The purpose of the Community Impact Committee (CIC) is for members of the community to provide ongoing guidance, feedback, and support to elements of the Unshame California campaign. This includes campaign structure and organization, webinar content and outreach, website content and engagement, newsletter content, media elements, relationship building, and any public facing collateral to better engage Community Partners and California communities.
Jalynne is a SF Bay Area native with a passion for compassion. Her lived experience with SUD led to a path of peer specialist certification, to share her story of recovery and hope in an effort to help others. Jalynne advises on a few boards related specifically to street outreach medicine for people experiencing homelessness with SUD and volunteers with community partners in a means to create inclusive conversation to help end the stigma of shame.
In her free time you’ll find Jalynne obsessing over her 2 cats or hunting for treasures at thrift stores.
Christina Andrade-Lemus, MSW has been working in the field of substance use disorder treatment for the last 25 years. She is currently the Associate Director of Substance Use and Latinx Services for CommuniCare Health Centers, a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Northern California, Yolo County. She has dedicated several years to serving the Medi-Cal population and marginalized community members impacted by substance use, immigration status, poverty, and lack of access to care. Christina got her start as an intern at CommuniCare while earning her Master of Social Work degree at Sacramento State University. She also attended UC Davis as an undergraduate, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
Sean is originally from Boston but grew up in the East Bay. He played college baseball andcontinues to coach. Fitness and sports have been a passion of his throughout his entire life.Sean has a 9 year old daughter who is his absolute angel. Sean has been an active member ofAA for years. This has not only given him his life but also a purpose which he can serve.
Mia McKernan is the Community Health Program Manager with Aspire Health’s Population Health division, where she works with a variety of health promotion initiatives within the community, including Montage Health’s Prescribe Safe program, which aims to save and improve lives with prevention efforts. This year, Mia is focusing on building a substance use prevention curriculum for educators to launch in schools that provides a fundamental education about drugs, alcohol, and vaping, along with skill building activities on resilience and mental fitness. She also supports programs such as; diabetes prevention education in schools, the healthcare system’s employee wellness program, and a newly grant-funded food incentive program in Monterey County. She fills her soul by spending time outdoors – camping, running, backpacking - and sharing her love of nature and animals with her husband and new baby.
Dean Nakanishi has been working in the field of addiction to substance use disorder for over 30 years. He is the CEO of the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. in the City of Los Angeles and the Chairman of the Board of the National Asian Pacific American Family Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA). He is a 4th generation Japanese-American and lived his early years in Fullerton, California. Dean earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Master of Business Administration Degree from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business. He is an avid advocate and supports efforts to advance equity, inclusion, and accessibility by creating opportunities for improvement of individuals who have been historically marginalized and underserved, especially those in recovery from addictions. He is also part of a consortium of LA County API community-based organizations.
Dean is married for 25 years to Daisy and loves spending free time traveling, fishing, and bonding with our dog Shanna.
Kristina Padilla is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she/they serve as the Vice President of Education overseeing CCAPP’s Education Department. She/They are also the Vice President of Strategic Development for the organization wherein she/they travel throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education, business development, and investment in quality programming.
Mx. Padilla is a mother to a beautiful 7-year-old little girl named Karisma. She/They are also a part of the LGBTQ+ (Rainbow) community and identifies as Apache, Cherokee, trans, gender-fluid, 2-spirit, non-binary, same gender loving, pansexual, biologically born woman. Kristina’s pronouns are She/Her and They/Them and she/they go by the prefix of Mx. Padilla.
Mira Parwiz is the Division Director of Addiction Medicine and Therapy for the Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health – Substance Use Treatment Services. Ms. Parwiz is also the Lead for the Santa Clara County Opioid Overdose Prevention Project (SCCOOPP). As a Lead for the coalition she leads the county’s efforts in the community to prevent overdose and curb opioid misuse and addiction. She is the leader in opening treatment access for opioid addiction in Santa Clara County by partnering with emergency rooms, hospitals inpatient, primary care site and outpatient centers. Ms. Parwiz holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Public Administration with emphasis on Health Care.
Jessica Robles is an experienced and dedicated professional in the field of addiction medicine, with a career spanning over 26 years. Jessica currently serves as Clinical Director at Colton Comprehensive Services, overseeing the day to day treatment of over 400 patients. Jessica's diverse experience and background as a Licensed Vocation Nurse, has provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and complexities surrounding addiction and recovery. Outside of her professional endeavors, she is a strong advocate for destigmatizing addiction and raising awareness about the importance of accessible and effective treatment options. Her career in addiction medicine exemplifies unwavering commitment to guiding and assisting individuals in overcoming the challenges of addiction and supporting in the reclaiming of their lives.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and engaging in activities that promote self-care and personal growth.
Katie is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is the Director of Substance Use Disorder Services at the Federally Qualified Health Center, Family Health Centers of San Diego. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno and has a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix. Katie has worked in the field of substance use treatment for the past 15 years serving a variety of populations including patients using medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), individuals with co-occurring disorders, people experiencing homelessness, and people living with HIV/AIDS. She is passionate about educating and implementing harm reduction strategies within the substance use community, strengthening service delivery for underserved communities and working to reduce the stigma and shame that impacts a person’s experience accessing services.