Our Staff & Board


Jae Maldonado, M.P.A.
Executive Director

Jae Maldonado joined Street Level Health Project in August 2015 as Executive Director. Jae is proud to be a first-generation Ecuadorian, who was shaped by immigrant values. He brings over 14 years of experience specializing in non-profit management and program design and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration. In 2000, he began his career fundraising at Legal Momentum and New School University. After years in development, Jae shifted to direct service delivery in marginalized communities of Newark New Jersey, where he led family literacy and workforce programs until moving to the Bay Area in 2008. Read More

In San Francisco’s Mission District, Jae has developed intersectional education and workforce programs for low-income Latino families. A committed youth advocate, he has led trauma informed practice, racial and restorative justice, leadership and employment programs at many local organizations. Most recently working to implement equity-centered framework in program development and instructional practices at San Francisco Unified School District.

Jae enjoys fitness, time with loved ones, cooking, alternative forms of healing, and contemplating the revolution.

Marilyn Hollinquest
Development Director

Bio Coming Soon.

Sherab Dolma
Financial and Human Resource Manager

Sherab Dolma was born in a refugee camp in India to a second generation of Tibetan refugee parents. She graduated from an Indian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, through scholarship from Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). In 2009, she was the first Tibetan woman employee to compete for the joint secretary position by taking the required examination and get selected. She served the Tibetan Refugee Community for 15 years, starting as a line-staff to become a manager and supervised the Nepal Audit Branch Office. Read More

In 2002, she received her tax consultant certificate from the Indian income tax department and has handled tax cases of 17 non-profit organizations under CTA. She also volunteered for the Tibetan Fulbright Alumni Association and served as an active executive member. She has travelled to many Tibetan refugee camps in India as well as Europe and USA, to do auditing. Sherab first came to USA in 2005 on a Fulbright Scholarship by the US State Department and studied at University of San Francisco (USF) and went back to India in 2007 to serve her community. In 2011, she immigrated to USA as an undocumented person, facing many challenges and with no family support. She work as a financial and human resource manager at SLHP.

Health Access Program – Medical Services

Leah Fraimow-Wong
Health Access Program Clinic Co-Manager

Leah is an East Bay native and came to Street Level Health Project in 2012, serving as a volunteer in the clinic for nearly a year before joining the staff. Prior to Street Level, Leah worked for the City of San Francisco, helping City Departments improve their services through research, evaluation and training. Leah studied Public Policy and Economics at Brown University, where she also served as a tutor for recently immigrated refugees, organized conferences on international affairs and supported women forming cooperatives in rural Nicaragua. Read More

Leah is passionate about community-based healthcare and making social supports accessible to all, regardless of citizenship. Leah is also a member of the Women and Transgender Services section of the Berkeley Free Clinic, where she provides free STD testing and counseling.

Tanya Villalpando
Health Access Program Co-Manager
Volunteer Coordinator

Tanya came to learn about Street Level Health Project during a Public Health presentation at UC Santa Cruz. Soon after, she began to volunteer as a Health Navigator. This experience renewed her interest in community health from which she had been a part of in previous years. Tanya has over 5 years of experience within the health field, including working within community health centers. This experience has proven to be beneficial to her new role as the Health Access Program Co-manager. Read More

This role incorporates her knowledge of health administration along with direct patient care. Tanya has also taken on an additional role as the volunteer coordinator. She enjoys be able to connect community members and health students with a rewarding learning experience through Street Level’s various volunteer and internship programs.

In her free time she savors the Bay Areas finest craft beer and enjoys time with her kiddo and pets.

William Wallin, M.D.
Medical Director

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Wallin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, and then spent several more years studying Buddhist Meditation and traveling through Asia. He received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota medical school and completed his family practice residency at San Francisco General Hospital. While serving in the National Health Service, he set up a non-profit medical clinic 50 miles from the nearest hospital.
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After residency, he worked as a physician serving residents of Alameda County in the psychiatric wards, county jail, Fairmont inpatient wards, and all six of the Community Medical Clinics where he specialized in the care of refugee and immigrant patients.His patients have come from countries throughout the world, but especially Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, China, and Central and South America. He has had additional training in hypnosis, family therapy, posttraumatic stress disorder and acupuncture. Dr. Wallin speaks medical Spanish and some Nepali and strives to provide care that addresses both the medical and emotional concerns of his patients.

cadelbacropCadelba Lomelí-Loibl, N.P.

Cadelba Lomelí-Loibl is a nurse practitioner who believes in healthcare for all people. She values the combination of medicine, herbal healing, social services and activism at SLHP. She grew up in California and identifies as Chicana, with family coming from Mexico, Peru and Germany. After a short stint on the East Coast to get her B.A. in Spanish literature and Latin American Studies at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, she moved to Oakland in 2007. She got her RN from UCSF in 2011 and a Masters of Science in nursing in 2014. She completed a one year Nurse Practitioner residency at Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, and since then has been happily back in Oakland working at San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center and staying involved in movements for social justice.

Kathy Ahoy
SLHP Founder and Public Health Nursing Partner

Kathy Ahoy, Public Health Nurse of Alameda County, co-founded Street Level Health Project to serve the communities of Oakland in 2000, and the project quickly became more than health care. Kathy actively nurtured the sharing of knowledge, resources and skills, built relationships that bonded all together in the work of caring for and responding to the particular health disparities and health issues of the growing immigration population. Through her work, Kathy is committed to human flourishing and working for the common good of all. Her passion and compassion to serve the most vulnerable people in our community derives from her own life history and background.
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Kathy came to the USA as a refugee/immigrant from India and speaks Nepali, Hindi and some Chinese.Born in Kalimpong, India, Kathy and her family were unjustly jailed and interned in India for three-and-a-half years, due to a border dispute between India and China. Sponsored out of the internment camp by the Loreto Sisters of Calcutta, the city where her mother was born and raised, Kathy and her classmates were put to work taking care of the orphans. They were also required to help in the work of Mother Theresa and her Sisters of Charity by giving out food and dispensing Dapsone to the Hanson disease clients outside the walls of the school compound. Perhaps this was the beginning of Kathy’s predilection to care for the poor and needy.

She graduated from UCSF with a Masters in Community and Cross-cultural Nursing. Currently, she is mentor/preceptor for many health care students. Hunger and homelessness are no stranger to Kathy. Her history/memory of poverty, hunger and injustice equips Kathy with a fierce determination to bring justice, understanding and compassion to the underprivileged and disadvantaged whom she seeks out and serves. In 1986, she worked in Africa (Sudan and Eritrea) with the famine refugees. Kathy has put her eager energy into implementing the vision of Public Health, trying to find, motivate and collaborate with willing and resourceful partners to provide and improve health and quality of life for the whole community.

Malaika Scott, M.D.

Malaika Scott grew up in the Bay Area and her roots here are so strongly grounded that she has never left! She attended UC Berkeley for Undergraduate and UC San Francisco for Medical School. She has always been drawn to providing family care and pursued training in Family Medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. She came to SLHP as a volunteer provider in January 2015 and came on board as a part of the staff in March 2016. Special interests at her primary site include providing prenatal group medical care and care to the formerly incarcerated. She’s very happy to be a part of the SLHP community.

Norma Calmo
Mam and Spanish Interpreter

I am a Mam speaker. I came here to better my life. I was born in Guatemala, and I feel proud of my roots and I give thanks to my parents for giving me life. I have faith. I believe in God who has given me everything I have. I’m surrounded by people who are understanding and hard working. Besides working in Street Level, I also work in the East Bay Agency for Children helping interpret for Mam speakers and assisting teachers.
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Soy Maya hablante. Vine aqui para superarme mas. Naci en Guatemala y me siento orgullosa de mi raza y mis padres que me dieron la vida. Tengo mucho fe, creo en Dios que me ha dado todo que he sonado. Soy rodeada de personas carasmaticas, comprensivas y trabajadoras. Ademas de mi trabajo en Street Level, trabajo tambien en EBAC (East Bay Agency for Children) ayudando en la escuela como interprete Mam y asistente de maestros.”


Bio coming soon!

Health Access Program – Prevention Services

Sivan Sadeh
Manager of Prevention Services

Bio coming soon!

Hermelinda Aguiar
Community Health Worker

Bio coming soon!

Immigrant Rights and Empowerment/Oakland Workers’ Collective

Gabriela Galicia
Immigrant Rights & Empowerment Program Manager

Gabriela graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Chicano Studies. For the past five years she has been involved in fighting for social justice with student groups at UC Berkeley, working in areas such as immigrant rights, the DREAM Act and other local Bay Area issues. Her interest for the community continues with her work at Street Level Health Project, working with different immigrant communities in the Fruitvale / San Antonio area. In the future, Gabriela wants to pursue a law degree in public interest law, with an emphasis in civil rights and immigration, to continue fighting against the struggles that immigrant communities face.

Edgar Salazar-Velazquez
Bilingual Employment Specialist

Hi my name is Edgar Salazar. I have been inspired to pursue a career in community social work and am currently enrolled at Merritt College. I have experienced first hand as a low wage worker discrimination in the work place. I was a volunteer member at SHLP for 2 years, which encouraged me to apply for my current position as an employment specialist. Also I have been part of east bay organization committee (EBOC) for higher wages in Oakland.

Lidia Leon
Employment Specialist/Health Advocate

Lidia brings over nine years of experience working with the local community as a parent leader at Manzanita SEED School, as well as a committed volunteer at Oakland Community Organization (OCO) and Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana de Oakland (PIPH). Lidia’s dedication to community health led her to Street Level Health Project, where she facilitated nutrition workshops through her role as Health Community Outreach Coordinator “Coordinadora/ Promotora de la Salud” for Alameda County Public Health Department Nutrition Services Program. Read More

As an Employment Specialist for the Oakland Worker’s Collective, Lidia brings experience as a Medical Assistant (MA) and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to her role at Street Level. Her awareness and attention to the individual needs of workers empowers members to self-advocate and access critical health resources. Lidia enjoys walking, hiking, listening to music, singing, spending time with loved ones and contemplating the nature.

Samantha Vázquez
Worker’s Rights Advocate and Outreach Specialist

Samantha Vázquez is a first-generation Chicana, daughter of Mexican immigrants, and native of Southern California. She first joined Street Level Health Project in 2015 as the student intern for the Immigrant Rights and Empowerment Program where she focused on the grassroots initiatives implemented by Street Level. She has two bachelor degrees from UC Santa Cruz in Community Studies and Sociology earned in 2016. Samantha has a background in public health initiatives concerning the Santa Cruz homeless population as well as experience in data collection and analysis of medical care in her hometown. She is especially attuned to communities and the ways in which they cope in order to provide their members and families with resources such as affordable medical care, job sources, legal help, and housing. Specifically, her passion lies with communities which are largely immigrant or people of color due to her family background.

Francisco Pablo Matias
Mam/Spanish Community Outreach Worker

Francisco Pablo is from Todos Santos, Guatemala, and he has lived in California for more than twenty years. He speaks Mam, Spanish and English. He began work with Street Level as a volunteer, and is now a member of our street outreach team and works in the clinic as a trilingual translator. “I love talking to people and building trust with Mam-speakers, who are more comfortable speaking in their own language, and often do not have access to healthcare and other social services because many organizations and institutions speak only Spanish and English. I hope to serve my community with Street Level for many years to come.”Francisco lives in Oakland with his wife, Isábel, and his children.


Doris Molina
Mental Health Consultant

Doris Molina emigrated from Mexico City to the United States in 2003. She graduated from the Iberoamericana University (U.I.A) with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s degree in Orientation and Development of Couples. Looking for a support group, she found La Clínica de la Raza where she volunteered as a Health Promoter for three years, giving health, mental and personal development trainings to the Latino community.
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During these three years, she discovered that there was not enough mental health assistance and information for Spanish speakers, that members of the Latino community suffered from loneliness, isolation, and rejection, and that they did not know when to ask for help with mental health issues. At the same time, she became a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor and volunteered at BAWAR, counseling immigrants who suffered from sexual assault and rape.In 2007 she met Laura, and volunteered for SLHP giving support to immigrants who were experiencing personal crisis and depression. After eight months of being a volunteer for SLHP, she became part of the staff as the Coordinator of the Mental Health Program, where she planned, organized, and facilitated a program called “A Better Way of Living.” This program was created to offer new strategies to immigrants for improving their mental health, valuing their own abilities, and developing their capacity to keep a positive attitude under challenging circumstances.

“I offer a professional space where clients are encouraged to freely speak about their feelings and experiences without fear of judgement. I collaborate to support your personal process in reducing risk and building a harm reduction practice.” – Doris Molina

Michelle Steinberg, M.S.
Nutritionist and Herbalist

Michelle Steinberg began Consultas Naturistas, the nutrition and herbal medicine program at Street Level Health Project, in November 2009. The program has since flourished, providing free client-centered integrative healthcare to those who could not otherwise access it. Michelle graduated with a Bachelor’s from Wesleyan University and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She also completed a three-year course in herbal medicine at the Ohlone Center of Herbal Studies, with subsequent supervision from the Northeastern School of Botanical Medicine. Michelle won the 2015 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from the American Herbalist Guild for her work at Street Level and she has contributed articles to several health care journals. She is a board member for the organization Integrative Medicine for the Underserved.Read More

Michelle grew up in Washington D.C. and relocated to the Bay Area in 1995. Prior to her work in healthcare, Michelle initiated a program to offer English-as-Second-Language classes at Street Level in 2002, having previously started an ESL collective at the San Francisco Day Labor Program. In addition to her clinical work, Michelle is also a documentary filmmaker and her last film, Beyond Recognition, is currently being broadcast nationally on public television. She is currently in production on a documentary about the importance of culturally responsive integrative health care in healing trauma, which will feature Lowell Community Health Center and Street Level Health Project!


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