Who We Are

Wei-ting Chen, PhD, MA
Executive Director

Cristina Mancera, MA
Capacity Building Manager

Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD, MPH
Faculty Director

Yessica Martinez Mulet, MS
Research Coordinator  

Yessica is the Research Coordinator for the Office of Community Engagement (OCE), working closely with the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Community Advisory Board the Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. Her work supports prioritizing community-engagement - integrating community voices, needs, and experiences into science, research, and programming. Prior to working with OCE, Yessica was completing her Master of Science in Community Health and Prevention Research at the Stanford School of Medicine.



Helen Hailu
REACH Postbac Scholar

Helen has a BA in Public Policy and Biology from Pomona College and recently joined Stanford Medicine as a REACH Postbac Scholar. She is a passionate advocate for linking academic interests and research to advocacy and policy implications. Her research interests revolve broadly around health policy and population health studies, with a particular focus on addressing the social determinants of health that disproportionately affect Black communities. During her undergraduate studies, Helen was involved in exploring the benefits of community-based support for Black birthers in Los Angeles as a maternal and reproductive health intern for the California Black Women’s Health Project. 



Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, PhD, MPH
Associate Director, Research

Dave Zapata
Program Associate

Dave actively contributes to the planning and coordination of all OCE events while providing program support through assistance with administrational office needs and the processing of financial transactions. He plays a pivotal role in developing operational procedures to enhance the effectiveness of OCE's organizational functions. Prior to joining OCE, Dave graduated SFSU with a major in Health Education and was a volunteer for various charity events within the Bay Area in an effort to give back to the community.



Diana Carbajal
Research Coordinator

Diana Carbajal, who hails from a Mexican background and uses she/her pronouns, is a research coordinator with the OREC team at Stanford's ADRC Lab. Holding a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, she is driven by a profound passion for understanding,  addressing, and empowering by giving voice to those with neurodegenerative diseases who may otherwise go unheard in the discourse of neurological health, especially in underrepresented communities. Her work promotes inclusive participation in research studies as she strives to advance our knowledge of these conditions. Beyond her profession, her research interests extend to affective science and various forms of neurodegenerative disorders, underscoring her commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity in neurological research, ensuring a positive impact on the community.

Glenda Estioko
Administrative Manager  

Glenda oversees OCE’s programmatic functions related, but not limited to, the program’s administration, finance, and operations. In addition, she manages and amplifies the mission and core values of OCE through marketing, communications, and events to internal and external partners. Prior to working at Stanford, Glenda worked as a controller for community-based organizations (CBOs) and Fortune 200 companies.

Barakah Love
Research Coordinator 

Barakah is Research Coordinator who works with Dr. Lisa Goldman Rosas focusing on cancer health equity work. She works closely with organizations and communities across the East Bay, including Black Ladies Advocating for Cancer Care (BLACC). She graduated from Mills College with a BA in Psychology. Her roots within a large diverse Muslim community that originated in East Oakland have informed her strong beliefs in centering in community, compassion, inclusivity and equity. This foundation in her life is something she aims to bring into her work to help create space for more diverse narratives.