Lina has more than 20 years’ experience working in non-profit organizations, program development, fund development, grants, graphic design, community healthcare, and administration. She has worked for SDSU Research Foundation, UCSD, Girl Scouts, Planned Parenthood, Sharp Healthcare and currently the Chief Operating Office of the Human Dignity Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Services and her master’s of science degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy.
In her position as a Bilingual Cancer Patient Navigator Program Coordinator, she worked passionately with a team at Sharp to create an extensive Cancer Patient Navigation program, the first in San Diego County and one of the firsts in the country. In 2008 she attended The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, creators of the cancer patient navigation model, to one of the first 20 Certified Cancer Patient Navigators. She received many awards and recognitions related to her work, but she is most proud of earning both the 2010 Sharp Healthcare Spirit of Caring Award and several Guardian Angel recognitions.
Lina is a San Diego native and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and traveling.