Avalon Medical Development Board
Michael Ponce, Chairman
Michael Ponce was born in Orangevale, CA, attended college 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. He has a vast knowledge of issues related to local government and the Medical Center. Michael is Board President for CHOICES and a member of the Avalon Planning Commission. He works at Catalina Island Vacation Rentals. “I feel that I am open minded and able to see all sides of any issue related to governing the hospital,” Michael shared. 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, Vice Chairman
Conrado Vega is General Manager of Catalina Business Enterprises. He attended an International Trade School of Business in Mexico and has over twenty years of management experience in Avalon. He has served on the Catalina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2008 and was the Chamber CFO from 2010-2011. He has considerable experience collaborating with local government and community leaders. “I serve on the AMDC Board to assure that the success of the hospital and clinic continue for the benefit of all residents and visitors.” With his self-motivating style and reputation for being well organized and reliable, Conrado is a strong contributor to board decisions relating to management and fiscal policy for the hospital.
Catrina Awalt, Treasurer
Catrina Awalt grew up in San Diego. She opted to go directly into the world of commerce after graduating from high school. 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 has a thorough understanding of the Avalon community and was instrumental in proposing the sales tax legislation that provides CIMC with sustainable operations funding. “It just seemed like an obvious solution to a serious problem. The island needs the hospital to thrive financially,”she commented. Catrina brings years of experience and unity of purpose to help to guide CIMC into the future.
Judy Grear, Board Member
Judy Grear is a retired educator who still works as a substitute teacher at Avalon School. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and American Literature from the University of California San Diego and has completed over 100 units of upper division and extension courses. She assisted her elderly parents with their medical care and “values having good hospital services available.” 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 had visited the island for 40 years but moved to Avalon in 2010. Known for her honesty and reliability, Judy cares about “getting things done” while collaborating with other AMDC Board members committed to the hospital and how it can better serve the community of residents and visitors.
Trudy Saldana, Board Member
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 and starting P.L.A.Y., Avalon’s first preschool. The Saldanas owned and operated Coyote Joe’s Restaurant for 33 years. A fiscal conservative, Trudy has experience with profit and loss issues, management, problem solving and strategic planning. She cares “about everyone receiving equal access to quality health care and effective medical treatment on the Catalina Island.” Her only daughter Gina is a registered nurse at CIMC and issues pertaining to the hospital and the City of Avalon are a top priority for her. Serving on the AMDC Board is a way to “give back” to the community she has called home for over half a century.
Beatrice VanEvery, Board member
Beatrice Van Every has “loved” coming to Catalina regularly since childhood. She retired after working extensively with physicians, hospitals and HMO’s in a variety of capacities. She received a Biological Science degree from the University of California Irvine and was the Electronic Billing Supervisor at US Diagnostic Corporation. Her strong background in property management, operations, collections and Human Resources make her an asset to the board. With over 25 years experience in medical billing, working with Orange Coast Medical Center, Saddleback Memorial and Irvine Hospital she “ developed large batch processing protocols for accounts receivable payments and has experience working with a variety of insurance providers.” An avid sail boater, Bea and her husband Scott (a CIMC Foundation trustee) purchased a home and in 2010 moved to the island full time.