The Year of the Gladiators

Mission & Vision

The mission of the San Joaquin County Wellness Gladiators program is to promote & provide a platform to offer wellness opportunities, trainings & resources to our employees. Our commitment is to encourage a healthy work environment. We want our employees to be healthy in all aspects of their lives.

Meet our Gladiators

Alicia Benitez

Human Resources

As the support staff for the Staff Development Unit in Human Resources, I am excited to be a part of this group that is designed to promote wellness in all aspects of life. I am excited to work directly with our Department designated Wellness Gladiators. I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone is doing to promote wellness and to contributing my own thoughts. I enjoy working out, shopping and spending time with my family.

Cindy Moore

District Attorney’s Office

I have worked for the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office as an investigator for 2 years, but my career in law enforcement began 25 years ago.  When I was asked to represent the District Attorney’s Office as a Wellness Gladiator, I saw this as an excellent opportunity learn about the Wellness program and to support the program. I sincerely believe the best type of work environment is one that is promoted and supported by a healthier lifestyle in our professional lives as well as our personal lives.  In my spare time I enjoy yoga, bike riding and golfing.

Danielle Beshears

Board of Supervisors

I believe that a healthy lifestyle is the key to feeling great mentally and physically. This program is a convenient way for employees to learn healthy tips and tools, while connecting through common goals and I am excited to be a part of that team!

I enjoy crafting and sewing, but I love the outdoors, whether going for a walk, taking a swim or going on a hiking trail with a scenic route makes my day!

Dustin Külling

Sheriff’s Office Captain

Dustin Külling is a San Joaquin County native and first-generation American on his father’s side. He currently leads the Field Forces Division of the Sheriff’s Office and has worked in law enforcement for about 25 years. The Field Forces Division provides front-line law enforcement services to the community through Uniformed Patrol Operations and a number of other high-profile units and teams. Dustin and his wife of over 27 years have three children, one grandchild, a Shi-Tzu named “Koda,” and four bonsai trees.

He is an instructor with the organization Yoga for First Responders, where he teaches first responders to achieve peak performance through optimizing cognitive processes and the psychophysiological system. Dustin is a Ph.D. student at Liberty University, where he also holds a Master of Education: Higher Education – Instructional Design and Technology (graduated with High Distinction) and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (graduated magna cum laude). Dustin a graduate of the exclusive California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College (Class 66), where he spent 18 months studying how advancing technology impacts law enforcement force encounters.

He is a POST Advanced Instructor and a student in the Master Instructor Certification Course (Class 12), where he is developing science-based coursework for California law enforcement agencies that explores the interactivity of officer wellness, de-escalation, and field tactics. Dustin is an Adjunct Associate Professor, and in 2020 he founded the California Command College Alumni Association (CCCAA) where he currently serves as President.

I am a Gladiator because I’m passionate about wellness and helping others better themselves. It is exciting to be a part of something that helps people live fuller lives. I have many interests, but I probably wouldn’t call them “hobbies.” In some instances, my interests are incorporated into my regular daily routine, like mindfully eating and improving my sleep. Others are more formal, like my yoga practice. I spend discretionary time practicing yoga, which helps develop the body while conditioning me to regulate stress.

Elizabeth Novetzke

General Services

I am the Wellness Gladiator for General Services. I was nominated by my department to be our Wellness Gladiator. I happily accepted and here I am. I am looking forward to my journey of wellness and taking others along for the ride.

I am quite excited to be a part of the Wellness Gladiator team. I am delighted to learn more about the different types of wellness and bringing that information to my co-workers. I find it interesting that there are so many types of wellness, from physical to environmental to social and so on. I also love learning how all the aspects of wellness can connect with each other and how it can help us to reach our full potential.

I have many interests but my main interest lately is that I love to eat good food. I enjoy trying different foods and having new taste experiences. I have been on a road of discovery on how food can be healthy, flavorful and delicious. I am especially fond of desserts but I am working on my moderation of sweet treats. I am hoping that my adoration of food and being a Wellness Gladiator can intersect, not only with some delicious recipes, but with how enjoying a good meal can influence the wellness within us all.

Mary Humphrey

Agricultural Commissioner’s Office

My name is Mary Humphrey, and I work for the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. I was asked to be a Wellness Gladiator and am excited to help encourage health and wellness in my department. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and photography and try to be a positive role model for my children in living life to it’s fullest.

Oriana Maghoney

Human Resources

I am proud to be a part of this program that will help our employees strive for a healthier, happier and fuller lifestyle. I am an advocate for happiness and well-being, and I am excited to bring some ideas to the space for dissemination to other departments.

I think that one of the most exciting aspects of the program is the idea that wellness is not just physical, but it also has financial, mental and professional components that needs to be addressed. The group think tank that is being fostered in this program will hopefully turn in to a world of healthy opportunities for our staff. I’m also excited to start making healthier choices for myself through this program and to be held accountable by my team.

My number one hobby is spending time with my family. Super cliché but I have a very strong and close family who keep me grounded and appreciative daily. I’m a very social person and I love entertaining. I am a huge movie and T.V. show buff and love to escape life’s daily stresses through these channels. I also enjoy camping, going on road trips whether in a car with our 3 daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies or just me, my husband and the Harley Davidson.

Pamela Plamondon

Veteran’s Services

I work for San Joaquin Veteran Services as a Veteran Service Representative. I have work for the county for a 1 ½ years, but I have 25 years of working with veteran and their families. I am an Army wife and mom, as well as an Air Force mom. My hobby is photography, I love getting into nature and capturing God amazing creations, it relaxes my mind and soul. I’m the Gladiator for Veteran Services because I hope to bring a calm into our very busy and sometimes stressful days.

Ralph Cordero

Information Systems Division

I’d like to see the employees at San Joaquin County prosper through physical, mental, and financial wellbeing. I’d also like to promote a working environment that allows employees to manage work related stress.

I’m excited about the opportunity to make a difference when it comes to wellness in San Joaquin County. By promoting healthy eating habits and regular exercise, we can add years to our lives and have more time to spend with our families.

I have a passion for computers and technology in general and am an avid numismatist. I enjoy working out during the week and am captain of the ISD bowling league. I’ve seen firsthand the positive aspects of eating healthy and exercising regularly which is also a great stress reliever. I am a firm believer that if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything.

Rex Anne Cordova, RDN

Public Health Services

I am a Public Health Nutritionist at San Joaquin County Public Health Services. My team and I provide trauma-informed nutrition programs to our communities using mindfulness activities, engaging conversation and reflection on health and our food histories, and by ensuring that they have the skills and confidence they need to prepare healthy, nourishing food. I am excited about this program because I get to work with a creative and enthusiastic team who cares about the health and wellbeing of our colleagues. I hope that the program can help people find new ways to incorporate holistic, healthy changes to their lifestyle so that they can live to their full potential. I enjoy playing the piano, cooking, baking, photography, and painting with watercolor in my spare time.

What’s New Gladiator?

2021 The Year of the Gladiator Calendar

Check out all of our Wellness Courses

Learn More

For more information on wellness or to become a Gladiator of your department, please email sjcengage@sjgov.org

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