Meet our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Kevin Hamilton
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin is focused on reducing the burden of chronic respiratory disease and environmental health impacts valley-wide. He has served as developer, coordinator, administrator and director for multiple programs in both hospital and community based settings serving poor and under served communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Kevin serves on numerous boards and committees associated with grassroots community capacity building and local, state and regional policy development. His education includes an AS in Respiratory Care, BS in Geology, extended course work in social work, mathematics, business and management training. He has worked extensively on different aspects of health care access and redesign around primary care, disease management, childhood and adult immunizations and behavioral health for over 35-years and is a well- known advocate for social and environmental justice.
Sarah Sharpe
Associate Director
Sarah Sharpe has been the Associate Director for Central California Asthma Collaborative since May 2016. She came aboard the organization with over a decade of experience in environmental justice advocacy and non-profit administration and leadership. She is concurrently serving as the Director of Outreach and Communication for the Berkeley/Stanford Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study for the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Sarah developed her skills in the field while serving as Environmental Health Program Director for Fresno Metro Ministry for more than 8 years, where she served as the Interim Co-Director from 2013-14. A third generation Valley resident, Sarah has a background in grassroots organizing for social justice, labor rights, environmental justice and immigrant’s rights in the San Joaquin Valley. Sarah is currently a member of the Central Valley Air Quality (CVAQ) Coalition’s Steering Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District representing Fresno County, and is the Board Treasurer for the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN). As a former community organizer with the United Farm Workers in Delano, Sarah served as the program coordinator of the Farm Worker Safe Drinking Water Program. Sarah’s background also includes work with the Coalition for Clean Air, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 250, and teaching Spanish in high-need schools in Brooklyn, New York through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Sarah has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Barbara in both Communication and Latin American and Iberian Studies and a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish from City University of New York, Brooklyn. She currently lives in Fresno with her two young sons, Kaiyadaye and Kaleb.
Destiny Rodriguez
Director of Communications and Outreach
Destiny has worked on air quality awareness and environmental issues in the valley for over ten years. Prior to working with CCAC, Destiny has worked for organizations such as National Parks Conservation Association, San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, and Coalition for Clean Air. She is also a Leadership Council Member for the state’s Schools Environmental Health and Asthma Collaborative. In her free time, Destiny enjoys volunteering for her community, attending local art shows, and spending time with friends and family.
Maria Vasquez
Community Health Worker
has recently graduated from California State University, Fresno, with her B.S. In Health Science Community Health Option and her minor in Spanish. She also earned a Cross Cultural Competency Certificate from the Sociology department. Before becoming part of CCAC as a Community Health Worker she had been an intern for their organization. She sees the importance and the need of prevention education of chronic diseases for the community of Fresno. On her free time she is a volunteer at Children’s Hospital in Madera.
Yanni Gonzalez
Health Outreach and Communications Associate: South Valley
Yanni works directly with southern San Joaquin Valley school administrators and staff, enrolling them into the Healthy Air Living Schools Program. He also currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Kings County Asthma Coalition, as well as, the Co-Chair of the Asthma Coalition of Kern County. Prior to working with the Central California Asthma Collaborative, Yanni received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Humboldt State University where he also interned at Mad River Radio Co. Yanni believes that the change we seek, starts within ourselves. He was a volunteer at Food For People in Northern California during his college career and continues to volunteer his time. When he isn’t working, he’s having a great time; Yanni is not one to back down from a karaoke challenge.
Maria Ceja
Health Outreach and Communications Associate: North Valley
Prior to working with the Central California Asthma Collaborative as the Health Outreach and Communications Associate for the Northern Valley for 6 months, Maria received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from University of California, Merced and was a Public Health professor assistant. She was also the President of American Women Making a Difference, in which she dedicated 2 years of community service in the city of Merced. Currently, she is a member of the Asthma Coalition for Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus County. When not working, Maria enjoys to power-lift, hike, and travel with friends.