Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide leadership and philanthropic support to Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Saint John’s Cancer Institute and Pacific Neuroscience Institute, that serve as catalysts for exceptional health care and research.

Diversity Statement

In principle and in practice, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation in the membership of its Board of Trustees and other volunteers, staff, vendors, consultants and community. We believe that diversity encompasses many variables including without limitation race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, family status, personal values and beliefs, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, appearance, and professional level. We believe that diversity enriches our experience, promotes personal growth and a healthy society, strengthens communities and the workplace and enhances economic competitiveness. We believe that pursuit of our mission requires a commitment to the development of an organization that values differences, respects all of its members, and maintains a climate in which everyone is treated with dignity.
Reaffirmed August 5, 2020
Board Affairs Committee


Incorporated in 1975 as a separate tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation to advance the mission and goals of Saint John’s Health Center, the Saint John’s Heath Center Foundation is governed by an all volunteer board of directors and trustees, who bring their leadership skills to ensure that Saint John’s is here for their community – now and in the future.

Trustees work tirelessly with the foundation staff to vision, plan, initiate and maintain structured programs of support for the health center’s capital, equipment, programmatic needs, community outreach and to carry forward the health center’s mission of compassionate care.

When the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth came west to build Saint John’s, generous neighbors helped these pioneering women purchase the land upon which Saint John’s Health Center campus stands. The Foundation grew out of the original Saint John’s Hospital Guild founded in 1947 to carry forward the mission of compassionate care set forth by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. That mission is continued now through the healing ministry of Providence Health & Services.


The Foundation is the chief financial engine contributing to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, technology, programs and services at the health center as well as ground-breaking cancer research at Saint John’s Cancer Institute and Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Philanthropic efforts have successfully raised more than $817 million dollars, including $370 million dollars to rebuild the Health Center after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Currently, the Power of Partnership Campaign is underway with a goal of raising $200 million to revolutionize clinical care, attract world-class physicians and researchers, and be at the forefront of leading-edge discoveries.

Great health care takes the added ingredient of philanthropy- which serves as a catalyst for researchers, doctors, and clinicians- to take us places we haven’t been before but we know is the right place to be going.” Bob Klein President and CEO, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation

Giving Staff

Mike Avila
Stuart Berkowitz
Sara Butchenhart
Mary Byrnes
Anthony Cacace
Meghan Chereck
Tess Csiszar
Wafaa Daou
Gail Drewniak
Esther Espinoza
Cookie Galanti
Coco Garcia
Ingrid Garcia
Jeanne Goldsmith
Tobi Kinnan
Bob Klein
Kimberly Krupinski
Kathy Kuwabara
Dinah Lewin
Yoli Luna
Nina Maggio
Maty Mejrekian 
Wendy Merritt
Taylor Morton
Marquina Munoz-Freedman, RN, BSN
Danielle Partyka
Pam Solomon
Sierra Somkin
Andy Trilling
Karen Williams-Cox
Alejandra Vega
Susan Wilson

Board of Trustees

*As of

Roger Wacker, Chair
Robert Amonic, MD, Secretary
Craig C. Benell, Treasurer
Charles F. Adams
William S. Anderson
William M. Apfelbaum
Rae W. Archibald, PhD
Margot S. Armbruster
J. Jeffrey Assaf
Lee A. Ault III
Donnalisa Parks Barnum
Kathy K. Barrett
Ambassador Frank E. Baxter
Rudolph A. Bedford, MD
James P. Birdwell Jr.
Norris J. Bishton Jr.
Eric Borstein
John C. Bowlin
Abbott L. Brown
Jules Buenabenta
Charles G. Cale
Rick J. Caruso
Alex M. Chaves
Scott Cohen
Jonathan R. Cole, MD
Jonathan L. Congdon
Cynthia S. Connolly
Richard F. Corlin, MD
Angela Courtin
Marian H. Craver
Michael W. Croft
Richard R. Crowell
Kathy Danhakl
George H. Davis Jr.
Mary Y. Davis
Kevin Ehrhart, MD
Marc Ezralow

Miles Fisher
Mary H. Flaherty
Frances R. Flanagan
Bradford M. Freeman
William M. Garland III
Risa L. Gertner
Kristin Gibello
Allan B. Goldman
Jae Goodman
Glenn A. Gorlitsky, MD
Steve Gozini
Michael Hackman
Peter V. Haight
David L. Ho
Tonian Hohberg
Mark C. Holscher
John G. Huarte
Stanley Iezman
Blake Johnson
Steaven K. Jones Jr.
Paul R. Kanin
Mary Ellen Kanoff
Jordan L. Kaplan
Russ Kino, MD
Scott M. Klein
Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan
Bernadette Leiweke
Robert J. Levitt
Judith D. Licklider
Melvin D. Lindsey
Robert J. Lowe
Carl W. McKinzie
Lawry Meister
Bruce A. Meyer
Peter W. Mullin
Paul D. Natterson, MD
Lee S. Neibart

Lisa D. Nesbitt
Chris Newman
Shelby Notkin
Peter C.D. Pelikan, MD
Putter Pence
Dallas P. Price-Van Breda
Ernie L. Prudente, MD
Justin E. Rawlins
Eric Reiter
Elizabeth G. Riordan
John M. Robertson, MD
Jeanne D. Robinson
Victoria B. Rogers
Theodore H. Schneider
Carole Schwartz
Donna L. Schweers
Robert Shuwarger
Laura K. Siart
William E. Simon Jr.
Cary Singleton
Rosa K. Sinnott
Loraine Sinskey
Michael S. Sitrick
Charles F. Smith
Juan Suarez
Nadine E. Tilley
James J. Toth II
J. David Tracy
Donna F. Tuttle
Bennet Van de Bunt
Brian M. Webber
Edward White
Shannon M. Wickstrom
Gretchen A. Willison
Michael E. Wise
Brett G. Wyard


Waldo H. Burnside
Robert T. Campion †
A. Redmond Doms †
J. Howard Edgerton †
Jerry B. Epstein †
James L. Hesburgh
Mrs. Earle M. Jorgensen †
Glen McDaniel †
Ruben F. Mettler, PhD†
John H. Michel †
Sister Marie Madeleine
Shonka, SCL
Flora L. Thornton †


Mary Y. Davis
Robert A. Day
Richard M. Ferry
Ambassador Glen Holden
John G. Huarte
Dominic J. Ornato
William P. Rutledge
Robert J. Wagner


Kevin Manemann, Chief Executive, Southern California
Carol Nishikubo, M.D., President, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, PSJHC
Robert O. Klein, President & CEO, SJHCF
Michael Ricks, Chief Executive, PSJHC
Stephanie Weston, President, Irene, Dunne Guild
John F. Goeders, CFO, PSJHC

† deceased

Saint John’s Health Center Foundation provides philanthropic support that is the catalyst for
achieving excellence in health care and research at Providence Saint John’s Health Center,
Saint John’s Cancer Institute and the Pacific Neuroscience Institute.