Hendry Ton

Dr. Hendry TonHendry Ton, M.D., M.S.

Associate Vice Chancellor of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC Davis Health
Phone: (916) 734-2926
Email: hton@ucdavis.edu
Gender Pronouns: he/him/his

Hendry Ton is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Dr. Ton is also the founding medical director of the Transcultural Wellness Center of Asian Pacific Community Counseling; a community clinic that specializes in serving the mental health needs of Sacramento’s diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities. As professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Ton has also led the department’s courses and initiatives for medical student education. Under his watch, the Psychiatry Clerkship ranked in the top 20% in a nationwide assessment conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has received the UC Davis Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, and the Dean’s Inspirational Faculty Educator Award for his work with students, communities, ethnic minorities, and cultural competence. He also recently received the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. Dr. Ton presents nationally on the topics of cultural competence, education, and system change.

Originally from Vietnam, Dr. Ton immigrated to the United States with his family as a refugee. Growing up with limited access to health care, he is well aware of the impact of access barriers on health and wellness. Addressing these issues of health equity has been central for him. His other areas of interests include diversity and inclusion, professionalism, cultural psychiatry, humanism in medicine, wellness, medical student education, and faculty development.

Ceasor Dennis

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Ceasor Dennis
Senior Director of Institutional Culture, Climate & Community Engagement, Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Email: cdennis@ucdavis.edu

As the Senior Director of Institutional Culture, Climate & Community Engagement, Mr. Dennis is responsible for leading the efforts that will continue to transition UC Davis Health in becoming a fully inclusive, anti-racist, and multicultural organization that values and actualizes health equity, diversity and inclusion, and integrates the Principles of Community across our tri-part mission. Mr. Dennis works directly with leadership in the UC Davis DEI Office, School of Medicine (SOM), Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (BIMSON), Physicians Practice Management Group (PPMG), and UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC), Human Resources, and across educational and training programs to address our campus culture/climate, professional leadership and  development, as well as community and stakeholder engagement needs.

Mercedes Piedra

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Mercedes Piedra, M.S.
Director of Multicultural Education, Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Phone: (916) 734-2201
Email: mapiedra@ucdavis.edu  

Mercedes Piedra, M.S., serves as the Director of Multicultural Education at the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at University of California Davis Health Sacramento Campus.  Mercedes is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and monitoring diversity and inclusion training within UC Davis Health, identifying all educational resources within UC Davis Health/UC Davis pertaining to equity, diversity and inclusion education. She is the Program Manager of the new TPMG-UC Davis Health Physician Pipeline Initiative, an educational pipeline initiative that will help build the next generation of physicians to advance Latino health.

Mercedes has her Masters of Science Degree in Counseling Education focusing on workforce development and organizational management from Sacramento State University.  She’s championed nationally recognized academic and research programs to increase underrepresented students, staff and faculty at all levels of California’s Higher Education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  Mercedes has held career positions as program coordinator, counselor and faculty member advocating cultural competence and inclusion to create intuitional excellence by enhancing the diversity of its workforce.  Her hobbies include road cycling and music.

Puja Chadha

Dr. Puja Chadha

Puja Chadha, M.D.
Director of Faculty Diversity Education, Office for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Email: plchadha@ucdavis.edu
Gender Pronouns: She, Her/Hers

As an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of California, Davis Dr. Chadha serves as Associate Director of Education for the Center for Reducing Healthcare Disparities as well as multiple teaching roles in the School of Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Training Program including Director of Diversity Education, Office of Faculty Development & Diversity leading curriculum to improve faculty supporting inclusion for diverse students as well as training on faculty search committee training diversity and inclusion efforts in workforce recruitment.

Clinically she has worked with UC Davis Psychiatry to open a 16-bed acute Psychiatric Health Facility as Assistant Medical Director and then moved on to work with underserved populations through the County Mental Health Clinics in Sacramento. She has worked in both private practice sector providing psychotherapy as well as with underserved at the Asian Pacific Community Counseling Center also known as the Transcultural Wellness Center where she was awarded Doctor of the Year 2014.

Jan Murray-Garcia

Dr. Jan Murray-GarciaJan Murray-Garcia, M.D., M.P.H.

Director for Social Justice and Immersive Learning, Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis Health
Email: jmurraygarcia@ucdavis.edu

A pediatrician, Murray-Garcia received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her medical degree from UCSF and completed pediatric residency training at Oakland Children’s Hospital, followed by a master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Her publications on race, health care and child development have appeared in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Medical Care, Academic Medicine, and Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

With Melanie Tervalon, Murray-García coined and developed the concept of Cultural Humility in her most-oft cited publication, “Cultural Humility versus Cultural Competency: A Critical Distinction in Defining Physician Training Outcomes in Multicultural Education” (Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 1998). Along with the elimination of health disparities, Murray-García’s interests include the impact of racial stratification and racial-identity development on the health and health-related decisions of youth and adults.

Khoban Kochai

Khoban Kochai

Khoban Kochai, M.P.H.
Assistant Director, Anchor Institution Mission and Culture/Climate
Phone: (916) 627-0375
Email: kbkochai@ucdavis.edu

Khoban Kochai joined HEDI in 2020 and serves as the Acting Assistant Director for Anchor Institution and Culture/Climate.  One of her key responsibilities is leading the development of an internal infrastructure to support UC Davis in its Anchor Institution Mission.  This is an emerging initiative with the aim of better aligning our institutional operations and intellectual resources – such as hiring, purchasing, and investment – with the needs of our local communities. Khoban was previously the Business and Operations Manager in Faculty Development and Diversity and worked at the UC Davis Center for Health Disparities prior to that.  She has more than 15 years of experience in health care management and health equity advocacy and has held positions in nonprofit and academic organizations, both domestically and abroad. Khoban serves on the Staff Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the UC Davis Police Accountability Board, and is the former chair of the Diversity and inclusion Dialogue Committee.  Khoban values staying engaged in grassroots community work and serves on the board of Shifa Community Clinic, a UCD affiliated free clinic and Opening Doors, a non-profit that supports immigrants, asylees, refugees and others on their pathway towards stability, self-sufficiency and belonging.

Khoban has a bachelor’s degree in biology from UC Davis and dual master degrees in Public Health and Islamic studies from UCLA. As a refugee from Afghanistan, Khoban feels deeply connected to work that empowers diverse voices and promotes equity and inclusion. Khoban welcomes questions about herself or the work she is doing at HEDI so feel free to reach out anytime at kbkochai@ucdavis.edu.

 

Antionette “Annie” J. Caruso

Annie CarusoAntionette “Annie” J. Caruso
Chief Administrative Officer
Email: ajcaruso@ucdavis.edu 
Gender Pronouns: She, Her/Hers

Annie Caruso joined the HEDI team in June 2020 as the Chief Administrative Officer.  She is responsible for the business operations of the department, oversight of programmatic and event planning, as well as, furthering collaborations with affiliated offices and centers.

Annie has been a proud UC Davis Health employee for 15+ years and has worked in varying roles within Health Sciences Development, the Vice Chancellor’s Office, the School of Medicine Dean’s Office, Academic Personnel and Faculty Development.  She is the Co-Chair of the Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council and is also a volunteer for the annual Improving Outcomes LGBT Health Conference which focus on bringing together health care and allied service providers to improve health outcomes for the LGBTQ+ community and their families.  Additionally, she is an active participant on several University committees and initiatives that include the UC Davis Staff Assembly - Health Chapter, UC Davis Police Accountability Board, Staff Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Aggie Square Community Engagement Advisory Committee as well as several Employee Resource Groups.

Annie is a passionate and committed diversity, equity and inclusion advocate.  She strives to engage both community and University stakeholders in promoting health equity and inclusion to improve efforts that will address these areas at UC Davis Health for the surrounding communities.

Marian “Marni” Brotzman

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Marian “Marni” Brotzman
Executive Assistant to Associate Vice Chancellor
Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.
Phone: (916) 734-2926
Email: mebrotzman@ucdavis.edu

Marian Brotzman has been with UC Davis Health since October 2011, and currently provides administrative support to the Associate Vice Chancellor at the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis Health. Prior to joining the OEDI office, she worked in the School of Medicine VC/Dean’s Office as receptionist and back up executive assistant for the Executive Leadership Team. Previously, Marian worked for Seagate Technology located in Scotts Valley, CA, for 11 years in various capacities, the latter 4 years as an executive administrative assistant.

ToShawne Williams

ToShawne Williams, M.S.
Executive Assistant

Phone: (916) 734-0214
Email: teewilliams@ucdavis.edu

ToShawne Williams joined the Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in August 2018 and is responsible for supporting the Senior Director in community engagement, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts and initiatives, including the Principles of Community Week, the Black Physicians Forum and African American Women’s Health Legacy conferences.

Considering herself a life-long learner, she is passionate about personal and professional development, often seeking out new challenges.

Sarah Iv

Sarah Iv
Public Education Specialist, Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Phone: (916) 734-2743
Email: sliv@ucdavis.edu

As the HEDI Public Education Specialist, Sarah supports and coordinates professional education programs and diversity program initiatives. Currently she is responsible for coordinating logistical needs for I-DARE (Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity), an initiative to recruit diversity task forces across the UC Davis Health system. Sarah transitioned from being the Prep Medico program coordinator to the Public Education Specialist in January 2020. As a previous Prep Medico program coordinator, Sarah assisted with event planning and outreach efforts for students interested in the medical field, as well as creating content for Prep Medico's social media platforms. In addition, Sarah was responsible for maintaining online technology support for the office's educational programs and workshops, such as the Growing as a Community series and Racial Healing Circles.

Sarah graduated from UC Davis in 2018 and was previously a Health Career Connections intern working for the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce here at UCDH before transitioning to the Office for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in December 2019. She has presented nationally at the American Public Health Association about the need for Medicaid primary care providers for Southeast Asian communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Her future academic goal is to pursue a Masters in Public Health in community health sciences.

Victoria Rondan

Victoria Rondan

Program Coordinator for the Prep Médico Program, Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Phone: (916) 734-2743
Email: verondan@ucdavis.edu

Victoria Rondan is a program coordinator for the undergraduate pipeline program, Prep Médico. In this capacity, she supports outreach efforts, manages social media accounts, and facilitates the multi-week summer internship program for pre-med students. As a first-generation, Latinx college graduate, she enjoys connecting with students who are pursuing careers in the health professions and connecting them with resources to support their personal and professional growth. Victoria graduated from UC Davis in 2019 with a degree in Human Development.

While completing her undergraduate degree, she was heavily involved in student-run clinics, and spent four years as a volunteer with Imani Clinic. She then went on to work at a federally qualified health center, La Clínica de la Raza, in the Community Health Education department as a case manager. Following this experience, she transitioned to her current role as a program coordinator in the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to support both the Prep Medico program as well departmental initiatives. Victoria also works to support the next generation of healthcare leaders and public health advocates through her leadership role with MiMentor, an organization aimed at diversifying the health professions through increasing access to mentorship. She is currently applying to graduate-level programs in the public health sciences and plans to work in the non-profit sector doing community health education, advocacy, and anti-racism work.

Rebecca Jorrin

Rebecca Jorrin, M.S.
Education Coordinator, Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Email: remoncada@ucdavis.edu
Gender Pronouns: She, Her/Hers

Rebecca Jorrin is the Education Coordinator for Diversity Education and technology lead. She is responsible for managing, coordinating and facilitating professional education programs and diversity initiatives to include, SEED: Supporting Educational Excellence in Diversity. Rebecca has a growing passion for online curriculum development and instructional design.

Prior to joining the HEDI office, she has served as a Health Professions Education Specalist for the Faculty Development and Diversity team within the School of Medicine's Academic Personnel unit, and as the Instructional Operations Manager for the Sacramento MBA Program within the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis.