The speakers we select for our keynote speakers and workshops come directly from the community. They have lived and learned by engaging with the community and helping to create a healthy society.

Keynote Speakers

Marco Angulo, MD, MA
Family Medicine Physician UC Irvine Medical Center


Marco was born in East Los Angeles and raised in Southern California. Shortly after graduating from high school, he pursued a music career as the lead guitarist for a rock band. At the age of 26, he enrolled for classes at East Los Angeles College for the second time, where he was an active member in the Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM). He then pursued a B.A. in Chicano Studies (2002) as well as continuing an interest in Latino Health and Medicine. During his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, Marco served as the Co-Chair for Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (CHE) and was an active member of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP).

After graduating, Marco co-developed the Pre-Health Pathway component in BSP to increase the number of undergraduate students serving the underserved communities as future professionals. In 2011, Marco graduated from UC Irvine School of Medicine where he was a proud member of the prestigious Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). Marco finished his master’s doing work on the importance of Diversity in Medicine and helped create UC Irvine’s very first High School Premed Summer Program. His future endeavors are to continue the implementation of pipeline programs for high school, community college and undergraduate students of first generation/low economic backgrounds and increasing the workforce of health professionals going into health fields to serve the underserved communities.

Stefano Bertozzi

Dean of  School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley


 As of 9/1/13, Dr. Bertozzi became Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

In his role as Senior Fellow at the Gates Foundation, Dr. Stefano Bertozzi provides strategic counsel to the Global Programs presidents and functional team colleagues. He offers guidance in the foundations efforts on Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Evaluation, especially relating to HIV, TB and Malaria. Dr. Bertozzi also manages the foundations relationships with critical partners, including: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, PEPFAR, UNAIDS and CHAI.

Dr. Bertozzi previously served as the Director of the HIV program where he oversaw grants in HIV vaccine development, biomedical prevention research, diagnostics, development and resistance monitoring, and strategies for introduction and scaling-up of interventions.

Dr. Bertozzi has worked previously at UNAIDS, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. He was with the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico from 1998-2009. As the director of its Center for Evaluation Research & Surveys, he led economics and statistics teams that conducted impact evaluations of large health and social programs in Mexico, and elsewhere in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He also led the INSP’s AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Infections research group.

Dr. Bertozzi’s research has covered a diverse range of projects in health economics and policy, focusing on the economic aspects of HIV/AIDS and on the health impact of large social programs.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of the Global Fund; the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board; the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council; the WHO Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee; and the UNAIDS/World Bank HIV Economic Reference Group.

He received his BS in Biology and PhD in Health Policy and Management from MIT, his MD from University of California, San Diego, and residency training in internal medicine at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Bertozzi has lived in and/or worked with developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America since 1988, and speaks English, French, Spanish, and Italian.

Petros Minasi

Director of Pre-Medical Programs from Kaplan

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Petros currently serves as the Director of Pre-Medical Programs Content Development at Kaplan, overseeing the ongoing advancement and evolution of Kaplan’s MCAT programs. He started teaching for Kaplan in 1999, while completing his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley, and since then has worked extensively in Kaplan’s Pre Health preparation programs.  Petros has held a wide variety of positions at Kaplan during his tenure, while always maintaining a close tie to the classroom, including Center Director and Academic Director Roles. His distinctions include National Trainer of the Year, Regional Trainer of the Year twice, Regional Teacher of the Year, and Berkeley Teacher of the Year twice as well as numerous leadership awards. Outside of Kaplan, Petros continues to support science education through volunteering with various youth science programs including local science fairs and is an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences among other organizations.

Through his years at Kaplan, Petros has worked closely with many undergraduate student groups and student conferences. He has been a featured speaker for eight years at the AMSA ARC/UC Davis Conference since 2005. He has presented seminars on topics ranging through all of the Pre Health Professional programs and their respective exams (MCAT, DAT, OAT, and PCAT) at all of the University of California campuses, many of the CSU campuses, as well as at major research universities throughout the United States both in person and through Kaplan’s Classroom Anywhere environment. Petros regularly presents workshops and mentors students on all aspects of the admissions process by delivering featured Personal Statement, Interview Skills, and application skills seminars, during which students learn the skills necessary for success both in the application process and in the future. He enjoys inspiring students to reach their maximum potential and their ultimate goal of working in the Health profession and of one day wearing a white coat.

Sarah Lopez
Emergency Medicine

lopezCurrent Emergency Medicine Hospital Administration fellowship, LA County+ USC Medical Center
Past Emergency medicine residency, LA County+ USC Medical Center
MBA, Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine
MD, University of California Irvine School of Medicine; Part of the first Program in Medical Education- for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) cohort

B.S. Microbiology in University of California, Irvine

Sarah Lopez is a current member of LAC+USC & HIPPA Health Information Privacy Compliance Commit- tee, Resident Liaison and LAC/ DHS 1115 Sepsis Waiver Committee, Resident Liaison. And is a per diem emergency physician in Kaiser Permanente Downey. Sarah is an instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Sup- port (ATLS). Also she is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor at LAC+USC.

Sarah Lopez started her professional career as a public relations assistant in Grand Chiropractic Health Center, Santa Ana and an associate news director of New University Paper in UCI. Then She became a Physiology tutor in Minorities in Biochemical Research Society in University of California, Irvine as she work as a research assistant under Ulrike Luderer MD, PhD in Center of Occupational and Environmental Health, school of Medicine, UCI. After, she had supporting a Latino Medical Student Association UCI Chapter as a representative. Sarah Lopez had worked as a public relations Rep. & webmaster at Clinica Carino, student free clinic and was doing fundraising for LMSA Conference as a committee chair.

Sarah Lopez was an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fellow recipient, University of California, Irvine to Find the effects of cyclophosphamide on the synthesis of glutathione in rat ovaries. She has honor of Economics and Health Policy Award of Excellence, given by the Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine in 2009. Sarah also was a Recipient of Second Place poster winner from the Society of Developmental Cell and Biology for: “Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) up-regulation linked to human invasive cytotrophoblast differentiation.” at ABRCMS Conference, San Diego, California. In the AAAS Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, she was a Honorable Mention Recipient for ”Analysis of Interleukin-10 polymor- phisms in cervical uterine patients”, conducted in Mexico. In SACNAS Conference, Anaheim, California, she was a recipient of the Excellence in Endocrinology Research for: “The Effects of Cyclophosphamide on the Synthesis of Glutathione in Rat Ovaries.” Sarah also got honored in many other places with her per- formance in medical research field.

Sarah have participated in 5 World Youth Day Pilgrimages, meeting with the Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The pilgrimages I was involved in took place in Denver, Ca.1989; Loreto Italy 1991; Paris, France 1993; Jerusalem, Israel 2000; Cologn, Germany 2005. She enjoys traveling to various countries such as England, France, German, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

Deans of Admissions Panel MD/DO

Christine Crispen, M.S., Director of Admissions & Outreach, University of California, Irvine

School of Medicine Neal L. Schiller, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine

Sean Rose, Associate Director of Admissions, American University of Antigua

Emma Ledesma, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

Deans of Admissions Panel—Allied Health (Pharmacy/Optometry/Nursing, Podiatric Med) 

Marcia Parker, KGI School of Pharmacy, Peter Dean—University of Southern California,

School of Pharmacy, Jane Munroe— Director of Admissions at the Southern California College of Optometry

Lawrence Harkless—Western University of Health Sciences, School of Podiatric Medicine

Asma Taha, California State University San Bernardino, Program Director/Chief Nursing Administrator

Deans of Admissions Panel—Allied Health (PA/PT) 

Serena Healey, Admissions Coordinator, Department of Physical Therapy, Chapman University

Roy Guizado, Chair/Associate Professor, Western University College of allied Health Professions

Christopher Forest, MSHS, DFAAPA, PA-C, Physician Assistant Program, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Special thanks to Christopher Forest for providing current PA students for the panel.

Alicia Clark, PA-S Physician Assistant Student, USC Class of 2014
Lindsey Steglich, PA-S Physician Assistant Student, USC Class of 2014
Natalie Herrera, PA-S Physician Assistant Student, USC Class of 2015  (and CSUSB alumnus)
Nwankaego Nwandei, PA-S Physician Assistant Student, USC Class of 2016
Jisille Rama, PA-S Physician Assistant Student, USC Class of 2016
Tiffany N. Smith, PA-S Physician Assistant Student, USC Class of 2016

Workshop Presenters


Christopher Forest, MSHS, DFAAPA, PA-C

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Chair of USC Interprofessional Collaborative

Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Christopher Forest, is a graduate of the USC PA Program, Class of 1983. He began teaching at the program as adjunct faculty in 1990 and was brought on as full-time faculty member in 2007 as Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine. He has 10 years’ experience in Family Medicine/Urgent care, working in low-income, underserved areas. He also has 10 years’ experience in pharmaceutical research in Urology, conducting over 100 randomized controlled clinical trials. Professor Forest is often invited to give presentations at local and national medical conferences. He has responsibility over the Behavioral Sciences curricula and the final Capstone project. Many of the students call him “coach” for his work in preparing them for yearly state and national medical knowledge Challenge Bowl competitions. He reinstituted service learning as part of the curriculum, which reflects his dedication to preparing our students to work with the underserved. He mentors students for journal publication, works with the Student-Run Clinic downtown near Skid Row, and serves the University as Chair of the USC Interprofessional Collaborative


Dr. Efrain Talamantes

UntitledDr. Efrain Talamantes is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles and Department of Veteran Affairs where he is completing a master’s degree in health policy and management, while conducting community-based participatory research on improving health care access for the uninsured and increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce.  He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, Davis where he participated in the Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) program, a primary care training program for physicians interested in caring for the medically underserved and was also the medical director for Clinica Tepati, a free clinic for the uninsured in Sacramento, California.

Dr. Talamantes is the son of two Mexican immigrants from Jalisco. He grew up in Norwalk, California and was the first in his family to graduate from high school thanks to the Puente Project. His pathway into medicine began during his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychobiology. It was then that his life was transformed through his volunteer work with Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM), a student group that provides free health education and outreach to Latinos and other underserved patients in Los Angeles. CCM connected him with the mentorship to excel as a pre-medical student, and more importantly as a leader. Dr. Talamantes received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and obtained a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on organization in management at the Emory Goizueta School of Business.

Dr. Talamantes is involved in various regional mentoring initiatives and is passionate about enhancing leadership and diversity in the healthcare workforce. With the support of the various key student leaders and alumni from the CCM and the Latino Medical Student Association he founded Alliance in Menotrship, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California and creators of www.MiMentor.org, an online virtual mentoring website for the next generation of healthcare leaders that will serve our communities.


Dr. Margarita Loeza


Specialty: Family Medicine
Expertise: Primary Care, Health Information Technology
City, State: Venice, CA
Current Position: Chief Medical Information Officer

Education: Family Medicine Residency Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, California
Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego
B.A. in biology from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

Biography: Margarita Loeza is Family Physician working at Venice Family Clinic since 2001. She providers primary care to the under served patients and does adolescent medicine at a school based clinic at Santa Monica High School. She volunteers at Homeboy Industries doing laser tattoo removal clinic. She precepts medical students and residents in clinic. For the past 3 years, Dr. Loeza has worked on implementing an electronic health record at multiple clinic site


Dr. Jane Munroe

Dr. Jane Ann Munroe serves as the Director of Admissions at the Southern California College of Optometry. Her responsibilities include promoting SCCO to potential students which involves speaking in different academic venues in the Western US. She counsels applicants as they go through the admissions process and coordinates campus events that host potential applicants.

Dr. Jane Ann Munroe received a Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry graduating in 1977. She then entered into private practice in Corona, California. In 1993, she joined New Vista Eye Care Medical Group as Clinic Director and was on staff at Riverside General Hospital through Loma Linda University. There, she was granted hospital privileges and worked with the ophthalmological residents. In 1995 and 1996, she served on the Expert Board of Examiners for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. In 1999 after the General Hospital moved, she went back into private practice in Buena Park, California just prior to joining the Student Affairs Department in 2006.

Kathy Webster

Kathy D. Webster, PharmD, PhD, was named the KGI School of Pharmacy’s founding dean and will help guide it through the accreditation process. Dr. Webster has extensive experience helping to establish and working with new schools of pharmacy, including the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, where she recently served as professor and associate dean of academic affairs. Previously, she was the assistant dean and chair of pharmaceutical sciences and a professor at Feik School of Pharmacy, University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She held several positions at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, including director of science education outreach, director of the pharmaceutical analysis laboratory and associate and assistant professor of medicinal chemistry. Also, as head of the analytical section there, she helped found and develop the Campbell University Pharmaceutical Sciences Institute (CUPSI), which provides contract services to small local and regional pharmaceutical companies. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


Marcia Parker

Marcia Parker is an experienced higher education professional with an expertise in health science recruitment and admissions. Before joining KGI, she served as assistant director of admissions for Texas Woman’s University (TWU), where she led large-scale public speaking and health-focused recruitment events throughout the state of Texas. While at TWU, she also counseled and met with more than 1500 students annually, primarily health science students majoring in disciplines such as pre-pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Prior to her work at Texas Woman’s, Ms. Parker served as a graduate recruiter for the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing. While at USF, she recruited nationally for clinical doctorate and PhD programs. She also developed and initiated many of the admissions, recruitment, and open house functions used by the College of Nursing today. Ms. Parker earned an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University and a B.S. from the University of Tennessee. She also has completed graduate hours in instructional technology and multimedia at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Martha Sosa-Johnson

 After graduating medical school from the UC San Diego, Dr. Sosa-Johnson completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Olive View/UCLA San Fernando Internal Medicine Residency program in 1993 and was Chief resident from 1993-1994. She was in private practice in the San Fernando Valley from 1995- 1999. In 1999, she joined the internal medicine faculty at the University of California, Irvine. She worked initially at UCI, Anaheim Family Health Center where her patient population was primarily monolingual Spanish speaking with a myriad of complex medical problems. She also served as Co-Medical director at the UCI Anaheim Family Health Center from 2000- 2005. In 2007, she moved her practice to UCI Medical Center in the outpatient Internal Medicine clinic where she continues to be a clinic physician providing direct patient care and a staff attending and mentor in the internal medicine residency continuity clinic.

Since joining UCI, she has also participated in teaching UCI School of Medicine medical students and became a faculty instructor and mentor for the Clinical Foundations course in 2007. The Clinical Foundations Course utilizes standardized patients to teach medical students how to interview and examine patients. As part of the Clinical Foundations course, she also taught the Prime LC (Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community) component of the course. Prime LC medical students take an additional year of medical school to either earn a MPH or an MBA. In addition, she continue her work with medical students during their outpatient internal medicine rotation where they continue to explore the nuances that are present in the patient-doctor interaction when working with Spanish speaking patients and delivering culturally competent care. Sharing her experiences and challenges in working with the diverse patient populations at UC Irvine Health and having a significant part in educating the next generation of doctors who desire to provide care to underserved populations has been a meaningful experience for her.

Dr. Sosa-Johnson has been the recipient of various teaching awards. She has received the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Regional Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), and Gold Star Award given by the UCI Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. In addition, she was awarded the Gold Humanism Honor Society Faculty Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Recently, she was also selected as a “2013 Physician of Excellence Honoree” by the Orange County Medical Association.

As of July 2010, she was asked to serve as the first Faculty Director for the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and in October 2011 was promoted to the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Community Engagement. In this role, she works closely with medical students through the UC Irvine School of Medicine Diversity Coalition to coordinate various community outreach activities focused on strengthening the pipeline to medical school for under-represented students in medicine. To further this goal, she has given numerous presentations at local high schools, junior colleges, state colleges, universities, regional and national pre-medical health conferences, and community groups.


Elisabeth Cook

Elisabeth Cook began attending California State University, San Bernardino in 2007 as a President’s Academic Excellence Scholar, an honor given to the top 1% of graduating high school seniors in San Bernardino County.  She graduated summa cum laude in 2011 with degrees in both Anthropology and Biology.  She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key International Honour Society and was recognized by the Anthropology Department for her outstanding academic achievement.  She is currently working towards a Master’s in Biology with a thesis project focused on the intracardiac shunt of varanid lizards, specifically the hemodynamics of shunt augmentation and its effects on the physiologic performance of these animals.  This research will likely assist as she pursues her goal of specializing in cardiology in medical school.

As evidence of her commitment to her collegiate community and broader society, she participated in Development activities for the Social and Behavioral Sciences including the Walk and Role for Scholarships and served as a student committee member for the SBS Hall of Fame Committee.  She is a member of the Alumni Association’s Student Ambassador Society, a group of students whose goal is to represent the university at various campus and community events.  Her commitment goes beyond the university, as she participates in walks and volunteer opportunities for the betterment of her society.  She has walked for Cure Autism Now and Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and has further volunteered at Loma Linda University Medical Center with Mended Hearts.

Dr. Wael El-Nachef

Dr Wael El-Nachef first decided to pursue a career in medicine while an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where he was a humanities major. His underlying motivation in becoming a physician was to help people in a tangible way, and this led him to global health/health and human rights experiences early on.  He attended Northwestern University for medical school, where he connected with the field of Internal Medicine during his clinical year rotations. He recently completed his residency  training in Internal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a busy LA County hospital that predominantly provides care to uninsured and underserved populations. While a resident, his interest in Gastroenterology cemented, a field that covers a wide range of interesting diseases, offers opportunities for research for new therapies, and includes both procedural and “cerebral” patient care. He is currently a research fellow at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles studying regenerative medicine and stem cell techniques to repair diseases of the enteric nervous system, and  he will be continuing on as a gastrointestinal clinical fellow at the University of Southern California thereafter


Rebecca Lubitz-Marchena

Rebecca joined CFHI in 2008.  She works conducting outreach to health students and faculty to generate awareness about CFHI’s Global Health Education Programs as well as cultivating support for CFHI’s work. Prior to CFHI, Rebecca taught English at a language school in Brazil and worked at a D.C. based non-profit promoting Latino health and advocacy. Rebecca is originally from the D.C./Maryland area and has a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park as a double major in Anthropology and Latin American Literature. She enjoys studying languages and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.



Dr. Mario San Bartolome

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Dr. Mario attended Solano Community College and earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. After completing the UC Irvine post- baccalaureate program, he went on to earn his Master’s in Business Administration and Doctorate in Medicine from the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and the UC Irvine School of Medicine respectively.

He continued his training at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency program where he served as Chief Resident and later as full- time faculty and Assistant Director of Community Medicine. After leaving Long Beach Memorial, Dr. Mario went into private practice in the California Central Coast. He is double- boarded in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and currently serves as Director of Addiction Medicine at the Ventana Health and Medical Center where he combines primary care in the treatment of people who suffer from substance use disorders. !

Dr. Mario is currently the President of the California Academy of Family Physicians’ San Luis Obispo County Chapter. He served as a Governor appointed Commissioner for the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission for 3 years.

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