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Ken Seeley Keynote Speaker - Lunch Day 1

Finding Your Truth…What is holding you back? 

Ken Seeley has been featured on the Emmy Award winning A&E television series Intervention and founder of Intervention911, one of the most prominent and successful private intervention services in the country. During the lunch plenary session on Tuesday, June 18, Ken will share his experiences about addiction, denial and how to break through the barriers that are holding you back.


Whether coping with a severe or a soft addiction, a life-threatening situation, or just an impediment to true happiness, we're all in denial about something. It might be small and seemingly innocent, such as the fact that you're not trying to excel in your job as much as you could or should be. Or it could be much larger and destroying your life. The truth is, no matter who you are, no matter how small or large your problems may seem, denial is holding you back from living your life to the fullest.

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Mary Parks Keynote Speaker -  Lunch Day 2 

The Keynote Speaker on Wednesday will be Emmy Award winning journalist Mary Parks. She is the  central Los Angeles Bureau Chief at Spectrum News as well as creator and host of "American  Spirit", a weekly PBS television series. Parks will deliver a motivational talk about leadership and

 perseverance when it appears the odds are against you.  


Dr. Cid Pinedo Keynote Speaker - Day 2 Closing Plenary

The Closing Keynote Speaker on Wednesday, June 19th is the highly inspirational Dr. Cid Pinedo, CEO of the Children's Fund.  He is a respected executive and educator, human services advocate, and fundraiser with deep roots in the Inland Empire. Dr.  Pinedo has led the Children's Fund nonprofit organization in its mission of giving vulnerable children support, opportunity, and hope by breaking destructive cycles through his vast network of community partnerships.  “Growing up in an under-resourced community of poverty,” said Pinedo, “I learned that through hard work and commitment, we can be agents of change.

Dr. Pinedo's message of action in the face of adversity, and being bold in speaking truth to power is a powerful ending to two inspirational days of learning and advocacy.  


Panel & Breakout Session Topics Include:

Looking for Money in All the Wrong Places

Join a group of funders who value investing in infrastructure and growth for nonprofits and learn about upcoming opportunities to evaluate and grow your agency.  Hear from seasoned nonprofit professionals who have navigated the challenging funding landscape and come out on top.  Invest in yourself and your agency by attending this exceptional session. 


Placemaking & Profit:

Finding Balance in Workforce Housing in the Inland Empire

We know that for individual communities to thrive, the businesses within those communities must be competitive, and the people employed by the businesses must earn enough at the very least to afford life’s basic necessities, but when workers find themselves with no choice but to move further and further away from their place of employment in order to afford housing or live in stable neighborhoods, quality of life measures suffer.


Taking Care of Our Kids’ MINDs

Every day, our young people attend school, and yet a high percentage of students report not feeling safe on campus or having access to mental health services they need.  In this session, hear directly from the advocates that work with students and their real-time struggles, while also learning about innovative and successful initiatives. 

This session will give attendees the tools they need for implementing a variety of proven strategies that are

vital to our students' success and wellbeing.  







Day 1- June 18th

Plenaries and Breakout Sessions

10:00- 10:30AM Opening Ceremonies / Welcome in the Ballroom

Breakout Sessions

10:45- 12 PM  

Barbara Alejandre With Student Presentation (Ballroom)

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Vital Signs: Transforming Lives Through Student Voice

SBCSS, in collaboration with the San Bernardino Community Vital Signs (CVS) Initiative, is transforming lives through student voice. For the past several years, participants have addressed issues important to their community and their future by engaging with their peers to analyze and gain insights from San Bernardino County’s Community Transformation Plan 2015-2020 developed through the CVS Initiative. The students’ presentations demonstrate how key health issues related to factors like the economy, education, access to health and wellness (including access to health care, behavioral health, and healthy behaviors), and safety (including community and school safety) are affecting the vitality and wellbeing of our countywide communities. 


Dr. Salome Mshigeni

PhD Assistant Professor California State University San Bernardino

Fighting Substance Use Addiction: The Need to Create Policies that Support Prevention Efforts

Kara D. Lubin 

100 Mile Club Founder

Creating Champions and Change, One Mile at a Time

Sahara Huazana

Project Manager Alianza for Environmental Justice Alianza Coachella Valley

Exploring the Inspiration, Lessons, and Breakthroughs, from Rural Communities

Panel:  Gail Wadsworth, Jeremy Hobbs, Leslie Lujan, and Nancy Jalomo

Dr. Kristy Remick     

Western University of Health Sciences

Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Learning

Dr. Letitia Wright 

Stand Up For Kids   

Entrepreneurship as Youth Homelessness Prevention

Steve Lambert

20/20 Network

Changing the Narrative Workshop


12:00-1:30 Lunch Plenary (Ballroom)

Keynote:  Ken Seeley

Lunch Buffet, Entertainment & Networking

1:30 - 3:30

The Convergence Inland Health Workforce Summit (Ballroom)

 The expanding healthcare sector is a primary economic driver for the region, and as a health leader in Inland Southern California, you are invited to attend The Convergence Inland Health Workforce Summit. The Summit features noted speakers from across the state, and will result in articulating the bold policy and system actions that will build the health workforce we need now.  

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Elizabeth Gibboney, CEO – Partnership HealthPlan of California*

  • Jeffrey Oxendine, CA Future Health Workforce Commission-former Co-Director; CEO, Health Career Connection; Director of Health Workforce and Diversity, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

  • Anne Bakar, President & CEO, Telecare Corporation*

  • Margarita Luna, The California Endowment

  • Greg Buchert, MD MPH, President, Care1st Health Plan, Blue Shield of California

  • Emma Simmons, MD MPH, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Health Sciences Clinical Professor-Family Medicine, University of California Riverside School of Medicine

  • Trudy Raymundo, Director, County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health

      *Denotes a Commissioner, California Future Health Workforce Commission



Lara Kain

ACEs Connection’s Southern California Community Facilitator

Be the Spark! Building Resilient Communities


Dr. Jessica Martone

Director of Research and Evaluation at SmartStart Evaluation and Research

How to Identify and Measure Outcomes vs Focusing on Outputs for Non-profit Programs/Services

Nelly Telleria

Program Associate at Riverside Community Health Foundation

Riverside Community Health Foundation - Transform Your Community!  

Adult and Youth Leadership Successes in the Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative

Health Panel:  Dr. Shene Bowie Hussey, Ceclia Arias, Ra'Niesha Bratton

Luz Gallegos

Community Programs Director at TODEC Legal Center

Immigration Staff Attorney Defend and Protect- Where we are? Where do we go from here?

Elyse Severson

Prevention Manager at House of Ruth

Effects of Teen Dating Violence

Pat Hines  

Founder/Executive Director of Safe  

Traffic: A Health Crisis for Youth



Ronnie Robinson

Section Manager: Systems & Communications at First 5 San Bernardino

Help Me Grow IE: System Linkages


Yu Zhang

Smart Start Evaluation and Research

Perfecting your Survey Development Skill : Why and How?

(for Community based Programs)

Demi Espinoza

Senior Equity & Policy Manager at Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Strategies for Cultivating Equity Champions of SRTS Tactical Urbanism

Panel: Maha Rizvi and Julia Lippe-Klein

Jennifer Kane

Executive Director Arts Connection at The Art Council of San Bernardino

Human Restoration Services

Artina McIntosh

CEO/ Founder of Empowering Success Now

Reducing Poverty through Gig Badge and New Collar Economy

Deputy Aaron Halloway

San Bernardino County Sheriff Department

Homeless Outreach and Engagement through Community Partnership

Justine Garcia - Youth & Adult 

Management Analyst II Rancho Cucamonga  

Non-Traditional Partnership: Government & Community empowering

Teens to take action and Build a Culture of  Health


Paul Espinosa - Youth Track

Prevention Plus

Bullet Proof Identity

Special Event:

50th Anniversary Dinner Celebration  

Dinner - Awards - Entertainment - Silent Auction

(additional cost to attend: $125)

Day 2- June 19th

Plenaries & Breakout Sessions


8:30-10:00am - Opening Plenary  (Ballroom)

Placemaking & Profit:  Finding Balance in Workforce Housing in the Inland Empire

We know that for individual communities to thrive, the businesses within those communities must be competitive, and the people employed by the businesses must earn enough at the very least to afford life’s basic necessities, but when workers find themselves with no choice but to move further and further away from their place of employment in order to afford housing or live in stable neighborhoods, quality of life measures suffer.

Moderator:  Peggi Hazlett - CEO Greater Ontario Business Council




Al Zelinka, FAICP, CMSM

City of Riverside, City Manager


Scott Ochoa

City of Ontario, City Manager


Jonathan Weldy

Meridian Land Development Co.; Chairman, Planning Commissioner, San Bernardino Co. 1st District; Board Member, San Bernardino Co. Workforce Development Board


Jimmy Elrod

Southwest Carpenter’s Union Local 909/951, Business Agent


Dave S. Osborne

Ironworkers International Union, General Organizer


Duane Baker

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority/Council of Governments, Deputy Executive Director


Morning Breakout Session


George Lamb 

Faith & Justice Survey Results

Hope Velarde & Victoria Rigney

Management Analyst for the City of Rancho Cucamonga

Mindfulness in Schools using a Community Schools Model


Evelyn Essenwagere

Deputy District Attorney at the Riverside District Attorney’s Office

Gang Awareness Presentation for Educators

Panelists:  William Welch, Kristen DiNicola, Samantha Fields, Wayne Peterson and Arturo Sanchez


Gustavo Hurado & Jessica Baker

Community Health Worker at RSBCIHI

Rainbow 101: How to Construct a Community LGBTQ+ Support Group

Rogelio Robles

Founder of the Pinto Club

Success after Incarceration: Providing Educational Opportunities and Career Advancement 

Panelists:  Spencer Layman, Sara Rodriguez, Irene Sotelo, Hector Martinez, Jennie Gonzales,

Joe Luis Hernandez and Victor Jibe

Angel Magallanes

C.A.S.E. Coordinator at San Bernardino County Children’s Network

SB County:  Response to Minor Trafficking


Winter Koifman

Outreach Specialist Harbage Consulting at the Department of Health Care Services

The California Health Homes Program

Panelists: Carolyn Rivera & Dr. Elise Pomerance

Sue Abito

Volunteer Services Coordinator San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health

Tomorrow Needs You

11:45-1:00 Lunch Plenary (Ballroom)

Keynote:  Mary Parks

Lunch Buffet, Entertainment & Networking


Afternoon Breakout Sessions


Margarita Luna

Senior Program Manager, Eastern Coachella Valley at The California Endowment

Funders Panel: Investing in Nonprofits


Patricia McQueen

Rhon-Mak Publishing

The Impact of Slavery: Its Effects on the Academics of Black Students Today

Clark Morrow

Crime Prevention Program Coordinator at San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Latest Drug Trends among the Young


Margari Hill

Co-Founder of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

Building Community Resilience through Design and Anti-Racism Competencies

Bambi Tran

Vice President, Regions

GRID Alternative – Energy for All

Kara Rooney

Community Engagement Coordinator at San Bernardino County Children’s Network

Engagement Techniques with CSEC Youth

Kati Ann

Utalk Radio

Helping Your Teens Navigate Life’s Challenges



2:30-4:00pm  Closing Plenary

Keynote: Dr. Ciriaco “Cid” Pinedo, President & CEO of Children’s Fund.

Awards, Prizes, Networking








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