Dr. Rolando Castillo

Dr. Castillo has worked extensively with ethnically diverse populations. His academic and clinical experience provided him with a good foundation to take part and provide leadership in any related projects. His professional publications as a first author include: Somatization Disorders in a Primary Care Internal Medicine Training Program, Doctoral Dissertation, Claremont Graduate School, 1992; Somatization in Refugee populations, Archives of Family Medicine, 1995; Somatic Symptoms and Mental Health Disorders in Immigrant Refugee Populations, Archives of Family Medicine, 1995; Somatic Symptoms and Mental Health Disorders in Immigrant Refugee Populations. In Miranda J, Hohmann A, Attkisson C, Larson D, Eds, Mental Health Disorders in Primary Care, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994. ‘Welcome Back Credentials Residents with Foreign Degrees’, Charting Nursing’s Future, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2005.

Dr. Castillo has a Ph.D. in Education form Claremont University, with an emphasis in Medical Psychology, an M.A. in Psychology from Goddard College, Vermont, and a B.A. in Social Ecology/Mental Health from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He is also a former Associate Clinical Professor of UCI’s Division of Internal Medicine and Primary Care and has many research publications focusing on Psychosocial Medicine in Primary Care Practice form 1984 through 1996. Dr. Castillo is the founder of the Consortium of Physicians from Latin America (COPHYLA), where he served as CEO from 1988 to 2010. For many tireless years, Dr. Castillo has worked on capacity building and workforce development in support of International Physicians, Dentists, Nurses and other professionals living in California. He also served as Vice-President for the San Diego County Mental Health Board from 2004 to 2008, where he was part of the Executive Committee, and a leading member of a mental health ethnic diversity support group. He has also served as an active member for the California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA) and participated in rural health advocacy and healthcare workforce committees.

Dr. Castillo has served as an instructor and faculty member in multiple teaching settings including public education, graduate school, health and mental health since 1974. In 1988, while serving as a faculty member at UCI Department of Medicine, he pioneered a volunteer work/training program to address internationally trained medical professionals, which guided them to enter as bilingual-bicultural providers in medically underserved and under-represented communities in the state of California. He was also very instrumental in lending his professional expertise in the planning, program implementation and operational stages of the Welcome Back Program in San Diego and Imperial Valley from 2001 to 2008. Dr. Castillo also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Corporate Development for the California College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Inc., (Capstone Colleges) from 2008 to 2010, where he supervised Program Coordinators, Nursing Faculty, Case Managers and daily Operations.

Currently, Dr. Castillo serves as Director for the Internationally Trained Professionals Program, and Professor of Education and General Studies at United States University in Cypress, CA. His knowledge, experience, passion and dedication to assist others are truly symbolic to his commitment to excellence.

Dr. Rolando Castillo was appointed to the Crescent College Advisory Board in 2011.

Jose Gonzalez, MA

As an advocate for Latino healthcare in the Los Angeles community, Jose Gonzalez works hard to raise awareness and develop programs which empower the underprivileged in the city. Jose was born in Mexico and is the oldest of six children. Upon his arrival to the United States in 1952, he and his family settled in East Los Angeles, where he was raised.

Jose received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages from California State University, Long Beach and returned to East Los Angeles upon graduation. He was Project Director for several community service programs. In 1973, he started his career in health care management and received a Masters Degree from Pepperdine University. Since 1973, He has worked in major health care facilities including Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the University of California Irvine Medical Center, and St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. He was recruited into medical group management and started the White Memorial Medical Group. Three years later, he started and became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Medi-Co. For seven years, he was the President/CEO of a health care management company, Latino Health Care. LHC managed medical networks participating in managed care, specifically Medicaid (Medi-Cal), Commercial, Medi-Care and Healthy Families.

Jose has also provided consulting services to the CIMA Corporation, a company that owns hospitals in Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil. In this project, Jose provided advisory services to their hospitals in Hermosillo, Chihuahua, Monterey and Puebla, Mexico. He also provided development assistance to the CIMA Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica, and consulted with American British Crowley Medical Center in Mexico City.

Jose Gonzalez has over 40 years of health care experience, including hospital administration, group and IPA development and management, statewide network development and in the management of medical clinics and IPA’s. He has served on the board of the California Association of Physician Organizations. He was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to serve on the Department of Managed Health Care Advisory Committee. Most recently, he served as an editorial advisor to the O’Conner Health Report and on the Board of Insure the Uninsured Project. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is the spokesperson for the South Central-Willowbrook Coalition for Quality Health Care for issues related to the closing of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center.

Mr. Gonzalez was appointed to the Crescent College Advisory Board in 2011

Roberta Pravy, Ed.D

Roberta Pavy Ramont’s involvement in education and the healthcare industry exemplifies the passion of a true professional. Roberta has spent the past 20 years serving in many capacities with Regional Occupational programs, universities, nationally accredited colleges and local public school districts. Roberta serves as an adjunct professor for University California, San Diego and has authored curriculum and textbooks for the healthcare industry and many local private colleges. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including the “Lillian Runge Continuing Education Scholarship”, “Outstanding HOSA Advisor” – Post Secondary, presented by the Health Occupations Students of America, and the “California Parent Teacher Association Scholarship”.

Roberta received her Doctorate in Education in 2006 from Alliant International University, San Diego, CA. She also holds a Masters in Science in Psychology from the University of LaVerne and a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Resources from the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA. Roberta completed her Professional Nursing program at the Cooper Hospital School of Nursing in Camden, NJ.

In 1991, Roberta began her 20 year tenure as Nursing Instructor for the North Orange County Regional Occupational Programs. During that time, she was selected to serve as Health and Medical Program Curriculum Chair for 7 consecutive years. For many years, she developed, updated, and rewrote curriculum as necessary to meet industry’s changing needs. She also instituted the use of medical equipment in clinical practicum to ensure student knowledge of equipment and procedures. Roberta also took the initiative to provide extensive volunteer supervision to expand students’ educational and growth activities and played a critical role in attaining 6-year accreditation by WASC for the programs.

Roberta also served as Regional Director of Nursing for Corinthian Colleges Inc., in 2003, where in two years she single-handedly wrote curriculum for, developed the start-up model, and secured approval from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians for their nursing program. Included in her responsibilities were the tasks of designing nursing-skills laboratories, classrooms and computer labs, and office space to accommodate program the requirements. She also defined and wrote job descriptions for all program-related positions and provided faculty training, and developed entrance testing for nursing students along with staff training methodologies and performance appraisal structures. Ultimately, she was responsible for managing nursing directors across 4 schools and 30-member faculty/staff teams.

In 2007, Roberta served as School Nurse for the Long Beach Unified School District, where she successfully coordinated healthcare for 1300 middle school students, including 150 special education students. She also organized and conducted all state mandated testing and Individualized Educational Plan assessments, and was the districts 504 coordinator. In 2008, Roberta became the Corporate Director of Nursing for International Education Corporation of Irvine, CA. While serving in that position, she wrote nursing curriculum and worked in program development. She was also vital in working with the California Nursing Boards for program approval and accreditation. Roberta currently serves as a consultant and writer through Health Curriculum Specialists, where she assists in developing curricula and materials to advance the educational goals of her clients.

Roberta Pavy Ramont was appointed to the Crescent College Advisory Board in 2011

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