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Executive Committee

Founder and Director: Peggy Trueblood

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Dr. Peggy Trueblood is a Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Physical Therapy. She joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1994.  She received her Doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles in Neurophysiology.  She has taught and conducted research in the area of neuroscience for over 25 years.  Dr. Trueblood also has a Masters in Kinesiology from UCLA and a Masters in Physical Therapy with a Specialty Certificate for Evaluation and Treatment of Neurological Disorders from the University of Southern California.  She has a certificate in the evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders and has been a clinician since 1979 with an emphasis in neuro-rehab for balance and gait disorders. 

Dr. Trueblood is the founder and director of the Gait, Balance, and Mobility Center at Fresno State where graduate physical therapy students develop skills in the evaluation and treatment of persons with balance and gait disorders.    She performs clinical research in the area of balance and gait retraining for persons with neurological and non-neurological balance disorders.  Most recently, her research has been in the area of fall prevention for older adults with balance and gait problems. 

Dr. Trueblood is a faculty member for the FallproofÔ  Balance and Mobility Specialist Instructor Certification Training Program operated by the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton.  In addition to her accomplishments in the area of research, Dr. Trueblood was the facilitator for a joint doctoral program with UCSF in 2006 and currently is leading the department in the implementation of a 3 year independent post-baccalaureate Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).  She teaches graduate level courses in the physical therapy master’s and doctoral degree programs.  She also continues to teach clinicians in the profession of physical therapy and gives numerous lectures to the community each year. She has served this university in many capacities and received the CSUF Provost Award for Faculty Service in 2003.

Coordinator: Andrew Schiavello-Youngblood

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Chair: Jenna Johal 

jenna picJenna Johal joined San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in 2009 after nearly ten years in financial planning. At San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital her role as a marketing associate entails business development, strategic planning, marketing and sales from Modesto to Riverdale. Since coming to SJVRH, she has served on the hospital employee appreciation committee, Fresno Chamber and initiatives for outpatient development. Her professional career outside of acute care marketing includes marketing strategies and fundraising for non-profit organizations such as Hmong Cancer Coalition, American Heart Association, UCP, MS Society, Arthritis Foundation, National Limb Loss Association and SAFE. An important aspect of her life is family -- her husband and her two beautiful daughters. She spends her evenings and weekends as a SOCCER MOM!

Vice Chair: Donna DeRoo 

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Donna DeRoo is the Assistant Director for the Central California Center for Health and Human Services (CCCHHS). Donna brings more than 10 years of experience in non-profit management. She remains active in several non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Fresno, which actively pursues making a difference for children in need with an emphasis in health and education within Central California.

Ms. DeRoo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University, Fresno and her Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills and is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society. Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society formed to recognize and promote excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration. Donna has also earned the designation as a Certified Grants Specialist, Certified Grants Administrator, and Certified Grants Evaluator by the National Grant Writers Association. Donna is also a proud graduate of Leadership Fresno - Class 18.

Education Chair: Marilee Vosper

marilee picMarilee Vosper is the Community Education Manager for American Ambulance. She oversees the American Heart Association (AHA), National Association of EMT's (NAEMT), and EMT training courses as well as the Community Outreach Program. She began her career in EMS as an EMT over ten years ago. She has since become licensed as a Paramedic, trained as an EMS Educator and graduated from George Washington University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Health Science with a concentration in EMS Management. Born to a military family, Marilee was raised with a sense of community and service. She has lived throughout the United Kingdom and United States and currently resides in Fresno where she is raising three cats and two dogs. She enjoys cycling with Women on Wheels and the Central Valley Cycling Charitable Association (aka Parker's Team) which raises money to support local and global charities.

Marketing Chair: Walt Robinson

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Fundraising Chair: Eddie Davis and Tish Davis

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Representative at Large: Jennifer Roos

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