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Leadership

Leadership

. Executive Team
. Board of Directors
Executive Team

Gustavo ValdespinoGustavo Valdespino, President and Chief Executive Officer

Gustavo Valdespino was appointed President and CEO in September 2009. Mr. Valdespino is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of hospital management experience. Prior to joining Valley Presbyterian Hospital, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Tenet Health Corporation’s Southern California region. He also served as President and CEO of St. Vincent Medical Center and as CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County. .

Mr. Valdespino has received the “Up and Comer” award from Modern Health Magazine, the National Medical Enterprises “Circle of Excellence” award, the Tenet Healthcare Corporation “Circle of Excellence” award, and the “Leading Hispanic Executive” award from Hispanic Business Magazine.

Mr. Valdespino holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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Lori CardleLori Cardle, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lori Cardle was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in November 2012. She joined Valley Presbyterian Hospital in April 2011 as Assistant Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Vice President of Finance in November 2011. Previously, Ms. Cardle worked at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, where she served as Vice President of Revenue Cycle and Health Information Management and as Treasurer. She also has served as Chief Financial Officer at St. Vincent Medical Center and Brotman Medical Center.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Cardle oversees Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s financial management and directs information technology needs. 

Ms. Cardle was awarded the “Women Who Mean Business” leadership team award in 2007 by the San Diego Business Journal.

Ms. Cardle holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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Jean RicoJean Rico, Senior Vice President of Quality

Jean Rico was appointed Senior Vice President of Quality in February 2010. Ms. Rico brings more than 30 years of health care experience in quality improvement to Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Previously, Ms. Rico served as Vice President of Quality for St. Vincent Medical Center and as the Regional Quality Director for Tenet Healthcare, where she supervised quality and case management for 19 hospitals across California, Nevada, and Nebraska.

As Senior Vice President of Quality, Ms. Rico leads Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s efforts for continuous quality improvement. She is responsible for risk management, regulatory and accreditation requirements, quality improvement, case management, social services, patient satisfaction and compliance.

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Pegi MatsudaPegi Matsuda, Senior Vice President, Community and Market Development

Pegi Matsuda was appointed Senior Vice President of Community and Market Development in June 2012. Previously, Ms. Matsuda served as Publisher and President of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal for 13 years. She has also spent 20 years working in Southern California corporations including GTE Telephone Operations and Sempra Energy.

As Senior Vice President of Community and Market Development, Ms. Matsuda is responsible for community programming and outreach, marketing, advertising, employee volunteer programs, development, media relations and internal communications.

Ms. Matsuda has received numerous awards, including recognition from the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, VICA, Haven Hills, and MEND. She was also honored in 2008 by the state of California as “Woman of the Year” by the 42nd Assembly District.

Ms. Matsuda received a Bachelor of Science degree in human relations and organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership from Woodbury University. 

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Gayathri JithGayathri S. Jith, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations

Gayathri S. Jith was appointed Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations in November 2012. She joined Valley Presbyterian Hospital in March 2010 as the Vice President of Operations. Previously, Ms. Jith served as the Administrative Director for anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and imaging services for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Ms. Jith also served as Director of patient access and revenue cycle, business development, and physician services for St. Vincent Medical Center.

As Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Ms. Jith guides Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s health care reform efforts and oversees clinical, ancillary and support services.

Ms. Jith received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Public Health degree in healthcare management from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Lori BurnellLori Burnell, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Lori Burnell was appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer in March 2014. Ms. Burnell most recently served as Vice President & Chief Nurse and Operations Executive at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. She has held several clinical leadership positions at Scripps Mercy Hospital, Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., and Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

As Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, she leads an expert team of more than 700 nurses and staff to expand Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s patient care and professional development capacity. She also oversees all rehabilitation services.

Ms. Burnell received a doctorate of philosophy in nursing from the University of San Diego, a master of science degree in nursing from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from California State University, Fullerton.

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Jonathan WuJonathan Wu, Vice President of Human Resources

Jonathan Wu was appointed Vice President of Human Resources in April 2013. Previously, he served as the Director of Human Resources at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Mr. Wu also held several roles at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia, including Director of Human Resources and Occupational Health.

As Vice President of Human Resources, Mr. Wu is responsible for all functions of Human Resources at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, including learning and development, talent management, compensation, benefits, succession planning, talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, process improvement and organizational development.

Mr. Wu received a Bachelor of Science degree in management and human resources and an MBA from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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Jeff AllportJeff Allport, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Jeffrey Allport was appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer in September 2013. Previously, Mr. Allport worked as an independent information technology consultant through JLA Insights, the health care information technology company he owns and operates. He also has served as Vice President of IT Solutions Delivery at St. Joseph Health Systems in Orange County, Senior Manager of E-Health Initiatives at Healthcare Industry Group of Perot Systems, and CIO of St. John Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

As Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Mr. Allport is responsible for developing, coordinating and facilitating strategic information services projects, as well as improving and maintaining the operation of the hospital’s computer network.

Mr. Allport received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science from Stanford University.

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Board of Directors

Greg KayGreg Kay, MD, Chairman of the Board
Community Representative

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David FlemingDavid W. Fleming, Chairman Emeritus
Attorney, Latham & Watkins, LLP

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Sukshma SreepathiSukshma Sreepathi, MD, Chief of Staff
President, Tri-Valley Neonatal Medical Group

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William AllenWilliam C. Allen, Secretary
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.

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James PorterJames Porter, Treasurer
Community Representative

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David AdelmanDavid Adelman
Partner, Greenberg & Bass, LLP

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LeRoy ChaseLeRoy Chase
President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley

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Alex_GuerreroAlex Guerrero
Executive Vice President, Tower General Contractors

 

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Dianne HarrisonDianne F. Harrison, PhD
President, California State University, Northridge

 

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Richard KatzRichard Katz
Owner, Richard Katz Consulting

 

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Diego MechosoDiego Mechoso, MD
Medical Director of Pediatrics, Valley Presbyterian Hospital

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Matthew G. MischelMatthew G. Mischel, MD
Physician, Valley Internal Medicine & Nephrology Medical Group

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Todd_MoldaweTodd D. Moldawer, MD
Physician, Southern California Orthopedic Institute

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Ganesa PandianM. Ganesa Pandian MD, FACC
Medical Director of Cardiology, Valley Presbyterian Hospital

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Tracy RafterTracy Rafter
CEO, Los Angeles County Business Federation

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Josh RokawJoshua Rokaw, MD
Physician, Internal Medicine Associates

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Stuart SolomonStuart Solomon
President/Founder, Transcon Property Services, Inc.

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Francisco UribeFrancsico Uribe
Director of State, Local and International Government Relations, The Home Depot, Inc.

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Gustavo ValdespinoGustavo Valdespino
President & CEO, Valley Presbyterian Hospital

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