Ellen Ahn, J.D., M.S.W., President
Ellen Ahn is the Executive Director of KCS (Korean Community Services). Ellen Ahn has led the growth of the agency from 3 employees in 1997 to over 60 with an annual budget of over $3 million. At present, KCS is a vibrant and dynamic multi-service community based organization in Orange County. In addition to overseeing the programs, administration and development of the agency, she is active on many community based boards and coalitions, including CalOptima, the Orange County Human Relations Commission and the California Institute of Mental Health, amongst many others. Ms. Ahn is committed to issues involving health access, substance abuse, mental illness, family violence and ethnic communities. She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University, a J.D. from Georgetown University and an M.S.W. from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Reza Karkia, D.B.A., ACFEI., CHS-III ,Vice-President
Dr. Reza Karkia is Emeritus Executive Director of Academic Affairs, California State University, DH. He has more than 30 years of experience in education, senior management, and leadership. He is an involved and participating community member of Orange County at large in all areas of education, businesses, and constructive politics. Dr. Karkia has served the State of California under four recent Governors as Commissioner of “California Council on Criminal Justice (CCCJ). He also served as Commissioner of California Health Policy and Data Advisory for two terms. While at The California State University, he has had budget responsibility of $1.8 billion for CSU system’s Capital Outlay projects, and has had managed over $280 million annual operating budgets. Currently, he is the chairman of advisory board of School of Management and Public Policy at California State University, DH, and the Orange County Sheriff Department’s, Advisory Council. Presently he is also serving on the Advisory Council of 211Orange County, a nonprofit organization serving 34 cities of Orange County.
Gloria Reyes, Secretary and Treasurer
Gloria Reyes was born in Mexico and immigrated to Southern California with her family in 1962 at the age of nine. Gloria is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ABRAZAR, Inc. an organization that addresses the needs of individuals residing in Orange County. ABRAZAR manages two community centers that provide services to more than 15,000 unduplicated households annually. She has been at ABRAZAR since November of 1976 as the Executive Director and has held this position for 38 years. Gloria was named “Woman of the Year” by the California State Legislature and “Westminster Citizen of the Year” by the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and “Woman of the Year” by Soroptimist of Westminster. Gloria is the recipient of Orange County’s United Way Hispanic Influential award and has received two Clara Barton Spectrum Awards in the Education and Health Services fields. Gloria received a life-time achievement award by Cal State Fullerton, Gerontology Department.
Hannah Nguyen, M.S.W., Ph.D., Member at Large
Hannah Nguyen is an assistant professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Human Services. Prior to joining CSUDH, Dr. Nguyen led projects in collaboration with Orange County school districts, community organizations and families to assess mental health needs and implement school-based interventions for adolescents at risk of developing depression. She also coordinated the federally-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Health (REACH) project, providing health outreach and education to older adults in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. The primary focus of her teaching is in community practice and culturally responsive service delivery to diverse populations. Her research expertise highlights the experiences of consumers and communities to inform culturally relevant mental health services for immigrant families. Dr. Nguyen holds a B.A. in Sociology and Public and Community Service from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Don Barnes, Undersheriff
Don Barnes is the Undersheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (California). As Undersheriff, Don is the Chief Operating Officer overseeing all operations of the nation’s sixth largest sheriff’s department. Undersheriff Barnes is a 27 year veteran, with experiences in Field (Patrol) Operations, Investigations, Jail Operations, and Administration. Undersheriff Barnes has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Public Administration, where he was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student for the Department of Public Policy. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, serves as Board Chair of Orange County Crime Stoppers, teaches for California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) at California State University, Long Beach, and is an instructor at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy