The Board of Trustees of the American University of Health Sciences is charged with oversight and guidance for all aspects of the university’s operations. The AUHS Board of Trustees is comprised of leading professionals from a variety of disciplines.
Johny Darnell Griggs, JD
Attorney with an exemplary record of achievement with respect to complex litigation matters and recognized as an expert in employment law (including, among other things, privacy, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, diversity, and elimination of bias in the workplace). HR consultant specializing in organizational development, workplace investigations and training, and expert witness services. Astute, dynamic, and results-oriented strategic and operational leader with proven success in leading and restructuring mission-driven public benefit corporations. An accomplished lecturer, speaker, and author skilled in advocating and promoting the interests of organizations and clients through strategic public relations initiatives with the media, regulators, elected officials, and funding entities. A popular speaker on issues pertaining to public education reform, civil rights, diversity and inclusion, and elimination of bias in the legal profession.
Sara Pol-Lim is the first Cambodian Woman to be the Executive Director of the United Cambodian Community since its inception in 1977.She has education background in business administration, human resources, and marriage & parenting and woman health leadership. She has experience in educating service providers in reaching out to the Cambodian community, supervising, analyzing programs, reports writing, grants writing, and project management, as well as directing and marketing programs.
Song Tan, MD, FAAP
Song Tan holds a Doctor degree of Medicine. He is the co-owner of Karing Pediatrics Medical Group. He has 33 years’ experience in health care field. He has active involvement in Cambodian community. His experience will be a great supplement to AUHS’s Mission in health care field and reach out to the community.
Thi Dang, PharmD
Thi Dang holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is the owner and operator of San Gabriel Medical Pharmacy. She has 8 years’ experience as a pharmacist and 9 years’ pharmacy practice residency experience. Her education and experience in pharmacy will contribute to AUHS School of Pharmacy.
Tamara M. Whitman, MBA, BS
Tamara M. Whitman holds an MBA in Global Management and BS in Biology and Chemistry. She had approximately 20 years leading and/or participating in randomized clinical trials. In addition, she has served as a project manager on a variety of clinical trials. With her extensive expertise in clinical trials, she will contribute significantly to the MSCR program.
Suzanne Richards is an accomplished healthcare executive with a diverse background in management and direct patient care. Throughout her career spanning more than twenty-five years, she has added significant value to the organizations and people she has served. She is now providing innovative leadership and a strategic vision to KPC and its system of community hospitals. Ms. Richards is the Chief Executive Officer for KPC Healthcare (KPC), as well as the Chief Executive Officer for several of its southern California-based hospitals including Orange County Global Medical Center and Victor Valley Global Medical Center. Serving on multiple governing Boards of the KPC Healthcare, Inc., Ms. Richards is a member and leader of multiple associations such as American Heart Associations, California University Systems, and Military Officers Association of America. Recently, she was elected by her peers to serve as the Orange County Area Representative on the
Board of Directors for the Hospital Association of Southern California. Ms. Richards is also a former surveyor for The Joint Commission and has conducted accreditation surveys of healthcare entities throughout the United States since 2005.
A former Corporate Chief Clinical Officer for Prime Healthcare, Ms. Richards developed clinical management systems and played an integral role in instituting its national growth from two to eighteen facilities throughout the United States.
A licensed Registered Nurse, Ms. Richards graduated from the California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and spent the majority of her clinical career as an intensive care unit nurse. She earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Biostatistics from Loma Linda University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Irvine in the Healthcare Executive Program.
Ms. Richards is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE), a Diplomat of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (CHCQM), a Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), a Fellow of the American Institute of Healthcare Quality (FAIHQ), and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Betty Williams, Dr. PH, RN, FAAN
With decades of experience in higher education, research, and scholarly contributions to the nursing profession and practice, Dr. Betty Williams has strong interest and passion in developing leading the advancement of nursing programs stemming from her exemplary experience as an educator, consultant, and scholar. Dr. Williams was the founding dean of the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) School of Nursing in 2006. AUHS celebrates its 11th year of offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to underserved student population.
Dr. Betty Williams was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1980 and designated a Living Legend in 2010. In addition to many professional and personal accomplishments, Dr. Williams’ most groundbreaking achievement was co-founding the National Black Nurses Association in 1971. The Association is dedicated to providing black nurses with the impetus to act collectively and to improving general healthcare for African Americans.
Dr. Williams holds a doctor of public health and an M.S. in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles; an M.N. in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and a B.S. in zoology from Howard University, Washington, D.C. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Pastor Gregory Johnson
Pastor Gregory A. Johnson brings practical experience in operating an institution of higher education from consulting services and by providing over 20 years of leadership in managing or being the Chief Operating Officer or Vice President of numerous and eclectic private propriety schools and colleges and universities. As the Co-Founder of AUHS some 18 years ago, his extensive experiences regarding the business management perspective in health care education and services are invaluable. This process has been augmented by creating successful startups of educational facilities and the enhancement of excellence in education both of which are ingrained in the mission and vision of AUHS.
Kim Dang, PhD (Hon.)
Dr. Kim Dang is the Founder of American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) in 1994 formerly known as American Institute of Health Sciences. She held the CEO/President interim role at AUHS for the past 19 years. Dr. Dang developed, managed and established AUHS operational processes in the areas of student services, registrar, admissions, financial aid, career services, institution publications, and finance. Under her leadership, AUHS obtained ABHES national accreditation in 1997, degree granting institution status from BPPE in 2001, ACICS national accreditation in 2003, Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) 2006, CCNE programmatic nursing accreditation 2011.
Dr. Dang served as Executive Director in 1990 for 3 years at non-profit Society for Educational and Economic Development S.E.E.D. collaborating with public schools in the city of Santa Ana to create pathways for inner city High School youths to complete their education thru afterschool program in the Arts and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Dang established at S.E.E.D the “Underground Art Gallery” in the historic Santora Building in the heart of Santa Ana as a safe afterschool haven to work, display, and promotes the sale of art work created by the inner-city youth. Dr. Dang established a network of donors to develop scholarships for inner city youths to assist them with their pursuit of higher education.
In 2002 Dr. Dang was given an Honorary Doctorate in Medical Education by St. Luke School of Medicine in Liberia. In 2016, Dr. Dang was honored with the Humanitarian Award by the Council of Black Nurses for her many works with the underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2014-2015, Dr. Dang collaborated with CHIPAA in the development of “Health in the Park”, a free health fair promoting health and wellness initiatives dealing with healthcare disparities in the Cambodian community.