Who We Are

We are Promotora Community Health Advocates and integrative health practitioners coming together to grow our culturally relevant knowledge of herbal medicine and nutrition and to provide upstream, integrative health services to Latinx and Indigenous farmworkers, domestic workers and day laborers in Sonoma County. 


Jocelyn Boreta

Jocelyn Boreta

Co-Founder, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Jocelyn Boreta is a community organizer and herbalist committed to cultivating health equity through the empowerment of indigenous knowledge and self-healing communities.

“Herbalism is activism.  It shows us that we are connected to the earth, that we know how to heal ourselves, our families and our communities with the plants that grow around us.”

For over 4-years Jocelyn has offered weekly, free, bilingual wellness workshops at community gardens and Latinx health centers throughout Sonoma County.   She is a staff herbalist at integrative health clinic, Farmacopia, and co-founder of The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic.

Her community activism has roots in 10-years working as Program Director of the Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores, in partnership with indigenous women in Guatemala, Peru, and India to sustain cultural integrity and livelihood. 

Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from University of California Santa Barbara and certification in herbalism from the California School of Herbal Studies.


Lily Mazzarella, MS, CNS

Co-Founder, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Lily Mazzarella, MS, CNS, is an herbalist, nutritionist and owner of Farmacopia in Santa Rosa, an apothecary and integrative medical practice. 

Lily’s journey for healing her own complex health challenges sparked an interest in herbal medicine, nutrition, and non-conventional modalities of healing.  She holds a BA in English literature from Wesleyan University, and a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health.  In between the two, she pursued multiple trainings, including 7Song’s Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.

She has been on the faculty at the California School of Herbal Studies since 2006, and serves as The Ceres Community Project Expert Advisor on herbal medicine. During the urban wildfires of October 2017, she utilized the infrastructure of Farmacopia to mobilize dozens of volunteers and allocate thousands of dollars in resources to provide easily accessed holistic care to her community of Santa Rosa.  


Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider

Development Director, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider is an Executive Consultant to nonprofits and businesses in the areas of development, financial management, grant writing, recruiting, long-term planning, program design, monitoring and evaluation, and project management.

The common thread throughout her multifaceted career has been social justice. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, she created a network of health promotoras (Community Health Advocates) so that women in rural villages could teach others how to prevent and treat disease, cook nutritious food and have confident conversations about health. Her time in the Dominican Republic peaked her interest in economic development, which led to a career as an international recruiter, during which she sourced teams for multimillion-dollar international projects focused on environmental and economic sustainability.

In 2013, she decided to further her education in economics, so she completed her MBA in Paris. The following year she moved back to her childhood home of Hawai?i to launch Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF), which she helped build to become Hawai?i’s largest contemporary art festival. As the Executive Director (HBF), she was responsible for all daily operations of the nonprofit, including fundraising, financial oversight, recruiting and empowering a diverse staff, program monitoring and evaluation and project management. 

Katherine is an avid gardener, cook and an herbalist-in-training at the California School of Herbal Studies. She received her BA from University of Pennsylvania in Health and Societies  (Public Health) and an MBA in Arts and Cultural Management from Paris School of Business/ Institut d’études supérieures des arts.


Yatziry Galvan

Program Coordinator, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Yatziry Galvan has been actively working for non-profit organizations in Northern Sonoma County after her graduation from Sonoma State University in 2019. Her dedication for working with the Latinx and under-served communities derived from the challenges that both her and her parent’s faced as first generation immigrants in this country. She is excited to work with like-minded individuals who have a passion for and are committed to promoting equitable access to health services and alternative medicine in their communities.


Angeles Quinones

Angeles Quiñones

Promotora Program Director, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Angeles Quiñones is a certified social worker and Promotora de Salud, dedicated to building community health that is connected to the land.   She moved to Santa Rosa in 2004 from Torreón Coahuila, Mexico, where from an early age she learned to heal herself, her friends and family with the plants growing around her.

In 2014 with Land Path’s Bayer Farm, she organized Farming for Health, a bilingual community group that gathers weekly to learn and share recipes and remedies for health from the garden.  She is a certified YWCA domestic violence counselor and worked with the Salvation Army for three years connecting immigrant families to health services. 

The first time she visited Land Paths Bayer Farm in Roseland, Santa Rosa, she cried at the taste of a tomato off the vine.  “It tasted like home.”  Angeles is passionate about connecting people across generations, to the nourishment of the community garden found in nutrition, herbal medicine and friendship.  


Maria Rivera

PromotoraThe Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Maria Rivera is a Parent Educator at CPI, Mind-Body Medicine Facilitator, Certified in Imagine You Activity and Reiki Practitioner. Maria’s commitment to this work is rooted in a desire to contribute, to build resilience in her community and to the well-being of all. 

María facilitates mind body skills groups and workshops, in these groups you learn and practice a variety of specific skills that help change the way you deal with stress, illness and life. Maria draws inspiration from her family and from being in contact and feeling connected to Mother Nature. 


Nayabei Barretto

Promotora, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Nayabei Barretto, who goes by Naya, is a nurse practitioner and advocate of lifestyle changes to promote long healthy living. Naya was born in Oaxaca City in Mexico where she lived for 15 years. She cherishes her experience growing up in this ancient city with its vibrant traditions in food, herbal medicine and art.

Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Naya worked as a registered nurse in our local Sonoma County public health department providing education and support to first time moms and their families. She now practices providing diabetes and weight loss management as well as aesthetic treatments. She is passionate about the benefits of plant based nutrition and medicinal mushrooms


Norma Ricos Saavedra

Promotora, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Norma Ricos Saavedra is a Promotora de Salud who is deeply dedicated to promoting the benefits of herbal medicine in her community. Norma immigrated to Sonoma County 21 years ago from Mexico City, Mexico. Her passion for herbal medicine stems from the knowledge that her great grandmother and mother shared with her as a young girl. Norma depicts a time when she lived in “un cacho de terreno baldío” or a piece of wasteland with her great grandmother. Oftentimes her great grandmother, Mama Le, would ask her to bring her “un cacho de una planta” which she would use for aches and pains like headaches, knee pains, upset stomachs amongst other things. To this day Norma is proud to carry with her the knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation in her family. She is also very happy to share the love of medicinal plants with her husband who carries his own knowledge and appreciation for herbal medicine.

Norma hopes to continue sharing her knowledge and experiences with her community to help others find alternative ways to reach their highest level of health through the use of medicinal plants. Norma strongly believes that although medicinal plants grow gradually and it’s benefits take time to take effect, one cannot deny the extraordinary power of medicinal plants. 


María “LuLu” de Lourdes Péres Centurión

Promotora, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

María “LuLu” de Lourdes Péres Centurión was born in Uruapan del Progreso Michoacan, Mexico. She is proud of her Purhepechas and Veracruzanas roots with Oaxacan embers. Maria is a promotora de salud (community health worker), birth doula and massage therapist. She has studied and practiced herbal medicine for over 20-years.  Her practice includes specialization in indigestion; nervous tension; infant cranial therapy; womb and postpartum care.  


Samantha Pérez

Promotora, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Samantha Pérez is mom, daughter to LuLu and community health educator. Samantha is from Mexico and is passionate about connecting with nature. Her focus is self-sustenance based on reducing our environmental impact and learning from the cycles and rhythms of Mother Earth. She specializes in DIY body products: watch for her workshops on making your own shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent, makeup and more.


Juliana Jimenez

Promotora, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Juliana Jimenez joins The Botanical Bus as a Promotora de Salud, with deep intergenerational knowledge and a desire to empower her community.  Her personal testimony of the disproportionate impact of Type II diabetes in her home town and Indigenous community, is powerful and her leadership of our diabetes support group invaluable. 

Juliana’s special interest in medicinal plants was born with her grandfather in a rural town of Oaxaca, MX, where she spent the first 21 years of her life.  Her grandfather was well known for his medicinal herb practice and people sought him out to heal.  From an early age she was immersed in learning about plants, teas and home remedies that her mother used on the recommendation of her grandfather to care for her family.  

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