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Dr. Robert K. Ross is president and CEO of The California Endowment, a $3.7 billion, private grant-making foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in September 2000, Ross served as director of San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency. Ross has an extensive background as a clinician and public health administrator.

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Richard M. Gersberg is head of the division of environmental health at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health. He is also director of the Coastal and Marine Institute at SDSU and principal investigator of SDSU's California Distance Learning Health Network, an organization that uses the latest in technology to provide continuing education to professional health workers. Gersberg specializes in water quality research and limnology, and has broad experience working with both chemical and microbiological pollutants and risk assessments. He has over 50 scientific publications in these areas.

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Dr. Richard J. Jackson is a professor and the chairman of environmental health sciences at UCLA's School of Public Health. Previously, he was an adjunct professor of environmental health services at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He also served as state public health officer for the California Department of Health Services. His responsibilities included direct leadership and oversight of the department's public health-related activities.

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Dr. Deyo is the Kaiser Permanente-endowed Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University. Previously, he was a professor of general internal medicine in the departments of medicine and health services at the University of Washington. He was director of the University's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, the Center for Cost and Outcomes Research, and the NIH-funded Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program.

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Randolph Snowden is director of Napa County Health and Human Services Agency. The agency provides for central administrative and planning fuctions, including fiscal, operations, compliance, HIPAA, agency records, and special project support functions. The agency integrates the services of the departments of mental health, public health, alcoholism and drug abuse, California veteran's services and social services.

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Reshma Shamasunder is Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, a partnership of four immigrant rights organizations advocating for immigrants in California. Prior to coming to the Policy Center, Reshma was Director of Benefits Policy and Government Affairs at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. In addition to working on immigrant issues, Reshma has worked on issues of homelessness, child labor in India, and domestic violence. Reshma holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Gregory Evans is founder and director of the Institute for Bio-Security at the St. Louis University School of Public Health. The institute is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for public health preparedness. Evans is a professor of environmental health and has over 20 years of experience in environmental epidemiology. He has authored over 60 publications, made numerous national presentations, and consults nationally on civilian biodefense issues.

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Mr. Kimble has taught in the psychology department at CSU Fresno for over 30 years and has specialized in psychology of physical disabilities for over 20 years. In the 1960s and 70s, he was the director of the Commission on Aging in Fresno County, coordinating establishment of over 30 programs. He also served as director of the Friendship Center for the Blind for 23 years and is active in the Fresno Human Services Coalition, composed of over 50 nonprofits.

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Peter Aufsesser is founder and director of the Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities at SDSU and a professor of exercise and nutritional sciences. The fitness clinic helps people with both temporary and permanent physical disabilities to improve their flexibility, strength, endurance and overall health. More than 600 clients with physical disabilities have benefited from the low-cost fitness services, and more than 1,600 SDSU students have benefited from hands-on experience working with people with disabilities.

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Patrick O. Duterte is director of the Solano County Health and Social Services Department, which promotes cost-effective services that safeguard the physical, emotional and social well-being of the people of Solano County. The county's health department is committed to encouraging Solano County residents to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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