Advisory Board of SKH

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Dr. Patricia Ann Ronald Riba, MD., MA is a board certified community pediatrician, and author in Orange County, CA. Since 2002 she has focused her practice on obesity and other nutrition related conditions in children.

Dr. Patricia and her multidisciplinary team reach over 5,000 underserved families through individualized patient care plans, community and provider education and training, school-based programs, and Parent-Child Feeding Interaction Therapy. Dr. Patricia attended the University of Southern California for her undergraduate studies, and received both her Masters as well as Medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Patricia worked as a Pediatrician for Orangewood/Juvenal Hall, Doctors of Children in Irvine, CCHC/AltaMed in Huntington Beach, and as an obesity consultant for the Latino Health Access Obesity Program. In 2008, Dr. Patricia received the “Healthy Smiles: Hero of Oral Health Award.” She was also recently honored as an “Agent of Change” by the Children & Families Commission of Orange County and received an “Excellence in Philanthropy Award” from the Orange County Community Foundation. Dr. Patricia has had the opportunity to speak to several of Medical Providers, Junior Lifeguards, and community Liasons. Her work has been featured in the Orange County Register “Serving Up Solutions to fight Childhood Obesity” , Contemporary Pediatrics” Treating Obesity at Ground Zero”, and Huntington Beach Wave. In addition, she has appeared on KDOC, KOCE, and ABC7 News as a childhood obesity expert.

Dr. Patricia’s program is increasingly being recognized throughout Orange County as a promising approach to nutrition-related disorders including diabetes prevention, obesity, Failure to Thrive, and feeding dynamic issues in children and teens. She recently completed a ground breaking parenting guidebook, Fit Kids Revolution, on treating/preventing childhood obesity and creating a healthy home. She was a guest on KRLA 870, The Hugh Hewitt Show hosted by Hugh Hewitt and WRDZ Radio Disney Indianapolis “Kids Concerns Show” hosted by LaKesha Hutchinson.

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John Benner

John is a volunteer consultant with the Executive Coaches of Orange County providing consulting services to not for profit organizations principally in the area of Strategic Planning. He has enjoyed extensive experience serving on Boards of Directors of nonprofit organizations and is currently serving on the Board of Hoag Hospital, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, Charitable Ventures of Orange County, and The Cambodian Family.

John has over 30 years of business experience managing all facets of administration, strategic planning, and corporate finance. His experience includes direct planning and implementation of major financial transactions (acquisitions, divestitures, financings, and corporate restructurings). John spent 24 years of his business career with American Stores Company (ASC), then the nations 3rd largest food/drug retailer. He is a Certified Public Accountant formerly with Price Waterhouse LLP.

John has an MBA degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a BSBA degree with honors from the University of Missouri. He and his wife Linda reside in Newport Beach, CA.

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Dr. Gwyn Parry

Dr. Gwyn Parry has spent more than 40 years of his career as an attending physician or employee at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. As the Director of the hospital’s Community Medicine Department, he oversees a program that by its provision of vital health care and education services for some of the most vulnerable children and families in Orange County demonstrates Hoag’s long-standing commitment to community service. In addition to his work at Hoag, Dr. Parry is a tireless volunteer, serving on nonprofit boards such as the George Hoag Family Foundation, the PADRE Foundation and Orange Coast College.

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Dr. Albert Chang

I have been a pediatrician providing care to children of underserved communities for the past 13 years, and the Regional Medical Director of AltaMed Health Services Corporation in Orange County for over 5 years. I am a graduate from the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), Board Certified in Pediatrics, and have completed a Preventive Medicine Residency at UCLA. I obtained both my Medical Doctorate and Masters of Public Health degrees from Boston University School of Medicine, where my focus was in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to joining AltaMed, I worked with the Orange County Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where we integrated a Childhood Injury Prevention program into physician offices throughout the county. In addition, I helped to develop and implement an Injury Prevention Training Program for the pediatric residents at both CHOC and UC Irvine. For several years I was a Pediatric Consultant for the Orange County Health Care Agency, providing medical evaluation and direction for children with special needs (cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, etc.) receiving school-based physical and occupational therapy services through the California Children’s Services program. I have been involved with many Children and Families Commission (Proposition 10) programs including a PBS television program called “Help Me Grow”, where a colleague and I provided educational vignettes directed to the parents and families of young children. As the Regional Medical Director for AltaMed, I am responsible for providing clinical oversight of our 7 primary care clinics in Orange County, managing our Medical Directors at each site, and advocating for the needs of our 50 medical providers. I sit on the Medical Leadership Council, and work closely with our Operations, Health Education and Marketing teams, to ensure the success of our many programs and projects within our Orange County clinics.