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Sidney A. Robinson


Sid Robinson joined the Inland Valley Recovery Services board of directors in 2016. A 30-year resident of Upland, Robinson has been an active member and influential leader in the community for many years. He serves on the Upland City Council and was previously a member of the Upland Planning Commission.

Owner of Upland-based strategic communications firm Robinson and Associates, Sid has enjoyed a successful and diverse career as a strategic communicator and public relations professional spanning more than 32 years, launching his own firm after a long tenure as Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at Cal State San Bernardino. He is now an adjunct professor at CSUSB. Previously, Robinson worked in public relations positions at Fairplex in Pomona and with Magnet Communications and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition to his board position with IVRS, Sid currently serves on the board or directors of the Upland Veterans Monument Project, Upland Chamber of Commerce and Upland-Fairplex Community Committee. He is APR-accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.

Thomas Miller


Tom has served on IVRS’ Board of Directors since 1998. He has held various roles for multiple terms including Chairperson and Treasurer. Tom worked as a Certified Public Accountant at Price Waterhouse & Company for five years, prior to his career with Avery Dennison Corporation - a Fortune 500 company with over $5 billion in sales revenue. For 32 years Tom worked in various accounting and finance positions, and for his last 10 years with Avery Dennison he served as Vice President/Controller of the corporation up until his retirement. Tom was a key member of the team whose expertise helped facilitate the issuance of a $6.5 million bond required for IVRS to purchase its 4-acre residential campus and surrounding buildings, one of which now houses IVRS administrative headquarters. For many years, Tom and his wonderful wife, Laura have whole heartedly supported IVRS and its mission.

Stephani Sutherland, PhD

Stephani Sutherland has served on the IVRS board since 2018 (right?) and is a member of the Program Committee and co-chair of the Chili Cookoff Committee. She was proud to serve on the ad-hoc committee to re-write IVRS's mission statement in 2019. She brings scientific expertise in pain and addiction and extensive communication skills to her position at IVRS.


Stephani recently returned to her native Claremont after 20 years spent living in the Pacific Northwest and Long Beach, CA. A graduate of Claremont High School and Cal State University, Fullerton, Stephani earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland in 2001. Since then, she has worked as a science communicator for newspaper, magazine, television, radio, and online formats for all audiences, as well as teaching at the university level. As a freelance journalist, Stephani now focuses on covering the field of chronic pain and pain research. Her work appears regularly in Scientific American and RELIEF.news. Stephani practices yoga, and she enjoys cooking, hiking and camping with her husband and two tween-age kids. @SutherlandPhD


Richard Simpson, Ph.D.

Richard E. Simpson, Ph.D. has been a member of the IVRS Board of Directors since November 2011. He has held all the board officer positions at least once and has been a longtime member of the board’s finance, audit, and development and recruitment committees.

Richard has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, three master’s degrees in business and management, and a doctorate in executive management from Claremont Graduate University.

Richard had a successful career with the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C. as well as in industry in Southern California. In early 1997 he began teaching at the University of La Verne as an adjunct and then at California State University, Fullerton as well. On January 1, 2000 he became a full-time member of the faculty at the University of La Verne. While there, he held several important leadership roles and was recognized for his teaching as well as his service to the university community and the larger community. He has been recognized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino as well for his service to the community. His area of expertise is strategy, but he also has taught extensively courses in ethics, leadership, and entrepreneurship. He retired from the university on June 30, 2017 and was honored as Emeritus Professor of Strategic Management. He still occasionally teaches in special programs for the university. He also teaches in several programs for the Diocese of San Bernardino, including church history, introduction to moral theology, and preparing liturgical readers for their ministry.

Richard was ordained a permanent deacon in August 2017. He teaches several religious education courses at his home parish of St. Anthony in Upland.

Judy Briggs

Judy joined the Board in 2015. She worked as a clinical therapist for over 20 years specializing in children and family services, with focus on drug and alcohol recovery. She served as an adjunct professor and EOPS counselor at Chaffey Colleges, and is currently a member of several community organizations.

Neil O'Dwyer


Neil came to Southern CA from Ireland in 1961. For 15 years he served in the Catholic Ministry of the Arch Diocese of Los Angeles. Subsequently, he went to work for Everett Charles Companies in Pomona, and then ultimately became Vice President of Administration and Racing at the L.A. County Fair, from which he retired in 2009. He is Past President of the Board for both Pomona and Laverne Chambers. He has served on the Board of Directors’ of McKinley Children’s Center; Pomona Valley Hospital Foundation’ and served as President of the Board of Community Senior Services located in Claremont. Neil lives in Upland with his wife, Michelle. He joined IVRS’ Board in 2012 and is currently Vice Chair. Neil is also getting ready to serve his 2nd year as Chair for the agencies’ annual Chili Cook-off Fundraising Committee.

Joe Cano


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Phillip Lovelady


Phillip Lovelady comes to IVRS with background and experience in education, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, entrepreneurship and public relations. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Phillip is currently retired from Education Textbook Publishing, SRA/McGraw-Hill Publishers Inc. In honor of friends and family affected by addiction, Phillip began his service on the IVRS Board of Directors in 2016 and currently serves on the program committee as well. In addition, Phillip is on the Board of Directors for Highlander Education Foundation and is part of the President’s Club, IBM, Top National Sales, IBM/SRA Publishers Inc. Phillip is a devoted husband, father and grandfather and spends his time giving to his community by being an active member with the Upland-Foothill Kiwanis. Phillip is a past distinguished president of Kiwanis and currently is the Membership Education Chair and the Young Citizens Award Chair.

Olivia Sevilla


Olivia Sevilla, Ed.D. LCSW, for over 25 years, served as Executive Director of Bilingual Family Counseling Service, Inc., a community-based outpatient mental health clinic. Her experience includes multi-cultural program development as well as community and collaborative leadership.   Dr. Sevilla also has many years providing direct clinical work and clinical supervision in the areas of school-based mental health, crisis response, substance abuse treatment, trauma-focused work with children and adults including family violence, and outpatient mental health treatment.   Dr. Sevilla received her Master’s degree in social work at the University of Southern California, and her Doctorate in organizational leadership at University of La Verne. She currently teaches full time in the graduate social work program at Azusa Pacific University.

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