Richard Chambers is the president of Molina Healthcare of California and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operations for the health plan. With more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry, he spent more than 27 of these years working for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Prior to joining Molina, Chambers was the chief executive officer for CalOptima, the county-organized health system providing publicly funded health coverage programs for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities in Orange County, CA. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Payment and
Access Commission (MACPAC), and a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers—two high-level groups that advise Congress on health care policy matters. He also serves on the California Olmstead Advisory Committee, the California Department of Health Care Services Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver Project, and is the immediate past chair of the Health Funders Partnership of Orange County. Chambers received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Brenda Freshman, Ph.D., Moderator
CSULB Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration
William Dickson Faculty Fellows Program Chair and Director of Research, Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership
Brenda Freshman serves as Chair of the William Dickson Faculty Fellows Program and Director of Research at the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach. She became involved with the center after receiving one of its Ethics Across the Curriculum awards for integrating an ethics component into her Health Care Management and Administration course.
Brenda is an assistant professor in the Health Care Administration Program at CSULB, where she has been a full-time faculty member since 2007. From 1996-2006, she served as a faculty member at the UCLA School of Public Health, lecturing and training health care professionals in managerial and leadership competencies.
Brenda earned her B.S. in Psychology from UCLA, M.A. in Applied Psychology from University of Santa Monica, M.S. in Organizational Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. Her research and practice interests concentrate on collaboration across disciplines, workforce development, ethics training, and how thoughts and emotions influence behavior, productivity and quality of life. Brenda is a highly regarded speaker and has been facilitating workshops on self-development and leadership skills since 1993.
Dr. Diana Hendel is CEO of Long Beach Memorial, Community Hospital Long Beach and
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, which are part of MemorialCare Health System, a leading Southern California not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system. The three Long Beach hospitals—with 6,000 employees, 1,500 physicians and 1,044 acute care beds—have annual revenues totaling more than $1 billion.
Nationally acclaimed Long Beach Memorial, the largest community hospital campus run by a female executive, is continually honored among America’s top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report and other publications and organizations for advances in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, emergency-trauma, neurosciences, rehabilitation, imaging and other clinical capabilities.
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex - as well as maternity care for expectant mothers - all under one roof. Miller Children’s is one of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals, and its nearly 100-bed NICU and acclaimed perinatology program achieve numerous mentions in lists of “Safest Place to Have a Baby.”
The recently acquired Community Hospital Long Beach offers a number of unique services to the surrounding community. CHLB offers a 28-bed behavioral health unit to provide comprehensive mental health treatment for teens and adults. Serving the greater Long Beach area with 24-hour emergency services and intensive care, CHLB also offers state-of-the-art imaging, a comprehensive cancer care center and occupational medicine.
Under Hendel’s leadership, the Long Beach hospitals have experienced unprecedented growth and financial performance and grown in prominence regionally and nationally. The health system’s many accolades include Gallup’s Great Workplace Award, which honors just 29 businesses worldwide for excellence in employee engagement; Top Leadership Team in the U.S. by HealthLeaders, among numerous other honors.
In recent years, Hendel has spoken at national and regional conferences, appeared on the cover of business magazines and journals and was one of a handful of CEOs, primarily from multi-national corporations, tapped by Chief Executive Magazine to share business predictions for 2012. Hendel is also quoted in numerous articles in the popular media and trade and business journals and has a periodic column in Smart Business Magazine Los Angeles on leadership insights.
Hendel holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of California San Francisco, where she served as assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice; a bachelor’s in biological sciences from University of California Irvine; and was an assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice at University of Southern California. She serves on many boards, including Hospital Association of Southern California, California Children’s Hospital Association, Greater Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, California Council on Equality and Justice, Long Beach Police Foundation Advisory Board and others. She has been honored with many awards, including the Los Angeles Business Journal Women Making a Difference CEO Award, Press Telegram Amazing Woman of the Year in Health Care and Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation’s "We Can Do It!" Award in Healthcare.
A 20-year executive with MemorialCare Health System, Dr. Hendel was named CEO of the Long Beach hospitals in 2009, previously serving as the COO. She held several administrative posts within the health system, including administrator of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente campus and MemorialCare Executive Director of Physician Integration and Strategy.
Mr. Wing joined SCAN 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 model of health management for Medicare beneficies 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 of HealthCare Partners, one of the largest medical groups in the nation. Prior to that, he was CEO/executie vice presidnet for HealthNet'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.