Maryjane Puffer is the Executive Director of The L.A.Trust for Children’s Health. Her role at The L.A. Trust represents the nexus of all she has been committed to throughout her career as a pediatric nurse, a community health program director and lead developer of health programs. In her role as Executive Director, she helps to facilitate and implement LA Unified School District’s Wellness Networks and the Oral Health Initiative. Ms. Puffer’s work focuses on innovative and collaborative strategies for health programming in schools. She has successfully developed and managed both international and domestic health programs. Ms. Puffer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Ms. Puffer currently serves on LA County’s Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force; as a Western Regional Leader for DentaQuest’s OH2020 agenda; and as a board member of Clifford Beers Housing.
Marianna Garcia is a Program Coordinator at the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health. She leads multiple programs that focus on Asthma education and outreach and health care access and enrollment. Overall, Marianna is committed to see every student succeed and thrive in an environment that supports their personal agency, health, and wellbeing.
Committed to empowering underserved communities, she brings extensive community advocacy and outreach experience in the fields of health, immigration, and education. In previous roles, Marianna has coordinated preventative, intervention, and research projects both in clinical and community settings.
Marianna is a fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute- State, Health Team, where she is working alongside statewide advocates to advance health care access for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
A recent graduate of Stanford University, Christian comes to The L.A. Trust with a strong background in community organizing and youth development. Previously, he worked as a summer intern for The L.A. Trust where he concentrated on the development of the student engagement tools and procedures, as well as the growth and advancement of the L.A. Trust’s Youth Advisory Board.
Stella grew up in an immigrant family in Santa Ana hearing a mix of many languages as her grandparents were born in Japan, her father was raised in Mexico City, and she is Korean-American.
Stella brings 10 years of committed public health and policy experience in advocacy, program management, community outreach, and grassroots engagement to the Trust’s Oral Health Initiative. Prior to the Trust, she worked as Senior Manager of Community Advocacy at the statewide health policy organization California Pan-Ethnic Health Network where she managed multiple policy and community engagement projects.
Stella is also a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Kelly Bui is an emerging public health professional committed to school and adolescent health. She has experience in public health research and has worked on college campuses promoting student mental health and policy and advocacy. She is excited to work with The. L.A. Trust for Children’s Health and dedicate her time to the Wellness Centers and the development of the surrounding networks to provide preventative and early intervention services. During her free time, she loves to be surrounded by friends and family as much as she can and enjoys tons of movies.
Nina Nguyen is the Champions for Change Program Manager at The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health. Nina has managed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Teen Leader Project, as well as the Harbor Community Benefits Foundation Asthma Mitigation Project. She has a background in Ethnic Studies from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters of Public Health from Loma Linda University. Recently, she became a Certified Health Education Specialist to further her knowledge and skills in program development and evaluation. Whether her work involves organizing nail salon workers on environmental health or developing a youth nutrition education program in a food desert, Nina strives to improve the health of immigrant families and children.