Speakers

This year’s lineup is so diverse and rich in valuable information.

CCWC 2024 Speakers

Stay tuned for additional sessions to be announced by July 1st!

Corporal Meredith Alexander

Situational Awareness Take 2
Time: TBD
Session TBD (Room: TBD)

Corporal Meredith Alexander is an Indiana native and graduated from Indiana University. She has worked for the Indiana University Police Department and Enterprise, Alabama Police Department. She is currently assigned to patrol at the Clovis Police Department. Meredith is a Crisis Negotiator, Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Honor Guard Member and Peer Support Member.

Speaker
Corporal Meredith Alexander

Armen Bacon

Daring to Breathe - Long Story Short: Writing Saved My Life!
Time: TBD
Session; Room: TBD

Armen Bacon writes (and lives) with uncensored passion, heart and sense of urgency. Her words stir the soul and have been praised as "pulling us all a little closer to each other."
She made her authorial debut with the powerful memoir, "Griefland - An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship," a story of two women whose words and astonishing friendship helped them survive the ultimate loss. Her second book, "My Name is Armen - A Life in Column Inches," contains a decade's worth of essays on family, friends, love and loss. Her third book, "My Name is Armen - Outside the Lines," takes readers beyond the margins of everyday life - always circling back, returning home - celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.
Armen's newest book, titled "Daring to Breathe: Stories of Living with the Foreverness of Grief," is an anthology of 28 modern day survival stories, and breathes new life into how humans navigate life after loss - ultimately offering a chorus of hope underscoring the resilience of the human spirit. Audience members will be inspired, encouraged, engaged and enlightened as Bacon candidly shares book-writing strategies, struggles and insights and why our stories matter.

Speaker
Armen Bacon

Lourdes M. DelRosso, MD, PhD

The Transformative Power of Healthy Sleep in Women
Time: TBD
Session TBD (Room: TBD)

Lourdes DelRosso, MD, Ph.D., MS, is a sleep physician and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF.

As a child in Peru, Dr. DelRosso knew she was destined to become a physician and work with families and communities focusing on public health, social issues, and mental health. Dr. DelRosso has spent her professional career expanding the boundaries of global sleep health. She has been involved in Haiti as part of the 2010 earthquake relief program and was the director of a 2020 World Sleep Day initiative to improve children’s sleep in a community in Haiti.

She earned her medical degree at the University of Miami; completed a residency in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente, through UC Irvine, a sleep medicine fellowship at Louisiana State University, and earned a master’s degree in medical education at the University of Pennsylvania and the Valencia International University in Spain. Dr. DelRosso earned her Ph.D. at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

Dr. DelRosso has traveled to the Dominican Republic with the Global Outreach team of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to train community health workers. In California, she has trained community health workers in an early intervention program for children 5 years and younger. Dr. DelRosso has also been active in global sleep initiatives, such as the 2019 Latin American Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion, the 2020 Symposium on Global Sleep Medicine, and in recent years as the co-chair of the World Sleep Day committee.

She is dedicated entirely to the field of pediatric sleep medicine, including education, clinical care, and research. Dr. DelRosso is involved nationally in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and internationally in sleep medicine courses in Latin America.

Dr. DelRosso’s area of research focuses on restless sleep and restless legs syndrome. She leads an international task force to establish the diagnostic criteria for restless sleep disorder. Dr. DelRosso is the lead author of “Pediatric Sleep Pearls” and editor of “Sleep Neurology: A comprehensive guide to basic and clinical aspects.”

Active in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. DelRosso chairs the International Members Taskforce and is part of the AASM Scoring Manual Editorial Team.

Education and Training
Doctor of Philosophy – University of Portsmouth – Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Master of Science – Valencia International University – Valencia, Spain
Master of Science – University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
Sleep Medicine Fellowship – Louisiana State University Health – New Orleans, LA
Family Medicine Residency – University of California, Irvine – Kaiser Permanente – Irvine, CA
Intern, Family Medicine – University of California, Irvine – Kaiser Permanente – Irvine, CA
Doctor of Medicine – University of Miami – Miami, FL
Bachelor of Science – Barry University – Miami, FL

Licensure & Certifications
American Board of Family Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine – Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
International Pediatric Sleep Association
Narcolepsy Network
University of Washington Explore and Focus Committee

Speaker
Lourdes M. DelRosso, MD, PhD

Analiese Domingos, LCSW

How to Raise Emotionally Resilient Kids
Time: TBD
Session TBD (Room: TBD)

As moms, we all want our kids to be successful! But what does success really look like? For me, it’s about raising children who can adapt to new situations, manage stress effectively, and maintain positive relationships filled with authentic connection. At the foundation of these abilities is emotional resilience, a skill that equips our children to navigate life’s challenges with determination and self-compassion.

In this candid and insightful presentation, we will examine the essential elements of raising emotionally resilient children and prepare you to:
- Learn how to navigate the delicate balance of empathy and boundaries, allowing children to feel understood without dismissing their feelings while maintaining structure and clear expectations for acceptable behavior.
-Explore the power of vulnerability and repair in modeling healthy emotional expression for our children, creating a nurturing environment where they feel seen and heard.
-Discover the transformative impact of prioritizing connection over compliance in parent-child relationships.

Through practical examples and strategies, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how consistency in these areas can profoundly shape a child's emotional experience and create a safe and supportive environment for emotional growth.

But let's not shy away from the tough stuff! We'll embrace the messy realities of parenting and how our own unresolved issues and triggers can cloud our judgment and reactions. Together, we'll explore how embracing our own vulnerabilities and committing to personal growth can empower us to parent with intention and create an environment where emotional resilience thrives!

Speaker
Analiese Domingos

Li Lisa Ge, MD

Day in the life of a cancer patient
Time: TBD
Session TBD(Room: TBD)

Li Lisa Ge, M.D. is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, with nearly 20 years of dedicated experience in the field of oncology. She started her medical journey with residency at Lenox Hill Hospital's Internal Medicine program, affiliated with New York University Medical Center in New York City. Following this, she honed her skills further by completing a Hematology & Oncology Fellowship at the State University of New York Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island, NY, where she also earned a master's degree in molecular and cell biology.

Speaker
Li Lisa Ge, MD

Betsy A. Hays

Handled(ish): Productivity for the Imperfect
Time: TBD
Session TBD(Room: TBD)

Betsy A. Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA, is an educator, author and speaker. She is also the lead public relations and advertising professor in the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism (MCJ) at Fresno State, where she has been teaching since 1999. Betsy created one of the nation's first public relations entrepreneurship courses, and also fully integrated the pedagogy of service-learning into MCJ's public relations curriculum. She is heavily involved in fostering entrepreneurial and career readiness education throughout campus.

For more than 30 years, Betsy has been involved in the public relations profession via her work as a practitioner and as an educator. She frequently conducts seminars and workshops to assist businesses and organizations with productivity, effective communication, presentation skills, networking, and personal and professional branding.

Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn or via her website - BetsyAHays.com.

Speaker
Betsy A. Hays

Rae Pardini Matson

The Modern Working Mom: Balancing Family and Business Growth
Time: TBD
Session TBD

Rae Pardini Matson is the CEO and Founder of RPM Public Relations and the newly established MUMZIE Media, a modern lifestyle media company – the first of its kind for California's Central Valley. She lived in Los Angeles for years, gaining experience in media on a global scale with Sony Pictures, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and more. That experience, combined with the drive to create a flexible workplace for like-minded creative professionals in her native Central Valley, inspired the creation of her media-centric concepts. Rae leads her team and mission every day as a proud working mother of three children, which led her to found the Mother Upload (#motherupload) – a group empowering and celebrating local moms in the workforce – and create an unforgettable experience for mothers to truly treat themselves at the bi-annual event, Mom's Time Out. She has a natural instinct for connecting people, a creative mind, and the poise and personability to keep clients coming back for more.

Speaker
Rae Pardini Matson

Isidra Mencos

Love Yourself: Find Your Spark
Time: TBD
Session TBD

Isidra Mencos is the author of Promenade of Desire—A Barcelona Memoir. Born and raised in Barcelona, she spent her twenties freeing herself from the oppression created by Franco’s dictatorship. In 1992 she moved to the US to study and start a new life and career.

Isidra holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American contemporary literature from UC Berkeley, where she taught Spanish language, literature, and creative writing for 12 years. She also worked as a writer and editor for Spanish-speaking media, editing a custom magazine that reached 5 million households and writing over 500 articles for Jorge Ramos, the most renowned Hispanic journalist in the US. Pivoting again, Isidra became Editorial Director of the Americas for BabyCenter, the leading digital resource in the U.S. for parents and parents-to-be. She managed teams in the U.S., Spain, Latin America, and Canada in creating evidence-based, culturally relevant content and digital tools.

In 2016 she left her job to focus on writing. Isidra lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Speaker

Isidra Mencos

Rhonda Murphy

Enhance your well-being by discovering the power of Health and Fitness
Time: 1:30pm
Session 2-04 (Room: K)

For over 36 years, Rhonda Murphy has been the top certified Personal Trainer in Central Valley. Rhonda uses her knowledge and experience as a personal trainer, motivational speaker, and worksite wellness coach specializing in active aging to go above and beyond for her community. Rhonda has been the Fitness Expert for the number one morning show ABC 30 KFSN for the past 25 years; you can join her every Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for her exercise segment Workout Wednesday.

RhoFit Personal Training
686 E Bullard St 102
Fresno, Ca. 93710
559-431-3600

Speaker
Rhonda Murphy

Yvonne Sanchez

Financial Planning for Women: See what is possible
Time: TBD
Session TBD

Yvonne R. Sanchez, C(k)P®, CFP®, CPFA®, CRPC™, CRPS™, has a Bachelor's
degree in business management from Fresno Pacific University and is a Certified
Financial Planner™, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner
Board of Standards, Inc.

Speaker
Yvonne Sanchez

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