Mary Beth Moran, PT, M.Ed., M.S., Director, Center for Healthier Communities

Mary Beth joined Rady Children’s Hospital in 2007 to manage the injury prevention programs in the Center for Healthier Communities. In August 2018, she became the center’s director.

A physical therapist for 25 years, Mary Beth holds a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Regis University, a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from New York University, a master’s degree in education from George Washington University and a Master of Science degree in evaluative clinical sciences from Dartmouth College. She enjoys working with families from many cultures and has provided medical services and consultation internationally in South Africa, Vietnam, New Zealand and England.

Priscilla Roedel, M.P.H., Coordinator, Safe Routes to School

Priscila joined the Safe Routes to School team in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in sociology and economics and earned her Master of Public Health degree in community health practice from the University of Texas – Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked with the Safe Routes to School – Retail Program in National City and also has experience with the planning, implementation and evaluation of health- focused programs, including worksite wellness programs, lactation supportive programs and HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Priscila enjoys travelling and working with diverse communities. She has volunteered in Mexico and Guatemala and was a fellow student at the Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is originally from Brazil and is proud of the work accomplished through the Safe Routes to School Program with elementary and middle schools throughout San Diego.

Elyana Delgado, Coordinator Safe Routes to School – National City

Elyana joined the Safe Routes to School team as a project specialist in 2013. She grew up in National City and attended the University of San Diego, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and ethnic studies. She considers it a privilege to work with children and teaching them the benefits of an active life and how to keep themselves safe. She is also a certifed Zumba instructor.

Lakeysha Sowunmi, Coordinator Safe Routes to School – El Cajon

Lakeysha joined the Safe Routes to School team in April 2016. Her primary focus is to coordinate all SRTS activities in the City of El Cajon, a culturally diverse community. Lakeysha joins the program with 10 years of experience working with the UC San Diego Center for Community Health, providing outreach and education to low-income families on healthy nutrition and beverage choices, and promoting  physical activity. Lakeysha also started her own nonprofit organization, Perfitkidz, in 2007 to engage families in healthy eating and physical activity. She has received many awards and honors, including being named the California “Champion Mom” for initiating changes in schools that reduced consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Along with being featured in the Legacy of Health statewide media campaign, she has been a speaker at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters conference and a keynote speaker at the California Department of Public Health Summit. In her free time, Lakeysha enjoys running, swimming and writing. Lakeysha received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashford University.

Sharon Fischer, Project Specialist I, Kohls Transportation Safety Program

Sharon has been with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and the Center for Healthier Communities for 14 years, working for several years with the Safety Store in various capacities. In July 2010, she transitioned to Project Specialist I for the Kohl’s Transportation Safety Program. Sharon has completed her NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Technician Training and Special Needs Enrichment Training. Sharon is the friendly voice on the phone, helping to schedule and direct families to our events, as well as assisting them with the most appropriate purchase from our Safety Store. She holds an associate degree in fashion design and retail and uses these skills to provide exceptional customer service and the best-value products on the market. Sharon provides one-on-one safety education and public presentations, including the Safe Beginnings and Safe Start workshops.

Shirley Koch, Project Specialist I, Kohls Transportation Safety Program

Shirley Varela joined Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego in 2008 after completing the NHSTA child passenger safety technician certification. She has helped countless families with the child passenger safety needs and expanded her knowledge by completing the special needs enrichment training in 2010. She then became certified as a child passenger safety technician instructor in 2012. Shirley joined the Safety Store as a health educator in July 2010 and is now educating parents on all aspects of injury prevention and providing multiple services for children with special needs. Shirley provides one-on-one safety education and public presentations, including the monthly Safe Beginnings workshops. Shirley is bilingual (Spanish-speaking) and enjoys working with families from all over the world.