Meet The Team
Jess Montoya, CEO
Mr. Jess Montoya is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. (RSBCIHI) since 2012. He holds a Masters in Social Work from the California State University Fresno. He has over 30 years of progressive experience working in City, County and Indian Health Services. He has brought a wealth of administrative talent, innovation, confidence, experience and knowledge to the organization.
Bill Thomsen,MHA, COO
Bill Thomsen has worked at RSBCIHI since February 1996. He began his career as a temporary Property and Supply Clerk before moving on to Materials Management Officer. From there, he transferred to the Quality Management Department as its Coordinator. Since 2005, Bill has worked under the duties of the COO. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Health Administration from the University of La Verne.
Susanne Montgomery, MS, MPH, PhD
Dr. Susanne Montgomery, Evaluator for Native Challenge, is a Professor at Loma Linda University as well as Director of Research for the Behavioral Health Institute. Trained at the University of Michigan as a social/behavioral epidemiologist, she has many years of experience in funded and non-funded community-based participatory action research, working in partnership with hard-to-access populations. Dr. Montgomery has researched and written extensively in the areas of cancer prevention, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and alcohol and tobacco use in traditionally hard-to-access populations, including African American and Latino men and youth in San Bernardino County. Dr. Montgomery has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of several NIH- and CDC-funded projects and has been an evaluator for several Foundation-funded community-based projects.
Nannette Pimentel, MA, MA.Ed. Research Assistant
Nannette has over 15 years experience working in elementary education. She began her career as a Child therapy Counselor and progressed to become an teacher and then a School Counselor. Her education includes degrees in Psychology, Education as well as School Counseling. Currently she is working as an assistant to Dr. Montgomery at Loma Linda University, it is here that she hopes to pursue completion of a Doctoral degree researching Native topics at the School of Behavioral Health.
Racheal Ann Bentancourt
Racheal Bentancourt is from Pauma Valley and a decent from Soboba. I’m the Program Assistant for Native Challenge. I’m currently going to Mt. San Jacinto Community College and hopefully soon transferring to a 4 year university.
I have my Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education. I am currently a Health Educator for RSBCIHI. I am not Native, but am interested in learning and better understanding the culture.”
Tana Lopez, B.A.
My name is Tana Lopez. I am from Banning, California. I am a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American studies from the University of California Riverside. I am currently a Health Educator for RSBCIHI
Vanessa Marie Nevarez
I am very passionate about working with Native American youth by providing them with useful skills and support. I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from California State University San Bernardino. I have previous experience working as a prevention educator and crisis counselor for rape crisis centers. I am thankful to be a part of this Teen Pregnancy Prevention team. I look forward to the great plans we have for this program.