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Advisory Committee

Michael Ballue, CADCII, BSBA
Chief Strategy Officer, Behavioral Health Services, Inc.

Mike Ballue serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of Behavioral Health Services, Inc. Mr. Ballue has been an Executive Director of The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the South Bay (NCADD/South Bay) since May 2008. Leading up to his current role with BHS, Mr. Ballue worked as a community group facilitator, Lead Counselor, Case Manager, Intake Counselor, Community Outreach Coordinator and Program Director in a variety of settings ranging from hospital-based to residential, outpatient, and both adolescent and adult. He has worked as a consultant to middle schools and high schools in the South Bay Community, where he has provided alcohol and drug counseling services, prevention services, peer counseling training, and referral services. Along with maintaining his alcohol and drug counselor certification, Mr. Ballue obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1999.

Angela Coron, MPH
Managing Director, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Angela Coron brings more than 20 years of health and human services management and consulting experience to her role as Managing Director of Community Benefit, with responsibility for 40 community benefit programs, community initiatives, and grant funding in the Southern California Region. Before joining KP, she served as Associate Director for Healthy Families and Medi-Cal Outreach, California Department of Health Services. Ms. Coron also served as Acting Director of the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, and as bureau manager for the City of Long Beach Human and Social Services.  Ms. Coron received a Masters’ Degree in Public Health Administration from the University of California in Los Angeles.

David Gere, PhD, MA
Professor & Director, UCLA Art & Global Health Center

Building on his former work as an arts critic and AIDS activist, David Gere teaches courses in the areas of performance theory, queer theory, and AIDS cultural analysis for graduates and undergraduates.  His newest course is called MAKE ART/STOP AIDS, referring to an international coalition of interdisciplinary artists using cultural production as a means to stop the global spread of HIV.  Prior to his affiliation with UCLA, Dr. Gere worked as an arts critic in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as co-chair of the international Dance Critics Association.  For a 10-year period beginning in the mid-1980s, Dr. Gere served as co-director of the Bay Area-based Talking Dance Project, a California organization dedicated to bridging the gap between artists, critics, and audience members.  In 1998, he was invited to be a fellow of the University of California Humanities Research Institute as part of the interdisciplinary Queer Studies Group.  He is an essayist and author, and his most recent book, How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS, has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.  He is currently leading a three-year initiative on global HIV/AIDS and the arts with funding from the Global Impact Research program of the UCLA International Institute.

Joyce Jones Guinyard, DC
Chair, Community Relations

Joyce Jones Guinyard has nearly 20 years of experience managing programs, providing staff support, providing facilitation and oversight to community coalitions, and assisting community-based organizations build and enhance their internal capacity. For twelve of the fourteen years of its existence, she served as Project Manager for the CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative – REACH 2010 from 1999 – 2006 while at Community Health Councils, Inc., REACH U.S. from 2008 – 2012, and Healthy-By-Default REACH from 2012-2014, both for UCLA.  Her involvement in other federally funded initiatives included management of CHC’s Community Integrated Service Systems project (1996-1999), and support of UCLA’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Networks’ COmmunity Research In Cancer/CORICA project (2006-2014). During this period, Dr. Guinyard served on the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Institutional Review Board, and provided support and oversight to a number of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health projects, including RENEW LAC! (a project of the CDC funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative), the Healthy Weight for Women of Reproductive Age Action Learning Collaborative, Physical Activity and Nutrition Task Force, LA Health COLLABORATIVE, VERB initiative, and the Blue Ribbon Physical Activity Task Force. Dr. Guinyard has a BA from Cal State, Los Angeles, and a DC from Los Angeles Chiropractic College.

Cynthia Harding, MPH
Acting Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Cynthia Harding is the Interim Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, overseeing a budget of over $900 million and more than 39 distinct programs that promote and protect health, and prevent disease in Los Angeles County. She has worked in the Department of Public Health for over 30 years in a variety of different public health programs including Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Tobacco Control, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Tuberculosis Control and AIDS prevention. Ms. Harding is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and taught as a visiting professor at the National School of Public Health in Brazil. Ms. Harding has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Community Health from Brown University, a Masters of Public Health from UCLA, and a Certificate of Management from USC’s Center of Excellence in Health Care Management. In addition to her work for the County, Ms. Harding is a musician, playing a number of different instruments from Latin America. She performs with her husband in the Latin American Jazz ensemble Huayucaltia (pronounced Why you call-TEE-ah), and with her sister in Conjunto Jardin (pronounced con-HUN-toe har-DEEN), a group that performs the music of Veracruz, Mexico.

Patti Harvey, RN, MPH, CPHQ
Senior Vice President, Medicare Clinical Operations and Population Care, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.

Patti Harvey is Senior Vice President, Medicare Clinical Operations and Population Care, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. She is an executive director for Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute and will continue to co-chair the National Quality Committee. In close partnership with The Permanente Federation, The Permanente Medical Groups and the Kaiser Permanente regions, Harvey oversees programs that support the development and implementation of the national Medicare Clinical Care Delivery Strategy and members’ total health. She also has executive accountability for Patient Care Services and manages the executive leadership over Kaiser Permanente Southern California continuing care areas.  Ms. Harvey has been with Kaiser Permanente since 1997 and was previously the senior vice president, Quality and Risk Management, Patient Care Services and Clinical Operation Support, in Kaiser Permanente Southern California. In that role, she directed the programs, policies and procedures that ensured high-quality patient care and safety to the 3.7 million Kaiser Permanente members in Southern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in public health with a health services management concentration from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Harvey completed post-graduate executive leadership course work at the University of North Carolina and at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She has been certified as a health care insurance executive by America’s Health Insurance Plans. Harvey also completed Patient Safety Officer training and Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Training Program.

Tony Kuo, MD, MSHS
Deputy Director, Division of Chronic Diseases & Injury Prevention, LA County Department of Public Health, Office of Senior Health, LA County

Tony Kuo received his Medical Degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine and his Master's in Health Services from the UCLA School of Public Health. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente/UC Irvine Residency Program in Orange County, California. Dr. Kuo currently serves as the Director of the Office of Senior Health and as the Director of Research & Evaluation in the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Aliza Lifshitz, MD
Internist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Founder and Editor-in-Chief,

Aliza Lifshitz is well-known in the Spanish-speaking community in her role as Medical Editor of "Primer Impacto" (highest-rated news magazine), as host of a weekly national radio show "El Consultario de la Doctora Aliza" and as a health reporter for Univision TV network. Her website,, is a Spanish-language hub for information on health and wellness. Dr. Lifshitz is also four-time President of the California Hispanic-American Medical Association, and a charter board member of the National Association of Physician Broadcasters.

Chon Noriega, PhD, MA
Professor and Director, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Chon Noriega is a Professor in the UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media and Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. He is author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema (Minnesota, 2000) and and co-author of Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement (LACMA/California, 2008) and L.A. Xicano (CSRC/Washington, forthcoming). He has edited nine books dealing with Latino media, performance and visual art and is editor of the book series A Ver: Revisioning Art History, which has five titles in print and ten others in progress. Since 1996, he has been editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, the flagship journal for the field since its founding in 1970. For the past fifteen years, Dr. Noriega has been active in media policy and professional development, for which Hispanic Business named him as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics. He is co-founder of the 400-member National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP, est. 1999) and served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), the largest source of independent project funding within public television. Dr. Noriega has served as moderator for the Arts and Entertainment Summit of the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus. His current research establishes quantitative methodologies for the study of hate speech in the media. In addition to his work in media, Dr. Noriega has curated numerous arts projects, including the upcoming L.A. Xicano project, which features four interrelated exhibitions at three museums in Fall 2011. Dr. Noriega's awards include the Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship. He is a recipient of the Ann C. Rosenfield Distinguished Community Partnership Prize for his community partnership with Self-Help Graphics.

Monica Salinas, PhD
Cultural Consultant and Philanthropist

Monica Salinas obtained a BA degree at Antioch University, Los Angeles in 1984 and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from California Graduate Institute in 1991. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California, and in addition to psychotherapy her work focuses on all aspects of social and cultural issues facing Latinos. Dr. Salinas also regularly holds forums for Latino parents in the Los Angeles Unified School District, focusing on parenting and communication skills. These unique forums have been created specifically to provide cultural knowledge and tools in order to maximize opportunities for success in the United States.

Winston Wong, MD, MS 
Medical Director, Community Benefit & Director, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente

Winston Wong serves as Medical Director, Community Benefit & Director, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente. In this role, he is responsible for developing and cultivating partnerships with communities and agencies in advancing population management and evidence based medicine, with a particular emphasis on safety net providers and the elimination of health disparities. His background includes leadership roles in community health, government, and health plan delivery. From 1993 - 2003, Dr. Wong was a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, serving as both the Chief Medical Officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration, Region IX, and its Director of California Operations. He achieved the rank of Captain, and was awarded the Outstanding Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A Board Certified Family Practitioner, and bilingual in Cantonese and Toisanese dialects, Dr. Wong continues a small clinical practice at Asian Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Oakland, California, where he served previously as Medical Director. Dr. Wong has served on a number of state and national advisory groups addressing issues in cultural competence, health care access, and improving health care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Wong co-chaired the National Quality Forum's initiative for "Measuring and Reporting Cultural Competency" for health care organizations, and currently serves on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Equity and Disparities, as well as its Roundtable on Health Literacy. He is also Vice Chair of the National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians, and has served on the California State Task Force on Cultural Competency.