Chester Austin

Chester Austin, M.D., Northern Valley Indian Health Services

Dr. Chester Austin grew up mostly in Northern California and currently serves as the Medical Director for Northern Valley Indian Health, with clinics in  Chico, Red Bluff (dental only), Willows and Woodland. His prior work experience includes serving as Medical Director of an FQHC and as a physician in a rural health clinic. He received his BA in Biology from UC Riverside and his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Austin has focused his career on providing care and leadership for underserved  patients in rural communities.

Shauntay Davis

Shauntay Davis, M.P.H.

Ms. Davis is responsible for leading the development and coordinating the implementation of the state's comprehensive cancer control plan, as well as administering the state cancer coalition, the California Dialogue on Cancer. She has more than 11 years of professional experience in cancer prevention and control.

Kathryn Dunn

Kathryn A. Duun, Community

Kathy Duun worked at Genentech for 25 years, retiring May of 2013. Most recently her work included department infrastructure development, standardization, leadership development and product training. Her first 10 years at Genentech focused primarily on disease state and product training for nurses in the community, and research from working with physicians on investigator-initiated trials to phase IV study development and implementation . She was a registered nurse in Illinois for 10 years and worked with newly diagnosed oncology patients, well health patients, and in the intensive care unit.

Debra Oto-Kent

Debra Oto-Kent, M.P.H., Health Education Council

Debra Oto-Kent is the Founder and Executive Director of the Health Education Council, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting health and preventing chronic disease in underserved communities. For over 25 years since its founding in 1991, the Health Education Council has worked at the forefront of cross-sector collaboration to create innovative, model programs that intersect community well-being and chronic disease prevention. In 2016, the organization received an Innovation Award from the California Department of Public Health and was named a Nonprofit of the Year for its work to reduce health disparities in the Sacramento region. Ms. Oto-Kent received her undergraduate degree in health science studies from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Public Health degree from UCLA’s School of Public Health. She has written and presented extensively on her two primary areas of expertise coalition-building among diverse stakeholders; and improving the public’s health with an emphasis on reducing health disparities in low-income communities and diverse ethnic populations.

Jose Rodriguez

Jose R. Rodriguez

Jose R. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of El Concilio, which is the largest Latino, community-based, non-profit agency in the Central Valley. El Concilio helps people create better futures for themselves and their families, become leaders to the community, and in turn empower others.

Cindy Snelgrove

Cindy Snelgrove, M.B.A., M.S.N., H.C.M., R.N., Ph.N.

Cindy Snelgrove is the Chief Clinical Services Officer of Ampla Health which is a network of community-based federally qualified health centers offering comprehensive medical, dental, mental health, and specialty healthcare services in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties. She is responsible for the implementation, delivery coordinating, and supervision of clinical and programmatic services provided in the clinical areas of Ampla Health's 13 clinical locations. She sits on the Executive Team influencing Ampla Health's strategic direction while also ensuring clinical goals and initiatives are aligned in order to advance organizational success.

Tsia Xiong

Tsia Xiong

Tsia Xiong is the Chapter Director of API Leadership of Faith in the Valley. Faith in the Valley is a faith-based grassroots community organization, Faith in Merced leaders are advancing issues related to Health for ALL, environmental justice and ending the criminalization of young people of color.


Jo Ann Yee

Jo Ann Yee, Community

Jo Ann is the Co-Founder, Francis Yee Fund for Cancer Health Disparities Research and a long-time resident of Sacramento. She retired from the Sacramento City Unified School District after having taught approximately 5,500 students  and is now a full-time gym rat.