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.”

Sheri Neilson

Sheri Neilson

Chief Financial Officer
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

Program Director
Meredith Gibson

Meredith Gibson

Media Director
Jovita Arellano

Jovita Arellano

Program Manager
Brittany Hunsinger

Brittany Hunsinger

Program Manager
David Shorey

David Shorey

Program Manager
Sarah Boyer

Sarah Boyer

Program Manager
Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

Assistant Program Manager
Maurina Cintron

Maurina Cintron

Assistant Project Manager
Paul Levikow

Paul Levikow

Media Advocacy Specialist
Cynthia Nickerson

Cynthia Nickerson

Media Advocacy Specialist
Richard Preuss

Richard Preuss

Policy Strategist
Breny Aceituno

Breny Aceituno

Prevention Specialist
Rayne Hanke-Ledwith

Rayne Hanke-Ledwith

Prevention Specialist
Carolina Gabaldon

Carolina Gabaldon

Prevention Specialist
Ana Hernandez

Ana Hernandez

Prevention Specialist
Dean Ambrosini

Dean Ambrosini

Prevention Specialist
Stelle Andrade

Stelle Andrade

Community Organizer
Sir Duplechan

Sir Duplechan

Community Organizer
Katharine Santilena

Katharine Santilena

Youth Organizer
Jessika Kehnt

Jessika Kehnt

Community Organizer
Megan Choi

Megan Choi

Prevention Assistant
Michael Thai

Michael Thai

Digital Media Specialist
Luz Toscano

Luz Toscano

Assistant Controller/Compliance Officer
Patricia Salas

Patricia Salas

Office Manager
Dan Skiles

Dan Skiles

IPS Associate
Marian Novak

Marian Novak

IPS Associate
Stephanie Pazarin

Stephanie Pazarin

IPS Associate
Jennifer Neri

Jennifer Neri

IPS Associate
Dan Tomsky

Dan Tomsky

IPS Associate