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Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest names three board members

Anton Monk, Joni T. Low and Dr. Willa Fields were named to the board of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and will each be serving a three-year term on the 27-member board.

Monk is a Del Mar resident and co-founder and vice president of technology at Entropic Communications (Nasdaq: ENTR), where he is responsible for new technology and standards activities.

"As a technologist/CTO, I believe I can help in this effort -- understanding available technology and, more importantly, helping to explain and translate to those less familiar with it. I am also very interested in public policy … A large part of my role as VP of technology is public speaking and advocacy,” Monk said.

Prior to co-founding Entropic he was involved in the development of cable and satellite integrated circuits and was a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is involved in various organizations, including serving on the board of directors at Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), chairman of the UCSD Corporate Affiliates Program, co-chair of the CommNexus Semiconductor SIG; the technical advisory boards of the UCSD Electrical Engineering Department and the USD Engineering Department; and is a member of the Connect Public Policy Committee and the EvoNexus Incubator Committee. Monk earned his master’s in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Low is a former president and CEO of the Asian Business Association in San Diego. She has participated in education and advocacy with many health-related organizations, including San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Oregon Epilepsy Association and American Lung Association. She has been affiliated with Business Healthcare Connection and San Diego County Improving Access to Healthcare, and once owned a law firm providing legislative and regulatory consultation on state and federal environment health and other health-related issues.

Low has previously served on the boards of San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego County Health Services Advisory Board, San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women, League of Women Voters, Asian Business Association, Korean American Coalition, and Loire Valley Homeowners Association.

She received her master's degree in public administration at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Fields is a resident of Rancho Santa Fe and a widely published professor in the graduate nursing leadership in health systems concentration at San Diego State University.

Fields has a diverse background in clinical nursing, education, research, performance improvement, management, and information systems. Specific investigations include the effects of information technology, evidence-based practice, and evaluation of hospital-based performance improvement activities. Fields was the vice president of patient care systems in the information systems department at Sharp HealthCare.

Fields’ other board experience includes Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), LightBridge Healthcare Research, and "Journal of Nursing Care Quality." She has been published in "International Journal for Quality in Health Care," "Critical Care Nurse," "American Journal of Infection Control" and "Journal of Health Information Management."

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