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Our Team

Joanna Rodriguez (She, Her)

Joanna Rodriguez (She, Her)

Client Services Support | Farmers’ Market Support | Program Assistant II

BS, Nutrition and Food Science (CSU Chico, 2019)

Joanna holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from California State University, Chico and is currently working on a masters’ degree in Nutritional Science. Joanna currently works with client support services and Market Match/CalFresh outreach. Joanna’s favorite past time is traveling to scenic locations.

Cesar Flores

Cesar Flores

Client Services Support | Farmers’ Market Support | Program Assistant II

BS Health Education (California State University, Chico 2019)

I have been working for CHC for approximately 3 years. I have worked with CalFresh Outreach, LIHEAP, and Market Match ever since I began my career at CHC. My hobbies are snowboarding and playing video games.

Armando Tarelo

Armando Tarelo

CalFresh Outreach Team | Market Match | Program Assistant II

BS, Health Science (California State University, Chico 2020)

I enjoy being part of the CalFresh Outreach team because the sentiment of assisting others compares to no other. It is extremely gratifying to know I am providing back to my community members by helping many gain access to food security through CalFresh and more specifically the market match program at our local farmer's markets.

I'm also a team member of the Campus CalFresh Outreach team and assist Chico State students with their CalFresh application. Under the AAA team, I provide lessons for older adults at Butte, Glenn, Colusa, and Tehama County.

Jo Lynn Reynolds

Jo Lynn Reynolds

CalFresh Outreach Team | Market Match | Program Assistant II

B.S. Nutrition & Food Science (CSU Chico, 2019)

My passion for food equity started while studying nutrition at Chico State, being a part of the CalFresh Outreach team has allowed me to continue my advocacy into my profession. It is especially meaningful to be able to assist someone and see them get the help they need to provide food for themselves (and family).

My work does not stop at assisting with applications but also being a part of the Famers’ Market where recipients can use their benefits for fresh food as well as nutrition classes to teach people how to use their benefits and get the most out of it. In addition to helping our communities get access to federal food assistance I also organize and distribute information for local food pantries and maintain connections so that those who are in immediate need of food can get the help they need.

Jovita Avila

Jovita Avila

Community Health Specialist

I'm currently on my last semester for my Bachelors in Science in Nutrition and Food Science Dietetics and Nutrition Communication. Aside from academics, I am a second semester FitU mentor and do 1-1 nutrition and exercise counseling for Chico State students. I also hold a position as the Liaison student club officer for Embodied: Health at Every Size Way! My role at CHC evolves working at the Redding Farmers with the Market Match Program.

I love working directly with participants and helping them receive additional free fruits and vegetable through our program. Also, look out for my daughter who typically accompanies me at the markets and sometimes is featured on our social media page.

Emilio Siaz

Emilio Siaz

CalFresh Outreach Team | Program Assistant I

BS, Nutrition General Dietetics (California State University, Chico 2019)
MS, Nutrition Education (California State University, Chico 2022)

Working for CHC as a Program Assistant, I serve our community with CalFresh application assistance, Market Match and emergency food assistance for PSA 2 counties. I love giving nutrition education and I really enjoy outreach events.

Karina Apodaca

Karina Apodaca

Community CalFresh Outreach Coordinator | CalFresh Outreach Team

BS, Health Education (California State University, Chico 2017)

As the community outreach coordinator I have enjoyed promoting our programs to my local community to meet their basic needs including food and utility access. I have a natural desire to connect with people. I love building new partnerships, planning and attending outreach events, and assisting individuals with application assistance.

Spencer Malugani

Spencer Malugani

CalFresh Outreach Team | Program Manager II

BS, Nutrition and Food Science (California State University, Chico 2018)

Spencer Malugani is a Program Manager who has worked at Center for Healthy Communities since 2018. Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food sciences from California State University, Chico. His background is food security, worksite wellness, nutrition education, and public assistance. Spencer’s favorite dish to prepare is butternut squash ravioli with a browned butter sage sauce.

Jenni Dye

Jenni Dye

CalFresh Outreach Team | Farmers' Market | Market Match | Program Director

Jenni Dye is a Project Director who has worked at Center for Healthy Communities since 2006. Jenni is a Registered Dietitian and Chico State Alumni, holding a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nutrition science. Jenni’s background is in farming, school/community-based nutrition education, community food systems, food security and food safety. Jenni’s favorite vegetable to grow is Armenian cucumbers.

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25 Main St #101, Chico, CA 95926
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Office (530) 345-9749
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