Staff

DEBORAH MASSAGLIA

DEBORAH MASSAGLIA

President/Director and Trustee of the Foundation

Helped Roxanna Todd Hodges develop the Foundation and now runs the day-to-day operations. She and Roxanna started working with the Stroke Association of Southern California in 1996. Deborah was instrumental in planning the first of many community Stroke Awareness Programs that consist of Stroke Warning Signs and Screenings. Her goal of working with Keck Medical Center of USC to establish the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic and the Roxanna Todd Hodges Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Program came to fruition in 2012.
“Roxanna had an audacious dream — to eliminate stroke forever. It is my life’s work to see that her dream comes true.”

LeAnn Alanis

LeAnn Alanis

Development Director

LeAnn Alanis joins the RTH Stroke Foundation as Director of Development. With over 30 years’ experience in Marketing and Sale, primarily in the health care industry, LeAnn is a welcome addition to the RTH Stroke Foundation and the people they serve.
Prior to joining the RTH Stroke Foundation, LeAnn was a Hospice Triage nurse for nearly 4 years.This position was a dream come true for LeAnn as she felt called to serve her patients and their families.
Before this, LeAnn held various Director positions with Home Care companies as well as owned her own Home Care company.
LeAnn is a Licensed Vocational Nurse and CPR instructor through the American Red Cross and is currently in the process of completing a BS in Health Care Administration.

VEDA BONIFACE

VEDA BONIFACE

Seminar Education Director

I previously worked as a Certified Medical Assistant for 5 years, specifically working with the Geriatric community. Before that I was a stay-at-home mom, taking care of my family, and a Chef and Baker for 30 years. In my spare time, I still enjoy cooking and I help by volunteering at various community services. I am now using my expertise to grow and coordinate the Foundation’s Seminar Education Program as its new Director.

ALYSON PETERSON

ALYSON PETERSON

Vice President/Assistant Director

Has been employed through RTH Management Company, LLC, where she supervises commercial property in the Los Angeles area. Alyson is a licensed Real Estate Agent and also a graduate of Long Beach City College Nursing School. She became very fond of Roxanna over the years, and now devotes time to the RTH Stroke Foundation as well.
“We help people recover and we even help save lives. That is immensely satisfying.”

STEPHANIE SAMIA

STEPHANIE SAMIA

RN/MSN, SSRP Program Director

Stephanie Samia received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Humboldt State University and earned her Master of Science in Nursing in the Oncology Nurse Practitioner’s program at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has practiced as an RN in Oncology/Hematology at the VA Medical Center, Long Beach and as an ONP at Baxter Immunotherapy. Stephanie takes great interest in the role that exercise and nutrition play in prevention of chronic disease and healthy aging. She is instrumental in facilitating our Hope After Stroke education program and post-stroke resources.

CHRISTINE LARSON

CHRISTINE LARSON

Front Desk Receptionist/Office Administrator

Christine formerly taught after receiving her bachelor of science in Child Development from CSUF. But for the past 6 years she has been an active volunteer in several local nonprofits and has developed a strong sense of devotion to the nonprofit sector and its ability to keep communities strong and healthy. She is excited to join the Foundation and help carry on its mission of preventing strokes and providing support for courageous survivors.