Health Trust Staff

Caitlin Brune, Chief Executive Officer
A Baltimore native and graduate of Georgetown University, Caitlin also holds a Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley with a focus on international maternal and child health. In preparation for her MPH course of study, she worked with community-based nonprofits in Nepal, Bhutan, the Philippines, Kenya, Ghana, Paraguay and Mexico in a 18-month solo backpacking tour. Upon taking her degree, she spent five years at the Firelight Foundation, based in Santa Cruz and grant making to community-based organizations in East and Southern Africa addressing the needs of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Subsequently, she served as a Development Officer/Grant Writer for the Global Fund for Women before becoming a Program Officer at a private foundation based in Sausalito, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust. There she supervised $2 million in annual grantmaking to organizations serving low-income adults, youth, children, and military veterans with programs to enhance their access to educational and economic livelihood opportunities and appropriate health care. She recently completed a four-month intensive training in ecological agriculture and works with nonprofits striving to transform our food systems to a more economically and socially just, humane, ecologically sound footing.

 

 

Veronica Camberos, Director of Programs
Veronica holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. Born and raised in Watsonville, she is committed to serving people in the Pajaro Valley. In 2008, she received the Community Hero Award from the Community Assessment Project of Santa Cruz County and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Sam Farr for her tireless work to improve economic life for young adults in Watsonville. As a Director of Programs at the Health Trust, Veronica manages our grantmaking efforts, health care collaboratives and the Diabetes Health Center.

Teresa Martinez-Rodriguez, Office Manager
Teresa has been with the Diabetes Health Center since 1999. She came to the DHC with over 20 years of medical office experience. Teresa was selected as Mentor of the Year in 2005 by the Workforce Investment Board and received the distinction of Human Race Hero for 2004 and 2005. Her strong interpersonal skills make her the right person to establish strong community relationships.

Martha P. Quintana, BSN, RN, CDE
Martha has been with the Diabetes Health Center since 1998. She has over 20 years experience in health care as a Registered Nurse, fifteen years as a Staff Nurse at Watsonville Community Hospital. Martha is one of few bilingual/bicultural Certified Diabetes Educators on the Central Coast. She follows American Diabetes Association standards of care for Diabetes Self Management Education. Her understanding of cultural and linguistic barriers to health care information makes her a unique asset of the DHC. Martha is a valued and respected health care professional in the community.

Jacqueline Thompson, MS, RD, CDE
Jacqueline joined the Diabetes Health Center in 2003.  She has over 18 years of experience as a nutrition educator, holds a B.S. and M.S. in Nutrition and is a registered dietitian. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator, experienced in providing Diabetes Self Management Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy to Latino families, and holds a certificate in Pediatric & Adolescent Weight Management. Jacqueline's knowledge and experience make her a strong addition to the DHC staff.

Cristina Vega-Martinez, RD, CDE, CLE
Christina received a BS in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Lactation Educator.  She is currently using her knowledge to reach people at the Diabetes Health Center offering culturally competent Diabetes Prevention and Self-Manangement Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Bruce Ziegelman,  Accounting and Human Resources Manager
Mr. Ziegelman brings over 30 years of experience in the accounting profession with experience in finance, internal controls, system implementation, construction and administration. Bruce has acted as Chief Financial Officer and Controller for various companies including: governmental, nonprofit, construction, real estate and private agencies. His approach and philosophy is to work with the client, taking into account time constraints, staffing and structure. He enjoys collaborating with staff, anticipating needs and issues and presenting well researched solutions.

Annie Puckett, Development Coordinator
Annie completed her BA in Psychology at University of California Santa Cruz and her AA in Art History at Cabrillo College.  She has experience in event planning, product purchasing and marketing, with her prior work experience including management in retail and optical customer service. Annie was born and raised in Watsonville, where she currently resides with her family.

Francisco Estrada, Program Associate 
Francisco Estrada is a native of the Pajaro Valley. After completing his graduate work at San Jose State University, Francisco spent the next few years working for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education helping to provide the youth in Watsonville with vocational opportunities through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant and the Sueños Program. In his role as Program Associate with the Health Trust, he will work closely with the Director of Programs in overseeing the collaboratives and the Diabetes Health Center. As a type-1 diabetic, Francisco is aware of the importance of promoting good health and bringing equity to the residents of the Pajaro Valley.

Araceli Guillen, Executive Assistant
Araceli completed her BA in Economics at San Jose State University. Her previous work experience includes working for U.S. Bank as a Supervisor and UC Santa Cruz in their Financial Affairs department. Araceli has experience working in financial, operational, management, and customer service settings. She grew up in Watsonville and is committed to being actively involved in the health and wellbeing of her community. 

Adrianna has been with the Diabetes Health Center since 2014. She was born and raised in Santa Cruz County. As a front desk receptionist for the Diabetes Health Center, she works closely with the Office Manager to manage the front desk duties, referrals and patient appointments.