Gerard V. Curtin, Jr., Vice chairman
Gerard V. Curtin, Jr. (“Jerry”) grew up in Connecticut, and joined Toshiba as a salesman in 1984, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish. After four years in the Burlington, Massachusetts office, Jerry left Toshiba to attend Boston College Law School, graduating in 1992.
After law school, Jerry worked in the legal departments of Software 2000, Inc. in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and Aspen Technology, Inc., in Cambridge Massachusetts. Jerry left AspenTech in June of 2000, as Director of Legal Operations, responsible for legal support of the company’s worldwide offices. Jerry re-joined Toshiba in June 2000 as Senior Attorney; moved to Assistant General Counsel shortly thereafter, and then moved up to Vice President of Legal and Administration and Deputy General Counsel on April 1, 2011. His principal areas of responsibility are employment law, contracts, corporate governance, and office operations.
Trisha Burke, Treasurer
Trisha has spent the last 12 years working in HIV therapeutic sales and education for Johnson & Johnson (J&J) throughout Southern California. Prior to her time at J&J, she earned an MBA at USC where she completed projects in a wide range of areas, from Social Entrepreneurship to International Banking. She has worked in Healthcare since earning her undergraduate degree at UC Irvine. Trisha’s interests lie in the virology behind HIV Infection and how to help those affected and infected manage this now chronic condition by addressing social as well as clinical implications.
Ehsan Gharadjedaghi, Ph.D.
Dr. Ehsan Gharadjedaghi is a California-licensed clinical psychologist with specialites in couples and sex therapy, addiction, trauma and youth concerns. He is also the founder of multiple successful organizations including Norooz Clinic, a non-profit community mental health clinic; Therapy Impasse Exploration & Resolution Institute, a specialty training and research institute to help therapists improve their clinical skills; AlumniSuccess, a private practice startup organization for emerging pre-licensed and newly licensed psychotherapists, Couples & Sex Therapists of Orange County, a local Orange County, CA, based training institute for couple and sex therapy; TherapyCable.com, an online educational streaming media hub with the purpose of reducing obstacles to therapy and healing; and lastly co-founder and Executive Director at Elite Care, Inc., an addiction treatment center based on integral recovery. Dr. Gharadjedaghi is also on the part-time faculty of multiple OC-based private universities including Argosy University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the University of Phoenix. Furthermore, Dr. Gharadjedaghi serves on the editorial board of Who Is Who, Inc. Health + Medicine magazine, on the Board of Advisors at the MACP program at Argosy University, on the Board of Directors of Shanti Orange County, as well as a member of Orange County Mental Health Board.
Dr. Gharadjedaghi also has quite an extensive background, experience, and expertise in the field of information technology which started in 1984 prior to his current profession of a psychologist. With an undergraduate education in information technology and self-taught software engineering skills, Dr. Gharadjedaghi has developed an HR-management software for a multinational organization in Vienna, Austria, back in 1992, developed the very first multi-lingual online and in-print newsletter in five langauges back in 1995, designed and sold a telecommunication software package to a telecommunication carrier in 1996, designed and sold a business plan writing software, called Smart Business Plan in 1998 which was acquired by Compaq, and developed an online training software for the manufacturing sector in 2002.
Kathryn Montoya- Andrews is a Safety Engineer, Sr. Loss Prevention Consultant at ALPHA Fund JPA. She earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Kathryn is a healthcare leader with over a decade of achievement specializing in leading a culture of safety in an organization while reducing costs and implementing operational improvements.
Tom Ray has been a part of the Shanti Board of Directors since 2008. He has run a series of successful businesses over the past thirty years and brings his experience and sound business acumen to the Shanti, OC.Tom’s heartfelt desire is to grow the agency into a thriving non–profit business that is able to fully focus on helping people maintain a normal life, both physically and mentally, in light of the lingering adversity in today’s society and the impact that HIV/AIDS medications have on both the body and emotions.Tom’s positive attitude and generous spirit are contagious and deeply appreciated by Shanti’s clients, staff and the Board of Directors. His dedication to the success and of this agency is tangible – demonstrated by his unstoppable enthusiasm to encourage, help out, and to give freely of his time and resources. Tom’s attitude is well summarized in his own words: “Share the compassion and help one another”
Kent is an associate with the Family Business Consulting Group and serves as core faculty with Pepperdine University’s doctoral programs in Organization Leadership and Organizational Change. He founded OnCourse Network, Inc., an Internet education company and successfully negotiated its sale to eMarketplace in 2000, subsequently serving as its managing director until accepting an appointment with Pepperdine.
Laura Salazar, MD
Laura Salazar is a founding member of the Hoag Medical Group and serves patients with her expertise in Internal Medicine and HIV Medicine. She describes herself as an avid life-learner who always challenges herself to provide cutting edge, evidence-based medicine.
An interest in social justice and how medical ailments impact groups and society at large fostered what has become one of Dr. Salazar’s specialties: treating patients with HIV. Working with patients who are affected by the biggest epidemic of our lifetime has reinforced for her the importance of treating all patients with dignity and respect, never losing sight of them as individuals.
She has extensive experience with advocacy work in the HIV/AIDS community, most recently having worked on a project that looks at the impact of health care reform on people living with HIV in Orange County. She has been an active member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine Policy Committee and has worked on a variety of activities with the Orange County HIV Planning Council.
Ruth Weaver is a Shanti Ambassador and brings to the Board a long–term background in non–profit work. She has served on several non–profit boards, ranging from 12–step recovery to child abuse prevention. Committed to service, Ruth frequently volunteers her time and skills to organizations whose mission she believes in. For the past several years she has been an outspoken advocate for women and families who live with HIV/AIDS and strongly believes in the life enhancing value of education and confidential support. Ruth is passionate about Shanti’s mission to grow its services to both infected and affected individuals and families.