2019 Nominees

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Nominated for:
Outstanding Nurse
Cheryl Villasenor

Nurse Practitioner and Manager of Quality Assurance, Housecall Doctors Medical Group

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Outstanding Physician
Michael Tehrani

Physician, MedWell Medical

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Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Nathaniel Nalam

Director of Case Management, 123 Home Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Ivonne Meader

Executive Director/Owner, Mom and Dad Board & Care Homes

Nominated for:
Outstanding Nurse
Marietta Mauhay

Case Manager, UCI Medical Center

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Brett Peterson

Chaplin, Universal Health Net

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Farshid Kazi

Medical Director, High Risk Programs, Healthcare Partners

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Anne Janssen

Volunteer Coordinator, Optimal Hospice

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Jacqueline Sobral

Business Development, 123 Home Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Linda Hsu

Executive Medical Director , Optimal Hospice Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Margaret Nicholson

Certified Home Health Aide, Kaiser Homecare

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Tom Tankersley

Director of Transportation, Brookdale Anaheim Hills

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Michael Bender

Director of Resident Engagement, Silverado Memory Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Michelle Wulfestieg

Executive Director , Southern California Hospice Foundation

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Susana Harris

Manager of Care Delivery, 24 Hour Home Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Lisa Joy Halverson

Caregiver, None

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Gabriela Garcia

Executive Director, Mom's Retreat Recuperative Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
David Berg

Spiritual Care Coordinator , Optimal Hospice

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Lori Davis

Social Worker, Monarch Health Care, part of OPTUM

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Jill Paulson

Area Director of Development , Optimal Hospice

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Marlene Arellano

HDM Case Manager, Orange Senior Center

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Denise Dupré Kozak

Social Worker/Case Manager, Placentia Linda Hospital

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Alma Miller-Perry

Social Worker , Optimal Hospice

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
John M. Owings

Director, Helping Hands Relocation

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
John Kabuchwa

Caregiver, CareAssist Services

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Rudy Bautista

Caregiver, All Ways Caring HomeCare

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Dean Gunnell

Executive Director/Administrator , Broadway By The Sea

Nominated for:
Outstanding Nurse
Giles Ordinario

Case Manager , Kaiser South Bay

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Silei Gago-Jefferson

Personal Care Attendant, Care Partners

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Kelli Kawashima, PA

Physician Assistant for Care Anywhere, Alignment Healthcare

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Jake Koopman

Resident , College Medical Center

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Roneet Cooper

Social Worker, Monarch Health Care, part of OPTUM

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Roxana Minkus

Physician, South Coast Family Medicine

Nominated for:
Volunteer Hero - People's Choice
Mary Chun Lum

Volunteer, Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach Senior Centers

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Gaylord Café

Caregiver, All Ways Caring HomeCare

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Rishi Gupta

Medical Director, Palliative and Hospice Medicine, St. Joseph Home Health & Hospice

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Jill Upton

Lead Social Worker, Irvine Adult Day Health Services

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Kathy Valdesuso

Social Worker , Healthcare Partners

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Miranda Rachelle

Home Care Aide, Oasis In-Home Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Karla Ballew

Medical Director and CEO , Novari Primary Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Faye McKinnon

Caregiver, CareAssist Services

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Keyvan Esmaeili

Medical Director, Hoag Hospital

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Izze Perez

Director of Resident and Family Services, Silverado-Brea

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Norma Castellano

Latino Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's Orange County

Nominated for:
Outstanding Nurse
G. Jay Westbrook

Clinical Director , Compassionate Journey

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Jennifer Baca

Case Manager, Manor Care Health Services

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
John Alexander

Case Manager, Kaiser Homecare

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Clarissa Reyna

Associate Director of Care Management, 123 Home Care

Nominated for:
Family Member Hero - People's Choice
Rosa Garza

Family Care Giver , Family Member Hero

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Hollis Parmely

Program Director, Irvine Adult Day Health Services

Nominated for:
Outstanding Nurse
Vaneza Vargas

LVN, Universal Health Net

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Ruth Elisardo

Home Care Aide, Oasis In-Home Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Mickey Wade

Owner, Placement & Referral Specialist, Senior Living Options of California.

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Nohemy Robles

Executive Director, Sunflower Gardens

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Amish Shah

Physician in Charge for Kaiser Permanente Orange County’s Home Care Agency and Living Well Program, Kaiser Permanente

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Mary D. Pettway

Director of Social Services, Lomita Post Acute Care Center

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Ulisses Silva

Home Care Aide, 24 Hour Home Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Ameneh Abusafieh

Managing Director, Universal Health Net

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Cristina Quezada

Residential Care Manager , Brand New Day HMO

Nominated for:
Family Member Hero - People's Choice
Brent Deines

Facilities Director, Alzheimer's Orange County

Nominated for:
Volunteer Hero - People's Choice
Catherine Aaronson

volunteer, Cura-HPC

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Mona El-Kurd

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hoag CARES/Palliative Care Program

Nominated for:
Outstanding Physician
Kasein Gonzalez MD

Chief Medical Officer, Empire Healthcare

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Sadie Harness

Executive Director , Belmont Village Senior Living Aliso Viejo

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Steven Sarosy

Supervisor of Social Workers, Alignment Healthcare

Nominated for:
Outstanding Social Worker
Lauren Stowell

Director of Social Services, The Pavilion at Sunny Hills

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Dan McConnell

Physician Assistant, GeissMed

Nominated for:
Outstanding Nurse
Adrienne Norquist

Nurse Practitioner - Certified , Healthcare Partners Torrance

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Stephen Zimmerman

COO, AEC Living

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Vicki Hallaian

Administrator , Optimal Hospice

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Tyree Ngo

HICAP Counselor, Council on Aging Southern California

Nominated for:
Veteran Hero - People's Choice
Lt. Col. Sam Sachs

Lieutenant Colonel, Mom & Dads House Manor

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Lauren Zimmerman-Cook

CEO, AEC Living

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Jessica Bacca

Director of Sales, Sunrise Senior Living

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Charisse Gamboa

Patient Advocate , Sanctuary Transitions and Hospice

Nominated for:
Outstanding Nurse
Nicole Sanchez

Charge Nurse, SILVERADO

Nominated for:
Veteran Hero - People's Choice
Ron Cabrera

Volunteer, Marines & Army

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Maricel Nepomuceno

Director of Community Relations, A Right Place for Seniors

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Cindy Bock

Consultant, Dignified Dementia Coaching

Nominated for:
Outstanding Caregiver
Jose Chavez

CNA, Victoria Health Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Nurse
April Aloiau

DNP, Sea Crest

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Maria Ash

Owner/Executive Director, 24-Seven Home Health

Nominated for:
Outstanding Executive Director
Cesar Delgado

Senior Services Executive, A New Day Home Care

Nominated for:
Outstanding Senior Care Professional
Tiffany Phuong

Vietnamese Liaison, Vitas Healthcare