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.

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. 

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.

Liza Alvarez

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Alvarez is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Public Health at California State University, Northridge. She grew up in a community where many of her peers saw their hopes for a college education derailed by issues such as teen pregnancy, drugs, and incarceration. As a role model and ally for her community, Liza strives to be a voice for those living in underserved communities to make sure they have equal opportunities to prosper. She is committed to a future of promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles to help cultivate a healthy community. Liza enjoys playing soccer and cooking new recipes.

Sarah Aumentado, B.S.T.M.

Program Coordinator / Executive Assistant to Aida Simonian, CEO

Ms. Aumentado is a Program Coordinator for Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy, and Consultation (PAC/LAC). Sarah’s diverse role at PAC/LAC includes program management, conference planning and coordination, continuing education programs for Physicians, Nurses, and other healthcare providers, Welcome Baby Program Coordinator, and Executive Assistant to the CEO. Prior to working at PAC/LAC, she was an Engineering Technical Specialist and Project Manager at The Boeing Company working on the C-17 Military Aircraft Program. She was also an Events Coordinator for a non-profit organization, a Regional Manager for a clothing line, and a Sales and Marketing Manager for an IT company. Sarah brings her experience of developing and implementing projects, her organization skills and attention to detail, and her passion to be an advocate for positive and healthy lives for women and their families to the healthcare industry. She has a long history of volunteer work, including producing a fundraiser in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, which raised funds to build homes for 5 Los Angeles families through fashion and the arts, and working with different organizations such as Freedom and Fashion, Dressember, and Two Wings, which raise funds to aid in the rescue of women and children from human trafficking. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Lisa McPheeters, BSN, RNC-OB

RPPC Manager

Ms. McPheeters has over 30 years experience as a registered nurse in the fields of Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum and Nursery. In addition to caring for mothers and their babies Ms. McPheeters also has experience as an OB Clinical Nurse Manager. She has been certified by the National Certification Corporation in Inpatient Obstetrical nursing since 1999. She also holds a certification as a Neonatal Resuscitation instructor by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association for over 27 years. Ms. McPheeters is also a member of AWHONN. Throughout Ms. McPheeters Obstetrical nursing career she has had a passion for assisting mothers and families through their birthing process and providing support to the mother and baby couplet. Ms. McPheeters is a proud mother of four grown sons and two granddaughters. Her hobbies include vacationing and spending time with family and friends.