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.

Gayane Pakhanyan, BS

COO/Senior Program Manager


Mrs. Pakhanyan received her Bachelor’s in Health Administration from California State University, Northridge. Before joining PAC/LAC, she worked previously at Providence Saint Joseph. She has over 10 years of experience working in the healthcare field. During her free time she loves spending time with her family. 

Tanya Wicks, MPH

Perinatal Consultant 


Tanya Wicks, MPH has been with PAC/LAC since 2013 and has focused on Quality Improvement initiatives that bring together cross-sector collaboration for systems change. Tanya advocates for mothers and infants through the development and joint-providership of Continuing Education for physicians, nurses, LCSW/LMFT, and CHES. In addition to her work at PAC/LAC, Tanya is a part-time lecturer in Public Health at California State University, Northridge.

Pat Spier, BSN, RNC-OB, EFM-C

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.

Donna Dichirico, RN

RPPC Program Manger


Donna Dichirico has over 40 years in health care, has a wealth of experience working in and with community organizations and hospitals. Donna’s health care journey has taken her to a variety of hospital-based leadership opportunities, as well as over 30 years as a Neonatal ICU RN. As a Critical Incident Stress Management and Peer Support Counselor, Donna’s passion is to promote resilience and equitable care for hospital staff as well as the mothers and infants they serve. In her free time, Donna enjoys spending time with her husband and three adult children hosting barbecues for family and friends.

Gabriela Santoyo, BS

Program Assistant


Gabriela Santoyo received her Bachelor’s in Public Health from California State University, Northridge. Her role at PAC/LAC is program assistant. She represents PAC/LAC at various meetings, coordinates continuing education events, and works with program evaluation. She is happy to be a part of a company that provides resources for women and their families. She enjoys swimming, hanging out with her family and dog.