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.
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, Secretary
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.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Erik D. Barton, MD, MS, MBA
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Irvine School of Medicine
Dr Barton is committed to helping CIMC improve patient-centered, efficient care. “Dr. Barton is well known for his excellent organizational capabilities, energy, and vision,” said UC Irvine School of Medicine Dean Ralph V. Clayman, MD.
Barton obtained his bachelor of science degree from UCLA, has a masters in exercise physiology from the University of Texas and completed his medical degree at UC San Diego, where he remained for his internship and residency.
He most recently earned an MBA from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Physicians. He holds professional memberships the AMA, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine. He is listed among “America’s Top Emergency Physicians.”
Carol Reynolds, Vice Chairman
Carol is the former Chairperson of Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation’s Board of Directors and has now joined the AMDC Board. She served the Foundation for two consecutive terms, totaling six years of dedicated service. Under Carol’s tireless leadership, the CIMC Foundation raised over $700,000 in direct and in-kind contributions, which directly benefited the island’s hospital and medical clinic. Carol was also instrumental in developing and growing the popular “An Evening with Oscar”, a black-tie benefit that has become the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Her commitment dedication, hard work and perseverance to healthcare on the island has never faltered.