Avalon Medical Development Board
Michael Ponce was born in Orangevale, CA and has lived in Avalon for 19 years. He served on the AMDC Board from 2000-2006 and was a City Councilman from 2006-2014. Michael is Board President for CHOICES and a member of the Avalon Planning Commission. He works at Catalina Island Vacation Rentals. With a history of working to improve the quality of life on the island he will make an important contribution to the AMDC Board.
Conrado Vega is a long time island resident. He manages several businesses in town and has raised his family here.
Lisa Moss has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Administration. She works as the Director of Human Resources at the Catalina Island Conservancy. Prior to moving to “beautiful” Catalina in 2011 Lisa Moss, a San Diego native worked in high end retail and volunteered at “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” with the American Cancer Society and at Rady’s Children’s Hospital.
Catrina Awalt grew up in San Diego. She has lived on Catalina Island for 33 years. She is co-owner of two local businesses — Two’s Company and Jewels of Interest. She was Board Chairperson for the Catalina Chamber of Commerce. As a director of the non-profit “Avalon Beautiful” she helped to create “Old Ben” Park. She brings years of experience and unity of purpose help to guide CIMC into the future.
Judy Grear is a retired school teacher who still works as a substitute teacher at Avalon School. She is President of the Board for Avalon’s Friends of the Library and Vice-President of Catalina Kid Ventures. She and her husband Dave have visited the island for the past 40 years but moved to Avalon in 2010. Judy cares about the hospital and how it can better serve the community of residents and visitors.
Trudy Saldana has been married to her husband Joe for 50 years. They came to Catalina as newlyweds. Trudy and Joe raised their family on the island. 40 years ago Trudy worked as part of a group seeking to start Avalon’s first preschool. The Saldanas have owned and operated Coyote Joe’s Restaurant for 33 years. Trudy cares about everyone receiving equal access to quality health care and effective medical treatment on the Catalina Island.
Beatrice Van Every
Beatrice Van Every has “loved” coming to Catalina regularly since childhood. She retired ten years ago after working extensively with physicians, hospitals and HMO’s in a variety of capacities. Her interests and expertise make her an asset to the board. An avid sail boater, Bea and her husband Scott (a CIMC Foundation trustee) purchased a home and recently moved to the island full time.
Dr. Monte Mellon
Dr. Mellon received his undergraduate degree from Colorado University in Boulder, his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; and his MBA from National University in San Diego. He had a successful career in the United States Navy as a physician and served as Emergency Medicine Specialty Advisor to the United States Navy Surgeon General as well as to the Department of Defense. He was Chairman of the Departments of Emergency Medicine while in the Navy at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Jacksonville; Naval Hospital, San Diego; and continued in those roles in his civilian career at Sharp Coronado Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego. He has also served as President of the Board of Directors of the Uniformed Services Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.