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Ronn Briggs

Profile Updated: October 28, 2016
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Walnut Creek, CA USA
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Medical Case Manager for High Profile Clients
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Edstanley and Errol
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United States Marine Corp  
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Although I actually went on to attend Redwood High School while the majority of my class went to Terra Linda High School, many of my friendships remained. In actuality, at the age of 15 I graduated from High School and met up once again with Robin Williams in college for a very brief stint. After being emancipated amidst my parent's divorce, I went on to join the military (Marines) which underwrote my study in medicine and law. Not really wanting to be a physician or lawyer, I combined the educations for a firm that needed my skills to underwrite the position of a medical case manager. I oversee a very select group of people's medical cases when they have been diagnosed with a catastrophic or terminal condition.. The agreement is that for every "client" we become involved, they must now extend to a child the same benefits of which they are entitled. This means being transported to medical facilities throughout the United States by private jet, all accommodations paid for, and the best medical care the world has to offer. In 35 years I have neither lost a patient nor case. By case I mean: at the same time I was instrumental in underwriting the battle against health insurance companies who attempted to deny life saving medical care to children based on cost-drive decision making. My efforts were then echoed by a whistle-blower, Dr. Linda Penno, when she finally appeared before the California Legislature and evidenced what I had claimed health insurance companies where actually doing. Since then, while working with AIDS patients in 1980 I became infected. However, remaining asymptomatic all though the 1980's, it was finally confirmed in 1992. Many years later, with the help of a researcher, I learned that I was one of six (6) individuals who had manifested a natural resistance to the virus, and I am involved in a variety of projects to help the medical community understand why my body has not succumbed to the virus in the hopes that it will help others. I also went on to establish (with the help of some incredible attorneys) at least three legal precedents that safeguard the rights of people to work, as well as AIDS patients against insurance companies. Retired early, when Robin Williams pasted away, after the many contributions and efforts he had extended on my behalf over the years, I was determined to make it up to him. Thus I am working to build a medical center in Marin County of children that will then be dedicated to Robin Williams. For more information you can visit CharmedIncCa.com and JewelryForLife.org. If you would like to help in the process of its creation, don't hesitate to email us. We can use any and all help from individuals from all walks of life -- from social media experts, to fund raising experts, to accountants and everything in-between. You may end up finding yourself eventually earning a full time salary as an managing employee of the medical center early on. So that is my life in a nut shell.

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Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 at 6:28 PM

Hey guy ... congratulations ... hope you have an awesome birthday. By the way ... we are growing and moved to larger offices. My primary champion is EQUALITY4VETS2.ORG. Once I reach $1M in donations, will pass it along to Whoopi and others to raise the rest so we can build our first VETS center and get at least some of these 34,000 homeless vets off the street. If my nephew can get the SAG screening room named after Robin, this should be a cake. Too, we got to do dinner -- now that my life is slowing down. So I promise I will get in touch soon. In the meantime, take care, all the very best wishes and look forward to seeing you soon. Ronn Antonio.

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Nov 01, 2016 at 1:33 PM

My sincerest condolences to the family and friends.

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Posted on: Oct 28, 2016 at 11:12 AM

I probably mentioned it, but if not I'll just keep it brief. I have never been an individual to just ignore something when it infringes on the rights of others. Today I read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that reported that another batch of individuals in India have been caught and arrested for running the IRS scam that bilked unsuspecting people (especially the elderly) in Marin County of millions of dollars. In my own life, one of the things we did to help children who were home-bound to keep in touch with other children in similar situations was to buy them computers so they could video chat. It wasn't long after that suddenly SPAM mails began appearing in these kids accounts; usually of a pornographic nature. Infuriated, I said enough was enough and with the help of my associates and wonderful staff discovered how to track down the culprits -- especially the employers (websites that were benefiting from the SPAM). Over a one to two year period I filed dozens of lawsuits against these spammers for violating the CAN SPAM ACT of 2003, as well as California Business and Professions codes. In the end I raised some $700K in monies I donated to various charities. However, just when I finally believed I was free of SPAM suddenly Robo Callers started in harassing me, my office, and my cellular phone. And I was not alone. They were doing the same to friends. Doing a bit more research, I discovered that I can drag these *&^%$#@ to court too!!! Since they were all "multi level marketing schemes," otherwise known as Pyramid schemes, it just took an hour or two of my time to locate the "culprit." Using a "dead relative's" identification as a show of good faith before investing $20,000 in their schemes, these fools sent me (un-redacted) copies of their own driver's licenses; they were so desperate to get my $20,000. Immediately, I did an asset search and found "they" had assets! Immediately thereafter I mailed them the DRAFT summons and complaint for $50,000 in damages (instead of my $20,000 investment that they were expecting). They knew that if they waited until I filed it would be even more. Too, because they knew they had been on a recorded line, and had admitted using a firm to initiate 6,000 ROBOCALLS per day, they couldn't weasel out. Too, while I was "clerking" with the California Supreme Court a while back (lets not talk years -- I am still 39), I learned one other thing: if you can ... ALWAYS include "fraud" as a tort since those cases can not be dismissed in bankruptcy court. And since these are scams, no problem. The moral of the story. I got my first $50,000 (settlement) check from one of the culprits, along with a "promissory letter" that he will never do it again, and will pay ten times that amount in damages if I catch him doing it again. Although I am setting that check aside to build a hospital in honor of Robin Williams (http://heartsonginstitute.org/), I want to take on about 25 cases more before I just "hide" in Marin and live out my life with my grand kids. So yes, that means once I reach $1.25M I'll quit. By that time my reputation should also be known among "that community." At $50,000 to $100K a month in income I should be able to reach my goal by the mid of next year. But I digress. I would like to take one of those checks and place it in an account that would be managed by at least three (3) people of the Class of 1976. I would like the account to then be used to provide grants to the "class" in cases that these three (3) individuals feel would be appropriate. I think up to $1,000 per grant would be sufficient. Too, when I get smaller settlement checks or monies from odds and ends of things I do, I can forward them to the account for further funding. In short, although we may not all have had the opportunity to know one another in high school, we still all are family, grew up together and have made a genuine effort to keep in touch with one another thereafter. So why shouldn't we also look out for one another in other ways too. So let me know your thoughts and ideas, and hopefully by this time next year the fund will be established. I would like to use UMPQUA bank since it is such an incredible bank and they have gone to great lengths to help me with other projects. So whoever the three (3) would be to oversee and manage the account, would be dealing with UMPQUA. So I'll leave it at that. People who have a background finance might be helpful, as well as someone with an accounting background. But I will leave that up to each of you to decide who you would like to oversee the fund. Follow up and let me know, and may God bless each and every one of you. Ronn Richard Briggs.

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Oct 27, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Although I may be alone in this belief, because of those beliefs I am horrified to learn that even one of our classmates has passed on prematurely.  As a an advocate as well as medical case manager, the passing of individuals should not be unfamiliar to me.  However, not one of the patients of whose care we have overseen has ever passed away -- and that is a reflection of the last thirty (30) years.   Still, death does visit the homes of a great many that we know.  Then again these are individuals are people that I didn't grow up with, and didn't live in the world I lived.  Yet, as time goes by I realize I may very well have lived in a world that was unrealistic even though I desperately wanted to believe we were the exception and we would all live until we were eighty?  That said, life is not fair and somehow, somewhere in the vast scheme of things, maybe these individuals have been spared so much, and hopefully they are in a much, much better place where all the things I could have hoped for is possible and that they are living great lives in the beyond and just waiting for us to catch up.  God Bless.  Ronn Antonio.

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Posted on: Oct 27, 2016 at 10:44 AM

If anyone has any information about Mark Shields or Paul Leighton, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you and best wishes always, Ronn Antonio.

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Posted on: Oct 09, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Dear Robert ... I am horrified to learn that David passed away. What happened? I didn't have a great deal of contact with him, but that which I did was always pleasant in uplifting. Ronn

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Oct 07, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Although I have not been able to keep in touch with everyone once I left Junior High rather abruptly to follow my parents down the primrose path that ultimately led to the expected -- their divorce, I was able to finally reconnect many years later with Charles ("Charlie"). Upon meeting him I was taken aback that he hadn't changed much, and he had really improved with age. He even had the same cheerful disposition and the same distinct laugh I remembered him for in junior high school. I was also extremely impressed how Charlie had grown into such a leader. Despite the changing climate of the industry the family was involved, Charles was able to keep the family business alive with foresight, and transformed that which his father had bequeathed to him and his brother. Charlie also proved himself to be an astute business man, and his attention to detail was remarkable. I am just sorry he never thought of running for political office because I think he would have made a wonderful advocate of the people. I am also extremely grateful that he was able to be that son that every mother and father hopes for as they advance into their twilight years. I think it laudable how Charles looked after each parent, and did them proud until the end. I always looked up to him in junior high school, and I am sure that in his high school years, many looked up to him there too. I will always be honored to have known him, and I can certainly say my life was all that much richer because I was able to have his as a friend. Ronn Briggs/Antonio Di Giovanni

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Jun 22, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Wonderful and inspiring, Ronn!

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May 27, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Although all of you might not have read my earlier posting about Jeff Pennisi, what is important is that his loss as well the loss of many others in this class has been devastating news on the heals of an upcoming re-union. Trust me I understand how life works, but still the reality that such a young man, like others in this class, passed away in the prime of their lives? That remains overwhelming to me. But more importantly, is that I never want him or any of the others to be forgotten. Thus, with the approval of my associates, we have created a permanent IN MEMORIAM page on our site that I hope will grow to contain as much information about people as Wikipedia. Why should the rich or the famous just be remembered? EVERYONE made a contribution that helped someone at sometime that changed their life and and that should be ALWAYS remembered. So we have created a page to begin to memorialize each and every individual. So if you have information about any student, person and especially someone in the military who served and lost their life, send us their information. We would very much like to remember them. You can visit our site at charmedincca.com, and just select the IN MEMORIAM page. Best wishes always.

Ronn Briggs has left an In Memory comment for Jeff Pennisi.
May 27, 2016 at 1:33 AM

How incredible life is.  With the help of a very dear person, Adrienne Phalon, I learned that Jeff passed away on April  30, 2003.  What is more incredible is that someone I have known from many years later is now actually working at Marin Interfaith.  Here there was a thread that connected us, and yet we were so very far apart because of time.  Jeff, I will do everything in my power to remember you on our site (charmedincca.com) and especially once we have built the medical center in honor of Robin M. Williams.  Heart Song Intitute and Medical Center.  You are very much missed and I am so very sorry I couldn't have reached you sooner.

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May 27, 2016 at 1:33 AM

With the help of a very dear person, Adrienne Phalon, I learned that apparently David Fowler passed away in 2000.  Unfortunately, it was apparently a suicide.  I am deeply saddened to hear that, but I pray that whatever the case may be, the reasons for his taking his life have been resolved and he has found the joy and happiness he is entitled.  Thank Adrienne for all your help.

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May 21, 2016 at 5:33 PM

(Copied from another posting to another individual "in memory of."

Dear Chris and to each and every other reader:

My life throughout grade school, junior high school and then high school was absolute hell.  Although I didn't understand it at the time, it turns out that my mother was probably one of the first "home flippers" of our time (so to speak).  So almost every two years we moved and often that meant having to attend a new school.  Thus, everywhere I went I was branded with yet another nickname of one sort or another;  at one school it was "Norton."  If my books weren't being stolen, clothes, underwear, or I was being beaten to a pulp in order to elevate another student's ego, it was something.  Finally, when I reached my first year of high school, all hell broke loose and in the midst of which, I announced over dinner that I was gay.  Granted my mother was estastic that I was a happy person, but the sound of my dad's spoon hitting the soup bowl told me he knew better what I meant by my decree.  "He's not happy -- he's a Homo-sex-ual!!!"  Of course my mother, a Christian Scientist, had no idea what that might be, and knew only "homogenized" because the milk carton was sitting in front of her.  "What has his being happy got to do with milk?"  "No damn it, he sleeps with MEN!"  We had a winner.  She got it and that (apparently) was a good enough reason to call it quits -- why stayed married if the kid is gay?  Regardless, why they were fighting over the remants of what would be their life, to make things worse, trying to find my way free of that environment and high school, I was then raped and molested by a man who it took police almost twenty (20) years later to finally catch and convict;  still after he had molested hundreds of other children as he had done me.  His name was Robert Lamb and he was a piano teacher in Corte Madera near the fire house near the park.  You can look him up.  His partner, a man who runs a realty firm still in Marin County, didn't get prosecuted.  Regardless, point is:  could it get any worse.

Notwithstanding, despite all this, I still graduated high school at fifteen (15) and although I didn't get to formerly graduate with my class, I never held a grudge against anyone.  At least I had Jeff Pennisi, Charles McCabe, Paul Leighton and maybe one or two others as friends -- so life wasn't all that bad. 

So when the Court granted my parents their long overdue divorce along with my emancipation, with the help of Robin Williams in the distance, I walked away and just prayed that despite everything that happened, nothing but good would come of the lives of each and every person.  I forgave them just as I have forgiven the man that molested me for so many years.

From there I was blessed to serve in the United States Marine Corp which underwrote ALL the costs associated with my medical and legal education.  And let me tell you, they didn't seem to have a problem with gays in the military then?  But I digress.  With my education in progress I then headed out into the world and was caught up in the AIDS epidemic.  At the same time I was battling health insurance companies that refused to provide children with life saving medical care based upon cost-driven decision making.  Look up Linda Peeno who finally broke down and testified about what we had tried to make others realize.  And then I find out I had been exposed to the HIV virus!  After I had risen from the depths of hell and now I am going to die!  Well, that was in 1992 and it is now 2016!  Apparently I was infected in 1982 based on my blood work.  So you do the math.  I'll save you some time.  34 years later, I am still alive and healthy as a horse.  Why?  Physicians around the world are still asking that question and is the reason myself and six others are in a study to better understand why.

Am I upset that I was infected?  Hell No!  I get the best medical care money can buy and see my physician at least every other month.  If so much as one diagnostic tool used to evalute my health is slightly abnormal, I am rushed into treatment.  Fortunately, however, I have remained healthy.  I also survived two bouts with cancer.  So you think you're being punished?  Just because you persecuted someone in school?

Chris, and every other person out thereGod would never go to such great lengths.  Instead you are blessed!  Where would your son or daughter be without the love and commitment that you have had for them?  God knows that none of you ever really meant to hurt another in grade school, junior high school or even high school;  it just happened.  But as we have become adults, it is the fact that we have tried to make aright the past that matters to Him/Her.  And that you are teaching your children not to make the same mistakes you made.

Fact is that you are awesome people now.  So let go of the past.  And if you feel you need to do anything, you can write an apology letter to the person if possible;  but if not, prayerfully they will know you didn't mean any of it.  It was just life.  You didn't do something to deserve it.

Instead I just like to remember that apart from my work with the non profit charitable organization I helped to found in 1992, and now working toward the building of a hospital in Marin County that will be dedicated to Robin Williams, and a Jewelry Store that helps underwrite AIDS and cancer research for children, it just don't get much better!  I also established a Federal and State legal precident against one of the most powerful companies in the world that safeguard gays and lesbians in the workplace, as well as people with AIDS.  And then on top of all that good stuff, "adopting" two kids and now having grand children ... well, that beats about everything else.

So just thank the good lord above that you are still alive and well, and never foreget:  those you may have persecuted when you were young ... we forgive ya'all!!  We really do! And we love you -- with all our hearts!  Ronn aka Antonio

Ronn Briggs has left an In Memory comment for Deborah Johnston.
May 21, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Dear Chris and to each and every other reader:

My life throughout grade school, junior high school and then high school was absolute hell.  Although I didn't understand it at the time, it turns out that my mother was probably one of the first "home flippers" of our time (so to speak).  So almost every two years we moved and often that meant having to attend a new school.  Thus, everywhere I went I was branded with yet another nickname of one sort or another;  at one school it was "Norton."  If my books weren't being stolen, clothes, underwear, or I was being beaten to a pulp in order to elevate another student's ego, it was something.  Although I love you notwithstanding, it was a fight with Mark Shields that became a partial emancipation.  It was when I reached my first year of high school that all hell broke loose and in the midst of which, I announced over dinner that I was gay.  Granted my mother was estastic that I was a happy person, it was the sound of my dad's spoon hitting the soup bowl that told me he knew better what I meant by my sudden declaration.  "He's not happy -- he's a Homo-sex-ual!!!"  Of course my mother, a Christian Scientist, had no idea what that might be, and knew only the word "homogenized" because the milk carton was sitting in front of her.  "What has his being happy got to do with milk?"  "No damn it, he's not homogenized -- he sleeps with MEN!"  We had a winner.  She got it and that (apparently) was a good enough reason to call it quits -- why stayed married if the kid is gay?  So why they were fighting over the remants of what would be their lives, things got worse.  Trying to find my way free of that environment and high school, I was then raped and molested by a man who it took police almost twenty (20) years later to finally catch and convict;  still only after he had molested hundreds of other children as he had done me.  His name was Robert Lamb and he was a piano teacher in Corte Madera near the fire house near the park.  You can look him up.  His partner, a man who runs a realty firm still in Marin County, didn't get prosecuted.  Regardless, point is:  could it get any worse.

Notwithstanding, despite all this, I still graduated high school at fifteen (15) and although I didn't get to formerly graduate with my class, I never held a grudge against anyone.  At least I had Jeff Pennisi, Charles McCabe, Paul Leighton and maybe one or two others as friends -- so life wasn't all that bad. 

Thus when the Court granted my parents their long overdue divorce along with my emancipation, with the help of Robin Williams in the distance, I walked away and just prayed that despite everything that happened, nothing but good would come of the lives of each and every person who had been my persecutor.  I forgave them just as I have forgiven the man that molested me for so many years.

From there I was blessed to serve in the United States Marine Corp which underwrote ALL the costs associated with my medical and legal education.  And let me tell you, they didn't seem to have a problem with gays in the military then?  But I digress.  With my education in progress I then headed out into the world and was caught up in the AIDS epidemic.  At the same time I was battling health insurance companies that refused to provide children with life saving medical care based upon cost-driven decision-making.  Look up Linda Peeno who was the first to finally break down and testify about what we had tried to make others realize.

But then it gets better.  I find out I had been exposed to the HIV virus!  After I had risen from the depths of hell and now I am going to die!  I wasn't even sexually active -- I was too busy fighting lawyers or health insurance companies to have sex.  Nevertheless, in 1992 they tell me I am HIV postivie and apparently I was infected in 1982 based on my blood work.  So you do the math.  I'll save you some time.  34 years later, I am still alive and healthy as a horse.  I only stopped planning not to live another day after may year 30!

So why was I still alive?  Physicians around the world are still asking that question and it is the reason myself and six others are in a study to better understand why.

Am I upset that I was infected?  Hell No!!  I get the best medical care money can buy and see my physician at least every other month.  If so much as one diagnostic tool used to evalute my health is slightly abnormal, I am rushed into treatment.  Fortunately, however, I have remained healthy.  I also survived two bouts with cancer.  So you think you're being punished?  Just because you persecuted someone in school?

Chris, and every other person out thereGod would never go to such great lengths.  Instead you are blessed!  Where would your son or daughter be without the love and commitment that you have had for them?  God knows that none of you ever really meant to hurt another in grade school, junior high school or even high school;  it just happened.  But as we have become adults, it is the fact that we have tried to make aright the past that matters to Him/Her.  And that you are teaching your children not to make the same mistakes you made;  that is the most important of all.

Fact is that you are awesome people now.  So let go of the past.  And if you feel you need to do anything, you can write an apology letter to the person if possible;  but if not, prayerfully they will know you didn't mean any of it.  It was just life.  You didn't do something to deserve it.

Instead I just like to remember that apart from my work with the non profit charitable organization I helped to found in 1992, and now working toward the building of a hospital in Marin County that will be dedicated to Robin Williams, and a Jewelry Store that helps underwrite AIDS and cancer research for children, it just don't get much better!  I also established a Federal and State legal precident against one of the most powerful companies in the world that safeguard gays and lesbians in the workplace, as well as people with AIDS.  And then on top of all that good stuff, "adopting" two kids and now having grand children ... well, that beats about everything else.

So just thank the good lord above that you are still alive and well, and never foreget:  those you may have persecuted when you were young ... we forgive ya'all!!  We really, really, really do! And we love you -- with all our hearts!  Ronn aka Antonio

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