Regina Weatherspoon-Bell is a businesswoman, nonprofit founder/CEO, creative event and documentary producer and community volunteer.
In 2020 she concluded two terms serving as Deputy Director for the First District San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood. During the past twelve years, she grew her nonprofit, Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders (DVL) Project, into a well-recognized established brand within the High Desert and Inland Empire by providing cultural enrichment programs and scholarships.
In addition to IEHP Foundation, serves on several boards, including as former Vice Chair of Providence Southern California Health Care Regional Board, appointee to the San Bernardino County Committee on School District Organization, Board Member of Providence St. Mary Hospital Community Ministry Board and Past Board President of High Desert Community Foundation.
Regina is a fierce advocate for the High Desert and works tirelessly to amplify the voices of small but mighty nonprofits that are rarely recognized for their constant dedication and hard work.
She enjoys reading, visiting art museums, dancing, listening to music and traveling in her free time.
We asked Regina to share what it means to serve on the IEHP Foundation Board and how the organization’s future work will impact the community she passionately serves.
Q: Why did you join the IEHP Foundation Board?
A: It’s an excellent opportunity to be on the ground level of building such a vital entity specifically for the communities of the Inland Empire.
Q: What is the importance of IEHP establishing this Foundation?
A: Simply put – Belonging!
Q: What are some of the strengths/opportunities within the Inland Empire?
A: One of our primary strengths is making something out of little or nothing. Our greatest opportunity is to weave an effective Inland Empire Tapestry that serves and benefits all communities of the Inland Empire.
Q: What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the region?
A: The biggest challenge for the region is meeting the demands of growth, including but not limited to population, industry, workforce, economics, housing, healthcare and education.
Q: What is your favorite place to visit in the IE?
A: I have several favorite places! I love our regional museums; our restaurants range from hamburgers, cafes, diners, and ethnic cuisine to fine dining and movie theaters. And, of course, Mojave Narrows Regional Park.
Q: What does “inspiring and igniting vibrant health” mean to you?
A: Moving the community to action by advocating and supporting their own agency (ownership) of their whole health (mind, body and spirit) with the intention to thrive.