Our Staff & Board

Jae Maldonado
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

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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.

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.


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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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 holistic 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.
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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. She taught ESL for a number of years with the Oakland Unified School District and presently teaches in South San Francisco. She is also an independent documentary filmmaker and her latest film, Beyond Recognition, is currently broadcast on PBS.


Juan Herrera
Board Member

Juan was born in Guatemala and immigrated to Los Angeles with his family at age six. Juan is a doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley in the department of Ethnic Studies, with a focus on analyzing immigrant experiences, particularly of Latino day laborers in Oakland. “I have always been influenced by my parent’s hard work and this has definitely shaped my academic interests in Oakland’s informal labor economy…I think part of my commitment to doing work on immigration is this desire to make my work personal, political, and always engaged with the insights and experiences of people like my own family members whose stories sometimes unintentionally inform much of my academic research.”

Click here to see my report “At the Day Labor Hiring Zone: The Politics of Immigrant Illegality and the Regulation Of Informal Labor.”

Andrew Herring, MD
Board Member and SLHP Co-founder

“Working with Kathy and our other partners to get the Street Level Health Project off the ground was one the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done,” says Andrew Herring, emergency physician at Highland General Hospital and co-founder of Street Level Health Project.
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“Kathy Ahoy showed me a vision of how to realize compassion and activism in a practical, sustainable way. She forced us all to never lose sight of the everyday lived experiences of our patients and to not artificially separate medical needs from the social context of displacement and marginalization in our community.”Andrew received his MD from Harvard Medical School, where he worked on health projects in Boston, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Cuba, and Costa Rica. As a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica, he worked with a team of Costa Rican physicians and the International Office for Migration to develop a program that brings health care services to migrant indigenous Guaymi workers on remote coffee plantations, with funding from the World Bank.”Public health exists in a global context. When coffee prices crashed in the late 1990’s in Central America we felt it directly in Oakland with hundreds of migrants arriving in just a few months. The traditional public health infrastructure is often too slow to respond to this kind of emerging population and its complex humanitarian needs. This is where grass-roots organizations like the Street Level Health Project can have such a huge impact.”Andrew is looking forward to ongoing work with Street Level Health Project and a career in Emergency Medicine, global health, and health equity research. “Street Level Health Project models an ideal community-based health project, combining social justice, empowerment, and medical intervention. Its ongoing growth and success is a great inspiration to me personally,” he concludes.
 Click here to see my report “Insurance Status of U.S. Organ Donors and Transplant Recipients: The Uninsured Give, But Rarely Receive .”

John Puccini
Board Treasurer

John Puccini is an East Bay native who came to Street Level Health Project in 2005 while working on the science pre-requisites that would ultimately allow him to change careers into a medical field after spending 8 years at PeopleSoft Inc. working as a software consultant. He had had no prior medical experience, but had studied abroad in Spanish speaking countries on multiple occasions and had a desire to work in the local Latino community.
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Initially he volunteered as a health worker in the SLHP screening clinic, but this experience had a profound effect on him and he found himself devoting more time to helping the screening clinic be more self-sustainable.With the help of another former volunteer and board member whom John met while in school, they took on a personal challenge to switch from paper to electronic tracking of patients and services. Electronic records allow the organization to do real time reporting on the services that the organization is providing to its community.John considers working at Street Level an honor and a pleasure.

“The wonderful people from many different immigrant backgrounds that we see and the small bit of support that we may provide are what give me satisfaction at Street Level. Giving folks access to health care and some control over how they want their health care to be performed is very empowering for our visitors. It is also really inspiring to see all of the other folks who are committed and devote so much of their free time to keeping this organization going strong. I’m happy to be a part of that”. John is currently a student at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA working towards a Masters of Physician Assistant. He enjoys coaching youth with Special Olympics of Alameda, and instructing snow and water skiing with Disabled Sports Far West in Lake Tahoe. He is constantly changing diapers on his newborn son and is an avid snow skier and cyclist.

Robert Harrison, MD, MPH
Board Member

Robert graduated from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in 1979, and is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Steve Krank
Board Member

Stephen’s career included collateral production and promotions for national producers of various consumer products. His clients included Coca Cola USA, Stewart Andersons, The Southland Corporation, Miller Brewing Company, Sprint, Continental Airlines, Ford Motor Company and The Ford Dealer Advertising Association, Shell – Consumer Oil Products Division, and Exxon Chemical.
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As early as 17 he began an avocation of working with young people with behavior issues, disabilities and addiction. He continued this work while he pursued his career in production and promotions until 1994, when he decided to work with the underserved fulltime.

His experience in serving those in need has ranged from Project Coordinator of an IPTC (In Prison Therapeutic Community) based on the behavior modification of Therapeutic Community to the management of 170-bed social model detoxification and recovery program for street alcoholics.Stephen became involved with the UCSF Community Health Project, and later joined the board of became Street Level Health Project because of the organization’s tangible efforts to reach and provide the systemic support needed by the underserved through the provision of resources and navigation to the most vulnerable; the recent immigrants in Fruitvale and beyond.

For the last ten years, Stephen has been part of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in positions ranging from program development of the Champion Guidance Center to his current position as Director of Vincentian Support for the parish-based branches of the Society in Contra Costa County.

Meggie Woods, MD

Meggie started volunteering at Street Level Health Project in 2006, and quickly became the Volunteer Coordinator. In 2007, she became the Case Manager and Clinic Coordinator, the second full time position at Street Level. Meggie left Street Level to attend medical school at UCSF in 2008, but returned to join the board in 2009. She was elected co-president in 2013. She is currently completing a family medicine residency at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital.

Marc Philpart

Marc Philpart, Senior Program Associate, supports the Boys and Men of Color team and leads the PolicyLink Black Male Achievement team. He has specific expertise in supporting and developing networks that advance policy and practice to strengthen the field and further race and gender equity in the areas of health, education, employment and juvenile justice. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Philpart worked in the president’s office at PATH, a non-profit global health organization. He holds masters degrees in public affairs and public health from the University of Washington in Seattle and earned his BA in History from Xavier University of Louisiana.

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.

Dennis Hsieh, MD
Board Member

Dennis Hsieh is a PGY-1 in the Emergency Medicine training program at the Alameda County Medical Center, Highland General Hospital. He is originally from Southern California and has an interest in the social and economic determinants of health. Dennis spent 2 years working in South Los Angeles and Compton as a legal services attorney at two different federally qualified health centers prior to starting residency.

Sofia Navarro
Board Member

Sofia Navarro has over ten years of professional non-profit experience, most recently transitioned as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for The Unity Council in Oakland to Planned Parenthood Northern California (PPNorCal) as their VP of Community Services and Education. Sofia is responsible for the oversight, development and implementation of the overall vision and plan for PPNorCal’s community services and education programs. Read More

Sofia provides leadership to a team of educators, case managers and directors, who cover 20 northern counties, and serve over 50,000 youth, teens, parents and adults annually by providing case management and age-appropriate sex education. Sofia along with her team ensure successful and quality program delivery to local diverse communities. Sofia holds a Masters in Leadership and BA in Sociology from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Arquimides Caldera
Board Member

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