Grossmont committee picks leaders
Monday, August 20, 2007
The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee announced Monday it selected a chairman and vice chairman.
The oversight committee is a group of 11 East County volunteers who monitor expenditures related to Proposition G, a $247 million bond measure approved last year.
Ernest Ewin, who was previously serving as the committee’s interim chairman, was elected as chairman; and James Johnson, president and CEO of Meals-On-Wheels of Greater San Diego Inc., will serve as vice chairman. Both are residents of La Mesa.
Ewin, president of consulting firm Ewin & Associates, has served two terms on the La Mesa City Council, most recently since 2002. He previously served for three years as chairman of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Proposition R Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
Johnson was a general surgeon for 30 years and is now retired from active practice. He served in the U.S. Navy for 28 years, including as commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2001 to 2003.
In addition, members recently agreed to serve on various ICBOC committees. They include:
* Audit Committee: Ewin; Walter Heiser, law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law; and George Hawkins, president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors, San Diego Chapter
* Communications Committee: Johnson; Peter Hanson, an orthopedic surgeon at Sharp Grossmont Hospital; and Ellen Arcadi, a registered nurse and member of the Commission on Aging for the city of La Mesa.
* Construction Committee: Hawkins; Joseph Powell, business manager for the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, Local 206; Michael Peddecord, professor emeritus of health services administration at San Diego State University; and Robert Klaiber, retired banker and volunteer with the Grossmont Hospital Auxiliary.
* Finance Committee: Ewin; Andrew Knutson, branch manager and general principal for AIG Financial Advisors; and James Schmidt, a retired banker.
Patrick Donnelly, a corporate administrative contracting officer for the federal government, recently resigned from the committee after relocating to Belgium.
The next oversight committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Grossmont Hospital. The public is invited to attend.