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Mission
Founded in 1996, The Achievable Foundation (Achievable) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the unmet health, financial, developmental and social needs of more than 7,000 individuals with developmental disabilities.

Achievable’s mission is to significantly improve the quality of life of underserved children and adults living in Los Angeles County who have autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy or other developmental disability by providing support to help them live independent, productive lives.

History
In 1996, a group of concerned parents of individuals with developmental disabilities founded Achievable to offer safety net supports to underserved individuals with developmental disabilities when no other funding sources were available. At that time, families faced severe financial challenges which impeded their ability to afford costly, desperately needed services and basic necessities.

Achievable’s legacy programs, Emergency Support (ES) and Specialized Adaptive Equipment Program (SAEP), continue to serve hundreds annually. Since its inception, Achievable has provided critical supports to, and improved the quality of life for, over 9,500 individuals with developmental disabilities. During the past 16 years, the financial challenges of this underserved population have worsened while resources have become scarcer. In addition to sustaining our legacy programs, Achievable has continually responded to the growing needs of our community by creating new programs to address changing gaps in services, and meet needs for this growing population which are not met by government or other community resources.

Most recently, Achievable directed its focus to addressing the critical issues of health disparities and lack of access to healthcare services for our community. The most recent achievement, and ultimate goal of Achievable’s health and wellness focus, is the development of The Achievable Clinic to address the critical issue of health disparities and lack of access to adequate health care for our vulnerable population.

Current Programs
Achievable’s innovative programs and partnerships improve health and well-being, facilitate access to fundamental opportunities such as education and employment, advance community inclusion, strengthen families and support enriching social experiences. Achievable’s programs have been highly successful in improving the quality of life for individuals we serve.

The Achievable Clinic – A comprehensive community health center developed to provide a complete range of high quality, comprehensive and coordinated primary and specialty health care services catered specifically to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities across Los Angeles. To learn more about our innovative model and services please go to our services page.

Emergency Support Program (ES) – Provides critical safety net support and basic necessities to at least 250 low-income individuals with developmental disabilities and their families during financial emergencies. The ES program helps prevent homelessness, alleviate hunger, ensure personal safety, encourage productivity and preserve functioning for individuals and families served.

Camp Scholarships – Each year, Achievable awards camp scholarships to children with autism from low-income families who do not have the financial means or supports to provide their kids a summer camp experience. These scholarships have enabled hundreds of children with autism from low-income families to attend specialized summer camps in Southern California that promote healthy learning, improve socialization and communication skills, offer enriching life experiences and provide much-needed rest for deserving parents and caregivers.

Who We Serve
Children and adults with developmental disabilities (i.e., autism, intellectual disability, epilepsy, cerebral palsy) have more health problems, more difficulty accessing appropriate healthcare, and more risk of dying from preventable illness than the general population. Until now, there have been no healthcare providers in Los Angeles focusing on the needs of this vulnerable and under-served population.

Medical Team
Annie C. Jeng, MD, is a board-certified Pediatrician and the Achievable Health Center Chief Medical Director. Dr. Jeng graduated with honors from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Spanish Literature. She received her medical doctorate from the NYU School of Medicine in New York, NY. Following medical school, Dr. Jeng returned to her native Los Angeles where she completed her residency in pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Jeng has practiced for 13 years in a variety of settings, working primarily with children in underserved areas of Los Angeles county. She has worked at Northeast Valley Health Corporation, the Urgent Care Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, and in private practice.

Dr. Jeng is also an active participant in children’s education. She serves as a board member of Cheerful Helpers School, a non-public school for children with autism and other special needs. Dr. Jeng volunteers as the head teacher for children’s education programs in her local church and is an active member of the PTA. In addition to English, Dr. Jeng speaks Spanish, Taiwanese, and basic Mandarin.

Alicia Bazzano, PHD., M.D., M.P.H., is currently a Pediatrician at the Achievable Health Center and previously was the founding co-Chief Medical Officer of the Clinic. Dr. Bazzano also serves as Physician at Westside Regional Center. Dr. Bazzano serves on the clinical faculty of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where she teaches medical students and residents about developmental disabilities.

Dr. Bazzano completed medical school and pediatric residency at UCLA programs, and was awarded a fellowship as a UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, which fosters the development of physicians to lead the transformation of health care. She completed a Masters in Public Health and a doctorate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UCLA. Dr. Bazzano has published in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded foundation, state and federal grants to create and implement programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities, including healthy lifestyle, emergency preparedness, mindfulness-based stress reduction, mental health, and quality of care. Most recently, Dr. Bazzano was awarded a California Health Care Foundation Leadership in Health Care Fellowship. Her other languages include Spanish.

Mark Benor, MD, is the Family Care Physician at the Achievable Health Center. Dr. Benor has served as Interim Chief Medical Officer and Clinical Director at the Saban Free Clinic, where he has worked since 2007. His roles and responsibilities include developing the clinical policies and procedures for the clinic, treating patients, overseeing clinical workflows and developing the care model along with the rest of our medical staff. Dr. Benor also has Spanish fluency.

Anna Milanesi, MD, PhD is the Internal Medicine Physician at the Achievable Health Center and Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine (UCLA). Dr. Milanesi is board certify in internal medicine and in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Her clinical and research interests include thyroid disease, neuroendocrine tumor, diabetes and general endocrinology.

Dr. Milanesi earned her medical degree and doctorate from University of Padova in Italy. Dr. Milanesi also completed an internal medicine internship and residency and a clinical endocrinology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and VA greater Los Angeles Program.

Ari Zeldin, MD, FAAP, FAAN, is the Pediatric Neurologist at the Achievable Health Center and previously was the founding co-Chief Medical Officer of the Clinic. Dr. Zeldin is also Physician at Westside Regional Center. Dr. Zeldin completed medical school and pediatrics residency at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Zeldin then served as Medical Services Supervisor at North Los Angeles County Regional Center and also was a consulting physician at Harbor Regional Center. These experiences sparked his passion for working with those with developmental disabilities, inspiring him to complete pediatric neurology fellowship at UCSD. Dr. Zeldin then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in autism and related disabilities at UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Zeldin serves as Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and his primary academic position currently is as head of the Division of Pediatric Neurology, Navy Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Zeldin cares for children and adults with developmental disabilities and neurological conditions. He is actively involved in a number of grant-funded projects, advocacy and policy issues and speaks to community groups about neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Zeldin is fluent in Spanish.

Leadership and Board
Carmen Ibarra, Chief Executive Officer has a unique perspective gained through 20 years of progressive leadership experience in the non-profit sector. Ms. Ibarra comes to Achievable after serving as the CEO of Pomona Community Health Center where she demonstrated an unwavering commitment to professional excellence. Previously she was the Chief Operations Officer at Venice Family Clinic which held the distinction of being the largest free clinic in the nation. Ms. Ibarra holds a Bachelor of Science from Loyola Marymount University, and has completed post graduate work towards an MBA in Nonprofit Management at the American Jewish University. Her experience and passion for Achievable’s mission will allow her to establish a vision and direction to meet the myriad of health care needs for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Achievable Board of Directors

Kent V. Graham, President of the Board
Retired Partner
O’Melveny & Myers

Lou Spitz, Vice President of the Board
Retired President
Crown of California

Bob Steiner, Secretary and Treasurer
Retired Director, Public Relations
California Sports Incorporated

Mary Rollins, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer
Retired Director of Client Services
Westside Regional Center

Ben Davidson, Member
Owner
Premier Healthcare Services

Ereida Galda, Member
Grants Director
Westside Family Resource & Empowerment Center

John Chavez, Member
Retired President
Manufacturers Bank

Rayvone Duthard, Member
Client and Peer Mentor
Westside Regional Center

Russell Tanner, Member
Client and Peer Mentor
Westside Regional Center

Ted Tannenbaum, Member
President
Tannenbaum Consulting

Partners & Affiliates
As an organization becomes more complex, its governing Board of Directors may need additional input to carry out a specific initiative. In such a capacity, an advisory council can be a tremendous complement to the effectiveness of the formal Board of Directors. The Achievable Advisory Council is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the knowledge and skills of the formal Board members in order to more effectively carry out the stated goal or initiative. In addition to our Advisory Council, we have had extensive discussions and consultation with Dr. Clarissa Kripke (who heads the UC San Francisco Department of Developmental Medicine) to share best practices and lessons learned so we can develop a comprehensive model across the state of California.

For a list of all our Clinic strategic donors, please go to our Donate page

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