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Pamela Kurtzman, CEO

pamela-kurtzman650.421 2155 ext. 202

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Pamela Kurtzman became CEO of Sequoia Healthcare District on January 1, 2018, eleven years after joining Sequoia Healthcare District in August, 2006 to launch the HeartSafe Program, a public access defibrillator program that aims to increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest through the strategic placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and training community members in CPR.

In January, 2010 with HeartSafe fully integrated into the community, Ms. Kurtzman was appointed to oversee District-supported programs that serve the community’s youth. She designed and implemented the district’s new Healthy Schools Initiative, a collaboration with four local school districts, to develop strategies and provide resources to increase opportunities for the schools to implement high quality, coordinated wellness programs.

Prior to joining SHD, Pamela worked at the Stanford Center for Disease Prevention serving in two capacities; first in heart disease research and, subsequently, as an Exercise Physiologist for the Living Strong, Living Well Program, an exercise program for cancer survivors.

Ms. Kurtzman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science and pre-med from Arizona State University in 1995, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the State University of New York at Stonybrook and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2000.

An important aspect of her life is family. She resides in San Carlos with her husband, a molecular biologist and biochemist working in therapeutic drug discovery, her teenage son and daughter (and a few four legged creatures, some green and some furry).

Dr. Karen Li, Director of School Health

650.421.2155 Ext. 204

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Dr. Li oversees health and wellness programs in eight school districts, which reach over 28,000 K-12th grade students per year.  In her role she identifies health and safety needs, formulates plans and goals, provides vision and leadership, and collaborates with a wide variety of school-based staff, medical centers, and community partners.Dr. Li is intimately familiar with SHD’s work and has a long relationship with the District, having been in the SHD-funded role of the Wellness Coordinator for the Sequoia Union High School District for the past seven years. In her former position, Dr. Li oversaw 9,000 teens and their families, spanning five high schools.

Prior to working as a Wellness Coordinator, Dr. Li was a pediatrician in both San Diego and San Mateo.  She has particularly enjoyed working with the adolescent patients in her practice.  Dr. Li earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from UCLA and her M.D. from UCSF, and then completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital, Oakland.  She has a daughter and son, both college age, and along with her husband has enjoyed the challenge and experience of raising two teens.

Jenny Bratton, Program Coordinator

(650) 421-2155 Ext. 207

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Ms. Bratton joined Sequoia Healthcare District in July 2017. She has a Master’s in Counseling from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s in English from UCLA.

Prior to joining SHCD, Ms. Bratton spent the last 15 years working in public education, of which the past four years were spent teaching at Woodside High School in the Sequoia Union High School District.

Most recent hobbies include playing the piano, catching up on ‘summer’ reading, and finding ways to keep her boys (ages 9 and 6) busy!

Heidi Stamper, Administrative Executive

(650) 421-2155 Ext. 201

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Ms. Stamper first joined the District as a member of the Living Healthy team in 2014. She received her BA in English and a technical writing certificate from CSU Chico in 1993.

She has worked as a grant writer, office manager, software release coordinator, technical writer, event coordinator, convention organizer and bookkeeper. Among her most rewarding jobs prior to joining the District was working at the non-profit San Francisco Development Fund to create and implement innovative housing programs with the Federal Reserve Bank.

Ms. Stamper is an active walker, school volunteer, and Girl Scout Troop leader. She currently resides in San Carlos with her husband, 3 children, and a few cats.

Nancy Evans, M.P.H., Living Healthy Educator

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I became committed to the health and wellness field in my 20’s, primarily inspired by living with Type I insulin-dependent diabetes since age 7.The motivation to stay healthy with diabetes drove my commitment to exercising regularly, eating healthy, managing stress and managing all aspects of my chronic condition.4/2013-SAN FRANCISCO

Since getting my Masters degree in Public Health, I’ve worked at the University of California-San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente, taught at the university level, directed a project at the San Francisco Health Department, and created and directed a non-profit organization that specialized in health and wellness for adolescents. Over the past five years, I’ve developed, updated and conducted the living Healthy program for a wide range of adults in Sans Mateo County. Over the past five years, I’ve developed, updated and conducted the living Healthy program for a wide range of adults in Sans Mateo County. Conducting this health and wellness program at community setting and workplaces has been very fulfilling as I see renewed motivation, self-confidence and tangible accomplishments in participants’ health and well-being. These benefits have a ripple effect as they also reach many of their friends and family members.

Julie Engberg, RDN, Health Huddles Coordinator

Julie is the PE Health Huddles Coordinator with participating elementary schools in the district.  She is responsible for creating health curriculum and training PE coaches to deliver nutrition and health messages to TK-5 students.  She is an experienced nutrition educator with over 18 years working in community nutrition programs, school nutrition education, outpatient clinics, and employee wellness programs.  She’s been awarded Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and has been recognized for her contributions as a Champion for Change with the Network for a Healthy California and Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative.  Prior to working with Sequoia Healthcare District, she served as Nutrition Consultant for the San Mateo-Foster City School District, the Peninsula Healthcare District, Hope House Residential Treatment center, Women, Infants and Children, and Toni Bloom and Associates.  She earned a Bachelors in Nutritional Science from California Polytechnic University.  She completed her dietetic internship at University of California, Berkeley.  She has certificate in Weight Management for children and adolescents by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  When not working, she’s busy with her young active family, traveling, gardening and acting in local musical theater.