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William Buck

Chairperson 

Bill Buck has served on the IVRS board since 2019 and also serves on its finance committee. His experience In chemical dependency recovery spans nearly 5 decades and includes positions as a clinician, administrator, employee assistance professional, and educator. Receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, he went on to earn a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a California secondary teaching credential. He and his wife, Mary have been Upland residents since 2002 where Bill is an active member at his church serving in multiple ministries. He considers his service to the staff and clients of IVRS to be a distinct privilege.

 

Stephani Sutherland, Ph. D

Vice Chair 

Stephani Sutherland has served on the IVRS board since 2018, and is a member of the Program Committee and chair of the Fund Development 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

 

Jennifer Rudnicki

Secretary

Jennifer A. Rudnicki joined the IVRS Board of Directors in 2020. She is unique to this position having experienced going thru the program herself over 23 years ago. The program helped propel her into many successful business endeavors. As a mortgage loan professional for almost 20 years, she prides herself in the fact that she can provide help and guidance to those who most need it. She is passionate about workplace diversification and equality. Jennifer leads the Hospitality Ministry at her home parish of St. Anthony in Upland.

Tom Miller


Treasurer 

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

Phillip Lovelady

Director

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 Ph.D

Director

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.

John Chapman, FACHE

Director

John T. Chapman is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at San Antonio Regional Hospital (SARH) in Upland, California. Mr. Chapman joined the hospital in 2018 and is currently serving as the seventh President and CEO in the history of the hospital. SARH has 363 beds, a staff of over 500 physicians, 2,000 employees and 300 volunteers. The hospital offers advanced patient care throughout the Inland Empire. John is LEAN certified and represents in the Inland Empire as its Board member for the Hospital Association of Southern California.

John has served as an experienced hospital executive for over two decades. Prior to arriving at San Antonio, he served as Chief Operations Officer at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. John was not only in charge of operations at this 169-bed general acute care hospital, but also led the clinical and support services for the Alameda Health System. Some of his accomplishments included Alameda’s accreditation as a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Baby Friendly designation and the construction of a 9-story patient tower.

John is a clinical microbiologist by training. Prior to joining the Alameda Health System; John served as Executive Director of Clinical Services, Director of Laboratory Services, and held other leadership positions at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. In these roles, among other things, he served as the director of the medical center’s service lines including its Orthopedic Institute and Heart and Vascular Institute.  He also led a variety of strategic planning processes and UC system-wide operational initiatives.

John earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of California – Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. John, his wife Arnin, and daughter Nicole are avid dog lovers and enjoy whitewater rafting. John’s hobbies include traveling, basketball, and renovating homes. In fact, he has built his own home in Northern California.

 

 

Chris Cox

Director 

Chris Cox joined the IVRS board in 2023, and he is excited to serve in this capacity. Chris serves as an Assistant Chief of the Fire and Rescue Branch, Governor’s Office of
Emergency Services, and he worked 32 years at the Corona Fire Department, with his last position as the Deputy Fire Chief. Chris was an active participant in numerous programs within
the department throughout his career. While working for Corona, Chris served as the Safety Officer on a Cal Fire Incident Management Team for 12 years, and he responded to and helped
manage the largest incidents all over California. Chris is a past president of the Riverside County Training Officers Association, the Riverside County Operations Chiefs Section, and the Inland Empire Fire Explorer Association. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Administration from Cal State Los Angeles and was awarded the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing; Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2018. Chris and his wife Heidi live in Rancho Cucamonga and enjoy activities with their grown children and their families, as well as cooking, traveling, fishing, and restoring and operating antique fire
engines.

Emily Moultrie

Director

Linda Trawnik

Director


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