MICOP Board of Directors
Biography: Jake Donaldson is a family physician in Ventura County. Aside from his general family medicine clinic, he serves as one of the providers for the Santa Paula Pride Clinic which serves LGBT patients in Ventura County. Outside of medicine, Jake enjoys finding ways to participate in the movement for social and economic justice on all levels, from local to international. He also loves hanging out with his partner Nicole (an Episcopal priest) and his daughter Anaïs.
Biography: Monica Fairwell is an attorney that represents injured workers against insurance companies. Monica is proud to serve as an advocate for workers. She enjoys her volunteer work with several organizations throughout Ventura County. Monica attended UC Santa Barbara for her undergraduate degree in Political Science. She then attended Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, Monica studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Monica also enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her two daughters.
Biography: Adelina Lopez is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. She also completed Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree through Brandman University. Outside of medicine, Adelina is passionate about creating an environment of equality and access for all members of the community in health care. She also loves spending time at home with her family, exploring new places, and volunteering at community outreach events for different charities.
Biography: Now retired after 30+ years in banking, Suzanne spent upwards of 20 years as Founder and Director of the Social Investment Research Service (SIRS), a division of Prudential Securities’ Institutional Equity Research Department in its Washington D.C. research office. SIRS was an ethical investment screening service for large institutional equity investors. She left Prudential and joined (now) Thomson Reuters as part of its Institutional Shareholder Services division as Managing Director later moving on as a principal and founder of an investment advisory firm. Suzanne is former Vice-Chair of the Social Investment Forum, an industry trade association, and was a regular contributor to “Corporate Finance Review,” an academic journal published by Hofstra University. In 2016, she moved back to her home county of Ventura and has been involved with local organizations working to preserve and defend our unique environmental and diverse cultural environments.
Counselor, Hueneme High School, OUHSD
Community Outreach Officer, Ventura County Credit Union
Santa Paula, CA
Biography: Veronica Xochitl Valadez is an educator, community activist, visual artist, and traditional Aztec Dancer. Veronica is currently a lecturer of Chicana/o Studies at CSU Channel Islands where, in addition to teaching, she helps organize a number of important events including Indigenous People’s Day, Celebrando la Mujer, and Dia de los Muertos. She is also the proud advisor and maestra of CI’s student club “Danza Tlaloc Ollin”.
As an educator, Veronica has dedicated herself to teaching culturally relevant curriculum that promotes social justice in elementary schools, community colleges, and university classrooms. As an advocate of Ethnic Studies, she is a lead member of Ventura County’s Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, the Ventura County Coalition for Justice, and XOCHITL LA (Xicana/o Organizers Cultivating Humanity and Indigeneity in Teaching and Learning). Veronica is also a co-founder of “Ehecatl Wind Philosophies, LLC”, which is an education consulting firm that provides professional development and consulting services to school districts in cultural competence and Ethnic Studies.
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