About us

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Dr. Maryam Davodi-Far

Maryam completed her doctoral work at the University of La Verne with an emphasis in health care administration. She has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of California in San Diego. She holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Chapman University. She is trained as a volunteer mediator through the San Diego Mediation Center and holds a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly California License. She has served as a chief executive officer for a community clinic in San Diego. She is a certified Life Coach. She has studies Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China for 2 years. Her professional experiences include providing leadership in managing diverse programs and services, collaborating with other nonprofit and for profit agencies, community organizations, businesses and private citizens.

Maryam’s values and characteristics, include a strong intellect, integrity, creativity and personal energy to effectively engage staff and motivate those with whom she comes in contact. She possesses the ability to identify issues and opportunities and can develop alternative methods in order to achieve consensus. She has a passion for vulnerable populations and is constantly strategizing about better ways to meet the needs of targeted groups.

Maryam believes in re-inventing herself so that she can grow and mature as a person and a professional. She has taken the time and energy to gain new skills in the field of psychology. Maryam is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist. Dr. Maryam D. Far is a professional member and Clinical Fellow of AAMFT. Her core values include: authenticity, transparency, compassion, love, respect, service to the community, and environmentalism.

Maryam helps her clients identify and understand what their core values are and how to use them as guide posts in their personal and professional lives. Core values can help center us. It is a way to bring us back to what matters to us the most. The beauty of core values, as we change and gain life wisdom we can revisit our core values and update them so that they reflect the new person that we have become.

Dr. Maryam Far is a Professional Member with the Clinical Fellow Designation in good standing of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder

David J. Wu, MBA, JD

David’s career spans life science, business and law. Early in his career as a researcher, David held several positions at t he University of California at San Diego, and at Berkeley and later at The Scripps Research Institute. His research efforts in cancer biology led to the identification of P16, a tumor suppressor gene on chromosome 9, which is involved in the disease pathway of various cancers. David holds a JD from California Western School of Law, an MBA from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in molecular biology from the University of California at San Diego. David has authored and co-authored several publications in leading scientific journals.

Board Chair

Mirjana Zivkovic, MD, Ph.D.

Mira is an experienced healthcare professional in the field of public health, health education and health care administration. She worked for more than 25 years in an academic setting conducting research and teaching public health to medical students and graduates at the Belgrade Medical School where she held a position of Professor Emeritus. She has an MD, an MS in healthcare administration, and a PhD in public health, all from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She also worked in the healthcare field in the U.S. for five years, including Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego. At the present, Mira holds a position of a part time faculty at InterAmerican College where she teaches a number of courses to Health Science and prospective nursing students.

Board Secretary

Carrie Ash, B.S.

Carrie earned a BS in biology from San Diego State. While a student, her extracurricular activities included working as an editor for the campus newspaper, founding a campus organization for married students called the MRS. Club (Married R uS), and serving as treasurer and president for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a premedical honor society. Carrie and her husband spent a year in Philadelphia, where Carrie was employed as an executive assistant at the office of a Christian mutual fund. Residing once again in San Diego, Carrie applied to medical school in 2003. She is thankful for unanswered prayers, however, as she finds herself a mother of five little children in less than six years’ time. Carrie occasionally does freelance editing.

Event Specialist

Natalie Crew, MPA

Natalie Crew is a career Event Specialist and life long learner. She graduated from SDSU with an undergraduate degree Anthropology and Political Science, followed by her Masters in Public Administration from National University. Working for and with nonprofits for the better part of her career, Natalie has a passion for helping people. Helping people realize their true gifts within and different ways of managing what life’s path has presented to them is an important part of her journey. Leveraging yoga, meditation and journaling, she encourages people to move their bodies and exercise their minds to release deep emotions that may be affecting them. Some of her past times include reading, running, yoga and camping with her family. Natalie Crew resides in Bonita, CA with her husband and son.

Board Member

Jonathan Landau, MBA

Jonathan began his career in the nonprofit sector in 2002 after graduating cum laude from University of California, San Diego. In his early career, he worked closely with local organizations including Volunteer San Diego, Bayside Community Center, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center assisting with both project management and fundraising. Soon thereafter, Jonathan became an ally to the Cancer Coping Center volunteering at events and helping the organization raise funds via golf tournaments and other initiatives.

Jonathan has deep roots in San Diego; received a MBA degree with emphasis in management from San Diego State University while representing the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego Reader in key business development positions. During the past decade, he has enjoyed a career in global hospitality, organizing meetings and conference for international associations and corporations with executive level roles with Meetings Global and JL Hospitality. Jonathan is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and is fluent in Spanish. He loves playing sports and competitive mindful games like chess. He is the youngest of three children and resides in San Diego, CA.

Board Member

Rosalinda Elena B. Milla, MD, MHCA

She has worked in the online and blended environment directing and managing Schools and Colleges of Medicine, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Nursing, Health Sciences, and Extended Education aimed at student retention, life-long learning, by administering academically rigorous and financially viable programs.

She has been licensed and practiced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Philippines focused on community, ambulatory and hospital patients utilizing traditional and alternative modes of treatment i.e. acupuncture, nutrition and herbal medicine. Moreover, she developed curriculum and managed various programs: Doctor of Medicine, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Rehabilitation Medicine, Entry Level Masters Nursing Program, MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner, Bachelor and Master of Science in Health Science, Health Education and Healthcare Administration. Experienced in program reviews and assessment, budget oversight, year-end reports, human resource management, due diligence review of the new acquisitions and benchmarking relevance of programs in the career and job markets. She has been active in the San Diego community for many years, wears her heart on her sleeve and always carves out to causes that are near and dear to her. One of them is cancer. She has been actively involved in helping improve and enhance the quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer.

Board Member

John Davodi, MA, MS, PsyD Candidate

John Davodi is a life-long learner and believes that it is a culmination of all of our experiences, good and bad that make us special as human beings. John has had many careers from Law Enforcement, to Student Advisor, and currently as a Bilingual Clinician working with adolescents. One common thread in all of John’s different careers and background is the desire to help others and make the world a better place. While John is on his path to completing his doctoral dissertation on the Effects of Meditation on Chronic Pain, he also practices meditation daily, as well as enjoying listening to music, audio books, running, and yoga. John firmly believes that we gain something from every new human interaction we have, whether we are aware of it at the time or in the future, and that we are never the same person as we were before meeting someone new, as everyone has something to offer; we must be open to seeing what that is.

Advisory Board Member

Melinda Campbell, PhD.

Professor and Academic Program Director of Philosophy and Academic Information Literacy, National University

Areas of Expertise: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, Experiential Phenomenology
Melinda Campbell has been teaching philosophy at the university level for more than 30 years and has also been active in curriculum development and online course design at National University. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from UC Davis (1994) and regularly publishes research articles in the areas of color ontology, the epistemology and phenomenology of perception, and pedagogical theory. Some of her publications include “The Reality of Color,” “Epistemic Error and Experiential Evidence,” “Seeing Color Appearances,” and “Aesthetics and the Experience of Beauty,” which was co-authored with William Hirstein.