Staff

Aida Simonian, MSN, RNC-NIC, SCM, SRN

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Simonian leverages her more than 40 years of maternal child health expertise and leadership skills to manage the work of PAC/LAC, in collaboration with the board and staff. Prior to joining PAC/LAC in 2012, Ms. Simonian served as a PAC/LAC board member for eleven years and as a PAC/LAC member since 1983. She received her nursing and midwifery training in England and has spent her career as a Registered Nurse and a Midwife, dedicated to Maternal Child Health, with a specialty in neonatal intensive care. Ms. Simonian received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Ms. Simonian enjoys spending her free time with her loving husband of more than 40 years and their son.

Tanya Wicks, MPH

Senior Program Manager

Ms. Wicks is a masters prepared community health educator with administrative experience encompassing inception and growth of cross-sector collaborations for systems change. With over 15 years of professional experience, her focus is applying mixed methodology to understanding complex influences on the holistic health of women and infants. As Senior Program Manager, she is responsible for directing the PAC/LAC Continuing Education Program, manages the development of the Guidelines of Care, and provides ongoing evaluation and support to the Regional Perinatal Programs of California (RPPC) program. Additionally, Ms. Wicks serves as the preceptor for the student internship program, mentoring students from Loma Linda University and her alma mater, California State University, Northridge. Tanya enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Teresa McKee, B.S.B.A., M.S., Transformation Coach

Program Director – Welcome Baby

Ms. McKee is a transformation coach, leadership coach, business consultant, certified medication facilitator, and EFT practitioner. She has over 30 years’ experience in managing projects, organizations, programs, and personnel. Combining her experience with a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Psychology specializing in Leadership Coaching, Teresa integrates behavioral science with results-oriented processes to help individuals and teams achieve their goals. She enjoys playing with her grandchildren and relaxing days at the beach. 

Amy Cook, MPH, MA, CHES

Program Manager

Ms. Cook received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Arts in Industrial and Labor Relations degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  With an emphasis in Community and Behavioral Health, her public health experience includes maternal child health, breastfeeding, diabetes (type 1 and type 2), health promotion, program development, and community outreach and public awareness campaigns.  With over 13 years of professional experience, Ms. Cook brings expertise within the areas of project management, research, communication, and organizational skills.  Her greatest desire as a public health practitioner is to achieve optimal health outcomes through education, awareness, and behavior change programs that are culturally and socially sensitive. Ms. Cook is a proud mother of two children.  She enjoys reading, volunteering at her children’s schools, hitting the gym, and spending time with her husband, kids, and friends.

Varouj Shahbazian: RNC-NIC, C-NPT, RRT

Nurse Consultant

Mr. Shahbazian has more than 30 years of experience caring for the most vulnerable hospital patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As a practicing Registered Nurse and Respiratory Care Practitioner, he finds much joy in providing quality care for babies and their families. Mr. Shahbazian is certified in both neonatal pediatric transport and intensive care through the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Additionally, he combines his interest of technology and patient care through health informatics, serving as a credentialed trainer for EPIC, the electronic health record system. As a Nurse Consultant, he facilitates quality improvement initiatives through RPPC site visits with hospitals throughout LA County. Mr. Shahbazian was honored in 2014 as the recipient of the William Ginsberg Integrity Award for his contributions to the perinatal community. He is a history enthusiast, travels throughout Europe’s wine countries, plays tennis, gardens, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and keeping up with his two active dogs.

Pat Spier, RNC, BSN, c-EFM

Program Manager, Southern Inland Counties RPPC

Pat Spier has extensive experience as a labor and delivery nurse, educator and clinical college instructor. She has taught fetal monitoring and high risk OB classes nationally and is an active member of AWHONN. Ms Spier has experience teaching teamwork and communication using simulation learning. She has been a legal nurse consultant since 1994 and has taught risk reduction strategies to nurses and doctors throughout California. Pat’s passion is helping nurses and hospitals provide evidence-based, high quality perinatal care. Her hobbies are flying to Mexico to volunteer, photography, travel, scuba diving and spending time with her grandchildren.