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 Board also includes several supportive at-large members who are committed to student and community health and wellness.

Executive Committee

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

President

Pia Escudero, LCSW
Director, Student Health and Human Services

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, Student Health and Human Services

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

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

Randi Grifka

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Randi Grifka

Dennis Diaz

 


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Dennis Diaz

Toyomi Igus

 


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Toyomi Igus

Idoya Urrutia

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Idoya Urrutia

Expert Advisory Board

Sosse Bedrossian
District Nursing Director

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Sosse Bedrossian

District Nursing Director

Luis Buendia
LAUSD Controller

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Luis Buendia

LAUSD Controller

William Celestine
Director, Wellness Programs

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William Celestine

Director, Wellness Programs

Ron Tanimura
Director, Student Medical Services

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Ron Tanimura

Director, Student Medical Services

Emeritus Board Members

Helen Du Plessis, M.D., MPH

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Helen Du Plessis, M.D., MPH

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

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