2017 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.


Position: SVP - Orange County Market Manager
Enterprise Business and Community Engagement

Organization: Bank of America



Position: President

Organization: Ken Bell & Associates


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.

Position: Lifetime Achievement Emmy® Award Winning
News Anchor & Broadcaster

Organization: Philanthropist


We welcome Patrice King Brown to the SeniorServ family as the Guest Host of the 2016 Senior Care Hero Awards. We thought you’d like to get to know her...


Since addressing congress at the age of sixteen as runner-up to Miss Teenage America, Patrice has been surrounded by newsmakers. During her pageant year she traveled extensively, speaking to teens across the country about the issues of the day. 


After graduating from West Virginia University, she entered the broadcast industry as an account executive for a Pittsburgh FM radio station and quickly left to join KDKA-TV as co-host of the award winning Talk and Variety afternoon show Pittsburgh 2Day. She also became a respected Medical Reporter, covering everything from the latest health studies from women's health to arthritis to heart health--as well as extensive reporting on complementary and alternative medical therapies. 


Over the years Patrice has interviewed hundreds of national superstars including Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Charlton Heston, Elizabeth Taylor, Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Dennis Miller, Oprah, George Lopez, Ron 


She also was among the highest rated CBS affiliate anchors in the country. 

Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting. 



View Video of Patrice Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XDS2tzXVS8 

Position: Principal

Organization: Integrated Care Management, LLC


Pat Brydges has taken her 39 years of experience working for St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare and is parlaying it into a dynamic consulting company all her own. She was the Vice President of Care Integration for St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Healthcare Administration.  Pat currently serves on numerous Hospital, Health System, Health Plan and Local Network committees, Boards and Collaboratives, and is currently a member of SeniorServ's Board of Directors.
Pat has been involved with SeniorServ for many years, beginning when she was at St. Joseph Hospital, facilitating Meals on Wheels and Adult Day Care Program for discharging patients. In 2013, she assisted SeniorServ in the development of the CCTP (Community Care Transition Partnership Program) with St. Jude Medical Center to help prevent readmissions. She partnered with SeniorServ to develop a pilot with St. Joseph Heritage Ambulatory Care Management and SeniorServ care management to prevent readmissions post Skilled Nursing Facility Discharge.  Pat was the chairperson for the 2015 SCHA gala and the co-chair in 2016. She has most recently connected SeniorServ with the Directors of Care Management at St. Joseph Hoag Health Hospitals as well as the St. Joseph Hoag Health Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative to promote Adult Day Healthcare.
Pat's passion is to develop programs and systems across the continuum of care to ensure access to patient centered care and to assure that seniors experience quality of life along with independence, dignity and the respect that they well deserve.

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: Past Chair

Organization: SeniorServ, Board of Directors


Lynn Daucher is the 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: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.

Position: Vice President, Center for Engaged Philanthropy

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: President

Organization: Horizon Oxygen & Medical Equipment Inc.



Position: President & CEO

Organization: Council On Aging Southern California


Lisa Wright Jenkins is the President and CEO of the Council on Aging – Southern California. 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: Hana and Francisco J. Ayala Dean

Organization: Ayala School of Biological Sciences


Dean Frank LaFerla is the Hana and Francisco J. Ayala Dean of Biological Sciences, and Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Dean LaFerla is also the director of the NIH funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center, only one of 27 in the country. He previously served as the department chair from 2010-2013, and is the former Director of the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, (UCI MIND).

Dean LaFerla’s research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease, the most common form of dementia. His scholarly work has had a global influence on the field, as some of the models he has generated have been distributed to over 150+ researchers in over 20 countries throughout the world. He has published over 200 original peer-reviewed articles and was ranked in the top 1% of cited researchers in his field. He has received several honors for his research accomplishments including the Ruth Salta Junior Investigator Achievement Award from the American Health Assistance Foundation, Zenith Fellows Award from the Alzheimer Association, Distinguished Mid-career Faculty Research Award, Promising Work Award from the Metropolitan Life Foundation for Medical Research, and was elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Neurological Association.


Position: Continuing Care Service Line Leader

Organization: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals


Sheldon Lewin MBA, LCSW relocated from Chicago, Illinois to Orange County. Mr. Lewin has over 25 years of clinical and operational healthcare leadership experience. Shortly after completing his MSW at Loyola University’s School of Social Work in Chicago, Sheldon started his career in Geriatrics at Northwestern Memorial hospital. He further continued his education completing his MBA at North Park University’s – School of Management with a focus in healthcare and organizational development.


In his current position with Kaiser Permanente Sheldon serves as the Continuing Care Service Line Service Line Leader for two medical centers, home health care, hospice, palliative care and long term care in Orange County. His immediate past position was with Aurora Healthcare as the administrator for Hospital Medicine, Palliative Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care in 14 hospitals in Southeastern Wisconsin. As a Hospital Director at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, Sheldon spearheaded the integration; coordination and operation of strategic initiatives within human resources and patient care services.  He was recognized for his achievement and received two Exemplary Service Awards in 2007 and 2009.


He served executive positions in several prominent healthcare organizations in Chicago including the Alzheimer’s Association National Office where he launched several nationwide initiatives including a 24/7 contact center and implemented healthcare standards and survey processes for case management, assisted living and long-term care while employed at the Joint Commission in Chicago.


Sheldon’s feels his combination of vision, corporate realism, combined with his ability to harness the enthusiasm and talents of others has led to a successful and meaningful career.

Position: Vice President - Independence at Home

Organization: SCAN Healthplan



Position: President - Alignment Healthcare Markets

Organization: Alignment Healthcare

Dawn Maroney is president of all markets for Alignment Healthcare, a health care services company focused on providing population health management services to health systems and provider groups around the country. In this role, Ms. Maroney oversees all market presidents and certain corporate functions. She focuses on driving innovative products and spearheading marketing efforts around the brand, as well as overseeing direct response and public relations activities. In addition, she directs the many variable aspects of sales execution and planning, and the ongoing challenge of coordinating these channels with Alignment's extensive network of providers, health plans and hospital systems. Ms. Maroney is regarded not only as an industry expert, but also a pioneer in positioning health care organizations for success in the challenging Medicare, Medicaid and underserved markets.


Position: President and CEO

Organization: Alzheimer's Orange County


Jim McAleer began his career in the nonprofit world at age eighteen while pursuing 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 Alzheimer's Orange County and serves on multiple charity Boards. He lives in Orange County with his son Joseph.

Position: Physician



Monica Mehren recently retired from a 25 year career with Kaiser Permanente. She continues to love the practice of medicine, and is currently a volunteer physician with The Laguna Beach Community Clinic. She serves on the Board of Directors for SeniorServ, leading the Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for Trish’s Angels (a nonprofit that assists ALS patients). She also runs a charity called Believe in Miracles, which focuses on needy members of our community.

Mehren attended George Washington University Medical School, and completed residency and chief residency at the Washington Hospital Center. She has board certifications in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Care. She recently married and extended her family from two sons to four sons.

Position: Program Director, CARES/Palliative Care Program

Organization: Hoag Memorial Hospital Prebyterians


Dr. Nguyen is the Director of the HOAG CARES Program. In this role he provides direct medical care as well as oversight of the inpatient and outpatient palliative clinical services at HOAG hospitals. Over his career, he built a nationally recognized post- acute service in the Skilled Nursing Facility settings, and implemented Fellowship training programs for post-graduate and mid-career Physicians in the art of Hospice and Palliative Medicine through UC Irvine. He has lectured, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine and co-authored several chapters in 2 books on End-of Life issues published by the McGraw-Hill Companies.

In addition to being a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at UCI School of Medicine, he co-chairs the Orange County POLST Coalition since 2009 to inform and educate the public on the value of advance care planning.


Position: Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

Organization: Care Partners at Home & Global Transitional Care


Randy is a recognized leader and entrepreneur in the field of Healthcare Services. His career spans both the acute and post-acute fields of care. His passion, which led him to co-found Care Partners at Home, is seeing that those in need of services and resources get the best care possible from compassionate experts in both clinical and supportive services. He brings to Care Partners At Home over 30 years of healthcare leadership experience and expertise in operations, finance, business development and managed care. Previously, Randy was Senior Vice President of Operations for Silverado Hospice and Silverado At Home and has held executive positions at other senior-facing organizations.

Position: Chief Quality Officer

Organization: CareMore Health System


David is currently Chief Quality Officer at CareMore Health System, an innovative health plan and care delivery system subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. with $1.2B revenue and over 100,000 members. In this role he has responsibility over the Utilization Management, Pharmacy, Quality Management, and Case Management departments. At CareMore he has also been a Vice President of Clinical Services with operational oversight of CareMore's 40 Care Centers as well as its innovative Disease Management Programs. He has also led implementation of new pilot programs for advanced cancer, remote monitoring, and medication adherence.


Prior to joining CareMore, David was Medical Director of Ambulatory Care and Associate Chief Medical Officer at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin Texas. In these roles David successfully designed and implemented an innovative medical home for high risk under- and un-insured patients in the Austin community. He was also a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern in the department of Internal Medicine.
David also has experience as a private practice hospitalist, attending faculty hospitalist, and hospitalist program director. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, completed his residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Position: CEO

Organization: KPC Healthcare


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: Professor and Director of the Center of Successful Aging, California State University Fullerton

Organization: Fall Prevention Center of Excellence


Debra Rose, PhD, is a professor in the Kinesiology Department and director of the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton. She also serves as one of two co- directors of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence established in 2005 with funding from the Archstone Foundation. Dr. Rose received her M.S. from the University of Oregon in 1982 and PhD from Penn State University in 1985. Her primary research focus is in the area of motor control and learning with a particular focus on postural control, mobility enhancement, and the prevention of falls in later years. Dr. Rose is nationally and internationally recognized for her research in the assessment and treatment of balance and gait disorders. Her research has been widely published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, monographs, and professional journals. She has also received more than $6.0 million in external funding for her research in this area. Dr. Rose has been frequently recognized for her contributions to the scientific literature and to the profession. The innovative fall risk reduction program she developed called FallProof™ was recognized by the Health Promotion Institute of the National Council on Aging in 2006 as a “Best Practice” program in health promotion. This program is currently being replicated in numerous community-based settings and retirement communities throughout the United States. Dr. Rose was the recipient of the 2013 Herbert A. DeVries Award for Distinguished Research on Aging from the Council on Aging and Adult Development, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, 2013. Debra is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity and currently serves as President of the National Academy of Kinesiology.

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: 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: Vice President of Development

Organization: CareChoices Network, Inc.


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: Principal

Organization: MCB Healthcare Consultants, LLC

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: Chief Executive Officer

Organization: Foothill Regional Medical Center