AASBH Speakers

Lydia Bourne, RN, MA

01-lydiaLydia Bourne’s professional experiences are varied. Her primary professional experience has been in health care – as a Registered Nurse, health educator, program developer and administrator, giving her experience in disparate health care settings. Starting in August 1991, she was under contract to the California School Nurses Organization as their Executive Director and in 1994 became their Legislative Advocate, wearing two hats for the organization. Presently she is owner of her own government relations firm – Bourne & Associates. Her legislative experience since 1994 has included health care, K-12 and higher educational issues as well as employer issues relating to licensed heath care professionals. She has been successful in navigating health and educational issues through the legislative process and in influencing Governors Wilson, Davis and Schwarzenegger to sign legislation on key issues.

In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Bourne has long been active as a volunteer and community activist. She was one of the planners of the Children’s Policy Summit held October 1996 in Sacramento. She has been Chair of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board of Yolo County; she served as Chair, March of Dimes Public Affairs Committee as well as Vice Chair, of their Executive Committee. She also was board member, Board Vice Chair and Public Policy Chair of the California Family Health Council. She is currently a member of the Healthy Community Immunization Coalition (representing the 6 counties around Sacramento) and also serves on the state wide board – California Immunization Coalition (CIC) – addressing immunizations issues and is the Co-Chair of CIC’s Policy Committee. In addition, she is a long time member of the board of California Kids and serves as their CFO.

Ms. Bourne has an undergraduate degree in Nursing, certification in Public Health Nursing and a Master’s in Human Services Administration.

Tyrone Buckley, JK

tyroneTyrone Buckley is the Housing and Environmental Justice Policy Director at Sacramento Housing Alliance and has a background working on the issues of environmental justice, affordable housing, and homelessness. The foundation of Mr. Buckley’s non-profit advocacy career has been his desire to address the unjust inequalities that limit our community’s growth and prosperity. He has one son, Benjamin.

As a native of Sacramento who grew up in the south area community of Meadowview, Mr. Buckley is very excited to work on issues that impact his home town. In his current position, he advocates for policies that address the crisis in affordable housing in the Sacramento Region. In addition to his housing work, he also engages low-income communities and communities of color that are overburdened with brownfields and vacant lots. These land uses result in illegal dumping, negative health impacts, and crime that no community should have to suffer.

Mr. Buckley’s non-profit career began as an Americorps member in San Antonio, Texas. In his year of service, he tutored children in literacy skills and ran an afterschool program. Upon his return to California, he established himself as a strong advocate for environmental justice at the Planning and Conservation League. After returning to school to attended graduate and law school, he continued his non-profit career as the Executive Director of Clean & Sober, a non-profit committed to helping homeless individuals address chemical addition. From 2004 – 2005, Mr. Buckley was appointed by Speaker of the California State Assembly, Fabian Nunez, to the Bureau of Automotive Repair Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee as an air quality and environmental justice representative.

Mr. Buckley received an A.B. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis – King Hall. In graduate school, he was awarded a Housing and Urban Development Community Development Fellowship. He was also awarded an American Bar Association Environmental Law Fellowship in law school.

Cynthia Carey-Grant

cynthiaCynthia Carey-Grant assumed the position at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD) on June 1, 2009. She returned to the arena of women’s health advocacy after working for several years in the social change philanthropy sector. Cynthia brings over 25 years of women’s health leadership and advocacy experience to her new role and is a member of three living generations of African-Native American feminist.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Carey-Grant was Executive Director of Common Counsel Foundation, a unique consortium of family foundations and individual donors committed to funding economic, environmental and social justice initiatives. She has served in leadership roles in several prominent women’s health organizations. Among these were Planned Parenthood Federation of America as Western Regional Field Manager in the Public Policy Division where she was responsible for the management of PPFA public affairs objectives through the implementation of reproductive justice strategies at the local level. Cynthia served as Project Manager for Women’s Health with The Permanente Medical Group where she worked to advance women’s health within Kaiser Permanente. The Women’s Health –KP initiative received national recognition for leadership in improving health service to women in northern California. Ms. Carey-Grant was also the Executive Director and then Board Chair of the California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League where she distinguished herself through work in local, national and international reproductive health initiatives. She was also the founding Chair of Californians for Justice, a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice.

Cynthia’s expertise and passion is in developing relationships with culturally diverse community based women’s health advocates and organizations, legislators and the media to improve access to affordable quality health care for women. She has committed her life work to improving the status of women, people of color, and the empowerment of the politically disenfranchised. One of her most cherished dreams is to help build a multi-cultural, international woman’s health and reproductive justice movement. Her healthcare advocacy has always been grounded in the core principles and values of community-based healthcare learned at the knees of three generations of community health nurses.

Jeanice L. Cummings, MA

jeannieJeanice Cummings is both a Social Entrepreneur and Medical Social Worker. She graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education in 2007. She received a Paralegal degree in 1998 and certified in Conflict Resolution & Mediation, Compassion Fatigue and Traumatology.

Ms. Cummings is committed to enhancing the lives of children and families, working in the field of human services over twenty-five (25) plus years. She currently works in the jail with pregnant women and teens in Contra Costa County; responsible for screening of high risk women and teens which includes; counseling, referrals, linkages, promoting and encouraging healthier lifestyles, and advocating on behalf of women for residential treatment programs in lieu of jail time. Other experience includes; juvenile probation, rental counselor, battered women and children, homeless families, working with foster teen moms teaching infant massage, and as an infant care worker caring for drug exposed infants. She is certified as a Nurturing Parenting Facilitator and as an Infant Massage trainer. Ms. Cummings teaches classes and provides technical assistance to other non-profit agencies. She serves on the board of directors for Saffron Strand in Richmond and volunteers on numerous committees supporting many causes.

Additionally, Ms. Cummings along with other team members provided leadership in the planning and implementation of two successful workshops one for providers and another for incarcerated mothers. The first workshop See Them as Women; See Them as Mothers, was designed to train providers on the psycho-social issues that plague incarcerated women, and the second one, Moving on Up a Little Higher: Taking Care of Ourselves, was geared to provide valuable resources once mothers are discharged from jail. Dr Angela Davis was the keynote speaker for this event.

Adeeba D. Deterville, BA

adeebaAdeeba D. Deterville is Co-Founder of Sankofa Cultural Institute and doctoral student at Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology).

Her field of study is African-centered Psychology and Spirituality. Her research interests cover several areas including, identity development, wellness, healing, community building, and financial well-being. Prior to her academic career, Adeeba has more than twenty-years experience in the non-profit sector and has worked in the financial services field as a Community Development Officer. She has been active member in a number of organizations including, the National Association of 100 Black Women (Bay Area Chapter) and Social Enterprise Institute Leadership Forum. She is a member in good standing of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), and serves on the Student Circle Board of Directors as the Western Region Graduate Representative.

Adeeba is interested in working with community-based groups, women’s organizations and small business/entrepreneurial endeavors.

Rodney Hood, MD

rodneyDr. Hood is a board certified physician of internal medicine currently in private practice as the managing partner of Care View Medical Group and serves as the President of the Multicultural Primary Care Medical Group,IPA composed of over 300 physicians in San Diego County. He is a frequently sought national speaker who articulately addresses the current healthcare concerns in the United States, especially health issues that persist in our most vulnerable populations. Dr. Hood has lectured extensively to diverse national audiences of healthcare providers, health administrators, medical students, federal and state governmental agencies as well as to national private and public audiences. He has testified on Capital Hill before several US congressional committees and participated in congressional and White House health forums and was appointed to “Medicare’s Health Disparities Study Panel” with the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) in Washington, D.C.

His areas of expertise include health disparities, historic aspects of race, genetics and health outcomes, medical history, health policy, cultural competency in healthcare, medical practise organization and managed care administration. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD School of Medicine Dr. Hood delivers an annual lecture to second year medical students on the history of medicine and today’s health disparities as part of the students Introduction to Healthcare Systems Course. He is currently partnering with the San Ysidro Health Center to improve access and quality health care in the underserved areas of San Diego and leading an effort with community leaders through a grant from The California Endowment to deveolp a master plan to improve health care in the Southereastern San Diego community..

He is an honor graduate from Northeastern University School of Pharmacy in Boston, Massachusetts and received his MD degree from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UCSD University Hospital. He is past president and past chairman of the board of the National Medical Association (NMA) and currently serves as the NMA delegate to the AMA House of Delegates and the Vice Chair on the board for the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute in Washington, DC.

Thomas Hopkins, MD

thomasThomas Hopkins, M.D. is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine who is in private practice in Sacramento, California. Dr. Hopkins wears many different hats. He is the Medical Director for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness, Employee Health Services, Utilization Management, and holds leadership positions in a large, multi-specialty IPA in Sacramento, California. He was previously the Medical Director for the Tobacco Cessation Program, and the Sutter Bariatric Center at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Dr. Hopkins currently serves as the Chief Medical Correspondent for KCRA-3 in Sacramento, an NBC-affiliate television station where he delivers live television broadcasts on current issues relevant to health and medicine. He was the CEO and Co-Founder of Medi-Stop, Inc., a convenient care medical clinic in Sacramento, California

Dr. Hopkins has been a practicing physician for 16 years. He worked as a physician within a large, multi-specialty group for six years prior to starting his private medical practice. He has served in several leadership positions within the community and local hospital. He formerly served as a Delegate to the American Medical Association and California Medical Association. He serves as Treasurer and Board Member for Sutter Independent Physicians which is an organization of more than 750 independent practicing physicians in the Sacramento region.

Dr. Hopkins has a keen and genuine interest in improving patient education, increasing health screening and access to basic health care services, and maximizing preventive strategies to preserve health and reduce disease. His areas of expertise include bariatric medicine, and he has a keen interest in Men’s Health issues. He has served on a National Advisory Panel for Erectile Dysfunction.

Melvora Jackson, MPA

melvoraMelvora Jackson has a degree in Non-Profit Management, with specialization in Human Services. A graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Master Degree in Public Administration, with emphasis in Health Services, a undergrad degree from New College of California in Psychology, with specialization in Humanities. Ms. Jackson has worked professionally in the field of Psychology for over 18 years with non-profits and for profits organizations, along with county held positions. She has also primarily worked as Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Clinician and currently works with the Department of Corrections as a Forensic Mental Health Clinician.

Ms. Jackson has been a member of the Reducing Health Disparity Committee for Contra Costa County for the past eight years. And a newly appointed Community Advisory Board Member (CAB) for Contra Costa County pursuant to California Assembly Bill (AB) 109, also known as the Public Safety Realignment Act. A new law designed to reduce the overcrowded prison population and decrease recidivism through use of new and innovative approaches to corrections and reentry into the community.

Rae Jones

raeA trailblazing journalist and communications strategist, Rae Jones has spent the bulk of her nearly 40-year professional career bringing attention to issues impacting the African community. From health disparities to the disproportionate rate at which Blacks are impacted by domestic violence, autism and other developmental disorders, as well as the far-reaching and negative impact of the foster care and judicial systems, Ms. Jones has had hundreds of articles published over the years detailing the plight, as well as the highlights of African life in the U.S.

Ms. Jones currently serves as Executive Director of the 22-year old Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, which has a core mission of improving pregnancy outcomes for African women, while also encouraging healthy lifestyles for families.

Prior to that, for three years Ms. Jones was Interim Executive Director for the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, while also serving as its public relations firm of record under the auspices of her own company, Raediant Communications.

Most of her professional skills were cultivated in the broader Chicago Metropolitan area. However, for five years, Ms. Jones served as public affairs director for the Children’s Bureau of Southern California in Los Angeles, and director of Public Relations and Communications for the Pasadena, CA-based Art Center College of Design.
In Chicago, Ms. Jones served as director of Public Relations for Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago; assistant press secretary to former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer for whom she wrote speeches and coordinated issues and media campaigns; and, as director of Communications to the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, where she developed and implemented communications strategy for the City of Chicago.

Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University/Carbondale and has taken postgraduate courses at Northern Illinois University and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

James Lewis Kyle II, MD

jamesJames Kyle, M.D., former Dean of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, has been a member of The California Endowment’s Board of Directors since April 2004. He served as Vice Chair of the Board from May 2010 through May 2012.

Kyle also was vice president of the California Market for Schaller Anderson, where he was responsible for business development and statewide operations for the company’s clients, including Children’s Hospital Orange County, St. Joseph’s Medical Center-Orange and Scripps Healthcare, among others. His previous healthcare industry executive experience includes serving as president and CEO for the Sharp Health Plan, vice president for Sharp Healthcare’s Community Care, and as an internal medicine physician in private practice in San Diego. In addition, Kyle provided leadership for the creation of  a multicultural independent practice association (IPA) comprised primarily of African, Hispanic and Filipino physicians serving minority communities.

Kyle also served as Chief Medical Officer, Director of Clinical Business Development Compliance Officer, and Administrative Dean for the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science from 1996 until 1999.

He began his career as an ordained minister and has retained a strong commitment to the community and social change through his work as a trustee for Catholic Healthcare West, and Shields for Families, a non-profit, community-based organization in Watts dedicated to developing, delivering and evaluating culturally sensitive, comprehensive service models that empower and advocate for families affected by substance abuse and child abuse.

A resident of Redlands, Kyle earned his B.A. in Religion from Loma Linda University; his Master of Divinity from Andrews Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan; and his M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine.

Adrienne S. Lawson-Thompson, Ed.D.

adrienneAdrienne Lawson-Thompson is a native of Los Angeles, CA and relocated to Sacramento in 1985. Adrienne is an Education Consultant, Motivational Speaker, and has facilitated college workshops.

Adrienne’s education accomplishments include a BA in Sociology with a minor in Criminology from San Jose State; a MA in Bilingual Multicultural Education and doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies both from California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). Her research interests include: post-secondary education, California State University’s graduation initiative, faculty diversity, gender issues, social change, role-modeling/mentorship, underrepresented students in K-12 and community college retention and completion support services. Dr. Lawson-Thompson has a deep commitment to and passion for mentoring students who may not believe they can attend college, due to lack of information, resources and/or socioeconomic status and/or learning disabilities.

Dr. Lawson-Thompson has worked for California State University, Sacramento for nearly 20-years, and in various capacities including: research assistant, teaching assistant, adjunct lecturer, and presently as an instructor in the Ethnic Studies Department. Additionally, she is a Research Administration Coordinator at Sac State. Adrienne serves on the CSU, Chancellor’s office graduation initiative at Sac State, specifically working with “Services that Support”. She serves on many boards and is a member of several professional organizations locally and nationally: The National Association for Developmental Education (NADE); The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA); American Educational Research Association (AERA); California State University, Sacramento Council for Affirmative Action, Black Staff and Faculty Association, Black Alumni Chapter, Cooper Woodson College Enhancement and The Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution.

B. Darcel Lee

darcelBrenda “Darcel” Lee was hired in October 2010 as the new Executive Director of the California Black Health Network, only the third director in the organization’s thirty-two history. Formerly the Associate Director for Emergency Management and Planning at the California Primary Care Association, Darcel brings over 30 years of healthcare policy, legislative, and leadership experience to CBHN.

Darcel began her healthcare career with Hospital Affiliates International (HAI) in Nashville, TN. Here she served as the company’s Director of Government Relations and lobbyist at both the state and federal levels. For her work that resulted in a savings of millions of dollars to the hospital industry, the former Governor of the State of Tennessee, Winfield Dunn, awarded Darcel a special commendation. When HAI was merged with Hospital Corporation of America, a Fortune 500 company, Mrs. Lee was hired as Vice President to lead the marketing and public relations departments for HCA’s 150 managed hospitals. At HCA, Darcel also trained hospital administrators and executives in the special art of legislative advocacy. For her ability to effectively educate and train hospital PR directors, hospital administrators, and staff, and for a publication that she wrote, designed and published, Darcel received the Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators. After leaving HCA, Darcel continued to consult for the company, for Adventist Health Systems, and for a number of independent hospitals and health care agencies.

Mrs. Lee has also worked in an executive capacity for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau where she won the Hospitality Professional of the Year Award, directed the Speakers Bureau for the world renowned Ken Blanchard Companies, and directed the education department for the California Special Districts Association. Additionally, for more than seven years, Darcel established and successfully managed her own company, Harris Meeting Management Associates (HMMA), winning numerous citations and commendations, including Meetings Professional of the Year, for her work with a variety of distinguished clients.

In 2005, Darcel made a calculated decision to return to both the non-profit and healthcare environments. Drawing from her policy and legislative background, her training in organizational development, and her administrative leadership experience, Darcel took on the challenge of reorganizing the California Black Health Network and spearheading the organization’s efforts to build awareness around issues of health disparity in California’s African communities. She now works in concert with the CBHN Board of Directors to focus the organization’s efforts on policy, advocacy, health and regulatory reform.

Since taking the helm of CBHN, Darcel has spearheaded the creation of a statewide African Speaker’s Bureau on Health. In partnership with The California Endowment, she has led CBHN in hosting a national conference call for African leaders on the Affordable Care Act and its Implications on African Communities; provided input to the California Health Benefits Exchange concerning the needs of California’s Africans as they prepare for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; testified before the California State Legislature on budget and policy issues, and spoken before Town Halls around the state on issues of health reform, polices around chronic disease management in the Black community, and prevention and wellness strategies important to Africans. A hallmark of Darcel’s management style has been collaboration and partnership supporting the efforts of numerous African agencies around the state. She led the CBHN Board of Directors into a critical series of strategic frame working sessions and as a result, the Board has set forth CBHN’s priority: to speak to issues that particularly impact California’s African safety-net population and to work toward the elimination of health disparities and the building of healthy communities throughout the state of California.

Mrs. Lee is a native of Inglewood, CA and has a Bachelors Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in organizational development.

Alana Mathews, JD

alanaAlana Mathews is Senior Staff Counsel for the California Energy Commission. A former Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County, she has prosecuted a broad range of juvenile and adult as well as misdemeanor and felony cases including DUI, theft and drug related offenses, domestic violence, attempted murder, and various assault crimes. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She also earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2003. She earned a Master of Laws, (LL.M) in Governmental Affairs and Public Policy in 2004 from the same university. Prior to becoming a Deputy District Attorney, Alana served as the 2004 Graduate Legal Scholar Executive Fellow for the California Attorney’s General Office.

A Native of Gary, Indiana Ms. Mathews has combined her unique experience and expertise to provide motivational and educational presentations covering workforce development, personal success and human development for at-risk communities. She is the creator and facilitator of the Critical Thinking Workshop a program that builds analytical skills and strategies for become more goal-oriented. Additionally, she is the creator and facilitator of the Strengths-Based Performance workshops for workforce and youth development professionals. She was featured in the cover story of the February 2005 American Bar Association Journal “DUI Defenses” and has provided MCLE training on both the state and national level. She has served as a speaker for various state and national legal education forums. Ms. Mathews presented the keynote address for the California State University- Bakersfield Educational Round-Up Luncheon in Bakersfield, California and was a Seminar Facilitator for the 2011 and 2012 California Workforce Association’s Annual Youth Conference. Most recently, Ms. Mathews presented on topic of “The Right to Healthcare and International Law” at the Central American Congress of Medical Professionals Conference in Honduras

Ms. Mathews is member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, where she has served as a Committee Chair and Officer on the Executive Board for her chapter. Ms. Mathews also serves on the Board Development Committee for the Heart of the Central Valley Girl Scout Council’s Board of Directors as well as the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force for the City of Sacramento. Additionally, she is President for the Wiley Manual Bar Association, A Board Member of the Sacramento County Bar Association the immediate Past President of the Sacramento/Yolo Counties Volunteers in Parole Mentoring Program and serving her second appointed term as a Regional Chairperson for the California Law Academy Task Force. She is a 2011 Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Fellow and a 2011 Award Recipient for the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Community Leaders Award, and the National Bar Associations “40 Under 40” Nations Best Advocate Award. In 2012, she was honored with an Exceptional Woman of Color Award.

Ms. Mathews is an actress and dramaturgist with the Celebration Arts Community Theater. She has also performed for the Sacramento Theater Company and toured with a local production of “A Song for Coretta”.

Robert Ogilvie, PhD

robertRobert Ogilvie serves as the Vice President for Strategic Relations at ChangeLab Solutions. Over the past 15 years he has worked extensively in community development and planning to help improve low- and middle-income neighborhoods.

Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he served as a faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley; as a consultant to city and county governments, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood activists; and as Director of Volunteers at the Partnership for the Homeless in New York City. He is the author of Voluntarism, Community Life, and the American Ethic (Indiana University Press, 2004), and co-author of Opening School Grounds to the Community After Hours: A Toolkit on Joint Use.

Robert co-leads the California Convergence Joint Use Policy Task Force and is a member of the Editorial Board of Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society. He is also a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research Program, and he serves on the steering committee of the Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments. Robert is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Public Health Association, the California Redevelopment Association, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, and the Urban Land Institute.

Robert holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University and is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University of South Carolina.

Robert Phillips, MPA, MPH

robert-phillipsRobert Phillips joined Sierra Health Foundation in March 2012 to serve as Director of Health Programs. In this role, he leads the Health Unit and oversees its development and implementation.

Robert is also a Senior Fellow with the Movement Strategy Center, working on the impacts that race/ethnicity, gender and place have on health outcomes. He formerly was a Senior Fellow, Program Director and Senior Program Officer at The California Endowment. For almost six years, Robert led The Endowment’s efforts for health system change, health care reform, health advocacy and efforts to improve the health of California’s boys and men of color. In his various capacities at The Endowment, he served as the foundation lead for funding initiatives, such as the Health Care Reform campaign, the Community Clinics Initiative, Covering California’s Kids program, and the Boys and Men of Color program.

Prior to joining The Endowment, Robert was a Principal at Carter Phillips LLC; served as senior staff at PolicyLink; was a political director, a capital strategies coordinator and political organizer for the Service Employees International Union; and a senior health policy analyst for the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC.

He is board chair of Social Interest Solutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging technology innovation to enroll children and families into health and social service benefits; a member of the board of Voices for America’s Children—the nation’s largest network of state-based child advocacy organizations; a member of the Board of Community Catalyst, a national nonprofit advocacy organization working on transforming the American health system; and a member of the board of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College.

Robert received his BA from Morehouse College, his MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizen and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Leonard E. Robinson

leonardLeonard E. Robinson is the proud father of three children, Ryan, Kyle and Lacy; all college graduates, and one grandson Demonte. He is driven by a deep relationship with God; love for humanity; and a passion for the environment. It was during his childhood when it was so smoggy that school children in the Los Angeles area were not allowed outside for recess that inspired his environmental journey. He carried this passion into his adult life. In 1974 began his career in sustainability as Treatment Plant Operator and Engineering Technician for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts where he worked for eleven years.

From 1989 until 2004 Mr. Robinson worked as the Environmental & Safety Manager for TAMCO Steel where he was in charge of compliance with federal; state; regional; and local regulations pertaining to environmental. Robinson stands as a beacon for sustainability, a beacon for humanity protection and worker safety. While at TAMCO, he began two unique recycling campaigns. The first was a program to recycle used oil filters into steel reinforcing bar (rebar). The second was a program to recycle firearms confiscated by southern California law enforcement agencies into rebar called Project Isaiah gleaned from the reference in the bible to “beat swords into plowshares”. It was around this time that he also began lecturing at the college level and public speaking. TAMCO was and remains the only steel mill in California. A straw poll indicated that he had the toughest environmental job in California.

Appointed in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (California) as the Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Robinson’s leadership and execution soon advanced him, first as the Federal Liaison for DTSC where he increased California’s share of Federal environmental protection resources, established and maintained ongoing relationships with agencies like the USEPA, United Nations, Department of Defense and Department of Energy; and then as Acting Director for the Cal/EPA–DTSC under Governor Jerry Brown.

He was part of the executive team that developed the Green Chemistry Initiative and Climate Change Policy; the Take It Back! Partnership and also chaired the AB 1109 Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Task Force. During his political career as a gubernatorial appointee, Mr. Robinson was one of the highest-ranking Africans in State Government and served four California Governors.

Robinson currently heads the Sustainability Practice for Strategic Counsel PLC. He provides environmental consulting services for both governmental and non-governmental clients focused on Green Economy areas that include Climate Change, Cap & Trade, Green Chemistry, Pollution Prevention, Recycling, Waste Management, Resource Recovery and Brownfields.

Melanie Tervalon, MD, MPH

melanieMelanie Tervalon, MD, MPH, has over 30 years experience in health care as a program director, advisor, teacher, clinician, strategist and consultant. She has spent 18 years of devoted work creating original approaches in the field of multicultural health with an emphasis on education within the health care professions.

Dr. Tervalon’s work incorporates principles of social justice, fairness and equity in program practice. Her extensive consultant history for clients includes crafting strategic plans for program and funding initiatives, providing expert knowledge in the field of culture, race, ethnicity and identity in health and health services, guiding leaders or teams from ideas to implementation while modeling participatory processes, synthesizing large amounts of often disparate information for use in organizational planning or redirection, and facilitating meetings for large and small groups.

Dr. Tervalon has a reputation for building constructive, participatory relationships inside and outside of institutions, modeling respect for divergent points of view, and setting a tone of urgency for the work of inclusive policies and practices in all settings. Dr. Tervalon is well published and recognized as an excellent public speaker locally, nationally and internationally.

Mildred Thompson

mildredAs Senior Director and Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health and Place, Mildred Thompson leads the work of the organization’s heath team, participates in research focused on understanding community factors that impact health disparities and identifying practice and policy changes needed to improve individual, family and community health.

Thompson has authored several reports and journal articles focused on reducing health disparities, increasing awareness about social determinants of health and effective ways to impact policy change. Prior to joining PolicyLink, she was Director of Community Health Services for Alameda County Public Health Department, Director of Healthy Start, a federal infant mortality reduction program, and Director of San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center. Thompson has degrees in Nursing, Psychology and a graduate degree from NYU in Social Work. She has also taught at Mills College and San Francisco State University, and has worked as an Organizational Development Consultant.

Thompson is frequently sought for presentations and keynote addresses and serves on several boards and commissions including: The Zellerbach Family Foundation; Co-Chair, Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and Elimination of Health Disparities; CA Health Policy Institute; and Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children.

Wenonah Valentine, MBA

wenonahWenonah Valentine is a champion for improving the health outcomes of Black mothers and babies. She is skilled in mobilizing action and change by connecting national health initiatives to service learning, volunteer leadership and community-engaged research. Her strategic collaborations demonstrated concrete responses to Healthy People 2020 goals and include Office of Minority Health; March of Dimes; Huntington Hospital; Mocha Moms-Los Angeles and Pasadena Chapters; California State University, Northridge; Pasadena City College; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Nebraska Medical Center; and University of Southern California.

As an executive director, Wenonah excels in strategic thinking, continuously achieving mission-based directives and responding to trends for organizational growth, challenge and change. She retired the Pasadena Birthing Project (1994-2011) as the oldest Sister Friend chapter in the State of California and launched iDREAM for Racial Health Equity, a project of Community Partners®, that is committed to empowering a pipeline of change agents – millennial leaders – with a deeper understanding of the social, academic, environmental and economic issues that impact health outcomes in their respective communities. Honoring its 16-year foundation of inspiring and promising practices with mentoring pregnant women, iDREAM offers a multi-track skills-based leadership institute and examines healthy communities around improving birth outcomes. Bridging theory with practice, the iDREAM Institute collaborates with USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative and targets underrepresented and first-generation students nationwide toward emergent opportunities in the era of health reform.

As a consultant and social entrepreneur, Wenonah guides staff and volunteer leaders towards bridging generation gaps as a value-added benefit for increasing productivity and managing a creative-thinking workforce in the economic, government and social sectors. Her skills-based workshops, coaching and public speaking creates a blueprint for passing the baton of leadership with integrative learning and tools for decision-making. In 2008, she gained a national presence with Black MBA, as a Distinguished Alumni Speaker with UCSB Department of Black Studies, Florida A&M University’s Black Infant Health Alliance, and the National Conference on Aging in America. In 2012, iDREAM joined the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Leadership Alumni Network and the Executive Service Corps recognized its six-year strategic partnership with the Center for LifeLong Learners and LifeLong: Sisters Staying Healthy.

Wenonah earned a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara with double majors in Black Studies and Economics, an MBA degree from Azusa Pacific University, and a certificate in Early Child Development Administration from Pasadena City College. She serves on the UCSB Alumni Association Board of Directors and chairs the advocacy committee; contributes as an advisor for the National Black MBA Association-Los Angeles Chapter and the Center for Collaborative Planning’s Women’s Health Leadership Alumni Network. She is an active member of Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church (Inglewood, CA) and participates as a mentor/facilitator for Pepperdine University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute and APU School of Business and Management.

Eric G. Walsh, MD, MPH, DR. PH(c)

ericDr. Eric Walsh is the Director and Health Officer for the City of Pasadena’s Health Department in Pasadena, CA. He oversees one of only three city based health departments in the state. He has served in this position since September 2010 working t to turn around a difficult financial situation and expand the influence of the department.

In his current role he champions maternal child issues such as exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of life, violence prevention and intervention work, availability to affordable fruits and vegetables and access to quality health care. He is a strong believer in servant leadership and collaboration with community partners. Under his leadership the Pasadena Public Health Department has expanded its services to HIV infected individuals.

Dr. Walsh was born in Hartford, CT. He is a graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville Alabama, The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami Florida, and Loma Linda University School of Public Health in Loma Linda California. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Public Health. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is Board Eligible in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Walsh is on staff at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in the Family Medicine Department and lectures for multiple programs at Loma Linda University. He was an adjunct professor at the University of California Irvine teaching the Advances in Global Health class. Dr. Walsh also served on the current and previous Presidents of the United States on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He has been on CDC committees and served on a committee for the former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

Dr. Walsh is a sought after speaker on issues such as health disparities, racism’s impact on health, maternal child health issues, and violence as a contagious disease just to name a few. As an assistant Pastor he also enjoys addressing issues of spirituality and health. He has an engaging style of speaking and has excellent reviews after his presentations.

Fee Schedule

Standard Range Non-Profit Range
Category I Speakers $5,000-$7,500 $2,500-$5,000
Category II Speakers $2,500-$5,000 $1,250-$2,500
Category III Speakers $1,500-$4,000 $750-$2,000
Category IV Speakers $500-$3,000 $250-$1500

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