Paul Hernandez, Chairperson
Paul leads Fenton’s Los Angeles office and applies his more than sixteen years of experience in public policy, government relations, and strategic communications to successfully help organizations navigate through complex political environments at the state and local level to impact a wide array of policy issues such as juvenile justice reform and health care. He currently acts as a strategic advisor to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, Oakland Unified School District, and The California Endowment. Prior to joining Fenton, Paul was managing director for SNR-Denton, where he was responsible for providing strategic counsel and communications, public affairs, and other consulting services to foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Paul has considerable experience in the health and philanthropic sectors. He spent more than eight years with The California Endowment (the state’s largest health foundation), where he was responsible for managing all public affairs, government relations, and strategic communications efforts. He is also a veteran of local government and politics, where he acted as a legislative deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Saban Free Clinic.
Joanne Leslie, Vice Chairperson
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral
Dr. Joanne Leslie is the Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. She retired several years ago from the Community Health Sciences Department of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. During the time she taught at UCLA she and some colleagues also founded the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health. For many years before coming to UCLA, Dr. Leslie worked on health issues in francophone West Africa and other parts of the developing world. Dr. Leslie has both a master’s degree and doctorate in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. She received a Certificate of Theological Studies in 2001 from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, and was ordained to the diaconate in 2002. Dr. Leslie has published extensively in the areas of maternal and child health, food and nutrition policy, and ethnic disparities in health. Dr. Leslie lives with her husband, Walter, in Santa Monica California.
Nicolas McClure, Treasurer
Amistad Financial Group
Nicholas McClure is an entrepreneur, futures trader and investor with distinct competencies in real estate, finance, international business, and healthcare. Mr. McClure holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Harvard.
Lillian Lew, Secretary
Families in Good Health
Lillian Lew is Director of Families in Good Health, a multilingual, multicultural health and social education project that strives to provide quality outreach and education services to the Southeast Asian, Latino and African American communities in Long Beach. The program was established in 1987 as a joint venture between the St. Mary Medical Center and the United Cambodian Community, Inc., creating a partnership between community and healthcare. As director, Ms. Lew oversees numerous health and social education programs that focus upon health promotion and disease prevention. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawaii, which she attended through an East-West Center grant program. She is also a Registered Dietician.
Al Arizmendez is founder and President of Conventional Wizdom, a public relations firm based in southern California. He was previously Vice President of Client Services for Miller Geer Arizmendez, a public relations and communications firm specializing in healthcare. Al currently leads a statewide public relations effort for the California Fluoridation Task Force, an ad hoc consortium of oral health advocates that includes the California Department of Health Services, the Dental Health Foundation and the Northern and Southern regions of the Public Health Association, working on statewide and grassroots levels. He is a member of the Healthcare Public Relations Marketing Association, the Southern California Public Health Association, and the Hispanic Public Relations Association. Al graduated from UC Santa Barbara, where he began his journalism career as a radio broadcaster at KCSB-FM. Al provides pro-bono work on behalf of the Asthma Allergy Foundation of America, jobstarts.org and 4RKidssake.com.
Moreno Valley College
Claude Martinez, J.D. joined our Board of Directors in 2008. He is the owner of a management consulting business that offers services to the nonprofit community. His firm specializes in the following areas: organizational development; executive and staff training; program evaluation; strategic planning; board development; and fund development. Claude’s work experience has been within both public and private institutions. Prior to forming his consulting firm, his chief experience was in the health care industry. He was the CEO of a comprehensive mental health center; the Executive Director of a federally funded health-planning agency; a pediatric outpatient clinic administrator; and a public health administrator. Claude teaches college courses in administrative supervision, financial management, organizational theory, economics, and business communications. He is also a published writer of fiction.
Paula Tavrow, PhD, MSc, MALD
Paula Tavrow, PhD, MSc, MALD is the Director of UCLA’s Bixby Program on Population and Reproductive Health and Associate Adjunct Professor in the Community Health Sciences Department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is also Co-Director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment. Her current research interests center on adolescent reproductive health, gender-based violence, coerced sex, and the quality of primary health care in East Africa. Prior to coming to UCLA in 2002, Dr. Tavrow was the Deputy Research Director for the USAID-funded global Quality Assurance Project (1997-2001). She oversaw eleven operations research projects to improve the quality of rural health services in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Dr. Tavrow also has served as a women’s health advisor and researcher at the University of Malawi's Centre for Social Research (1993-95), a USAID health officer who helped design Tanzania's National AIDS Control Program and National Family Planning Program (1987-90), a USAID assistant food for peace officer who assisted Ogadeni refugees in Somalia (1984-86), and a project evaluator for nutrition activities in the Bandundu region of Zaire (1984). She received her AB (magna cum laude) from Harvard-Radcliffe College, her MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and her MSc and PhD from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Harding Larmore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP
Kenneth L. Kutcher practices in the areas of real estate, land use, administrative law and land use litigation. He has appeared before a wide variety of public agencies, including planning commissions, city councils, board of supervisors, architectural review boards, landmarks/heritage commissions, zoning administrators, the California Coastal Commission, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Department, Department of Real Estate, and various state and federal courts. Prior to starting in private practice, Kutcher served as an intern to the Honorable Winslow Christian in the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District. In addition, he was appointed to the Order of the Coif for his scholastic achievement in law school. Kutcher has served as a board member for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, chaired the Chamber’s Growth Management Task Force and was co-chair of the Chamber’s Land Use Committee. He serves on the Honorary Council for Upward Bound House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter to homeless families with minor children. He also has served as a board member of various other community organizations. In addition to his professional and volunteer activities in Santa Monica, Kutcher is also civically active in Culver City, where he resides.
Southern California Edison Company
Rhonda Adams has been employed by Southern California Edison Company over ten years. Rhonda is currently assigned to the Local Public Affairs department. Prior to working for Southern California Edison Company, Rhonda worked for General Motors, in Detroit, Michigan for ten years. Rhonda holds Bachelor of Science degrees, in Nursing & Psychology, from Wayne State University, in Detroit Michigan, and an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies from the Abundant Living Family Churches, International School of Ministry. Currently, she serves on the ITT Technical – San Bernardino Advisory Committee and is newly appointed to the United Nations Association, Pasadena Chapter. Rhonda’s appointment as an advisor on the Local Public Affairs Employee Giving Committee has helped her develop emotional and professional sensitivity to cultural diversity and ensures enhancement of community presence by Southern California Edison Company, by focusing on socio-economic issues, which in turn affects its employees as well as its customers. It also bridges existing working alliances with several Employee Resource Groups. Rhonda is a former member of Southern California Edison Company’s Speakers’ Bureau, wherein she served as an ambassador for the company. She regularly delivered presentations on many topics related to the utility industry. Rhonda is an active member of the Abundant Living Family Church located in Rancho Cucamonga. In addition to being a church Deacon, Rhonda serves in the missionary department, who recently traveled to Haiti. In addition, she serves on the ‘special events’ department, helping to organize large outreach activities.