Injured and ill workers have a lot to deal with, and maybe some worries about the future. They may wish they had someone to turn to—to listen to their situation, give some advice, and point them toward solutions. 

That’s what California RETAIN offers. We help people navigate a path forward as they recover and rebound. We help them create a step-by-step plan to getting life back to normal so they can feel better and start to resume daily routines, responsibilities, and pleasure again-, preferably with a full paycheck. 

Everyone knows that pay is a big benefit of getting back to work. But there are other important benefits, too. From a health perspective, being active and feeling productive can help to: 

Speed up recovery

  • Reduce the risk of getting hurt or sick again
  • Reduce the chance of getting a secondary health problem which can slow down recovery 

Who We Are

Resource Navigators

 
Tevia Oskin, M.S., CRC

Tevia Oskin, M.S., CRC

Tevia was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University (SDSU). Tevia received her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Psychology from SDSU. After graduating, Tevia owned and operated a pet sitting business for over 11 years. After selling her business, Tevia returned to SDSU to earn a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a specialization in Assistive Technology. While in graduate school, Tevia worked at the Department of Rehabilitation leading workshops and assisting rehabilitation counselors. Tevia has also worked at Mesa College and MiraCosta College in their high-tech center supporting college students with their assistive technology needs. As a Resource Navigator for RETAIN California, Tevia brings her experience and knowledge with small business, networking, and assistive technology.

Aurora DeLuna, MA

Aurora DeLuna, MA

Aurora DeLuna is a RETAIN Resource Navigator for RETAIN. Before taking this role, Aurora served as San Diego Sharp Healthcare’s Return to Work Counselor from 2017 to 2019 and led all aspects of the return to work management. She has held a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor role for a private firm in San Diego, driving large scale vocational rehabilitation business acceleration, performance, and marketing. She served as CEO and co-owner of Lil’Arts, Inc., when playing a pivotal role building their transformation from inception, to an innovative children’s cultural performing arts center in San Diego. She earned her Master’s Degree, College Student Services, University of San Diego, and Bachelor’s Degree, History and Women’s Studies, CA State San Marcos.

 

Hannah Bell, MA

Savina Beltran

Savina Beltran

Program Specialist for Sacramento Employment and Training Agency Savina is SETA’s Employment Network Liaison to the Social Security Administration under its Ticket to Work Program (TTW), Savina facilitates all TTW orientations throughout the Job Center system, as well as coordinates and facilitates all enrollments in SETA’s TTW program. Under the TTW program, SSI and SSDI beneficiaries are provided protections when entering or reentering the workforce, most times without affecting their benefits. Savina has extensive experience in identifying and addressing challenges an individual may face when pursuing life and career goals, as well as leveraging services and resources amongst partners. As a Resource Navigator for RETAIN California, Savina is excited to use her experience to assist individuals reach their goals on their road to recovery.

Jardea Jenkins, MA

Jardea Jenkins, MA

Program Specialist for the San Diego Workforce Partnership Jardea is originally from Maryland and has been stationed in San Diego for 23 years while serving in the military.  He is a retired Senior Chief Navy Counselor with over 20 years of experience in Organization and Employee Development.  Jardea studied at Southern Illinois University where he earned his B.S. in Workforce Education and Development and also earned his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.

Alexander Heyer, B.S.

Alexander Heyer, B.S.

Program Specialist for the San Diego Workforce Partnership

Research Team

 

Eric K. Glunt, PhD - Project Director

Mari Guillermo, PhD - Co-Principal Investigator

Mari Guillermo, PhD - Co-Principal Investigator

 

Dr. Robert Blink, MD., MPH, FACOEM - Medical Lead

Griselda Santos, MPH - Public Health Lead

Griselda Santos, MPH - Assistant Director/Public Health Lead