MEET THE TEAM
CLTCEC is dedicated to providing educational opportunities as tools of empowerment for long term care workers to build better lives, provide quality care and meet and invest in the critical needs of the long-term care workforce.
Meet the team
CLTCEC is dedicated to providing educational opportunities as tools of empowerment for long-term care workers to build better lives, provide quality care and meet and invest in the critical needs of the long-term care workforce.
As a subject matter expert, Corinne has spoken to the value brought to the health care system by training nursing home workers and MediCal funded In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care providers at the American Society on Aging annual conference, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), and the California Future Healthcare Workforce Commission. She has successfully led CLTCEC to train over 8,000 IHSS providers, with funding primarily from a Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation (CMMI). This project produced the first study to find that training home care workers is associated with both better health outcomes and cost savings.
In 2017 Corinne established two innovative funding partnerships with Health Net and L.A. Care Health Plan to provide training for IHSS home care providers in Los Angeles. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for UCLA’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (UCLA GWEP) and on the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) Executive Advisory Board.
Corinne is a graduate of California State University-Los Angeles and worked in entertainment prior to joining the labor movement to work on behalf of nursing home workers and their residents. Corinne’s dedication to improving the long-term care system through education was inspired by seeing the challenges women in her family experienced as caregivers and the impact quality care can have on seniors’ life spans and quality of life. Married for nearly 10 years and a mother to two young girls, Corinne practices yoga and is inspired by the outdoors.
“I see teaching as an act of empowerment,” Carlos says. “It is gratifying for me to see ourstudents realize their potential to improve the quality of the healthcare system.”
He grew up in Cuba, where he earned his medical doctorate from Havana University and practiced as a physician for 14 years. Carlos emigrated to the United States in 1998 due to an invitation from a group of UCLA researchers. Carlos has held several post-doctoral positions, conducting research projects at the UCLA/Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and subsequently earned an MPH in Epidemiology at the UCLA/Fielding School of Public Health. Carlos earned the 2009 New Investigator Award from the International Society of Quality of Life Research. He is the lead author on nearly 20 scientific publications.
Carlos is a gifted instructor with a passion for educating students from underserved communities, immigrant communities and communities of color. He began teaching in the Havana School of Medicine in Cuba and has since held faculty positions with Los Angeles Community College (LACC), Newbridge College, and Westwood College, where Carlos was nominated as the Faculty of the Year in 2013.
At the CLTCEC, Carlos leads an exceptionally diverse team of instructors who are fluent in Spanish, Armenian, Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean. His goal: to drive culturally competent programs that aim to empower caregivers and reduce healthcare costs. During his tenure at CLTCEC, Carlos has contributed to the education of more than 1,000 home care workers.
“Through education,” he says, “We are helping to improve the quality of healthcare across the system.” The process of teaching is always a process of learning. While I'm educating my students about their vital roles as Home Care Providers, the Home Care Field has taught me the critical role that home care workers play on outstanding concepts such as health promotion, disease prevention, and disease recovery. I hope in the near future clinicians and health plans in general could address it more exhaustively.``
He has spent most of his career in the elder care industry. Before joining the CLTCEC, Charles worked at and adult day health center/community-based adult services program where he supervised a multidisciplinary team to serve the Asian community.
``Through education, compassion, and kindness towards each individual,” Karine says, “We will improve the health and quality of our community.``
She has held nursing positions at Davita / Montebello, Pioneer Region, Sanctuary Hospice in Downey, and Fresenius Medical Center in Los Angeles.
At CLTCEC she previously served for three years as the lead instructor for CLTCEC’s 17 week classes class, teaching classes in Korean as well as supervising and coaching instructors.
She holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Los Angeles City College, and a bachelor of arts in English Education from Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea.
As the parent of and primary caregiver for a child with autism, she is certified in Behavior Therapy, Floor-time Therapy, Social & Play Therapy. She served as a volunteer as an RN at Young Nak Presbyterian Church and as President of Andy Lim Autism Foundation, Inc.
“As an instructor for the CLTCEC, I am gratified to work with IHSS providers,” Antonio says. They have a tremendous responsibility as a member of the consumer’s healthcare team. For example, properly administering medications is critically important to the health and well-being of the care recipients. It is also important for providers to understand when it is appropriate to seek out emergency care in order to reduce the burden on the healthcare system and reduce
hospitalizations. Through my work, I am helping to improve healthcare quality throughout the community.”
Susie holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC San Diego. Her language skills include fluency in Korean and basic proficiency in Spanish and French.
“I believe education is a powerful tool for empowerment,” Susie says. “Through CLTCEC’s training program for home care workers, I hope we can improve the quality of life for both providers and consumers.”
His previous positions include Internal Organizer for SEIU United Service Workers West-Janitorial Division, Regional Field Director for Terra Strategies- Political Consulting Firm, and Field Organizer for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
JC holds a Master of Social Work, Community Organization, and Administration from the University of Southern California.
“It is the most gratifying for me when I am able to share this program with a provider who can
then take better care of their consumer,” Isabel says. “It also means a lot to me when the providers graduate the course and are so grateful for the opportunity they had with CLTCEC.”
Chen founded and successfully ran two businesses The Pink Lady Collection and Chen’s Family Products. He has direct experience as a caregiver for his father and is also an active member of SEIU Local 2015.
Jen is an early immigrant from Taiwan who grew up in a poor family with his father. “Life has never been easy for me, as my father had a stroke when he was 65 years old. I became his primary caregiver until he passed away 4 years ago. I thought I was the unluckiest person in the world, but my mind changed after I started working in our organization. The stories of others taking care of a child or taking care of parents or spouses while working so hard every day and living in poverty is something I can easily empathize with. So many others are struggling with their lives, fighting different things every day and their stories encourage me to provide help for them in the best way I can.``
Syuzanna joined the CLTCEC in 2015 as a Program Coordinator and today she is the Director of Programs for the CLTCEC’s Nursing Home Education Fund. She leads a statewide team dedicated to improving educational opportunities for certified nurse assistants and other nursing home workers as well as increasing the pool of skilled health workers to meet the needs of a rapidly growing senior population.
She holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education and worked as a teacher aide for an elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District prior to joining the CLTCEC.
Early in her career, Adi worked as a material handler for a healthcare equipment and supplies company. It was here that she developed the administrative skills that are invaluable in her current role.
Adi’s work is strongly influenced by her deep faith. She is dedicated to developing and maintaining productive relationships with program partners, including nursing home supervisors, nursing home staff, and education providers. Her fluency in Spanish enables her to engage with nursing home staff from underserved populations.
Ernesto’s experience on political campaigns informs his work as a field coordinator with the CLTCEC. His job responsibilities include recruiting certified nurse assistants and other nursing home workers for continuing education programs to develop their skills and set them on a path to career advancement.
“The people who do this work struggle to provide high-quality and compassionate care while also dealing with the challenges of long hours and a stressful work environment,” Ernesto says. “We want to let them know that there are people who do care about them and want them to succeed and advance in their careers.”
“It isn’t just a matter of enrolling people in training,” Sonia says. “Many of our workers have spent 10 years or more in housekeeping roles. They need a lot of personal coaching and emotional support to make the leap to pursue an education and career advancement. We let them know it’s never too late to improve yourself and continue learning.”
Before joining the CLTCEC, Sonia earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles and her master’s in educational counseling from the University of La Verne. Her previous positions include serving as a program service assistant for the California Student Opportunity and Access Program, which supports low-income students who are first in their families to attend college, and as a resident advisor for the Migrant Education Summer Institute at the University of La Verne.
Ken has over 20 years of experience in the production and direction of front end, middleware, and back end applications and services with an emphasis on hosted administration systems and multimedia presentations. Previously Ken served as Senior Technologist and Vimation and Senior Web & Media Developer at Virtual Image Consulting.
When not building applications at CLTCEC, Ken is an avid musician.
Lucia’s work is guided by the words of Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh: “If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear hardship today.”
“As much as I enjoyed my time with the private sector, I always felt hollow and like I had betrayed my calling,” Jasmine says. “I was very excited when I found the opportunity at CLTCEC. I feel fortunate to be able to finally use my skills with an organization that truly makes a difference.”
She holds a bachelor’s in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational Structures, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from California State University Long Beach.
“Through my communications work,” Alisa says, “I give people and organizations the tools to win elections, pass legislation, raise money, inspire supporters, and make the world a better place.``
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Kim strives to empower long-term care workers to make positive changes for themselves, their workplace, and their communities. She believes in the importance of creating a culture where all long term care workers earn a livable wage, are able to access retirement and have a seat at the table in discussions regarding the future of long term care services.
Before serving in her current position as Executive Vice President at SEIU Local 2015, Kim held a variety of roles in SEIU, including Internal and External Organizer for an SEIU local in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Education Coordinator for SEIU International and Deputy Director of the Public Division for SEIU International. She also worked on a project that eventually evolved into SEIU’s Leaders in Action for Justice Committee, which focuses on developing leaders in our organization. As part of her work for the national union, she moved on to become the SEIU Area Director for California, and eventually took on the role of Chief of Staff at ULTCW. In 2013, she was elected as Secretary Treasurer of SEIU ULTCW.
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IHSS+ helps prepare all caregivers for the work we do – especially those who are just entering this workforce. Thank you to L.A. Care, SEIU Local 2015 and CLTCEC for making this opportunity possible!Pearl GonzalezIHSS Provider
The Education Fund is a great resource that helps Local 2015 nursing home workers continue to build our skills and improve the care we’re able to give.George NmahCNA
Education is power and what I’ve learned through the IHSS+ program has empowered me to be a better caregiver.Brenda TidmoreIHSS Provider
The CLTCEC staff is incredible – each one is dedicated to making sure that we succeed!Unknown