Laura Chandler

Laura Chandler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at California State University, Fullerton.  She holds a Doctorate in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education & Promotion from Loma Linda University and has been working and teaching in the field for 18 years. Dr. Laura Chandler’s research interests include adolescent and college health issues. She is particularly interested in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative strategies to address mental health, reproductive health, healthy eating, and physical activity. Dr. Chandler is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE).

Social Media Chair

Gaby Gregg

Gaby Gregg is currently the Nutrition, Health, and Wellness Program Manager at Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), where she leads and oversees the work of 8 staff. She has over 12 years of experience working at CAPOC in various roles. Before becoming a Program Manager, she coordinated the Rethink Your Drink Campaign, a part of the California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention Branch, and served as Regional Manager for the Network for a Healthy California–Children’s Power Play! Campaign. In these roles, Gaby promoted the consumption of water and awareness of sugar-sweetened beverages and promoted increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and increased levels of physical activity among 9- to 11 year-old children in Orange County. Since 2003, she has worked in the community within a variety of fields, including law enforcement, crime prevention, community outreach, and nutrition, health, and wellness. For over five years, Gaby also served as a volunteer tutor and mentor for at-risk youth.
She received her Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Entertainment Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Health Education and a certificate in Nutrition from TUI University, holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New England, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). In 2014, Gaby was highlighted as one of SOPHE’s 30 Under 30 during National Health Education Week for making strides in the health education field.  She believes social media plays an important role in the dissemination of health messages, reaching people where they eat, learn, live, play, shop, and work! 

Newsletter Chair

Hope Adams

Hope works for the LA County Department of Public Health, in the Emergency Preparedness & Community Resilience Division, as a Health Educator. Her areas of focus include Hands-Only CPR and Psychological First Aid. Hope obtained her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2017, and moved to the Southern California area after obtaining her degree.

Hope’s areas of focus include building community resilience, Veteran and Elder health, and climate change. As Newsletter Chair, Hope wants to ensure that Southern California SOPHE members are updated on national and local health education and public health events and news.

Immediate Past President

Shanna Livermore

Shanna Livermore, MPH, MCHES graduated from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in Health Science and obtained a Certificate of Advanced Evaluation Studies and a Master’s in Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Promotion, Education and Evaluation, from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). She is pursuing a doctorate in public health at CGU with an emphasis in global health.

Ms. Livermore has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention research and evaluation for over 18 years starting at the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS. She worked with the Riverside Department of Mental Health, Research and Evaluation Section for 4 years, and was a consultant for Los Angeles schools on childhood obesity. From 2012-2013 she served as a Program Manager at the Center for Health Justice for the Men in Life Environments (MILE) Project, an innovative and culturally congruent intervention designed to reduce HIV risk-related behaviors and improve psychosocial outcomes in recently incarcerated African American men who have sex with men and women (MSMW). In 2012, Ms. Livermore served as a consultant to the Pan African Parliament for the development of their 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. Currently, she serves as a Project Specialist and Evaluator at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center.

Ms. Livermore’s specialties include program evaluation; project management; and mental health. Ms. Livermore is the Society Of Public Health Education (SOPHE) Global Health Community of Practice Fellow and the Southern California Chapter of SOPHE’s National Delegate and President-elect.

Ms. Livermore is a transdisciplinary-focused professional who strives to invoke the Zen Buddhist concept of Shoshi in her life. Shoshi, otherwise known as “beginner’s mind” refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.



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Laura Keene

As treasurer, Laura Keene manages SoCal SOPHE’s finances.

Laura owns and operates Keene Insights where she provides training, planning support, database development and program evaluation to public health organizations. With each project, she helps her clients find their inner data geek, harness the power of data, and have a greater impact on the communities they serve.

Laura first discovered her love for this work about ten years ago as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. She was an intern working on an evaluation of a child abuse prevention program, helping staff figure out what was working and what wasn’t.  From that experience, she was hooked and has continued to help organizations gather, understand, and use data.

Not long after leaving her undergraduate program, Laura also discovered that she had a passion for public health. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of areas within field. She helped HIV prevention programs in Rhode Island, substance abuse treatment organizations in Massachusetts and palliative care units at hospitals in Southern California conduct evaluations. She built databases for HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs in Africa. She helped the health department in Minnesota gather information about resident and family satisfaction at every nursing home in the state. And, in 2009, she earned her Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

Advocacy Chair

Valaya Johnson

Continuing Education Chair

David Brown

David Brown holds a doctorate of education with a specialization in health education from Teachers College Columbia University. He also holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.  Additionaly, he has two Masters of Arts Degrees from Columbia University one in computers and education and another in health education. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.  He has taught a number of health education and public health classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels at  multiple colleges and universities.   He has served on the board of directors for the Society for Public Health Education. He currently serves on the Divisional Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists within The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. He has also served on several editorial boards within the health education and public health arenas.


Michelle Harris

Website Chair


Membership Chair

Victoria Van Twist

Student Representative


Job Board Chair

Yulissa Chan