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January 23, 2014

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TCWF Announces Appointments of New Management and Professional Staff

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced the appointments of new management and professional staff in the communications, finance and administration, grants management and grants program departments.

The management staff appointments are:

  • Patrizia DiMolfetta, promoted to director of finance and accounting, effective Sept. 9, 2013;
  • Adriana Godoy Leiss, promoted to manager of digital content, effective Dec. 30, 2013;
  • David B. Littlefield, promoted to manager of communications grants, effective Dec. 30, 2013; and
  • Padmini Parthasarathy, hired as program director on Jan. 6, 2014.

The professional staff appointments are:

  • Breanna M. Cardwell, promoted to communications officer, effective Dec. 30, 2013;
  • Angela Martin, hired as executive assistant in the grants program department on October 7, 2013;
  • Deborah Setele, promoted to grants administrator, effective Dec. 30, 2013; and
  • Jamie Schenker, hired as project manager for evaluation and organizational learning on Sept. 23, 2013.

“At the core of the Foundation is its talented staff who carry out its mission and uphold its values on a daily basis,” said Cole Wilbur, TCWF’s interim president and CEO. “I congratulate Patrizia, Adriana, David, Breanna and Deborah on their promotions and welcome Padmini, Angela and Jamie to the staff of TCWF.”

Below are brief backgrounds on the management appointments.

Patrizia DiMolfetta, Director of Finance and Accounting
DiMolfetta joined TCWF in June 2013 as accounting manager and was promoted to her current position in September. She is responsible for managing the Foundation’s accounting and financial reporting functions and serves as plan administrator for its 401(k) plan. Previously she was controller for the National Notary Association. Bio

Adriana Godoy Leiss, Manager of Digital Content
Leiss joined the Foundation’s communications department in October 2004 and has served in various capacities, most recently as communications officer. She will now oversee the preparation and dissemination of information presented on, e-alerts, YouTube, Twitter and related digital platforms. Bio

David B. Littlefield, Manager of Communications Grants
Littlefield joined TCWF in April 2002 as a communications officer. He will oversee the newly Board-approved communications grants program addressing strategic outreach. He continues to serve as editor of TCWF’s Annual Report and will work with program directors on grants for public education, policy and polling, as well as other grants that require Foundation-related communications. Bio

Padmini Parthasarathy, Program Director
Parthasarathy joined the staff in January 2014. Her responsibilities include working under the direction of Fatima L. Angeles, interim vice president of programs, in managing current grant portfolios and developing the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies. She comes to TCWF from Kaiser Permanente where she served as program manager for its National Community Benefit Department. Parthasarathy earned her master’s degree in public health, with an emphasis on maternal and child health, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior with a minor in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Bio

Below are brief backgrounds on the professional staff appointments.

Breanna M. Cardwell, Communications Officer, Digital Content
Cardwell joined the communications department in January 2009 and most recently served as communications associate before her promotion to communications officer. In her new role, she works with the manager of digital content in the preparation and strategic dissemination of information presented on, e-alerts, YouTube, Twitter and related digital platforms. Bio

Angela Martin, Executive Assistant, Grants Program
Martin joined TCWF’s grants program in October 2013. As executive assistant, she supports the interim vice president of programs and ensures a smooth workflow and efficient coordination of activities and communications among team members and other departments. She previously was the administrative and development assistant for California Youth Connection, a foster youth advocacy organization based in San Francisco. Bio

Jamie Schenker, Project Manager, Evaluation and Organizational Learning
Schenker joined the grants program department in September 2013. She works with the interim vice president of programs to evaluate efforts aimed at analyzing and learning from the Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program, and develops and facilitates learning opportunities for the grants program staff. Previously she was a program specialist in the area of collaborative philanthropy at Northern California Grantmakers, where she managed two loan programs for nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Bio

Deborah Setele, Grants Administrator, Grants Management
Setele joined the grants management department in January 2009 as an associate and was promoted to her new position in December 2013. As a grants administrator, she helps administer grant information systems used for processing all letters of interest. Her responsibilities include supervising and training employees in grants administration policies and procedures. Bio

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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.

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