Retired Medical Doctor and 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



Kristi Black

Acting Deputy Director

Ouida Joi Cooper-Rodriguez, M.A.

Executive Operations Assistant

Ms. Joe Bacon

Grant Development

Marlynne Powell

Administrative Assistant

Denise Martinez


Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA

ESL, Pre-Pre School, Volunteer Program

Rachel Gacerez

Rachel Gacerez serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA member who volunteers to work on capacity-building projects as a year-long, full time commitment. Rachel will help develop a comprehensive Family Resource Center at PJCCE by focusing on improving volunteer infrastructure and coordinating programs, specifically for children, youth, and families.

She attended St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga and earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology. During her undergraduate studies, Rachel was active with many non-profit organizations such as AmeriCorps Jumpstart, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, St. Mary’s Center, and Highbridge Community Life Center in the Bronx, NY.



Pre-Pre School Director

Dr. Kristen Burmester

Pre-Pre School Cook

Zakkiyyah Nazeeh

Pre-Pre School Teacher

Miriam Gonzales

Soccer Program

Michael Ignont, U-10 Coach (Consultant)

Reynaldo Carrasco, U-14 Coach (Consultant)


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 administered by a combined team of in-house staff and a team of medical providers ranging from licensed respiratory therapists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and 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® Patient Services Worker/Driver (Bilingual - Spanish)

James Acuña

James Acuña has been employed by the Northern California Breathmobile Program since November of 2009 as the Patient Services Representative/Driver. He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.

Breathmobile® Program Medical Assistant/Patient Advocate

Lisa Herndon

Lisa Herndon started working at PJC in 2011. Lisa works on the Breathmobile as a Medical Assistant. She graduated from Western Career College in 2000 with a degree in Medical Assisting. Prior to working on the Breathmobile she worked in the private sector in allergy and asthma for 12 years as a medical assistant. “I find working on BMO very rewarding and I enjoy all our wonderful little patients and their families.”




Food Pantry Manager

LaMel A. 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.

Lamel PJC


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