Our DHTI Team

 
Beatrice Lee joined DHTI in April 2014 where she brings over 35 years of community-based program development, implementation, and policy advocacy experience on behalf of immigrant and refugee communities. She most recently served as Executive Director of Community Health Asian Americans where she helped to grow the organization to an annual operating budget of $4 million as well as successfully advocating for Alameda County’s investment of Mental Health Services Act funds for promising paraprofessional community mental health peer advocate models for underserved communities. Specializing in creating behavioral health services for Asian Americans, Beatrice became a statewide policy leader and advocate for diverse populations in the East Bay (both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties). Since 2008, she has served as President of a statewide policy and advocacy body, Racial & Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition. She has also been involved with the local planning and roll-out of the Mental Health Services Act in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. She has been a member of two statewide workgroups and advisory bodies for two initiatives under the CA Reducing Disparities Project: the API Statewide Planning Workgroup and the CA MHSA Multi-Cultural Coalition. Beatrice is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and also holds a Masters in Public Administration.

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executive director

Beatrice Lee joined DHTI in April 2014 where she brings over 35 years of community-based program development, implementation, and policy advocacy experience on behalf of immigrant and refugee communities. She most recently served as Executive Director of Community Health Asian Americans where she helped to grow the organization to an annual operating budget of $4 million as well as successfully advocating for Alameda County’s investment of Mental Health Services Act funds for promising paraprofessional community mental health peer advocate models for underserved communities. Specializing in creating behavioral health services for Asian Americans, Beatrice became a statewide policy leader and advocate for diverse populations in the East Bay (both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties). Since 2008, she has served as President of a statewide policy and advocacy body, Racial & Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition. She has also been involved with the local planning and roll-out of the Mental Health Services Act in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. She has been a member of two statewide workgroups and advisory bodies for two initiatives under the CA Reducing Disparities Project: the API Statewide Planning Workgroup and the CA MHSA Multi-Cultural Coalition. Beatrice is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and also holds a Masters in Public Administration.

 
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Patricia Rojas-Zambrano                                                                                                                                                                                           Program Director

Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with 15+ years of experience in the filed of community development, culture, education, mental health and expressive arts, with a focus on bridging these worlds into the strengthening field of community mental health. some of Patricia's specialties include couple's counseling for partners of mixed ethnic and cultural backgrounds, women who have experienced trauma, immigration related issues, maternal depression and children ages 0-12. Focus on consultation work for community based agencies who want to bring the clinical lens and the expressive arts into their services, private practice referrals and teaching. Bi-lingual in Spanish.  Specialties: Community mental health, expressive arts therapy, couple's counseling, trauma, immigration, maternal depression, child psychology and clinical supervision of MFT interns and ACSW.

 
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Fatima Z. Allam
Program Manager / Enrollment & supports coordinator

Fatima brings over eight years of training, coaching, and management in workforce development and qualitative market research to the position of Healthcare Career Coach.  Proficient in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Italian, she has had the opportunity to work in diverse environments both internationally and here in the U.S.  Before immigrating to the U.S., Fatima managed and conducted qualitative market research and training in North and West Africa, Middle East, and UAE.  In 2013, Fatima was a career development intern for San Mateo County’s Health Service Agency/Peninsula Works where she coached job seekers and assisted in creating and facilitating over 25 career assessment and development workshops for over 800 clients with diverse socio economic, ethnic, and age backgrounds.  More recently, Fatima is a career coach and computer instructor for students at the English Center.  Fatima has a M.S. in marketing from the University of Rennes 1, France and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Hassan II, Morocco.

 
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Laura coeLho
healthcare career coach / Program Development & Evaluation coordinator

Laura is excited to join DHTI as a healthcare career coach. Laura is interested in exploring how coaching practices and healing modalities can enhance leadership and workforce development in the fields of public health and community mental health. Through her coaching, Laura supports clients to access their authenticity, depth, and resourcefulness to move towards awareness and actions that align with their needs, values, and life goals. In addition to working at DHTI, Laura designs and implements programs and evaluations with local nonprofits and community-based organizations that work with and for immigrant and refugee communities in the Bay Area. Laura received her MPH in 2015 from UC Berkeley, where she studies health and social behavior. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, Laura completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked on planning and evaluation at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

 

anupama chapagain
HEALTHCARE CAREER COACH / outreach & recruitment coordinator

Anupama is a trained Mental Health Interpreter, Covered California Counselor and Domestic Violence Advocate and holds a Post-Baccalaureate in Women’s Studies. She has a strong network with many community based organizations and local government organizations. She has been continuously advocating to uplift the quality of life for immigrants and refugee communities living in the bay area for the last 5 years. In addition to DHTI, she works for many other local organizations working for new immigrants and refugees. She is interested in helping the new community explore and prepare for a career in healthcare as well as to supplement the growing need in the healthcare industry by creating opportunities for the immigrant population in the bay area. She believes in outreaching through the community engagement model, so that the new immigrant and refugee communities can know the available opportunities for them.

 
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roxanne wong
Program & administrative assistant /Operations

Roxanne Wong came to DHTI as Administrative Support, media publication and marketing in June 2016.  She has over five years of experience working at mental health non-profit Community Health for Asian Americans working with immigrants, refugees and the community.  She is a Better Homes & Garden Realtor, writer of novel “Etched in Jade” and previously an AT&T Account Executive in marketing with extensive volunteerism in the Oakland Public School system.  Roxanne has found nonprofit work to be the most rewarding in outreach and support of our diverse Bay Area.  She happily joins the team at DHTI for the quest of immigrant and refugee acclimation, career goals and the future of diversity in healthcare. 

 
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Dr. Ruhina Najem                                                                                                                                                                                 Instructor

Dr. Ruhina Najem is an experienced Administrator & Faculty at Peralta Colleges, Merritt College with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Strong education professional skilled in Event Planning, Customer Service, Instructional Design, Public Speaking, and Curriculum Development. Dr. Najem teaches DHTI's Healthcare Systems & Career Exploration & Planning Courses.