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November 26, 2007

Patricia Perez
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TCWF Appoints Staff in Communications and Grants Program Departments

Adriana Godoy Leiss and Julio Marcial Bring Wealth of Knowledge to New Roles

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announced the appointments of Adriana Godoy Leiss as communications officer and Julio Marcial as program director.

“These two individuals bring valuable skills and talents to their new roles at the Foundation—enriching the Communications and Grants Program Departments,” said Gary L. Yates, president and CEO. “Every staff member plays a part in the pursuit of our Foundation’s mission to improve the health of underserved Californians.”

Formerly a communications associate with the Foundation, Adriana Godoy Leiss was named communications officer. Her responsibilities include editing the Foundation’s award-winning newsletter, Portfolio, and coordinating news media relations. She also manages partnerships with media and civic organizations.

Leiss is a former account coordinator for BJR Public Relations in Culver City, where she worked for five years on behalf of a variety of clients, including nonprofit community agencies. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from California State University, Northridge.

“I appreciate the opportunity to build upon my previous three years with the Foundation by taking on these new projects and responsibilities,” Leiss said. “I will continue striving to use communications strategically to add value to our grantmaking.”

As program director, Julio Marcial is responsible for reviewing letters of interest and grant proposals and for making funding recommendations related to the issues of teenage pregnancy prevention and violence prevention. Both of these health issues focus on reaching underserved youth populations within the state.

Marcial brings nearly 10 years of experience with TCWF to the program director position, most recently as a communications officer. In that capacity, he oversaw communications reviews of the Foundation’s public education campaigns dedicated to the prevention of teenage pregnancy and violence. He also managed the Foundation's electronic communications, helped to establish news media partnerships, and assisted in public affairs outreach to policymakers. He received a bachelor's degree in the sociology of mass communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“I am excited and humbled by this new position,” Marcial said. “TCWF has a long history of funding nonprofits that work to keep young people safe and healthy. I continue to be impressed and encouraged by their commitment to making a difference in the prevention of violence and teenage pregnancy.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with the mission of improving the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues or special projects outside the funding priorities. TCWF has awarded 4,930 grants totaling more than $601 million since 1992.

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