Pedro R. Payne, Ph.D. comes to the PossAbilities program after serving as community programs director for the Southern California Academic Center for Excellence at the University of California, Riverside. He offers the PossAbilities program expertise in social advocacy and community engagement. In 2002 Dr. Payne served as project manager of a community mobilization effort for low income families. 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, nationality, physical ability, and sexual orientation. During this time he also oversaw the City of Riverside’s Commission on Disabilities. In 2005 he was charged to protect individuals’ civil rights as executive director of the Community Police Review Commission for the City of Riverside, California. He has published research on social networks and community engagement and has also authored a book on Asset-Based Community Development.
Cotie Williams joined the Loma Linda University Health PossAbilities program in 2008 and brought over 15 years of experience in the government and private sectors and experience with a Fortune 500 company. She brings a heart of compassion for those in her community and an expertise in marketing, business administration. project management and coordination. Cotie graduated from the University of Redlands with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is a member of many community organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee, Paralympic Division and the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative. Cotie considers it a blessing to be a part of such an amazing program that provides new direction and hope for those with diverse disabilities.