Catalina Hospital board of directors

Board of Directors

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David Michael Lee

Vice Co-Chair

Mr. Lee grew up in Newport Beach, watching the setting sun turn Catalina Island into a silhouette against a golden sky almost every evening during the family dinner. He joined the CIMC board to participate in the continued growth and success of the CIMC, especially in the areas of providing more opportunities to local residents through employment and education. An art professor and curator by trade, Mr. Lee holds a Master's in Fine Arts from CSU Fullerton and has served on numerous advisory councils both in art and business.

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Levent Alkibay

Vice Co-Chair

With and MBA and 25 years of experience in running multinational companies, Mr. Alkibay joined the CIMC Board of Directors to share his business acumen with the hospital. As president and CEO of Catalina Beverage since 2013, he is also a supporter of the Catalina Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Alkibay would like to help the CIMC become an even more business-savvy organization while continuing to serve the community with high quality medical care.

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Judy Grear

Secretary

Judy Grear is a retired educator who still works as a substitute teacher at Avalon School. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts 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 and decided to move 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.

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Catrina Awalt

Treasurer

Catrina Awalt grew up in San Diego, graduating from high school she went directly into the world of commerce. Awalt has lived on Catalina Island for 33 years and co-owns two local businesses — Two’s Company and Jewels of Interest. She has also served as 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.

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Trudy Saldana

Board Member

Trudy Saldana has been married to her husband Joe for 50 years the two came to Catalina as newlyweds and raised their family on the island. Forty years ago, Trudy worked as part of a group seeking and starting P.L.A.Y., Avalon’s first preschool. The Saldana’s 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.” Serving on the AMDC Board is a way to “give back” to the community she has called home for over half a century.

Dr. John Christian Fox, Board Member

Dr. John Christian Fox

Board Member

As a leader in the medical field, Dr. Fox has served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for the University of Irvine School of Medicine. He has also shared his expertise in ultrasound on numerous task forces, panels, and boards for the likes of the American Registry of Medical Sonographers, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and the Society of Ultrasound Medicine in Medical Education. Dr. Fox is also an accomplished lecturer and editor of several medical textbooks and currently serves as the Interim Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Since he first visited Catalina Island when he was 10, the island has become his family's favorite playground. Dr. Fox has shared that it is an honor for him to contribute to the health of the community by serving on the CIMC Board.

Jason Peret

Jason Paret

Board Member Ex Officio

Jason Paret has an Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana. Island life is not new to the Paret family, having lived in Australia, Hawaii, and islands in Alaska. In Paret’s eighteen years as a healthcare executive he’s achieved significant financial improvements for his organizations. He also brings with him important facility construction experience with two different projects, one in the amount of $20 million and another in the $50 million range. Paret (pronounced “pair – A”) and his wife Aimee, an Avalon school teacher, have two children, a son in high school and a daughter in 3rd grade.

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Glen Gustafson

Board Member

Dr. Gustafson consults in aerial imagery. He has professional experience using aerial imagery in the fields of military intelligence and environmental monitoring. At the core of his professional expertise is the use of aerial imagery to produce useful information to others. The work is surprisingly similar, whether it happens to be in the imagery intelligence field, or related to environmental litigation. in both cases, you're urgently searching for additional sources of imagery, and trying to extract the maximum harvest from each aerial coverage. Also, in both types of work your "customers" are very anxious for the results, which they could not produce themselves. You become one of the essential legs of the octopus which is reaching out, with a variety of tools, trying to grapple a particular issue. The projects become dynamic, cooperative, and exciting, despite the fact that the process is slow, tedious and demanding. On very rare occasions, you discover the "silver bullet" which nails down an issue beyond any dispute.