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

 

Program Manager

Emily Warming is the Program Manager 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 ...

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510-664-4016
Berkeley CA

Megan Calpin, MPH, MCP

 

Program Associate

Megan Calpin is a Program Associate at Best Babies Zone, where she is supporting the development of the Technical Assistance Center. She worked as a middle school special education teacher in Oakland for three years before getting concurrent master's degrees in public health and city planning at UC Berkeley in 2016.  While at Berkeley, Megan coordinated two Youth - Plan, Learn, Act, Now (Y-PLAN) initiatives, supporting the civic engagement of 400 young people in Oakland and Richmond, ...

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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

Rachel Berkowitz

 

Graduate Student Researcher

Rachel Berkowitz is a second year DrPH student and the Graduate Student Researcher for the Best Babies Zone Initiative. She received her BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Global Health Studies from Northwestern University in 2009 and her MPH in Global Health, Community Health and Development, from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in 2013. Rachel’s interests center around understanding and addressing social determinants of health and health inequities across the life ...

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Berkeley CA
United States