2014 Academy of Leaders

The Academy of Leaders comprises highly-regarded leaders and luminaries in the field of senior care who are invited to participate in the Academy. The Academy of Leaders selects the recipients of most categories of the Senior Care Heroes Awards from a short list of finalists selected by the Council of Advisors.

Denise Welch

Position: Chair

Organization: SeniorServ, Board of Directors

 

Lynn Daucher is the immediate past Director of the California Department of Aging and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of SeniorServ, a leading non-profit in Orange County that provides programs and services for older adults. She also is a member of the board of the Archstone Foundation. Ms. Daucher has a deep history of public service starting in 1980 when she was elected to serve on the school board for Brea Olinda School District. She was also elected to the Brea City Council and served member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006. She was appointed to the position of Director of the California Department of Aging by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was responsible for administering programs serving older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the state.

Position: Former Chief Medical Officer

Organization: Coalition of OC Health Centers

 

Dr. Ken Bell is currently President of Ken Bell & Associates and former Chief Medical Officer of the Coalition of Orange County Health Centers. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of SeniorServ, a leading non-profit organization that provides programs and services for older adults. 

Dr. Bell has served as Chief Medical Officer for CalOptima, a Medi-Cal Managed Care program which oversees 300,000 of the most vulnerable population in Orange County. Dr. Bell also had a distinguished career with Kaiser Permanente. He joined Kaiser Permanente in 1968 as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, later becoming the Chief of that department and later serving as Medical Director in Orange County for 14 years. Dr. Bell is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Kings County Hospital, in New York.

 

Randy Platt : Event Chair, Senior Care Hero Awards
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Position: Senior Vice President of Operations, Hospice and At Home

Organization: Silverado

 

Randy Platt joined Silverado as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Silverado Hospice and Silverado At Home in 2010. Mr. Platt brings to Silverado over 30 years of healthcare leadership experience and expertise in operations, finance, business development and managed care. Prior to joining Silverado, he was the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for Community SeniorServ, Inc., the largest west coast food and nutrition provider serving older Americans through Title III Federal and State Funding. Mr. Platt has held executive positions for National Healing Corp. as their Senior Vice President of Operations, U.S. Health Works, Inc. as their Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, and Healthsouth as their Corporate Vice President of Operations.

Position: President and CEO

Organization: Alzheimer's Association

Jim McAleer began his career in the non profit world at age eighteen while pursing an undergraduate degree in Savannah, Georgia. For the next ten years, McAleer worked with individuals with mental retardation and other disabilities. He used those years to hone his leadership and senior management skills culminating in serving as the Interim Executive Director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association in 1994.

For the next six years, McAleer served as the CEO and President for several agencies serving at risk populations and individuals with varying labels of disability in Boston Massachusetts, where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration at Northeastern University.

Today, McAleer is the President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County and serves on multiple charity Boards. He lives in Orange County with his son Joseph.

Position: Vice President of Development

Organization: St. Michael Hospice/Care Choices

 

Ed has been in the health care business for over 27 years. His knowledge and experience in the home health and hospice field stem from personal experience. He is always the first in line to support any cause having to do with preserving the rights and dignity of seniors, and patients in general. He was the recipient of the Senior Care Hero at Large award at the 2012 Senior Care Hero Awards and continues to be an inspiration to everyone connected to the event.

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Organization: Anaheim Regional Medical Center

 

Patrick Petre is Chief Executive Officer of Anaheim Regional Medical Center in Anaheim California, a full-service regional medical center.
 

Prior to joining AHMC Healthcare, Mr. Petre served 6 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, California. He has over 35 years of Hospital experience. He serves on the Hospital Association of Southern California.
 

Patrick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania and his Master in Human Resource Management degree from the University of Pepperdine, Malibu, California.

A veteran, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a Reserve Sergeant Police Officer for Monterey Park, California.
 

In addition, Patrick has a passion for improving the relationship between patient and caregiver. He is married and has one daughter.

Position: Chief Medical Officer

Organization: Anaheim Regional Medical Center


AMITABH PRAKASH, M.D., FACEP, is Chief Medical Officer of AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Anaheim, California.

In addition to serving as Chief Medical Officer (since August 2009), he serves as Co-Chair of the Utilization Review Committee (since 2009) and Vice Chair of the Emergency Department (since 2004).

Previously, Dr. Prakash served as Chief of Medical Staff at AHMC Whittier Hospital Medical Center from 2007 to 2008; Chief of Staff Elect from 2005 to 2006; Immediate Past Chief of Medical Staff from 2009 to 2010 and served as Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine from 1996 to 2006.

Dr. Prakash has been a member of the medical staff at Anaheim Regional Medical Center since 1989 and is a Emergency Department staff physician. Dr. Prakash serves as a Preceptor for Western University of Health Services and the University of California, Davis (both since 2010).

 

Position: Vice President, Healthy Communities

Organization: St. Jude Medical Center

Barry Ross is Vice President, Healthy Communities at St. Jude Medical Center. He is currently serving as Chair, Fullerton Collaborative; Chair, Alliance for a Healthy Orange County; Vice Chair, La Habra Collaborative and serves on the CalOptima Medical Provider Advisory Committee. He served on the Board of Community SeniorServ for eight years including service as President of the Board,He is a recipient of the St. Joseph Health System Values in Action Award for Justice.

Position: Principal

Organization: MCB Healthcare Consultants

Currently a principal at MCB Healthcare Consulting, as well as a Board Member for Community Senior Serv, Mary Ann has worked in executive roles in many healthcare organizations including Vice President Clinical Operations for Prospect Medical Group, and Corporate positions at Tenet Healthcare and Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity). Prior to her role at MCB Healthcare Mary Ann worked at the corporate level at St. Joseph Health System and served as the Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement at St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA. Mary Ann has an unwavering passion for improving the relationship between patient and caregiver across the continuum. Mary Ann has an unwavering passion for improving the relationship between patient and caregiver across the continuum. Mary Ann earned her BSN at University of Phoenix and her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Redlands. She is currently engaged in her current role MCB Healthcare Consulting in Orange County, CA. 
 
 

Position: Senior Vice President and Executive Director 

Organization: Kaiser Permanente Orange County

 

Julie K. Miller-Phipps is Senior Vice President and Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente Orange County, a position she has held since 2002.   As the Chief Executive Officer for Health Plan and Hospital Operations in Orange County, she is responsible for the care of over 454,000 members supported by 6,333 staff and 700 Permanente physicians. Before returning to Orange County to assume her current position, Julie served as Director of Hospital Operations at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Baldwin Park, where she acted as on-site Hospital and Health Plan Leader.  Previously she was the Continuing Care Leader for the Inland Empire Service Area (Riverside-Fontana,) and Assistant Hospital Administrator at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Riverside.  Julie’s career with Kaiser Permanente has seen a steady rise in scope and responsibility since joining the organization 35 years ago.

Julie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of LaVerne.  In addition, she completed the Executive Advanced Leadership Program (for Kaiser Permanente) at the University of North Carolina and the USC Advanced Leadership Program (for Kaiser Permanente.)    

Position: Area Medical Director

Organization: Kaiser Permanente, Orange County

 

Dr. Nancy Gin has over 22 years of medical expertise and leadership experience. She has served as a key physician leader for Internal Medicine and medical subspecialty services for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG). Dr. Gin joined SCPMG in 1997. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the California Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Gin earned her Bachelor of Arts and Medical Degree from the University of Arizona, and completed her internship, residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine.

Position: Corporate Medical Director

Organization: SCAN Health Plan

 

Raymond L. Chan, MD, MBA, is the Corporate Medical Director for SCAN Health Plan, the country's fourth largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan. Dr. Chan facilitates joint initiatives with SCAN's partner medical groups, particularly in the Southern California region.

Dr. Chan has 20 years of experience as a medical director. Prior to joining SCAN, Dr. Chan served as the Director of Clinical Services and Quality for Hill Physicians Medical Group in San Ramon, California, where he was responsible for improving inpatient utilization and managing network performance over a broad range of products. Prior to that, he worked as a medical director for both Health Net and Private Healthcare Systems in support of health plan initiatives.

Dr. Chan is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He performed a family practice internship at Riverside General Hospital and completed his residency at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California. Dr. Chan also earned a Healthcare Executive MBA at the University of California, Irvine. He is a board-certified family physician.

Position: Founder & Chief Executive Officer 

Organization: Dupont Residential Care, Inc. and Assured InHome Care, Inc

 

Jacqueline Dupont is the founder and Chief Executive Office of Dupont Residential Care, Inc., Assured InHome Care, Inc., Board Member of Vista Gardens, LLC and former owner of Assured Horizons, LLC. She brings more than 23 years of professional experience working with older adults and the Alzheimer’s community, in addition to serving on several boards and committees.
 
 As a resident of San Clemente, Jacqueline graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.S, attended University of Southern California and received her two Masters at USC in Gerontology and Public Health Care Administration and her Doctorate in Gerontology from Ashbourne University in Oxford.  In graduate school she published many articles and training programs for older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She is a Gerontologist and has lectured at USC, UCI and Cal State Fullerton on Aging Issues.
 
Jacqueline has served as Co-Chair of the Peru Club Missionary Trips during 2009 and 2010 at JSerra Catholic School. As a leader, she has escorted 50 high school students to Piura, Peru. She performed humanitarian work with the poorest of the poor, taking care of hospice patients, orphans and built homes for the very poor and sick. 
 
Jacqueline has been featured on CNN, Dateline, Fox News, CNBC, in The Wall Street Journal, Orange Coast Magazine, and in many newspaper articles about her passion to protect and care for older adults in America.
 

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Organization: Skilled Healthcare Group

 

Robert Fish, a healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sector, joined Skilled Healthcare as Chief Executive Officer in November of 2013.
 

During his career, Mr. Fish has served as Chairman, President, or CEO of a number of successful companies focusing his efforts on driving operational improvements and increased shareholder value. From 2008 to 2012 he served as Chairman of REACH Medical Holdings, a regional air medical transport company; from 2005 to 2006 he served as Executive Chairman of Coram, Inc., a large home infusion provider; and from 2002 to 2004 he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Health Ventures, a long-term care and institutional pharmacy company.
 

Mr. Fish has also served as an independent director of public and private sector companies including service as chairman, lead director, and chair of executive, compensation, and compliance committees.
 

Mr. Fish holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Whittier College, and a Masters degree in Hospital Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Position: REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

Organization: CARE INTEGRATION ST. JOSEPH HERITAGE HEALTHCARE

 

Pat Brydges is the Vice President of Care Integration for the Southern California Region of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, a Ministry of St. Joseph Hoag Health. Her responsibilities include Care Management/Social Service at all regional hospitals, Transitions of Care, Ambulatory Care Management/Social Services, Access to care, (Call Center, Nurse Advice Line, and the future Regional Transfer Center) Utilization Management/Referrals, and Ambulatory Quality Management . Prior to joining St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare last year, she worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange for 35 years, most recent as the Executive Director of Care Management/Social Service, Patient Access, Decision Support and Ethics. She has a passion for developing programs and systems across the continuum of care for patients and their caregivers. Pat received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nazareth College , Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Chapman University. Pat was an adjunct faculty member at Cal State Fullerton, Division of Nursing 2006-2009, completed Orange Leadership through Orange Chamber of Commerce, and has served on multiple boards and committees.

Position: COO and CEO

Organization: Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. Western Medical Center, Santa Ana & Anaheim

 

Suzanne Richards, RN, MBA, FACHE, currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc., as well as the Chief Executive Officer for Western Medical Center Santa Ana, Western Medical Center Anaheim, and Victor Valley Global Medical Center.

Ms. Richards brings over twenty years of progressive leadership and strategic vision to Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc., a system of four Orange County community hospitals. Together, these four facilities fund approximately $47 million dollars in Medi-Cal/Medi-Cal Managed Care, and another $40 million dollars in charity/indigent costs annually. In addition to her duties as a corporate COO and hospital CEO, Ms. Richards is an active surveyor for The Joint Commission and has conducted accreditation surveys of healthcare entities throughout the United States since 2005.

Position:Chief Executive Officer

Organization: CalOptima

 

Since December 2012, Michael Schrader has been the Chief Executive Officer of CalOptima, a county organized health system (COHS) that administers health insurance programs for more than 450,000 individuals including low-income families, children, seniors and persons with disabilities.

Previously, for nearly three years, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan in Boston, Mass., a health plan with more than 250,000 members that administers Medicaid and other programs for low-income individuals.

Before that, for 5 years, he was the Chief Operating Officer of CenCal Health in Santa Barbara, CA, a COHS health plan like CalOptima that administers Medi-Cal and other programs for low-income individuals in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Mr. Schrader was at CenCal Health for a total of almost 15 years.

Mr. Schrader has a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA and an Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.

 

 

Position: Chief Medical Officer

Organization: CalOptima

 

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Helmer oversees CalOptima’s medical care delivery system, including development and implementation of strategies, programs, policies and procedures. He is responsible for leading key CalOptima departments, including Medical Data Management, Utilization Management, Quality Management, Case Management, Disease Management, Health Education, Pharmacy Management and Long-Term Care. A dedicated advocate for quality health care, Dr. Helmer is a surveyor for the National Committee for Quality Assurance. He will ensure that CalOptima maintains quality standards as an NCQA-accredited health plan. Prior to joining CalOptima, Dr. Helmer held medical leadership positions at private managed care plans and a public agency, Central California Alliance for Health, a county organized health system. He is board certified in family medicine.

Position: President

Organization: Orange County Community Foundation

 

Shelley Hoss has combined the best of the nonprofit and corporate worlds for the good of her community for 27 years. Since May 2000 she has served at the helm of one of Orange County’s most prominent philanthropic organizations-- the Orange County Community Foundation, whose mission is to encourage, support, and facilitate local philanthropy.

Under Hoss’ leadership, the Community Foundation has become recognized as the "center of gravity" for philanthropy in Orange County. Her impact on the growth of the organization has been dramatic. Annual grant and scholarship awards have surged more than five-fold, from $5 million when she joined OCCF in 2000, to nearly $30 million in 2012. During the same period, assets stewarded by the Foundation have increased from $43 million to $180 million. OCCF has awarded more than $190 million in grants and scholarships over the last 10 years, bringing total grants since its 1989 inception to over $225 million.

This dramatic growth has placed the Orange County Community Foundation as a stand-out among more than 750 U.S. community foundations, ranking OCCF as the 10th most active grantmaker in the nation among its colleagues. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Hoss served as Executive Director for Girls Incorporated of Orange County, tripling revenue to support programs for underserved girls. Prior to that, she served in leadership positions for ten years with Orangewood Children’s Foundation, raising awareness and providing essential services for abused and neglected children with a focus on youth emancipating from the foster care system.

Hoss served as founding chair of the Orange County Funders Roundtable, sits on the board of the League of California Community Foundations, and is a guest lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a joint Master’s Degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of California, Irvine. Hoss resides in Laguna Niguel with her husband and son.

Position: VP of Donor and Community Engagement

Organization: Orange County Community Foundation

 

Todd Hanson is vice president of donor & community engagement at the Orange County Community Foundation. For more than 13 years Todd has provided support to some of Orange County’s most generous families, helping them achieve their philanthropic goals and inspiring effective and impactful giving. He works with donors to develop personalized giving plans, arrange agency site visits, organize presentations on community issues and provide research reports on nonprofits. He visits more than 100 local charities each year to stay informed on the latest programs, services and results. He has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofits and is the former executive director of Camp Fire USA in Orange County. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.

Position: Health Officer

Organization: Orange County Health Care Agency

 

Eric G. Handler, M.D., M.P.H., became Health Officer for the County of Orange in August 2006. His previous experience includes serving as the Deputy Secretary for Children’s Medical Services in the Florida Department of Health (1996-2000) and Chief Medical Officer for the Florida Department of Children and Families (2000-2003). Most recently he was the Chief Medical Officer for the Boston Regional Office for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2004-2006.

During his career, Dr. Handler has held several academic appointments, including an Associate Professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Handler received his Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School and completed his Pediatrics training at L.A. County-U.S.C Hospital and his Master in Public Health at UCLA. He completed a pediatric rehabilitation fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital.

Dr. Handler is passionate about issues facing our most vulnerable populations such as homelessness, hunger, and health care. Currently, he is working on a campaign to end hunger in Orange County called Waste Not Want Not.

Position: Principal

Organization: Cordula Cares

 

 

Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to bettering the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, founded Cordula Cares in March 2014. Providing a wide range of consulting services, Cordula Cares empowers organizations and professionals to develop, implement, and research ways to enhance care for people with dementia.

Recognized as the 2011 Dementia Care Professional of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Dr. Dick-Muehlke holds appointments at UCI as an Associate Clinical Professor with the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and a Project Scientist at the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. Her many accomplishments include serving as executive director at Alzheimer’s Family Services Center in Huntington Beach for 17 years, Chair of the California Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Committee, President of the California Association of Adult Day Services, and a member of the California Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan Task Force.

Position: Executive Director

Organization: Acacia Adult Day Services

 

Mallory Vega is the Executive Director of Acacia Adult Day Services, a nonprofit agency providing Adult Day Care, Adult Day Health Care, Community Based Adult Services, Acacia-Secure for dementia clients, caregiver support groups, and transportation. The center serves older adults with health issues requiring supervision, persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, persons with disabilities, and their family caregivers living primarily in central and west Orange County.

During her tenure, Acacia has grown from an adult day care program serving 8 participants on the opening day to an adult day care and adult day health care provider which has served over 7,000.

Mallory received her BA and Certificate in Gerontology from California State University at Long Beach.

 

Current positions she holds:

Past President and founding member, OC Adult Day Services Coalition
Chairperson, Orange County Transportation Authority’s Special Needs Advisory Committee
Past President, California Association of Adult Day Services
Member, OC Aging Services Collaborative
Member, CalOptima PACE Development Advisory Committee
Member, Soroptimist International, Garden Grove Chapter

 

Awards received:

Farmers and Merchants Bank, Women of Courage Award, 2012
Cypress Americana, Cypress College, 2008
Citizen of the Year, Rotary Club of Garden Grove, 2004
Woman of the Year, Senator Joe Dunn, State of California Legislature

Position: Clinical Professor

Organization: University of California, Irvine

Lisa M. Gibbs, MD, is the Associate Director for the Program in Geriatrics at the University of California, Irvine. In addition, she serves as the Director for Geriatric Medical Education, the Geriatric Fellowship Director, and the Medical Director of the SeniorHealth Center, UC Irvine’s center for the comprehensive care of older patients. She has been a member of the Elder Abuse Forensic Center since 2002, for which she provides expert consultations, and in-home assessments of Orange County elders at risk for abuse and neglect. In addition, she has co-chaired the Orange County Elder Death Review Team with the Chief Coroner since 2006. She is the Chair of the Elder Abuse Special Interest Group of the American Geriatrics Society.
Dr. Gibbs has been a Co-Investigator on numerous elder abuse research studies, including those from the California Department of Health Services, US Department of Justice, National Institute on Aging, and the Los Feliz Foundation. These studies include the content areas of physical abuse and prevalence of elder mistreatment. She is a member of the Elder Abuse Training Institute and has co-directed the Death Investigations course by the Orange County Coroner’s Department and developed curriculum for interprofessional learners. Dr. Gibbs has presented extensively in the field of Elder Abuse, both regionally and nationally, in additional to publishing multiple articles.
In addition, she is the Principal Investigator for the Donald W Reynolds Foundation grant, a 4 year grant which supports geriatric education for physicians-in-training. In this role, she has coordinated the development of Geriatric medical education with 14 departments and several academic programs.
Dr. Gibbs continues to care for patients as well as serve as Medical Director in the SeniorHealth Center and teaches extensively within the School of Medicine. She is a recipient of the Orange County Physicians of Excellence Award for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Position: Partner and West Sub Area Industry Leader, Health Care

Organization: Ernst & Young

David has over 26 years of experience, primarily serving companies operating in the health care industry. He serves health care companies in the firm’s West Area healthcare practice. David has extensive experience in working with health care organizations and emerging companies through various forms of transactions, including IPO’s, bond offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and international expansion. David serves as the firms West Area Industry Leader for Health Care and resides in Orange County, California.

Position: Director

Organization: County of Orange OC Community Services

Karen Roper has worked for the County of Orange for 31 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. A majority of Karen’s career has been devoted to the development and implementation of housing, human service programs, and systems of care that improve the quality of life for the residents of Orange County. In April of 2008, Karen was appointed to the position of the Director of Housing and Community Services Department now known as OC Community Services.  In this role, Karen oversees the following Divisions: Office on Aging, Veterans Service Office, Community Investment Division/Orange County Workforce Investment Board, Orange County Housing Authority, Homeless Prevention Division, and the Housing and Community Development Division.

Position: VP of Government Relations

Organization: AltaMed Health Services

Jackie Ritacco has served as the Vice President of Government Relations at AltaMed Health Services since 2009. Previously, Ms. Ritacco was Chief Executive Officer for Community Care Health Centers for 20 years. As the past president of the Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics, past member of the Orange County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Committee and many other boards and tasks forces, her focus has been on the delivery of health care to underserved and uninsured individuals.
 

Ms. Ritacco has worked closely with CalOptima, the county organized health system for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and is a past two term member of the Board of Directors having served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. She currently holds a position on the Board of Directors of the statewide community health center trade group, California Primary Care Association and is actively involved with policy and legislative development in the State of California.
 

Jackie was nominated by The Orange County Business Journal for Woman of Excellence for 1999 and 2000, the National Society of Fund-raising Executives for Professional of the Year, 1999 and was selected as the Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach Woman of Distinction in Healthcare in 2004.
 

She received her bachelor’s degree in a health science, certifications in Human Resource Management and Nonprofit Executive Management and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. She received continuing executive education and was certified in Non Profit Strategic Management through Harvard School of Business in 2005. Ms. Ritacco is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in strategic leadership studies.

Position: Executive Director

Organization: Caregiver Resource Center

 

Claudia Ellano-Ota, LCSW, is the Director of the Orange Caregiver Resource Center, and the Brain Injury Network, programs of St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, CA. Her career has spanned mental health, administration, public policy, and community work with adult and older adult populations. Claudia has worked in both the private and public sector and has been on the faculty at California State University, Long Beach, School of Social Work since 1985. She serves on numerous statewide committees and boards to plan and advocate for the needs of family caregivers and adults with disabilities. Claudia has a holistic approach to aging, disability, and long-term care and a passion for ensuring that these individuals and their families are included in society.
Claudia resides in Lakewood with her husband and 2 Siberian Huskies.

Position: President & CEO

Organization: Council On Aging

 

Lisa Wright Jenkins is the President and CEO of the Council on Aging – Orange County. In this role, Lisa is responsible for leading the organization to fulfill its mission - promoting the independence, health and dignity of older adults through compassion, education and advocacy. A local non-profit organization for over 39 years, the Council on Aging is a trusted source of unbiased information, programs and services for more than 146,000 individuals, families and corporations annually. Prior to joining the Council on Aging, Lisa served as the Vice President of Business Operations for the Girl Scouts of Orange County.
Lisa began her career at RR Donnelley, the nation’s largest document management and printing company, where she rose to the position of Senior Vice President, responsible for building multiple global businesses in the technology and telecommunications sectors. Subsequently, Lisa was the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at SDC Technologies, a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemical Company.
Lisa received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

Position: Founder, CareMore and Founder, Nifty After Fifty

Organization: Nifty after Fifty

 

In 1993, Dr. Zinberg founded CareMore Medical Group. As the Chairman, he led CareMore in developing numerous innovative programs that dramatically improved the delivery of healthcare services for almost 100,000 members including 20,000 seniors. As the founder of Nifty after Fifty (The Most Effective Centers for Wellness and Lasting Independence), Dr. Zinberg has continued to publish his views on improving delivery systems for the healthcare industry. In 2003 he authored a book on better aging and fitness called "Win In the Second Half" (Saddleback Publishing, Inc.). His second book, "Nifty after Fifty" (Saddleback Publishing) was released in May 2008. Dr. Zinberg has served as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at two universities: The University of California at Irvine, College of Medicine and at the COMP division of The Western University of Health Sciences. During his academic career, he has been the recipient of many awards and honors and has co-authored textbook chapters and numerous scientific papers.

Position:President and CEO

Organization: SeniorServ

 

Holly Hagler is President & CEO of SeniorServ, Orange County’s largest non-profit agency providing social, nutrition and health services to older adults and their families. SeniorServ helps secure home, health and heart for older adults and persons with disabilities. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Aging and Nutrition Services Providers(NANASP). 
 
Holly has served as the co-founding president of the Drucker Society of Orange County and as a volunteer advisor to OneOC. She was previously chief of staff for a major global media ministry. Prior to that, she had a 20 year career in business and was a partner with a publicly traded international professional services firm and was in marketing and operations with other corporations.
 
Holly earned an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and dual undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Irvine.