Board of Directors

PAC/LAC is governed by a prestigious volunteer-based Board of Directors, consisting of prominent healthcare professionals and advocates. The Board of Directors provide advice, guidance, and a commitment to the education and support of the perinatal health community.

Sherri Garber Mendelson, RNC, PhD, CNS, IBCLC


Dr. Mendelson completed her BSN and MSN in Perinatal Nursing at University of Illinois Chicago in 1977 and 1984. She spent her early career in the Mother-Baby Unit and in Labor and Delivery. Sherri worked as a clinical nurse in all areas of obstetrics and pediatrics, NICU, and PICU before taking a position as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1984. She became an IBCLC in 1993. She completed her PhD in Nursing at UCLA in 2007. Sherri was employed as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center from 1997 to September, 2010 and as Director of Nursing Research and Magnet Program at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center from 2010 through 2019. Dr. Mendelson is currently Regional Nurse Scientist for Providence Saint Joseph Health Southern California and Magnet Program Director for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. She taught as an adjunct instructor and introduced a Maternal-Child course at COC. She is currently teaching a Lactation Consultant preparation course for California State University Northridge. Dr. Mendelson has multiple research publications. She has developed and administers a Research Fellowship program at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since 2015.


Vice President

Susan G. Igdaloff, MD


Susan G. Igdaloff, M.D. received a B.S with Distinction from the University of Michigan, 1970, majoring in Zoology. She worked for a year as a research laboratory technician at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Medicine. Her next four years were spent at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine from which she received an M.D. degree in 1975. She completed her pediatric post-graduate training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 1978. She worked in private practice initially with a pediatric group and then from 1980-1998 in solo practice. From 1998-2012, she served as southern California Medical Consultant, Children’s Medical Services Branch, Department of Health Care Services, State of California working primarily with California Children’s Services (CCS) and Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) programs. She then served as a medical director for Aetna Insurance from 2012-2016 until retirement. Since retiring she spent several years providing education to physicians, nurses, and families on suicide risk in both the hospital and community setting.

Mordechai Taylor, CPA


Mordechai Taylor has 20+ years of taxation, accounting, auditing, and financial service experience both in public accounting and private industry. He has successfully guided his clients through several debt restructures and numerous IRS and state agency examinations. Mr. Taylor has held key management positions for several middle market manufacturing companies in Southern California. Through his involvement, Mr. Taylor was able to significantly improve operating efficiencies and bottom-line results for his clients. As a co-founding member of Premier Accounting & Tax Services, Mr. Taylor is responsible for the tax and financial service areas of the practice. These services include tax planning and preparation, accounting, financial consulting, and IRS tax debt resolutions. Mr. Taylor has served as a repeat guest lecturer for numerous local private universities in southern California. He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mitch Goldstein, MD, MBA, CML

Director at Large

Dr. Goldstein attended the University of Miami’s Honor Program in Medical Education, completed his pediatric residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, and finished his Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Goldstein is board certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Dr. Goldstein’s most important trait is his tireless devotion to patient access issues. When his hospital and many others nationwide could not purchase equipment vital to patient care, Dr. Goldstein rallied. He wrote senators and congressman. He testified in front of a United States Senate Sub-Committee of the Judiciary regarding the practices of the Group Purchasing Organizations and the potential for restriction of access to vital medical devices. The story of Dr. Goldstein’s vigilance, success in helping modify these practices, and improve patient care made the front page of the New York Times. Dr. Goldstein has been a vocal advocate for “right” sizing technology. He is a past president of the National Perinatal Association (NPA) and author of the NPA’s Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Prophylaxis 2018 Guidelines. Additionally, Dr. Goldstein is editor in chief of Neonatology Today. Dr. Goldstein is the Medical Director of the National Coalition for Infant Health. In this role, he lobbies for access to critical medical therapies and technology development including those essential to the prevention of NEC. He is also the present National Chair of the Section on Advances in Therapeutics & Technology (SOATT) of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gilbert I. Martin, MD

Director at Large

Dr. Martin is Director Emeritus of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Emanate Health, Queen of the Valley Hospital and has been on the faculty since 1972. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda California. He is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Perinatology. He is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a past member of the Committee of the Fetus and Newborn and a member of the Coder’s Committee of the Perinatal Section. He is past-president of the California Perinatal Association, and a member of the California Association of Neonatologists. He is the author of several books and treatises.

Steven Chin, MD, MMSc

Director at Large

Steven W. Chin, MD, MMSc is the Regional Director of Neonatology for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Section Head of Quality and Performance Improvement for the Division of Neonatology. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr Chin completed his residency training in pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center and his Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship training at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program. He completed a research fellowship in Clinical and Translation Science and advanced training in Quality Improvement and Clinical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. His research interests include Health Systems Development, Quality Improvement, Clinical Transformation and Maternal-Infant Mental Health

Don Null, MDX

Director at Large

Harry Schned, MD

Director at Large

Elizabeth Snow Russel, PhD, OTR/L

Director at Large

Elizabeth Russel, graduated from UNH with a bachelors in Occupational Therapy, CSUN with a Masters in Special Education and USC with a PhD in Occupational Science. Experience as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist including work within public schools, hospital inpatient and outpatient departments, NICUs, and California Children’s Services. Specialist in the areas of early intervention, deafness, blindness, physical disabilities, and sensory integration. Previously Program Director and Assistant Professor at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. Active in Occupational Therapy Associations and the Infant Development Association of California. Presently Program Consultant with Children’s Medical Services.

William E. Wagner, III, M.A., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Director at Large

Dr. Wagner holds a joint appointment as Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Sociology at California State University, Channel Islands and serves as the Executive Director of the Social Science Research & Instructional Council of CSU System. He teaches primarily biostatistics and research methods/design courses. He has published in national and regional scholarly journals on topics such as urban sociology, sports, homophobia, academic status, and public health. His work has also been presented at numerous regional, national, and international scientific and professional conferences. Dr. Wagner has published a number of books in the areas of statistics, survey research, and research methodology. Dr. Wagner worked as a statistician at SPSS, Inc., while completing his M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He also holds an M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) degree from CSU Northridge. Dr. Wagner also holds two undergraduate degrees from St. Mary’s College of Maryland: one in Anthropology/Sociology, the other bachelor’s degree was earned in Mathematics.

Barry R. Halpern, MD

Director at Large

Tania Esakoff, MD

Director at Large

Tania Esakoff, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a subspecialty in maternal-fetal medicine. She is the Clinical Director of the Cedars Sinai Prenatal Diagnosis Center and also directs the comprehensive Diabetes in Pregnancy Program at the Cedars-Sinai Prenatal Diagnosis Center. Dr. Esakoff is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Esakoff’s clinical focus and areas of research include diabetes in pregnancy, macrosomia, racial and ethnic differences in perinatal outcomes, ultrasound and placenta accreta. She has published numerous scientific studies in such peer-reviewed journals as the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Journal of Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine and is the author of four book chapters. Dr. Esakoff earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she performed her internship and residency, serving as chief resident. She also completed fellowship training in maternal-fetal medicine at UCSF.

Judy Sherif, RN, CPN, BSN, MNA

Director at Large

Yolonda Rogers-Jones, BA

Director at Large

Yolonda Rogers-Jones is a native of Los Angeles, CA and she has worked over two decades in communities where African American/Black women, men and children live. As the County Coordinator of the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program for the past 20 years, Yolonda has amplified the voices of Black people in health settings to ensure folk outside the culture hear about the birth, health and life experiences of people living in Black skin. Yolonda attended LAUSD schools, earned her BA in Communications from Mills College and holds a Human Resources Certification from UCLA. Her career experiences also include managerial positions with New England Telephone Company and Pepsi Corporation. Yolonda loves a good mystery… she stands in awe of the African American/Black people who have lived before her and who confronted earlier iterations of social injustice… she is genuinely a “people person” and loves being the mother of a son and a daughter.