Our Staff

Karen Boyce

Karen Boyce, LCSW (she/her/hers)


Karen is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in health education for 14 years both in schools and health departments. Her specialties are in sexual health and health equity.

Fun Fact: Karen has won two competitive bocce trophies!

Contact: boycek@sfsu.edu

Diana Cardenas

Diana Cardenas (she/her/hers)

CalFresh Outreach Coordinator

Diana Cardenas works to promote SF State's Food+Shelter+Success Basic Needs Initiative and its response to food insecurity among students through the CalFresh Program. She believes that student's food security status is essential to student mental health, academic success, and overall well-being!

Fun Fact: Diana enjoys making Polymer Clay and Resin earrings in her spare time! And her favorite time to go grocery shopping is at night!

Contact: dycardenas@sfsu.edu

Taylor Davies

Taylor Davies, M.A. (she/her/hers)

Sexual Health Education Coordinator

Taylor works towards fostering a sex positive community at SF State and ensuring sexual health programming is inclusive and accessible to all here at campus.

Fun Fact: Taylor loves Disney movies and British comedy game shows!

Contact: tdavies1@sfsu.edu

Denmark Diaz

Denmark Diaz (he/him/his or they/them/their)

Men’s Health and Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator 

Denmark works to promote healthy masculinity and collaborates across different areas of health to prevent sexual violence on campus.

Fun Fact: Denmark is an ardent lover of memes and Shoegaze music!

Contact: denmarkd@sfsu.edu

Liz Gandara

Elizabeth Gandara, MPH (she/her/hers)

Interim Assistant Director for Basic Needs Initiatives

Liz works to support and promote student health and wellbeing at San Francisco State University. She is passionate about basic needs and linking students to on-campus and community resources. 

Fun Fact: Liz enjoys exploring different hiking trails and foods from different cultures throughout the Bay Area.

Contact: egandara@sfsu.edu


Victoria Gimm, EdM (she/her/hers)

Basic Needs Program Coordinator

Victoria is joining us from Oregon to support visibility and implementation of SF State's basic needs programming. She believes accessible, affordable, equitable education is a human right, and that it is key to a more Just world.

Fun fact: Victoria has a file for "fun facts" for moments like these... Victoria memorized all the U.S. State capitols in 4th grade and never forgot them!

Contact: vg@sfsu.edu

Portrait of Mina Hernandez

Mina Hernandez (She/They)

Health Communications Specialist

Mina works with each of the health educators to develop strategic health messaging and marketing for campaigns and initiatives.

Fun fact: Mina taught a class about fruit history! 

Contact: mhernandez1@sfsu.edu

Vincent Lam

Vincent Lam, MPH (he/him/his)

Senior Mental Health Education Coordinator

Vincent works to promote mental health and wellness through culture, community, and creativity. He aims to foster a culture of care that destigmatizes mental health, normalize seeking support and cultivates self/community care.

Fun Fact: As a music lover and former hip-hop dancer, Vincent is an expressive arts and culture enthusiast, who enjoys going to concerts and music festivals, like Outside Lands.

Contact: vlam@sfsu.edu


Martha Mellblom

Martha Mellblom (she/her/hers)

Administrative Analyst

Martha provides administrative support for our Health Promotion & Wellness team.

Fun fact: Martha has walked almost every public stairway in San Francisco!

Contact: marthamellblom@sfsu.edu

Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen, M.A. (she/her/hers)

Peer Health Leadership Coordinator

Kim focuses on elevating student’s leadership through the peer health leadership program which includes the Student Leader program and Ambassador program.

Fun fact: Kim participates in an annual river cleanup with her family and friends in Petaluma!

Contact: kimn@sfsu.edu