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Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation Announces Board Members

Posted on 2/29/2016

VAN NUYS, Calif. — The Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural members of its Foundation Board of Directors, who are among the San Fernando Valley’s most prominent and dedicated leaders and philanthropists.

The Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit entity recently formed with the purpose of providing funding and resources to Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) and the community it serves. Specifically, the Foundation’s Board of Directors will oversee all hospital fundraising initiatives, including efforts to generate revenue for current and future health care programs, medical equipment and hospital renovations. The Foundation Board of Directors will report to the Valley Presbyterian Hospital Board of Directors.

The following board members have been confirmed for service, effective November 2015:

David Fleming, Esq. Chairman

David Fleming’s career has revolved around philanthropy. A longtime supporter of many charitable causes in Los Angeles County, Mr. Fleming and his wife, Jean, have remained strong city advocates. He recently served as a board member of the Southern California Metropolitan Water District; Chaired the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Business Federation and the Valley Economic Alliance among others. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Augustana College in Davenport, Iowa, and obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Law School.

Anthony “Tony” Tartaglia, Vice Chairman

Regional Affairs Manager of the Southern California Gas Company, Anthony “Tony” Tartaglia oversees a number of public affairs managers who serve as civic and community group liaisons. Currently, Mr. Tartaglia is President of Glendale Community College’s board of trustees, Chairman of the board of the Foothill Workforce Investment board, and is a member of Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s and The Valley Economic Alliance’s boards. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge, and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.

Pegi Matsuda,President Pegi Matsuda serves on Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s executive leadership as Senior Vice President of Community Development. Appointed to lead the hospital’s efforts in addressing community health needs, Ms. Matsuda also manages fundraising and heads the hospital’s community employee volunteer program. Ms. Matsuda received Woman of the Year honors from the state of California’s 42nd Assembly District and was also awarded the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco and received a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University

Merryll McElwain, TreasurerDedicated to helping individuals, families, foundations and other institutions with wealth management needs, Merryll McElwain’s expertise in finance wedges a positive impact on the community she serves. Ms. McElwain currently serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Golf Committee at Braemar Country Club and is an active member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Human Rights Campaign and Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Appalachian State University and received a Master of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University.

Keven Steinberg, Esq. Secretary Keven Steinberg is a partner with Thompson, Coe and O’Meara. His law practice consists of representing clients in matters involving claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistle blowing, and state and federal wages among others. Mr. Steinberg has been recognized for his volunteerism as a recipient of the George W. Bush Volunteer Service Award, the California State Assembly Volunteer Service Certificate and the United States Congress Volunteer Services Certificate. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and received a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School.

Nicolas Di Domenico, MD Board certified in Internal Medicine, Nicolas Di Domenico, MD has been a member of Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s medical staff for over 30 years. Dr. Di Domenico continuously provides high quality, compassionate medical care to patients in our community. His dedication to medical excellence and volunteer service at the hospital has earned him an esteemed Pride in Profession award. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed an internship and residency at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jennifer L. Garcia

Jennifer L. Garcia has provided wealth management consultation for individuals, multi-generational families, trusts, retirement plans, as well as mid-size businesses for over 20 years. During her time as a financial advisor, Ms. Garcia has been recognized as one of the top 10% Wells Fargo advisors in California and has also been recognized as a Premier Advisor for 2015. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge.

Carol Kim Director of Public Affairs at Health Net, Inc., Carol Kim leads the company’s community and business engagement strategy in the Los Angeles County area. Ms. Kim also manages the corporate giving program and the Health Net Foundation with a goal to establish brand identity and community presence. She has been presented the Community Leadership Award by The Valley Community Care Consortium along with The San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine, and received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan.

Antonio Pizano President and Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Small Business Development Corporation, Antonio Pizano has been supporting small business growth and expansion for 16 years. Mr. Pizano’s knowledge in providing financial services to under-banked, underserved and credit-challenged communities has earned him a spot at the Pacoima Development Credit Union board. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge.

Diana M. Sanchez An expert in marketing and community and public relations for over 23 years, Diana M. Sanchez is Director of Public and Community Relations at the Los Angeles World Airports in Van Nuys. She oversees its public relations programs, special events, promotions and sponsorships. Ms. Sanchez is Board Chair for the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Mid-Valley YMCA Board of Directors, the Encino Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Valley Economic Alliance Board of Governors. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master in Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach.

Gustavo Valdespino

President & Chief Executive Officer of Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Gustavo Valdespino is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of hospital management experience. Mr. Valdespino’s leadership excellence earned him an Up and Comer award from Modern Health Magazine, the National Medical Enterprise’s Circle of Excellence award, the Tenet Healthcare Corporation Circle of Excellence award and Hispanic Business Magazine’s Leading Hispanic Excellence award. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Angie Weber Angie Weber is currently supporting Colliers International’s medical expansion throughout the Los Angeles area. Ms. Weber oversees the leasing and marketing of nearly one million square feet of medical office spaces in the greater Los Angeles area. Ms. Weber has a wealth of experience working with several hospitals in the San Fernando Valley including Valley Presbyterian Hospital, West Hills Hospital and Providence Health & Services. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.

About Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute-care hospitals in the region and continues to provide patient-centered care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives.