Lee Michelson, CEO
650.421.2155 Ext. 202
Lee Michelson, CEO of the Sequoia Healthcare District located in Redwood City , California has a long history working in the nonprofit field.
From 1976 to 1982, after graduating from Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri, Lee worked as a case manager for Big Brothers and Sisters of Saint Louis. He then became program manager of Big Brothers/Sisters of Wichita, Kansas for one year. He returned to Saint Louis and from 1983 to 1987 he was the Assistant Executive Director of the Providence Program.
From 1987 to 1991, he was the Executive Director of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, St. Louis Chapter. From 1991 to 1999 he was Director of Community Relations for Blue Cross and Blue shield of Missouri.
From 1999 to 2004 , he was Vice-President of the Saint Louis Sports Commission and from 2004 to 2006 he was Vice-President of Ronald Mc Donald House Charities. He moved to California in 2006. From 2007 to 2009 he was the Executive Director of the San Mateo County Health Foundation. He became CEO of Sequoia Healthcare District in May of 2009.
He holds a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from Lindenwood University and did his master thesis on adolescent health.
An avid sports fan, he coaches youth basketball and baseball in Redwood City. He is married and has one son and one step-son.
Pamela Kurtzman, Director of Programs and Grants
650.421 2155 ext. 203
Ms. Kurtzman joined 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 SHCD, 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 11 year old son and 13 year old daughter (and a few four legged creatures, some green and some furry).
Glenn Nielsen, HeartSafe Program Coordinator
650.421.2155 Ext. 204
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Menlo College – Undergraduate, Canada College
Chief of Police, City of Atherton – Police Officer, City of Atherton
Redwood City PAL – Atherton Police Activities League – Jasper Ridge Farm – Redwood City Rotary Club – San Mateo County Police Chiefs’ Association – California Police Chiefs’ Association – International Police Chiefs’ Association – California Peace Officers’ Association – Peninsula Police Officers’ Association
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 5) 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.