Grossmont Hospital Foundation

Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board of Governors

Dee Marie Ammon
ChairDee Marie Ammon

Dee Marie Ammon's extensive volunteer work has benefited San Diego organizations including Friends of Vista Hill and Nice Guys, a charity organization her husband founded. She has also served on multiple committees at various organizations over the years, including the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Gala committee. Dee Marie was born in Guam and received her education at the university there. She and her husband, Jon, have four children and live in Alpine.

Renae Arabo

Graduated from the University of San Diego and has been passionate about promoting business in east county and helping as many people as she can in East County for over forty years and currently serves at the Chief of Marketing, including Public Relations and Community Outreach, for RJS Law.   Her many accolades include 2017 Women Who Impact San Diego Winner and 2017 San Diego’s Top Marketing Executive from San Diego Metro Magazine. Renae, her husband and three children live in El Cajon.



Ali Banaie, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Grossmont Hospital





Noori Barka, PhD.Dee Marie Ammon

Dr. Barka attended University Catholic of Luvain, Belgium, and has a PhD in Immunology.  Dr. Barka is an East County resident and President of Calbiotech, Inc. - a worldwide leader in immunoassay development and manufacturing.  Dr. Barka's hobbies include traveling around the world and meeting people.  His civic interests include building a better community through education.  Dr. Barka resides in El Cajon with his wife Evelyn who is a hospital volunteer.  They have three children.

Kathy Bongiovanni

Was born in Michigan but raised in California. She and her husband own Seal Electric – a family owned Electrical Contractor located in El Cajon. Kathy was the co-chair for the 2018 Regatta to benefit HospiceCare and will co-chair again in 2019. Kathy and her husband love to travel. They have three children and one grandson.


Connie ConardConnie Conard

Connie Conard first started at Grossmont Hospital as a candy striper and has continued supporting the hospital ever since.  Connie is a native San Diegan and an active community volunteer involved with a number of organizations: board member for the East County YMCA, board member for Vista Hill, member of the Angels of Aseltine, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, the GOLD Diggers and the Grossmont Hospital Foundation gala committee. Connie has received many honors and recognitions including the 2013 HealthCare District Hero award and the 2015 State of California Woman of the Year award.  Connie lives in El Cajon with her husband Phil Conard.  They have four grown children and three grandchildren.

Karen D'Agostino
President, Grossmont Hospital Auxiliary

Scott Evans
SVP and CEO, Sharp Grossmont Hospital



John Fonseca

John Carlos Fonseca was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He is the owner and CEO of the Fonseca Design Shop that has operated in La Mesa since 2002. Mr. Fonseca graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Economics-emphasis in Latin America. Mr. Fonseca currently serves as the President of the La Mesa Parks and Recreation Foundation, as well as being an Advisor to the San Diego Sporting Soccer Club (non-profit) and member of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Golf Committee in 2014 and 2015. His Hobbies include soccer, tennis, golf and surfing. Mr. Fonseca believes in the importance of instilling a sense of community involvement, civic responsibility and stewardship in his two sons. Participating on the Board of Governors would be a fitting way to achieve this while, at the same time, giving back to his community. He lives in La Mesa.

Ann GoldbergAnn Goldberg
Nominating Committee Co-Chair

Ann Goldberg serves as Board Chair for the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board of Governors and previously served as co-chair and secretary for the Board. Her other volunteer activities include two years as chair of the Del Cerro Unit of Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary. Ann is a University of Arizona graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science and public administration and the wife of Sharp Grossmont Hospital-affiliated cardiologist Dr. Ron Goldberg. 

Kristy Gregg
SecretaryKristy Gregg

Kristy Gregg is a third generation native San Diegan who learned at an early age that she could be an active participant in her community through her professional career and as a volunteer. Being part of developing the Community Dev/Affairs Departments at San Diego National Bank and then U.S. Bank, made the ideal situation for her to combine her passion for making a difference. She currently serves on the boards of The Children's Initiative, Just in Time for Foster Youth, SD Nice Guys and Star Pal. Prior to retirement in 2014, she had served on more than a dozen boards and host of committees over a 30-year span. Kristy lives in La Mesa with her husband, Steve and enjoys gardening, hiking and golfing. Together they have five children and three grandchildren.

Albert E. Johnstone

Albert E. Johnstone attended San Diego Community College and Rutgers University.  Mr. Johnstone is an East County resident, now retired from the fields of Engineering and Human Resources where he ran the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action and Americans with Disabilities for 16 years.  Mr. Johnstone's hobbies include tennis, golf, bridge, ballroom and western dancing, inventing and science.  Mr. Johnstone resides in La Mesa with his wife Janet.  They have three children and five grandchildren. 

Howard Levenson
Vice Chair
Howard Levenson

Howard B. Levenson is a native Californian and a resident of the San Diego area for over 70 years.  In 1976 he became the Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Western Financial Corporation. Howard has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several publicly held companies and is a recognized expert within the independent banking industry.  Most recently, Mr. Levenson was the organizer, founding Director and Chairman of Vibra Bank in Chula Vista. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation and a past President of the University Club in San Diego. The Levenson’s have one son, Richard S. Levenson (a past director of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation), one daughter, Mindy Fullerton and five grandsons. Howard is retired and lives in El Cajon and Julian with his wife, Virginia. 

Elizabeth Morgante, VP, CDOGHF BOG

Elizabeth Morgante has served as the executive director for Grossmont Hospital Foundation since 1994. She is a certified fundraising professional and the former president of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Beth also serves on the board of the La Mesa Lions Club and is active in the La Mesa Boy Scouts and various community sports leagues. 

Scott Musicant, MDScott Musicant MD

Dr. Musicant is a Sharp-affiliated Vascular Surgeon at Grossmont Hospital.  For the past six years, his leadership role of fundraising for the Grossmont Hospital Foundation’s Golf Tournament has raised more than $2.2 million dollars. Dr. Musicant has also personally supported the Foundation as Golf Tournament underwriting sponsor and a Gala Notable Sponsor. Dr. Musicant graduated with his Medical Degree from UCLA in 1998. Prior to that, he attended Grossmont College and Mills College earning a BA in 1990. Dr. Musicant’s hobbies include biking and skiing. He and his wife Carrie, along with their two sons, live in La Mesa.

Peter Shusterman
Peter Shusterman

Peter I.M. Shusterman lived overseas throughout his childhood. At the age of seventeen he moved to Utah to study Finance at the University of Utah. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Finance from Temple University. He went on to study law at California Western School of Law and Western State School of Law in San Diego. Mr. Shusterman has been the owner of Shusterman Financial Service, Family Wealth Manager for 31 years. Mr. Shusterman is currently involved in the community by being a member of the Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Grossmont Hospital Foundation's Finance Committee, and Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary. Previously, he has served on the San Ysidro Health Center Capital Campaign Board, San Diego American Diabetes Association and the Boy Scouts of America LDS Chapter among others. Growing up in third world communities, Mr. Shusterman recognizes the necessity of connecting health care professionals with their community.  Peter and his wife, Karen, have two daughters. 

Lew SilverbergLew Silverberg
Nominating Committee Co-Chair

Lewis "Lew" Silverberg practiced law in San Diego from 1959 to 1989 with the firm Fredman, Silverberg and Lewis, representing business and real estate interests with an emphasis on planning. He has acted in officer or director capacities for several companies, including vice president and member of the Board of Trustees of the Zoological Society of San Diego. Lew received his law degree from UCLA Law School and his BA in Economics from Pomona College. He and his wife, Alice, live in El Cajon.

GHF BOGSherri Summers

Sherri Summers is a native San Diegan born at Sharp Memorial Hospital.  Sherri came to Grossmont Hospital Foundation through her involvement on the Sharp HospiceCare Regatta Committee. She is CEO and co-owner with husband Jim of EC Constructors, Inc., operating in East County since 2005. In 2016, EC Constructors, Inc. was named 38th District nominee for small business of the year. Thereafter, Jim and Sherri were awarded the Harry J. Spence Lakeside Citizen of the Year Award due in large part for their contribution and construction of the Cedar Fire Memorial.  Sherri and Jim live in Alpine and have two adult children.

Kate Wayne
Director, Grossmont Hospital Foundation



Sue Wing was born in Long Beach, California.  Sue started with Grossmont Hospital as a candy striper.  She is the past treasurer of San Diego Las Hermanas, a philanthropic volunteer organization in East County. Sue previously served as the president of Ajacks Plumbing and as owner of Sprouts Farmers Market. She is also active on the Mission Beach Town Council and has a passion for the Girl Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Club and the San Diego Zoo. Now retired, Sue and her husband Scott live in El Cajon. Sue has two daughters and enjoys decorating, sewing, traveling and volunteering.