Michael A. Zapf, DPM, President
Dr. Michael Zapf holds a BS degree in Microbiology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA specializing in Infectious and Tropical Diseases. After a short career as a Public Health Microbiologist and a laboratory inspector for the State of California, he returned to academia and received a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1984 from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He is the founding member of the Agoura-Los Robles Podiatry Centers with offices in Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks. In addition to his podiatric medicine and surgery career, he has been a board member of the Conejo Free Clinic which serves 5000 poor and uninsured patients annually and he helped his Rotary Club launch Operation Footprint where more than 500 Honduran children have received life changing foot and ankle surgeries. He personally attended seven of these international missions. His Public Health background is a good fit for the position of Board Member of the Board of Podiatric Medicine where the protection of California residents is his chief goal.
Judith Manzi, DPM, Vice President
Judith Manzi, 61, of Santa Cruz, has been appointed to the California Board of Podiatric Medicine. Manzi has been senior physician at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center since 2001, where she was a staff physician from 1998 to 2001. She was a podiatrist in private practice at the Sunnyvale Foot and Ankle Center from 1984 to 1998 and chairman of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Department of Surgery from 1982 to 1984. Manzi earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Manzi is a Democrat.
Kristina M. Dixon, MBA
Kristina M. Dixon recently joined the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, where she works as the Controller. Ms. Dixon, most recently worked as the Controller for the Los Angeles Urban League and as the Director of Finance and Information Systems for Jenesse Center, Inc. With over nine years of professional experience working within the nonprofit industry, and over twenty years of experience serving the communities where she has lived and worked; Kristina has a standing commitment to improving the overall economic and social well-being of underserved communities through quality education for children, community and economic development, the eradication of homelessness, health care reform, and diversity as well as inclusion in work places, board rooms and elected offices. Kristina has a B.A. in Sociology from U.C. Berkeley, a dual M.B.A. in Finance and Management & Leadership from the University of La Verne and a Professional Award in Accounting for Government and Nonprofit Organizations. She is a delegate to the California Democratic Party, where she serves as the Legislative Chair of the Women’s Caucus Executive Board. She is currently serving out a second term on the State of California Board of Podiatric Medicine, through a re-appointment by Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins, where she currently serves as the immediate past President. Kristina also serves as the Treasurer and Financial Management Consultant for the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, and is an Associate Director for Wescom Credit Union’s Board of Directors. She has served as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, for National Women’s Political Caucus, Los Angeles Chapter; the Chair of the Moreno Valley Library Commission; the Secretary of the Los Angeles Black MBA Association; the Chair of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals- Civic Engagement and Political Awareness Committee; and the PAC and WLF Treasurer as well as V.P. of Education and Training for the National Women’s Political Caucus of CA Board of Directors. Kristina recently joined the University of La Verne as an Adjunct Faculty Member where she teaches a course on Accounting & Compliance for Nonprofit Organizations. She is also a Doctoral Candidate in Public Administration at the University of La Verne, where she is planning to focus her research on Financial Management, Compliance and Capacity Building of Nonprofit Organizations.
Neil B. Mansdorf, DPM
Dr. Neil Mansdorf, of Irvine, has been sole practitioner since 2000. Previously, he was a doctor of podiatric medicine with Cupertino Podiatry Group from 1999 to 2000. Dr. Mansdorf is a member of the Radiologic Technology Certification Committee’s Board of Directors and California Podiatric Medical Association. He is a fellow with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, an associate with the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and immediate past president of the Orange County Podiatric Medical Association.
Darlene Trujillo Elliot
Darlene Trujillo Elliot, Riverside Public Utilities Administrative Analyst, Cofounder of Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, Riverside Latino Network President
Personal Mission Statement
To inspire, lift and provide resources for change and growth of individuals and organizations.
Darlene is also an avid community volunteer, logging more than 400 hours annually and leading many of the city's annual community events. She is a board member for TruEvolution and current President for the Riverside Latino Network. In 2012, cofounded a foundation with two of her cousins called Spanish Town Heritage, with the mission to champion Hispanic/Latino legacy by sharing the stories of the Inland Empire’s first settlers, creating cultural learning opportunities, leading community efforts to restore and revitalize La Placita de Los Trujillo’s, a place in history, learning, entertainment and the arts. The annual Riverside Tamale Festival is an event that benefits the foundation and takes place every year in April.
In her previous position Darlene was responsible for the City of Riverside Human Relations Commission (HRC), and Transportation Accountability Performance Task Force, the Mayor’s Multicultural Forum. The HRC is a 15 member Charter commission with the task of creating an inclusive community. Recently, spearheading a LGBT Ad Hoc Committee with the main goal of bringing programs and services to the Riverside area, as well as brings awareness to the issues of the LGBT community.
She has received several awards for her community service. In March of 2015 she was selected as Latino Network’s Celebración de la Mujer, this recognition given to outstanding women who have demonstrated a spirit of commitment to their communities. May 2015 awarded Outstanding Community Service Award by the Allen Chapel AME Church, in Riverside. November of 2015 the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Josie Lozano Memorial Award for community service and political activism.
Darlene has a B. A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. She is a 6th generation Riverside resident and direct descendant of Lorenzo Trujillo, original founder of Riverside. Married 24 years to Walter H. Elliot II; she has two grown children and two grandchildren. In 2014, she was selected to participate in Hispanias Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership program. Darlene Trujillo Elliot is the Riverside Public Utilities Administrative Analyst. In this position she is responsible for Electric Energy Division’s contracts and agreements.
Maria Cadenas is the principal of Cadenas Consulting and the Executive Director of Santa Cruz Community Ventures, a non-profit focused on developing an inclusive economy. She has extensive experience in community relations, program development, and the philanthropic sector with a specific focus on social change, including LGBT, Food, and Latino issues. She is former Senior Community Involvement Manager for Driscoll’s, where she oversaw employee engagement and philanthropy program focused on supporting farmworkers and their families in the rural communities across the Americas. Prior to joining Driscoll’s she served as the Executive Director for the Cream City Foundation and as the Associate Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin.
Cadenas received her BA from Beloit College and MBA from Alverno College. A 2017 Hispanics Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute fellow, she chairs the Diversity Partnership Fund of the Community Foundation Santa Cruz, sits on the finance committee for Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, and is a Board Member of New Way Homes. She is former member of national board of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Steering Committee for Sustainable Ag and Food System Funders, and the Stewardship Council of Roots of Change. A member of the Women’s in Radio Collective, you can hear her on the radio hosting Breakfast in Bed at KZSC 88.1 FM and Voz de Mujer at Radio Bilingue KHDC 90.9 FM.
- Brian Naslund, Executive Officer
- Kathleen Cooper, JD, Administration Analyst
- Bethany DeAngelis, Enforcement Coordinator
- Andreia Damian, Licensing Coordinator
- Joseph Stachowicz, Program Technician