Jamie McDonald, M.P.H. – Executive Director
Jamie McDonald has worked for the American Academy of Pediatrics – Orange County Chapter as a Health Educator, Program Director, and now Executive Director for 15 years, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs and material on a variety of children’s health issues, including injury and violence prevention; child development and developmental screening; early literacy; food insecurity and child poverty; and, improving access to a medical home and health resources. She has nearly 20 years experience working collaboratively with diverse groups of community partners, professionals, individual champions (e.g., parents, volunteers), and government/legislative representatives, and has taught health sciences courses for the past 10 years at CSULB and the University of Phoenix. Jamie has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and received her Master’s degree in Public Health from California State University, Long Beach. Jamie, her husband and two sons live in Long Beach with their three pet chickens.
Emma Course – Program Assistant
Emma Course came to AAP-OC in 2012, after having worked at CHOC Children’s Hospital for over 10 years as the Reading Program Coordinator. Her experience coordinating a successful & organized program for so many years allows her to share her tips on maintaining an active program and provides technical assistance when needed. She assists clinic sites to engage their parents & children in developing a love of books and reading. Emma assists in any AAP programs or events as needed, and truly enjoys the variety her job offers. Outside of the office, Emma enjoys family-time with her husband and ever-expanding family, cooking, traveling, biking, decorating, volunteering, and of course reading.
Bianca Tomuta – Program Coordinator
Bianca Tomuta began her work with the AAP-Orange County Chapter (AAP-OC) as an intern during her undergraduate studies in Community Health Science at the California State University of Long Beach. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she was grateful to receive the opportunity to join the AAP-OC team. She has assisted in various projects including managing a Chapter Quality Network Quality Improvement Immunization Project which five other AAP chapters across the nation also participated in. She also helps manage a local Food Insecurity program called No Child Hungry. She enjoys attending health fairs which allow her to share AAP-OC programs with the community while also assisting with local AAP-OC Chapter events for members and non-members.