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
Terri Howey

Terri Howey

Chief Operations Officer
Sarah Blanch

Sarah Blanch

Vice President of Organizational Development
Eric Collins

Eric Collins

Vice President of Programs
Francisco Murillo

Francisco Murillo

Senior Controller
Craig Reed

Craig Reed

Regional Director | San Diego County
Kendall Watanabe

Kendall Watanabe

Regional Director | Los Angeles County
Meredith Gibson

Meredith Gibson

Media/GIS Director
Brittany Hunsinger

Brittany Hunsinger

Deputy Director
Maurina Cintron

Maurina Cintron

Director of Tobacco Programs
Sarah Boyer

Sarah Boyer

Program Manager
David Shorey

David Shorey

Program Manager
Breny Aceituno

Breny Aceituno

Program Manager
Carolina Gabaldon

Carolina Gabaldon

Program Manager

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Lupita Martinez

Lupita Martinez

Program Manager
Andrea Rayas

Andrea Rayas

Program Manager
Darwin Rodriguez

Darwin Rodriguez

Program Manager
Michael Jung

Michael Jung

Program Manager
Paul Levikow

Paul Levikow

Senior Media Specialist
Michael Pesavento

Michael Pesavento

Media Advocacy Specialist
Lisette Muñoz

Lisette Muñoz

Assistant Program Manager
Maxwell Johnson

Maxwell Johnson

Assistant Program Manager
Donna Heydar

Donna Heydar

Prevention Coordinator
Gabriel Hill

Gabriel Hill

Program Coordinator
Seraphina Eberhardt

Seraphina Eberhardt

Prevention Specialist
Alexis Lyken

Alexis Lyken

Prevention Specialist
Diana Villanueva-Tafolla

Diana Villanueva-Tafolla

Prevention Specialist
Flor Hernandez Zarate

Flor Hernandez Zarate

Prevention Specialist
Sir Duplechan

Sir Duplechan

Community Organizer
Iridian Vazquez

Iridian Vazquez

Community Organizer
Zitlaly Martinez Hernandez

Zitlaly Martinez Hernandez

Community Organizer
Kyra Merryman

Kyra Merryman

Community/Youth Organizer
Marcus Fisher

Marcus Fisher

Youth Coordinator Assistant
Kimberly Rodriguez

Kimberly Rodriguez

Community Engagement Coordinator
Sebastian Montiel

Sebastian Montiel

Prevention Assistant

Daniel Ruiz

Daniel Ruiz

Prevention Assistant

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Luz Toscano

Luz Toscano

Assistant Controller
Anahi Pinuelas

Anahi Pinuelas

Accounting Assistant
Dan Skiles

Dan Skiles

IPS Associate
Marian Novak

Marian Novak

IPS Associate
Cynthia Nickerson

Cynthia Nickerson

IPS Associate
Richard Preuss

Richard Preuss

IPS Associate
Dan Tomsky

Dan Tomsky

IPS Associate