Mary Ann Nicholson, President & CEO
Mary Nicholson is thriving after suffering a brain aneurysm, stroke and grand mal seizure in 2003. Just prior to her fight for recovery, Mary served as Caregiver to her husband, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She used her experiences and compassion for others in founding Healings in Motion. She has served on the Board for the Recreational Sports Club of San Joaquin and the Mayor’s Task force for Persons with Disabilities. Mary currently serves as Vice-Chair, Board Director, French Camp McKinley Fire District.
Prior to her stroke, Mary was a 25 year veteran of media management and sales in television, radio, and new media. She managed successful media executives in radio and television in Los Angeles and owned a radio station in Sacramento, CA. Mary excelled in a variety of positions ranging from public affairs to management, and ultimately, to ownership in a relativity short time. Before the age of 39, she co-owned a multi-million dollar radio station in a major market. Mary has generated revenue, developed sellable programs, managed broadcast inventory, projections, and profit loss statements, and managed program directors, engineers and others. She also was the primary contact with investors and the advertising community.
Mary is the recipient of several distinguishing awards, including:
2018 Health & Wellness Champion Award, Asian-American Chamber of Commerce; Medgar Evers Freedom Fighter Award, NAACP; Distinguished Consumer Award, California Speech-Language Hearing Association. Community Empowerment Award, Los Angeles African American PAC, selected “Marketer of the Year” by the National Alliance of Market Developers; “Businessperson of the Year” by the Small Business Administration; The “President’s Award” by the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce; Ida B. Wells Communications Award; and served as Chair of the “Jazz in the Garden” fundraiser for the Crippled Children’s Society (now called Abilities First). She has been presented with recognitions and proclamations from the CA State Senate, Assembly, Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and San Joaquin County Board of Directors.
Mary attended college at UCLA. She received professional certificates in Broadcast Management from Wharton University and trainings at the University of the Pacific in Non-Profit Board Training and Non-Profit Sustainability and Non-Profit Management. She also advanced her training through the Small Business Development Center’s classes including “Managing Your Finances for Business Success”.
As a champion for stroke recovery, Mary is proudly promoting new advances in stroke recovery and including neuroplasticity as an on-going caveat to brain health. She develops and integrates programs that benefit survivors and Caregivers.
Rayn J. Gravelly, Esquire
Vice President & Secretary
Rayn J. Gravelly is Co-Founder of Healings in Motion. She currently serves as Vice-President and Secretary. Rayn attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she served as President of the Black Law Students’ Association and Class Representative for the Student Bar Association. Currently, Rayn is a Criminal Defense Attorney practicing in Los Angeles County. Rayn utilizes an array of organizational, research, writing, and analytical skills to support the growth of Healings in Motion. Rayn also attended UCLA and is a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Oftentimes, the attention of a chronic illness is all focused on the patient, not the family whose lives are impacted because of the change. Rayn’s experiences inspire all perspectives in the services we provide.
J. CHAKA Santos
Vice President & Resource Director
“CHAKA” Santos has served as a board member since 2008. He is the Chief Executive Officer for RayMik, Incorporated, a manufacturer of CHAKA’s Premium Sauce and Marinade. As both a stroke survivor and diabetic, CHAKAS’ premiere sauce is unique because it does not contain any types of sugar, oil, or MSG. It is sold at Costco, Walmart, Safeway, Raley’s and many other retail outlets nationally. With “CHAKA” broad and respected relationships in the food industry and beyond, he continues to open doors for Healings in Motion that seemed impossible before. “CHAKA” Santos is also a former Mayor of Lathrop, CA.
Daniel Kim, Jr., MPH, MCHES
Daniel Kim, Jr., is a Supervising Public Health Educator at San Joaquin County Public Health Services in Stockton, CA. He has worked in the public health field for almost 20 years in Virginia and California in state and local government agencies. He is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity and health literacy, through policy, systems and environmental changes, that have long-term impacts to individuals and the community as a whole. His focus is on injury prevention, tobacco control, heart disease/stroke prevention, chronic disease prevention, nutrition education, and opioid safety. Daniel has served as Program Consultant/Project Manager for state Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Project, funded by CDC, at the Virginia Department of Health. He has served as a member of the Virginia Heart Disease and Stroke Alliance (VHDSA), and Virginia Stroke Systems Task Force (VSSTF). Daniel served on CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Communities of Practice (CoP), and was the Project Manager for the Virginia Asthma Control Project on behalf of the Virginia Department of Health. Prior to moving to Virginia, Daniel served as Director of Health Promotion and Public Information at Kern County Department of Public Health in California. Daniel has served as chair and vice-chair of the California Conference of Local Directors of Health Education (CCLDHE) and reviewer for the March of Dimes. Daniel’s specialties are federal and state grant management, program evaluation, health education, and promotion, risk communication and emergency preparedness. Both of Daniel’s parents were victims of strokes and currently, his father-in-law is challenged with mini-strokes or Transient Ischemic Strokes.
Francis Cummins, DO
Dr. Cummins is a veteran currently working at the Wound Care Department at David Grant USAF Hospital at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA. Prior to that Dr. Cummins was the Director of the Wound Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Manteca, CA. Dr. Cummins is a Stroke Survivor and is often asked to speak on his broad experiences with Cerebrovascular diseases. Using both traditional and non-traditional medications in his own healing, Dr. Cummins helps Healings in Motion look at recovery including a whole process.
Healings in Motion is recruiting Board Members that offer either time, talent and/or financial support. Stroke Survivors and Caregivers are valuable to sustain our focus and purpose. We welcome inquiries. Send to:
Perspective Board Member, c/o Healings in Motion, 56 S. Lincoln Street, 2nd Floor, Stockton, CA 95231