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Sylvia Gutierrez

Sylvia works for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Orange County – Inland Empire District Office, her title is Economic Development Specialist and Women’s Business Outreach Representative. She has more than 20 years of experience in business development. Her marketing and outreach activities reach the tri-county area of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. She is invited to speak on SBA Programs and Services by various organizations and TV networks like Univision.

Sylvia is tasked with participating at events that assist, counsel, and inform entrepreneurs and business owners to start, expand and run successful businesses.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from USC, and M.A. degree from The American University in Washington, D.C., in International Economic Policy, Business, and Finance.

She is an active member of Toastmasters and she holds an Advanced Toastmaster Silver Certificate.

Patty Pulido

Patty Pulido is a senior relationship manager in the Inland Empire market for commercial banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Patty leads a team of banking specialists who work to understand her clients’ business needs. Under Patty’s leadership, her team proactively provides strategic guidance and financial solutions to help clients achieve their business and personal goals. She serves her business clients holistically, from providing workplace financial solutions to their employees, discussing an asset conversion cycle, or financing fixed or intangible assets.

Patty joined Bank of America in 2001 in leadership positions in Retail Banking and Mortgage Lending before becoming a relationship manager. Prior to joining the commercial banking division, Patty served as a consumer market manager, where she was responsible for managing a workforce of more than 200 employees and overseeing 15 financial centers.She was accountable for managerial responsibilities including leading a team, operations, staffing and customer service.

Patty obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on human resources at California Polytechnic University of Pomona.

Committed to her community, Patty volunteers with various non-profit organizations such as Feeding America and Promise Scholars. In addition, she is part of the Inland Empire’s community volunteer leadership team, which is dedicated to ensuring Bank of America is actively engaged and giving back to the local non-profit organizations. She also is engaged with the local Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Development (LEAD) for Women chapter, which is dedicated to promoting professional women’s development throughout the bank.

Patty is currently resides in Ontario, California with her husband and two dogs.

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.

Christine Sanchez

Christine Sanchez Joined Accion in 2016 as a Business Development Officer in the Inland Empire. As a Business Development Officer, Christine is responsible for creating business relationships and partnerships with various referral sources such as banks and local agencies to promote Accion in the Inland Empire. Christine’s effort is to grow Accion’s lending portfolio with Inland Empire’s small business owners, local entrepreneurs with potential funding for their business.


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