Board of Directors

The SCAN Foundation draws on the vast experience and strategic vision of our distinguished Board to help us set a course for advancing a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence.


Melanie Bella, MBA

Melanie Bella has spent her career focused on transforming care for complex and costly populations in the Medicaid and Medicare programs with experience at all levels of government and in the private sector. Ms. Bella established and served as the first Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As Director, Ms. Bella led the work to more effectively integrate benefits for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and improve the coordination and financing between the federal government and states for such individuals. Under her leadership, the Office designed and launched demonstrations across the country to test new delivery system and payment models for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in both community and institutional settings.  

Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Bella was the Senior Vice President for Policy and Operations at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). She led the organization’s efforts to integrate care for complex populations and directed a unique leadership training institute to help Medicaid directors.

Prior to CHCS, Ms. Bella served as Medicaid Director for the state of Indiana from 2001 through 2005. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.


Colleen Cain


Ms. Cain has a 35-year career in the health care industry including positions as Chief Executive Officer, President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President spanning both privately held and Fortune 500 companies. She has particular expertise in government health care programs, managed care, leadership and strategy, and corporate governance. Currently she is chair of the board of The SCAN Foundation and also serves on the boards of SCAN Health Plan and CareOregon. For ten years, she served on the board of Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon which she chaired from 2009-2013. She has been active on Governors Commissions on health, education and charitable giving as well as a director of various non-profit organizations.


Bruce A. Chernof, MD, FACP

President & Chief Executive Officer

Bruce Allen Chernof, MD, FACP, currently serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation, whose mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence.  The SCAN Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the United States focused entirely on improving the quality of health and life for seniors.

Previously, Dr. Chernof served as the Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Dr. Chernof has also served as a Regional Medical Director for Medicaid and SCHIP programs at Health Net, a network model HMO.  

In 2013, Dr. Chernof served as the Chair of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care, which produced a bipartisan report to Congress recommending reforms for our nation’s long-term care financing, delivery system, and workforce needs.
Dr. Chernof completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine as well as a Fellowship in Medical Education at UCLA. He earned his medical degree from UCLA and completed his undergraduate work at Harvard University.  Currently, Dr. Chernof is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at UCLA. 


Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MS, FAAN

Jennie Chin Hansen is the senior strategic advisor and immediate past CEO of the American Geriatrics Society the largest professional membership organization of physicians (mainly geriatricians) and other health professionals committed to the care of older adults with care complexity. In May, 2010, she completed her two year term as president of the 38 million member AARP following six additional years on AARP’s national board of directors.  

She currently serves as a board member of the SCAN Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). She also serves on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Equity of Care Committee.  Since 2012, she has been appointed to the national Veteran’s Health Administration Advisory Committee on Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Department of HHS’ National Institutes of Health-National Advisory Council on Aging. In 2015 she began her board service with the not for profit faith based Dignity Health System which encompasses a 39 hospitals and 250 other sites/programs of care.

Her honors include a 2004 CMS Administrator’s Award of Achievement, a 2010 Innovator in Health Award from the New England Healthcare Institute and the 2011 Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care in Long-Term Care. In March 2015 she received the American Society on Aging’s Hall of Fame award; In additiona to being a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she has received alumni awards from the University of California, San Francisco and Boston College, including an honorary doctorate.


Ivelisse R. Estrada

Ms. Estrada is Senior Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations at Univision, the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Previously, she served as Director of Corporate and Community Relations for Univision Television Group, where she supervised the public affairs and community efforts of the company’s owned-and-operated stations. Prior to that she was director of Communications at KMEX-TV, Channel 34, the flagship station of the Univision Television Group in Los Angeles, where she was responsible for overseeing the station’s communications department and for developing and coordinating all public relations, community outreach and media relations activities.

Before joining KMEX, Ms. Estrada served as an account supervisor with a Los Angeles public relations agency. She has also served as a Washington-based associate producer and on-air reporter for SIN national news, the predecessor of Univision.

Ms. Estrada earned her undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Barnard College in New York City and Master’s degrees from Princeton University and Harvard University.


Tom Higgins

Mr. Higgins has had a distinguished career both in public affairs and the private sector, most recently as the founding Chief Executive of Berkeley Energy Sciences and earlier, Prosetta Corporation, a biotechnology company headquartered in San Francisco. As a state legislator and later as a federal official, he led various reforms in public and community health. As a businessman and entrepreneur, he created several successful companies and retired as a Senior VP at Edison International. Subsequently, he became President of Business for Social Responsibility.

Mr. Higgins has been a volunteer board member for many health, social service and arts agencies during his career. Currently, he is on the boards of The Zen Hospice Center in San Francisco and St. Ambrose University. Mr. Higgins has been on the board of SCAN Health Plan for over 15 years.


Mike Noël

Mike Noël is a former Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Edison International and Southern California Edison Company, corporations where he spent more than 30 years in various executive and financial-management positions. Among his accomplishments was leading a team that issued the world’s first corporate ‘Shogun’ bonds (dollar-denominated bonds sold in Japan), as well as creating the nation’s first minority-owned and female-owned investment manager pool of funds for Edison’s employee pension fund. Also, he was a founder of The Academy of Business Leadership, a non-profit organization of business leaders teaching business, finance and investments to disadvantaged teenagers, for which Mr. Noël was awarded its "Outstanding Leadership" award.

After retiring from the Edison companies, Mr. Noël established Noël Consulting Co., advising companies and public utilities’ commissions on corporate finance. He also has served on ten boards of directors, including currently for The SCAN Foundation, SCAN Health Plan and the Center for Life Change. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a named "Audit Committee Financial Expert" under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. Noël earned his MBA from the University of Southern California after graduating with a Bachelors degree from California State University at Long Beach.


Carol Raphael

Carol Raphael served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest nonprofit home health agency in the United States from 1989 to 2011. Ms. Raphael expanded the organization’s services and launched innovative models of care for complex populations with chronic illness and functional impairments. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms. Raphael held executive positions at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and in New York City government.  In 2013, Ms. Raphael was appointed by President Obama to the Bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care. In 2012, Ms. Raphael was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. She is Co-Chair of the National Quality Forum MAP Post-Acute/Long Term Care Workgroup and a member of its Committee on All-Cause Readmissions. She is Co-Chair of the West Health Advisory Council on ED to Home-based Healthcare. She is Chair of the Long Term Quality Alliance, a Senior Adviser at Manatt Health Solutions and a Board Member of the New York eHealth Collaborative, a public-private partnership to advance the adoption of health information technology. She served on various commissions including MedPAC, the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council, several Institute of Medicine Committees and was a member of Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team.  She is the Chair of the AARP Board and serves on the boards of the Primary Care Development Corporation, the Medicare Rights Center, Pace University, Henry Schein, Inc. and ATE as well as numerous advisory boards. She is a member of the New York City Age-Friendly Commission and edited the book “Home Based Cared for a New Century”.


Patrick Seaver

Mr. Seaver was, until recently, a senior partner at Latham & Watkins, an international law firm. His practice concentrated on counseling public companies in mergers and acquisitions, financings and governance issues. He was the primary outside counsel to several New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Global Stock Markets.  Mr. Seaver and his wife helped found the Westerly School of Long Beach, the first independent, non-sectarian K-8 school in Long Beach, California; he was a board member for nine years and head of the finance committee for five years; his wife was the founding board President serving in that position for seven years. Mr Seaver also served for on the board of directors for 14 years, eight years as the chairman, of Opera Pacific, then the twelfth largest opera company in the United States.


Ryan M. Trimble, DDS

Mr. Trimble brings over 30 years of experience in the healthcare services industry where he currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of SCAN Health Plan and a Director of Sera Prognostics, a company providing personalized diagnostics to predict and manage pregnancy complications. Mr. Trimble previously served as interim Chief Executive officer of SCAN Health Plan, Chief Executive Officer for P5, Inc., dba ProviderPay, a healthcare technology and services company focused on integrated healthcare claims and banking services; Senior Vice President, Medical Care Management at WellPoint Health Networks; and as Associate Chief Operating Officer and President of the Health Care Delivery division of FHP International.

Dr. Trimble began his career as a practicing general dentist and obtained a B.S. in Microbiology from Brigham Young University, a D.D.S. from Loyola University in Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah.


Chris P. Wing

Mr. Wing joined SCAN Health Plan in 2011. As President and CEO, Mr. Wing is responsible for working with the board of directors, leadership team and employees of SCAN to develop innovative ways to advance the company’s mission while responding to the nation’s changing healthcare landscape. Mr. Wing will also be partnering with regulators, legislators, and community leaders to promote healthcare solutions based on the SCAN Health Plan model of health management for Medicare beneficiaries and the disabled.

Mr. Wing has more than 25 years experience, having served in top executive positions across a wide spectrum of the healthcare industry. Most recently he was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Healthcare Partners, one of the largest medical groups in the nation. Prior to that he was CEO/executive vice president for Health Net’s West Coast operations. He was also CEO/executive vice president for PacifiCare of California and held a variety of leadership positions with Blue Cross of California, Lincoln National Life Insurance Company and Prudential Health Care Plan.

Mr. Wing serves on the board of directors of Olive Crest, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse. Mr. Wing is also a founding board member of Resplendent Hope, a faith-based organization that is committed to advancing the cause of widows and orphans in selected third-world countries. Mr. Wing holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Planning from the University of Southern California. His Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Marketing and Finance is from California State University, Long Beach.