Meet the Board of Directors

The NeuroCommunity Foundation Board of Directors. From left to right: Mitchell Karasov, Professor Stephan Chung, John Amber, Jody Sherman, David Ehrlich, Dr. Ronald Ziman

The NeuroCommunity Foundation Board of Directors. From left to right: Mitchell Karasov, Professor Stephan Chung, John Amber, Jody Sherman, David Ehrlich, Dr. Ronald Ziman

Board of Directors

Ronald B. Ziman, MD, FACP, FAAN – Chairman Dr. Ziman, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN) is double boarded by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology.  He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the Subspecialty of Vascular Neurology.  Dr. Ziman has been on faculty at UCLA since 1978 as an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine where he regularly teaches the residents and fellows.  He has also pursued private practice and was president of Northridge Neurological Center in Northridge and the Medical Director of Northridge Neurological Research. In that capacity he has been actively involved in pharmacological research evaluating new molecules and compounds for the treatment of multiple disease states including Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Having founded and directed the Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) at Granada Hills Community Hospital in 1986, Dr. Ziman has maintained broad interests in Movement Disorders and Cognitive Disorders.  He is the Medical Director for the Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center at CARE.

Dave Ehrlich – Secretary Dave Ehrlich is the Community Liaison for Metropolitan Healthcare in Los Angeles. Over the past 23 years he has worked in many aspects of medical home care. His professional goal is to be a resource and problem-solver to both patients and healthcare professionals regarding what particular help can be delivered in-home and what may be covered by insurance. Dave joined the board of the Northridge Foundation for Neurological Research & Education to spread awareness of support groups and educational seminars provided by the organization. As a side benefit he is gaining insight into neurological conditions which may affect him personally at some future date.

Stephan Chung, Ph.D.

Stephan Chung, Ph.D.

Stephan Chung, PhD – Board Member Stephan Chung, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Health Administration Program. Dr. Chung has a background in Health Policy/Planning, long-term care, and Health Informatics, and has conducted research on issues related to health disparities in hospice care in the US.  Of note, he recently produced a video featuring a Mexican-American patient at the end stage of Alzheimer’s, along with her primary caregiver, husband, and hospice interdisciplinary team. He has held sessions on how to use the film as an educational tool for bridging the communication gap between the medical community and Hispanic communities. Dr. Chung was selected as a scholar at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of NIH in the summer of 2013. He served as a health policy and planning consultant for the Illinois Department of Public Health from 2002 to 2009, helping to re-draw health planning areas and amend health facilities’ planning rules and regulations, generating $1 million in research grants. Dr. Chung has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and given more than 60 presentations at professional health services research conferences. One of his recent papers was cited in a Washington Post article (“Terminal neglect? How some hospices decline to treat the dying” May 3, 2014). Currently, he is working on three projects: 1) looking at state policies on hospice providers; 2) analyzing the cancer (SEER)-Medicare joint dataset to investigate the reasons underlying live hospice discharge; and 3) promoting the awareness of hospice care among the Hispanic population. His teaching areas include long-term care policies and programs, managed care, health insurance, health policy, and health IT, among others. Before coming to CSUN, he served as the chair and program director of a CAHME-accredited Health Administration Master’s program in Illinois. In his spare time, Dr. Chung is an avid runner and swimmer, and has run the 2013, 2014 and 2015 LA Marathons.

John Amber

John Amber

John Amber – Board member John Amber has been working in the healthcare arena for the past 18 years. He originally worked in news and public affairs at radio and television stations in New England, where he served as a reporter and news anchor. He later worked for 13 years at The American Parkinson Disease Association, first as their West Coast Assistant Director and then as West Coast Director. There he developed educational programs and raised funds to support research and patient outreach. He also produced an award-winning national public service campaign for radio and television, which brought awareness of Parkinson’s disease and the organization’s resources to thousands of previously under served members of the community. John is currently Marketing Director for Connections Care Home Referrals. He is also a freelance graphic designer.

Ann Siegal

Ann Siegal

Ann Siegel grew up in Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY with her parents, sister, Joanie, and their miniature schnauzer, Peppy.

She majored in advertising and graduated Bernard Baruch College in NYC where she began her media career at Foote, Cone & Belding. She then worked at Warwick Advertising on Seagram’s and then at Ogilvy & Mather on Tiffany, Colonial Williamsburg and NY University.

Ann then moved to LA and managed the Princess Cruises account at Tracy Locke. After that, she worked her way up to Vice President of Media Planning at EJL Advertising launching all the Giorgio Perfumes and Rembrandt Whitening Toothpaste products, and she managed Kahlua Liquor, Vans Shoes and Crystal Cruises. Her next stop was on the client side in house at Kinko’s corporate offices in Ventura as the Marketing Manager. Ann then moved back to Los Angeles heading up the DirecTV and Blue Cross accounts at D’Arcy Advertising.

When Ann realized that she wanted to do something more fulfilling in her career, she left the advertising world and moved into healthcare launching Skirball Hospice, the new hospice agency for the Jewish Home for the Aging. She then moved to Topanga Park, an assisted living community that focused on dementia, as their Marketing Director before joining BridgePoint at Beverly Hills also as the Marketing Director.

After five years there, Ann got a fabulous opportunity and joined Sunrise of Studio City as the Director of Sales in April 2013.
Ann has been licensed as an Administrator for an assisted living community for the past ten years. She served on the Caregiver Wellness committee for three years, and she was on the LA Parkinson’s Board for two years.

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