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Shari Herzfeld, RN, MN Regional Director Employer Engagement

As a student in the 70s, Shari didn’t know what she wanted to do, but she was sure it wasn’t nursing or teaching. So of course, she became a registered nurse and a teacher. Shari has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Long Beach, and her Masters in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Shari’s career has included direct patient care and advanced practice nursing in Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, Acute Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Oncology, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurology, Gerontology, and Obstetrics. She also serves as a volunteer camp nurse. Shari progressed from patient care to education, first providing in-service training and then transitioning to academic education, eventually becoming a professor at Rio Hondo College in Whittier.

As a faculty member, Shari taught theory and clinical in the Associate Degree and Vocational Nursing programs. She is a California Board of Registered Nurses approved to teach Medical-Surgical, Gerontology, and Obstetrics. She has served as Assistant Director of Vocational Nursing Program and Chair of Administrative Committee. Nursing courses taught include Fundamentals, Med-Surg (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced), Preceptorship/Leadership, Pharmacology, Obstetrics/Women's Health, Neuro/Gerontology, and Medication Math.  Currently, Shari is one of the Los Angeles Regional Directors for the Health Workforce Initiative.

Hosted by Rio Hondo College.

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Oswaldo Lopez Regional Director Employer Engagement

Ozzie is currently Adjunct Faculty at East Los Angeles College (am amateur) where he teaches a U.S. Government course.  He is also in the process of earning his Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, earned a Master’s in Public Administration from National University and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Cal State Los Angeles. 

Ozzie Lopez is one of two Regional Directors | Deputy Sector Navigators in the Los Angeles region for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.  Within his purview, Ozzie’s areas of focus are to develop partnerships within the health industry with the intent of creating healthcare career pathways, bridging the gap between the healthcare employer community and the L.A. region community colleges.

Ozzie also previously served as the Director of Workforce Development with AltaMed Health Services Corporation one of the Science from Federally Qualified Healthcare Center providers in the southern California region with clinics located in Los Angeles and Orange County. Ozzie has 24 years of workforce development & training experience; he has extensive experience in creating and leveraging public, private partnerships with a focus on improving the performance and delivery of outcomes.

Hosted by Mt. San Antonio College