Board of Directors

The L.A. Trust’s Board of Directors currently has members representing diverse communities, universities, physicians, LAUSD health and human services staff, and school administrators.

The L.A. Trust’s charter requires that each LAUSD Board of Education member appoint a member to The L.A. Trust Board of Directors for a total of seven members. The L.A. Trust Board also includes several supportive at-large members who are committed to student and community health and wellness.

Executive Committee

Patty Anton
President

An acknowledged thought leader in Customer Relationship Management, Patricia Anton has over twenty years of experience in this field. Before founding Anton Consulting, Inc. thirteen years ago, Patricia was the Senior Vice President of the Customer Relationship Management practice at Digitas in San Francisco, a boutique marketing consulting firm focused on customer loyalty and most widely known for creating the American Express Membership Rewards Program. Prior to joining Digitas, Patricia ran the west coast Customer Relationship Management practice at iXL (formerly Tessera). Her teams specialized in improving one-to-one customer relationships through the use of customer data and technology.

As a seasoned marketing consultant, Patricia collaborates with top-level executives at blue chip companies and helps to set these clients apart from their competitors through the use of traditional and online customer relationship initiatives. Patricia has consulted with companies such as Time Warner, Microsoft, SAP, Travelers Insurance, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, and Williams-Sonoma, to name just a few.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Patricia lived abroad for several years with Cigna International where she spearheaded a series of marketing successes in Mexico, Chile, and Canada resulting in her promotion to Director of Marketing for North and South America. Her early experience is rooted in retail and consumer products where she learned marketing fundamentals working companies such as May Company, Colgate-Palmolive, and Glaxo. Patricia holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a Masters in International Business from the University of South Carolina, one of the most acclaimed schools for international business education.

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Patty Anton

President

Maria Castro
Student Health and Human Services Coordinator

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Maria Castro

Student Health and Human Services Coordinator

Robert Davies, MD
Vice President

I am excited about utilizing the opportunities presented by health care reform in the LAUSD context to participate in helping to move thinking regarding integrated mental health services from the focus on concern about costs to an appreciation of how effective mental health services generate significant value. I also appreciate the incredible conjunction of rigorous thinking applied across the spectrum from macro to micro, the commitment of resources, and inspired, dedicated talent to one of the most worthy efforts I can imagine.

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Robert Davies, MD

Vice President

Keith Pew
Treasurer

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Keith Pew

Treasurer

Patrice Marshall McKenzie
Board Secretary

Patrice Marshall McKenzie is skilled professional adept in the Legislative Process, public affairs and media relations. She is known by many in the government and public sector throughout California, and has access to many of the most powerful people within the public policy landscape.  Her professional experience is anchored by a well-rounded repertoire of experience and skills, including community relations, event management and design, public relations and communications, human resources and policy development to name a few. Ms. McKenzie is also an adept facilitator, thought leader and visionary in the public affairs arena.Patrice currently serves at the Deputy Chief of Staff for Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Dr. George McKenna. Previously, Ms. McKenzie held the position of Field Representative with the office of Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass. She served as a direct liaison and local spokesperson between key stakeholders of the 47th Assembly District and the Member.

Ms. McKenzie is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in African American Studies and a Minor in Critical Pedagogy. She also holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Bernard M. Baruch School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York.

Ms. McKenzie serves the community through a multitude of organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Junior League of Pasadena, the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI), and University of California at Berkeley’s California Alumni Association (CAA).

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Patrice Marshall McKenzie

Board Secretary

Board Members

Brandon Burris

I am originally from suburban Philadelphia. The oldest of three siblings. Graduated from DePauw University with a B.A in Economics and began my career as an Analyst with Merrill Lynch in Indiana. Relocated to Los Angeles in 2014. Completed Merrill Lynch’s 3 Year Advisor Training Program, Series 7 & 66 licensed. Married this past summer, May 2017. Currently living in Brentwood, taking advantage of all Southern California has to offer!


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Brandon Burris

Rene Gonzalez

I serve on The L.A. Trust Board of Directors because I believe that healthy students make better students. This organization can help make healthcare access more equitable for all children in the LAUSD community.

Mr. Rene Gonzalez has over 34 years of experience in private and public education. He has worked as a classroom teacher, counselor, and school psychologist. He has had the opportunity to work in a variety of programs within the district such as gifted and talented, immigrant refugee, and special education. He has served on the advisory boards for American Guidance Services, California State University Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, National University and the University of Southern California.

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Rene Gonzalez

Michelle Thatcher

Michelle Thatcher has a passion for combining research with empathy to create digital products that address customers’ unmet needs. She currently does this as a design and innovation specialist at Capital Group, one of the world’s oldest and largest investment management organizations. Before Capital Group she worked on the kp.org patient portal for Kaiser Permanente, which greatly influenced her thinking about integrated approaches to wellness.

Prior to her career as a creator of digital experiences, Michelle was a technology journalist, reviewing hardware and software and providing buying advice to consumer and professional audiences. She holds a degree in Classics from the University of Chicago and a Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

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Michelle Thatcher

George Chacon

I choose to serve on the board because the work that The L.A. Trust does reminds me of the help I received when I was a junior at Marshall High School. My parents did not have the resources or the means to take me to a doctor on a regular basis. I believe that The L.A. Trust continues a legacy of ensuring the success and future of Los Angeles’ youth.


Mr. Chacon currently serves as SPACE Project Director. A graduate of LAUSD’s Marshall High School, in 2012-13 He worked closely with The L.A. Trust helping the Student Engagement team to help establish the Trust’s first Youth Advisory Board — student representatives from each Wellness Center site. He graduated from
UCLA in 2010 with a B.A. International Development Studies, and a Minor in Education Studies.
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George Chacon

William Grice

With 40 years in the healthcare industry, I hope to bring best practices to the community that The L.A. Trust serves.

Will Grice is the Senior Vice President, Area Manager at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. He is responsible for the operations of the hospital, and, in partnership with the Area Medical Director and Chief Administrative Officer, oversees all Medical Center services. This team is responsible for the development and implementation of the Medical Center’s multi-year strategic and operational plan and annual areas of focus.

Will served as the Chief Administrative Officer at the LAMC from 2011 to 2015 and Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, he held roles as the Vice President of Operations at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan and Vice President of Professional and Quality Services at Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Will holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University.

Outside of work, Will pursues interest in travel and environmental stewardship.

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William Grice

Idoya Urrutia

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Idoya Urrutia

Joanna Mimi Choi, MD, MPH

As a pediatrician with a passion for working with underserved communities to transform health, I jumped at the opportunity to help The L.A. Trust disrupt and deliver comprehensive health care to children where they benefit from it the most. Through my work on the Board of Directors, I hope to further improve LAUSD Wellness Center outcomes, strengthen partnerships and synergies with the schools and community partners, and help promote this model as one that should be replicated more broadly throughout the state and across the country.


Dr. Choi is a pediatrician with a passion for working with underserved communities to transform health at a population and environmental level. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she studied cross cultural issues in health policy as a Human Biology major at Stanford University. She then discovered the preventative potential of pediatrics as a medical student at Harvard and returned to California to do her residency in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved Program at UCSF. Mimi then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Maternal Child Health Fellowship at UCLA while also working as a pediatrician and medical director at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles. She recently transitioned to a teaching role at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center where she focuses on imbuing a comprehensive systems-based approach to patient care into the next generation of medical students and pediatric residents. Outside of work, Mimi enjoys going on adventures with her wonderful husband and one-year old daughter, trying all the great food in Los Angeles, and staying active through yoga, hiking, and swimming.

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Joanna Mimi Choi, MD, MPH

Randi Grifka

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Randi Grifka

Paul Freese, JD

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Paul Freese, JD

Robert L. Schuchard

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Robert L. Schuchard

Expert Advisory Board

Sosse Bedrossian
District Nursing Director

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Sosse Bedrossian

District Nursing Director

Pia Escudero, LCSW
Director, School Mental Health

I serve on The L.A. Trust Board of Directors because it inspires me to be a part of a group of dedicate, passionate and forward thinking individuals that are changing the health and mental health of our LAUSD School Community. The L.A. Trust Board of Directors are driven to support recovery, healing, and wellness for those children and families that need a voice and advocacy. 

I have already witnessed the organization become the pillar for the Wellness Networks, the Division of Student Health and Human Services, and the many students who have benefit from The L.A. Trust activities, services, and fund raising efforts. I look forward to implementing our strategic plan and integrating health, mental health, dental and vision services in all of our LAUSD School Communities. I look forward to our continued team work and being the change we want to see for our students and families wellness. 

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Pia Escudero, LCSW

Director, School Mental Health

Luis Buendia
LAUSD Controller

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Luis Buendia

LAUSD Controller

Ron Tanimura
Director, Student Medical Services

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Ron Tanimura

Director, Student Medical Services

Michelle Castelo-Alferes
Pupil Services Director

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Michelle Castelo-Alferes

Pupil Services Director

Kimberly Uyeda, MD, MPH

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Kimberly Uyeda, MD, MPH

William Celestine
Director, Wellness Programs

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William Celestine

Director, Wellness Programs

Lori Vollandt, EdD

Lori Vollandt has been a champion of Health Education and Violence Prevention education for the past 20 years. She is also responsible for various other health related mandates such as HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs, Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE), The Network for a Healthy California and the School Gardening grants. Dr. Vollandt received her BA in Health Science at San Jose State University, her Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UCLA. Dr. Vollandt is also an adjunct professor at USC in the School of Education. Her passion is creating safe and healthy environments for all living things. In her leisure time she enjoys hiking, spinning, yoga, and gardening.

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Lori Vollandt, EdD

Emeritus Board Members

Helen Du Plessis, M.D., MPH

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Helen Du Plessis, M.D., MPH

Rick Ellingsen

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Rick Ellingsen

Jan Kern, MA

I have been active with The L.A. Trust since 2002.  The reason I am committed to the work of the Trust is that I feel it is right for each and every child in Los Angeles, particularly those who attend school in LAUSD, to be healthy.  We are creating a national model for health care for children and their families. 

In addition to providing greater access to health services for children and their families, I am hoping that The L.A. Trust will acquire the data to prove that student health = student success.  With the ability to make the case, the Trust will be able to participate in more public policy initiatives.  I also hope for more visibility as a national model for student health.


Jan Kern is the Founding President of The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health; consultant to Southern California Grantmakers and to Valley Nonprofit Resources; and Senior Advisor at HersheyCause.

With more than 25 years experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, she has served in a variety of leadership and management positions. Since 2004 Ms. Kern has focused on family philanthropy and currently leads two peer-learning groups for Southern California Grantmakers. As a consultant, she continues to guide nonprofit organizations particularly in the areas of board development and planning.

She has been a founding board member of several nonprofit organizations and continues to provide leadership on selected boards and community initiatives.

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Jan Kern, MA

Joel Polachek

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Joel Polachek