LaDawn Best

Immediate Past Chair & Board Member

LaDawn Best is the Executive Director at Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles. PHE is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Prior to her […]

Ron Nelson

Board Member

Ronald C. Nelson was appointed Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art in February 2007, where he oversees an annual budget of $3.5 million. His position is responsible for day to day operations as well as the long term planning, financial direction, and artistic programming of the Museum. With experience as both a […]

Otis Hogan

Board Member

Photo and Bio coming soon.

Carrie Rickard, MD.

Mental Health Advisory Committee Chair

Dr. Rickard operates a private practice were she sees patients for female reproductive healthcare and wellness screenings.  In addition, she participates in peer review, quality of care, and best practices at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. She is especially proud of the work and leadership role she undertook to re-start The Center’s current mental health counseling […]

Gina Smith

Board Member

Gina Smith is a retired real estate agent who was a Project Sales Manager for over 32 years with S & S Construction, a division of Shapell Industries.  In that capacity she oversaw the design, construction, and sales of numerous local developments in the Long Beach, Orange County and Palos Verdes areas.  In the Long […]

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