PJC Staff 

Administrative Team

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Washington Burns, MD

Executive Director/Founding Board Member


Current and Former Positions

  • Administrative Director, Northern California Breathmobile ®, 2007-Present

  • Executive Director/Co-Founder, Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Appointed August, 1998-present (Volunteer)

  • President, West Oakland Community Collaborative, August, 2004-present

  • Program Director, West Oakland Asthma Coalition, July, 2001-present

  • Medical Director (Retired), Clinical Laboratory, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, 34 years 

  • Assistant Pathologist, Englewood Hospital, Englewood, New Jersey, 1966-1967

  • Associate Pathologist and Chief of Clinical Laboratory and Vice-Chief of Department of Pathology, California Pacific Medical Center (formerly Presbyterian Medical Center), 1967-2000

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Vanessa Ramos

Receptionist/Office Assistant


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Christina Casteneda

Breathmobile Program Coordinator


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Robert Shen



Program Teams

Father Charles D. Burns, SVD, Pre Preschool Program 

Dr. Kristen Burmester, Ph.D.



Gloria Gil

Pre-Pre Lead Teacher (Bilingual)



Chloe Chan

Assistant Teacher/Team Lead


Miriam Gonzalez

Assistant Teacher


Shunnae Baker, M.S., CCC-SLP

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


Michelle Jordan

Music Teacher


Veronica Alvarez, LCSW

Parent Wellness & Early Childhood Development 


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West Oakland Food Pantry 


Lamel Smith

West Oakland Food Pantry Manager


"Our motto is: "No one should go without food." We want to make sure no one is ever turned down when requesting something to eat or in need of food. I joined the Prescott-Joseph Center in 2008 as the Food Pantry Manager for the West Oakland Pantry. Our mission is to provide healthy alternative food options for this community. We currently have a crew of dedicated neighborhood volunteers that help us weekly to distribute and provide food to the community. They have been a tremendous support. Families have told me if it were not for our program, they would not have any food. Looking towards the future, the need continues to grow and we are always looking for more donors and support to fulfill the increasing needs of the residents we feed."

Northern California Breathmobile® Program


Washington Burns, MD

Breathmobile® Acting Medical Director/Administrative Director


Mary Frazier, RN (Retired)

Breathmobile® Project Advisor


The Northern California® Program is staffed by a combined team of in-house staff and a team of medical providers ranging from licensed respiratory therapists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and medical doctors. Prescott-Joseph también ofrece servicios en español

                               Christina Castaneda

                               Bilingual BMo Program Coordinator (Bilingual-Spanish)


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Christina is a Bay Area native, and daughter of immigrants. From a young age, she has been passionate about serving her community and over the years has work as a Spanish Interpreter, Coordinator of free immigration information workshops, and as the Spanish Lawyer Referral Service Coordinator at the Alameda County Bar Association. Christina joined the Breathmobile team in August 2021. In her role as BMo Program Coordinator, she coordinates mobile asthma care services for children in schools and other community-based organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and soon to be Southern Solano Counties. In her free time, she likes to collect music records, shoot film photography, and play music with her 13-year-old daughter Luna. 


James Acuña

Breathmobile® Patient Services Representative/Driver (Bilingual - Spanish)


James Acuña has worked for the Prescott-Joseph Center and the Northern California Breathmobile Program since 2009 as the Bilingual Patient Services Representative / Driver. He is a graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a BA Degree in Liberal Arts and is the recipient of the Every Breath Counts Service Award in 2013. James has had extensive training in disaster readiness through the Red Cross and Oakland’s C.O.R.E. Programs and has volunteered as a little league baseball coach for the past 7 years. In his spare time, James enjoys playing the guitar and collaborating with other musicians in the East Bay. James is also very committed to the East Bay communities by serving as a health educator and by providing health access to those who live in under-served areas


Leslie Leon

Van Coordinator/Breathmobile® Program Medical Assistant (Bilingual - Spanish)


Leslie Zeceña graduated from Contra Costa College in 2014 as a Medical Assistant (MA). She began working at PJC in 2014 as an Intern, then became a part time Medical Assistant. In March 2017, she joined our staff as a full time Medical Assistant for the Breathmobile. While on the Breathmobile, Leslie take the patients vitals, does a pulmonary function test, asthma education, as well as providing translation for patients. Leslie is bilingual in English and Spanish and also provides outreach for the Breathmobile. She visits schools, attends meetings and community festivals, and conducts asthma education classes for parents and children. Leslie also helps with the administrative work in the office, which includes scheduling appointments, making reminder calls to families, updating flyers, translating materials into Spanish, as well as help coordinating with Breathmobile partners and contacts. Leslie is also an Asthma Facilitator through the American Lung Association which allows her to teach a program called Open Airways For School. This program educates children on how to self-manage their asthma.


Chris Venenciano

Breathmobile® Program Van Coordinator 

Contra Costa County Team Lead


Chris joined the BreathMobile team in March of 2018. He is the Van Coordinator for PJC’s second BreathMobile located in East Contra Costa County. Chris provides asthma education to all the families who visit the East County BreathMobile to help them better manage their asthma. He also helps the community by giving Asthma Management classes to parents, faculty and staff, and community centers throughout the county. Besides helping the community youth breathe easier, he also helps them stay fit by running the youth martial arts program for the City of Pittsburg, Parks & Recreation Department on the weekends.


Francisco "Paco" Galvez

Breathmobile® Patient Services Representative/Driver - Contra Costa County


Francisco “Paco” Galvez is from Riverbank, CA in the California Central Valley. He graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a BS Degree in Business Administration/Marketing. He also took extensive classes in Computer Graphics and Art Classes. Francisco has always had a passion art, music and gardening. In his spare time, he likes to work on various art projects, from comic-book art, computer graphics, and painting wall murals to airbrush art or painting on canvas. Francisco started at the Prescott-Joseph Center in August of 2018 as a Bilingual Patient Services Representative/Driver for the Breathmobile in Contra Costa County. He wants to make a positive impact for the community of Pittsburg CA, and the nearby areas in the region by providing asthma education and outreach to the parents of school children who have asthma.



Breathmobile® Program Medical Assistant (Bilingual-Spanish) - Contra Costa County


Jessica joined PJC in August 2019 as a Bilingual-Spanish Medical Assistant. She graduated from Mt. Diablo Adult Education as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2014. On the Breathmobile, she assists patients with taking their vitals, performing pulmonary function tests and helps to interpret. She also assists with scheduling appointments and reminder calls, as well as charting. Jessica enjoys going to local schools and community events to participate in outreach in the community to make people aware of our services.