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.
2019 Monthly Meeting Co-Chairs
Jannette Zito received her Bachelor's in Sociology in 2005 from Vanguard University. She started her career at a small non-profit, where she learned administration and event planning. In 2007, she joined Inland Regional Center (IRC) and coordinated events, trainings and support groups for Consumers, their families, staff and the community. While at IRC, she participated in the very first Inland Empire Disability Collaborative (IEDC) meeting. Through her networking at the IEDC, Jannette connected with the Disability Program at Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and took a position there in 2012. In this role she collaborated with community partners and linked IEHP Members to resources promoting health and independence. Jannette also coordinated IEDC meetings, conferences and the IE Disabilities Expo. In 2017, Jannette moved to her current position with San Bernardino County Children's Network as their Staff Analyst. In this role she manages grants for the programs at Children's Network, and participates in coordinating conferences, events and trainings for professionals in San Bernardino County. Her passion for disability sensitivity and the Independent Living Movement is ingrained in her heart and she continues to spread these principles in her work.
Gaby Ayala-Reyes was born in Deleano, California, but lived in the Coachella Valley her entire life. She graduated from Indio High School, class of 1998. Then obtained her B.A. in Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies and Minored in Sociology, from Cal Poly Pomona. Her career in special education and special needs occurred prior to working in the classroom as an aid. Her uncle was diagnosed with severe epilepsy and her younger cousin with autism. Gaby has had the pleasure of working with United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire for close to 7yrs. Working with UCPIE has given her a stronger understanding of the communities needs and supports. She recently celebrated her 11th wedding anniversary to her best friend
Vanessa Padilla, Board Secretary
Vanessa Padilla is the Independent Living and Diversity Services (ILDS) Project Analyst at the Inland Empire Health Plan. Vanessa is responsible for the development, monitoring and implementation of projects related to ILDS and across the organization. She is also responsible for using qualitative methods to analyze effectiveness, accessibility and cultural appropriateness to the organizational programs.
Prior to joining IEHP, Vanessa worked as a Project Coordinator at Loma Linda University and as a Senior Office Specialist for the City of Riverside. She has a Masters in Business Administration from Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.
Eddie Ramirez, Coordinator
Eddie has been connected with the Disability Community for over ten years. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology during the Fall of 2015. Currently, he is a Disability Community Representative for Independent Living and Diversity Services at Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), providing resources for Seniors and people with Disabilities. Eddie also volunteers as a peer advocate for patients and their families at Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital in San Bernardino and Loma Linda University.