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Staff Members

Cheri Pies, MSW, DrPH

 

Principal Investigator

Cheri Pies is the Principal Investigator of the Best Babies Zone Initiative. Dr. Pies received her MSW from Boston University in 1976. She earned her MPH (1985) and DrPH (1993) from the University of California at Berkeley. Cheri has dedicated her career to integrating the life course perspective and an understanding of the social determinants of health into maternal and child health practice.

In 2005, Cheri was instrumental in launching a 15 Year Life Course Initiative Project in her role as ...

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(510) 643-1250
Berkeley CA
United States

Emily Warming, MPH, MSW

 

Director

Emily Warming is the Director of the Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative. Before joining BBZ, she was the Director of Healthy & Active Before 5 (HAB45), a backbone organization supporting a multi-sector collaborative with a common agenda to prevent early childhood obesity in Contra Costa County. At HAB45, Emily was instrumental in guiding the collaborative toward an approach focused on addressing the social determinants of health and advancing health equity. Before her time at HAB45 she was a ...

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510-664-4016
Berkeley CA

Claudia Zaugg

 

Program Associate

Claudia Zaugg is the Program Associate for the Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative. She brings a wide range of experiences with her to BBZ which include teaching nutrition and active living to children in Ecuador, developing a web-based sexual health education program for California youth, evaluating a STD partner-treatment program, and writing and managing grants for a large community health center in the Bay Area.  Through these experiences, Claudia has developed a passion for addressing ...

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510-664-7183
Berkeley CA

Kate Marx

 

Administrative Manager

Kate Marx is the Administrative Manager for the Best Babies Zone Initiative at UC Berkeley.  Her main role is to support the BBZ Team in all administrative tasks, such as finance, contracts, budgets, meeting planning and coordination, and to assure the smooth running of the daily office functions.  She is also in charge of building and maintaining the BBZ Website.  Prior to joining the initiative she worked as a Program Coordinator for the Cultural and Linguistics Services Program at a ...

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510-664-4015
Berkeley CA
United States

Becky Reno, MA, MSW, PhD

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Becky Reno, MA, MSW, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center of Excellence in Maternal Child Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her research agenda includes uncovering and addressing social and structural determinants of health contributing to disparities in birth outcomes. Reno has clinical experience working with low-income pregnant women, and extensive, interdisciplinary research experience related to understanding and addressing health outcomes as a consequence of ...

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Berkeley CA
United States

Mariela Herrick

 

Graduate Student Researcher

Mariela is the graduate research assistant for the Best Babies Zone Initiative. She has extensive experience facilitating community capacity building efforts, multi-sector partnerships, strategic planning, program management, and experience working with underserved communities. Mariela comes to the BBZ National team after designing public health interventions through technology at YTH (Youth+Tech+Health). Additionally, Mariela led health equity projects and public health interventions as the ...

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Berkeley CA
United States