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A part of the "NeighborGood" initiative, the Micah 6:8 series was developed to create space for meaningful conversations and training around diversity, equity, and inclusion to facilitate culturally appropriate health care education and practice at Loma Linda University Health.

Join us for our upcoming presentations, featuring discussions and experiences geared to facilitate health and wellness here at LLUH.

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Meet our Presenters

March 25, 2021 Presenters

Maury Jackson, DMin, an ordained minister in the Adventist Christian communion, served as pastor for congregations on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. He researches, writes, and teaches in the area of practical theology. He studies the practical arts of preaching and the church’s pastoral vocation to the larger community, i.e., reconciliation of communities that struggle with racism, sexism, classism…etc. The tools of theological reflection, moral evaluation, and cultural investigation inform his study of ministry practice.

Claudia Allen, MA is a writer and international speaker passionate about the intersection of faith, culture, and justice.

After earning her Bachelors in English and her minor in Leadership in 2013, Claudia went on to Georgetown University where she subsequently graduated with her Masters in English in 2015. After 4.5 years of study, teaching, and assistance with curriculum development concerning literature, writing, and social change at the University of Maryland, College Park, Claudia left her PhD in English to pursue full-time employment in publishing, justice, and local church ministry. In alignment with these goals, Claudia completed a certificate in Theology and Racialized Policing from Sojourners, Howard University School of Divinity, and the Christian Community Development Association in June of 2020.

Passionate about the work of justice, Claudia believes she made her first mark during her senior year at Andrews University. In fulfillment of the "Change Project" requirements for the Undergraduate Leadership Program, Claudia created and successfully implemented an African American Studies Minor housed out of the Andrews University Department of History. This project made Claudia the first student to graduate from Andrews University with a minor in Leadership, and the first undergraduate student to successfully amend curriculum at the institution.

Currently, Claudia is the Online Content Manager for Message magazine. With her co-hosted podcast “What’s the Message?” Claudia has interviewed individuals like Shaun King, Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, Jim Wallis, Rev. William Lamar IV, Dr. Carlton P. Byrd, Dr. Lisa Bowens, and several other distinguished guests.

As a writer, Claudia has published articles on faith, culture, and justice in religious and non-religious magazines and journals. She is a contributing author to Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart's latest book, Preaching Black Lives (Matter) and Dr. Maury Jackson and Nathan Brown’s forth-coming book A House on Fire: Why Anti-Racism is an Adventist Imperative.

Claudia is a highly sought-after international public speaker. She has spoken for several universities, churches, and organizations. Last year, her virtual speaking took her to such countries as South Africa, Ireland, Australia, and across the United States. For her commitment to justice, community engagement, and the work of writing and speaking, Claudia was given the first Drum Major for Justice Award from Washington Adventist University on January 18, 2021.

Whether through speaking or writing, Claudia is dedicated to activating people to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” Her favorite scripture is Philippians 2:13, “For it is God is working in you both to will and to do His good pleasure.”

February 25, 2021 Presenters

Maury Jackson, DMin. is an Associate Professor of Practical Theology at La Sierra University. An ordained minister in the Adventist Christian communion, Dr. Jackson served as pastor for congregations on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. He researches, writes and teaches in the area of practical theology. He studies the practical arts of preaching and the church’s pastoral vocation to the larger community, i.e., reconciliation of communities that struggle with racism, sexism, classism…etc. The tools of theological reflection, moral evaluation, and cultural investigation inform his study of ministry practice.

Lisa Clark Diller, Ph.D. is a historian (University of Chicago) who teaches about the early modern world at Southern Adventist University.  Dr. Clark Diller serves as the History and Political Studies chair at Southern Adventist University, Chattanooga, TN. She researches and writes on religious and ethnic minorities and the development of modern liberal democracy. In addition to seventeenth-century religion and politics, Dr. Clark Diller enjoys neighborhood service and activism with her husband, Tommy Diller. She enjoys being part of three book clubs, one cycling club, and playing with her ten nieces and nephews in her free time.  She and her husband live in an urban community in Chattanooga, TN, where they garden, church plant, and thrive in their neighbors' care.

January 28, 2021 Presenters

Ramona Snipes, MD, is the assistant executive medical director of Permanente Human Resources and Physician Culture for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG). SCPMG is one of the largest self-governing medical groups in the country, consisting of more than 7,800 physicians caring for nearly 4.7 million Kaiser Permanente members in 234 medical office buildings and 15 hospitals across Southern California. In this role, Dr. Snipes works with Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity; Physician Wellness; and Physician and Physician Leader Development teams providing oversight to ensure the execution of strategic programs in the key areas of people and culture.

Dr. Snipes joined Kaiser Permanente Southern California in 2008 and became a partner physician with SCPMG in 2011, serving as chief of service for the Emergency Department at San Bernardino County Medical Center, where she also served as the physician liaison for disaster planning and triage. Before assuming her current position in January 2019, Dr. Snipes had also served as the assistant area medical director of the Hospital-Based Service Line at the Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino Medical Centers since 2016.

Dr. Snipes received her bachelor’s degree at Oakwood College in Alabama before receiving her medical degree in 1999 from Loma Linda University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 2003. Prior to her time at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Snipes was a physician, and later partner physician, at Emergency Physicians of Tidewater in Virginia and also held an associate professorship in the department of Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the California American College of Emergency Physicians, and the San Bernardino County Medical Society.

In her down time, Dr. Snipes enjoys Sci Fi, reading, and comedy.  Her favorite thing is a day at the beach spent with her favorite people her husband of 19 years and her 2 daughters.  

Lisa R. Roberts, Dr.PH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CHES, FAANP, FAAN is a Professor and the Research Director at Loma Linda University School of Nursing, with a secondary appointment as Professor in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Behavioral Health to facilitate collaborative translational research.  Her MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner training was obtained at Western University of Health Sciences, and her Dr.PH in health education at the LLU School of Public Health. 

Dr. Roberts' background as a clinician and international experience are foundational to her research.  While she has conducted projects in several other countries, having been raised in India, she has ongoing research in India pertaining to maternal mental health.  Across setting, including in the US, her research is translational, interdisciplinary, and community-based, addressing health disparities and vulnerable populations.

Her clinical focus is prevention and primary care.  She enjoys teaching and mentoring as this provides the opportunity to influence the next generation of nursing researchers and scholars to care for the vulnerable and reduce health disparities.

 

November 19, 2020 Presenters

Bridgette Peteet, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loma Linda University. Before her appointment last year, she was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati for 11 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently supervises doctoral trainees at the SACH Health System in San Bernardino. She teaches courses on addiction and cultural diversity.  She runs the Resilience and Disparities (RAD) Lab, which investigates health inequities in substance use disorders/opioid use disorders (SUD/OUD) using a community-inclusive and culturally-responsive framework. She is the PI on a $3 million HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students grant to build pathways to diversify the scientific workforce. She has facilitated cultural competency training for universities, businesses, and community health agencies for more than 15 years. She is a past recipient of the UC Mariam Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award and the Charles and Shirley Thomas Award from the American Psychological Association Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race for her institutional and national contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lisa Clark Diller, Ph.D. is a historian (University of Chicago) who teaches about the early modern world at Southern Adventist University.  Dr. Clark Diller serves as the History and Political Studies chair at Southern Adventist University, Chattanooga, TN. She researches and writes on religious and ethnic minorities and the development of modern liberal democracy. In addition to seventeenth-century religion and politics, Dr. Clark Diller enjoys neighborhood service and activism with her husband, Tommy Diller. She enjoys being part of three book clubs, one cycling club, and playing with her ten nieces and nephews in her free time.  She and her husband live in an urban community in Chattanooga, TN, where they garden, church plant, and thrive in their neighbors' care.

October 29, 2020 Presenters

Bridgette Peteet, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Loma Linda University. Before her appointment last year, she was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati for 11 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently supervises doctoral trainees at the SACH Health System in San Bernardino. She teaches courses on addiction and cultural diversity.  She runs the Resilience and Disparities (RAD) Lab, which investigates health inequities in substance use disorders/opioid use disorders (SUD/OUD) using a community-inclusive and culturally-responsive framework. She is the PI on a $3 million HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students grant to build pathways to diversify the scientific workforce. She has facilitated cultural competency training for universities, businesses, and community health agencies for more than 15 years. She is a past recipient of the UC Mariam Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award and the Charles and Shirley Thomas Award from the American Psychological Association Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race for her institutional and national contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Juan Carlos Belliard, Ph.D., MPH, is the Assistant Vice President for Community Partnerships and Director of the Institute for Community Partnerships. He holds an appointment as a Professor in Global Health in the School of Public Health.Juan Carlos Belliard has taught in culture and health; traditional, complementary and alternative medicine; ethnographic research methods; health disparities; and migrant health. His research interests are focused on medical pluralism, exploring how migrant communities utilize parallel healthcare systems. Dr. Belliard is dedicated to various efforts that strengthen community-university relationships. His passion for minority health, education, and health equity have been an impetus in creating the Promotores Academy at the San Manuel Gateway College, a certificate program for promotores/community health workers trained to bridge the gap between health systems and the community. Dr. Belliard and his wife Anastasia have two children Victoria and Nicolás. The Belliards all share a love for music, reading, traveling, camping, running, and fútbol.

Jessica ChenFeng, Ph.D., LMFT, is Associate Director of Physician Vitality at LLUH. Growing up in Los Angeles in a Taiwanese immigrant family and the Asian American Christian church has shaped her research and clinical work around socio-contextual issues such as gender, race, generation, and spirituality. She loves New York in the fall, Seattle in the summer, baking sourdough bread, sewing clothes, and lightly sweetened jasmine milk tea.

Dan Rogstad, MD-PhD, is the Assistant Dean for Basic Science Education at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM) and an Infectious Diseases physician in the Department of Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC).  He has taught Biochemistry to first-year medical students for five years and is a leader in the LLUSM large-scale curriculum transformation that went live in August of 2020.  He has been married to his best friend, Katie, for 17 years and has five children (ages 14 to 5).  He enjoys playing the piano and composing/arranging in his spare time.