Retired Medical Doctor / Executive Director / Community Leader




  • • Administrative Director, Northern California Breathmobile ®, 2007-Present (Volunteer)
  • • Executive Director (volunteer) Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Appointed August, 1998-present
  • • President, West Oakland Community Collaborative, August, 2004-present
  • • Program Director, West Oakland Asthma Coalition, July, 2001-present
  • • Medical Director, Clinical Laboratory, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, 34 years (retired)
  • • Assistant Pathologist, Englewood Hospital, Englewood, New Jersey, 1966-1967
  • • Associate Pathologist and Chief of Clinical Laboratory and Vice-Chief of Department of Pathology, California Pacific Medical Center (formerly Presbyterian Medical Center), 1967-2000

Deputy Director

Ouida Joi Cooper-Rodriguez, MA

Ouida Joi Cooper-Rodriguez has worked with PJC since 2004. She has over 25 years in nonprofit executive management, workforce development, employment and training, nonprofit and small business consulting and administration, small business ownership, and life empowerment coaching and facilitation. She was the Founder/Executive Director of the Women's Center for Economic Empowerment, the former Executive Director for the then Oakland Mayor's Center for Youth Employment.Employment, and was the Director for a Small Business Administration (SBA)-Women’s Business Center. She has extensive experience in program design, curriculum development, fund development, event planning, case management, training/facilitation, and community development. Ouida is a veteran of the United States Air Force where she worked in Aerospace Mechanics and Medical Social Work. She also spent one year in the Army National Guard as a Broadcast Journalist. Ouida is a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor. She has an M.A. in Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Behavioral Science. She is honored to work for the West Oakland community, and to work with Dr. Burns and the amazing team at PJC.

Grants and Special Events Associate



Administrative Assistant

Denise Martinez (pictured)


Kristi Black


PJC Family Resource Center

Ouida Joi Cooper-Rodriguez, MA, Director


Pre-Pre School Director

Dr. Kristen Burmester

Pre-Pre School Cook

Zakkiyyah Nazeeh

Pre-Pre School Teacher

Miriam Gonzales


Fernando Garcia, U-12 Coach (pictured)

Michael Ignant, SYEP Soccer


Selena Urbina, SYEP Coordinator

Selena Ramirez, SYEP Assistant Coordinator

Tomye' Neal-Madison, Art Teacher

Michael Ignont, Soccer Coach

Karenga Hart, Basketball Coach

Kenneth Reid, Assistant Basketball Coach

Jose Fuentes, Computer Teacher

Gloria Ulloa-Soto, Computer Teacher

Johnny Lopez, Hip-Hop

Galvin Mathis, Theater Teacher



Breathmobile® Program Specialist (Bilingual - Spanish)

Keiko Barfield

Keiko Barfield has worked as the Bilingual Program Specialist for the Breathmobile® since 2010.As a person with asthma; Keiko understands first-hand the importance of access to quality asthma specialty care on a regular basis. As the Bilingual Program Specialist, Keiko coordinates the Breathmobile®’s visits to schools and community centers and spends much of her time speaking with families and scheduling appointments. She manages all coordination for the Northern California Breathmobile®’s 17 sites.

Keiko studied Spanish abroad at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca A.C. in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico in 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from California State University, Monterey Bay. From an early age, Keiko has been involved in her community. When she lived in Salinas, California she volunteered at Alisal Community Healthy Start, a bilingual family resource center. There she worked as a Spanish literacy tutor in the adult basic education class, Plaza Comunitaria; she also assisted the instructor in Parent/Infant Share, a parent education class for parents of infants 0-18 months old. In 2008, she was awarded, “Outstanding Adult Literacy Tutor” by the Literacy Campaign for Monterey County for her dedication and commitment to her learners.

The Northern California Breathmobile® program is staffed by a combined team of in-house staff and a team of medical providers ranging from licensed respiratory therapists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and medical doctors.

Prescott-Joseph también ofrece servicios en español.
Breathmobile® Acting Medical Director/Administrative Director

Washington Burns, M.A.

Breathmobile® Project Director

Mary Frazier, R.N.


Breathmobile Program Director

Mary Frazier, R.N. MSN, AE-C

Bio coming soon!

Breathmobile® Patient Services Worker/Driver (Bilingual - Spanish

James Acuña

James Acuña has worked for the Prescott-Joseph Center and the Northern California Breathmobile Program since 2009 as the Bilingual Patient Services Representative / Driver. He is a graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a BA Degree in Liberal Arts and is the recipient of the Every Breath Counts Service Award in 2013. James has had extensive training in disaster readiness through the Red Cross and Oakland’s C.O.R.E. Programs and has volunteered as a little league baseball coach for the past 7 years. In his spare time, James enjoys playing the guitar and collaborating with other musicians in the East Bay. James is also very committed to the East Bay communities by serving as a health educator and by providing health access to those who live in under-served areas.

Breathmobile® Program Medical Assistant (Bilingual - Spanish)

Leslie Zecena

Leslie Zeceña graduated from Contra Costa College in 2014 as a Medical Assistant (MA). She began working at PJC in 2014 as an Intern, then became a part time Medical Assistant. In March 2017, she joined our staff as a full time Medical Assistant for the Breathmobile. While on the Breathmobile, Leslie take the patients vitals, does a pulmonary function test, asthma education, as well as providing translation for patients. Leslie is bilingual in English and Spanish and also provides outreach for the Breathmobile. She visits schools, attends meetings and community festivals, and onducts asthma education classes for parents and children. Leslie also helps with the administrative work in the office, which includes scheduling appointments, making reminder calls to families, updating flyers, translating materials into Spanish, as well as help coordinating with Breathmobile partners and contacts. Leslie is also an Asthma Facilitator through the American Lung Association which allows her to teach a program called Open Airways For School. This program educates children on how to self-manage their asthma.


Breathmobile® Program Medical Assistant

Elisa Allen

Bio coming soon!


Food Pantry Manager

LaMel Smith

Our motto is: WE want to make sure no one gets turned down when requesting something to eat or in need of food.

I joined the Prescott-Joseph Center in 2008, I am the food pantry manager for the West Oakland pantry. Our mission is to provide healthy alternative options for this community. We currently have a crew of neighborhood volunteers that help us weekly to distribute and provide food to the community which has been a tremendous support. Families have told me if it wasn't for our program they would not have any food. Looking towards the future we expect the need to grow and we also are looking for more donors and support to fulfill the continual increase of people we feed.


Music Director @ Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

Michelle Jordan

PJC Visual Arts Coordinator/Curator

Tomye' Neal-Madison

HEARTS Facilitator "Healing Arts Program"

Carmen Reyes Edstrom