About Us


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Pam Secada, MPH

Program Manager

Pam (her/she) is a first-generation college graduate and Peruvian immigrant. She is a health advocate who is passionate about advancing health equity to underserved communities. Her experience lies in healthcare clinical operations, project management, and conducting systematic reviews for the Veteran Health Administration. In 2018, Pam has participated as a delegate for The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care at the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. During her time at the assembly, Pam spoke to all WHO Member States and advocated for including palliative care as a key component of essential health care services. Pam received her Master’s in Public Health: Healthcare Policy and Management at UCLA in 2018 and her Bachelors in Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies from CSUF in 2015. In her current role as Program Manager for the Health Careers Opportunity Program (Allied Health Academy) at CSUF, she manages the program management responsibilities within the university. In her free time, Pam enjoys going to movies, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.


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Anel Tavares

Program Assistant

Anel has navigated her way through undergrad at California State University, Fullerton earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in health promotion and disease prevention. Anel also minored in Chicana/o Studies. During her undergraduate career she was the Community Retention and Academic Success Lead for the Diversity and Initiative Resource Centers, specifically the Chicana/o Resource Center. Here she partnered with the LGBTQ+, African American, Asian American, and Dreamers Resource Centers as well as other on campus partners to create safe and inclusive programming for California State University, Fullerton students. As the HCOP ll program assistant Anel is able to use her educational background, higher ed work experience, as well as clinical experience to bring awareness on health disparities that affect marginalized folks. As well as those that affect HCOP ll students as they navigate their way through higher education. “Lo que no me mata, me alimenta” “Echame tierra y veras como florezco” are a few of her favorite quotes by the bold, resilient, passionate and talented Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

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John Pineda, MPH

Program Assistant

John Pineda earned his Master of Public Health in health promotion and disease prevention from Cal State Fullerton in 2018 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in community health from Cal State Los Angeles in 2015. He currently works at CSUF as a Program Assistant for Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) where he is responsible for interacting among Undergraduate Trainees and Graduate Student Ambassadors. As a tech-enthusiast, he also helps track students and follows up to see if they are on the right track in completing their requirements for the program. John likes to spend his time going on new hiking trails and working out at the gym. As a part-time faculty in the Department of Health Sciences at Cal State Northridge, he teaches biostatistics for undergraduates in health science and health administration.


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Lannee Tang, MSW

Student Case Manager

Lannee Tang earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees at Cal State Fullerton (CSUF). She currently works full-time as a renal social worker at Fresenius Kidney Care helping individuals with chronic kidney disease, and part-time as one of the case managers for Allied Health Academy: Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) II. As a case manager for HCOP II, she meets with Undergrad Trainees and Graduate Student Ambassadors on a monthly basis to track academic progress, refer students to appropriate resources, and provide support as students navigate through higher education. Some of her achievements include serving as CSUF MSW’s club Master of Social Work Association (MSWA) President and was the recipient of Department of Sociology Most Inspirational Award during her undergraduate studies. She is a dog mum of 3 boys, loves spending time with her loved ones, can always go out for a night of dancing, and does calligraphy as a hobby.
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Jennifer Lopez, MSW

Student Case Manager

Jennifer Lopez earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Cal Poly Pomona and her Master of Social Work (MSW) with an emphasis in Aging at Cal State Fullerton. She currently works at the Loma Linda VA Health Care System as a HUD/VASH Social Worker. Her primary role is to provide clinically intensive case management to homeless veterans. Jennifer is trained in trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy- substance use disorders, and motivational interviewing. She also has been certified in Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMH-I). Jennifer has prior experience working in the nonprofit sector at the YWCA Senior Services. She currently works as a part time case manager for the Allied Health Academy: Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) II. Her role as a case manager includes meeting with Undergraduate Trainees and Graduate Student Ambassadors on a monthly basis to ensure academic success as first generation students navigate their way through higher education. When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys traveling, reading, running and going hiking. She loves to travel to other countries to engulf herself in the culture by the way of food. She says, "What better way of learning about a new culture than through their food!"