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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).

Glenn Nielsen, HeartSafe Program Coordinator


650.421.2155 Ext. 204

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Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Menlo College – Undergraduate, Canada College

Previous Employment
Chief of Police, City of Atherton – Police Officer, City of Atherton

Community Affiliations
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 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.