Elizabeth Bress is a graduate of Business Administration and English with a Masters in Marketing. In 2008, Bress was presented with the opportunity to join SOS Medical as a managing partner along with Jeffrey Vonder Haar (CEO). As a Managing Partner, Bress is responsible for overseeing new business/product development. SOS Medical (www.sosmedical.net) is a very successful durable medical equipment company which offers medical items such as crutches, wheelchairs, bracing, commodes, CPM and cold therapy devices throughout Southern California.
In her years prior to SOS Medical and following graduation; Bress moved to New York City to work as a Production Manager with Pachamama Films. Soon thereafter, she found herself pursuing a career of acting and modeling in addition to her being crown Mrs. Bolivia International 2004. Eventually her acting career brought her to Los Angeles where she would experience yet another career change that would take on a more meaningful new direction.
In 2006, Bress began a career in the medical field with Team Surgical working as a Sales Representative in Surgical/Capital Equipment Division. She quickly ‘cut her teeth’ in the Medical Field and developed strong and lasting relationships with the Orthopedic Surgeons. That experience, coupled with her personal experiences, vast education, tenacious work ethic and the strong desire to succeed, only made her the ideal Managing Partner for Jeffrey VonderHaar and SOS Medical.
Elizabeth is also a Co-Founder of the non-profit organization Sending Out An SOS ( www.sendingoutansos.org ). She is also on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Ayuda helping orphaned children in Latin America as well as a key supporter of Centro De Miembros Artificiales-Bolivia helping amputees get back on their feet.
Jeffrey Vonder Haar is the President and CEO of Specialized Orthopedic Solutions, Inc. (SOS Medical- www.sosmedical.net ). Vonder Haar founded SOS Medical in 2003 on the principles of providing quality durable medical equipment with exceptional customer service. Working from the ground up, Vonder Haar has assembled an experienced sales force throughout Central & Southern California, a patient care division with years of experience collectively and an administrative team with exemplary skills. Today, SOS Medical is an industry leading DME Company and has established a reputation of professionalism and integrity with the surgeons they assist and the patients they care for.
In his years prior to SOS Medical, Vonder Haar worked as a Sales Manager for various medical device and supply companies including Team Post-Op where he grew his territory at a staggering 177% in the first year and exceeded 1.9 million in annual sales in the years following.
Vonder Haar is also Co-Founder of Sending Out An SOS ( www.sendingoutansos.org), a non-profit organization assisting low-income amputees around the world. This organization was founded with a genuine desire to assist and provide those less fortunate with a better quality of life. Vonder Haar is also on the Board of Directors at Ayuda, a non-profit organization assisting orphaned children throughout Latin America with basic needs and provisions. Additionally, Vonder Haar is a proud supporter of Centro De Miembros Artificiales, a non-profit, prosthesis center, based in La Paz, Bolivia.
Dina is the proprietor of Sonoma Credentialing Services — a San Francisco Bay Area based business that specializes in helping healthcare providers become contracted and credentialed with governmental and private payer insurance plans. A veteran of over 13 years in the healthcare industry, her experience includes an 11 year managed care contracting career with a national Durable Medical Equipment and Pharmacy company, as well as over 2 years providing managed care consulting services for a wide variety of healthcare provider clients.
Having a passion for helping others is what brought Dina to Sending Out An SOS. Dina takes pride in supporting Sending Out An SOS’s mission by promoting its national awareness through social and professional networking, as well through her local area network in the Sonoma and Napa wine country and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dina studied Human Resources Management in Northern California and is pursuing her professional designation as a Fellow, Academy for Healthcare Management (FAHM). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son as well as running and playing the piano.
Norma Ayala received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Pepperdine University and has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years. She currently works at a corporate law firm as a Legal Administrator with responsibilities in various aspects of business management including, operations, human resources, facilities management and I.T.
Norma has been active with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) for over 10 years. She served on the Diversity Committee for two years. The committee was responsible for implementing a diversity toolkit, which is now available to all ALA members nationally and internationally. On the local level, Norma has served on the ALA-Greater Los Angeles Chapter’s Board in various roles. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Justice Jog committee. The committee is responsible for raising money and awareness for local charity. In 2012, the Justice Jog 5k Run\Walk raised a record-breaking amount for local charity.
In her spare time, Norma volunteers her time to assist other well-known, non-profit organizations, including Girls On The Run. She is also certified as an instructor for Operation Boot Camp and often leads workouts. Norma struggled with severe asthma as a child, however, always remained active. She fully understands the challenges a person with a disability faces and strives to empower and educate children and adults on the various benefits of exercise and nutrition.