Celine (she/her/ella) serves as the Health Equity Project Coordinator, where she focuses on expanding access to health resources for senior residents from historically underserved groups in South Stockton through the San Joaquin County Senior Connection program. Additionally, she coordinates the South Stockton Promise Zone’s Safety and Trust result areas, working closely with residents and Trustbuilders through the Families Connect Program.
Celine is passionate about advancing health equity and social justice for residents and communities of color in Stockton. Before joining RSSC, Celine previously led the TRUST Community Health program at Little Manila Rising where she helped hundreds of South Stockton residents get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through a bilingual outreach campaign. Celine has also been a champion for youth empowerment, activism, and education through her work with Nopal and the Stockton Unified Ethnic Studies Community Collaborative. As a Mellon Mays fellow, Celine wrote an Honors Thesis about her hometown Stockton, inspired by the life and work of Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, entitled “All Roads Lead to Stockton.” Her thesis explores the history of Stockton while analyzing the contemporary role of “boomerangs” (young, often college-educated, people who return to Stockton to give back to the community) in Stockton’s future. A visionary of transformative change and collective liberation, she dedicates her energy to Stockton as a community organizer, educator, storyteller, and changemaker.
Celine earned her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with Honors from Stanford University. In her spare time, she loves connecting to her Central Valley roots by gardening and growing beautiful plants, veggies, and herbs.