Our Staff

IPS’s skilled interdisciplinary team includes subject matter experts in public health, media, policy, advocacy, community organizing, data collection, and community policing. We have diverse backgrounds, represent different cultures, and sometimes have diverging points of view. Together, we strive to disrupt systems of inequity, champion collective responsibility, protect health, and advance equity.

Brenda Simmons

Brenda Simmons

CEO/President

“To be successful, our work must be meaningful, purposeful, and relevant.”

Terri Howey

Terri Howey

Chief Operations Officer

“I believe the work we do will impact those around
us today, tomorrow and into the future.”

Sarah Blanch

Sarah Blanch

Vice President of Organizational Development

“I love our work because we ensure health, safety and equity are central to community development.”

Eric Collins

Eric Collins

Vice President of Programs

“In life you’re either learning and growing or staying stagnant. I choose to expand my skills and share my knowledge with others so we can live happy, productive lives. Pay it forward.”

Susan Caldwell

Susan Caldwell

Senior Program Strategist
Frecia Gonzalez

Frecia Gonzalez

Regional Director
Craig Reed

Craig Reed

Regional Director
Meredith Gibson

Meredith Gibson

Media Director
Sarah Boyer

Sarah Boyer

Program Manager
David Shorey

David Shorey

Program Manager
Jovita Arellano

Jovita Arellano

Program Manager
Brittany Hunsinger

Brittany Hunsinger

Program Manager
Maurina Cintron

Maurina Cintron

Program Manager
Nancy Verdin

Nancy Verdin

Special Programs Manager
Dean Ambrosini

Dean Ambrosini

Project Coordinator
Donna Heydar

Donna Heydar

Prevention Coordinator
Paul Levikow

Paul Levikow

Media Advocacy Specialist
Cynthia Nickerson

Cynthia Nickerson

Media Advocacy Specialist
Michael Pesavento

Michael Pesavento

Media Advocacy Specialist
Breny Aceituno

Breny Aceituno

Prevention Specialist
Carolina Gabaldon

Carolina Gabaldon

Prevention Specialist
Seraphina Eberhardt

Seraphina Eberhardt

Prevention Specialist
Maxwell Johnson

Maxwell Johnson

Prevention Specialist
Michael Thai

Michael Thai

Digital Media Specialist
Sir Duplechan

Sir Duplechan

Community Organizer
Marcus Fisher

Marcus Fisher

Community & Youth Organizer
Saul Larios

Saul Larios

Community Engagement Coordinator
Lisette Muñoz

Lisette Muñoz

Community & Youth Organizer
Aaron Robinson

Aaron Robinson

Community Organizer
Megan Choi

Megan Choi

Prevention Assistant
Andrea Rayas

Andrea Rayas

Assistant Project Specialist
Dan Skiles

Dan Skiles

IPS Associate
Marian Novak

Marian Novak

IPS Associate
Stephanie Pazarin

Stephanie Pazarin

IPS Associate
Jennifer Neri

Jennifer Neri

IPS Associate
Richard Preuss

Richard Preuss

IPS Associate
Dan Tomsky

Dan Tomsky

IPS Associate