Mary Beth Love, Ph.D. , is currently Chair and Professor of Health Education at San Francisco State University. She received her Doctoral Degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1987. SFSU Department Chair since 1989, Dr. Love has a long history of successful innovation in pedagogy and curriculum Dr. Love has been the recipient of four prestigious grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. In 1989, Dr. Love founded Community Health Works of San Francisco (CHW) a fruitful partnership between SFSU and City College of San Francisco; and she subsequently co-founded the Metro College Success Program. Dr. Love’s ability to both carry out and foster community-based research and publication has resulted in the receipt of numerous state and national awards for innovative health curriculum and applied community based interventions. Dr. Love is a collaborative leader with extensive local, state and national partnerships.
Vicki Legion, Co E.D for City College of Metro Academies Initiative and has been working with Metro since 2006. Vicki teaches Urban Health Policy, Health, and Social Justice at City College. Vicki does a lot of work for Metro around fundraising, start up, and communication. Her passion for social justice came from early experiences growing up in St. Louis which was a very segregated city. At 16 years old, she began work in social justice movements and has been fighting for equity since.
Rama Kased, Ed.D., is the Student Services Director and a Faculty member in the Metro College Success Program at San Francisco State University. She also works closely with and provides technical support to the Metro team at City College of San Francisco. Kased sits on the advisory boards of multiple community and campus-based organizations. In addition, she works with other community-based organizations and non-profit institutions in the Bay Area and New York City, providing leadership, base building training, and curriculum, campaign and development support.
Savita Malik, Ed.D. , is Metro Curriculum and Faculty Development Manager. Ms. Malik received her Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from SFSU where she also earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. As the curriculum and faculty development manager for the Metro Academies Initiative, she serves on the cross-institution leadership team of Metro Academies. Ms. Malik develops long-term program plans, hires new project team members and supervises curriculum writers and a research team.
Sergio R. Martinez, M.P.H. , has been coordinating the Metro Transfer Academy of Health at City College of San Francisco since January 2015. Mr. Martinez teaches the first year experience class. He uses various teaching modalities to reach vulnerable groups and in building rapport with marginalized communities. He believes meeting students where they are in life and acknowledging their experiences is key to building healthy sustainable relationships and in creating great learning environments. His public health work stems back over 15 years in local government and research. During his spare time he writes blogs for East Oakland Building Healthy Communities Initiative and freelances for the Oakland Tribune. His most recent stories have included profiles on the best taco trucks in East Oakland, urban gardening and Oakland’s Mayoral elections.
Sophia Simon-Ortiz, M.P.H. , works on Metro program communications. She is also the Health 2 Academy Coordinator and an instructor for the Metro First Year Experience course. Sophia’s professional experience includes immigration and housing legal support with low-income residents in the Bay Area, media production, and advocacy for sexual and reproductive healthcare access. Previous to joining the Metro staff in 2015, Sophia worked to conduct public health research on issues including policing practices, public housing conditions, education access in prisons, and environmental justice. She holds a Master of Public Health from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. She loves working with young people in Metro towards justice in education and beyond, and achieving their educational goals.