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 2001-2005. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.
Colleen 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. Ms. Cain has particular expertise in government health care programs, managed care, leadership and strategy, and corporate governance. She recently served as Chair of the Board of The SCAN Foundation and also serves on the boards of SCAN Health Plan and CareOregon. For 10 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 nonprofit organizations.
Bruce A. Chernof, MD, FACP
President & Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Allen Chernof, MD, FACP, currently serves as the President and 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 Chief Executive Officer 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.
Ms. Chin Hansen currently serves on the boards 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 nonprofit, faith-based Dignity Health System which encompasses 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 addition 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
Ivelisse R. Estrada retired as 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 masters' degrees from Princeton University and Harvard University.
Tom Higgins has had a distinguished career both in public affairs and the private sector, most recently as the Co-Founder of Amber Kinetics, an energy storage company, and Prosetta Biosciences, both headquartered in the Bay Area.
As a state legislator and later as a federal official, he led various reforms in public and community health. Mr. Higgins served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet of President Carter. Later, as a businessman and entrepreneur, he created several successful companies, retiring as a Senior Vice President at Edison International. Subsequently, he became President of Business for Social Responsibility before starting Prosetta.
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, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, and St. Ambrose University. Mr. Higgins has also been on the Board of SCAN Health Plan for the past 20 years.
Francesca "Cesca" Ruiz De Luzuriaga
In 2012, Francesca “Cesca” Luzuriaga joined the Board of SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicare Advantage Health Plan that serves seniors in California. She has served as Chair of their Audit and Compliance Committee from 2013-2016. Ms. Luzuriaga is also a Director on the Office Depot Board where she serves on the Finance Committee and Chairs the Audit Committee. She first joined this Board in 1998, when the company was Boise Cascade; the name change occurred after the purchase of OfficeMax (now Office Depot) in 2003. Since 2015, she has also served on the Board and Audit Committee of SuperValu, a national grocery distributor. Ms. Luzuriaga previously served on the Board of the apparel company Mossimo and as a Board member and Audit Committee Chair for Providian Financial.
Currently an independent business development consultant, Ms. Luzuriaga had a distinguished, 18-year career at Mattel, where she held numerous financial and administrative positions, including Controller, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, as well as Chief Operating Officer for the company’s interactive division. Prior to Mattel, she worked as a Financial Analyst in the manufacturing division of Xerox.
Ms. Luzuriaga holds an MBA from University of Southern California and a BA from Pomona College.
Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF
Cheryl Phillips, MD, is the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Health Services at LeadingAge in Washington, DC. Prior to this role, she was Chief Medical Officer of On Lok Lifeways, the originator of the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive care for the Elderly) model based in San Francisco, Calif. She has also served as the Medical Director for Senior Services and Chronic Disease Management for the Sutter Health System, a network of doctors, hospitals and other health providers in Northern California. As a fellowship-trained geriatrician, her clinical practice focused on nursing homes and the long-term care continuum. In addition to being a hands-on medical director of multiple nursing homes in California, she oversaw the network development and quality oversight for Sutter’s Sacramento-Sierra region post-acute care.
Dr. Phillips is a past President of the American Geriatrics Society, the organization representing health care professionals committed to improving the health of America’s seniors; and is also a past President of the American Medical Directors Association, the physician organization for long-term care.
In addition to serving on The SCAN Foundation Board, Dr. Phillips serves on the Board of Directors for Ascension Senior Living. She has also served on multiple national boards and advisory groups for chronic care including the CMS Quality Assurance and Process Improvement (QAPI) Technical Expert Panel in Long Term Care, the National Quality Forum MAP Coordinating Committee, several Expert Panels for Long Term Service and Support Measures, and has provided multiple testimonies to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. She served as a primary care health policy Fellow under Secretary Tommy Thompson, and was appointed by the Governor as a California Commissioner on Aging and appointed to the Olmstead Advisory Committee for California. Dr. Phillips is a past Co-Chair of Advancing Excellence, the campaign for quality improvement in nursing homes.
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 1989-2011. 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 T. Seaver spent his legal career advising corporations and their boards in transformative transactions. His clients included medical device and other high-tech companies, as well as investment banks and institutional investors. Mr. Seaver retired as a Partner of Latham & Watkins at the end of 2007. He was the Chairman of his firm’s Orange County Corporate Department from 1991 until his retirement.
Mr. Seaver has served on public, private, and nonprofit boards of directors. He has served on the boards of the SCAN Health Plan since 2000 and The SCAN Foundation since inception. He has served as a Director of Tuboscope, Inc. (NYSE) and as Vice Chairman of Hydril Company (Nasdaq NMS). He was the Chairman of the Board of Opera Pacific for eight years, and a founder and trustee of the Westerly School of Long Beach, the only independent K-8 school in Long Beach, Calif.
In 2016, Mr. Seaver accepted an invitation to be an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University, where he worked on a project to create an innovation lab focused on improving the lives of seniors. He is also working on a director’s toolkit to improve the effectiveness of corporate directors.
Ryan M. Trimble, DDS
Ryan M. Trimble brings over 30 years of experience in the health care services industry. In addition to The Scan Foundation, he currently serves on the boards of Scan Health Plan and Sera Prognostics, a company providing personalized diagnostics to predict and manage pregnancy complications. Dr. Trimble previously served as Chairman of the Board of SCAN Health Plan; interim Chief Executive Officer of SCAN Health Plan; Chief Executive Officer for P5, Inc., dba ProviderPay, a health care technology and services company focused on integrated health care 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 bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University, a DDS from Loyola University in Chicago, and an MBA from the University of Utah.