BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jean Bixby Smith, President, worked for 29 years as an executive serving as President and Chair of the Board at the Alamitos Land Company and the Bixby Land Company. Jean has been involved in the business community serving as Director at International City Bank. She has been on the board at PacifiCare Health System, Quest Insurance Company, the Long Beach Airport Traffic Resource Association, and the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. She is active in the community serving as a member, board of trustees at Scripps College and as a Director at: American Red Cross, greater Long Beach Chapter; Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation; Los Angeles Universal Preschool; and California Community Foundation. Jean’s numerous honors include (naming a few): 2003 Golden Bear Award, American Red Cross, State of California; 2003 Cup of Kindness Recipient, Long Beach Rotary Club; 2000 Assembly District 57, outstanding Woman from Long Beach; 1998 Woman of Distinction, Soroptimist Club of Long Beach; and 1993 Ellen Browning Scripps Associates Award, Scripps College
Alan Puzarne, Vice President, is a seasoned healthcare executive with extensive general management experience. He has held senior level positions within FHP Healthcare and Blue Shield of California. Alan served as the CEO for Cogent Healthcare, a venture funded hospitalist company. As a result of his experience at Cogent, Alan found working with physicians and being closer to patients a positive experience and applied for and was offered a position as COO with Physician Associates of the Greater San Gabriel Valley IPA. After P.A. was sold, Alan was offered a position as COO with Nautilus Healthcare Management Group, a physician management company. In 2011, Nautilus was acquired by the MemorialCare Health System and was incorporated into the MemorialCare Medical Foundation. Alan agreed to stay through the transition and left at the end of 2013. Currently, Alan is providing healthcare consulting services to health systems in the Southern California marketplace. In March 2015, Alan was offered a long-term consulting engagement with Hoag Hospital where he reports to Hoag’s CEO.
Tony Gales, CFO, is a Certified Public Accountant and Partner at Rossi LLP. Tony has specialized in tax and accounting services for privately held and not-for-profit enterprises. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. His community activities include:
Lisa Carrick is a Certified Public Accountant and senior manager at Windes, Inc., an audit, tax and advisory firm. Her practice focus includes financial statement reporting, evaluation of internal controls and business consulting for privately-held companies and nonprofit organizations. Lisa also provides audit and consulting services to employee benefit plans of private, public, and nonprofit plan sponsors, including 401(k), 403(b), profit-sharing, and ESOPs. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Sally Lane, Past President, formerly the Director of Contracts and Grant Compliance at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children's Hospital.
Kerry Driscoll, is an insurance advisor at Driscoll & Assoc. He joined the 79 year old family business in 1997. Kerry is well versed in insurance coverages with a strong understanding of insurance as an instrument for asset protection and preservation. He works closely with clients developing comprehensive risk analysis and protection plans.
Margie Hersh is a realtor and Office Manager at RE/MAX College Park Realty in Los Alamitos. Margie holds a BSBM from the University of Redlands. For over 30 years, she worked as Controller for Cabe Toyota and Ortho Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson Company and was CFO for Bixby Land Company. Margie is a current member and past president of Soroptimist International of Long Beach. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, walking and agility training with her Toy Fox Terrier.
Carolyn (Lyn) Conway Madding, Ph.D., SLP-CCC is professor and chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach. She is also the Special Cohort Program Director, a Clinical Instructor, and Speech-Language Pathologist. During her professional career as a speech-language pathologist, she has served clients across the spectrum of ages and disorders, with a special emphasis on clients from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Madding is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and was named Diversity Champion by that organization.
Kathie Mais, RN, has been with Pediatric Orthopedic Specialty Center at Miller Children's Hospital since 2000 and has worked at Long Beach Memorial since 1983. Kathie has worked in many different aspects of healthcare, from post op surgical nursing to Home Health /Hospice Care. Kathie was presented with the “Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses” in 2013. She has specialized training in all aspects of pediatric orthopedics to include care coordination and works closely with physicians in preparing patients for complex spine and hip surgeries. She is a strong advocate for children with special needs and their families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 35 years, her three adult children and her dog Morgan. She likes to golf, travel, cheering on UC Berkeley athletics and being with her large extended family. Born and raised in Long Beach, Kathie is committed to serving the Long Beach community by supporting local charities and serving on the Board of the Tichenor Clinic.
Judy Murphy, RN, worked for 45 years in pediatric nursing. She has a BS in Nursing from UCLA and a Public Health Nurse Credential. For fourteen years, Judy worked as a pediatric bedside nurse, unit manager and shift supervisor. Then, she became the manager of the Infant Development Program. In 1990, she created and managed 15 different Pediatric Outpatient Specialty Centers. She served as the Interim Director of Nursing and then as the Program Director, Miller Children’s Hospital. She was responsible for clinical development and oversight of building projects, including the new wing of the Children’s hospital. In 2011, she served as the Interim Executive Director, Patient Care Services Community Hospital of Long Beach where she was responsible for all patient care services, development of committee structure, development and management of a hospital wide capital budget. Judy retired in December 2012 to spend more time with her two children and four grandchildren.
Julie Taboada was a Special Education teacher for 27 years, retired 2003. She is married to Henry Taboada and together they have four children, 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and one on the way. Her hobbies include cooking, crafting, and going for walks. She is actively involved in the community and serves as a member of:
Melanie Werts, OTR/L graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor degree in occupational therapy. Melanie created a group in Washington, D.C. for treating toddlers with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and worked to support the caregivers for those children. In Long Beach, Werts worked at Long Beach Memorial Hospital for occupational therapy and trained nursing aides on rehabilitation. Then she transitioned to home health agencies in the city. “I liked working one-on-one with a patient, getting to know the family, helping them return home or stay in their home and coming up with creative solutions to the challenges caused by disability,” Werts said in a statement. She is a member of Assistance League of Long Beach, AAUW and the Historical Society of Long Beach and an honorary board member of Long Beach Day Nursery.
Dr. Leila Yoonessi is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric pulmonologist at Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach. Dr. Yoonessi holds a BA in psychobiology with a minor in religious studies. She earned Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health care promotion at the University of Southern California. She completed her medical degree at New York Medical College and her pediatric residency at Los Angeles County University Southern California. She is committed to patient advocacy, research, complementary medicine, preventive medicine, holistic health, and non-profit work. Her research publications pending include:
Charles Durnin, M.D., Past Medical Director
Victor Perez, M.D., M.P.H., Past Medical Director