Alma Esquivel; Vision y Compromiso, Training and Education Director Alma is a promotora with more than 20 year’s experience, community organizer committed to advocating for social justice. Has been part of the organization Visión y Compromiso for 15 years, starting as the Network Director of promotores and community health workers in Southern California. Has developed and implemented diverse training curricula for promotores, related to health, physical activity, diabetes, leadership, community organizing, advocacy and reproductive justice.
Andrew Subica is a health services researcher and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. His current research addresses the intersection of health and mental health disparities among vulnerable populations including persons of color, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, survivors of trauma, individuals experiencing homelessness, and refugees. He is particularly concerned with improving evidence-based treatments, services, and public policies for underserved individuals using community-based participatory action research, deliberative, and mixed methodologies. Other areas of study include multiracial identity, acculturation, and well-being, clinical assessment, and spirituality for culturally responsive stress coping and wellness. Subica came to UCR after working as a senior research associate at the Loyola Marymount University’s Psychology Applied Research Center, where he collaborated with community-based organizations to develop and evaluate local and national community organizing and health services projects addressing health, education, environmental, and criminal justice issues affecting low-income, communities of color. Prior to that, he trained as a NIH-funded mental health scholar in serious mental illness at the University of Southern California's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and a postdoctoral clinical fellow in psychosocial rehabilitation at the Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Anna Gamble , distinguished veteran, teacher, community leader, coach, mother and wife brings a tranformational message of T.R.U.S.T. (Teaching, Respecting, Understanding, Sensitivity, Training) through her motivational speaking and innovative workshops (Hands-on activities and object lesson). As a bridge connector, her goal is to unite generations to come together in a loving resolution to impact our world. Psalm 71:17-18
Dr. Anthony J. Ratkovic
Graduating from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, I attended and graduated from UC Riverside with a Bachelor of Science, Biology. After working from two years in education and pharmacology, I began my three and a half years of Chiropractic school. I began volunteering in an office during my first year of Chiropractic school where I eventually started working as an associate after becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic. After learning and gaining work experience at this office, I was able to purchase into a partner at my present office where I have practiced since 2005.
Has been working in urban and community agriculture since 2008. Originally starting as a student in New York City he built a strong knowledge of community gardening and the necessary organizing required to not only start them, but maintain them. From 2008-2011 Levine worked summers organizing youth service learning trips to New Orleans to learn and educate about the systemic racial and environmental justice challenges from the events of hurricane Katrina and the recovery/revitalization process. Spending extended time at Our School at Blair grocery, a Growing Power ROTC, Levine was not only able to train in sustainable urban agriculture, but was also able to learn how urban farming can be applied as a tool for education, public health, economic development, and organizing. Levine studied at Pitzer College and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Neuroscience and while finishing he BA also collaborated with Pitzer in Ontario, Maria, Alonso, and the city of Ontario to launch Huerta del Valle. Arthur's work at HdV has resulted in the large urban composting operation, the development of a working urban farm, the development of the community garden and he is currently working with a team to develop educational programming at the farm.
Arline Krieger, MA
Arline Krieger, MA, Parent, grandparent, retired Special Education Teacher and Resource Specialist has volunteered her time and treasure for over 50 years to support parents, children, young adults and professionals in the ever growing field of special needs at many levels. She is a former President of the State, Learning Disabilities Association of CA, Tri City County Mental Health Commissioner and Vice Chair of the CA Association of Local Mental Health Boards and Commissions in Sacramento. As a Parent-partner in County Mental Health, Arline helped develop a large children’s program serving the AB3632 mandate for the public schools. A member since 1965 in the CA Association for Neurologically Handicapped Children, now called Learning Disabilities Association of CA, Arline, was proactive in supporting legislation developing and serving as chair for several annual conferences and symposiums , was teacher of record for University credits at conferences, hosted the National LDA conference in 2014 and created and brought interactive outreach exhibits to the exhibit halls of many organizations through the years.
She continues to provide leadership for the local Pomona Valley/Inland LDA affiliate with monthly meetings, newsletters and a telephone “warm line”. The affiliate also includes a young adult workshop and social at all regular, monthly meetings.
Barry E. Knight, BA, MA, PCC
Barry E. Knight has committed his life to helping leaders massively impact their world. He is the founder and CEO of BEK Impact Company, a leadership coaching, training, and social change company that helps leaders achieve greater social outcomes and personal leadership success. He is the author of the book, “Impactability: Your Call to Massively Impact the Kingdom of God,” as well as a 3-part audio series entitled, "Mastering Servant Leadership." He graduated from Faith Evangelical College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, and later, a Master of Arts in leadership. Barry is also a Professional Certified Coach with International Coach Federation. As a business leader and minister, Barry has masterfully blended his experience into an electrifying and captivating coaching, training, and speaking style that helps leaders massively impact those they lead and serve. His services have been contracted by Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, county governments, nonprofit and human service agencies, universities, school districts, churches, and motivated individuals to help achieve their goals faster and more effectively. Barry has an impeccable ability to discern the needs of those he serves and delivers life changing strategies that help individuals and organizations prosper and thrive.
Dr. Benjamin J. Becerra
Dr. Benjamin Becerra is an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University, School of Allied Health Professions where he teaches biostatistics and research methods to health professionals. His research interests are in minority health disparities, such as among racial/ethnic populations and U.S. veterans. Currently, his research trajectory is in molecular epidemiology and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Becerra is also on the board of the Latino Caucus for Public Health, a 501(c)3 organization in affiliation with the American Public Health Association, which seeks to improve the health and well-being of Latinos and minority populations.
Carol Allbaugh is currently the director of the Inland Coalition, which is dedicated to advancing education and diversity in health professions. She facilitates 3 sub-regional collaborations of educators and health entities and oversees specialized trainings and events and the Health Professions Conference each year when over 500 youth gather at a university to learn more about health professions. The Inland Coalition is part of the California Career Pathway Trust (CCPT) and develop work based learning throughout the region and recently was awarded a WIOA grant to assist youth into Health Professions. In addition, the Inland coalition works with community based programs to train youth to be advocates for health access. The Inland Coalition works closely with school districts to provide work based learning activities such as job shadowing, internships, and site visits.
Carol Allbaugh is a seasoned veteran of Career Technical Education in the Inland Empire. She worked for Moreno Valley School District as the Coordinator of Career Development where she formed a business education partnership that won the Golden Bell Award in 2004. Carol has also worked with San Bernardino Community College District as a CTE manager where she implemented several STEM programs throughout the Inland Empire. She has a MA in Special Education and a MA in Educational Administration. Prior to working at Reach Out, Carol was employed with Peace Corps and worked as the Director of Program and Training in Cambodia
Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration, Career path is to become a Psychiatrist, Passion for mental health, Currently a Community Health Educator. Working in the community as a Prevention Educator and a Community Health Worker with Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health. I share resources and educational materials in the community for mental health services that are available in San Bernardino County.
Chevonna Gaylor, LMFT
Chevonna Gaylor, LMFT, is the founder and lead trainer of G. R.A. S. P. (Gaining Respect through Actively Seeking Perspective) model which offers practical strategies to be applied in everyday clinical settings, utilizing best practices, while concurrently taking historical and current factors into account. Mrs. Gaylor is passionate about and specializes in supporting emotional healing, growth and development (especially in individuals that have suffered some form of trauma); enhancing relationships in the workplace and everyday life; and changing the perception of diversity.
Mrs. Gaylor has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has completed coursework toward a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University – Inland Empire (EdD degree not achieved).
As an experienced clinician, trainer and program leader, Mrs. Gaylor’s clinical experience includes but is not limited to substance abuse treatment, residential, psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, group, couples and individual therapy services/facilities.
She privately provides therapy to former victims of human trafficking through the nonprofit organization Run2Rescue, and volunteers with numerous socially conscious, community-based organizations
Daniel F. Marmolejo
Daniel F. Marmolejo is the Safety Compliance Manager for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and works part-time for the Redlands Police Department as a Surveillance Operator. With more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Mr. Marmolejo has been a sergeant for the Redlands Unified School District Department of Safety, served as a liaison for San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies and has experience with hostage negotiating, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has been recognized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of San Bernardino County, Riverside County Probation Department, the California State Legislature, and the United States Congress for his work with San Bernardino County youth. Mr. Marmolejo actively participates in several committees throughout San Bernardino County focused on making a difference.
Diana Alvarado is currently a Community Outreach Representative at IEHP, Inland Empire Health Plan. She oversees the West End area and conducts outreach activities to assist and connect with uninsured community members as well as educates current IEHP members about utilization. She also recruits and fosters relationships with over 2,000 Community Based Partners throughout the region. Before her position as a Community Outreach Representative Diana assisted IEHP members by serving as a Member Services Representative. She also volunteered for several years at Clinica Tepati, a student run clinic located in Sacramento that provides care to the uninsured. Diana is passionate about helping the community obtain access to care and live healthier lives. She enjoys volunteering, being outdoors and spending time with her loved ones. Diana earned a B.S. in Human Development and B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Davis
Diana Fox is Executive Director of Reach Out, a nonprofit agency established in 1969, whose mission centers on youth and family development in coordination with community building and public policy. Last year, over 30,000 children, youth and adults participated in Reach Out’s programs, including Student Assistance Programs for 14 schools, Environmental Prevention in 9 cities, mentoring, substance abuse prevention in 22 local schools, Youth Grantmakers, Youth and Adult Health Policy and Advocacy training, the Center for Civic Policy & Leadership, Latino Health Collaborative, Healthy City initiatives, and teen pregnancy prevention and parenting classes.
Diana’s focus is on creating opportunities for community-driven, positive change so that everyone can experience success in changing their lives and their communities.
Bringing organizations together to build capacity, address systems-level issues, and offer dynamic programs is of particular importance to Diana. Reach Out is currently incubating Partners for Innovative Communities, a multi-county collaborative that pursues local leadership development for policy-level systemic change to build strong, safe, peaceful communities; and ExecNet, a leadership group for San Bernardino County and Pomona Valley nonprofit executives which is focused on strengthening the sector, advocating as a collective for increased foundation investment in the region, and providing tools to build the capacity and effectiveness of the vital agencies that provide critical services to thousands of residents.
Working on the regional level, Diana was the founding chair of the San Bernardino County Capacity Building Consortium, which for 11 years laid the groundwork for a larger two-county Inland Empire initiative that seeks to increase the ability of community benefit organizations to sustain positive outcomes for all residents in the region.
In 2007, Diana cofounded the Inland Health Professions Coalition with Latino Health Collaborative and serves as chair. This 11-year initiative engages over 300 partners from education, health industry employers, and government to facilitate a multi-sector approach to build a health workforce that is diverse and community-responsive by spearheading solutions to the educational, social and environmental barriers to a seamless health education pipeline in Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties. From these efforts emerged the Convergence Group.
In 2006, then-Assemblymember Negrete McLeod selected Diana as Woman of the Year for the California State Legislature, 61st District; in 2007 received the “Advancing the Status of Women” award from Soroptimist Inland Valley; in 2009 received the “Executive Director of the Year” for the Inland Empire; in 2011 was awarded the “Carol A. Mills Prevention Award”; in 2017 received the “Inland Empire Executive Director of the Year;” and in 2018, Reach Out was awarded “Inland Empire Nonprofit Agency of the Year.”
Diana is an active participant in several collaboratives and nonprofit boards. Board and volunteer experience includes the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Community Vital Signs Steering Committee, Riverside County Healthy Communities Collaborative, the San Bernardino Healthy Communities Collaborative, and Riverside County Healthy Cities Coalition. Having worked many years in the private sector before transitioning to non-profits has given Diana a balanced approach to community stewardship. While work is fulfilling on many levels, she receives great joy and support from her three adult children - Emilee, Aaron and Brandon – and her grandsons Tyler and Jacob.
DeAntwann “DJ” Johnson, M.A.
DeAntwann “DJ” Johnson is a husband, father, author, mentor, coach, counselor, and sports statistician. He grew up in the Indiana foster-care system and yet, despite that, he has gone on to lead a successful and fulfilling life. Before spending nine years in the foster-care system, DJ suffered child abuse, domestic abuse, and emotional trauma. It wasn’t an easy road, but DJ was fortunate enough to have several people throughout his life who inspired him to do great things. He worked hard to overcome a life full of hardships, humiliation, aggression, and self-esteem issues. His trials and triumphs have allowed him to find and pursue his passion as an active advocate for youth. DJ is a compassionate man who has a special place in his heart for uplifting and inspiring students.He gives students hope that they are destined for greatness and capable of accomplishing amazing things, no matter what challenges
they may face.
Dr. Monica Wilson
Monica Wilson has over 17 years Mental Health experience as a Clinical Psychologist. She currently serves as the Regional Lead and Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychology at National University. She is also the Governor Appointee and Chair-elect of the California Mental Health planning Council which provides oversight and accountability for the Governor and Department of Mental Health that oversees the Mental Health Service Act for the State of California. She is also the Vice Chair of The Behavioral Health Commission for the County of San Bernardino in that role she advises the Board of Supervisors and Director of Behavioral Health on aspects of local mental health programs
Dr. Robert LaChausse
Dr. Robert LaChausse is the Department Chairman and Associate Professor of Public Health at California Baptist University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health education and promotion, health behavior, research methods, statistics, and program evaluation. His research interest are in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention, STD/teen pregnancy prevention, obesity prevention, adolescent delinquency, and parent-child relationships. His research has been funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Adolescent Health, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State of California Department of Public Health. His research has been published in such journals as the Journal of Adolescent Health, American Journal of Health Education, Health Promotion Practice, and the Journal of Immigrant Health. He has served as the Chair of the Health Evaluation Section for the American Evaluation Association and as a Faculty Mentor for the Diverse Institutes Drug Abuse Research Program for NIDA.
Eddy Jara manages the Tobacco Control Project through the Riverside University Health System – Public Health. He engages youth, families and local groups in tobacco prevention efforts. He has 25 years of experience working on community health intervention and evaluation. For his doctoral dissertation at UC Berkeley, he looked at persisting challenges to healthy eating among middle school students in working class communities of color. At the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, he taught courses in community health interventions and health policy. He conducted evaluation research on community health worker capacity building. Through the City of Riverside Office of the Mayor, he advanced healthy city partnerships and policies.
Emilee Fox graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech. She is a freelance grant writer and resident of Jurupa Valley. She is the Chair for the Arts & Recreation Action Team for Healthy Jurupa Valley, and also a Fellow for the Center for Civic Policy and Leadership. She is deeply committed to working toward meaningful change in Jurupa Valley.
Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Essenwanger graduated from Southern California Law School and received her law degree in 2004. Committed to the ideals of public service, she became a Deputy District Attorney with Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in 2007. As a Deputy District Attorney, she has worked in various assignments such as Domestic Violence, Special Prosecutions, Identity Theft, Insurance Fraud, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Inspired by now sitting Judge Raquel Marquez and Managing Deputy District Attorney Gerry Lopez, who shared the same ideology, that justice and public safety require, not only incarceration of violent criminals, but also meaningful efforts to divert young people away from crime and delinquency, decided to become part of the Riverside County Youth Accountability Team (YAT) Program. In 2012, she became the Coordinator for Gang Awareness Mentoring and Education, also known as G.A.M.E, a position previously held by Supervisor Gerry Lopez. Through this program, Mrs. Essenwanger provides gang awareness education and prevention trainings, engages in community partnerships designed to reduce youth gang participation, and serves as a community liaison specializing in youth delinquency intervention services. Mrs. Essenwanger has been very active traveling to schools, churches, and community organizations throughout Riverside County to provide parents the skills and information they need to keep their children away from gangs and other at-risk behaviors, and more importantly, to build positive and healthy relationships with their children.
Francisco Ramirez, Community Program Specialist II for the Rubidoux Community Resource Center
Personal: CCPL has helped me grow, connect, and become a servant leader. The coaching sessions has helped me stir my goals and convert them into action. Learning about how policy impacts and drives health. I never thought that policy could be connected with health. Now, I know that policy can assist with creating a better community with embedding safety measures for the following years to follow. Impact in Community: CCPL fellows united to implement a health resolution for the City of Jurupa Valley has been one of the most time taking, challenging, and but rewarding feelings that I have.
Corporal Fred Alvarez has been with the Ontario Police Department for 21 years. He is currently one of the Ontario Police Department's Press Information Officers (PIO). Part of my duties is to be an official spokesperson of the Ontario Police Department and releases information to the public on behalf of the Chief of Police. The PIO maintains a cooperative working relationship with the media and releases factual information without hindering on-going investigations. He is a member of the National Information Officer Association and has attended numerous debriefings on active shooter and terrorist attacks. Previously Alvarez was the ABC Officer for the department and oversaw all Alcohol Beverage Control licenses and alcohol sales permits within the City of Ontario. He has been conducting ABC Enforcement and Training since 2003 and has written and been assigned to several ABC Grant Assistance Programs. He is the writer and Instructor for the ABC POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) Certified Class – Alcohol Compliance and Enforcement. He is the writer and instructor for the Ontario Police Department Responsible Beverage Server Training Class – (READ) Retail Education on Alcohol and Drugs, which was certified by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Corporal Alvarez was a previous instructor for the NLLEA (National Liquor Law Enforcement Association) Academy and has given presentations at previous NLLEA Conferences. In his spare time he is a Policy Consultant for Reach Out. He has written ordinances related to alcohol, butane, and synthetic drugs.
Rev. George Lamb, CEO of Millennium Man Consultants, LLC; Founder/CEO of Millennium Man Ministries; and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Faith Advisory Council for Community Transformation (F.A.C.C.T.) and American Evangelical Christian Churches Director of Communications and Development. He is a Servant Leader to Community Based and Non-Profit organizations, county and state government agencies serving the Inland Southern California region county of San Bernardino in the following ways: As a member of the Community Vital Signs Steering Committee, he serves as Chair of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee, Co-Chair of the Public Safety sub-committee and is a member of the Strategic Plan Implementation, Education, Economic Development and Nominations Select sub-committees. He also he serves on San Bernardino County’s Homeless Veteran’s Advisory Board and Taskforce; in addition to membership on the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Wellness Strategy Action Team and is privileged to have received recent appointment to the First 5 San Bernardino Advisory Board. He additionally has received recent appointments to the Inland Empire Fatherhood Coalition and San Bernardino County Drugs and Gangs Taskforce.
Gurumantra Khalsa is passionate about health. That’s reflected in his profession as publisher of Nutrition News, the award-winning newsletter covering food, nutrition and health. He is the creator of the "Is It Healthy?" Game, a game where everyone who plays wins. Gurumantra collaborates with City of Riverside's East Side Heal Zone healthy community group and chairs the Riverside County food access committee. He serves as the Ex Officio chair of the advisory board of the Riverside Food Systems Alliance. The RFSA is developing and implementing a sustainable, local agricultural economy. The RFSA is making healthy food access the rallying point around a systems approach to sustainability, health and economic redevelopment.
Gurumantra is a founding member of the Friends Of Riverside's Hills, a non-profit environmental group dedicated to preserving Riverside's hillsides, arroyos and green belt. He continues to be an active participant in the evolving development of Riverside's Green Action Plan. This citizen-city collaboration has put Riverside in the forefront of sustainable best practices and is a favorite story he enjoys sharing about Riverside.
Gurumantra’s background also includes architecture, general contracting, and teaching kundalini yoga and vegetarian cooking classes. He has often been heard to say that he lives in the City of his Dreams.
James A. Martinez, Ed.D., is a program manager of Assessment, Research, and Data Analysis at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, where he assists leadership with education support services, collective impact initiatives, and integrating interactive data systems. Prior to joining San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, he was an instructor at Loma Linda University Health and an epidemiologist with the County of Los Angeles. Mr. Martinez’s life experience and cultural heritage have motivated his study of disparities in educational attainment and population health-related issues, particularly involving early interventions and the development of preventive programs for youth and underserved populations. He also mentors first-generation college students, high school students, and troubled children. Mr. Martinez is committed to serving his community and has utilized his knowledge and experiences to help educate and lead people toward.
Jay Goth is a founder and principal at Murrieta Genomics, the genomic sequencing incubator situated at the Murrieta Innovation Center. The company provides access to next generation sequencing technology for researchers in the health, veterinary, agriculture, and forensics and direct to consumer industries. The company is a true business incubator, offering mentorship and guidance from both the scientific and business perspective to aspiring genomic-related entrepreneurs. He is also the managing partner of Forentis Fund, a life science venture fund focused on precision medicine. Jay is a serial entrepreneur, having been involved in dozens of startups in the energy, technology, biotechnology and financial industries. Jay is the executive director of InSoCal CONNECT, a nonprofit that works closely with university researchers, private companies and investors to advance innovation in Southern California.
Jazmine Johnson is the Land Use & Health Program Associate for Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles where she serves as the 500 Feet Project Coordinator. In this role, she coordinates workshops involving health professionals, field experts, and community members and conducts research surrounding issues of industrial land use and health in the South and Southeast Los Angeles communities. Her experience and expertise are in community engagement and organizing, health research, and public policy. Jazmine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a Specialization in Neuroscience from the University of Chicago.
Jennifer Kane is an artist, arts advocate, and guide from Los Angeles, CA and currently resides in Joshua Tree, CA. Through a multidisciplinary, adaptive public practice Ms. Kane creates opportunities for communities, both embedded and momentary, to gather in unexpected environments, inspiring a deeper understanding and re-connection to self, other and place. Currently she serves as the Executive Director of Arts Connection - the Arts Council of San Bernardino County - where the focus of her leadership is to develop and advocate for county-wide opportunities for artists to deepen civic engagement and enrich the lives of every person in the communities we serve.
Jennifer Gateley has 20 years of experience as an educator. Currently, Mrs. Gateley serves as San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Coordinator for Literacy, English Language Arts (ELA), and English Language Development (ELD). Mrs. Gateley is a dedicated supporter of the San Bernardino County Vision2Read initiative and is a resource for developing a collaborative literacy campaign and implementing language and literacy initiatives to increase reading proficiency in the schools and communities across San Bernardino County. Mrs. Gateley brings a variety of school level experiences from her previous roles as a Principal, instructional coach, assessment coordinator, and teacher. Mrs. Gateley believes that ensuring a foundation of literacy for all students will positively impact equity, excellence and innovation in our schools, homes and communities and benefit the success and wellness of the whole child.
Jessica Cuevas is a Mental Health Education Consultant with the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health’s Office of Cultural Competence and Ethnic Services. She is a certified safeTALK trainer and has provided numerous suicide prevention trainings to staff, parents, and students. She has been involved with many campaigns within the community to promote mental health awareness and safety. She has also developed various mental health education curriculum, materials, and resources. Jessica has received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California Baptist University.
Joelle is a highly skilled researcher and evaluator with more than 20 years of experience in the academic and nonprofit sectors. Joelle has expertise in mixed-methods approaches to evaluation and is adept in advanced statistical approaches to data modeling. This includes logistical regression, multivariate analysis, scaling and data reduction techniques. She is also an adept facilitator, and is skilled at guiding diverse groups through a process of learning and planning. Joelle blends these skills with deep knowledge of wide range of issues such as early childhood, housing, mental health services, violence prevention, at-risk youth, and elder services.
Johannes Moenius is a professor of global business and the founding director of the Institute of Spatial Economic Analysis. He holds the William R. and S. Sue Johnson Endowed Chair of Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Planning at the University of Redlands. He studied Management Science at Bamberg University and Economics at the Technical University in Dresden, Queen’s University, Canada and the University of California, San Diego, where he received his Ph.D. He has presented his work in more than 100 universities, conferences, and government institutions.
Dr. Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D
Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., is a psychologist specializing perinatal mental health and the creator and host of the Mom & Mind Podcast, which focuses on maternal mental health and wellness. Dr. Kat has a private practice in Claremont, Ca and runs a free pregnancy and postpartum stress support group in her community. She volunteers with Postpartum Support International and works with San Bernardino Co.’s Maternal Mental Health workgroup as a subject matter expert to provide training to local mental health and allied healthcare providers. Dr. Kat’s mission is to support mothers and families, train health care providers, advocate for women and families and bring discussions of maternal mental health out in the open.
Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter, DSW, MSW
Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter received her BA in psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2002 and her MSW from California State University, Long Beach in 2007. In 2017, Kendra received her Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Flores-Carter currently works as a Maternal Child and Pediatrics Associated Clinical Social Worker. Additionally to being an Associated Clinical Social Worker Dr. Flores-Carter prides herself in also being a researcher in the Perinatal Mental Health Field. Dr. Flores-Carter have served on Institutional Review Boards and her current research interest is the use mindfulness meditation and the reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms in Black and Latino women as well as health disparities faced by minority population in the U.S and Internationally. Dr. Flores-Carter is also a professor at California Baptist University where she lectures in the Masters Social Work program. Dr. Flores-Carter holds her certificate in Maternal Mental Health receiving her certificate training from Postpartum Support International. She has done several workshops and conference presentation on topics related to maternal mental health as well as other issues relating to children and women’s health including breastfeeding, intimate partner violence, disparities in health care, child abuse and neglect. Dr. Flores-Carter currently serves as co-chair of the Inland Empire Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. She’s an active member Postpartum Support International, and facilitates a free monthly Postpartum Support Group for women and their families. Dr. Flores-Carter has received several honors and awards for her dedicated work to improve education, support and resources for Women and Children as it relates to Maternal Mental Health. Dr. Flores-Carter recently received the 2018 Shine a Light on Child Abuse Award for her work to bring awareness and education on Maternal Mental Health and tireless efforts to ensure safety of at risk mothers and children.Dr. Flores-Carter recently developed her own consulting organization Caribbean Moms Network to continue her efforts to educate marginalized communities on Mental Health and Wellness. Dr. Flores-Carter is also the Executive Director of the Janet Don’t Cry Foundation a non-profit organization geared towards bringing more mental health education, resources and support to Caribbean communities in the Unites States and Internationally.
Jessica is Research Associate in the Public Health Science Department at California Baptist University. Jessica and her research team – Department Chair and Professor Dr. Robert LaChausse, Graduate Research Assistant Rebecca Ruiz, and Undergraduate Research Assistant Cassidy Rogers – focus on child and adolescent health risk behavior, and health program evaluation. They have worked on several federally funded research projects, and are currently partnering on a Drug Free Communities project with the Healthy Jurupa Valley Coalition.
John Anthony is a Program Associate at Equality California (EQCA) responsible for a portfolio of grant funded health, mental health and public health programs. He is also responsible for Equality California Institute's Leadership Academy and key mobilizing and organizing initiatives in Southern California. Prior to joining Equality California, he worked at a federally qualified health center in Long Beach where he oversaw a variety of federally and privately funded public health programs addressing public health disparities.He has worked with local and state leaders on various policy advocacy campaigns to advance health equity and reduce health disparities for undeserved and vulnerable communities. Anthony graduated from the University of Southern California, and is pursuing a masters degree in public health at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.
Kati Ann is a Speaker; Radio Host, Author, Actress and Ms. California American Diamonds. She is an advocate for tween and teen girls and hosts forums for them addressing life issues. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State San Bernardino in communications with a minor in Theater.
Dr. Kevin Lew
Dr. Kevin Lew is a southern California native. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California at Berkeley. He attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences and graduated with honors in 2015. Upon graduation, Dr. Lew was accepted into a rigorous one year rotating medicine and surgical internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego. He is currently an associate veterinarian practicing exclusively on dogs and cats at VCA Hillcrest. He lives with his wife, two dogs and betta fish in San Diego.
Kiaundra Jackson, LMFT
Kiaundra Jackson is known as America's #1 Relationship Therapist. She has been recently featured in The NY Times, Vice and The Huffington Post as one of the ‘10 Black Female Therapists You Should Know.’ She is a speaker, 2x author, and trusted Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #100193 that gets results. Kiaundra is the Visionary of KW Couples Therapy, and the Co-Founder of KW Essential Services and Black Speakers Rock. As a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are: Premarital and Marital issues, Anxiety, Depression, Life Transition, Grief, Loss, and Faith Based Counseling. Her therapeutic approach is holistic, eclectic, and tailored to her clients' needs, making sure each person is cared for biologically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Through her early work, she discovered the importance of having healthy relationships. From that point on, she chose to specialize in helping couples strengthen and repair their relationships. She specializes in improving intimacy with couples by increasing effective two-way communication. She is dedicated to helping couples increase sexual, physical, emotional, and spiritual intimacy. Kiaundra specializes in working with couples who truly desire to maintain a healthy, long-lasting relationship and uncover their true potential. Kiaundra’s vision is to help 10,000 couples heal their relationships, prevent divorce, and keep families together.
Kiaundra Jackson provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies with compassion and understanding. She works with each individual, couple, or family to help build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Education: Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Kuldip Thusu, PH.D
The professional life of Dr. Kuldip Thusu has been long and varied. He has earned his Bachelor Honors in Biophysics, his Master’s Honors in Biophysics, his Master’s in Clinical Chemistry, and his Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine. His accomplishments in clinical research have included managing the Department of Medicine and Diabetes – Endocrine Center of Western New York, at the Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as serving as the Research Director at The Advanced Biomedical Research Institute. He has been published in top-rated international pier reviewed scientific and medical journals, and he has been party to the development and testing of new and groundbreaking therapeutic treatments through numerous clinical research trials. However, his profession journey transformed when he relocated to Central California in the late 1990s. Dr. Thusu has since played a vital role in community of Dinuba, California serving as the President/CEO of a local clinical research organization, Universal BioPharma Research Institute Inc. (UBRI), and serving as CEO for Alta Family Health Clinic, Inc. (AFHC), a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center, both of which have become fixtures in the community. He serves as a member of the California League of Cities Revenue and Taxation Committee and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Governing Board. Dr. Thusu has been involved in many professional and civic activities, and he has received numerous business and community commendations for these efforts.
As a resident since 1990, Laura and her husband Bryce settled in Jurupa Valley to raise their family. As their 3 children grew-up, Laura was involved in various capacities as a community volunteer. Laura became actively involved in the incorporation effort in 2006 and was a founding member of the Jurupa Valley Incorporation Research Committee (JVIRC)
· Council Member representative for the Santa Ana River Trail Policy Advisory Group (SART PAG)
· Council Member participant in the Healthy Jurupa Valley Initiative; Active member in the Riverside County Health Coalition
· Council Member Representative for WRCOG Executive Committee, Admin and Finance Committee and Health Sub-committee
· Community Involvement: UC Riverside Citizens University Committee (CUC)- Board Member, Jurupa Unified School District (JUSD) Holiday Food Drive- Co-chair, Jurupa Valley Arts Council- Past President, Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce- Member, Jurupa Citizen Corps- Member
· Recognitions: 2013 Family Values Award; 2014 State of California 60th Assembly District Woman of the Year; 2016 Riverside University Health System Public Health Community Champion; 2017 American Planning Association, CA Chapter, IE Section Elected Official Category Winner
· Elected to the Jurupa Valley City Council- 2011, Re –elected 2014, Served as the City’s first Mayor through 2012 and served again as Mayor in 2016, current City Council Member
LuAnna Jauregui is currently serving at Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), as the Community Outreach Manager. LuAnna manages the operations and ensures successful program outcomes for a variety of community health programs. She and her team have supported the member growth at IEHP, they now have over 1 million members. LuAnna is dedicated and passionate about the creation and implementation of creating innovative community health programs that impact healthy lifestyle practices for children, young adults and families. Before her position at IEHP, LuAnna worked with the Center for Oral Health, located at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Prior to this, she worked in Arizona, where she served as a Care Coordinator for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She also has several years of experience in working with Orange
Luz Gallegos was born and raised in the Inland Empire. She began, "en la causa, el movimiento" as a very young child with the guidance of her parents. Advocating for civil/social justice, organizing, and marching alongside with great leaders like Bert Corona, Soledad “Chole” Alatorre, and Cesar E. Chavez. Luz is a natural leader. Her organizing and advocating experience came first hand throughout her childhood. At a very young age she developed a community conscious and commitment, what has become part of her life. She has led hundreds of community programs and campaigns dealing with an array of issues, immigrant rights, and civic engagement. Luz has mentored hundreds of youth and has motivated them to continue with their education while not forgetting their roots. As Community Program Director at TODEC Legal Center, she continues to give continuity to her family’s community commitment and legacy.
Margarita Luna joined The California Endowment in June 2007. As Senior Program Manager for the Eastern Coachella Valley under TCE’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities initiative, Luna manages a grant portfolio focused on improving community health through community engagement in policy/advocacy and systems change. Prior to joining The Endowment, Luna served as a Pedro Zamora Fellow with AIDS United (formerly AIDS Action), Keck-Vivian Weinstein Child Advocacy Fellow and later Senior Social Worker for Public Counsel among many other positions advancing the health and well-being of the most underserved. Luna earned her B.A., M.P.H. and M.S.W. from UCLA. She is also a Certified Professional Coach and lives in San Dimas with her husband and two young sons.
In September 2014, Maria Teresa Alonso found herself celebrated at a regional health collaborative meeting in San Bernardino. People cheered for her work in organizing the Huerta del Valle community garden, and for her commitment to local food and health. Someone in the audience said they wished there could be a whole room full of Marias—a room full of Marias might make change in our region possible. Maria’s leadership has grown in concert with Huerta del Valle and in response to her family’s health challenges. Huerta del Valle was the result when her son’s ADHD and her husband’s diabetes drove her to seek healthy food, only to find it miles from her community and at a prohibitive price. Maria started Huerta del Valle with a handful of Pitzer College students, 10 Ontario families, and a will for change. She built what is now a thriving, 62-family community garden, urban farm, and tax-exempt nonprofit for which she is now executive director. Little by little, she says, she is learning—English, computer skills, what it means to lead with heart. She thinks, “If I can do this, you can too. If they can do it over there, I can do it here too.” She is passing on this confidence, drive and values to other members of her community through innovative programming and the vision of “a garden every mile” for her community and others in the region. Huerta del Valle, Maria says, is about growing leaders and a community as well as food.
I received my undergraduate degree in Public Health Education at CSUSB and I am currently working on my Masters in Public Health Community Education. I'm a Project Support Specialist at Reach Out within the department of Inland Health Profession Coalition. I coordinate the Mental and Behavioral Health Pipeline at two high schools were I coordinate different mental health trainings such as suicide prevention, cultural competency, mental health law and ethics, and QPR for the students within the Pipeline. Within the Program, the students are prepared for a variety of healthcare careers such as mental and behavioral health and embed it into the content for students through relevant career training and work readiness. The students also participate in out of school learning experiences such as mentoring and internships. I became a QPR instructor in 2018 and received my training from QPR institute.
Nicole Rojas is a Chicana from Los Angeles with over 20 years experience working in and with Community. She is also the Executive Director of the Northern Southern Winds Cultural Foundation and co-founder of the Healing Communities Collaborative.
Dr. Monideepa B. Becerra, PHD, MPH, CHES
Dr. Becerra is an Associate Professor at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), with research emphasis social epidemiology. Her recent publications highlight the role of food insecurity on health outcomes, including mental health and dietary practices. Dr. Becerra was also a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Diversity Fellow, during which she worked at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Department of Research, Madison, Wisconsin, on infectious disease epidemiology. She has also served as a mentor for national programs, including the Network for Public Health Law and Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools. In the community, Dr. Becerra is currently a member of the Community Engagement Advisory Committee for American Lung Association, Inland Empire and a board member of the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship. At CSUSB, Dr. Becerra serves as the Co-Director for the Center for Health Equity, Program Director for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, Coordinator for the Bachelors of Science in Health Science with concentration in Public Health Education, Chair of accreditation committee for public health programs, Coordinator for the Health Equity and Disparities Certificate, and holds membership on several committees.
Robert Avina, BS, MPH
Mr. Avina currently serves as a PrEP Programs Manger at the Desert AIDS Project where his responsibilities are focused on managing data and informatics, in addition to managing staff and PrEP prevention related grants. He also holds certifications in, Health Disparities, California Basic Test counselor training, Alere Determine 4th generation test, and is also a California Department of Public Health: State Office of AIDS certified HIV and Hepatitis C test counselor. Mr. Avina has also published and presented several scholarly work related to HIV prevention and other social epidemiologic topics, including invited speaker session at American Public Health Association. He is also a teaching associated at California State University, San Bernardino, where he teaches general education and upper division biostatistics courses. Mr. Avina has further served in several leadership roles, including Communications Chair at Latino Caucus for Public Health at American Public Health Association. He holds as Associates degree in Human and Behavioral Sciences, B.S. in Health Science Public Health Education, and is currently finishing his Masters of Public Health degree.
Dr. Salome Kapella-Mshigeni
Dr. Salome Kapella-Mshigeni is an adjunct professor at California State University San Bernardino in the College of Natural Sciences. Her research interest include: substance use disorder (tobacco use, illicit drugs, & alcohol), chronic & infectious disease epidemiology (cancer, diabetes, heart failure, HIV/AIDS), population health, health disparities, and program evaluation.
Scott McGrath has been the Supervisor for the Research and Evaluation and Community Engagement units of First 5 San Bernardino, also known as the Children and Families Commission for San Bernardino, since 2010. He is highly experienced in the development and implementation of complex initiatives designed to directly serve the community or connect with existing systems to strengthen families and children. Prior to his arrival at First 5, Scott had worked in various roles with children living in or exiting from the child welfare system.
Shannon Dicus began his law enforcement career with the department as an explorer scout at the age of 16. Shannon honorably served in the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division as a Military Police Officer from 1985 until 1988. Following his service, he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Police Officer in 1990. Shannon graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy in 1991. Throughout his career, Shannon has held notable positions, Commander of the Intelligence Division, Captain of the Technical Services Division, Captain of Bureau of Administration, Deputy Chief of the Detentions and Corrections Bureau, and Assistant Sheriff of Support Operations. Sheriff John McMahon promoted Shannon to Undersheriff in 2018, he duties include managing the department’s annual budget, recommending and reviewing proposed organizational changes with the Sheriff. Shannon determines appropriate staffing levels and priorities. He evaluates the objectives and effectiveness of all department divisions to ensure optimal success in crime prevention and enforcement efforts. California State University San Bernardino and a Master of Arts degree in Communications from California Baptist University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and the California State Sheriffs Association.
Silvia Ortega works tirelessly to educate communities on the importance of supporting pregnant parents (prenatal and postnatal) along with home visitation initiatives, as that is where health and education begin. To create positive social change, she believes in the power of popular education, which encourages people to teach and learn from each other about issues that matter most to communities. In November 2016, she became the first Latina elected to Jurupa Unified School District Governing Board of trustees for area two. As a product of the same school district she has a continual desire and commitment to serve and see youth grow up to be leaders and achieve success. As of May 2018, Ortega became the first clinic-based community health worker to be employed at Loma Linda University Health in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) department. Silvia’s motto is “Together, we can be the positive impact in a child’s life and change future generations to come.”
Stephanie Murillo is in her eighth year with the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department. After leaving a career in teaching, she began as a Workforce Development Specialist, developing and facilitating workshops and assisting customers to improve their likelihood of finding employment. As the Program Specialist, her primary focus was staff training and program development, and she was specifically charged with the transition between the Workforce Investment Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Now, as an Administrative Supervisor, she serves alongside her Riverside County partner as a WIOA Regional Organizer, lead for the Inland Empire SlingShot Initiative and all collaborative projects across the region. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration, with a specialization in Organizational Leadership.
Ms. Aguilar is the WeTip Chief Executive Officer and has been on staff with WeTip for over 40 years. She has coordinated the management of hundreds of Crime hotline programs and services within the WeTip organization to positively impact crime in the United States. She has coordinated the WeTip National Conference and has conducted more than 2,000 training seminars nationwide to train law enforcement officers, and corporate security on how to effectively implement the WeTip program. Ms Aguilar graduated with an Associate Degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Organizational Management..
Dr. Susan Jetton
Dr. Susan Jetton earned her DNP from Western University of Health Services in Pomona, CA. She has been a nurse for the past 37 years with the majority of her nursing career spent concentrating on maternal child health. She currently teaches perinatal nursing at California Baptist University, has been on the Office of Minority Health advisory board for Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) for the past five years, and is one of the advisers for the PPE club at CBU where students participate in a variety of activities both on campus and in the community to promote preconception health. She spoken at multiple conferences and PPE trainings on the topic of Preconception Health.
Steve Russo is a best-selling author, radio/TV host, professional drummer and communicator who has spoken in 35 states and 29 countries. He is a frequent speaker on middle school and high school campuses with his Choices assembly program. Steve is an advocate for youth and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Biola University. He’s also a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program.
Facilitated by Steve Ward, founder of Future N Focus Dream Catcher Enterprises, winner of the innovation in Education award 2017, professional speaker, author, software designer and multi-media producer.
Thi Kim Pham
T. Kim Pham is in her tenth year with Riverside County Workforce Development. T. serves alongside her San Bernardino County partner as a WIOA Regional Organizer (co-lead) for the Inland Empire SlingShot Initiative and all collaborative projects across the Inland Empire Regional Planning Unit. She is engaged in implementing and supporting a multitude of public, academic, and community programs with targeted strategies that engage internal and external stakeholders and community members in collaborative efforts. T. has a diverse employment background within government, academic, non-profit and public health settings. She is a UC Berkeley alumna, with a BS in Plant Genetics and a BA in Art Practice. As well, she holds a Master of Public Health, with a focus in Community Health Education.
Vernita Todd joined Health Center Partners of Southern California in 2016. In her role as senior vice president, her priorities include developing actionable relationships among both elected officials and their staffs at all levels of government and ensuring members have a seat and a voice at the table for emerging policy discussions and issues impacting primary care with the California Primary Care Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers. Todd is a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers, and in 2014, she won its Elizabeth K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award. Previously, Vernita served 10 years as CEO of the Heart City Health Center in Elkhart, Indiana, and is the President/Founder of the Human Capital Group, which works with nonprofit organizations in strategic planning and change management. During her tenure as CEO of Heart City Health Center, Todd sat on numerous boards, most recently as chair of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, vice chair for Oaklawn Psychiatric Center and board member for Goshen Hospital. Vernita holds a master's degree of business administration from Davenport University, a master's degree in organizational communication and behavior and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Murray State University, KY. Vernita is also Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).