Staff and Board Members

Our staff, administrators, and management team are dedicated to offering the
highest quality of care and compassion to all of our patients.

Linda Smith, CEO
Linda Smith, CEO

Linda Smith, CEO, Providence Speech and Hearing Center

Linda Smith began her career as a registered nurse with a public health nursing credential from Mount St. Mary College. Since then, she has continued to work in healthcare, including holding various senior level positions with TrinityCare LLC and Little Company of Mary Health Services. Linda was also a founder of LifeCare Solutions/Nations Healthcare and ran her own healthcare consulting firm for 5 years before moving to Providence.

Andrew Simone, President
Andrew Simone, President

Andrew Simone, President

Andrew Simone began his career in finance in Silicon Valley after graduating from Santa Clara University. He moved to Orange County in 2000 where he obtained his master's degree in management from Cal State Fullerton. Andrew has held Chief Financial Officer roles in healthcare companies specializing in sleep medicine and medical billing and has worked in finance for skilled nursing, assisted living and veterinary medicine businesses. Andrew has experience working in family-owned, publicly-traded and private equity owned companies as well as serving on a non-profit board prior to joining Providence.

CJ Calderon
CJ Calderon

CJ Calderon, Director of Philanthropy

CJ Calderon earned her degree from Chapman University before starting her career in non-profit strategy and fundraising. She has held positions at some of Orange County’s top non-profit organizations and brings her experience in non-profit branding, fundraising, communications, and strategic philanthropy to Providence. Her genuine talent has lead to a 10-year career in philanthropy ranging from managing a board of private and corporate funders to non-profit development. CJ enjoys connecting donors with their passion and helping them make strategic impact investments.

Bobbi Dickinson
Bobbi Dickinson

Bobbi Dickinson, Director of Providence Therapeutic Preschool

Bobbi Dickinson graduated from the American Nanny College with a 4.0 GPA in early childhood education, special needs and administration. She received the Presidential Award for perfect attendance and GPA. She also attended Chaffey College in Alta Loma, CA. She has been teaching and directing since 1996 and works as a counselor for at-risk teens on the weekends. Her teaching experience includes infants and children aged 2 to 15. Her extensive training in early childhood education includes a focus on children with special needs. To Bobbi, early intervention and open communication with parents is the most important aspect in a young child's life, ensuring a successful educational career.

Tricia Dunn-West
Tricia Dunn-West

Tricia Dunn-West, Director of Human Resources

Tricia Dunn-West began her career in human resources with global responsibilities for companies manufacturing electronics and high technology optics and lasers. She has since accumulated Human Resources experience in both retail and therapy healthcare settings. Tricia received her B.S. in Organizational Psychology from Concordia University, Irvine. She has been a certified Sr. Professional of HR since 2007 and a certified trainer for DDI’s Interaction Management workshops since 1989. Her passion is employee relations and engagement through facilitated two-way communication and training.

Donna Gelnett
Donna Gelnett

Donna Gelnett, Director of Audiology Operations

Donna Gelnett began her career as a research audiologist at the House Ear Institute working to develop digital hearing aids. She later moved to the Long Beach VA as a staff audiologist overseeing its hearing aid program. For the next fifteen years, she was the Regional Manager and Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations at HearUSA. There she obtained extensive experience in personnel development, clinic growth, and mergers and acquisitions.

Al Madi
Al Madi

Al Madi, Director of Technology and Innovation

Bio coming soon.




All of our audiologists have earned an advanced degree in audiology with specialties in both pediatric and adult care. Click here to meet the team.

Speech Language Pathologists

All of our experienced speech language pathologists are state and nationally certified. We work with infants, young children, and adults in both individual and group therapy sessions to develop early cognitive skills, language development, and sound production as well as receptive and expressive language.

Occupational Therapy Team

Our occupational therapists help children ages 2 to 5 learn to explore and interact with their environment using sensory integration and other therapy techniques. Our staff will also work with parents of children younger than one year of age to provide loving care for their infant.

Providence Therapeutic Preschool

At Providence Therapeutic Preschool, voted the No. 1 preschool in Orange by The Orange County Register, our dedicated teachers offer an innovative curriculum based on speech and language to prepare each child for a typical learning environment and a successful, rewarding school experience.


Our administrative team provides one-stop service for all your scheduling, billing, and insurance verification needs.

Development Team

Our development team produces 2 major fundraisers and donor events annually. We steward donors, build relationships and support the Tree of Life Legacy Society.

Marketing and Communications Team

Our marketing and communications team develops internal and external outreach to physicians, community groups, donors and supporters, and patients.


Board Members

Executive Board

Kevin Timone
Bret Rathwick
Vice President - Finance
Ryan C. Wilkins
Vice President - Strategy/Marketing
Casey Immel
Marlene Woodworth


Board of Directors

Ash Abdelaaty
California Bank & Trust
Paul Bambauer
Value Consulting
Dan Beres
Recall Masters
Annette Buckel
St. Joseph Health
Kim Cunningham
Pacific Life
Vito Francone
Randy Free
Grant Thornton
Dan Grady
Comerica Bank
Andrew Guarni
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Casey Immel, Treasurer
Cypress West Partners
Lewis Jaffe
LMU, Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship
Janine Madera
Orange County District Attorney's Office
Devon Malecki, MD
Bruce D. May
Stuart Kane LLP
Robbie Nicoli
USI of Southern California Insurance Services
Bret Rathwick, Vice President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Christopher Reinberger
Reinberger Printwerks
Steven Shill
Teigue Thomas
Vistage International, Inc.
Kevin Timone, President
The Word & Brown Companies, CHOICE Administrators
Richard Van Dyke
Advanced Office
Ryan C. Wilkins, Vice President
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.
Marlene Woodworth, Secretary
John M. Word III
The Word & Brown Companies
Alyson Yarberry
Tom Yuen
PrimeGen Biotech LLC


Clinical Advisory Board

Tom Cesario, MD, Chair
UCI School of Medicine
Robert del Junco, MD
ENTRUST Medical Group
Hamid Djalilian, MD
UC Irvine Health
Harrison Lin, MD
UC Irvine Health
Ken Ribotsky
Mary Ann Wilkinson, MD
Sea View Pediatrics
Fan-Gang Zeng, PhD
UCI School of Medicine


Board of Trustees

C. Craig Carlson
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.
Phillip H. Case
Rondell Homes, Inc.
Douglas Cole
Cole Financial
Phillip M. Ramos
Philatron International
Loretta Sanchez
Henry & Monica Weaver
Sparkling Angels Foundation
Robert Wilson
Carl Karcher Enterprises


In Memoriam

Margaret Anne Inman, PhD
Founder, Providence Speech and Hearing Center
Carl N. Karcher
Carl Karcher Enterprises
Peter G. Muth
Orco Block Company
Stanley Pawlowski
Pacific Western Bank
Robert Pralle
Rondell Homes, Inc.
William J. Reilly
Great West Life Insurance Company
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