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February 7, 2011

Adriana Godoy Leiss, TCWF
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The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointments

Woodland Hills, CA – The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced two new appointments: David S. Barlow, M.B.A, C.P.A., as chair; and Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., as vice chair.

The Foundation’s president and CEO, Gary L. Yates, looks forward to the contributions each will bring to their respective new roles.

“As trustees over the past several years, David and Barbara have provided a wealth of knowledge, insight and clear vision to the Board, culled from their respective expertise in the fields of finance and adolescent health,” said Yates. “Going forward, their perspectives and leadership will be a tremendous asset to the Foundation.”

Barlow, who joined the Board in 2005, is vice president of finance and administration at the Stuart Foundation, an independent family foundation dedicated to investing in children and youth to create lifelong impact. Previously, he served for 10 years as executive director of The San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds, a nonprofit corporation founded to provide fiscal sponsorship services to community groups that are not incorporated as independent, nonprofit corporations. Barlow has nearly 25 years of experience in finance for philanthropic, nonprofit and for-profit corporations.

“I'm grateful for this opportunity to support the thoughtful work of the Foundation,” Barlow said.

Staggers is director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland, where she is also co-founder of FACES for the Future, a program that prepares Bay Area youth for careers in the health professions. A member of the TCWF Board since 2004 and a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine subspecialist, Staggers is considered a national authority on high-risk youth, urban and minority youth, violence, and health care issues of multicultural societies.

“I am delighted, honored and humbled to serve the Foundation's Board, staff and grantees in my new role,” Staggers said. “It is a time of great challenges and, more importantly, great opportunities.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992, with the mission of improving the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation has a Responsive Grantmaking Program that prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues or special projects outside the funding priorities.

TCWF is one of the state’s largest foundations. Since its first year of operation, the Foundation has awarded 6,213 grants totaling more than $780 million. Please visit TCWF’s website at for more information.

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