Jacqueline Thompson, MAS, RN, CDE
System Director for Diabetes, Sharp HealthCare
Ms. Thompson is the system director for diabetes at a multihospital system at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. She is responsible for the strategic planning, business development and growth of the diabetes clinical services, including the outpatient diabetes clinics, as well as overseeing inpatient glycemic management.
She develops and coordinates the monitoring of quality outcomes for the diabetes patient population and determines direction, goals and links to the appropriate hospital and medical group personnel for implementation of plans.
Ms. Thompson is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. She graduated originally from the Sir Gordon Roberts College of Nursing and Midwifery in England. She has subsequently completed her master's degree in health care leadership from the University of California San Diego.
Since her arrival in the U.S. in 1989, Ms. Thompson has participated extensively as a diabetes expert, and has served as an Advisory member since November 2006 for the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) task force on inpatient diabetes and glycemic control in the development of the inpatient Glycemic Control Resource Center, and more recently as an advisory member of the Primary Care Physician Education Committee for AACE. She also lectures at San Diego State University (SDSU) to the SDSU N751 Course (Presentation on Diabetes) NP class.
Patricia Williams, RN, OCN
Oncology Nurse, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Patricia Williams is a registered nurse with 38 years of experience, 30 of them with Sharp Memorial Hospital as an oncology certified nurse/clinical lead on 1 West. She plays an active role in HRO safety and safe patient mobilization at Sharp Memorial and at a system level within Sharp HealthCare.
Coletta Boone, RCP, MA
Clinical Lead in Pulmonary Services, Sharp HealthCare
Coletta Boone has been a respiratory care practitioner for 31 years. She has 28 years of service with Sharp HealthCare and is currently a clinical lead in pulmonary services. She is the facilitator for the Interdisciplinary Council for Education and co-facilitator of the System Pulmonary Services Meeting. She is also an HRO instructor for the Sharp Memorial Hospital campus.
Jenna Tennant, PTII, DPT
Physical Therapist, Sharp HealthCare
Jenna Tennant is a physical therapist with 15 years of experience. She has a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation science and a master of physical therapy from Northeastern University, as well as a doctor of physical therapy from Temple University. She has worked for Sharp HealthCare for 10 years as a physical therapist II. She serves on the Trauma Interdisciplinary Committee, participates in rounds in the Perinatal Special Care Unit and has served on the Clinical Practice Council and Infection Prevention Committee.
Malissa Kim, RN, BSN, CMSRN
Registered Nurse, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Malissa Kim has 24 years of experience, 19 of them with Sharp Memorial Hospital as a clinical lead on 6 North. She is a medical/surgical certified nurse currently waiting to take her certified bariatric nurse exam.
Christine Cordova, RN, BSN, CWON
Registered Nurse, Sharp HealthCare
Christine Cordova has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years. She has been working at Sharp HealthCare since 2006, and has been a certified wound and ostomy nurse for more than five years. She is passionate about what she does and loves her work as a wound and ostomy nurse.
Jocelyn Romero, OT
Occupational Therapist, Sharp HealthCare
Jocelyn Romero is a registered and licensed occupational therapist actively practicing in the acute care setting. Ms. Romero graduated from the University of The Philippines, College of Allied Medical Professions, in 1989. She has practiced occupational therapy in the United States for 25 years, 17 of them at Sharp HealthCare. She is a member of the California Occupational Therapy Association. She has worked in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing facilities, pediatrics, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, adult day care, home health care and hospital/acute care. Her current work involves direct patient care with physical dysfunctions and with a variety of diagnoses, including neurological, medical surgical, orthopedic, oncology, neuromuscular and others.
Jillian Barber, MPH
Manager for Community Benefit and Health Improvement, Sharp HealthCare
In her role at Sharp HealthCare, Ms. Barber leads community health needs assessment and implementation strategy development for the Sharp system. She holds a key role in developing collaborations and programs that address community health needs, particularly social determinants of health including food insecurity.
Erica Thibault, MS, CNS, APN, CWON, RN
Ms. Thibault is a registered nurse, a CWON and a clinical nurse specialist. She graduated from the University of Colorado as a clinical nurse specialist with a medical/surgical and geriatric option. She is an active member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and the current president of the Rock Mountain Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society chapter.
Director, Food Systems, Community Health Improvement Partners
Prem Durairaj is the director of food systems at Community Health Improvement Partners. He has extensive business experience in social impact organizations, with a passion for connecting healthy, local foods to the community. He received his master's in business administration and information systems from Boston University.
Anneliese Piazza, MS, CPT
Exercise physiologist, Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center
Anneliese Piazza is an exercise physiologist at Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center. In addition, she is the program coordinator for the Sheriff's Health Academy, a six-month comprehensive wellness program for San Diego County. She is dedicated to teaching others about nutrition, exercise and stress management. She has a master's of science degree in exercise physiology from San Diego State University.
Lydia A. Roper, MSW, LCSW
Social worker, Sharp HealthCare
Lydia Roper graduated in 1982 with a master's in social work. She has been a licensed clinical social workers since 1985. Prior to joining Sharp HealthCare in 1989, Lydia worked as a medical social worker in maternal child health at UCSD Medical Center. Lydia has facilitated the Bariatric General Support Group and the Relapse Prevention Support Group for the last eight years.
Jessica Genel, MS, RD
Registered dietitian, Sharp HealthCare
Jessica Genel is originally from Tijuana, Mexico, and received her bachelor's in nutrition from the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. She completed her master's in human nutrition and credentialing in dietetics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Jessica has been part of the Sharp Memorial Bariatric Surgery Program since September 2016.
Director, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
Dan Fesperman is a public health professional with years of experience in high-level programming focused on preventing chronic disease and addressing health equity. As the director of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, he oversees the utilization of a collective impact model to engage more than 100 partners across multiple domains to collaboratively address the social determinants of health to advance health equity among vulnerable populations and advance policies, systems and environments designed to support healthy eating and active living. Prior to moving to San Diego in 2013, Dan was the obesity project manager in the Office of the Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Public Health where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the statewide obesity prevention initiative, Georgia SHAPE. Through these experiences and others, Dan has been involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of many projects related to the policies, systems and environments that impact the health of children.