The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointments

CWF’s board of directors announced three new appointments following its December 2003 meeting. Earl G. Mink was named chair, Douglas X. Patiño was reappointed vice chair, and Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., was named as a new board member.

“Earl’s and Douglas’ seasoned board leadership skills and Barbara’s fresh perspective and energy will help the Foundation carry out its mission of improving the health and wellness of Californians,” said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO.

Mink joined TCWF’s board in 1992 and served as its chair in 1996 and 1997. He was group insurance manager for Lockheed Corporation for 25 years. Prior to that position, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company and was a county commissioner for the Los Angeles Health Planning and Development Agency. He has served on the boards of the Delta Dental Plan of California and Health Net, and on the California Chamber of Commerce Health Policy Committee.

“TCWF has always been mindful of its responsibility to California’s most vulnerable people,” Mink said. “Given today’s stagnant economy, high unemployment rates and unprecedented state budget deficit, the Foundation’s role takes on even greater importance. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to guide this important philanthropic institution.”

Patiño, who joined TCWF’s board in 1997, previously served as vice chair in 2002 and 2003. He is vice chancellor emeritus for the California State University (CSU) system, a professor of social welfare at CSU Los Angeles, and president of the Patiño Group. Among his many community service activities, Patiño is a trustee of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; a presidential appointee to the Enterprise for the Americas Board; and a member of the board of directors of Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Marguerite Casey Foundation and the Association of Black Foundation Executives.

“TCWF’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of people throughout the state is something I take very seriously,” said Patiño. “I look forward to renewing my role as vice chair of the Foundation’s board.”

Staggers, director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, brings more than 20 years of experience in pediatric and adolescent health care to the Foundation. She also co-directs the hospital’s Health Professions Internship Partnership and is a physician consultant to the City of Berkeley’s Department of Public Health. Previously, she worked for 10 years as an adolescent specialist and director of school-based clinics for the Oakland Unified School District. Staggers has received numerous awards for her work, including the Lewis Hine Child Labor Committee Award, and recognitions from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the California State Senate.

“As a physician, I was attracted to TCWF’s focus on addressing the health needs of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas,” said Staggers. “I am happy to serve on the board of this distinguished statewide health foundation that has goals closely aligned with my own.”


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