What We Do
We NETWORK to build cooperative relationships.
We promote ADVOCACY with and for people with disabilities.
We PARTNER to host events that benefit the community at large.
The Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative is powered by a partnership between Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), Community Access Center and PossAbilities of Loma Linda University.
Board of Directors
Gabriel Uribe, President
Gabriel Uribe is the Disability Program Manager at the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP). IEHP is a not-for-profit public entity, rapidly growing Medi-Cal and Medicare health plan in California. With a provider network of over 4,000 physicians and more than 1,200 employees, IEHP serves over 1 million residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties who are enrolled in Medi-Cal, Cal MediConnect (Medicare), Medicare Special Needs Plan, and Healthy Kids Program. Gabriel holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Cal Poly Pomona and has over a decade of professional experience in the delivery of public services. Currently he manages IEHP’s Disability Program. The program provides services to over 100,000 Seniors and Persons with Disabilities enrolled in IEHP. Gabriel currently serves on several advisory and stakeholder groups focused on serving seniors and people with disabilities throughout the Inland Empire.
Pedro Payne, PhD, Vice President
Dr. Pedro Payne began his career in the healthcare profession as a radiation therapist but soon realized his heart was pulling him in another direction. In 2004, he earned his PhD in sociology at the University of California, Riverside. In 2003, serve as project manager of a community mobilization effort for low income families for the City of Riverside, CA. He later went on to serve as executive director of the Human Relations Commission where he was responsible for ensuring equal opportunity and access to resources for all residents regardless of race, gender, physical ability, or sexual orientation. During this time he also oversaw the City of Riverside’s Commission on Disabilities. A few years later he was charged to protect individuals’ civil rights as executive director of the Community Police Review Commission for the City of Riverside, California. In 2010, he accepted a position at Loma Linda University East Campus Hospital directing the PossAbilities program. He has published research on social networks and community engagement and has also authored a book on Asset-Based Community Development. Dr. Payne is currently the Director of Community Outreach and Patient Experience for East Campus and Surgical Hospitals at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is active in his local church and helps out wherever he is needed.
Paul Van Doren, Treasurer
Paul Van Doren is the Executive Director of Community Access Center in Riverside, California. Paul has served the disability community for more than twenty years in various positions at Community Access Center, and provides services and information that support people with disabilities in making choices that will positively affect their independence. His accounting background and focus on community collaboration has led him to serve as treasurer for the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC). Paul received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at California State University, Fullerton and is certified in Assistive Technology Applications from California State University, Northridge.
2017 Monthly Meeting Co-Chairs
Mario Janesin presents workshops that focus on the needs for persons with disabilities and the elderly to get prepared for an emergency situation by creating a network that addresses their functional needs. Mario resided in Lake Arrowhead for 20 years and went through two major fires in 2003 and 2007. After 2007 fire, Mario and his wife decided to get training in disaster preparedness. They are CERT trained in San Bernardino and Riverside counties and Mario is a board member on the Riverside VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).
Adam Franey is originally from a small town in Illinois. Adam moved to California in 2011 after gaining an internship with the Inland Empire 66ers (Class-A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels). Growing up he was active in sports through high school as well as 4-h, Student Council, and was his high school class president. He also attended the same high school where his moth taught behavioral and special education. In college, he was the Vice President of the Bradley University Athletics Media Society his senior year. He is currently the Director of Promotions for the Inland Empire 66ers and has helped champion their annual DisAbilities Awareness Night since it began in 2012.
Samuel Torres, Board Secretary
Samuel Torres is the Disability Program Project Specialist at the Inland Empire Health Plan. Samuel is responsible in managing the various groundbreaking Initiatives that the Disability Program has undertaken which include the Accessible Clinics Project, ASL Video Remote Interpretation, and policy analysis/advocacy for people with disabilities.
Prior to joining IEHP, Samuel worked as a Career Services Specialist at Goodwill Southern California and as a Patient Navigator at the American Cancer Society. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University in Psychology and Behavioral Science and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health from California Baptist University.
Jannette Zito, Coordinator
Jannette received her Bachelor’s in Sociology in 2005 from Vanguard University. Starting at a small non-profit, she learned non-profit administration and event planning. In 2007, she joined Inland Regional Center (IRC) and planned events, trainings and support groups for Consumers, their families, staff and community. While at IRC, she attended the first Inland Empire Disability Collaborative (IEDC) meeting. Networking at the IEDC, led her to join the Disability Program at Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) in 2012. Currently, she connects with community partners and links IEHP Members to resources promoting health and independence. Additionally, she coordinates IEDC meetings, conferences and the IE Disabilities Expo.
Jessica Mendez, Coordinator
Jessica Mendez earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach in Child Development and Family Studies. In 2013, she started working for Volunteers of America, a nonprofit organization, as a Parent Education Facilitator. At VOA, she was able to work closely with case managers to assist and support at risk families. Currently, Jessica is a Disability Community Representative at Inland Empire Health Plan. She develops and maintains relationships with different community partners and connects IEHP Members to resources in the community.