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Ruth Lopez Novodor

Ruth Lopez Novodor serves as CEO for Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc., a position that she has held since 1980. In this capacity, Ms. Lopez Novodor is responsible for the company’s business planning and execution of strategic goals locally and internationally. The company’s medical professional team is known for building a family-like relationship with each patient by demonstrating compassion and cultural sensitivity to provide the highest-quality cancer treatment for the region’s multi-cultural population. Under her direction and execution, Ms. Lopez Novodor has helped this medical center achieve national recognition and industry credibility by receiving JCAHO-accreditation (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).

Ms. Lopez Novodor also served as CEO for Americade Home Health Agency (AHHA) for approximately 15 years prior to its sale. Americade was formed to fill a gap in service in the L.A. and surrounding communities as identified first by the needs of Dr. Thropay’s patients. With a staff of 50 skilled nurses, home health aides, social workers, and occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists, Americade provided much needed care to a broad base of multi- cultural patients confined to the home.

Ms. Lopez Novodor, along with her brother, John P. Thropay, M.D., co-founded VivaHealth Plan. Ms. Lopez Novodor served as CEO and developed the concept from its inception and early days of organizing in 1989 to licensure and operational status of the plan. This first-of-its- kind HMO to provide all-encompassing healthcare services in Spanish was specifically designed for the burgeoning Hispanic population in Southern California and it served as a catalyst for the evolution of ethnic and culturally responsive models of healthcare delivery.

Ms. Lopez Novodor has served as a Delegate to the White House on Small Business; was a two-term Chairman of the Board of the Latin Business Association (LBA); a four year member of Wells Fargo Bank’s Corporate Diversity Council and a Board Member for El Proyecto del Barrio. She currently serves as a Board Member of The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Chairman of the Leadership Council of NFIB California. She is a member of the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization, a Healthcare Executive Roundtable, and holds appointments from the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Governor of California to the Workforce Investment Board of Los Angeles (WIB) and the California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) respectively.

Ms. Lopez Novodor holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. In 1996, she completed the Executive Program for Managed Care at the University of Missouri, at Kansas City’s National Center for Managed Health Care Administration, and Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a PHD in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Anita Ron

Anita Ron is the President of BriteWorks Inc., a minority, women owned corporation, founded in 1996. Prior to BriteWorks Inc. Ron was employed with Marriott Corporation for 11 years as a food service manager. In conjunction with her service management skills Ron received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of La Verne in California in 1988. Ron’s skills and knowledge in the strict food borne illness and sanitation guidelines, gave her the edge to develop processes in the janitorial service. Ron started her janitorial business with only 3 vacuum cleaners, $700 and a lot of determination. Currently employs 110 associates in California and Arizona. Her business venture has been so successful that Ron was listed two years in a row for year 2002 and 2003 as Top 100 Latinas in Hispanic Magazine.

As recent as June, 2012, Ron was recognized by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez for her success in operating a successful small business in California. In 2011, Congresswomen Judy Chu recognized Ron for her diverse leadership and volunteerism in the cities that make up 32 District. In the same year the Los Angeles Hispanic Chamber of Commerce along with the Los Angeles Business Journal awarded BriteWorks, Inc. The Small Business of the year Award. In 2010, the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized Ron with the “John Aguilar Procurement Awarded”, for successful business growth.

The Latin Business Association, awarded Ron the 2009 Sol Award, this award honors entrepreneurs, corporations and leaders for major contribution to business success. Additional acclamations that Ron has received through the years are the following: City of West Covina Entrepreneur for the year for 2004. Latina Style Magazine in conjunction with United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce awarded Ron, the Ana Maria Arias Award. Annually Latina Style Magazine conducts a national search for 5 women recipients for their entrepreneur drive.

As early as 1998, only a year in business the City of West Covina recognized Ron for successfully operating a small business by awarding BriteWorks, the Home base business of the year.

Ron resides in San Dimas California, with her husband and three children.

Christine G. Rodriguez

Christine G. Rodriguez is Owner & Principal of CGR Strategic Communications, LLC, a woman and minority-owned certified small business in Corona, Calif. CGR Communications provides executive coaching and services on strategic planning, corporate communications, growing small business infrastructure, and strategic philanthropy/fundraising. Her vision and mission is simply stated in these 5 Cs: Communicate clearly & openly; Collaborate fairly & honestly; Connect with purpose & commitment; Care for your clients & communities; and Change with clear, measurable goals.

Rodriguez has worked closely with clients in the corporate, academic, and nonprofit sectors; and has helped small business owners strengthen and grow their businesses by helping them improve their operational processes and helping them apply for and obtain small business and minority-owned certifications. Rodriguez’s clients have included: Markall, Inc./RA Industries, LLC; The Boeing Company; University of California, Irvine; Donald R. Beall, Chairman Emeritus, Rockwell; NEAT (National Education Advocacy & Training); and Pegasus Global Holdings.

Prior to launching her consulting business, Rodriguez served as President & CEO of Discovery World, a non-profit science and technology center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2004, Rodriguez completed a long and successful career with aerospace & defense prime contractor, Rockwell International, having worked her way up the corporate ladder from a clerk-typist to a Corporate Vice President (the first Latina VP at Rockwell). Ultimately, she was responsible for the Rockwell Charitable Corporation and State Government Relations. In that position, she led a team to set strategic direction for the company’s worldwide charitable giving activities.

Rodriguez serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including: NLBWA-IE; Advisory Board Member – California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC); HPGM (Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee). She also formerly served as a Board Member of the Greater Corona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Rockwell Liaison for Catalyst (NYC); The Conference Board; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); National Council of La Raza (NCLR); United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC); and various other local and national nonprofit boards. She has received numerous professional and community awards of excellence.

Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of La Verne; an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism from Fullerton College; a Graduate Certificate in Senior Public Relations Management from the San Francisco Academy, University of Florida; a Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, Carroll School of Management; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management from the University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business).

Erika Santillan

Erika Santillan is the Owner and Founder of Inland Gardens and Tropics, established in the Inland Empire since 2011. The company specializes in wholesale nursery sales and contract grows for Public Works and State Funded Projects, Cal Trans, private, commercial, and residential project design. Additionally, she serves as a consultant to private entities requiring landscape design concepts and value engineering.

Among the projects Erika’s company has undertaken are: Patton State Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Murrieta, CalTrans 60/91/210 interchange, CalTrans 91 freeway, LA Lakers Headquarters, to name a few.

The company is Small Business and Women Minority Business Enterprise certified, and thought construction is not an easy field for women, she enjoys the challenge.

Erika brings tremendous knowledge and hands-on experience of over 18 years of cumulative general and landscape construction. Her experience extends from project engineering to purchasing manager for some of Southern California’s most prestigious landscape companies, such as ValleyCrest Landscape Development currently BrightView Landscape.

Erika attended Cal Poly Pomona where she completed the Project Management Program, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Latina Business Women Association, Inland Empire.

Maria Serret

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Candice Garcia- Rodrigo

Candice Garcia-Rodrigo is licensed in California and Hawai’i state courts, as well as in the Federal District of California. She is one of the founders of Rodrigo Law Firm, PC, formed in 2010, and located in Ontario, California. Candice Garcia-Rodrigo has successfully run her business since 2010. She practices estate planning, probate, trust and business law. Part of her practice includes mentoring young attorneys and legal professionals. She also practices part-time at another local Inland Empire firm as a supervising attorney for their young associates. She has developed policies, procedures, and templates that have been used by industry professionals in their own practices.

She frequently volunteers her time for the county courts and local organizations. Garcia-Rodrigo serves as a judge pro tem for both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, a volunteer role. Additionally, she is one of the court-appointed attorneys for elder and adult disabled individuals for whom conservatorships are established. This position is paid for by the county at a steeply discounted rate.

She has given presentations on probate, business, and other legal related issues and has been published over twenty times in various legal publications. She is certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Leadership & Management and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She is active in her local business and legal communities.

Garcia-Rodrigo is a popular speaker with both industry and general public audiences, covering a variety of legal topics that highlight her prowess for the law. Her ability to communicate detailed intricacies about legal issues is valuable to attorneys and easy to understand for those not familiar with the law. She regularly teaches attorneys continuing education courses in the areas of probate, civil discovery, and ethics. She prides herself on contributing to the profession as a leader and educator. Garcia-Rodrigo is frequently invited to speak to local attorneys about specific areas of law. She has also been invited to educate a national audience on representing clients with diminishing capacity.

Candice Garcia-Rodrigo also contributes to the legal community as a Board member of the California Young Lawyers Association, Board member of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, and an Associate Editor of the Litigation News in the American Bar Association. She further supports local nonprofit organizations in the Inland Empire, serving as a Board member of the Red Cross San Bernardino County Chapter, Board member of the Foothill Family Shelter, and as the President of the National Latina Business Women Association Inland Empire. Born and raised in the Inland Empire, she has a true passion for the Inland Empire community.

In addition to her activism in the business and legal communities, Garcia-Rodrigo is a wife and mother of three. She volunteers as an AYSO soccer coach for her children’s soccer teams and regularly participates in their school functions. She is also active in local business networking groups and volunteers on their leadership teams.

Dr. Rosibel Ochoa

Dr. Rosibel Ochoa is the Associate Vice Chancellor Technology Partnerships at the University of California, Riverside. The Office of Technology Partnerships accelerates economic development by transferring UC Riverside research from the lab to private sector, facilitating academic-industry collaborations, an encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout our region. The team comprises, Technology Commercialization, Corporate and Strategic Partnerships, Industry Sponsored Research, and our Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC).

She previously provided leadership to UCSD's von Liebig Center, a unique proof-of-concept program that helps accelerate the transfer of faculty innovations into the private sector and provides entrepreneurial education to graduate students in science and engineering.  She is the founder of TekDome LLC, a consulting company that provided expert advice on strategies for intellectual property development, commercialization and licensing support.  Rosibel also served as a commercialization consultant to the Research Triangle Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology and several university startup companies.  Previously, Rosibel served as Associate Director of the Office of Technology Licensing and Manager of the Industry Contracts Group at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Working with Georgia Tech's Venture Lab, she managed proof of concept grants to faculty interested in commercialization of clean technologies.  Before joining Georgia Tech, Rosibel worked at Motorola's Energy Systems Group (ESG) and at MeadWestvaco as a research engineer, developing materials for advanced lithium polymer battery technology and carbon-based super capacitors.  As part of the business strategy team at Motorola, she helped identify and evaluate new business opportunities in emerging energy technologies such as fuel cells, Bluetooth and battery chargers.  Rosibel received a PhD and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville.  She is the inventor of two issued patents and the author of more than 18 scientific publications.

Maria Solano

Maria Molina Solano is the Executive Director for the National Latina Business Women’s Association, Inland Empire, a non-profit organization. She maintains an innate passion for the growing Latina Entrepreneur and the Latino Business Community in which she thrives at building the financial platform of community sponsorships to enable the success of the organization. Maria is also known for her diverse well rounded professional background in the banking industry with over 20 years experience to speak of.

Maria began her 20 year banking career with Wells Fargo as a teller working in two locations; Pasadena, and El Monte, California she then earned her way up to a personal banker, business banker then branch manager. As a branch manager she was tasked with the oversight of operations, sales and a staff of 30. While working on sales, she exceeded sales expectations which placed her in the Top 10 within district and Top 25 statewide.

Marias team successes include working as part of a team while at the Latin Business Association Institute (LBAI). The LBAI is a grass roots organization that serves as advocate for Latino Business of which she was a part of ascertaining funding in excess of $283 million in contracts for the Latino Business Community and $65.45 million for client business loans for expansion or start-up businesses. Was part of the team that worked to develop member programs through education increasing membership from 75 to over 1,600 members.

Communally she has participated as an advocate for the Hispanic population, having served on the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Procurement & Education Committees, Los Angeles Unified School District, Procurement Advisory Board, Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Committee, Procurement, Access to capital, and Education Development, Chaired the Transportation Board Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles County MTA, and served as an Advisory Board Member focusing on procurement and access to capital for the Women’s Transportation Coalition.


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