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 Headshot Shanna GSC (2)Shanna Livermore, MPH, MCHES, Quality Assurance and Development Consultant

Shanna has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention research and evaluation for over 18 years starting at the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS. She worked with the Riverside Department of Mental Health, Research and Evaluation Section for 4 years, and was a consultant for Los Angeles schools on childhood obesity. From 2012-2013 she served as a Program Manager at the Center for Health Justice for the Men in Life Environments (MILE) Project, an innovative and culturally congruent intervention designed to reduce HIV risk-related behaviors and improve psychosocial outcomes in recently incarcerated African American men who have sex with men and women (MSMW). In 2012, Ms. Livermore served as a consultant to the Pan African Parliament for the development of their 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. Currently, she serves as a Project Specialist and Evaluator at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center.


Shanna’s specialties include program evaluation; quality assurance, project management; and mental health.



Tanyette ThompsonTaunyett Thompson, Group Mentor

Living as a transgender woman, Taunyett has overcome many obstacles. After experiencing homelessness, incarceration, and other related challenges, she leveraged local resources, including CHJ and the Lamp Community, and it really helped her point her life in healthier direction. She took trainings on peer advocacy, HIV risk-reduction, harm-reduction, substance abuse prevention, and addressing mental health challenges. Taunyett has worked at the Lamp Community for 10 years, counseling people who have been incarcerated to show them how they can make changes and overcome difficult life circumstances. Through her work with CHJ, Taunyett wants to help build more community for transgender women.  











Martin Olivares, PhD Martin Olivares, PhD, Clinical Supervisor

Originally from Chile, Dr. Olivares brings a unique cultural perspective to his work. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and Inter-Cultural Communications. He has post-graduate training in Translation/Interpretation, Educational Psychology, Object Relations/Self Psychology, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, working with individuals suffering from acute and chronic mental disturbances in outpatient settings. He specializes in cultural diversity, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and acculturation issues. Part of his work includes lecturing on the impact of cultural variables on Latinos’ lives, and on issues of transference and counter-transference in psychotherapy. He also works with families experiencing relationship difficulties, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with personal and interpersonal difficulties that prevent them from achieving their goals in life. He currently provides clinical supervision for CHJ’s MFT Interns and also serves as a Case Conference Advisor for other programs.




Richard Cervantes, EvaluatorRichard Cervantes, PhD, Evaluator

Dr. Cervantes is Research Director of Behavioral Assessment, Inc. and is a Senior Research fellow at the California State University, Long Beach Center for Behavioral Research and Services Department of Psychology. He served as Research Psychologist at the UCLA Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center, and held a full-time faculty appointment in the USC School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cervantes is a leader in evaluation science with special expertise in cultural competency and cross cultural instrument development. He served as the lead evaluator for the New Mexico State Incentive Grant program, the Texas State Incentive Program, the California State Incentive Program, and also served as the lead evaluator on a number of other community-based mental health and substance abuse prevention projects. Dr. Cervantes served as project Corporate Monitor for a training and technical assistance project to prevent and reduce drug use in the U.S./Mexico border region. He develops and provides evaluation technical assistance and training to local community coalitions and non-profit organizations. He sits on a number of SAMHSA and ACF evaluation Workgroups. Dr. Cervantes was the Principal Investigator for the NIH funded study, “Development of the Hispanic Stress Inventory-2” and PI on the recently completed study “Familia Adelante: A multirisk prevention program for Hispanic youth.” He is currently PI on the NIH supported “Hispanic Family Assessment Inventory Study.” He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, books, and special reports. Dr. Cervantes received his PhD in Psychology from Oklahoma State University.






presnellRichard Presnell, MD, Medical Advisor










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ronRon Buckmire, PhD, Former CHJ Board President












nataleeNatalee Ellars, Former CHJ Board President