2020 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: Past Director

Organization: California Department of Aging


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: SVP Market Manager for Orange County

Organization: Bank of America



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: Chief Gerontologist

Organization: GrandPad


Dr. Kerry Burnight has spent her entire professional career on a mission to improve the lives of seniors. She was a professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the University of California, Irvine, and founded the nation's first elder abuse forensic center as well as the national non-profit, Ageless Alliance: United Against Elder Abuse. She also spoke at The White House and shows including The Dr. Phil Show, CBS News, Money Matters, and The Doctors.

Dr. Burnight is GrandPad's Chief Gerontologist. She guides the development of features with evidence-based geriatric research to ensure dignity, autonomy, and safety for seniors. She joined GrandPad because of the firm's ability to prevent social isolation, one of the most significant risk factors for elders.


Position: Managing Director of Orange County and Major San Diego Markets

Organization: Dignity Memorial (Fairhaven)


Robert (Bob) Dowson is the Vice President and Managing Director of Dignity Memorial, a company with more than 24,000 employees at 2,000 providers throughout North America. In Dowson’s current position, he oversees their cemetery, mortuary and crematory operations in Orange and San Diego Counties, covering 600 employees conducting more than 5,000 funerals and 4,000 cemetery services per year.

Dowson joined Dignity Memorial in 1992 and has held several prominent staff and management positions including Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Revenue Services.  In 1995, he developed and ran the company’s Hawaiian operations with locations in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the big Island of Hawaii.
In 2002, Dowson joined an elite team within Dignity Memorial that coordinates state funerals for notable national public figures, including presidents, first ladies, Congressmen and entertainers. Notable dignitaries have included Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford, Senators Ted Kennedy and Lloyd Bentsen, Vice-Admiral James Stockdale and Congressman G.V. Montgomery. Dowson held this post simultaneously with his everyday position at Dignity Memorial.

Dowson, a resident of Laguna Niguel, Calif., is a member of the Cemetery Mortuary Association of California, International Funeral and Cemetery Cremation Association and the California Funeral Directors Association.  He also has served on the boards of industry organizations.   Dowson is active in several civic organizations and is a Foundation Member of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.  He is an active volunteer at his local church, Corpus Christi in Aliso Viejo, Calif.


Position: Neurologist

Organization: Mission Heritage Medical Group


Dr. Gee was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He attended his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Irvine, where he received his Bachelors in Science of Biological Sciences in 1994. During his time at the University, he participated in scientific research within the neurosciences. He was honored with his first publication during this time with his professor. This activity spurred his interest of the neurological sciences. He attended medical school at Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated as the 100th class in 1998.

After completion of his residency at UC Davis, he and his family moved to southern California where he eventually took part in creating and establishing the neurology department for Mission Internal Medical Group in 2007. He continues to stay active in headache medicine as he maintains membership in the major headache medicine organizations and is part of the headache section within the American Academy of Neurology. He is one of the original members of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, an organization established for promoting education and communication in headache care. He is active within Mission Hospital at both campuses of Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo. He is active in the stroke program at Mission Hospital, where it maintains its national certification in stroke care. He is involved in creating a stroke aftercare clinic to promote good health after such an event.

Along with general neurology, his interests include headache and facial pain, stroke, disorders of aging and memory, disorders in movement and Parkinson’s disease, seizures and epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Position: Founding Principal & I.D.E.A. Director

Organization: Raad Ghantous & Associates


Raad Ghantous is the Principal of Raad Ghantous & Associates / RG&A a firm specializing in luxury hospitality, wellness centers, and medical & day spa developments. Raad has over 20 years of experience in developing integrating elegant and seamless designs/modifications to new and existing structures.

He is an educator on Spa Design, an authority on Aging-in-Place and the developer of 'Your Home For A Lifetime', a holistic A.D.A/ Barrier-free/ Universal design/Aging in place, approach to design/build.

Ghantous' previous involvement with SCHA stretches back 4 years where he has hosted Red Carpet Interviews yearly at the event. He also was a 2016 nominee in the category of Outstanding Senior Care Professional.

Raad is also the founder of Golden Seal Production and is the host of his own live weekly show, 'The Raad Life' on OCtalkRadio.net. The show, now in its 5th year, that takes you along on Raad's continuing journey of discovery as an 'Age Explorer' interested in life's challenges & opportunities that come with getting older and bolder.



Position: Executive Director

Organization: Alzheimer's Association


Anne leads the strategic goals of the Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to fulfill the organization's mission to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Anne is a champion for educating the community about research, brain health and an advocate for early detection of Alzheimer's disease. It is her goal that everyone in Orange County impacted by dementia knows that the Alzheimer's Association is here to help them 24/7 free of charge.

Anne is a noted leader in the Orange County community and a member of the Junior League of Orange County where she serves as the Sustaining Advisor in Public Affairs. She has appeared as a guest on programs such as "Dr. Drew Midday Live" on 790AM KABC radio and the national television network, Headline News (HLN).

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: 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: Continuing Care Service Line Administrator 

Organization: Kaiser Permanente Orange County


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: President, CEO and Owner

Organization: Hyder & Company Property Management


Stephen Margetic has more than 25 years of experience managing affordable and market-rate properties. As President, CEO and Owner of Hyder & Company Property Management, he manages over 90 affordable properties, totaling about 6,000 units throughout California. He is also a principal partner in the management of two campuses totaling 162 units of senior assisted and congregate care units in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining Hyder & Company Property Management in 2004, Mr. Margetic spent 12 years managing a portfolio of 10,000 units, which included more than 2,000 units of senior housing. A Certified Public Accountant from the state of Illinois, Mr. Margetic has been a member of both the American and the California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, as well as serving on the Owners’ Advisory Board of the National Investment Conference.

Position: President – Consumer • Growth • Pharmacy

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

Organization: Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Care


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: Palliative Care Program Director

Organization: Hoag Memorial Hospital Prebyterian


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: VP of Operations - Southern California

Organization: Optimal Health Services, A Bristol Hospice Company




Position: Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO

Organization: Care Partners at Home & Transitional Medicine


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: 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: Regional Director, Community Health Investment

Organization: Southern California Region, Orange County/High Desert Providence St. Joseph Health


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: 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: Physician

Organization: MedWell Medical


Michael Tehrani, MD is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician who specializes in Geriatric Medicine. He graduated his Residency from USC and is currently a principle at his practice, Accessible MDs, and, a Medical Director and Advisor at Brand New Day Healthplan.
Dr. Tehrani, or Dr. T as his patients frequently call him, has made a commitment in his career to go beyond traditional medicine in order to truly support the health and well-being of older adults. He often mentions that these are their “Golden Years”; their retirement time; their time to enjoy the fruits of all their hard work; their time to be on vacation, but instead they are in the hospital dealing with illnesses or in doctor offices. They are often confused and perplexed trying to navigate this complex medical system and making difficult medical decisions. “These are not the ways they envisioned retirement,” Dr. T is heard to say, and this is definitely not the path he would want to take in his own retirement.
Consulting with renowned Geriatric Physicians as Dr. Richard Wigod, Dr. T created programs based on compassionate philosophies for his senior patients, the two most prominent being:
1) Prevent illness so you don’t have to treat illness.
2) Bringing traditional medicine back into this modern era.
Modeling these two statements, he has seen his senior population thrive and appreciate the good times that they intended to enjoy in retirement. Because of Dr. T’s passion for his older adult patients, he has made it his goal to expand this successful program to other doctors and healthcare practitioners. He would like the healthy aging outcomes his patients have achieved to reach all seniors. Part of this mission is to do extensive outreach in the community, and provide education to other physicians and health professions, with a focus on training residents and nurse practitioners. He is a frequent volunteer speaker in the community, at health fares, expos and hospitals, and educating patients on what to ask and expect from their physicians. Through his efforts, he is hopeful that his vision will continue to expand and touch many lives.

Position: President

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.