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Earlier this week in San Diego, CA, Regional Director Michelle Cozad and Executive Director Alisa Dean hosted a team building event for the leadership from Merakey’s IDD programs. Senior Executive Director of Clinical Services Dr. Tim Barksdale, who is in California for the next two weeks to welcome and to train new staff for programs that are opening soon, also joined the event.

Because of the pandemic, this was the first time that many of the local team members had the opportunity to see each other in person, rather than through Zoom. The team was also excited to celebrate newly promoted Clinical Director Paola Gonzalez and her husband, Kyle Ortiz, who got married last weekend!

Thank you to the entire IDD Team in California for all that you do and for putting your heart and soul into exceptional care.


Back row, L-R: Carolyn Newtson, Nilofar Sediq, Alisa Dean, Michelle Cozad, Tim Barksdale, Brittany Lyles, Adam Price

Middle and front row, L-R: Kyle Ortiz, Paolo Gonzalez, Amy Raygoza, Marilou Malvar, Carly Roquemore (husband, far right), April Radovich, Leslie Carter, Ann Marie Staten, and Kim.