PECC is a working community-based nonprofit focused on providing life skills through peer-to-peer education & support, resources in systemic navigation, and business & organization framework and marketing. Our mission is to promote community advocacy, social justice, and systemic change through community education.
We work to unite and support local organizations, neighbors, and businesses. We do so by creating space for peer-led education & niche support groups, productions & events, sharing education, and offering support.
Peer Education Community Center (PECC) began with a conversation between like-minded friends discussing resource and navigation gaps in Long Beach communities. Inside this conversation was the million-dollar question: how can ordinary people lead the charge toward community-centered systemic change? Driven by our founders, who come from diverse backgrounds in service, public health, leadership, development, and human resources, the origins of PECC came together.
Founding Board of Directors
Pam Chotiswatdi, MPH
Pam brings organization, problem solving, progression, and alternative approaches to community education for better, whole quality-of-life for communities. She holds a lifetime of experience as an OB/GYN medical assistant, mortuary director, learning-differences English tutor, technical editor, project management, operations, non-profit development, community volunteer, and life-long student with degrees in Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Master of Public Health, Health Education.
Outside of PECC, Pam works in the cannabis industry as an Education Director, instructing and developing cannabis curriculum with the Long Beach Collective Association at LBCC and as cannabis business operations support. She lives in the Zaferia neighborhood of Long Beach along the Anaheim Corridor with her partner, Chris Mancini, and their menagerie of cats and dogs.
As a Business Coach and Strategist, Ishqa strives to empower and support others in their professional and personal lives. Ultimately, she educates that a company is as healthy as its culture and that culture is created from the top; once the company leader decides on the mission - the follow through is simple.
A natural and experienced leader, Ishqa is dedicated to empowering others and improving efficiency within. She brings energy, enthusiasm, and passion to everything she does; wearing and creating many hats worn in both large and small businesses. This experience enables her to see many perspectives as well as understand the intricate relationships within an organization. Everything is relationships!
Outside of PECC development, Ishqa Hillman is the CEO of The Canna Boss Babes, a collective of women-owned and run businesses in the cannabis space.
An innovative and driven professional, Angela holds more than 25 years in Hospital Management, System Administration, and 10+ years of Staffing Analyst and Entrepreneurial Ownership. With an extensive background in planning and managing cross-functional business operations; and technology projects. She is particularly skilled at group facilitation and enjoys forging consensus among people with diverging ideas and opinions.
Outside of PECC development, currently Angela works with doctors and patients to bridge the gap in cannabis dosing. Foreseeing current trends of cannabis entering mainstream medicine practices as an alternative to traditional prescription treatments, she has incurred a plethora of cannabis education certificates directly related to educating and training others in the cannabis Space.