External Advisory Board

Dr. William Bonney, MD, MPH

Dr. William Bonney, MD, MPH

President, Health Care Council of Orange County

Dr. Bonney received his MD degree from UCLA and a Masters degree from Dartmouth University. He completed postgraduate fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and Duke University. He has experience as a physician and public health practitioner at both UC San Diego and UC Irvine. He is currently president of the Health Care Council of Orange County, an organization with the mission to promote access to improved health care for all orange county residents through unified efforts to identify and address areas of need through analysis, collaboration, education and advocacy.

Dr. America Bracho, MD, MPH

Dr. America Bracho, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Latino Health Access

America Bracho founded Latino Health Access with the vision to promote healthy living and disease prevention. America previously served as the Director for the AIDS projects for Latino Family Services in Detroit, Michigan. She has been a trainer, presenter, and consultant for numerous government and private agencies including: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Council of La Raza, The University of Michigan, UCLA, John Hopkins University, and the National Conference of Community Outreach Workers. America Bracho is a physician in Venezuela. She obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan with a specialty in Health Education and Health Behavior. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Gwyn L. Grenrock

Gwyn L. Grenrock

Executive Director, The Allergan Foundation

The Allergan Foundation, created in 1998, is committed to providing a lasting and positive impact on the community. Since inception, The Allergan Foundation has granted more than $20 million to worthy causes, focusing in four philanthropic areas: the arts, civic programs, education, and health and human services.

We contribute to a wide spectrum of public charitable organizations in Southern California and McLennan County, Texas, where the majority of our U.S. employees live and work. We believe it's important to focus our financial efforts in the communities where our employees can also contribute their time and efforts to make a difference. Ranked among the largest philanthropic organizations in Orange County, The Allergan Foundation also supports innovative programs and research conducted by local, national, and international educational institutions.

Valuable, charitable organizations are improving the lives of people in our communities and around the world, and The Allergan Foundation is proud to be a partner in that effort.

Dr. Eric Handler, MD, MPH

Dr. Eric Handler, MD, MPH

Orange County Health Officer

In August, 2006, Dr. Handler was appointed Orange County Health Officer. Immediately prior, he served as chief medical officer for the CMS Boston regional office. From 1986-89, he was the Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1989-96,he served as the Medical Director for the Nisonger Center, a university affiliated program at Ohio State University as well as associate professor at Columbus Children's Hospital and the College of Medicine at Ohio State University. Dr. Handler's experience includes serving as the deputy secretary for Children's Medical Services in the Florida Department of Health from 1996-2000. From 2000 - 2003 he was the chief medical officer for the Florida Department of Children and Families. A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Handler received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School. He completed his Pediatrics internship and residency at L.A. County-U.S.C. Hospital and completed a Pediatric Rehabilitation fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Dr. Handler received his Masters in Public Health from UCLA in 1985 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Allison Hickey

Allison Hickey

Executive Director, American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association was founded by 28 physicians in 1940. In 1960 the Association's estimated 1.25 million known cases of diabetes, with 72,000 cases diagnosed that year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate that there are 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes and another 1.6 million diagnosed each year. The Orange County region is working to put a Stop to Diabetes.

As the Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association, she ensures the organization's financial success by diversifying the revenue base and increasing revenues from existing funding sources by developing and maintaining community outreach, launching new initiatives, programs and advocacy efforts which serve the needs of the community. As a member of the Executive Management Team, she is responsible for ensuring operational excellence in business operations, regulatory affairs, risk management, and insurance, and promoting inter-program collaboration in the fulfillment of the mission.

Ms. Hickey, a graduate of the University of Redlands, has been a top producing executive with over 20 years experience in marketing and non-profit industries and market sectors. As a passionate leader, she is always interested in making a difference in the life and health of our communities, country, and world.

Dr. Kris Iyer, MD

Dr. Kris Iyer, MD

Medical Director, Hoag Hospital, Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center

Dr. Kris V. Iyer, M.D. graduated in Medicine and Surgery from University of Bombay. Having completed residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology, he obtained a Doctorate in Medicine. He then went to England and trained further in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He developed his interest in diabetes during his training in England. In addition to being a family practitioner in England, he worked in a diabetes clinic with a large patient population at the local hospital in Stevenage, England.

Dr. Iyer moved to the U.S. in 1981, completing his endocrinology fellowship in 1986. He started his practice at Hoag Hospital soon after his fellowship. Since coming to Hoag Hospital, Dr. Iyer has been involved with patient improvement activities as a member of the emergency room, cancer, medical executive and judicial review committees. He was the Chairman of the Department of Medicine for two terms and was elected Chief of Staff from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Iyer, with the assistance of medical staff leadership, was involved in the development of the intensivists program, hospitalists program, Disclosure policy, and Clinical and Sentinel events policy. He chaired the credentials committee before being elected to the hospital's Board of Directors. He serves on the finance, facilities and building and strategic planning committees of the Board of Directors.

Dr.Iyer has been dedicated to improving diabetes care at Hoag Hospital for many years. He helped the medication error reduction team develop a standardized insulin order set and participated in the development of intravenous insulin treatment protocols to care for critically ill patients. Recently he led the Diabetes Care Improvement Team to transform the care of patients with diabetes at Hoag. The recommendations from the team have helped to reduce variations and to improve care at the hospital. Dr. Iyer has been the voluntary medical advisor to the Hoag Diabetes Education Program.

Mr. Barry Ross, MBA, MPH

Mr. Barry Ross, MBA, MPH

Vice President, Healthy Communities, St. Jude Medical Center

In the mid-1600s, a small group of women went into their neighborhood to build relationships with the community, learn about the people's needs, and, together with their neighbors, find solutions through direct community action. These pioneers were the Sisters of St. Joseph-founders and leaders who guide St. Joseph Health System and its ministries. Nearly 400 years later, that passion and tradition continues through our through our Community Benefit Program.

Each year, St. Jude Medical Center invests time and resources into local communities to increase access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and provide local residents with the support they need to make their neighborhoods healthier and safer.

Through the development and implementation of the key strategic elements of Community Health, Healthy Communities and Advocacy, we work to generate positive health outcomes, foster relationships and cooperation, and empower individuals to care for themselves and others.

Dr. Roberto Tapia Conyer, MD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Roberto Tapia Conyer, MD, PhD, MPH

Director General, Carlos Slim Health Institute

Dr. Tapia-Conyer is Director General at the Carso Health Institute. He holds a Medical Degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mëxico (UNAM), a Master's Degree in Public Health and Science from Harvard University, and a PhD in Health Sciences from UNAM. In Mexico, he is a professor at UNAM's School of Medicine, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Surgery. He also belongs to the National Researchers System, level III. He is former President of the Mexican Association of Public Health. At the international level, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute of California, a member of the advisory group of the Global Influenza Preparedness Plan, and President of the World Health Organization's Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis. During the last ten years, he has participated in the Technical Advisory Committee of the Immunizations Program of the Pan American Health Organization. He has done consultant work for the Rockefeller Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, and the United Nations. Dr. Tapia-Conyer is the current UC Irvine Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow. The Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series brings to Irvine global scholars and intellects who are illuminating the challenges and possibilities of our increasingly interdependent world.

Sara Wei, MHA

Sara Wei, MHA

Chief Administrative Officer, UC Irvine Health

Sara currently works for UC Irvine Health as the Chief Administrative Officer in the Department of Family Medicine and Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. She oversees all administrative operations and finances encompassed within the departments clinical, research and academic missions.

Prior to that she was a Manager of Program Development in the Strategic Services department at UC Irvine Health. In that role, she assisted the hospital with various strategic initiatives such as business, strategic and implementation plans. Sara has also held positions as Loma Linda Medical Center and UCLA Institute for Innovation in Health working primarily on telehealth strategic planning and implementation. Sara completed her Administrative Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Sara is a graduate of the inaugural UC Irvine Public Health Policy program. Her passion for public health lead her to graduate school at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where she received her MHA. She is also a board member for Women in Health Administration of Southern California.

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