Founder and Director: Peggy Trueblood
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: Ashley Hart
Ashley Hart received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Public Health and Mass Communications in 2010 and then returned to the Central Valley where she has been working in the area of public health for the past 2 years. She also received her M.P.A. from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2015. As the project coordinator of the SAFE (Senior Awareness & Fall Education)- Central Valley Coalition, she administers the fall prevention program, including community outreach, marketing and advertising, scheduling clients, data entry, staff management, event and program planning and follow-up. She is currently the coordinator for the San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium, which is comprised of the public health directors and health officers. She organizes their efforts to increase their capacity as health departments and strive to achieve accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. In addition, she is assisting the Dept. of Physical Therapy with a needs assessment of the current practices of primary care providers related to fall prevention assessment and intervention with the resulting product, the submission of an R21 NIH Grant. As a result of these previous experiences, she is aware of the importance of frequent communication and organization among project members and of constructing a realistic plan and timeline.
Chair: Jenna Johal
Jenna 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: Marilee Vosper
Marilee 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.