Human Services Branch Leadership

The Human Services Branch provides services and essential resources to protect the most vulnerable
Tulare County residents through the implementation of programs that use best-practice interventions
and education.

Anita Ortiz
Anita Ortiz

Human Services Director, Human Services Branch

Vienna Barnes
Vienna Barnes

Deputy Director for TulareWORKs, Human Services Branch

John Mauro
John Mauro

Deputy Director of Adult Services, Human Services Branch

Francena Martinez
Francena Martinez

Division Manager for TulareWORKs, Human Services Branch

Kristina Leach
Kristina Leach

Division Manager for Self-Sufficiency, Human Services Branch

Courtney Sallam
Courtney Sallam

Division Manager for Child Welfare Services (CWS), Human Services Branch


Agency News

2020 Walk with a Doc Program

2020 Walk with a Doc Program

Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. Each month a different health topic will be covered.  

New Year Pet Resolutions

New Year Pet Resolutions

The start of a new year is a time to set goals to improve your life for the year ahead. It’s also an opportunity for you and your pet to bond, develop healthier habits, and discover new ways to live a full life. 

Older Adults and the Holiday Blues

Older Adults and the Holiday Blues

With the holidays rapidly approaching and the well-documented prevalence of the “Holiday Blues” among older people in mind, I'd like to share some practical guidelines to minimize the possibility of succumbing to holiday-inspired depression. 

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.