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The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) advances health equity in behavioral health outcomes of marginalized communities throughout San Mateo County. ODE works to empower communities; influence policy and system changes; develop strategic and meaningful partnerships; and promote workforce development and transformation within the County’s behavioral health service system. 

ODE Theory of Change

18-19 SMC BHRS Cultural Competency Plan Draft

Updated SMC BHRS Cultural Competency Plan 18-19 & 19-20

Meet Our Staff

Maria Lorente- Foresti

She/ Her/ Hers
Office of Diversity and Equity Director
(650) 573-2714 | mlorente-foresti@smcgov.org

Doris Estremera

She/ Her/ Hers
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Manager
(650) 573-2889 | destremera@smcgov.org

Doris is the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) Manager for San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services providing oversight to the MHSA planning, stakeholder engagement, reporting and evaluation activities. Doris began working for San Mateo County Health in 2003 as an Outreach Worker and has since led strategic planning projects in language access, cultural competence, youth development, public information and risk communication, social marketing, community engagement and partnerships in health policy work.  

Erica Britton

She/ Her/ Hers
Workforce Education Training (WET) Coordinator
(650) 372-6153 | ebritton@smcgov.org

Frances Lobos

She/ Her/ Hers
Community Health Planner
(650) 372-3272 | flobos@smcgov.org

Frances coordinates the Parent Project, a program that helps families build stronger relationships. She is also a Co-Chair of the Latino Collaborative, which is dedicated to reducing social and health disparities in the Latino community. She is passionate about preventive programs and expanding access to health care for vulnerable communities.

Sylvia Tang

She/ Her/ Hers
Community Health Planner
Stigma Discrimination Reduction
Suicide Prevention
Evaluation Support
(650) 578-7165 | stang@smcgov.org

Committed to advancing health equity, Sylvia focuses on building coalitions that cultivate self love, community empowerment and social justice. Her main areas of work are stigma discrimination reduction (of mental health and substance use issues), suicide prevention and evaluation support. She co-chairs the Suicide Prevention Committee and Mental Health Awareness Month Planning Committee. She is also a member of the Chinese Health Initiative. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health from UC Berkeley and Master in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her passions also include singing, making photo books and being civically engaged. 

Tania Perez

She/Her/Hers
Community Health Planner
(650) 573 5047 | tsperez@smcgov.org

Tania is supporting the work with the Government Alliance for Racial Equity and BHRS’s Multicultural Organizational Development Plan. She received her Master’s in Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles with special interest on the intersection of health and educational disparities. She is passionate about racial equity, systems change, and increasing access to quality services to historically marginalized communities.

Kristie Lui

She/ Her/ Hers
Community Program Specialist I
650- 573- 5037 | kflui@smcgov.org

Kristie supports a variety of ODE programs and projects as well as the production of several ODE resources with the intention of building inclusion and cultural humility practices in the San Mateo County. She also oversees ODE Communications to bring discussions of inequities, disparities and injustice in ODE’s work. Kristie received her B.S. in Community Health Science from California State University, East Bay.

Maria (Charo) Martinez Resendiz

She/ Her/ Hers
Peer Support Worker
mmartinezresendiz@smcgov.org

Camille Hicale

She/ Her/ Hers
Office Specialist
650-372-6137 | chicale@smcgov.org

Camille provides administrative and office support for ODE.  She brings 10 years of experience as a former San Francisco Unified School District educator.  Born and raised in San Mateo, Camille is grateful to be part of a team whose work empowers the diverse communities throughout the County.