planned and will implement this year-long training, personal growth and skills development process.


Rita SeverMelissa Franklin
Rita Sever, MA
Melissa Franklin, EdD
Leadership Academy Class of 2023-24
2023-2024 Leadership Academy

Welcome our dedicated WIC Leadership Academy Cohort for 2023-2024!

2023 Leadership List
First Last Agency
Alaina Coffey PHFE
Alejandra Rodriguez PHFE WIC
Ana Rivera Solano County
Anna Cardenas PHFE WIC
Annie Dunn County of Humboldt WIC
Camisha Nettles Alameda County
Cristian Mercado PHFE WIC
Cynthia S. Tovar Fresno EOC WIC Program
Elizabeth Polivka Butte County Public Health – WIC Program
Elizabeth Oregel PHFE WIC
Jacqueline Razo PHFE WIC
Jade Knight City and County of Long Beach
Jennifer Chiprich Lundquist Institute WIC
Jenny Carr County of Riverside – RUHS Nutrition and Health Promotion
Johanna Escalante Northeast Valley Health Corporation
Josenoe Vargas Lundquist WIC
Juliet Barwis El Dorado County HHSA – WIC
Kaline Lecoq Plumas Rural Services WIC
Kim Schott E Center WIC
KongPeng Moua Community Medical Centers WIC
Latrice M. Reid American Red Cross WIC
Lauren Cameron PHFE WIC – Industry Hills office
Leni G. Espiritu Orange County HCA WIC Program
Letisia Rosales Butte County WIC
Lorena Gutierrez Lundquist WIC
Maria Isabel Rodriguez Northeast Valley Health Corporation- WIC Program
Miranda Valenzuela American Red Cross WIC
Monica Mendoza South Los Angeles Health Projects WIC
Mylien Nguyen OCHCA-WIC
Niccole Maldonado Fresno EOC WIC
Nicole Westbrook PHFE WIC
Pauline Perez PHFE WIC
Rosa Vasquez Planned Parenthood WIC
Sandra Salazar Inyo County WIC
Sandy Lemus Lundquist WIC
Siham Hami American Red Cross WIC
Stephanie Kuo City of Long Beach
Trudy N. Adams United Indian Health Services Women, Infant & Children WIC Program
Veronica Villalba Lundquist Institute WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program
Wendy Cervantes Butte County WIC
Yesenia Garcia Lundquist Institute/ SLAHP WIC
Yvette Muniz Silva Stanislaus County Health Services Agency WIC Program



Contact Lena Workman ([email protected])