The Foundation makes grants each, in support of our mission, to programs and services at local hospitals, clinics and community-based organizations. Funds for our annual grant making come from charitable remainder trusts gifts and bequests of generous individuals and families, who want their charitable giving to improve the health of Orange County residents. In addition, a significant proportion of our grant making draws on the proceeds of the sale of United Western Medical Centers to Tenet, and is intended to continue the charitable legacy of those hospitals in central Orange County, California.
Board of Directors
Anthony M. Magno is the Division Vice President of Education & Training for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS) where he oversees training operations for hospital pharmacies and corporate staff in locations across the United States. He's an executive coach for Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) where he provides 1:1 career consultation for senior level candidates and designed numerous professional development workshops. In addition, Anthony brings a diverse managerial and leadership background with him. Prior to LHH, he was vice president of human resources for UnitedAg, an agricultural trade association. He also founded the corporate university for Western Growers, an Irvine-based organization.
In his spare time, Anthony teaches at Santiago Canyon College where he designed courses on social media, mobile communications and business applications. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego and Masters degree from Pepperdine University. Mr. Magno presently serves as Chairman of the Board.
Michael Ruane is the Executive Vice President of National CORE. Mr. Ruane is responsible for overseeing the operations of a National CORE, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit affordable housing developers. He leads the development of National CORE’s program and business strategies as well as oversees the communication of National CORE’s mission to internal and external stakeholders. Prior to this position, Mr. Ruane served as Interim Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Strategy and Public Affairs for CalOptima, the community health plan for Orange County.
He has more than 20 years of experience working for the County of Orange in various positions, including as Assistant County Executive Officer for Strategic and Intergovernmental Affairs, and as Executive Director of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. Mr. Ruane is the immediate past Chair of the Orange County/Inland Empire District Council of the Urban Land Institute. He holds a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA and is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Policy, Planning and Design at UC Irvine. Mr. Ruane presently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.
John O. Strong, M.D. is a retired reconstructive plastic surgeon, with appointments at several hospitals within Orange County. A graduate of Yale University (B.S.) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Strong is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member and past President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Strong is past Chief of Staff at Western Medical Center, Santa Ana and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.
He has served actively in numerous academic and professional societies, and remains active in the Orange County Medical Association. Volunteer commitments include President of Borrego Springs Community Association and involvement in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in the visitor center as well as the Paleontology program. Dr. Strong is the recipient of the Double Medallion Award for Superior Achievement. This is the State Park’s highest volunteer award and specifically recognizes outstanding volunteer service. Dr. Strong currently serves on the Finance and Investment Committee, and the Executive Committee. He is the former Chairman of the Board for the Foundation from 2004–2006 and previously acted in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer from 1998–2004. He currently serves as our secretary.
Rocky Chisholm has more than 42 years of experience in the disability, life and health insurance market place. The firm has currently over $500 million of insurance business in force, and specializes in providing insurance for professionals and business owners. It has over 600 satisfied clients in the Orange County area alone. Mr. Rocky Chisholm, L.U.T.C.F. is the past president of Orange County Association of the Insurance and Financial Advisers. The Orange County Chapter is one of the largest in the United States, with a membership exceeding twelve hundred.
His involvement in the insurance industry is statewide ranging from meetings with the state officials to community groups. He is recognized as the leader in the Financial Services industry on a national level.
David Dobos retired from Santa Ana College in 2011 after 38 years during which time he served as the department chair of Anthropology, Sociology and Women’s Studies, the Assistant Dean of Physical Education, the Dean of Students, and the Dean of Exercise Science, Health and Athletics. He earned an M.A. Degree in Sociology from San Diego State University. Prior to coming to the college he worked with female wards of the court at the Boys and Girls Aid Society, Cottonwood Academy in San Diego. In addition to his faculty and administrative duties at Santa Ana College Mr. Dobos was on the board for the Friends of Santa Ana Parks, Recreation and Community Services, the board of the Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo, the Youth Council for the City of Santa Ana Work Force Investment Board, and the Latino Health Access Advisory Board in Santa Ana. He coordinated the Multi-Ethnic Institute for the United Way of Orange County and taught multi-cultural awareness at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and the Orange County Probation Department. Mr. Dobos served in a variety of volunteer capacities in such activities as the Santa Ana Youth Expo, the Annual Santa Ana Children’s Holiday Party, the Santa Ana Black History Parade, that city’s Jazz and Mariachi Festivals, the Cultural Affairs Committee for the City of Irvine, and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for the city of Santa Ana. Mr. Dobos currently serves as the Chair of the Grants Committee.
J. Fernando Niebla is the founder and Managing Partner of International Technology Partners, LLC (ITP) a business and technology consulting firm serving both the U.S. and Latin American markets. Prior to ITP, Mr. Niebla founded Infotec Development Incorporated (IDI) in 1979, an IT services organization serving primarily the defense industry, and was its CEO through 1996. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Olga, are recipients of the "Giving is Living" Award (2002) from the Volunteer Center of Orange County, for their many charitable efforts in the community since 1962. Mr. Niebla has served on corporate boards of large organizations including Union Bank of California, Pacific Life Insurance Company, Integrated healthcare Holdings Inc. and Granite Construction, Inc. As well as in various entrepreneurial start-up companies. He is a founding member of the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) of Orange County and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. He previously served as Secretary of the Foundation Board from 2004-2006 and serves on the Finance and Investment and Audit Committees. Mr. Niebla currently serves as Chief Financial Officer.
Quynh Kieu, M.D. has been a pediatrician in private practice since 1979. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a past Chairman of the Academy as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kieu completed her residency in Pediatrics at UCI in 1976–78. She is active in the committee structure of the Orange County Medical Association, and serves on the CalOPTIMA Provider Advisory Board. She has served as Chair of the Vietnamese American Coalition for Citizen Rights and Director of the Children's Advocacy Institute. Dr. Kieu is dedicated to "Project Vietnam", a missions program serving children in need of specialized medical services or surgery in Vietnam.
Lilia M. Tanakeyowma, Ed.D serves as Dean of Student Affairs for Santa Ana College. Her prior service has included the positions of Executive Assistant, Fourth Supervisorial District, County of Orange; Program Director, California State University, Fullerton, Education Talent Search; and Executive Director, Orange County Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Responsibilities. She has been an active volunteer, including serving as Red Cross Chairman of the Pacific Region (Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California and the Pacific Islands), Chairman, Hispanic Development Council of the United Way of Orange County, and Chairman, Board of Directors, Orange County Human Relations Council. Dr. Tanakeyowma is a founding member of the HealthCare Foundation for Orange County. She is the former Chairman of the Board for the Foundation from 2013–2016
Brian Van Marter has been practicing law in Southern California for over 20 years, and focuses his practice on Advanced Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration at the Law Firm of Larsen & Risley in Costa Mesa. Previously, Mr. Van Marter founded Weber • Van Marter LLP where he was the managing partner in an estate planning and probate practice. Prior to starting his firm, Mr. Van Marter was a partner at Cooksey, Toolen, Gage, Duffy & Woog (formerly known as Cooksey, Howard, Martin & Toolen). Additionally, Mr. Van Marter has been an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School where he has taught Wills, Trusts and Estates. Mr. Van Marter obtained his law degree (cum laude) from Whittier College School of Law in 1993 where he was the Executive Editor of the Whittier Law Review and the recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. He is currently pursuing his LL.M in Taxation from Chapman University School of Law. Mr. Van Marter obtained his undergraduate degree from California State University at Fullerton (B.A., American Studies) in 1990. He is admitted to practice in all State Courts of California and the United States District Court (Central District).
Mark A. Refowitz has a professional history with more than 30 years of top management experience in public sector healthcare and social services, including experience in state and county government as well as private managed care. He recently retired from the County of Orange Health Care Agency where he served as Director since 2012. The Health Care Agency has approximately 2700 full-time employees and an annual budget in excess of $620 million. He was appointed to the CalOptima Board of Directors in February 2012, and elected Chairman in May of that year. Under his leadership, the National Committee for Quality Assurance rated CalOptima as its top Medicaid health plan in California for three years in a row during his tenure. He is a Board Governance Fellow from the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Refowitz’s experiences includes the positions of Senior Vice President of Development with For Health, Inc. in Costa Mesa, California, Chief Clinical Officer with the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and Assistant Commission for Managed Care with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Refowitz currently serves on the Grants Committee.