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William Paparian, Attorney
Bill Paparian is the former Mayor of the city of Pasadena. During his 12 years of service
as an elected public official, from 1987 to 1999, he was well known for his commitment
to enacting a "Living Wage" ordinance in Pasadena. He also was actively involved in
furthering the goals of affirmative action and cultural diversity, which he sees as a
strength. In addition, he has been a major opponent of hate crimes and bigotry.
Bill is a member of the Pasadena Bar Association and has over 30 years of experience
in criminal defense.
As an Armenian-American, Bill has striven to bring greater awareness to the public of
the Armenian Genocide. He was the keynote speaker in 1996 at a memorial to the
Genocide, held at the Armenian Martyrs Monument in Montebello, California. The
ceremony involved former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole and 7,000 other participants.
In 1999, Bill was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his
years of service as the mayor of Pasadena and in the US Marines Corps. The honor,
presented by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, reads: "Mayor Paparian's leadership,
professionalism, and selfless dedication throughout reflected great credit upon him, the
city of Pasadena, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps
and the United States Naval Service.
Bill is married and the father of three sons.
Bruce T. Baptie, L.Ac., C.A.
Bruce T. Baptie L.Ac., C.A. became interested in Chinese Medicine after trying to find a
solution for 20 years of back pain. Today he is a board-certified Acupuncturist and
faculty member at China International Medical University. During the last decade he
served as Associate Academic Dean, Clinic Director and Supervisor at the University.
Bruce Baptie also taught classes in Taijiquan, Qigong and the Psychology of Healing at
the Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. As a primary care physician in
California, he practices physical, internal and rehabilitation medicine today.
Johnny Walker, CPA
I have been an athlete all my life and in the best shape of my life until one day. That
was when my wife, a registered nurse, insisted I get my prostate checked. Seemingly
out of nowhere, I was diagnosed with cancer. If it weren't for my wife's urging, I would
have never known.
Though I am well today, the bad part of the journey was that I was given few options or
little clear information about what to do and what to expect. Furthermore, there have
been thousands of men in this same predicament that I was in. I tell men to be proactive
about their health and find out more. I speak from experience.
Currently, I am a certified public accountant, but I see there is a need to reach more
men about their health. As a result, I am putting my expertise together along with others
to form a core group of community-based men who have had a health crisis to solve.
We are men educating men, sharing what works for us.
The interest is really growing amongst men. We are learning it's not stupid to ask
questions about treatments or find natural ways to staying fit, cancer free, and healthy.
Dr. Wilbur WIlliams, MD
Dr. Wilbur Williams' lifelong interest in medicine and infection control developed from an
episode of typhoid fever when he was young. During his military service, Williams was
involved in injury care and the rehabilitation of American soldiers. He received his
medical degree at Meharry Medical College in 1963 and served a general surgeon
residency at Buffalo Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.
Dr. Williams then served as Medical Director for the Daniel Freeman Wound Care
Center and was Staff General Surgeon for Southern California Permanente Medical
Today Dr. Williams specializes in vascular surgery and traumatic injury as the Medical
Director (Vascular Imaging Division, Cardiology Department) at California Hospital
He also presides as Physician Specialist (Surgeon), Chairman of Peer Review
Committee Professional Staff Association and is a member of the Executive Medical
Board for the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department. As Medical Director for Cardiovascular
Specialties, he affiliates with Good Samaritan Hospital, California Hospital Medical
Center, and Orthopedic Hospital.
Robert S Bilheimer
Robert grew up in Altadena and has been a long time Pasadena resident currently
working as a Realtor with Dilbeck Estates Pasadena. Robert also collaborates, with
RSC Business Group. While attending Pasadena schools he became very aware to the
magnificence of all people, and aware that many people do not have access to the
same opportunities as others.
Committed to a community well-served, Robert has given service as a Para counselor
at Pasadena Mental Heath, Served on the San Marino Chamber of Commerce,
Cooking on the Wednesday morning shift at Union Station, Working on a project called
JUST SAY YES and is an active member at All Saints Church.
Very excited to be working on a team, who is committed to bettering the lives of us all,
who believe that taking care of ones self is a good idea. Making it happen by bringing
resources and imagination to the community. Imagining Men Educating Men About
Health. This is exciting stuff.
James Farr, Principal, Tunnel Vision LLC
Relationships are invaluable in business and James Farr has perfected the art of
maximizing them to produce unique marketing and media solutions for his clients. A
Producer, Sports & Entertainment Executive and Social Entrepreneur, James’ client list
has included Tupac, Flipsyde, LisaRaye Mc Coy, Beyonce, Smokin’ Grooves Tour
(House of Blues), Brandy, Keyshawn Johnson, Jackie Joynor Kersee, Brian Shaw,
Carmello Anthony, Yao Ming, D'Marco Farr and BDA Sports Management. With more
than 15 years of experience in intellectual property business development, he has fine
tuned his skills for creating genuine brand connections that resonate with today’s
unique consumer mindset. His diverse professional background in VP level marketing
for prominent sports & entertainment associations; James has created a niche for
connecting corporate brands with influential multicultural and urban consumer groups.
As a result he has produced events around NBA All Star Weekend, Super Bowl,
Goodwill Games, Olympic Games, Maybach and has booked some of music’s biggest
acts at several venues including House of Blues.
His well-rounded background managing every aspect of marketing and communications
projects led him to the creation of Tunnel Vision LLC. His keen perception and
practical approach are the foundation of his vision which allows him to bring his clients
ideas to reality. James is a Board Member of Men Educating Men About Health (www.
Christian Krueger, Area Manager, Axia Payment Solutions
I have always lived an active life; growing up on the east coast I played football,
basketball, paintball and hockey. In 2001, I moved to Santa Barbara, California where I
grew up and went on to attend Santa Barbara City College, studying business and
Today I help manage my families payment solutions & technologies company, Axia, in
the greater Los Angeles/Pasadena area. Now, in my mid 20’s I am realizing how hard it
can be to find a balance and manage your health alongside the busyness of life,
career and family. MEMAH has given me a great vessel to give back to the community
with something that I am active in & passionate about.