Elizabeth DreicerBoard Chair
Elizabeth Dreicer, CEO, Posiba, Inc.
Elizabeth Dreicer is a humanitarian and entrepreneur. Her passion lies in information and decision science and a core belief that overall we make better choices when we have better information. These improved choices have the ability to improve lives and society. Since 2006 she has been CEO of Kuity, an advanced analytics company specializing in econometric, information assurance, environmental sustainability and foundation solutions enabling organizations to gain understanding of the factors and metrics that drive and optimize performance. In December 2013, Kuity spun out Posiba—a big data and analytics powered knowledge commons for the foundation and nonprofit sector. Dreicer has been leading Posiba since inception. Dreicer’s background includes top executive roles with medical analytics, healthcare technology services, community health, managed healthcare, medical group purchasing, healthcare publishing and pharmaceutical distribution firms.
Dreicer received her Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, has been a Trustee of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation for the past decade, including, currently serving as Board Chair and member of the Program Committee and the Finance/Investment Committee where she is immediate past Chair. Dreicer is also co-founder of Consuli, an organization that is organizing the world’s medical knowledge and making it accessible to consumers and clinicians globally. Further, she has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including 211 San Diego. Finally, she is also a member and Co-Chair of the San Diego E2 (environmental entrepreneurs) chapter.
Dr. Rodney G. HoodProgram Committee
Dr. Rodney G. Hood
Dr. Hood’s areas of expertise include health disparities, medical history and racism, health policy and advocacy, and cultural competency in healthcare. Beyond his new role at AHF, Dr. Hood currently serves as the vice chairman of the National Medical Association’s Cobb/NMA Institute, which works to develop, evaluate, and implement strategies to promote wellness and to eliminate health disparities and racism in medicine. He is also the current president & CEO of MultiCultural IPA, an organization designed to improve longevity and quality of life and to eliminate all ethnic and racial health disparities for the served population.
In August 2000, Dr. Hood became the 101st president of the National Medical Association (NMA) after serving as the association’s chairman of the board. During his tenure, he served as an advocate for strengthening African American physicians and for protecting the medically underserved.
Dr. Hood is an honors graduate of Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and a graduate of UC San Diego School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UC San Diego Medical School, where he currently serves as an assistant clinical professor of medicine.
Dr. Rosemarie M. JohnsonBoard Trustee
Dr. Rosemarie M. Johnson
Dr. Rosemarie Marshall Johnson was an original commissioner of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission and Vice Chair of the U.S. Section, a binational organization working to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.- Mexico border. Dr. Johnson was a practicing anesthesiologist and a visiting associate clinical professor in UC San Diego School of Medicine’s anesthesiology department. She was a partner in the Anesthesia Service Medical Group; her practice included Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic in La Jolla.
The San Diego County Medical Society has honored Dr.Johnson as its Physician Member of the Year. She has served as president of the San Diego County Medical Society as well as the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Johnson is a leader in the California Medical Association, especially in the areas of community and public health and serves as Medical Community Liaison for the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, where she has had leading roles in programs including Project Access San Diego and Physician Advocates for Veterans.She received her medical degree and training in anesthesiology from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology.
Donald JonesBoard Trustee
Donald Jones is the CEO of Trial Fusion and Chief Digital Officer at Scripps Translational Science Institute at The Scripps Research Institute. Through his work he helps companies apply principles of mobility, connectivity and network effect to healthcare, wellness and fitness products, diagnostics and medical therapies. He previously served as vice president of business development for health & life sciences at Qualcomm. There, he was responsible for Qualcomm’s enablement of wireless technologies in the health and life sciences markets, a recognized leader in the field. In 2005, he founded the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance, a 501c(6) trade organization that works with both the wireless and life science industries to enable new business models, new businesses and clinical process improvements in all sectors of the life sciences industry, including consumer health, fitness, healthcare services, healthcare IT, pharmaceutical and medical devices.
Jones is on the board of the American Telemedicine Association (www.atmeda.org). He was also a founding board member of the West Wireless Health Institute (www.westwirelesshealth.org), with Eric Topol, MD and Gary and Mary West, the world first and foremost Institute focused on the clinical efficacy and economic efficiencies of wireless technologies in healthcare. In 2010, the San Diego Transcript named Jones one of ‘San Diego’s Top Influential’s’.
Jones holds a bachelors’ degree in biology and bio-engineering from the University of California, San Diego, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Jones holds multiple patents in the use of cell phones in incentive reward programs.
Stan LewisBoard Trustee
Stan Lewis is a governmental relations and healthcare consultant, and currently serves as a member of the foundation’s program committee. He is the former Director of HIV-AIDS Services for the one of San Diego’s largest non-profit organizations.
Mr. Lewis served as Chief of Staff to former San Diego City Council member, Valerie Stallings, and as consultant to the City of San Diego Public Facility and Recreation Committee (now PS&NS).
Mr. Lewis completed his BA in Accounting and Economics from Howard University in Washington DC and received his MBA in International Business from Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York. A long time community activist, Mr. Lewis is also a former appointee of the Governor of California to the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. A San Diego resident since 1979, Mr. Lewis is the father of two grown daughters and lives in the Encanto neighborhood with his spouse.
Robert B. McCrayImmediate Past Board Chair & Chair, InvestUp Committee
Robert B. McCray
Immediate Past Board Chair & Chair, InvestUp Committee
Rob McCray is the president and CEO of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, immediate past board chairman of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, chairman of InvestUp Committee, Special Advisor to Triple Tree LLC, Member of Midmark Corporation Board of Directors, Member of Board of Directors of CONNECT, and an active advisor to several companies.
Rob has served as President, COO and an early investor in Digital On-Demand, Inc., a retail services technology company that operates under the brand name RedDotNet in chains including Barnes and Noble, Circuit City, Best Buy, Blockbuster and Fred Meyer. Previously, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of HealthCap, Inc., Managing Director of Caremark Physician Resources, and he co-founded OnCall Medicine, Inc., a medical house calls company. Prior to his business career, he was a Managing Partner in his law firm and a partner in a predecessor and transactional legal and consulting service to the healthcare industry for over 20 years.
Some past community associations include serving as Chairman, Sacramento City Toxic Substances Commission; Chairman, Sacramento County Environmental Commission; member of Board of Directors, American Lung Association of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, and President, Environmental Council of Sacramento. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law and the University of California, San Diego.
Atul PatelTreasurer, Chair, Finance Committee & Co-Chair, PRI Committee
Treasurer; Chair, Finance Committee & Co-Chair, PRI Committee
Patel is the senior vice president and corporate treasurer at PriceSmart, a warehouse club operator. He has over 22 years of International Treasury Management Experience. Prior to joining PriceSmart, he served as Assistant Treasurer for a private investment management firm in Bahrain and Geneva.
Patel spent seven years with Imperial Chemical Industries in London, managing foreign exchange and interest rate risk, day-to-day treasury operations, as well as managing a portfolio of $2 billion in surplus funds. Patel is a graduate of the University of Wales, United Kingdom.
Joe Ramsdell, M.D.Vice Chair; Chair, Program Committee & Co-chair PRI Committee
Joe Ramsdell, M.D.
Vice Chair; Chair, Program Committee & Co-chair PRI Committee
Joe W. Ramsdell, M.D., is a professor and the division head of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Ramsdell was a member of the Alliance Board at its inception. He is a practicing general internist at the University of California, San Diego, and pulmonologist with a research interest in chronic disease management, with a specific interest in airways diseases such as asthma and COPD.
Dr. Ramsdell is Director of the UCSD Clinical Trials Center and Airway Research Center. This research center is funded by federal, foundation and industry grants. Dr. Ramsdell is also a working member of several important national networks including the Asthma Clinical Research Center, sponsored by the American Lung Association, and the UCSD COPDGene™ Study, a multi-center trial with the overall goal of conducting a comprehensive genome-wide association (GWA) study to identify genes influencing COPD.In addition to his personal practice, Dr. Ramsdell has an ongoing interest in general internal medicine, chronic disease management, and healthcare delivery. The Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSD includes over 120 general internists at the University of California, San Diego, and San Diego Veterans Administration Health Services system. Under the direction of Dr. Ramsdell, these UCSD faculty members are involved in cutting-edge health services research, as well as, personal care and most importantly, teaching.
Dwight D. SmithSecretary & Chair, Nominations & Governance Committee
Dwight D. Smith
Secretary & Chair, Nominations & Governance Committee
Dwight Smith is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Neighborhood House Association (NHA), which is San Diego County’s largest multi-purpose human services agency. NHA serves more than 22,000 families through an array of services meeting the cultural, social, health and emergency daily living needs of San Diego County residents. Smith joined NHA in 2006, where he is responsible for the organization’s overall legal affairs and where he manages the contract administration, corporate governance, information technology, and human resources functions.
Previously, Smith served as associate general counsel of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, where he assisted with strategic joint ventures with telecommunication, food and beverage and business service providers such as Verizon, Starbucks and FedEx. From 1995 to 2000, he was senior corporate counsel of The PMI Group, Inc., and was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, and SEC compliance. Smith began his career as a tax associate with Arthur Andersen & Co based in Chicago.
In 2013, The San Diego Business Journal awarded Smith the General Counsel award in the nonprofit category. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from DePaul University. Smith is a member of the California Bar Association, National Bar Association, and Association of Corporate Counsel. Smith is Secretary of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the Audit, Program and Executive committees.
Jeffrey WillmanChair, Audit Committee
Chair, Audit Committee
Jeffrey Willmann is President and CEO of Opprime’ Investments and Insurance Services, a local boutique consulting, investment, and insurance brokerage specializing in strategic relationships, business development, marketing, and insurance management services for their clients. Jeffrey’s work includes; mergers and acquisitions, and clients and sales acquisitions.
He is also currently a Shareholder and Officer: Director of Finance and Business Development, at Apreva Hospice; San Diego, as well as Shareholder and Officer, Healthcare in Motion; San Diego; and Trustee and Audit Committee Chair, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, San Diego.
His prior roles include: Director of Finance and Business Development, LightBridge Hospice, San Diego; Chief Financial Officer, Just In Time Foster Youth, San Diego; Vice President & CFO, Family Choice of New York, Buffalo, NY; Officer and Director, Trinity3 Corporation, Newport Beach; Vice President and CFO, Sharp Health Plan, San Diego; Founder and CEO, Trinity Hospice, San Bernardino.
He is equally passionate about community service, feeding 500 homeless people monthly since 2009; as well as being a 2010 LEAD San Diego Graduate. He holds a masters degree from Arizona State University in Health Service Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Arizona.