Foundation Staff

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Executive Leadership

President & Chief Executive Officer

Bruce A. Chernof, MD, FACP

Bruce Allen Chernof, MD, FACP, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation. The SCAN Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the United States focused entirely on improving…

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Vice President, Policy & Communications

Gretchen E. Alkema, PhD

Gretchen E. Alkema is Vice President of Policy and Communications at The SCAN Foundation. In this role, Gretchen oversees the Foundation’s communications and policy strategy development and execution…

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Vice President, Programs & Operations

René Seidel, Dipl. Soz. Paed. (FH)

René Seidel is Vice President of Programs and Operations at The SCAN Foundation. Previously, René worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services in various capacities, including as…

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Vice President, Innovations

John Zapolski

John Zapolski is Vice President of Innovations, focusing on engaging entrepreneurs and the creative community in support of advancing the Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of health and life…

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Program Staff

Policy Analyst

Megan Burke, LCSW

Megan R. Burke is the Policy Analyst at The SCAN Foundation. In this role, she works to solve policy problems and elevate solutions to help older adults access the services and supports needed to live…

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Director of Communications

Mari Nicholson, MHS

Mari Nicholson is Director of Communications for The SCAN Foundation. In this role, she executes the Foundation’s communication strategies and grantmaking. Mari has ample public health and…

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Program Officer

Kali Peterson, MS, MPA

Kali Peterson serves as a Program Officer at The SCAN Foundation. In this role, she oversees a grant portfolio focused on long-term care financing and advancing person-centered and integrated care…

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Director of Grants Administration

Karen Scheboth, MS

Karen Scheboth is Director of Grants Administration for The SCAN Foundation. In this role, she oversees the grantmaking and grants management process; approves grantee payments; and manages the…

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Senior Policy Advisor

Sarah S. Steenhausen, MS

Sarah Steenhausen is Senior Policy Advisor for The SCAN Foundation, directing the Foundation’s state policy engagement efforts. In this capacity, Sarah develops and oversees our state leadership strategy…

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Director of Finance & Mission Impact Investments

Eric Thai, CPA, MBA

Eric Thai is Director of Finance and Mission Impact Investments for The SCAN Foundation. He is responsible for managing the Foundation’s accounting, finance, and investment functions…

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Program Officer

Erin Westphal, MS

Erin Westphal serves as a Program Officer at The SCAN Foundation. Erin’s work focuses on building the business case for person-centered care models and integrating the care and financing for medical…

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Administrative Staff

Executive Assistant

Gina Alferez

Gina Alferez serves as Executive Assistant for The SCAN Foundation. She brings over 18 years of administrative experience to the table with expertise in office management, event planning, scheduling…

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Program Associate

Renata McElvany

Renata McElvany serves as the Program Associate for The SCAN Foundation. In this role, Renata provides communications and administrative support to our team. Her core responsibilities include website…

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