WIC Leadership Academy

California has many new local agency directors, young professionals and state staff. Opportunities to develop and sharpen leadership skills are vital to their current positions as well as career success and advancement. With the many upcoming changes and new challenges in WIC and public health, professionals in leadership positions need a toolbox of skills for effective communications and decision making.

We are excited to announce the revamped WIC Leadership Academy program for 2021! After enduring an unprecedented year of challenges and immediate urgent needs, we are pleased to share a revised program of leadership development, with the conscious inclusion of equity, with a commitment to anti-racist awareness, culture, and practices. CWA will be working again with management consultant and author Rita Sever; we are thrilled to add trainer Melissa Franklin, a management and communications consultant with specific focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Rita and Melissa have planned and will implement this year-long training, personal growth and skills development process.


Rita Sever Melissa Franklin
Rita Sever, MA
Melissa Franklin, EdD
The deadline for application submission has passed. If you are interested in the next Leadership Academy class, please look on our website this fall.

Welcome 2021 WIC Leadership Academy! We are excited to begin this journey with you!.

2021 Leadership List
First Last Agency
Grace Adame-Galindo The Lundquist Institute WIC Program/South Los Angeles Health Program
Jaclyn Arnold PHFE WIC
Jorge Bazan PHFE WIC
Tina Benitez Native American Health Center
Vanessa Castillo Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernardino Counties
Christina Clayson Community Action Partnership of Kern – WIC
Jasmine Croom City of Long Beach WIC Program
Jenniffer Duran Lundquist- SLAHP WIC Program
Morgan Ervin PHFE WIC
Eileen Ferrer-Nguyen Riverside County, Riverside University Health System–Public Health WIC
Angel Flores Sonoma County Indian Health Project Inc
Allison Gabucan PHFE WIC
Debbie Galo Watts Health
Isabelita Garcia The Lundquist Institute WIC Program/South Los Angeles Health Program
Aurora Garcia-Lares Community Action Partnership of Kern – WIC
Sydney Hansen Community Medical Centers
Sheila Ho PHFE WIC
Terri Leon-Saldana Gardner Family Health
Suzanne Malone City and County of San Francisco WIC
Tanya Mansourian PHFE WIC
Tanya Mayton Riverside County, Riverside University Health System–Public Health WIC
Marie McCarty Contra Costa County WIC
Amber McPherson Butte County Public Health, WIC
Olivia Millan Community Medical Centers
Clemencia Paniagua Mendocino County WIC
Tiffany Peralta Solano County
Serey Phan PHFE WIC
Tracey Quesenberry Contra Costa County WIC
Leslie Rogozinski True Care
Aqueelah Russell Northeast Valley Health Corp
Vanessa Sandoval PHFE WIC
Mandy Shaver City of Long Beach WIC Program
Maira Simeone Sonoma County WIC
Samantha Slaughter Community Resource Project, WIC
Shannon Sneade American Red Cross
Ronietra Stewart PHFE WIC
Lindsay Taylor PHFE WIC
Brittney Vaughn American Red Cross

Questions: Contact Lena Workman (lworkman@calwic.org)