Lillian Castillo has over 30 years experience mobilizing a wide range of community based organizations, coalitions, and legislators to join efforts to improve the health of Santa Clara County residents. She recently retired from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department where she administered state and federal funded grants that focused on a variety of health promotion areas. Ms. Castillo has received numerous recognitions including 100 Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley, California State University, San Jose, Distinguished Alumna, and American Dietetic Association Recognized Dietitian of the Year, Silicon Valley YMCA Activate America Award, and Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations Board of Supervisors Award.
Nicole Martinez, Chairperson
Nicole Martinez has been with Second Harvest Food Bank for six years. As the Food Connection Field Manager, she supervises Outreach Specialists in Santa Clara County. Nicole works closely with partner agencies and Santa Clara County Social Services to increase CalFresh and food assistance access to community members. She is native to San Jose and seeks to improve the livelihood and health of the community through food access. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health from San Jose State University.
Lynn Magruder, Secretary
Lynn Magruder was one of the original incorporators of the South County Collaborative and has served two terms as Board Chairperson. She currently writes grants and government proposals for Community Solutions, a mental health and victim service provider in Gilroy with an annual budget of $17 million. She served as Planning & Development Director for Rebekah Children’s Services, a nonprofit foster care provider, where she managed strategic planning, board governance improvement and foundation and corporate grants. For five years, she was Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, a nonprofit arts council that provided grants, school arts programs and technical support to 40,000 residents. She worked as Development Director for the Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe, NM, a new media and visual arts center; and she was Manager of statewide grants programs for the Arts Council of New Mexico. Ms. Magruder has served on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Monterey Bay, Pajaro Valley Arts Council, and the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitor’s Council. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonprofit Arts Administration and Bachelor’s degrees in English and Dance.
Lani Yoshimura is the community librarian at the Gilroy Library for the Santa Clara County Library District. She is a native Californian, born and raised in a small farming community in the Sacramento Valley. A member of the first graduating class at the University of California at Santa Cruz, she received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science after graduate studies at the University of Hawaii and San Jose State University. Lani has worked in public libraries for nearly 50 years and at the Gilroy Library for more than 40 years putting into practice her belief in community and equality. She has worked extensively with diverse communities and is one of the founders of Reading Program, the library’s long-standing adult literacy program. She worked for years with the community to fund and build a new library, and in 2012, a modern, LEEDS-certified gold facility replaced the outdated structure. She was a recipient of the 2004 MACSA Community Heroes in Education award, the 2008 Rosa Parks Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Association and was 2011 Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year
Michelle Wexler, Treasurer
Michelle has over twenty years of non-profit/government project management experience including program development, grant management and community engagement. She worked at FIRST 5 Santa Clara County for over seven years where she supported implementation of programs, services and activities for children 0 through 5 and their families. Later she was the Director of Family Strengthening Services at Catholic Charities and oversaw the Kinship Resource Center, FIRST 5 funded Catholic Charities Family Resource Centers, and family literacy programs. In addition to her Bay Area experience, Michelle lived and worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as an elementary school principal where she established a school library and English tutoring program. Currently, Michelle works at Santa Clara County Public Health where she promotes access to healthy food and beverages, physical activity, smoke-free environments and healthy communities.
Sr Rachela Silvestri, Board Member Emeritus
Christina Rodriguez, Vice-Chairperson