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January 23, 2014

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The California Wellness Foundation Announces Board Re-Elections

Distinguished physicians reaffirmed to second year as leaders of TCWF’s Board

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced the re-election of four members of its Board of Directors, which includes the reappointments of its leadership.

Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., and Eugene Washington, M.D., have been reaffirmed to a second year as Board chair and vice chair, respectively. David S. Barlow, M.B.A., C.P.A., and Elizabeth M. Gomez, M.S.W., have each been reappointed to a fourth, three-year term.

These appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2014. Continuing to serve in their terms are: M. Isabel Becerra, B.A., and Elisabeth Hallman, M.B.A., R.N.

“I am honored to work alongside this dedicated group of trustees, each of whom is committed to the mission of the Foundation and the health of the people of California,” said Cole Wilbur, TCWF’s interim president and CEO.

TCWF Board of Directors

Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., Chair, TCWF Board of Directors
Staggers is executive director of external affairs and community relations at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland and is director of the division of Adolescent Medicine at the hospital. A member of TCWF’s Board since 2004, she is a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine subspecialist.

Eugene Washington, M.D., Vice Chair, TCWF Board of Directors
Washington is the dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine and vice chancellor of health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. A member of TCWF’s Board since 2008, Washington is a renowned clinical investigator and health policy scholar.

David S. Barlow, M.B.A., Member, TCWF Board of Directors
Barlow is vice president of finance and administration at the Stuart Foundation, an independent family foundation. A member of TCWF’s Board since 2005, he served as chair from January 2011 to December 2012. He has nearly 25 years of experience in finance for philanthropic, nonprofit and for-profit corporations.

M. Isabel Becerra, B.A., Member, TCWF Board of Directors
Becerra is the chief executive officer of the Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics. A member of TCWF’s Board since 2009, she has nearly 20 years of experience in program planning, operations, health policy and development activities for community health centers and private clinics in San Diego, Seattle and Orange County.

Elizabeth M. Gomez, M.S.W., Member, TCWF Board of Directors
Gomez is a national consultant for youth programs, providing technical assistance and expertise on nonprofit operations and on shelter, transitional living and independent living programs. Previously, she was executive director of Los Angeles Youth Network. A member of the Board since 2005, she was chair from January 2009 to December 2010.

Elisabeth Hallman, M.B.A., R.N., Member, TCWF Board of Directors
Hallman is the health system director for Human Resources/Organizational Development at Cedars-Sinai Health Systems in Los Angeles. A member of TCWF’s Board since 2009, she has held various leadership positions throughout her professional career in the fields of nursing, hospital administration and hospital information systems management.

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The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Since its founding, TCWF has awarded 7,338 grants totaling more than $890 million.

At its recent meeting in December 2013, the Board approved 72 grants totaling nearly $8 million. The trustees continue to guide the search for TCWF’s next president and CEO; carry on the business of the Foundation of making grants during the final year of the Responsive Grantmaking Program; and oversee the strategic planning process for the Foundation’s next grantmaking program.

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