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Health Workforce Initiative

Website contact

Regional Director(s) Employer Engagement

Far North HWI
Trudy Old
Butte College Skyway Center
2480 Notre Dame Blvd.
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: (530) 879-9049

North HWI
Julie Holt, RN, MSN, CPNP
Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: (916) 650-2767

Bay Area I & II HWI
Nanette Solvason, PhD
DeAnza College 
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: (650) 440-2890

Central HWI
There is currently no RDEE for this area please contact Regional Consortium Chair Janice Offenbach at for any regional needs in the health sector

South Central Coast HWI
Irene Ornelas, MSW, LCSW
College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: (805) 372-1712

Desert/Inland Empire HWI
Wendy Deras, MS, RN, CNE, CNS/PMH, CDP
College of the Desert
43500 Monterey Avenue, 
Palm Desert CA 92260 
Phone: (760) 636-7945 

Los Angeles I HWI
Shari Herzfeld, MN, RN
Rio Hondo College 
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA  90601-1699
Phone: (562) 463-7004

Los Angeles II HWI
Ozzie Lopez, MPA
Mt. San Antonio College 
1100 N. Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA  91789
Phone: (323) 691-6086

Orange HWI
Laurie Sienkiewicz, DNP, RN
Golden West College
15744 Golden West Street
P.O. Box 2748
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-2748
Phone: (714) 895-8975 

San Diego/Imperial HWI
Connie Lafuente, MPH
Grossmont College 
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020 
Phone:(619) 279-1371


(Formerly known as Deputy Sector Navigators)