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Sara Ayazi (she/her)

Career and Practicum Specialist

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Sara Ayazi is passionate about helping students and alumni navigate their careers successfully, and enjoys connecting them with opportunities and resources that will further enhance their professional growth. She has a particular interest in increasing resilience and wellbeing in the workplace, and has presented on this topic to staff and health professionals in the UC system.

Sara has over 10 years of experience in combined roles in higher education and career counseling. Prior to joining Berkeley Public Health, she provided career counseling services to health professional students at UCSF, including students in joint programs with Berkeley Public Health.

Sara’s additional career services experiences include supporting the career and professional development of junior corporate attorneys at Wilson Sonsini and providing career counseling to students in the Colleges of Engineering and Chemistry at the UC Berkeley Career Center. Before her transition into the career services field, Sara served as an attorney for the University of Connecticut.

Sara holds a master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in career counseling from San Francisco State University. In addition, she earned her law degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Vassar College.

Gabriel Alejandro Garcia (they/them)

Program Coordinator

As a program coordinator Gabriel is excited to bring their professional and lived experiences to help students achieve their professional and academic goals. Upon graduating from the University of California Berkeley in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, they immediately began using their degree and bilingual skills to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as a Case Investigator and Contact Tracer mainly aiding the monolingual Spanish speaking community. Most recently Gabriel served as a School Health Worker Lead and Trainer with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Prior to graduating they were a part of a number of student organizations including the Student Immigration Relief Clinic and Communidad for Health Equity. Gabriel hopes to one day earn a Masters Degree in Public Health with a focus in Health Policy and the ultimate goal of  increasing access to care for the trans and nonbinary community. Gabriel’s interests include public health workforce development, hiking the Berkeley fire trails, frequenting the gym, and reading.

Caitlin Green (she/her)

Director of Career Services

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Caitlin Green is driven by the opportunity to develop potential, identify new insights, and facilitate meaningful connections for Berkeley Public Health students. She enjoys dynamically serving students, alumni, and employers/community partners to advance the public health workforce. She came to the School of Public Health from the UC Berkeley Career Center, where she earned a Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award with her colleagues for a large-scale technology initiative to strengthen the student experience connecting with employers and applying to opportunities. Caitlin is active in professional associations and has presented at the regional and national levels around pre-health advising and supporting underrepresented students in STEM. A first-generation college student, she earned her master’s in higher education administration from Boston College and her bachelor’s in sociology from UC Berkeley.

Megan Olivera (she/her)

Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development

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Megan Olivera is passionate about helping students thrive through interdisciplinary public health education and community involvement. She aims to prioritize underrepresented groups in higher education, particularly through inclusive, equity-based approaches and programming. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, Megan served students through club/organization advising and retention initiatives at the University of Oregon. She also held prior employment in optometry, working with patients on treatment plans for myopia management, a current public health pandemic.

A first-generation college graduate and alumnus of the Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program, Megan earned her master’s degree in prevention science and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. There, her master’s research focused on suicidality among college students with a special consideration for intervention outcomes. Through her involvement with the Suicide Prevention Lab, she also supported dissemination and implementation strategies for suicide prevention effort in the community.

Kandis Rodgers (she/her)

Assistant Director

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Kandis Rodgers is a dedicated career counselor committed to the personal and professional success of students and alumni. An advocate for personal empowerment and social good, Kandis is motivated by seeing students achieve their goals and enhance their communities. Kandis’s approach to working with students is holistic, embracing the whole student during their continuous journey towards career happiness. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, Kandis provided career counseling to graduate students and managed employer relations at Golden Gate University. This provided her the opportunity to develop a unique perspective to career guidance, finding the intersection between student drive and employer need. Kandis’s additional experiences include student leadership development and campus diversity
initiatives at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Kandis holds a master’s degree in education with a focus on higher education counseling in addition to a bachelor’s degree in social work, both from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Grace Yao Turkis (she/her)

Director of Leadership Development

As the Director of Leadership Development at RISE and Director of the Kaiser Permanente Scholars Program, Grace brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership development in both university and health care settings. She is passionate about developing others and helping students integrate their unique experiences, interests, and talents to reach their maximum professional potential. Prior to UC Berkeley, Grace served as the Director of Operations at the Institute for Physician Leadership and the Pharmacy Leadership Institute at the UCSF Center for Health Professions, where she focused on the design and implementation of leadership programs for clinical leaders across California. Grace received her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, leadership consultant, and certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner. Grace also serves on the Advisory Board of Home for a Home, a nonprofit organization that partners with socially conscious real estate professionals to sustainably fund the construction of homes for people in need in Guatemala.

Elicica Morris (they/she)

Graduate Student Associate

Elicica Morris is a first-generation, first-year student pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a focus on Health Policy and Management. Elicica possesses a wide range of interests centered on the enhancement of health outcomes for marginalized communities. They hold a particular fascination with the intersections of holistic, trauma-informed research and health policy, particularly in the realm of mental health.

Originally hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Elicica brings with them a wealth of experience from their time in Los Angeles. In their prior professional roles, they excelled in program and project management across both private and public sectors. Noteworthy achievements include their contributions to initiatives aimed at increasing COVID-19 vaccine uptake among unhoused individuals, as well as their impactful work in HIV prevention and treatment within at-risk populations at the county level in Los Angeles. Elicica has also played a pivotal role in co-developing well-being programs in collaboration with diverse communities.

In addition to their academic and professional pursuits, Elicica dedicates their free time to various enriching activities rooted in mindfulness. They enjoy yoga, adventures in the outdoors, and getting involved in their communities. Their commitment to promoting well-being extends to their involvement in co-creating well-being programs at @uniqualcollective.

Serenidy Morua (she/her)

Program Assistant

Serenidy Morua is an undergraduate student (Class of 2024) at UC Berkeley. Currently majoring in Political Science, she is passionate about helping others and hopes to become a lawyer.