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Edoghogho Ighodaro | Medical Student Coordinator/MC

Hi! My name is Edo Ighodaro (she/her) and I was born and raised in Louisville, Ky to two Nigerian immigrants. I went to Johns Hopkins University where I majored in Neuroscience and Spanish. During my senior year, I began volunteering at an immigration health center which introduced me to the many health disparities faced by our minority populations. Because of my experience here, I became further interested in immigrant, refugee, and minority health and decided to use my gap years to further support these communities as a care coordinator in the underserved parts of Chicago, IL. Currently, I am a medical student at Stanford hoping to continue my interest in community health.

Dr. Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado


Yvonne (Bonnie) A. Maldonado, MD, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at the Stanford School of Medicine.  Dr. Maldonado attended Stanford University School of Medicine.  She was a Pediatric resident and fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Maldonado then served in the Public Health Service in the Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she was awarded the Alexander D. Langmuir Prize, named in honor of the founder of the EIS Program. She has led a number of NIH, CDC, USAID, Gates Foundation and WHO funded domestic and international pediatric vaccine studies, as well as studies in prevention and treatment of perinatal HIV infection in the US, India, Mexico and Africa.  


With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic she has over 10 clinical, epidemiology and laboratory-based studies in this area and is involved in epidemiologic modeling at the University, state and national level.  She is the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the American Public Health Association.  She is a member of the Board of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, a liaison to the USPHS Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and previously a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Office of Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Maldonado has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and is co-editor of the textbooks “Remington and Klein Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant” and “Report of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book)”.


Dr. Lisa Goldman Rosas

Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health and the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford School of Medicine. An epidemiologist by training, Dr. Goldman Rosas’ research focuses on addressing disparities in chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and cancer among racial/ethnic minority families. This research features rigorous quantitative and qualitative methodologies, participatory qualitative approaches, and shared leadership with patient and community partners. She is passionate about integrating patients, caregivers, community organizations, and other key stakeholders in the research process in order to affect the greatest improvements in health and well-being. As a reflection of this passion, Dr. Goldman Rosas serves as the Faculty Director for the School of Medicine Office of Community Engagement, Co-Director of Community-Engaged Research for the Office of Cancer Health Equity, and Director of the Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. In these roles, she supports other faculty and patient and community partners to develop sustainable and meaningful partnerships to support transformative research. In addition to research, she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has a special focus on increasing diversity in biomedical research.

Dr. Anthony Iton


Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President of Programs & Partnerships, joined The Endowment in October 2009.  The Programs & Partnerships Department is responsible for the development and execution of The California Endowment’s strategic plan, with input and guidance from the Board of Directors and Executive Team, to help achieve racial equity in health in California. They achieve this through team-based learning, visioning, strategic planning, and strategic grant making.

Prior to his appointment at The Endowment, Iton served since 2003 as both the director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. In that role, he oversaw the creation of an innovative public health practice designed to eliminate health disparities by tackling the root causes of poor health that limit quality of life and lifespan in many of California’s low-income communities.


Dr. Robert Ross

Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in September 2000, Dr. has prior experience as Director of Health and Human Services Agency in San Diego Countyand as Commissioner of Public Health in the City of Philadelphia.

During his tenure as President and CEO at The California Endowment, Dr. Ross has provided leadership in supporting the vision of underserved communities and grassroots leaders for a healthier California and a healthier America. The California Endowment has provided advocacy and funded efforts in support of “Health For All” across the state, expanding health coverage for undocumented residents, farmworkers, and “Dreamers”, strengthening diversity in the health workforce, advancing wellness-driven school climate reforms, improving health advocacy for young men and young women of color, and providing leadership for health-oriented criminal justice reform. Through the Endowment’s 10-Year Building Healthy Communities campaign, he has supported the engagement and leadership capacity of young people and community residents to fight for improved health and wellness at the community level. He also served as a founding board member of Covered California, the entity responsible for the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California. More recently he served as Chair of the Los Angeles County Task Force on Alternatives to Incarceration, developing a strategic roadmap for the County to reform the criminal justice system in support of health- focused strategies to reduce incarceration. In 2021, Dr. Ross worked in partnership with the Board of Directors to raise $300 million for a first-ever social bond by philanthropy in California, designed to invest in systems-change and movement-building support of grassroots activists in social justice.

Dr. Ross has also lent his voice and support to broader philanthropic and nonprofit collaboration to promote equity, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in philanthropy, and has chaired or co-chaired collaborative efforts on Boys and Young Men of Color.

Dr. Ross has an extensive background in health philanthropy, as a public health administrator, and as a clinician. His service includes: Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Ross has been actively involved in community and professional activities at both the local and national level. He served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans; Co-Chaired the national Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition;, and has served as a member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Board, National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the San Diego United Way, and the Jackie Robinson YMCA. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative. He was honored by the Council on Foundations as the Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year for 2008, and received the American Public Health Association’s highest award in 2020. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, masters in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Most recently he has been invited to serve as Stanford University’s Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2023 academic calendar.

Dr. Joyce Sackey

Joyce A. Sackey, M.D. FACP is the inaugural Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CEDIO) for Stanford Medicine. She assumed the role on September 1, 2022. Dr. Sackey is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean within the Stanford University School of Medicine. As Stanford Medicine’s CEDIO, Sackey reports to Dean Lloyd Minor, and CEOs David Entwistle and Paul King, and will design, develop, and oversee enterprise-wide strategies and efforts to advance inclusive excellence, health equity and justice. In addition, Sackey will support and unify existing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts underway at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, and Stanford Health Care (including Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley and Stanford Medicine Partners). She also provides oversight for the implementation of recommendations issued by the Commission on Justice and Equity. Prior to joining Stanford Medicine, Dr. Sackey was Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for Tufts University’s Health Sciences campuses in Boston and Grafton. She was also the Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor and Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), where she oversaw the school’s key diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Dr. Wei-ting Chen

Wei-ting Chen, PhD, MA is the Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement at Stanford Medicine and the Food for Health Equity Lab. Trained as a sociologist, Wei-ting has over a decade of experience in developing academic-community partnerships for research and service projects, with a specific emphasis on supporting community leadership in achieving health equity. Her personal mission is to make academic institutions and their research output available and accessible to anyone who would benefit from it. She joined Stanford Medicine in 2019.

Dr. Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga

Dr. Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga is Founder and Executive Director of ALAS. She holds a Doctorate in Education and a Masters Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco, teaching in the Counseling Psychology program. Her focus of expertise is mental health with the Latino community, understanding trauma in immigrant children and family and working with Farmworker mental health. She had launched significant community mental health initiatives at ALAS including significant advocacy for systemic change in care and access for our Coastside program. Belinda was named to the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame and was appointed as San Mateo County District 3 Arts Commissioner. Her research focuses on cultural interventions to address trauma as well as Farmworker mental health. She is the author of the award winning children's book, Love and Monster's in Sofias Life. She has been a long time member of the Bay Area Border Relief.

Lisa Tealer

Lisa Tealer serves as the Executive Director of the Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council (www.bachac.org ), a community health based organization focused on eliminating health disparities in diverse communities across generations in San Mateo County. BACHAC has an inclusive approach to this work by partnering with several organizations through health education, connection to resources and advocacy. Prior to this role, Lisa spent 30+ years in the biotech industry in technical and management roles supporting clinical trials and manufacturing processes and in human resources roles specifically managing a wide range of diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives. She continues to consult in the diversity, inclusion and equity space as a Senior Associate with J. Mattox & Associates, (www.jmattoxandassociates.com) a consulting firm that offers customized services and expertise to partner with organizations in creating inclusive, equitable and diverse workplaces. She has facilitated sessions on diversity, inclusion, racial equity and allyship for several non-profit, healthcare and government organizations.

Lisa also serves as a community advisory board member for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center & COVID-19 Research, UCSF WISDOM Study, Sequoia Hospital (A Dignity Health Affiliate) and the Stanford Cancer Institute. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she joined the REACH Coalition (www.reachcoalitionsmc.org ) to increase equity and community health for all. In addition, she was a member of the Equity Recovery Group and the Vulnerable Populations Support Committee for San Mateo County’s COVID-19 Long Range Plan Recovery Initiative. She also is a member of San Mateo County’s Vaccine Communications and Equity Workgroup. In March of 2021, she formed and co-leads a south county community dialogue group called Umoja Health SMC-South County composed of elected officials, non-profit organizations, healthcare organizations and county leaders focused on addressing

vaccine/testing education, engagement and access in the East Palo Alto, Belle Haven/District 1 Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks area/Redwood City areas. In November 2021, she formed another Umoja Health SMC- North County which focuses on Daly City, So. San Francisco, San Bruno and surrounding areas

(www.bachac.org/umoja-health-san-mateo or www.umojahealth.org)

In 2022, she was invited to become a member of the first Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force for the City of San Mateo in San Mateo County. Lisa has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California and a Diversity Management certificate from the Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. She is also an inaugural Fellow for the Silicon Valley MultiCultural Awards Program for non-profit leaders of color.

Christine Tyler

Christine Tyler, RN, BSN, MPH is an Assistant Nurse Manager Nurse for the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program (VHHP).  Prior to this position she worked for the county as the Manager of Utilization Management, Case Management and the Authorization Center for Valley Health Plan and as Director of Special Projects for Ambulatory Administration.  Prior to her employment with SCVHHS she was the Director of Policy and Clinical Activities for Community Health Partnership, a consortium of nine non-profit community health center organizations, the City of San Jose, and SCVHHS.  She has thirty-eight years of direct and indirect health care experience in pediatric and emergency nursing, health education, personnel and program management, and health policy and advocacy. 


Christine has a special interest in access to health care for uninsured, underinsured, and other vulnerable populations.  In her current role as Assistant Nurse Manager she has responsibility for the staff and operations of the Homeless Healthcare Program’s Network of health care delivery sites. She also provides presentations about the health care safety net to community groups and academic institutions.   


Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  She is also a graduate of the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program. 


Christine lives in San Jose with her husband, Andy Gutierrez and her daughter Maya.  Her non-professional interests include traveling abroad, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and reading. 


Dr. Sandra Winter

Sandra Winter, PhD, MHA, is the Executive Director of Senior Coastsiders in Half Moon Bay, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting successful aging for all older adults living on the San Mateo County coast. 

Sandi was born and raised in Zimbabwe, then moved to Cape Town, South Africa where she was a successful entrepreneur. In 2003 Sandi arrived in Lexington, Kentucky with her family.  She completed a Master of Health Administration (May, 2006) and a PhD in Public Administration (Health Policy Track) (December, 2009) at the University of Kentucky. In 2009 Sandi came to California and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship under the mentorship of Abby King at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC). Sandi worked at SPRC for 10 years in a variety of positions that included the BeWell program, a partnership with Qassim University in Saudi Arabia and as the Director of the Stanford WELL for Life study.




Dr. Baldeep Singh

Baldeep Singh is a clinical professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine and is the new Medical Director of Samaritan House. Following residency at UCLA, Dr. Singh spent two years in the National Health Service Corps in a Northeast Los Angeles clinic, primarily serving underserved and vulnerable populations, before returning to UCLA to join the faculty.  At UCLA, he served as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Program, was Medical Director of one of the faculty practices, and also led the resident ambulatory continue clinic for UCLA and Venice Family Clinic, which is one of the largest Free Clinics in the country.  In 2009, he then moved to the Bay Area to be closer to family and became the Clinic Chief of Stanford Internal Medicine, as well as the director of the Stanford Internal Medicine resident outpatient continuity clinic.  He was recently a Board member at MayView Health Center in Mountain View and is the Co-director the Pacific Free Clinic at Stanford. Though Dr Singh stepped down from his role as Clinical Chief, is very active in the division including in his role as the current Vice Chief for Academic Affairs for PCPH. His career has focused on underserved care, global health, health care delivery, and medical education.

Dr. Magali Fassiotto

Magali Fassiotto, PhD, is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, directing the development, implementation, and administration of OFDD programs geared toward the advancement, professional development, and diversity of Stanford Medicine faculty. In this role, she leads OFDD staff to advance Stanford Medicine’s faculty development and diversity initiatives as well as the integration of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the Stanford Medicine enterprise. She also leads and facilitates workshops for students, trainees, faculty, and staff on unconscious bias, effective mentorship, team building, leading inclusive teams, and building inclusive classrooms. Dr. Fassiotto has published widely in the areas of faculty diversity, unconscious bias, professional development, and organizational identity. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard University and her PhD in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior) from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to Stanford, Dr. Fassiotto worked as a private equity consultant at Ernst & Young/Investor Group Services in Boston and a social science researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge.

Ada Zhang | Medical Student Coordinator

Ada Zhang (they/them) is a medical student, health equity researcher, writer, and culture worker who is interested in how community-centered approaches to health can address the systemic and structural inequities that affect minoritized communities in the US and abroad. They have done extensive work in advocacy, policy, and research focused on LGBTQIA+ communities of color and health inequity in the US and Asia. They are passionate about developing creative, collaborative, and community-centered solutions to global health inequities.