Shebreh Kalantari Johnson, MSW, Board Chair

Shebreh Kalantari Johnson

Board Chair

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson is a native of Iran and has lived in Santa Cruz County for the past 20 years. She received her B.A. in Psychology and French/Francophonie Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University. Shebreh currently provides professional grant writing, program development/management; strategic planning; and facilitation services to local agencies working in the area of public health, education and social services. She currently serves in other leadership roles including Dominican Hospital/Dignity Health Community Grants Committee and Community Advisory Board. Shebreh strives to achieve equity and unity in her work across sectors and throughout the county. She is a mother of two young boys, is married and lives in Santa Cruz California.

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, MPH

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez

Monterey County Health Services Department Appointee

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez was appointed to the Health Trust Board by the Monterey County Health Department in 2013. She earned her Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Community Health Education from San Jose State University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Santa Clara University.

She has been employed by the County of Monterey over 10 years and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Health/COO at the Health Department. During her tenure with the County she has served in various fiscal and chronic disease and health promotion programs capacities. Previously, she worked for the Community Health Partnership of Santa Clara County as a program manager for its diabetes program. Elsa was born and raised in King City and currently lives in Prunedale with her husband and three children.

2018 Evening of Wine & Roses

On Friday November 2nd, we continued a decades-long tradition of celebrating the harvest with two dozen of Santa Cruz County’s talented vintners and brewers, brilliant local chefs and culinary entrepreneurs, a brilliant local band, and a few hundred local residents. Collectively, we uplifted the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust’s vision of a community in which every person has access to the resources and opportunities they need to live a healthy life.

Ken Schwan graced the stage to kick off the live auction, acknowledging the power of community as a therapeutic influence in his ongoing recovery from a devastating motorcycle accident. “I heard this phrase on KPIG yesterday morning, and it’s stuck with me: ‘Keep your gratitude ahead of your expectations.’”

Ken’s encouragement to gratitude motivated a tremendous response; event guests contributed $16,700 in Fund A Need donations alone!! Altogether, we raised more than $70,000 that we will return to the Pajaro Valley community in small grants to local nonprofits that provide oral and mental healthcare and connect residents to other well-being resources. We’ll invest in families and children-focused and youth empowerment programming, because we want to grow a healthy next generation of Pajaro Valley residents. Through our Diabetes Health Center, we will continue to support community members to prevent the onset of diabetes and learn and use strategies to realize good quality of life despite living with the disease. And we will use our own King Community Room and other spaces to facilitate collaborative efforts that drive toward a community where every resident flourishes.

We are wholeheartedly grateful to the participating flower growers and floral artists, fermentation masters, culinary greats, generous sponsors, hardworking volunteers and exuberant guests. Together, in community, you demonstrated how unity + creativity + regionally crafted food & drink + love yields a powerful blend of assets to invest in good health and quality of life for all local residents. Thank you for supporting the Health Trust’s first two decades of work, in which 15,000 local individuals benefitted from services through our Diabetes Health Center and 174,000 community members participated in programs or accessed healthcare provided by one of our grantee-partner organizations. Together, we are a mighty force for fostering a healthy community.