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 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, the SCAN Health Plan and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). She also serves on the board of trustees of the Health, Education and Research Trust of the American Hospital Association and the Altarum Institute. Since 2012, she has been appointed to the national Veteran’s Health Administration Advisory Committee on Gerontology and now serves as its Vice Chair. 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. In addition, she serves with the National Quality Forum and National Committee of Quality Assurance relative to quality measures in geriatrics and dual-eligible populations.
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 2015, she received the American Society on Aging’s Hall of Fame Award and was selected as one of 50 PBS Next Avenue National Influencers in Aging. 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’s career spans over three decades creating and executing wide-scale strategic media, communications, and public affairs initiatives in partnership with business, government, and nonprofit sectors.
Most recently at Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, she held the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate and Community Empowerment. Ms. Estrada created and oversaw the company’s division responsible for the overall development and coordination of community relations and pro-social strategies and initiatives, leveraging all its media assets. These efforts focused on key issues affecting the U.S. Hispanic community including health, education, civic engagement, and financial education. In recognition of her efforts, she was honored with many awards including two Peabody Awards.
Ms. Estrada began her 25-year career with Univision as 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 Account Supervisor with a Los Angeles public relations agency. She 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, a master’s degree from Princeton University, and a master’s degree from 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 President and Chief Executive Officer for the SNP Alliance, a national nonprofit association of special needs and managed Medicaid plans to serve vulnerable adults with complex care needs. Prior to this she served as the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Health Services at LeadingAge in Washington, D.C. Dr. Phillips was the 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 from 2007-2011. She has also served as 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. 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. She 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, and several expert panels for long term service and support measures. Dr. Phillips 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, MPA
Carol Raphael is a Senior Advisor at Manatt Health Solutions. She was the Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest not-for-profit home health care organization in the United States for more than 20 years. Under her leadership, VNSNY expanded its services, built a managed care plan, launched innovative models of care for complex populations with chronic illness and functional impairments, and established partnerships with health systems. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms. Raphael held executive positions at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and in New York City government.
Ms. Raphael has served on the federal bipartisan Commission on Long-Term Care, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and the NYS Medicaid Redesign Team and was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. She is the Chair of the Board of the Long Term Quality Alliance, an alliance of payers, providers, consumers and policymakers working to strengthen and better integrate the long-term services and supports (LTSS) system. She was the Chair of the New York eHealth Collaborative until 2015 and remains on the Board as it seeks to implement a statewide, standardized platform for the exchange of health information. She has been a member of the National Quality Forum Measures Application Partnership (MAP) where she chaired its Post-Acute Care/Long-Term Care Workgroup and is currently Co-Chair of its Attribution Committee and a member of its All-Cause Admissions and Readmissions Standing Committee. She chairs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panel on quality measurement development for dual enrollees and Medicaid beneficiaries receiving managed LTSS. She co-chaired the West Health Advisory Council on Emergency Department to Home-Based Healthcare.
In addition to The SCAN Foundation Board, Ms. Raphael is on the boards of the Primary Care Development Corporation; Medicare Rights Center; Commonwealth Care Alliance; Henry Schein, Inc.; Exceptional Lives; and Ample Table for Everyone (ATE), and on numerous advisory boards. Ms. Raphael has also served on the boards of Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Barrier Therapeutics, Pace University, and the American Foundation for the Blind and in 2016, completed her term as Chair of the national AARP Board.
She is a member of the New York City Age-Friendly Commission where she is Co-Chair of its Professions Workgroup and co-edited the book “Home-Based Care 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.
Mr. Seaver graduated from Yale College in 1972 with a B.A. in philosophy, cum laude. He also received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1977.
Ryan M. Trimble, DDS, MBA
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.