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Rico FozEducator, Community Leader

When life teaches a lesson, the greatest challenge is to learn it fast, otherwise one loses it. Educator, community leader, and human rights advocate Rico Foz, had to quickly take a grip of healthy living when his lesson was about losing to cancer.

Today, he is the helm of the health care industry, as executive director of Careway Health Institute a private postsecondary vocational and technical school, which he and his wife Meryl established in April 2013 in San Mateo, Califonia.

Having dedicated much of his life to advocacies on health and human rights, Rico now enjoys living a life of deeper meaning when his family moved to California since 2011, after his triumphant battle against cancer of the esophagus.

Public service and advocacy of issues now take a much better perspective for Rico who considers good health as the key to be able to efficiently serve and prolong one’s precious life.

He lived with his wife and two children, Michael and Gabrielle, most of their years in the East Coast, particularly in New York and New Jersey. Moving to the West Coast, where the weather isn’t as punishing, had truly helped him recover. “A new lease in life,” he said.

Rico’s leadership rests on more than 30 years of experience in profit and non-profit management. His managerial skills are on business development management, profitability, marketing, policy and procedure management, human resource management, and strategic planning management.

For the non-profit management, he is well into advocacy and policy development, alliance development, event planning, grant writing and social media marketing.

As a cancer survivor, he now volunteers his time talking about his personal health challenges and works with non-profit organizations like APPEAL, as part of the growing movement for smoking cessation. Recently, he was chosen to serve as one of the spokespersons of CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers Campaign.

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