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

Perinatal Consultant 

Tanya Wicks, MPH has worked with PAC/LAC since 2013 and has extensive experience identifying and developing Quality Improvement initiatives that bring together cross-sector collaboration for systems change. Tanya supports mothers and infants throughout Southern California through her work on the Community Birth Plan, the Model Breastfeeding Policy, Continuing Education Program, and as a preceptor for student interns. Ms. Wicks is a part-time faculty member of Public Health at California State University, Northridge. 

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.

Donna Dichirico 

RPPC Program Manger

Donna Dichirico, RNC-LRN has over 40 years of experience in health care in an array of community partnerships and hospital occupations. Her current work experience as a NICU RN for over 30 years exemplifies her as an industry leader. As Charge Nurse, she continues to work in her finest role attending high risk deliveries while providing care and compassion to the most vulnerable babies and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Her greatest passions are intertwined with the community and thus after volunteering for PAC/LAC, she joined the team as the SCELA Regional Perinatal Program Manager in 2019. Donna enjoys barbecues and gatherings with family and friends as well as Harley rides down the coast with her husband Nick. They have 3 adult children, Nicole (a former preemie and her reason for her transferring to the NICU), Heather and John.

Gayane Pakhanyan

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. 

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.

Araceli Guzman, MPH, CHES

Program Coordinator 

Ms. Guzman received her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in community health education from California State University, Northridge. She has previously worked in the non-profit sector providing health education and linking clients with services. Her passion is to help others and make an impact on communities to improve health outcomes. Araceli enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and going to the beach.