Instructors

One Day Programs

CPR & First Aid

Angela Leonardo has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from University of the Pacific and Associate of Science in Mathematics and Sciences, Pre-teacher Education and an Associate of Arts Degree in Natural Sciences, and is currently working toward her Masters in Educational Leadership at University of the Pacific. She is an Emergency Medical Technician and a CPR Instructor with American Red Cross and Emergency Medical Services and Safety.  She is a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine and has many other national certifications including: Les Mills Body Pump and RPM,  Pilates Coach, Yogafit, Tabata Bootcamp, 24 Cycle, Silver Sneakers and Zumba. Angela has been employed at In Shape Health Clubs since 2004 and teaches for The Lord’s Gym, and American Pro Health. Angela has a passion for health and fitness and shares that passion in a very inspiring and motivational way.


One-Week & Three Week Instructors

Success Is A Choice

Liz Winter is a former welfare recipient and a single mother of four. She is also a recovered drug user and survivor of emotional abuse. Liz started her own business as a legal support specialist and worked as a technology manager for a Sacramento law firm and is currently a technology consultant for law firms. Liz experienced first-hand the struggles to achieving her goals.

Dressing for Success and Managing Job Stress

Peter Min is a compassionate Case Manager that loves working with clients who are sometimes in dire situations or going through difficult transitions. He is very sensitive to their situation.  Peter also has over 10 years experience as a hiring and developing manager.  As a hiring manager, he participates in every aspect of the employee recruitment.  He reviews incoming resumes and applications.  He does the initial phone interview to determine whether the applicants are qualified enough ot merit the employee time invested in an onsite interview, leading to hiring the applicant.

Physical Wellness

Brenda Norris Brenda has worked in varying fields from hairdressing in New Zealand, to Tai Chi Teacher here in the U.S., with quite an assortment in between.

Catriona Linn has been teaching Physical Wellness in and around Stockton since 1996.

Angela Leonardo has an Associate of Arts Degree in Natural Sciences. She also holds a Delta College Fitness Specialist Certificate along with many other certifications including Pilates and her most recent, Zumba. She is also a CPR Instructor and EMT. Angela has been employed at In Shape Health Clubs since 2004. Angela has a passion for fitness and nutrition and believes that health goals are very individual.

Physical Wellness addresses the fact that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Physical wellness is highlighted as a life skill for maintaining health, increasing energy and obtaining balance for work. Basic breathing techniques and non-strenuous movements are taught to help reduce stress at work, avoid work-related injuries, promote relaxation, and increase concentration all of which will ultimately result in greater productivity and less absenteeism.

Temperaments in the Work Place

Davina Arreaga is the Program Assistant at Wellness WORKs!  Davina’s first experience with Wellness WORKs! was back in April of 2003 as a CalWorks client attending the three-week program. Soon after completion of the program, she was asked to become an Advisory Board Member, bringing to the table the perspective of the CalWorks/Wellness WORKs! participant. Also, at the time of completion from the program, Davina’s CalWorks time clock was up. Davina worked 32 hours a week at Wellness WORKs! to meet the CalWorks requirements to continue receiving her cash aid. While doing community service, she also attended Stockton School for Adults and within 3 months of her starting school earned her GED in December of 2004. In January of 2005 she began attending Delta College full-time, while still working 20hrs weekly at Wellness WORKs! In total Davina worked for 2 years as a non-paid volunteer, working for her welfare check. Currently, she is employed full-time as the Program Assistant and was recently certified in True Colors. Davina is now the instructor for the Temperaments in the Workplace class.

The Working Parent

Debbie Smith has an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies.  She has worked with Lakeview Assembly as Outreach Director for many years.  In that position she started and managed an Organization called Helping Hands, which serves 400+ lower income families every week with free bags of food.  Helping Hands is also a clothing store where the community can shop for free.  As Outreach Director, she facilitated all community events.  She also served in the Children’s Department for the past 11 years.  Debbie is a group certified exercise instructor and currently teaches kickboxing at the Lord’s Gym in Stockton.  She has also worked with Kaiser Permanente in the Health Education Department specifically with the “Medical Weight Loss Program”.

Health Issues that Interfere with Job Performance and Attendance

This topic explores health issues that could interfere with job performance and attendance. Clients are informed of common viruses, infections, diseases, and conditions and the preventative measures one can take to avoid and/or treat them. This topic will also address employer’s expectations regarding attendance and absenteeism due to health related issues. You are encouraged to take notes for this class. Pictures an slides associated with this lecture may be graphic in nature, so mature participation is appreciated.

Healthy Eating for Better Job Performance

Maricarmen Anaya has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science with an emphasis in Education from Superior Institute for Family Studies in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Maricarmen was born and raised in Michoacán, Mexico. She came to Stockton in 2002 where she is living with her family, since then she is been working in our community, first with El Concilio for eight years as a Parent Educator and Nutrition Educator, and now recently start working with University of California Cooperative Extension in the Calfresh Nutrition Education Program as a Family Nutrition Educator.

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

Leon Coffey has been employed with the United States Post Office since 1987. He has been involved with union work since 1980 and was a union shop steward for 6 years. He is still a union member and acts as a consultant with the union on an as needed basis. In 2002, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Labor Studies from San Francisco State University. He is also a Vietnam Veteran and has been in recovery from drugs and alcohol since 1996.

Safety and Prevention of Personal and Workplace Violence

Suzanne Schultz is the Family Crimes Coordinator with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.  She got her Associats of Arts from Delta College in 1991 and her Juris Doctorate from Humphrey's College School of Law in 1995. She has worked in the criminal justin system for 30 years, 26 of thoes years have been for the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.  She has been the Family Crimes Coordinator for the last 11 years. The Family Crimes Unit has 9 procecutors that prosecute felony domestic Violenc, Stalking, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Human Traffiicng cases.

Suzanne's goal is to keep victims informed so they know what to expect as they go through the court experience.  Additionally, she wants to share with the community what she sees in her job.  Her hope is that when the public leaves, they are armed with the knowlege to keep them from being victims.

Anger Management

Heather Adams holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Heather worked as a receptionist, real estate assistant, administrative assistant, college instructor and marketing director. Raised by parents who dropped out of school early and a father who suffered from mental illness as well as drug and alcohol abuse, Heather comes to us with a personal understanding of how difficult it can be to strive for a better life when one has a difficult background and no role models.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Work Place

Tina Villagomez is a Substance Abuse Counselor II with San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services. Since 1997 she has worked for the AIM (Alliance for infants and mothers) day treatment program, SAFE (substance abuse and family education) outpatient program, CDCC (chemical dependency counseling center) outpatient program, and is currently working as a counselor for Supportive Services for Cal Works. Tina is certified as a Human Services Worker, a Substance Abuse Specialist, and is registered with Breining Institute as a Registered Addiction Specialist. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Prior to employment Tina was receiving AFDC. Becoming involved with the GAIN program (like Cal Works today) resulted in employment with San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Service.

Money Management

Phyllis Klein studied Insurance and Financial Planning driven by a desire to make a difference. In 1988, she opened her own agency specializing in educating seniors on matters regarding Medicare, long term care and estate planning. Phyllis joined Northwestern Mutual Life as an agent. In 2001, Phyllis chose to leave Northwestern Mutual Life ad focus on the senior market and employee benefits. After 25 years as a solo entrepreneur, Ms. Klein created a partnership with Norman Randolph. Together, they are building Randolph and Klein Financial Solutions providing insurance and money management services to the residents of greater San Joaquin County. Ms. Klein is passionate about giving back to the community in the form of volunteer services. She has served as the chairperson for the Liaison committee of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, and past President of the following organizations: Stockton Seaport Rotary, Temple Israel, and Stockton Woman’s Business Network. For the past three years, Phyllis has facilitated a monthly Life Skills class for the residents of Haven of Peace Women’s Shelter.