JUHSD Board of Trustees

DCYHC Advisory Council

DCYHC Honorary Council

DCYHC Youth Council



JUHSD Board of Trustees

The Daly City Youth Health Center (DCYHC) reports to the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) Board of Trustees. For a listing of the current JUHSD Board of Trustees click here.


DCYHC Advisory Council

The DCYHC has an Advisory Council. The Council 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
Special Services Counselor, Oceana High School

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

Jan Kamman
Community Outreach Manager, Seton Medical Center

Shelly Masur
Board of Trustees, Redwood City School District

Jeanne Matysiak
Board of Trustees, Jefferson Union High School District

Tom Minshew
Superintendent, Jefferson Union High School District

Marilyn St. Germain-Hall

Lorie Stevens
Special Services Counselor, Westmoor High School

Eric Stullman
Special Services Counselor, Terra Nova High School

Karla Talkoff
Special Services Counselor, Thornton High School

Yvette Yambao-Wacher
Special Services Counselor, Jefferson High School


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 Councilmember

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

Cathy Lehmkuhl
Clinic Manager of North County Health Centers, San Mateo Medical Center


DCYHC Youth Council (YEAA)

The DCYHC Youth Council (Youth Empowering Action Advisors – YEAA) consists of high school students from JUHSD schools who meet regularly. They are DCYHC ambassadors on their campus and promote DCYHC services and events. They encourage healthy behavior among their peers. They provide feedback about changes at DCYHC that may impact youth.

In 2011-2012 school year, 8 students participated from 3 high schools. Their major project was about STI prevention and awareness. They created and sold silicon bracelets with the message “get your rubber on”. They made a PSA about practicing safer sex.



DCYHC Staff DCHYC strives to be a community resource that gives youth the opportunity to discover, develop and retain the state of wellness. Our staff share in the core belief that there is nothing more basic to a youth’s ability to succeed in school and life than good health. We have a diverse team of people who are passionate about working with adolescents.

Kimberly Gillette, MPH - Director
Kimberly Gillette has been the Director of the Daly City Youth Health Center since 2008. Her previous position at the Community Clinic Consortium provided her experience with grant writing and organizing programs for clinics. Kimberly worked at Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo for three years, managing a resource center for pregnant and parenting teens and advocating for reproductive health services. She has also been a Health Educator and coordinated mentor and academic advising programs for youth. She received her Master’s of Public Health from the University of Michigan in Health Behavior and Health Education, with an emphasis in Reproductive and Women’s Health. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Kimberly serves on the Skyline College President's Council, is a member of the North County Outreach Collaborative, and San Mateo Co-Occurring Steering Committee.

Shiloh Kaho - Development Coordinator

Behavioral Health
Marianne LaRuffa, MFT - Behavioral Health Clinical Manager
Marianne is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been with the Health Center since 1993 and oversees all counseling services provided to hundreds of youth and families each year. Her areas of specialty include working with teens at high risk for unintended pregnancy and STI’s, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and homelessness. Marianne supervises our mental health therapist and graduate interns. She is devoted to ensuring access to quality mental health services for all youth. Marianne speaks Spanish and Italian and received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University.

Cheryl Landas - Youth and Family Counselor
Cheryl joined the Daly City Youth Health Center in 2010 as a graduate student intern. She was raised in the Daly City area. Cheryl has been working with youth and their families for over 15 years. She is a member of the Filipino Mental Health Initiative (FMHI) and is an advocate in lifting the stigma of mental illness in the Filipino community.  Cheryl speaks Tagalog and holds her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Holy Names University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Psychology from San Francisco State University.

Pathways for Success
Elaine Bautista – Pathways for Success Manager
Elaine has been a valuable asset to the Daly City Youth Health Center (DCYHC) and community since 2002. She has been involved with youth vocational work in Daly City as a volunteer with DCYHC providing educational support to at-risk in San Mateo County, since 1997. She has worked with staff to empower youth to accomplish their educational and career goals, ever since. She directs staff, while managing the fiscal and statistical data for the program. Her previous role as the Student Services Assistant with Enterprise for High School Students provided her with extensive experience in youth employment placement. While working as the 4-H Hand in Hand Program Director, for Youth Educational Services at Humboldt State University she coordinated recreational and tutorial after school programs collaborated with various university departments and organized charitable campaigns. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Ethnic Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.

Bernadette Frias - Youth Development Coordinator

Project PLAY
Vanessa Teran - Project PLAY Manager
Vanessa Teran joined the Daly City Youth Health Center in 2008, bringing with her almost ten years of combined experience in program development, group facilitation, counseling, case management, and advocacy with diverse youth populations. Vanessa’s previous position as the Youth Leadership Program Director with A Home Away From Homelessness in San Francisco provided her with the experience and skills to manage a fulltime staff, two youth programs, and develop initiatives to support and facilitate the ideas of the youth, and create opportunities for youth to building leadership and life skills. Vanessa also worked for the Community Housing Partnership in San Francisco as a Family Case Manager- providing case management and counseling services to 40 plus formerly homeless families, and worked as a House Supervisor at the Hillcrest Youth, LGBT Center of San Diego. She holds a Bachelors degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Laura Taylor (LT) - Peer Health Education Coordinator

Marguerite Machen - Project PLAY Outreach Worker

Primary Care Clinic
Ilana Sherer, MD - Lead Clinician
Ilana Sherer is a pediatrician with expertise in adolescent medicine and transgender youth. A graduate of UCSF’s Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved Residency Program, she created the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF, a medical home for gender non-conforming and transgender children, and currently serves as its Assistant Medical Director. She was recognized by UCSF for her efforts with the Chancellors Award for GLBT Leadership, and by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Ann E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award. Professionally, she divides her time between the Gender Center and the Medical Directorship of Daly City Youth Health Center, where she joined the team in 2012. She also works part time for Palo Alto Medical Foundation as a pediatric urgent care provider. She lectures nationally to medical audiences about gender variant and transgender children, and has published several articles in medical and lay publications. She is currently developing a continuing education curriculum for medical professionals to develop expertise in caring for gender nonconforming children. She is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics, networking among her colleagues to influence policy related to LGBT youth and adolescents. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, she earned her MD from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her BS in neuroscience from Brown University.

Carol Lemmon - Nurse Pracitioner
Carol came to Daly City Youth Health Center in 1995, shortly after graduating from the University of California, San Francisco in 1994 with a MSN and as a family nurse practitioner.  Her adolescent experience prior to joining DCYHC had been with the California Conservation Corps and Youth Guidance Center in San Francisco.  Her bachelor’s degree was in art from San Francisco State University, where she specialized in painting, which she continues today as a hobby.  Before becoming a nurse practitioner, her long standing day job at UCSF medical center in hospital staffing.

Danamaya Gorham - Nurse Practioner
Danamaya has been with the Health Center since the day the furniture was delivered back in 1990. She wore many hats at the beginning, but for the past 15 years has focused on seeing her patients in the primary care clinic for whatever needs bring them in. She trains other providers in the County about good communication practices with their patients. She sits on the Provider Wellness Committee which works to trouble-shoot issues that get in the way of providers giving the best care to their patients. She has been a clinical preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students from University of California, San Francisco since 1997. Earlier in her life, Danamaya worked in MH and holds a BA in psychology, worked in Quality Control in a nuclear medicine production lab while completing her basic nursing education. After graduation she worked in hospital high risk perinatal and level III Intensive Care Nursery units and as a visiting nurse in SF and San Mateo counties while pursuing her BSN/MSN at UCSF, graduating in 1989In the rest of her life, she plays viola in an orchestra, grows flowers for bees and hummingbirds, and teaches meditation and Buddhism in San Francisco.

Scott Cuyjet - Nurse Practitioner
Scott began working at DCYHC in 2001. Prior to that he was a clinic nurse at San Mateo County Juvenile Hall. He has his Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of California, San Francisco, where he had an emphasis in adolescent medicine. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from San Diego State. When he is not at work he enjoys barefoot running, bikram yoga, and is a dad of three kids.

Christina Miranda - Medical Assistant

Cynthia Arevalo - Medical Assistant

Rubi Lopez - Patient Services Advocate/ Clinic front desk

Michelle Chicks - Benefits Analyst

Ruth de Leon - Benefits Anaylist