Dr. William A. Benson is the Pastor and Founder of Total Deliverance Worship Center located in Spring Valley, Ca. He is an Ordained Elder within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. On January 1, 2015 he was appointed by Diocesan Bishop Donnie N. McGriff and elevated to the honorable Suffragan Bishop of Region #1 and appointed the first Council Chairman of the Southern California District Council (SCDC). Dr. Benson is a dynamic speaker and travels throughout the nation teaching and preaching the Gospel. He is also the founder of “Men of Valor”, a men’s ministry established in 2004 to support men through counseling, education, and empowerment. Dr. Benson is married to the love of his life; Dr. Rachelle Y. Benson and they are the parents of one son and two daughters.
Dr. William A. Benson is the CEO of Stepping Higher, Inc. This organization was developed with the understanding that the church should be the heartbeat of every community. Stepping Higher, Inc. serves as a beacon within the community of San Diego by offering a variety of services, such as: professional counseling, emergency housing, drug and alcohol license treatment facility, children’s and women’s home, court ordered classes, wellness and fitness classes, nutritional education, and a food distribution program that feeds thousands of individual each month.
Dr. William A. Benson was born in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the University of Grace and Truth, a Master of Divinity degree from the Five Fold Theological Seminary, a Doctorial Degree in Divinity from the Five Fold Theological Seminary, an extension of San Diego State University, a Ph.D. from the California University of Theology, and a Ph.D. from Aenon Bible College. He has received numerous accommodations in his 29 year career with the Federal Government in his role overseeing a staff of 237 with a $6M plus budget.
Dr. William A. Benson has become a leader in his local community and currently holds the seat of President of Pastors on Point of San Diego; an organization comprised of outstanding Pastors in the City of San Diego who work together in creating a better quality of life for their community and congregants. He has been appointed by the Mayor to sit on the faith-based advisory board for City of San Diego. Dr. Benson is also the author of a book entitled “Ingredients for the Blended Family”.
On October 19, 2013, Dr. William A. Benson and Dr. Rachelle Y. Benson fulfilled another dream of theirs which was to open up a bible based University. American College & Theological Seminary International University (ACTS-IU) offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees within multiple areas of study.
Dr. William A. Benson’s desire is to retire with his right mind and good health and to hear God say, “well done thy good and faithful servant’ before he enters into the gate. He believes with all his heart;
Dr. Rakotz currently serves as Vice President of Chronic Disease Prevention at the American Medical Association (AMA), where he oversees efforts to develop and implement national quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving blood pressure control and preventing type 2 Diabetes. He is the AMA’s clinical lead of Target: BP® - a nationwide, multi-year collaboration with the American Heart Association to reduce the number of American adults living with uncontrolled hypertension.
A practicing family physician for more than 20 years, Dr. Rakotz recently served as the Director of Population Health and Virtual Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group in Chicago. In 2014, his office was one of 30 sites in the U.S.to earn the designation as a Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion.
Dr. Rakotz continues to fulfill his passion for educating medical students and residents and use of innovative health care technology— serving as Assistant Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and as a Fellow for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT).
Robin J. Womeodu, M.D., FACHE – Dr. Womeodu is currently Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Methodist University Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) – College of Medicine. A graduate of Rutgers University and Washington University Medical School in St Louis. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Dr. Womeodu spent 2 years at Delta Medical Center in Mound Bayou, MS completing a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) commitment. The experiences in the Delta confirmed a desire to focus her career on the medically underserved and to find ways to narrow the health disparity gaps she witnessed daily. Her main interests are in health access, chronic disease management, and individual/community empowerment for medically underserved populations. She is past Medical Director and Executive Director of the UTHSC, School of Medicine Center on Health Disparities. Specific past research interests include prevention of HIV/AIDS in African American women, health services research, and community-based participatory disease management and prevention initiatives. In the role of Chief Medical Officer for the last 12 years the Departments of Pharmacy, Case Management, Graduate Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education, Risk Management, Outpatient Clinic and hospitalist service report to her. She champions quality improvement work in the areas of hospital readmission, comprehensive stroke center, doctor: patient communication, and patient and family centered care.
Dr. Nick Yphantides is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for San Diego County and its 3.3 million residents (1% of America's population). He is the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego's Childhood Obesity Initiative, was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County, the CMO of the Council of Community Clinics and was the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California.
Dr. Nick currently serves on several Boards including San Diego Health Connect (our regional Health Information Exchange), the San Diego County Medical Society, Champions for health and several other community based and charity organizations.
He is thankful for the fact that he has never seen a patient with private insurance in his life. As a result of his personal health transformation he now advocates for population health transformation. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor and has been to as many countries as he is old. His daughters Veronique and Zoe are the joy of his life and they make their home in Escondido, California.
Dr. Jim Schultz has served as the Chief Medical Officer for Neighborhood Healthcare since 2001. Neighborhood Healthcare is an 11-site, 67,000 patient Federally Qualified Community Health Center providing comprehensive primary care and Behavioral Health services to indigent patients of all ages in San Diego and Riverside Counties. Dr. Schultz is a Family Physician who splits time between active patient care and administrative duties. He sees patients in the office at Neighborhood Healthcare and as a very part-time hospitalist at Palomar Medical Center.
Dr. Schultz has been instrumental in growing clinic operations and improving patient access to specialty services. He has led the move to an electronic health record and has led and helped implement a robust population health improvement system. He also helped lead changes resulting in NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Level 3 Accreditation at all of the established NHCare primary care sites.
Dr. Schultz also serves as the Medical Director for Health Center Partners (the local Community Health Center Consortium) and for Project Access San Diego. He is Volunteer Clinical Professor for the UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and is the lead faculty for the Family Medicine Residency Outpatient Gynecology Rotation.
Dr. Schultz completed his family practice residency at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center a very long time ago. There he served as Chief Resident and was a Resident Director at the Florida Academy of Family Physicians for two years. He received his MD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his MBA from California State University, San Marcos. He recently was awarded the Diploma in Mountain Medicine and is working toward a Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.
Dr. Parag Agnihotri currently serves as the Medical Director for Continuum of Care for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, San Diego.
His work focuses on reforming the delivery of health care by building multidisciplinary teams to implement the ‘three part aim’ for improving the health of the population.
He is a California Health Care Foundation Fellow. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has designated him as an Innovation Advisor.
Dr. Agnihotri is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.
Todd Martin MD is a physician in the department of Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego since 1997. Dr. Martin received his medical degree from Northwestern University and completed his Family Medicine residency at UCSD. He is currently the Physician Director of Outpatient Quality and Complete Care Medicine. Previous roles have included being the San Diego KP Primary Care Diabetes Champion and Physician-in-Charge of the Bostonia Medical Office Building.
Areas of Expertise
Dr Dan Dworsky’s major focus is on health care quality improvement. He believes in the old aphorism that espouses that physicians have the ability as well as the responsibility “to cure sometimes, to relieve often, but to comfort always.”
As a hospitalist and associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital, he is largely responsible for inpatient clinical instruction. He also leads an educational series related to high-value, cost-conscious care and physician professionalism.
Dr. Maria Carriedo-Ceniceros has over nine years of experience as a Family Medicine Physician within community health center settings, including four years of Clinic Lead experience and two years of Family Medicine Department Head experience. Dr. Carriedo-Ceniceros graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego – School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Carriedo-Ceniceros has been a Member of San Ysidro Women’s Club since 2009, serving as an Executive Board Member and as its Treasurer, as well as continuing to contribute her time as a Faculty Mentor for UCSD Medical Students