HOP’S STAFF

Executive and Administrative Staff

Cynthia (Cindy) Selmi

Executive Director

Cindy joined Health Outreach Partners as Executive Director in November 2019, bringing over 30 years of health center and non-profit leadership experience. Prior to joining the HOP team, Cindy worked for Planned Parenthood Northern California, most recently as Senior Regional Director for Contra Costa and San Francisco health centers. Cindy is a recent graduate of the Clinic Leadership Institute, a joint venture of the Healthforce Center at the University of California at San Francisco and the Blue Shield Foundation of California. Cindy is a native to the Bay Area, originally from San Francisco. Cindy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Biology. She started her health center career volunteering for the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, which fueled her dedication to health equity and assuring access to health care for all. Cindy’s other passions, are her two boys Justin and William, listening to live music, and the San Francisco Giants baseball club.

Christina Mestas

Executive Coordinator

Christina joined Health Outreach Partners in the Fall of 2014 with over 15 years of administrative experience. Christina earned her BA in Liberal Studies from California State University, Sacramento with an emphasis in early child development. In 2012, Christina relocated to the Bay Area to pursue her desire to do service and give back to her community. Christina worked for a local non-profit in Berkeley helping to empower local Bay Area residents through education and outreach in energy conservation; as well as, aiding and training local disadvantaged youth through developing green job skills. Before joining Health Outreach Partners, Christina volunteered at Berkeley Acupuncture Project educating clients on acupuncture and orienting clients to the community acupuncture model. In her free time, Christina enjoys riding her bike, practicing yoga, cooking, and spending as much time as possible soaking up the joys of parenthood with her family and pets.

 

Program Staff

Beleny Reese, MPH

Project Manager

Beleny joined Health Outreach Partners in February 2020 as a Project Manager. Prior to coming to HOP, Beleny worked for over two years in rural community health in indigenous communities of Peru as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for several health promotion and education programs. Her global health experience combines research, policy analysis, consulting, and program planning, implementation, and management, primarily in low-resource settings in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before beginning her career in public health, Beleny served two terms in AmeriCorps, coordinating after-school education programs in Napa and Sonoma Counties. An Air Force brat and self-proclaimed semi-nomad, Beleny calls the Bay Area home. She holds an MPH from Boston University and a BS in Biology from Virginia Tech. In her free time, Beleny likes exploring local culture, seeing live music shows, hiking, and helping her adopted Peruvian dog adjust to life in the United States.

Liam Spurgeon

Senior Project Manager, Communications and Engagement

Liam Spurgeon is the Senior Project Manager of Communications and Engagement at Health Outreach Partners (HOP), having joined HOP in 2013. In addition to providing training and technical assistance to community health centers and other community-based organizations, Liam’s current role includes overseeing HOP’s communications efforts and maintaining its website, among other technology duties. Prior to this position, Liam worked at the Health Initiative of the Americas, an office of the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. There, he worked on several programs focused on access to care for Latino migrants with an emphasis on issues from both sides of the border. After graduating from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, he taught English in Malaga, Spain for two years, combining his passions for the Spanish language and working with youth. In his free time, Liam plays in a volleyball league, collects old soul and R&B records, and avidly follows his beloved Warriors, 49ers, and SF Giants.

Patty Avila-Garcia, MPH

Project Manager

Patty joined Health Outreach Partners in November 2020 as a Project Manager. In this role, she provides training and technical assistance to community health centers and other community-based organizations. Prior to joining HOP, Patty was a policy advocate working to ensure the human right to safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians. Patty is passionate about achieving health equity through direct service, research, and policy. She brings years of experience serving populations in safety-net healthcare systems in different capacities and as an experienced researcher, Patty has published research on digital mental health interventions for diverse populations. Originally from the Central Valley, Patty has adopted the Bay Area as her home. She earned an MPH degree and BA degrees in Social Welfare and Psychology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys bird watching, growing her plant collection, and trying new desserts.

Sharon Couto-Stokes

Administrative Coordinator

Sharon joined Health Outreach Partners in December 2021 as our Administrative Coordinator. Sharon brings a wealth of expertise in data management and quality control.  She brings with her over 15 years of administrator experience in government and corporate sectors.  Sharon is a California native and has enjoyed raising her family in the Bay Area with her husband.  She has a passion for good food and enjoys everything outdoors with her family.

Sonia Lee, MPH

Program Director, Client Services and Grants

Sonia is the Program Director of Client Services and Grants at HOP, where she provides support to health centers and other community-based organizations on strengthening their capacity to deliver care and other services using a health equity lens. She has spearheaded the organization’s work on structural competency and continues to work to expand HOP’s efforts to advance social justice in health. As part of HOP’s leadership team, Sonia also manages client services and provides strategic direction to the organization’s health equity efforts. Prior to joining HOP, Sonia was a 2010 Leland International Hunger Fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center. Through the two-year fellowship, she spent a field year in Uganda working with a local human rights group and a policy year in Washington, DC as a technical advisor in health and human development for a Haitian NGO. From 1997-2004, Sonia served as the Director of Programs for Fonkoze, a grassroots microfinance institution in Haiti, where she was responsible for implementing various social and economic initiatives for rural women and their families. Previously, Sonia was a Program Coordinator for violence prevention at Prevention Institute and a Reality Tours Coordinator at Global Exchange. Born and raised in San Francisco, Sonia holds an MPH in Global Health from Yale University and a BA in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, and is fluent in Haitian Creole. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and dance classes, watching videos of baby donkeys, trying to meditate, and listening to way too much K-pop.