As Evaluation and Policy Specialist, Sarah is responsible for leading PEERS’ evaluation, policy, and advocacy efforts.
Sarah has worked on issues ranging from racial and economic justice to educational equity. Prior to joining PEERS, she was on the research team at Urban Strategies Council. She also managed a statewide child and youth data website, kidsata.org
. She worked in the youth development field for over a decade, running programs for immigrant and LGBT youth and working on a range of public health issues.
As a family member, a foster-adoptive mother, and an active public school parent, Sarah had experience with multiple aspects of our local mental health system. She believes that people with lived experience of mental health challenges bring essential insights to movements for social justice.
Sarah lives in San Leandro with her spouse. She’s also a runner, a passionate reader, and a writer.
Heather leads the Tobacco Harm Reduction program and facilitates tobacco presentations, WRAP groups, trainings and orientations, and eCPR workshops. Heather has struggled with her own personal issues stemming from the trauma in her early life. Depression and anxiety have plagued her since she was young, leading to homelessness and hospitals.…
Kimberly Marquez-Cortes (She/Her/Hers) is the Programs Manager at PEERS overseeing WRAP®, Special Messages and Communications and Outreach with over a decade of experience working in mental health. Kimberly is an Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator and has worked directly with the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery to provide WRAP® workshops…
Zakiya Johnson started as an intern and quickly found that her values aligned with PEERS. Zakiya is now a Program Coordinator, currently responsible for supporting programs with evaluations, and provides administrative support to the Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) team and Lift Every Voice and Speak (LEVS) team. Zakiya…