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Jerry Schubel has been president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002. He previously worked as president and CEO of the New England Aquarium. From 1974 to 1994, he was dean of Stony Brook University’s Marine Sciences Research Center, and for three of those years he also served as the university’s provost. Before 1994, he served an adjunct professor, research scientist and associate director of The Johns Hopkins University's Chesapeake Bay Institute. Dr.

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Awareness of the afterschool programs and early intervention -- stories about their importance and effectiveness -- is very important to help combat prejudice, especially on television. But "for some reason, these stories don't sell," says Bennie Ford of LA's BEST, an afterschool program that offers education opportunities and programs to elementary schools in the City of Los Angeles.

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Steven (Steve) A. Escoboza is president and CEO of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, a nonprofit trade association representing hospitals and health systems. Escoboza participates in the California Healthcare Association's Executive Management Group, attends meetings of the American Hospital Association Region Nine Policy Board and serves on the Conference of Metropolitan Hospitals Association Board. Locally, Escoboza is active on a number of state and local health-related boards and committees.

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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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Dr. Mark D. Smith is president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, or CHCF, an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California and to helping consumers make informed health care and coverage decisions. Since CHCF's formation in 1996, Smith has led the California HealthCare Foundation in developing research and initiatives aimed at improving California's health care financing and delivery systems.

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Linda Civitello, president and CEO of Breathe California, a Daly City-based organization working to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services. As president and CEO, Civitello utilizes her extensive experience in community service, urban planning and government affairs.

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John Gressman is president and CEO of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, a nonprofit organization representing about 10 health clinics that serve underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco. The clinics target people who are at the greatest risk for poor health outcomes because of lack of insurance, low income or homelessness. The consortium allows the clinics to pool their collective resources "both financial and experiential" and to address their needs and interests at local, state and national levels.

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Jim Arriola is president and CEO of Sekure Healthcare, a health care service company primarily focused on providing affordable health care to California's uninsured workforce. As cofounder of the company, Arriola established the business plan, helped attract capital investment and solidified key strategic relationships on both sides of the border. Sekure Healthcare offers employer-sponsored health benefit plans throughout California as well as plans that extend access to more than 140 cities in Mexico. Arriola has more than 20 years of management and business experience.

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Harry Foster is president and CEO of Family HealthCare Network, a network of nine health clinics serving Tulare County residents. Family HealthCare Network is a community-based organization providing basic medical, dental, behavioral health and complementary alternative medical services to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. As the largest primary care provider in Tulare County, Family HealthCare Network counts about 20 percent of the county's total population as its patients.

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Enrique Chiock is president and CEO of Breathe California of Los Angeles County, a nonprofit organization working to promote clean air initiatives. Formerly known as the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County, Breathe California of Los Angeles County is part of a new statewide effort to advance lung-health programs and policies that best serve and involve local communities.

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