Meet Our Team
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, President of the Board
Wendy has more than 25 years of experience in different aspects of health & fitness. She received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education, specializing in Athletic Training. She received three Master's Degrees: Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Services Administration, Social Work, with an emphasis in Administration, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Wendy has advanced to candidacy in a pursuit of a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has held numerous certifications in the past, such as aquatics, lifeguard, CPR and First Aid instructor, personal training, and more. She has also been a lifelong volunteer, as early as candy striper in the hospitals, as a child, to being on the Board of Directors for the East County American Cancer Society, as a young adult. She is a seasoned professional speaker, giving motivational, educational, and technical presentations and workshops at conferences, work sites, colleges and universities, and more, in topics ranging from health and wellness, nutrition, mental and physical links, youth leadership, injury prevention and intervention, obesity prevention and intervention, health care trends, and more. She has presented at the County of San Diego Providers Meetings, Council of Community Clinics, Police and Fire Fighters Peer Council, California Teachers Association, and much more. She also works as an Adjunct Instructor at Southwestern College, teaching a wide variety of topics in health, nutrition, kinesiology, body sculpting, and step aerobics. She has also taught graduate level classes in sports and business management classes.
Chief Operations Officer, Executive Chef
Greg has about 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He was formally trained at the California Culinary Academy. He works behind the scenes for our youth healthy cooking classes in recipe and menu development. He also provides in-home or on-site adult cooking classes and can assist with meal planning. As a Certified Professional Food Manager, Greg serves the certification needs of the health coaches at HAF by instructing food safety classes and authorizing Food Handler's Permits. He has been able to add to HAF's list of services by earning his Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED Instructor certification and offering this service to the community!
Health Coach Supervisor and Grant Writing Team Member
Zanna's life experience includes living abroad in a number of countries and working with populations living in poverty, as well as inner-city work in the U.S. Zanna has a B. S. in Education and Sociology, and a Master's Degree in Divinity. She has spent her career working with and building nonprofit organizations. She is experienced in working with families and youth with emotional/family dynamic challenges. Some of her deepest passions are social justice and equality. She brings wisdom and knowledge of stress management, meditation and balanced life-building. Zanna is a nature-lover born with her thumb in the dirt, and spends her free time hiking, gardening, making jewelry, writing poetry, and in community activism.
Health Coach Assistant Supervisor and Grant Writing Team Member
Being born and raised in San Diego has made Lindsey as cool as the beaches that line our city. Her gentle and laidback coaching style has been a valuable asset to HAF. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Food and Nutrition from San Diego State University. Afterwards, she intends on completing an internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Some of her hobbies include intramural soccer, trying new foods, and always staying active.
Health Coach and Administrative Support
Christine graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Fitness, Nutrition, and Health. She is working on her Master's Degree in Physician Assistance and is currently volunteering at the Alhambra Hospital Medical Center in the Physical Therapy Dept. She enjoys exercising and traveling in her free time.
Gil has worked in the Public Health field for nine years in a variety of settings. He holds a bachelors in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Health Education. He has a passion for guiding individuals to help them reach their potential in the exercise and fitness area. His specialties include, strength training, exercise/Fitness, and health promotion. In his spare time his hobbies include strength training, basketball and spending time with his son and salsa dancing.
Allison graduated with her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. She has a personal training background and many years of experience instructing group exercise classes at the Palomar Family YMCA. With her wonderful zest for exercise, Allison enjoys taking on new and challenging activities to boost her health and keep her fit. Being born and raised in San Diego, Allison takes advantage of the wonderful weather by being active outdoors and having fun. She enjoys cooking, running, dancing, weight training, TRX, and the list goes on. Allison plans to further her education in nutrition, and her drive for being healthy and active throughout her life will get her there.
Mariela graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition. Her interest in nutrition started the day her mother was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. She hopes through educating others on the benefits of healthy food consumption, it can lead to healthy eating habits. Mariela enjoys running, kickboxing, strength training, and dancing to Latin music. She is determined to someday travel to different countries in Latin America and Europe to try their national plates.
Health Coach and Youth Programs
Andrew graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Studies. His passion for physical activity has stuck close to him throughout his whole life. As a multi-sport athlete he loves to play, and his greatest joy comes from helping others to enjoy being active! His chief hobbies include playing basketball, cooking, and hiking in the hills and mountains with his dogs. He plans to further his education by getting his Health Fitness Specialist Certification through ACSM.
Health Coach and Special Projects
With her compassion and sweetly attentive ear, Allison has been able to offer her unique coaching style to Healthy Adventures. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of California in Santa Barbara and completed the American Council of Exercise/UCSD certificate program in Exercise Science and Group Fitness Instruction. Allison has been an ACE Group Fitness Instructor for 3 years and a Class Instructor at the ARC at San Diego State University. Her specialties include "Zoomer" fitness, yoga, whole-body health, and cooking light. In her off time, she enjoys being a foodie, wine connoisseur, health, exercise, cooking, camping, reading, and hanging out with family and friends. One day, she hopes to learn how to surf and play the guitar. Allison is a San Diego native and fluent in American Sign Language.
Todd turned his love of physical fitness and healthy living into a degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University. He comes to work bringing his upbeat energy and infectious smile with him to all HAF activities. With a background in sports and fitness training, Todd is always on the look-out for new ways to stay in shape. His current endeavors include golf and hiking San Diego's beautiful trails. An avid cook, he loves making healthy and tasty food that packs a punch. At HAF he enjoys helping people achieve their lifestyle goals with innovative motivational advice.
Cameron has graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology with a Fitness Specialist emphasis. With his love for healthy cooking, active lifestyle, and the passion for spreading healthy living tips, Cameron strives upon helping others obtain a happy and healthy lifestyle. On his off time, Cameron enjoys wakeboarding, hiking, and laying on the beach. He wants to further his education and obtain certifications in posture, group fitness, and personal training.
Wendy is currently attending California State University San Marcos Extended Studies program in Temecula, working towards a B.S. in Kinesiology with a Health Science emphasis. She is also a certified personal trainer through NASM. With a varied background as a writer for both the North County Times and San Diego Union-Tribune newspapers as well as experience in marketing for a San Diego nonprofit, Wendy hopes to help the Healthy Adventures Foundation team and their many clients reach their goals. In her spare team, Wendy encourages her children in living healthy. Her daughter plays water polo and is on the swim team in high school and her son plays Little League and travel baseball. Wendy also enjoys the outdoors and loves to run along the beach and play tennis.