DAVID L. BUTLER - ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Rashard Cook was born and raised in San Diego, California. He is a former professional American football safety in the National Football League from 1999 to 2005.

Professional Career - Cook was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft with the 184th overall pick. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles between 1999 and 2004.

College career - Cook played college football at the University of Southern California from 1995 to 1998.

High school career - Cook played a Morse High School in San Diego.

Rashard is a Wealth Manager with Lucia Capitol Group since 2011 and currently resides in San Diego with his wife Joy and children. In his free time he enjoys coaching his son’s Little League games.

David is a native Chula Vistan and alumni of Hilltop High School. He graduated from UC Riverside with honors, and worked for the County of San Diego his entire 36-year career, spending the majority of that time with the Assessor’s Office. In 2010, he retired as the Assessor/Recorder/Clerk. He was responsible for a staff of over 400 and an annual budget in excess of 50 million dollars.


Since retirement, David has continued to serve the public through volunteer work. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Sweetwater School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, the Vice President of the Bonita Historical Society Museum Board of Trustees, an active member of the Chula Vista Kiwanis, and a member of the Asset Management Program Advisory Committee for the City of Chula Vista. He has volunteered for the Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation since 2011, and is excited to begin serving as an Advisory Board member beginning in 2014.


Before becoming a professional, Grossman played college football at the University of Pittsburgh where he was a three time All-ECAC selection. In 1989 he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. Grossman played six seasons in the NFL: five for the San Diego Chargers (1989–1993) and one for the Philadelphia Eagles (1994). As an NFL player, Grossman's accomplishments include 45 quarterback sacks and three safeties Grossman appeared on the October 15, 1990 edition cover of Sports Illustrated under the title "Big Mouth," which chronicled his outspoken and outlandish personality. In 1996 he suffered a career-ending neck injury.

After football, Grossman was hired by WCAU in Philadelphia for its program, Eagles Hour. The program won an Emmy in 1995, as well as earning him an Emmy as best sports reporter. In 1996 he published the book The Way Things Ought to Be with Bill Kushner., he was a contributor for the website "The National Football Post."

Currently Burt works at Able-Disabled Advocacy in City Heights. He lives in Bonita with His wife Liliana, two sons Bryson and Quinn.

Career Highlights: 

  • 2013 San Diego County High School Sports Association Annual Community Service Award Winner
  • Youth Football 5000 grant recipient, 2013
  • 2013-2014 NFL Heads Up Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Southern California
  • 2012 Hoover High School Football 5000 Grant recipient
  • NFL National Teacher of the Year, Presented by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, 2011
  • ESPN “Outside the Lines” Feature on Community Difference Makers, 2011
  • Varsity Football Coach, Castle Park High School and Hoover High School 2004-2011
  • Board of Directors, Meals On Wheels, San Diego- 2008
  • Vice President, Eastlake Youth Football and Cheer- Present
  • Able-Disabled Advocacy YouthBuild Mentorship director
  • NFL Charities Impact grant recipient, 2012 and 2013 $50,000 total community funds
  • Riddell helmet safety 2013 grant recipient

BOARD MEMBERS

DR. DONALD FITHIAN - ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

BURT GROSSMAN - ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

RASHARD COOK - ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Fithian has made his home in San Diego for nearly three decades. During that time, he has dedicated much of his time
to serving his community. He worked as a youth soccer coach for his three children, honing his skills as they progressed.
For the past decade he has traveled yearly on orthopaedic surgical mission trips to treat under-served populations in Latin America.  He has long served as a liaison to local high school and college training rooms to expedite care of injured athletes.

Dr. Fithian is a dedicated teacher of fellows, residents and students in the Navy, UCSD and Kaiser Permanente training programs. His wide-ranging research interests include both laboratory and clinical projects, and he is very grateful for the relationships he has made with other scientists in the quest for scientific evidence that will enhance patient care. He has traveled extensively, and served as visiting professor to numerous residency programs in the United States and overseas.
He is fluent in both French and Spanish.

Dr. Fithian grew up in New Jersey, went to college in New Hampshire, and spent 10 years in New York City for medical training in orthopedic surgery. He came to San Diego in 1990 to do a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente under the Direction of Dale M. Daniel, M.D., who was a friend and mentor to many San Diego orthopaedists
of that time. Dr. Fithian worked with Dr. Daniel and his staff, studying and treating knee and shoulder injuries in recreational athletes, and assumed directorship of the program after Dr. Daniel’s death in 1995. During more than 25 years with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Fithian was also the architect of the Kaiser Permanente Joint Replacement Registry, which is now the largest implant registry in the United States. He recently transitioned to “Partner Emeritus” status with Kaiser Permanente, allowing him to split his clinical practice between Kaiser Permanente and Torrey Pines Orthopaedic Medical Group in La Jolla.