Charitable Foundation Board of Directors
David C. Lizárraga
President & CEO, TELACU/MILLENNIUM
Dr. David C. Lizárraga is President and CEO of TELACU/Millennium.
Under his leadership for more than 35 years, TELACU grew from a
fledgling organization to become the largest Community
Development Corporation (CDC) in the nation, which focuses more
than $600 million in assets on improving the lives of individuals
and families in the communities it serves. For five years,
Lizárraga also served as the National Chairman of the U.S.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, representing the interests of our
nation's three-million Hispanic-owned businesses.
Lizárraga created the innovative business model upon which TELACU
is structured. The parent non-profit owns and operates TELACU
Industries-its for-profit holding company. The for-profit
businesses create jobs, provide business loans to hard working
families and businesses, and build homes and community assets,
such as schools, transportation projects, and government
facilities, thereby generating a double bottom line-profitability
inseparable from social impact.
Lizárraga is the Founder and Chairman of the TELACU Education
Foundation, which annually supports 500 full-time college
students and serves an additional 1,500 middle and high school
students, nursing school students and veterans.
His expertise, reputation and enthusiasm make Lizárraga a
sought-after contributor to business, civic, educational and
government-based organizations. He has served as a Presidential
appointee to the National Commission on Neighborhoods and as a
Governor's appointee to several State Commissions.
Consistently recognized among our nation's top Hispanic leaders,
Lizárraga has been accorded numerous regional and national honors
and awards for his business achievements and commitment to
community economic development and empowerment, including
Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Entrepreneur Magazine;
Minority Business Advocate of the Year from the SBA and MBDA; and
the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award. His career has also been the
subject of numerous articles in local and national publications.
Rick R. Olivarez
Rick Olivarez is the Managing Shareholder of Olivarez Madruga and
the current City Attorney for the City of El Monte, the City of
Cudahy, and the City of San Fernando.
In the public sector, Mr. Olivarez has served as the Assistant
City Attorney for the cities of Bell Gardens and Pico Rivera and
as special counsel to a number of other municipal clients. Mr.
Olivarez was recently retained to serve as General Counsel to the
Central Basin Municipal Water District. In addition, Mr.
Olivarez has served as legal counsel to the City of Bell Gardens'
Planning Commission where he advised commissioners and staff on
matters such as the Brown Act, zoning, land use, conflict of
interest, environmental issues and the Subdivision Map Act.
In his private practice, Mr. Olivarez has experience in the areas
of contracts, construction litigation, and real estate
transactions. He has represented major Fortune 500 corporations
and small business owners in various transactional and litigation
matters involving contract preparation, negotiation and breach of
contract disputes. His litigation experience is primarily in
construction and breach of contract disputes, but includes
representation of private clients in criminal and family law
Mr. Olivarez is also well versed in CEQA and other environmental
laws, frequently advising city councils and planning commissions
on the subjects. He has also reviewed and prepared Exclusive
Negotiating Agreements, Disposition Development Agreements, Owner
Participation Agreements and Development Agreements on behalf of
the Firm's clientele.
In his leadership roles at the foundation, he has served as
Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee and twice served as
Co-Chair of both the Annual Golf Classic and the Annual Gala.
Joseph 'Pep' Valdes
Mr. Valdes is a Vice President and Director of New Business
Development at Parking Company of America Management (PCAM).
PCAM, founded in 1965, is a family-owned and operated company.
PCAM is recognized as a leader and innovator in the Parking,
Transportation, Fleet Maintenance and Hospitality Industries.
Prior to joining the family business, Mr. Valdes was Executive
Vice President and owner of Milestone Mortgage Corporation. Mr.
Valdes was in the mortgage industry for over 30 years. He
currently serves as the Treasurer of the White Memorial Medical
Center Charitable Foundation. Mr. Valdes is a Knight of the
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, as well as a
Board member of Catholic Association of Latino Leaders and Board
member and past President of Legatus Pasadena. Previously, Mr.
Valdes served as President of the Board of East L A Classic
Theater and Secretary of the Pasadena YMCA. Mr. Valdes is married
to Renee Valdes; they have two daughters, Lauren Valdes, a
freshman at Loyola Marymount University and Raegen Valdes, a
junior at Mayfield Senior School. In his personal time, Mr.
Valdes enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golf,
travel and his church.
Businesswoman & Community Volunteer
For White Memorial Charitable Foundation Board member Christina
Pappas, giving back to others is a blessing. She's felt that way
her entire life, perhaps because of the connection she feels to
the community where she was raised. Christina was born at White
Memorial, and raised in Huntington Park. And she is just one
example of the many people who experience joy in the simple act
"I think what I value most is to be given the opportunity to give
to others in need, and to give within a community like the
Hispanic community," Christina said. "I feel that if you live
your life right you will be blessed, and I think that giving is
part of that circle. It's the concept of 'what goes around comes
around.' It's a philosophy I feel strongly about."
Christina has given to White Memorial for many years and in many
different ways. In addition to serving on the Charitable
Foundation Board, she has served on the Capital Campaign
Committee, the Gala Committee, and the Golf Committee, has
participated in the annual Toy Drive, and has also supported the
hospital's Cleft Palate Program. Currently, Christina is the
Board Secretary, and Chair of the Audit Committee, as well as a
member of the Art Committee. Previously she served as Board
Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee.
Now she's reaching out to others in the community, to inspire
them to give to White Memorial as well. She is one of a core
group of leadership volunteers actively promoting the hospital by
cultivating new potential supporters to the White, taking them on
tours and introducing them to staff.
Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, UNION BANK
George A. Ramirez serves as Immediate Past Chair of the
Foundation Board of Directors. George first became involved with
the hospital when he was honored as Gala's Man of the Year in
2000. And he served as our Campaign Vice Chair and was very
active in helping to raise $30 million for the hospital
Three years ago, George was promoted by Union Bank to Executive
Vice President & Integration Executive and despite moving his
office to San Diego, he has remained active and highly committed
to White Memorial where he serves as a Member of the Governing
Board. Since taking on his new role with Union Bank, his first
integration was $750 million, and his second bank integration was
$3.5 billion. That totals $4.25 billion! He was named an
Executive Vice President after he took on the role of Priority
Banking Executive for California, Oregon, and Washington.
During his two-term tenure as Foundation Chair, he had a
leadership hand in a number of amazing accomplishments: the
development of the hospital's Workforce Development Program
through $1.5 million in grant funding, The Ahmanson Foundation's
support of over a $1 million which included support of our
Advanced Imaging Center, and more recently of the Simulation
Center Project; over the past several years shaping the
Foundation's strategic image building effort to help our
community and electeds understand that White Memorial is "more
than a hospital." George continues on the Foundation Board of
Directors as Chair of the Nominating and Board Development
Mary Anne Chern
Mary Anne Chern, FAHP, ACFRE is the recently-elected Chair of the
international Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP),
based in Falls Church, VA. She is one of only four fundraisers
worldwide with both advanced certification credentials offered by
her professional associations.
For the past 15 years, she has served as President of the White
Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation in Los Angeles
where she recently completed a capital campaign for $30 million.
She has also served on the Board of Directors of the
international Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE
International), the Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy,
and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Board of
She has received Philanthropic Services Institute's Trailblazer in
Adventist Philanthropy Award, and was honored with the Los
Angeles AFP's Award for Excellence in Fundraising and
Professional Fund Raiser of the Year award. In 2008, she won
AHP's Professional Paper competition. She is a frequent speaker
and the author of numerous articles and a book.
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President/CFO, WMMC
As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at White
Memorial Medical Center, John Raffoul provides leadership for all
aspects of accounting, finance, patient financial services,
information systems, managed care, contracting, materials
management, logistics, and construction. He serves as the
principal advisor regarding all financial, strategic and
operational matters which may affect the short term or long term
success of the organization.
Before becoming Vice President, John was Director of Finance,
implementing many cost-savings programs at White Memorial Medical
Center. He successfully managed the automation of many systems
including payroll and materials management and initiated an open
book management program that shares with employees the financial
goals and achievements of the hospital. John has also spearheaded
the development of the hospital's code of business ethics and
core values statement. He also oversaw the construction of our
new hospital complex and the campus development plan. Under
John's direction, White Memorial has built a very strong
financial position and is well situated to face future challenges
Before joining White Memorial in 1992, John was Vice President of
Finance and CFO for Terrace Plaza Medical Center in Baldwin Park
and controller for Case Colina Hospital, Inc. in Pomona. From
1984 to 1987, John was an accountant and a senior budget and
reimbursement analyst at White Memorial.
John holds a doctorate in public administration from the
University of La Verne, a master's degree in finance from the
University of California, San Bernardino, and a Bachelor of
Science degree in accounting from Loma Linda University. John is
also a professor of accounting and finance at the University of
Southern California, Graduate School of Policy Planning and
Development and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare
President & CEO, ARAS Enterprises
Gabi is the President and Founder of ARAS Enterprises, Inc.,
Public Relations & Communications, a fully integrated
communications agency serving the strategic communications needs
of businesses throughout Southern California.
Prior to establishing her own firm in 2005, she had served as a
Senior Vice President for TELACU Industries, the largest Hispanic
community development corporation in the United States.
Her involvement with White memorial began when she was presented
the Woman of the Year Award at the Gala of 2006. Shortly there after, she was appointed to the Cabinet for the New White
Memorial Hospital Capital Campaign which ultimately raised $30
million, enabling the construction of the Specialty Care Tower.
She was subsequently asked to join the Foundation Board in 2008
and is now active on the Centennial Campaign Committee, lending
her marketing and strategic communications skill to the latest
fund raising effort. In 2010, Gabi was presented the Mujeres
Destacadas by La Opinion. Most recently, she joined the Board of
Directors of the national Breast Cancer Foundation.
Ernest M. Camacho
President, PACIFICA SERVICES,
Ernest M. Camacho is the founder and President of Pacifica
Services, Inc., a privately owned Hispanic firm headquartered in
Pasadena, California. Since 1979, Pacifica has been a trusted
leader in engineering services with a reputation for providing
quality services and loyalty to its clients.
Under the leadership of Mr. Camacho, Pacifica has been recognized
by Hispanic Business Magazine as the nation's 2nd fastest growing
Hispanic owned business, and was honored by the Latin Business
Association of Los Angeles as the Outstanding Established
Business of the Year.
Throughout his career, Mr. Camacho has been active in the
community, serving as a Director on a wide variety of Boards
including the: Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Board of
Directors, Loyola Marymount University Board of Regents, Latin
American Management Association Board of Directors, Pasadena AAF
Rose Bowl Board of Directors, and the Rail Construction
Corporation Board of Directors.
Mr. Camacho is a highly successful product of East Los Angeles
who shares his expertise, leadership, experience and insights
with business, educational and community organizations advocating
for Latino leaders and businesses.
WMMC, Family Practice Medicine Residency Program
Born in Mexico, Dr. Flores attended Sierra High School in
Whittier, California and graduated from Stanford University with
a B. A. in History. Dr. Flores attended UC Davis School of
Medicine and upon graduation was honored with the Heinemann
Pulmonary Medicine Award and the Henry J. Kaiser Family
Foundation National Merit Award. He completed his internship and
residency in Family Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Medical
Center, Los Angeles.
Dr. Flores is a founding member and Co-Director, of the White
Memorial Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program,
consistently ranked as the top program in the state because of
its quality and ability to recruit and retain family physicians
in underserved areas.
He also serves as Medical Director of the Family Care Specialists
Medical Group, the faculty practice for the WMMC Family Medicine
Residency Program. As well, he serves as a Member of the
following Boards: Directors of Blue Shield of California, the
Charles Drew University Trustees, and the South central Family
Health Center Directors.
Senior Vice President, WELLS FARGO BANK
She is Senior Vice President and regional manager for Wells Fargo
Bank located in downtown Los Angeles.
Luanna Lindsey is senior vice president and district manager for
Wells Fargo's Downtown Los Angeles market for the L.A. Metro
Community Bank. Lindsey oversees 188 financial professionals at
11 banking stores in Downtown Los Angeles with nearly $1 million
A 34-year veteran of the financial services industry, Lindsey
assumed her current role in 2003. Prior to joining Wells Fargo,
Lindsey worked at Bank of America leading licensed banker
programs and small business banking divisions. She has held
numerous positions throughout her banking career, including
regional group services manager for the Pomona Valley district at
Bank of America, and service manager and store manager at
Security Pacific Bank.
Lindsey is active in community organizations and serves on the
boards of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Foundation and
Healthy Child Healthy World organization. She is also a member of
the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Lindsey currently
resides in La Cañada, California.
Miguel Martinez, M.D.
President, WMMC Medical Staff, LA Urological Medical
Miguel A. Martinez was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1953. His
parents, Miguel and Vella, immigrated to Los Angeles in 1956
where Dr. Martinez and his three brothers and two sisters
attended the inner city schools until 1964. They subsequently
moved to San Gabriel, CA. a suburb of Los Angeles where Dr.
Martinez attended Richard Garvey Intermediate School, graduating
with the highest scholastic standing of his class. Attending San
Gabriel High School, he participated in numerous school and
community activities and was elected student body president in
his senior year, achieving near a perfect 4.0 GPA. He was voted
valedictorian of his class and was awarded the "Outstanding
Teenager of the Year in the United States" in 1971, an award
sponsored by the Outstanding Americans Foundation headquartered
in Chicago, Illinois. He was accepted and attended Stanford
University, graduating with an A.B. in political science, while
completing pre-med requirements, he was accepted by several
medical schools, he attended Yale Medical School where he
graduated in 1983.
Choosing to return to Los Angeles to prepare for medical
practice, he completed a urology residency attending UCLA,
Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, and White Memorial Medical
He has been in private practice since 1889 at White Memorial
Medical Center where he serves as a clinical instructor for the
hospitals teaching residency programs. He has been very active in
the political-medical arena, having been a member of the
California Medical Association and Los Angeles Medical
Association political action programs. He was a Public Policy
Fellow during 2000-2001 in association with the Robert Wagner
School at NYU. He was co-founder of the Society for the Study of
Male Reproduction in 1993. He has been instrumental in the
founding and establishment of numerous Hispanic medical
organizations including being one of the original members of the
Orange County Latino Center for Prevention and Action In Health.
He was elected a diplomate of The American Board of Urology In
1995. He was a charter member of the National Hispanic Advisory
Board at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
In January 2013, he stepped up to yet another commitment in the
medical arena becoming Chief of Staff at White Memorial Medical
Center. Dr. Martinez continues to focus his efforts on improving
the healthcare delivery system to the underserved population of
East Los Angeles.
As a result of his friendship with the well-known boxer, Oscar De
La Hoya, he has helped Golden Boy Productions donate generous
monies helping to establish the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya
Cancer Center at White Memorial Medical Center, The Oscar De la
Hoya Neonatal intensive Care Center and The Labor and Delivery
Dr. Martinez is a recipient of numerous awards and honors
including being selected by the Consumer's Research Council of
America as one "America's Top Physicians," Pasadena Magazine "Top
Docs," and "The Adventist Philanthropy Leadership Award."
Dr. Martinez resides in Sierra Madre with his wife Carol and four
of their six children.
Vice President of Marketing, JH Design
Vered came to the United States at the age of one, from Tel Aviv,
Israel with her family; her father, mother and brother Mike. The
family immediately embraced their new country and dreamed of
success. Vered's father saw an opportunity in the early 70's and
became one of the pioneers in the garment business later
expanding into the apparel industry; which developed into
downtown's well known Garment District.
Vered's first desire in life was to become a nurse. She attended
private nursing school in Los Angeles and also practiced
alternative medicine studying at Emperor's College of Oriental
Medicine, receiving a degree; she still maintains her RN license.
Vered was deeply moved by the hard work and dedication her
parents put forth in their aspiration of the American Dream.
"Watching my parents mold themselves into a new society, a new
culture, and watching them raise us while working hard to give us
everything in a new country helped and inspired me to be the
women I am today."
Growing up, Vered worked at the family business. Through
dedication, hard work and innovation, Vered acquired her current
position as Vice President, Marketing. For the past twelve years,
her acumen in identifying and implementing marketing and
merchandising strategies for product placement and public
relation; focusing on the movie, music and sports industry,
earned Vered high recognition within the industry and placed JH
Design Group as one of few companies to hold over 97 licenses to
companies such as NBA, MLB, Nascar, Mars, Nickelodeon and Warner
Brothers. Vered's vision was key to the growth of JH Design
Group; the company currently employs over 100 people, most of
which have been with the company for more than 15 years; live in
the community and utilize White Memorial Medical Center.
As a philanthropist, she has assisted and supported community
projects both private and corporate. Her generosity and kind
heart extend a helping hand to Make a Wish Foundation, ICS Cancer
Foundation, and The Boys and Girls Club of America. Today through
her charitable giving, Vered helps countless other people bring
their dreams to life!
Vered and her husband Jacob have two daughters, Nicole who is
attending Cal State Northridge majoring in Criminal Justice, and
Danielle who currently attends Beverly Hills High School. Vered
enjoys spending time with her daughters and even coaches their
city league basketball teams. They are the light of her life
which she embraces.
E. Laurence Spencer-Smith, M.D
Chief, Gynecology, WMMC
E. Laurence Spencer-Smith and his colleagues deliver more than
300 babies each month at White Memorial Medical Center.
Since completing his medical residency training in 1986, Dr.
Spencer-Smith has served as the Chief of Gynecology since 1989
and President of the White Memorial medical staff from 2002 to
2004. He also has served as Assistant Clinical Professor,
Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Spencer-Smith has been a generous supporter of the hospital
for many years, sharing not only his time and expertise with the
hospital, but also making generous donations, "I was born here,"
Dr. Spencer-Smith says. "My father was on the medical staff here
and my entire professional career has been here. I try to give
something back and I am proud to join the leadership of the
Foundation in support of this important mission to serve the
His wife, Mary, is a highly regarded physician on the White
Memorial medical staff in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology.
Both are avid golfers and "enjoy and are particularly thankful
for the scramble format" of the Foundation's annual Golf
Tournament. They reside in La Canada and have two children.
Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ray Vasquez is a Senior Vice President and the Market Executive
for Bank of America's Pasadena San Gabriel Valley. In this
capacity, his responsibilities include overseeing and
coordinating the activities of a team of client managers
throughout the Greater Los Angeles marketplace. The team's
mission is to manage, prospect and acquire important
revenue-generating client relationships for Bank of America
Merrill Lynch. The team focuses on and markets credit, deposit,
and cash management products to privately-held companies with
annual revenues from $5 million to $100 million, in a variety of
industries throughout the Los Angles metropolitan area. These
industries and businesses include general manufacturing,
wholesale distribution, service, entertainment, and non-profit
Vasquez also serves on the San Gabriel Valley Market Leadership
team. In this capacity, he helps with the coordination of the
marketing and community development activities of Bank of
America's various lines of business within the geographical
Vasquez has been with the Bank of America team since 1999, where
he has held a variety of positions. He has held several Business
Banking positions, including Market Credit Officer, Credit
Solutions Specialist & Business Development Officer.
Vasquez grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. He graduated from
Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, majoring in Business
Administration. He resides in Arcadia with his wife and two
Active in the business community, Vasquez has served with
multiple business and not-for-profit organizations in the Greater
Los Angeles area. He is currently Chairman of the Board for the
San Fernando Valley Financial Development Corporation.
President & CEO, WMMC
Beth Zachary is President and Chief Executive Officer of White
Memorial Medical Center. She obtained her Masters of Arts degree
in Management from Claremont Graduate School. Beth has been
affiliated with the Adventist Health System her entire career,
and with White Memorial since 1988.
Mrs. Zachary has served on the Los Angeles County Healthcare
Planning Council and the Healthcare Association of Southern
California Board. She Chairs the Private Essential Access
Community Hospitals Boards.
In 2012, she was appointed President for AH Southern California
Region, including responsibility for Glendale Adventist and Simi
Her philanthropic/volunteer duties extend to The Gooden School
and Walla Walla College.
Beth Zachary and her husband, Jim, have one daughter, Alexandra