HHREC has a long history of employing brilliant community activists who moonlight as artists in some capacity, as you'll see below. Our commitment to the community at large begins with our own employees, and HHREC's offices live the mission we work to implement. On any day you may find wellness groups, health and nutrition activities, meditation circles, or consumers stopping by to spend time in an uplifting, friendly environment. Our staff is listed below and our Extended Family are listed here.
Colette Winlock began as HHREC’s Executive Director in January of 2010. She has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology and social transformation. She was the Project Director of the Black Women’s Media Project for several years. In 1997, along with Sherry Kiara Harris and Sheila James, she published two editions of Crossing the Invisible Line a jet-styled magazine focused on African American women and their views on alcohol and drug related problems. Colette has developed numerous media campaigns and an unprecedented 10 years of self-care retreats for African American women called “Be Still.” She has played a major role in coordinating multiple community based research projects, needs assessments, media campaigns, technical assistance, and community engagement activities at the county, state and national level. Her prior work outside of HHREC, includes serving as the Executive Director of the National Black Alcoholism Council, CA Chapter, Director of Health Programs for the Bay Area Black United Fund (BABUF) where she is a founding member along with African American community leadership who implemented the Critical Mass Health Conductors, she is Health Conductor #10. For BABUF Colette also coordinated the bi-annual African American Health Summit. Working with former San Francisco 49er Delvin Williams and other professional and amateur athletes she coordinated youth sports camp and drug abuse prevention programs. A former track and field athlete Colette is inducted into two sport halls of fame. She has also been inducted into Alameda County Women’s Commission Hall of Fame for her community activism. Colette writes literary fiction and in 2013 published her debut novel Undoing Crazy with Oaktown Press.
Latisha Baker serves as HHREC’s Fiscal and Operations Director. In the past, Latisha served as a Health Through Art Community Advisory Board (CAB) member and the HHREC Board of Directors Secretary prior to accepting the staff position. She has over 15 years experience providing administrative and fiscal support to nonprofit organizations as an employee and consultant. She has experience designing databases and managing multiple functions of payroll, fiscal management and human resources. Latisha holds a Bachelor’s in Information Systems (BIS). Latisha is also a visual artist living in the Bay Area with her husband, daughter and cats named Robin and Ruby.