Who We Are

We come from different backgrounds and traditions, but we share a commitment to our local community.

Jake Donaldson, MD

Jake Donaldson, MD

Founder/Advisory Board

Jake is a family physician who has lived and worked in Ventura County since 2009. His professional interests include evidence-based medicine, care of LGBTQ patients (he works for the Pride Clinic in Santa Paula), HIV-AIDS, obstetrics, pediatrics, and hospital medicine. Outside of medicine, his primary interest is in supporting what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “Beloved Community” — i.e. the community of people who are striving to replace the culture of violence that we live in with a culture of nonviolence.

Natalie Cherot, PhD

Natalie Cherot, PhD

Web

Natalie Cherot is an environmental researcher, sociologist, and journalist based in California. She has been published in Civil Eats, Earth Island Journal, Latterly, Longform, Mission & State, Pacific Standard, Santa Barbara Independent, Qualitative Inquiry, Truthout, Urban Studies Review, and The Week. She is writing a nonfiction book about wrongful conviction.

Shannon Shoup, MS

Shannon Shoup, MS

Advisory Board

Shannon was born and raised in Ventura County. She is a regulatory consultant in the biotech industry and volunteers much of her time to the non-profit sector. After volunteering at a local hospice, she founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides information and advocacy to those who have lost loved ones and are navigating their way through the funeral industry. Shannon is also co-chair of a Surfrider Ventura County Chapter campaign to raise awareness about environmental issues.

Elizabeth Diniakos

Elizabeth Diniakos

Web

Biography coming soon

Narissa Petchumrus

Narissa Petchumrus

Advisory Board

Narissa is a recent UCLA graduate, class of 2014. She earned her BA in Political Science with a minor in Global Studies. Upon graduating, she has lent her time and energy volunteering and interning within different sectors of non-profit work ranging from research, development, canvassing, and administrative work in LA & Ventura County. Narissa’s issues she’s most passionate about include lgbtqia+ rights, decolonization, alternatives to neoliberalism, and racial justice. Narissa is also a community organizer and co-founder for EVC3 (East Ventura County Concerned Collective) based in Newbury Park. EVC3 is an east Ventura County grassroots group dedicated to promoting the continuing need of a diverse and inclusive East Ventura County. When she isn’t organizing, Narissa in her free time likes to read, write, surf, and is currently pursuing art via graphic design & watercolor. Currently, Narissa is a freelance writer and part-time employee at REI. She is also studying for the GRE and hopes to pursue an MPP and PhD to become a university professor.

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