Meet Our Team

Christy Zamani

Executive Director

A graduate and former Student Body President of California State University Long Beach, Christy Zamani has served as Day One Executive Director since 2007. Christy brings over 15 years of hands on experience in public policy, community health and youth leadership development to Day One. A Pasadena resident, Christy also is a Board Member for Leadership Pasadena and a member of Vision 20/20, City Conversations and the Asset Development Network.

Alisha Lopez

Director of Tobacco Programs

Alisha is a graduate of Los Angeles Valley College with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and hopes to return to school in Spring 2020 to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy. She brings over 20 years of public health experience in both the non-profit and public sector. She has well over a decade of experience with community organizing in the tobacco control and prevention policy arena. She served as Chair of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free LA County from June 2007-June 2009, and Chair of the Pasadena Tobacco Prevention Coalition from May 2016-May 2018, further building upon her leadership skills. She enjoys working with communities towards healthier policies that seek to change the social norms around tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. While she’s not on the ground working towards tobacco prevention policies she enjoys writing and performing music, cooking, dancing, and spending time with her family.

Catalina Gonzalez

Environmental Prevention Director

Catalina is a graduate of Wellesley College in Comparative Literature and Environmental Studies. She has been involved in community and grassroots action projects in the Boston area and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. When she's not reading, she enjoys discovering new beaches and exploring the outdoors, watching movies, or learning a new musical instrument.

Claudia Morales

Director of Community Prevention Strategies

Claudia is a former Youth Advocate (2006 - 2008) who graduated from John Marshall in 2008. She attended UC Davis (2008- 2012)  and received her B.A. in History with minor in Political Science. She worked as a Legal Assistant from 2012- 2014 but left that field in search of more fulfilling ventures. A Pasadena native with deep roots to her community, Claudia is committed to creating long lasting change. She especially enjoys working with youth and using her own experiences to empower students and make a difference.

Nancy Verdin

Community Prevention Project Coordinator

Nancy graduated from UC Irvine were she earned her B.A. in Sociology. Zot Zot. She has worked as a tutor, mentor, academic and behavioral coach with the Americorp organization, City Year, for the past year.  A native to the City of Roses, she continues to be involved in her community and advocating for youth.  She has been part of the local Aztec dance group, Yankuititl, for the past 5 years.  Nancy enjoys eating her veggies and watching documentaries.

Jazmin Jimenez

Environmental Prevention Coordinator 

Jazmin Jimenez is a former Youth Advocate and a 2011 graduate from Blair High School. She is a UCLA Alumni, with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Chicano/Chicana Studies. Jazmin has been involved in a range of local youth programs, and enjoys playing all types of sports such as soccer, volleyball, softball etc. She aims to bring about positive change in low-income communities by empowering under-represented people. Her ultimate goal is to create a non-profit organization, located on a ranch, where she can use her skill sets and passion to help people reach their full potential.

Marcos Molina

Environmental Prevention Coordinator


Nenetzin Rodriguez

Active Transportation Program Coordinator

Daniel Fong

Environmental Prevention Coordinator 

Daniel is a former Day One Youth Advocate and graduate of John Marshall High School (Class of 2010) in Pasadena. Currently a student at California State University Los Angeles, Daniel has been with Day One since 2008. He appreciates the opportunity to learn from Day One's amazing team every time he comes to the office. In particular, he has enjoyed improving his public speaking skills, understanding of local government, and connections with community members and leaders. Daniel's long term goal is to teach computer programming and coding to under served youth.

Jazmine De La Torre

Active Transportation Program Director


Jazmine De La Torre has been a part of Day One for over 13 years. She started as a Day One Youth Advocate from 2005-2008 and served as Youth Advocate president from 2007-2008. She is a graduate of Pasadena City College with an Associate's Degree in Political Science and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona in 2015. Jazmine has years of experience in community education, outreach,  youth engagement, and policy development. Jazmine served as the Chair of the Pasadena Tobacco Prevention Coalition from May 2011-2014, where she worked on tobacco policy and tobacco prevention efforts including the passing of Pasadena's comprehensive Smoke-free Multi-unit Housing Ordinance. Jazmine was previously Director of the Healthy Communities Initiative Program from 2017-2019, leading Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention projects such as implementing Smarter Lunchrooms Strategies, nutrition education, hosting fitness programs, complete streets campaigns, and Safe Routes to School events. She is now the Active Transportation Director where she hopes to create safer and active streets in her community. Jazmine has continued to stay in tune and involved in the community she grew up in. In her spare time, she enjoys being active outdoors as well as caring for her viszla grayhound dog named Keanu.

Steven Mendoza

Healthy Communities Director


Steven received his Master of Science in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge with an emphasis in exercise physiology and community wellness. His thesis documented the expansion of a free exercise program across the California State University System. Steven volunteered and served Los Angeles County communities from San Fernando to South Los Angeles for over 4 years by instructing nutrition and exercise classes to communities prevalent to health disparities. During his time at CSUN, Steven instructed Exercise Physiology courses and was the Head Lab Technician in the Kinesiology Exercise Physiology Lab; training instructors and students on fitness evaluations in a lab and field setting. Currently, Steven is the Project Coordinator in the City of El Monte and has worked on projects spanning from Safe Routes to School, Walk to School Day, Vision Zero, and Share Tables and his goal for his future work is to reduce CO2 emissions by reducing Food Waste and improving active transportation. Steven has helped create over 200 classes of exercise and nutrition education in the City of El Monte since joining back in 2017. In his free time, Steven enjoys exercising, learning new topics, and watching his Lakers and Dodgers play.

Alfredo Camacho

Healthy Communities Project Coordinator


Alfredo began working in his community at the age of 16 when he served in his city's Youth Advisory Committee in his hometown of Pomona.  He was inspired to become involved after years of being a student leader in ASB. Early on, he worked hard to register young people to vote and  become engaged in the decision-making process. In college he was an editor for his college newspaper, in speech & debate, Finance Senator and Inter-Club Council Vice Chair. His first experience in policy was when he represented Region 8 as the Policy and Advocacy Senator at the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2012 and has since worked in government, health insurance enrollment and affordable housing. Alfredo brings passion, enthusiasm and a strong interest in politics to his role at Day One. His goals are to amplify youth voice and make Pomona a better place to live.

Carly Lopez

Healthy Communities Health Educator 

Carly discovered Day One through an internship course her senior year at California State University, Northridge. She developed her passion for teaching health through nutrition education and obesity prevention as an intern. She joined the Healthy Communities team in 2018 when she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Promotion. As a resident of the San Gabriel Valley for almost 15 years, she is happy to work with youth in her local communities. In addition to working with local students, she is a baby sitter and loves to attend concerts. 

Jennifer Jimenez

Healthy Communities Project Coordinator

El Monte

Alex De Vries

Assistant Project Specialist

Starting out as a volunteer, Alex began his first assignment helping Day One during ArtNight Pasadena. It was there that he realized how instrumental art-related events and programs could be in fulfilling Day One’s goal of engaging, empowering, and improving the quality of life of the communities they serve. As a graduate from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Alex has volunteered, interned, and worked at a variety of museums and hopes to bring his knowledge and experience in arts and culture to Day One. When he is not working, Alex finds himself watching music videos, attempting to exercise, or planning his next vacation!

Lynn Liu

Tobacco Project Coordinator

Lynn earned her MSc in Health and Society with a focus in Social Epidemiology from the University College London. Before she completed her Master's in London, she attended the University of California, Irvine. She holds a BA in Social Policy and Public Service and a BA in Public Health Policy. Her research focuses on the relationship between social determinants and outcomes of health. With a multi-disciplinary background, she wants to reduce the increasing health gap. By analyzing the associations, she plans to work collaboratively with policymakers and communities to eradicate health inequities. In her spare time, she enjoys training Muay Thai, cooking, and being a homebody. 

Domonic Moran

Tobacco Community Engagement Coordinator

Domonic graduated from Rio Hondo College with an AA in both Sociology and English. He then transferred to California State University, Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Since then, Domonic has joined the Day One team as the Tobacco Prevention Community Engagement Coordinator where he is helping various communities around Southern California by way of research and community involvement. When Domonic is not busy working on closing the gap of disparities in public health, he enjoys eating a good vegan meal and playing tons of video games!

Jerry De Vries

Tobacco Community Engagement Coordinator

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy and a minor in Medical Anthropology from UC Irvine, Jerry sought to put into practice what he learned in the classroom, which brought him to Day One. Jerry’s education in public health and anthropology has supplied him with the ability and knowledge to examine natural and social determinants of health that affect various communities and understand the way health issues and illnesses are prevented and treated cross-culturally. As a Community Engagement Coordinator, Jerry is responsible for facilitating and implementing a scope of work focused on reducing tobacco-related health disparities in the San Gabriel Valley. Outside of the office, Jerry enjoys going to music shows, watching scary movies, and traveling.