James A. Cook, MSW
Chief Executive Officer, Founder
James A. Cook, MSW, is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of AVCC. He previously was the Executive Director of Visiting Nurse Community Services, Chief Operating Officer of Partners in Care Foundation and Administrative Director of the Care-A-Van Mobile Health Clinic from 1998 through April 2007 and helped start Antelope Valley Partners for Health in 1999. With Jim’s leadership, AVCC has grown from one Nurse Practitioner on a mobile clinic that provided 3,000 visits a year in 2008 to four licensed clinics with 32 physicians, dentists and mid-levels and over 200 employees who will provide 120,000 visits in 2014. He has authored and received numerous grants including Komen, Avon Blue Shield, Kaiser, Parson’s Foundation, California Community Foundation, Ahmanson Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, LA Care, First 5-Healthy Births and numerous other private and public foundation grants. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Loyola University and his Master Degree in Social Work from USC with over 30 years’ experience in health care administration.
Karunyan Arul, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Arul has been practicing Pediatric Medicine and Endocrinology in the Antelope Valley for over 30 years. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Board Certified in Pediatric Endocrinology and past Board Certification in Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. He was founder and Medical Director of Sierra Medical Group from 1984-2006. He oversees professional medical staff and mid-levels, assist in the development of policies and procedures as well as Quality Assurance and Medical Advisory Committees. Dr. Arul is mainly located in our Lancaster clinic and primarily focuses on Diabetes and Endocrinology.
Jo Ellen Vasquez, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Jo Ellen Vasquez is a Certified Public Accountant with several years of experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations as well as working as the Senior Account for a local auditing firm. Jo Ellen manages daily operations for Finance and Accounting and ensures timely and accurate Financial Statements and Fiscal reports to funders.
Suzanne Shoop, BSN, PHN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Suzanne has been an RN for about fourteen years and has mostly worked at Antelope Valley Hospital. She has been a Nurse Manager for about 10 years primarily overseeing Critical Care Units and up to 120 clinical staff. She is our Chief Nursing Officer overseeing all of our clinical activities at all sites including RN’s, LVN’s and Medical Assistants.