CHAMACOS Advisory Structure

CERCH puts a strong emphasis on actively integrating community stakeholder input into every step of our processes including research design, implementation and dissemination. This input plays a key role in maximizing the appropriateness and efficiency of study activities while at once fostering rich dialogues and facilitating local capacity building opportunities. 

Community Research Partners

Community Partners

Community Advisory Board Members

  • Fernando Armenta, Monterey County Supervisor District 1
  • Jim Bogart, Grower-Shipper Association
  • Maximilliano Cuevas, Executive Director, CSVS
  • Norm Groot, Executive Director, Monterey County Farm Bureau
  • Jesús Lopez, SCORE
  • Mike Meuter, CRLA
  • Maricruz Ladino, Farmworker representative
  • Eric Lauritzen, Agricultural Commissioner Monterey County
  • Paula Placencia, Lideres Campesinas
  • Simon Salinas, Monterey County Supervisor District 3
  • Sergio Sanchez,  Salinas City Councilmember District 1
  • Dan Shapiro, Associate Professor CSU Monterey Bay
  • Ed Moreno, Monterey County Public Health Officer
  • Valerie Bengal, Natividad Medical Center
  • John Silva, Natividad Medical Center
  • A rotating member of the CHAMACOS Youth Community Council (currently, Ramon Jimenez)

Agricultural Council

  • Jim Bogart, Grower-Shipper Association
  • Norm Groot, Executive Director, Monterey County Farm Bureau
  • Eric Lauritzen, Agricultural Commissioner Monterey County
  • Abbey Taylor Silva, Grower-Shipper Association
  • Carolyn O’Donnell, California Strawberry Commission
  • Dan Legard, California Strawberry Commission
  • Larry Jacobs, Jacobs Farms

Youth Council

  • Brian Jimenez
  • Edgar Cardoso
  • Jackie Mirles
  • Daisy Gallardo
  • Giselle Lazaro
  • Angel Heredia
  • Isaac Garces
  • Pattie Meza
  • Juan Ramirez
  • Carmen Ramirez

External Scientific Advisory Board Members

  • Larry Kushi, Sc.D., Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
  • Michael Lipsett, J.D./M.D., Chief of the Environmental Health Investigations Branch, CA DPH
  • Robert Wright, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Mt.Sinai Hospital
  • A rotating member of the Community Advisory Board (currently Ed Moreno, Monterey County Public Health Officer)