Trisha Burke, Chair
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.
Kathryn Montoya-Andrews, MPA, Vice Chair
Kathryn Montoya-Andrews is a healthcare leader with over two decades of achievement in engaging organizations in a culture of safety. Kathryn began her career in healthcare as a nursing assistant while completing her undergraduate degree at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Kathryn holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California Sol Price School. She currently works for BETA Healthcare Group (BETA) as a Manager of Employee Safety, providing consultation to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Kathryn was introduced to Shanti Orange County through her graduate studies at USC and felt an immediate connection to the people, the mission and the clients.
Wayne J. Fields, Vice Chair
Wayne Fields is the Assistant Director for Student Affairs IT at UC Irvine. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – High Technology Management degree from California State University San Marcos and an MBA from the same institution. Wayne has worked in a number of industries over the course of his career including higher education, resort development and manufacturing. He recently co-founded a business specializing in the creation of events specific to the LGBT community, Squirrel Friends Events. A long time volunteer for Shanti OC, Wayne was previously a board member between 2004 – 2008. His interests are centered on the stigma that continues to surround HIV infected persons; providing access to PReP; as well as the devastating effects of homelessness on LGBT youth.
David C. Carnevale, Treasurer
David Carnevale is currently the Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid at Chapman University. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Whittier College in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism and a Masters Degree in Psychology: Human Services from Mount St. Mary’s University. In addition to his almost 20 years in higher education, David is the co-founder of Theatre Out, a small now at-large theatre company in Orange County dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBT community with a focus on live theatrical productions and events that celebrate LGBT culture.
Ruth Weaver, Secretary
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.
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.
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.