Dean’s Community Advisory Board Members 2015
The Dean's Community Advisory Board is a group of accomplished community leaders dedicated to enhancing the quality and reputation of the College of Health and Human Development. Our College serves as the nucleus for providing education, research, and community interchange in fields related to health, human development, and community service.
As such, the Dean’s Community Advisory Board is chartered with helping to provide (1) input on strategic issues related to the College; (2) an outside perspective to assure that the College’s programs are relevant and responsive to the changing needs of the workforce; (3) connections to potential internship for students and employment opportunities for graduates; and (4) connections for community/College interchange. In addition, the Board Members play an integral role in assisting the College with raising external funds to support the goals of the College.
The Board's investment of time, energy and professional expertise helps to ensure that we as a College are developing – and delivering - a best-in-class education to our diverse student population. We are sincerely grateful to the Board Member for their passion, visionary leadership and generous contributions in support of educational excellence in the College of Health and Human Development.
Aliya I. Ali – Dr. Ali is a board certified pediatrician and has been practicing in Whittier, California for the past 20 years. She completed her pediatric training from the University of Illinois in 1992 and has medical staff privileges at the Whittier Community and Whittier Presbyterian medical centers. Dr. Ali is actively engaged with the medical staff at Whittier Hospital, where she previously served two terms as Treasurer and one term as Chairman of Pediatrics. She is currently the Pediatric Chair-elect for 2017. Similarly, Dr. Ali has also served on the Medical Executive Committee and the Physician Well Being Committee, including the Pediatric Quality Review Committee as well. In her spare time, Dr. Ali is a strong advocate for children and supports educational causes for children in developing countries. She has volunteered with multiple disaster-relief efforts, in which she was on the first responder team to provide medical attention to the injured victims of the 2008 earthquake in Pakistan. Subsequently, she worked with International Medical Corps to serve displaced women and children living in refugee camps. In 2010, Dr. Ali worked with Shine Humanity's disaster response team to provide medical attention to flood victims in Pakistan and has also spent time working with a pro-bono health clinic in rural Peru with the Peruvian American Medical Society.
Rose Espinoza – Ms. Espinoza was elected to La Habra City Council in 2000. She served as Mayor in 2004, 2008 and 2010. Councilwoman Espinoza is presently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). In 1991, she founded the La Habra program, Rosie's Garage, out of concern for the growing gang activity and low educational attainment of children in her neighborhood. Among the many awards and accolades received, Ms. Espinoza has received the Points of Light Presidential Service Award from former President Bill Clinton in 1994, the 72nd Assembly District Woman of the Year Award from Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher in 2002 as well as the North Orange County Magazine's 25 Most Influential People in 2006. Her work with children was the subject of a documentary "Rosie's Garage" which aired on KCET in 2002. The Orange County Register, in its 2005 special 100 year publication magazine, profiled Ms. Espinoza as one of 100 People who shaped Orange County; she has also appeared in the June 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. A lifelong resident of La Habra, Ms. Espinoza and her husband, Alex, have been married for 36 years and have one grown son, Chris.
Mary Anne Foo – Ms. Foo is the executive director of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance also known as OCAPICA. OCAPICA serves more than 30,000 community members annually through health, mental health, youth development, education, policy and advocacy, and workforce development programs. OCAPICA has almost 60 staff that speak 16 languages. She has been working for 25 years in the community with underserved populations in addressing health, education, and economic disparities. She has a Masters in Public Health from UCLA and a Bachelor of Sciences from UC Davis. Ms. Foo serves on numerous community and health care institutions’ boards and advisory committees. A fourth generation Chinese and Japanese Californian, Ms. Foo is married to a Japanese Peruvian, and together they have two very active boys.
Pam Keller – Ms. Keller is a “retired” member of the Fullerton City Council where she served as the Mayor Pro Tem in 2009 and 2010. She grew up in Fullerton, attending the local schools, including California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) from which she received a B.S in Child Development and a Multi-Subject Bilingual Teaching Credential. Currently, Ms. Keller is a Master’s Level student CSUF where she is working toward a credential in Educational Leadership and Administration. She recently completed a two-year opportunity working part time in the district office of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva serving the 450,000 people in the 65th Assembly District as a case manager. Since 1989, Ms. Keller has served as the Executive Director of the Fullerton Collaborative. Her community focus has been Obesity Prevention, Gang Prevention, Achievement Gap, STEM and Homelessness. She has led the planning for the yearly Faces of Fullerton Event and free dental clinics. This year, after 15 years out of the classroom, she has returned to teach in the Multiage Program at Orangethorpe School. Ms. Keller and her husband John met while attending Fullerton High School. They are raising their three teenaged boys, Christopher age 19, Dakota, age 17 and Alexander age 15, to love the community in which their parents met and grew up.
Marian Last – Current California Commission on Aging (CCoA) Vice Chair, Marian Last is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Professional Counselor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Political Science and Sociology, from Pitzer College in Claremont; and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Cal State University Long Beach. Ms. Last is the former Community and Senior Services Manager for the City of El Monte. She co- founded a family services and sexual assault center, served as a consultant to U.S.C. Gerontology Center and has served on numerous boards, task forces and advisory committees including, California Parks and Recreation Society, Emergency Resources Association, City of Long Beach AIDS/PET Walk and the Mid-Managers Employee Association. Her advocacy efforts for 37 years include serving as a Congressional Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, recipient of the California Emergency Services Award/Senior Preparedness and recognized as a Distinguished Woman in History by the Business and Professional Women.
Adriana Mraz- Hailing from Anaheim, California, Ms. Mraz the proud mother of three children and one grandchild, has long been an active member of her Orange County community where she focused on neighborhood outreach and fundraising programs. Having spent much of her career working in the medical field in both administrative and nursing functions, Ms. Mraz most recently has been partnering with the One Legacy Foundation where she works to serve and educate individuals about the benefits of tissue and organ donation. Ms. Mraz and her family have strong connections to California State University, Fullerton, (CSUF), from which her eldest son, Joe R. Lopez, graduated in 2012. He is currently serving as a First Lieutenant in the US Army. In 2013, Ms. Mraz established the 2013 CSUF Roy A. Lopez Scholarship in memory of her son Roy, a student at CSUF, who passed away. The scholarship which is awarded annually, provides two $2,500.00 to CSUF ROTC Cadets at the MSIII and MSIV levels. Today, Ms. Mraz resides in Livonia, Michigan where she is pursuing a law degree while still maintaining an active interest in her community-at-large. Ms. Mraz is excited to be collaborating with CSUF and looks forward to bringing her years of expertise to benefit the College of Health and Human Development.
Ameena Qazi – Ameena Mirza Qazi is a civil rights attorney and activist based in Southern California. Ms. Qazi has works on behalf of the American Muslim community in the areas of religious discrimination, First Amendment, equal protection, and procedural due process issues. Formerly the Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations—Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter (CAIR-LA), the largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, recent cases she’s worked on include co- counseling a wrongful death action and §1983 claim against LAPD that resulted in a $1.7million verdict, and co-counseling a class action lawsuit with the ACLU of Southern California and Hadsell, Stormer and Renick, LLP against the FBI for unlawful surveillance of the Southern California Muslim community. Ms. Qazi has spoken both nationally and internationally on civil rights issues affecting American Muslims, and has given dozens of community workshops and presentations. Prior to working at CAIR, she clerked with the United Auto Workers legal department, as well as clerked for the Wayne State University Disability Rights Clinic and the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. Additionally, Ms. Qazi worked on various research projects, including the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding's "Detroit Mosque Study" as well as PEW Foundation's "Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream." A member of the California State Bar, Ms. Qazi graduated with Cum Laude honors from Wayne State University School of Law, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a BA in Political Science. She is also proud to be on the advisory board of the South Asian Network (SAN) and the boards of the ACLU of Southern California and the Public Law Center.
Barry Ross - Mr. Ross is Vice President, Healthy Communities at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton California. He is currently serving as Board Chair of the La Habra Collaborative; Board Chair of St. Jude Neighborhood Health Centers; Chair, Alliance for a Healthy Orange County; Co-Chair, Orange County Health Improvement Partnership; Treasurer, Fullerton Collaborative; Member, CalOptima Provider Advisory Committee; Member, American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board; Advisory Board Member for the UCI and CSUF Public Health programs. He is a recipient of the St. Joseph Health System Values in Action Award for Justice; the Guardian of Health Award, California Center for Public Health Advocacy; the UCI Community Health Research Advocate Award; the Dayle McIntosh Center Apple of the Eye Award; and received a Special Commendation from the City of Fullerton for Community Service.
David M. Souleles, MPH — Mr. Souleles has 28 years’ experience in public health. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Agency Director of Public Health Services for the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) overseeing a staff of nearly 720 and a budget of $101 million and serving a population of more than 3 million. In this role, Mr. Souleles has management responsibility for various public health programs including Disease Control and Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Family Health, Health Promotion, Public Health Laboratory, and Public Health Nursing. Mr. Souleles previously served HCA as Chief of Public Health Operations and as Division Manager for Disease Control and Epidemiology. Prior to joining HCA, Mr. Souleles held various senior public health positions including an appointment by Governor Gray Davis as Chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Health Services and Preventive Health Bureau Manager and AIDS Program Manager for the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Souleles began his career as an HIV/AIDS health educator with the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Mr. Souleles previously served as President of the County Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC), a statewide organization of county and city Public Health Department Directors. His years of service with CHEAC as President were from October 2007 through September 2008, October 2011 through September 2012, and October 2012 through September 2013. Mr. Souleles holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles and an undergraduate degree in psychology from University of California, Irvine.