DCYHC Staff

JUHSD Board of Trustees

The Daly City Youth Health Center (DCYHC) reports to the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) Board of Trustees. A listing of the current JUHSD Board of Trustees can be found here.

DCYHC Core Team

The DCYHC Core Team is composed of both San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) and JUHSD Leadership, who are responsible for ensuring that our youth receive the highest quality of care and services, and overall improving the health of the community. The Core Team works in collaboration with their partner clinics, Daly City Health Center and South San Francisco Health Center, and ensure that the transition from youth to adult is seamless and youth-centered.

Core Team Members

Adela Ruiz
Patient Services Supervisor

Sarah Wiese
Charge Nurse

Janet Chaikind
Supervising Physician - Pediatrics

DCYHC Advisory Council

The DCYHC has an Advisory Council which meets every other month. They advise on programmatic changes, personnel changes and the budget. They also help with fund-raising and event planning.

Advisory Council Members

Melissa Ambrose
Wellness Counselor, Oceana High School

Denise Brown
Recreation Services Manager, Daly City Library and Recreation Services

Jeanne Matysiak
Board of Trustees, Jefferson Union High School District

Marilyn St. Germain-Hall
Realtor

Karla Talkoff
Wellness Counselor, Thornton High School

Christine Thorsteinson
Education Consultant

Sara Watson
Branch Manager, First National Bank Daly City

DCYHC Honorary Council

The DCYHC Honorary Council consists of many distinguished community leaders who have advocated on behalf of DCYHC and have donated their time, money and energy. These members are consulted for their opinions and advice.

Honorary Council Members

David Canepa
Daly City Council Member

Janet Chaikind
Medical Director of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Pamela Cook
Founder and Principal, Pamela Cook Development Search

Carol Forest
DCYHC Co-Founder

Jordan Kanis
Vice President of Commercial Banking, Sonoma Bank


DCYHC Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Youth Advisory Council serves as a link between youth of Northern San Mateo County and DCYHC. YAC’s main functions are to ensure programs and services are current with the needs and trends of the community, and to promote DCYHC’s programs and services.


Get to know the DCYHC Staff