About the Foundation

Funding a Brighter Future

Our foundation was created in 2012 by the board of directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital to raise and steward financial support for the new hospital and its initiatives, programs, and services.

We’ve raised more than $20 million in those three years, and our institutional philanthropy partners include some of the most prominent funders in California.

But the dream of the community is more than a building—it’s a healthy community.

Working closely with the hospital’s executive team, we focus our fundraising efforts on those initiatives, programs, and services that break down the barriers to our community’s health. One such effort is to fill a critical physician gap that prevents residents from getting adequate primary care for chronic health conditions. Another is to create a place for our neighbors to access early diagnosis and treatment of health concerns that, today, turn life-threatening because they go untreated. With each and every one of our initiatives and outreach efforts, we’re building relationships and building trust.

With innovation and collaboration, we’re creating strategic resources to transform South Los Angeles into a community of health and wellness. What we accomplish here will become a model for other safety-net hospitals nationwide.

About the Community

A Community Moving Forward

The South Los Angeles community has many chronic health needs, a diverse population, and the poorest health status indicators in LA County. But it is also a community moving forward. Thanks to the work of this foundation in support of the initiatives, programs, and services of MLKCH, the outlook is changing.

For example, in 2013, communities in our hospital’s service area were designated by the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), Medically Underserved Areas (MUA), or both. Today, we are filling the gaps. We’ve formed the first tax-exempt medical group in the state of California to attract primary and specialty care physicians into South Los Angeles.

Thanks in part to our successful Healthy Babies, Healthy Beginnings initiative, MLKCH’s new moms say they’re committed to exclusive breastfeeding at a higher rate than the county average. Our C-section rate is half the national average.

Together, we are on the path to community health.

About the Hospital

Setting the Course for Community Health

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital welcomed its first patients in 2015. With determination, vision, and outstanding leadership, the private, nonprofit hospital is dedicated to transforming the health and wellness of South Los Angeles and becoming a national model for safety-net healthcare delivery.

The 131-bed state-of-the-art hospital in historic Watts, South Los Angeles provides safe, high-quality, patient-centered care. The hospital’s acclaimed doctors and nurses have access to the latest in medical and healthcare technology, and collaborate with community partners to improve the overall health of the community.

The facility is only the beginning of a long journey, and with each step, we move closer toward creating a community rooted in health and wellness.

Hospital Mission

To provide compassionate, collaborative, quality care and improve the health of South Los Angeles.

Hospital Vision

To be a leading model of innovative, collaborative community healthcare.

Hospital Mission

To provide compassionate, collaborative, quality care and improve the health of South Los Angeles.

Hospital Vision

To be a leading model of innovative, collaborative community healthcare.

Our Team

Leadership Spotlight

MLKCH CEO Dr. Elaine Batchlor

Our hospital CEO is excited to put the “community” from our name into action. Read more about the hospital’s community health efforts.

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Board Spotlight

Pines & Armstrong, Fostering Innovation

Brad Armstrong and Denise Pines recently joined the foundation board of directors for the same reason: to make sure the hospital keeps getting stronger.

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Board of Directors

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Manuel A. Abascal

Board Chair

Partner, Litigation Department, Latham and Watkins, LLP

Manuel “Manny” Abascal is a partner at Latham and Watkins, with a focus on government investigations, internal investigations, and complex business litigation. He focuses on several industries, including healthcare, financial institutions, financial services, investment advisors, accounting, construction, food and agriculture, e-commerce, and technology.

Before joining Latham and Watkins, Manny was an assistant United States attorney in Los Angeles, where he prosecuted major fraud cases. A substantial portion of Manny’s responsibilities are focused on representing clients in the healthcare industry. He has successfully represented nonprofit hospital systems and free-standing hospitals in complex regulatory matters.

Manny graduated from Claremont McKenna College magna cum laude where he was student body president, and from Yale Law School where he was chair of the articles committee for the Yale Law Journal.

Manny has also served on the following nonprofit boards and organizations and brings a vast amount of experience and insight to the mission of the MLK Community Health Foundation:

  • Board of directors of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the world, providing free legal services to disadvantaged LA area residents
  • Formerly a board member of Five Acres, a family services agency that provides residential treatment, group home care, education, and other services to child abuse victims and families in need
  • Board of directors of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, which provides scholarships to underprivileged Latino law students
  • Founded Buildable Hours of Los Angeles, which solicits volunteers and donations from Los Angeles law firms for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity
  • Co-founder of Food from the Bar, which raises money and collects food from Los Angeles law firms in support of the LA Regional Food Bank
  • Former board member of the Villa Malaga Housing Corporation, which is affiliated with Ability First to build and operate low-income housing for families with disabled children
  • Former board member of the Fulfillment Fund, which provides mentoring and college scholarships to promising and underprivileged students in the LA Unified School District
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Brad Armstrong

Founder & Senior Partner, Top Tier Consulting

Brad Armstrong is a founder and senior partner for Top Tier Consulting (T2C), a healthcare consulting firm that focuses on healthcare strategy, operations, and information technology. T2C serves clients across the United States within the payer, provider, and life science sectors, and was recently selected by Consulting magazine as one of the “small jewels” of the consulting industry. Brad’s focus and passion is assisting healthcare clients in leveraging technology to improve their operations and better serve their patients and customers.

T2C has played a key part in establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital since its early planning stages. Over the years, Brad has gained a deep understanding of our work, and has demonstrated both a professional and personal commitment to the hospital’s mission. Part of Brad’s role was to work with the County in building the hospital. As a result, he brings a unique understanding of our public-private partnership.

Brad’s first healthcare client in 1985 was the Watts Healthcare Clinic, where Brad helped to set up its technology platform. A volunteer leadership position with the foundation is a natural extension of his South Los Angeles community commitment.

Brad is also active in other community activities. He currently serves on the leadership board of Grace Community Church and has recently joined the board of the Masters College and Seminary. For many years, Brad chaired the March of Dimes LA Downtown Bunker Hill Walk Campaign and helped to organize the Warner Center Walk campaign prior to that. Brad and his wife, Susan, are leaders in the UCLA Wooden Athletic Foundation where Susan serves on the Hall of Fame nominating committee.

Brad has a BS in math/computer science from UCLA and an MBA in finance from USC. Prior to starting T2C, he was a partner at Deloitte Consulting in its healthcare practice.

Read the Spotlight profile about Brad Armstrong »
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Elaine Batchlor, MD

CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, is the chief executive officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a state-of-the-art, community-oriented safety-net hospital that now provides compassionate, quality care to the South Los Angeles community. Throughout her career, Dr. Batchlor’s number one priority has been to improve access and quality of care for underserved communities utilizing innovative and collaborative approaches. Her work to increase access for underserved populations has been recognized as an example of leading best practices and adopted throughout California.

Before assuming the helm of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Batchlor most recently served as chief medical officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan that provided care to the County’s most vulnerable residents. Prior to L.A. Care, Dr. Batchlor served as vice president of health care finance, organization and operations at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she developed and oversaw research, policy analysis, and programs aimed at improving healthcare financing and delivery. She served as medical director for the Los Angeles County Office of Managed Care and as a chief medical officer for Prudential Health Care.

Dr. Batchlor is also an active community volunteer, serving on multiple community and healthcare boards. She sits on the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public health in California, the US, and around the world. She has served on the board of Crystal Stairs, a nonprofit child care and development organization whose mission is to improve the lives of families through child care services, research, and advocacy.

A Harvard University alumna, Dr. Batchlor serves the university as an interviewer for the Los Angeles area Harvard Schools and Scholarship Committee. In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard, Dr. Batchlor received a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine and rheumatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is board-certified in both specialties.

She is married to an attorney who works as a Los Angeles County public defender, and together they’re raising twin boys.

Read the Spotlight profile about Dr. Batchlor »
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Bruce Corwin

Chairman & CEO, Metropolitan Theatres Corporation

Bruce Corwin is chairman and CEO of Metropolitan Theatres, a privately held company owned by the Corwin family since 1923, now operating in California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and British Columbia. Metropolitan’s president is Bruce’s son David. The company began with The Broadway theatre in downtown Los Angeles. In the 1960s, Metropolitan was among the first to venture into Spanish-language film in the LA area, both in subtitle form for American movies and in Spanish for Mexican-produced films. Metropolitan operates Spanish-language theatres in LA and Calexico, California.

Bruce has served as a board trustee at Wesleyan University, the UCLA Foundation and the University of California, Santa Barbara Foundation. Bruce was treasurer for Mayor Tom Bradley’s entire 30-year political career. During that time, his civic and nonprofit leadership positions included president of the board of the Los Angeles City Fire Commission, president of the Variety Boys and Girls Club, and the building of a movie theatre in Watts after the political unrest in 1965. Bruce has a personal connection to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital through those many years of commitment.

Bruce and his wife, Toni, live in Beverly Hills.

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Paul King

Board Treasurer

Executive Director of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital & Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital

Paul King has more than 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive and is currently the executive director of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has been consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine.

He was previously president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group, a 500-physician, pediatric multi-specialty group that is an affiliated faculty practice plan of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He served as a vice president and member of the executive leadership team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), providing oversight for its outpatient services, Centers of Excellence, and hospital support services.

Prior to joining CHLA, Paul was the executive director of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Center (which serves as team physicians for most of the professional sports franchises in Los Angeles), and COO of Samaritan Physician’s Center in Phoenix. He held a number of managerial positions at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Scottsdale, Arizona. His extensive management experience working with CHLA, Mayo Clinic, Kerlan-Jobe, and Samaritan Physician’s Center provides valuable insight into the relationship between hospitals and physicians.

As a volunteer leader in the nonprofit sector, Paul has served on the boards of Anaheim Memorial Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, the Saban (formerly Los Angeles) Free Clinic, and the California Partnership for Children. He has served as president of the Los Angeles and California Chapters of the Medical Group Management Association.

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John E. Kobara

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation

John E. Kobara is known and respected nationwide throughout the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. As chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation, he is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grant-making, civic engagement, and donor relations functions of the foundation.

He joined CCF in 2008 to head the external and donor relations department. From 2003 – 2008, he was on its board of directors while serving as head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. For 35 years, John has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups, and actively involved in advancing social justice by increasing access to educational opportunities in Los Angeles.

In 2007, John received the City of Angels Award for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s from UCLA, a master’s in business administration from USC and a master’s from Occidental College.

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Robert Margolis, MD

Board Secretary

CEO Emeritus, HealthCare Partners, LLC

Robert Margolis, MD, was the managing partner and CEO of HealthCare Partners since the formation of the company in 1992. He also served as co-chairman of the DaVita HealthCare Partners board of directors.

Dr. Margolis was a founding partner and the managing partner of HealthCare Partners’ predecessor, California Primary Physicians Medical Group. Under his leadership, HealthCare Partners became a highly respected and innovative physician-owned and operated medical group, independent physician association, and management services organization.

Dr. Margolis has been on the leading edge of the managed care industry for more than 30 years. He serves as a member of the healthcare policy advisory council for Harvard Medical School and the advisory board of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Margolis is a board member and immediate past chairman of the board of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a board member and past chairman of the board of directors of the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG), a board member and immediate past chair of the board of directors of California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, and a founding board member of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP).

He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. While practicing medicine, Dr. Margolis was an active member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a graduate of Rutgers University (high honors—Henry Rutgers Scholar), and the Duke University Medical School (AOA), and served a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

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Denise Pines

denise+pines, inc.

Denise is responsible for strategic planning and business development for denise+pines inc., a brand strategy, media development, and event production firm. Denise launched her company in 2010 after an exclusive 15-year partnership with Tavis Smiley in which she served as president for The Smiley Group, Inc.

She is best known for her work at The Smiley Group, the communications firm she started with Tavis Smiley in 1998. During her tenure, she increased the company’s revenues by 20% annually since 2003. She helped launch Tavis Smiley on PBS (viewed in 96% of US households), The Tavis Smiley Show (heard on 101 public radio stations), and produced more than 130 events. Among these events, “America I AM” and the “State of the Black Union” garnered 956 million media impressions in 2009. She also helped to design the marketing strategy that put three books on the New York Times best-sellers list in one year.

The 2006 release of The Covenant with Black America, which topped the charts at #1 for 13 weeks, served as the catalyst for Tavis Smiley’s publishing imprint, SmileyBooks. To jumpstart the company’s High Quality Speakers Bureau, Denise pulled in American intellectuals Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Also, under her guidance, the Tavis Smiley Foundation provided leadership development opportunities for 6,000 youth across the country.

Prior to joining Smiley, she launched Pines One Publishing, an award-winning book and periodical company. She’s held management positions in marketing, sales, and PR for The Gap, AT&T, Neiman Marcus, and Louis Vuitton.

Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in international business from John F. Kennedy University, and a master’s degree in finance from Stanford University.

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Larry M. Rosen

President & CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Retired

Larry Rosen has been a career YMCA professional since 1970, when he became a program director for camping and high school programs at the Torrance YMCA in Los Angeles. Over the ensuing 41 years, Larry served YMCAs in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Santa Barbara-Ventura Counties, and the national office in a variety of leadership roles. He retired from full-time work in January 2011.

In the final 17 years of his full-time career, Larry served as the president and CEO for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, which, at the time, was one of the 10 largest YMCA associations in the world with 25 community branches, more than 250,000 members, and 15,000 volunteer leaders. During his tenure as CEO, the Los Angeles YMCA raised more than $325 million in charitable contributions—including $112 million for 23 capital projects, $160 million in annual unrestricted operating support, and $50 million in endowments—making it the most prolific fundraising YMCA in the nation. Larry remains involved with YMCA work as a consultant to the YMCA of the USA on organizational development matters, and leadership training and development projects.

Larry has been recognized often for his influential contributions to YMCA work, including innovations in programming, staff development, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, marketing, pricing, membership, and community development. He has received numerous awards for his prolific papers and articles on subjects related to YMCA work and the work of the nonprofit sector in America. He is sought often as a trainer, speaker, and consultant by YMCAs and other nonprofit organizations nationally.

In addition to his continuing involvement with the national YMCA, Larry consults on organizational development, fundraising, and planning for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Among his clients are the Claremont Graduate University, the California Federation of Teachers, and numerous independent YMCAs.

For nearly 20 years, Larry has served on the board of advisors of the School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation at the Claremont Graduate University. He completed a four-year term on the board of directors of the YMCA of the USA in 2010, and a 15-year term on the board of governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics in 2013.

A native of Los Angeles, Larry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social welfare from California State University at Long Beach. He is an airplane owner and an instrument-rated private pilot, an avid cyclist, and a collector of 19th century photography. Larry has been married to Jane D. Rosen, a former special education teacher, since 1971. They live in South Pasadena, California.

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Kyle Walton

President, Classic Lake Consulting and Investments

Kyle Walton has over 10 years of experience in community and economic development finance. As president of Classic Lake Consulting and Investments, Kyle works with business and nonprofit clients to identify and secure public and private, market and below-market financing solutions. Kyle founded the firm with the mission to serve organizations that generate positive community, economic, and environmental impacts for the community. Clients include real estate developers, Community Development Entities (CDE), and operating businesses located in and serving low-income communities.

Prior to founding Classic Lake Consulting and Investments, Kyle served as a vice president within JPMorgan Chase’s Community Development Banking group, charged with originating New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) equity investments throughout the southwest US. Kyle closed over $250 million in Qualified Equity Investments (QEI) with business and nonprofit clients for the financing of retail, office, and mixed-use development, hospitals, grocery stores, community centers, charter schools, community college facilities, early childhood education centers, senior assisted living facilities, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

Kyle cut his teeth in economic development as a vice president with Strategic Development Solutions, a boutique private equity fund development and management firm. Kyle managed the investment of over $165 million in below-market financing for the firm. He also launched the firm’s alternative finance consulting practice, working with developers and businesses to identify and access nontraditional sources of capital for real estate development and business expansion projects throughout the US.

Kyle serves on the advisory board of De Novo Healthcare Inc., a Compton based community clinic, has served as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, and provides workforce and affordable housing opportunities to low-income families. Kyle received his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College.

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Linda Griego

Honorary Life Director

President & CEO, Griego Enterprises

Linda Griego was the founder of the MLK Community Health Foundation and its chair until 2015. In 2015, the foundation named her its honorary life director out of appreciation for her outstanding leadership with and dedication to this organization’s mission and the mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.

Linda is currently the chair of the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit entity (under formation) that will be charged with taking the lead in transforming the County’s underutilized properties on the MLK Medical Campus. She is also president and chief executive officer of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company.

She has held several public sector positions including deputy mayor of Los Angeles (under then Mayor Tom Bradley), president and chief executive officer of the LA Community Development Bank, and Rebuild LA, an entity created to spearhead economic recovery following the 1992 LA Civil Unrest. Linda worked as a congressional aide to US Senator Alan Cranston in Washington.

Linda serves as a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. For nearly 12 years, she served as a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest health philanthropist in the country. She currently serves on the boards of the Community Development Technologies Center and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. For more than two decades, she has served on corporate boards of directors, including current service on the boards of CBS Corporation, AECOM Technology Corporation, and American Funds. Linda has also served on the boards of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the California Community Foundation, the YMCA, Public Policy Institute of California, and the MLK Community Hospital.

Linda graduated from UCLA with a BA and was a senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Policy. In 2008, she was awarded the UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the university.

Staff

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Dyan Sublett

President

Dyan brings a background of over 30 years in philanthropic work throughout greater Los Angeles to her current position as president of the MLK Community Health Foundation. Her work leading the foundation since its inception in 2012 has resulted in strong private support for the hospital’s capital and programmatic needs, an expanded maternity unit for the hospital’s opening, and the creation of philanthropic and communications programs that position the foundation for future growth.

Dyan previously served as executive vice president, development and communications, for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, one of the largest YMCA associations in North America. Her leadership included $120 million in contributed revenue, and eight North American YMCA communications awards.

Dyan has also served as senior vice president for advancement at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, senior vice president for institutional advancement at Art Center College of Design, vice president for development at Sundance Institute, and senior development director at the University of California Los Angeles, where she co-founded and directed the Women and Philanthropy Program. She was a member of Mayor Villaraigosa’s Nonprofit Advisory Group, and currently serves on the advisory boards of Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the California Dance Institute. Past board memberships include the University of Massachusetts, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and the Creede Repertory Theater. Currently Dyan serves as the minister of congregational giving for St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (Los Angeles).

Dyan’s work on women and philanthropy has been used as a model for nonprofits nationwide. She is a contributing writer to the book Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, a commentator for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent public speaker and consultant with organizations throughout the nonprofit sector. She received a BA with honors from Indiana University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from the University of Massachusetts.

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Penny Amescua

Director of Development, Donor Engagement

Penny is the most recent addition to the MLK Community Health Foundation team. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience managing events, volunteer coordination, marketing, and nonprofit stewardship, with 17 of those years spent at UCLA.

She began her career at UCLA’s College of Letters & Science as an academic event coordinator. She soon transitioned to the event manager position at UCLA Special Events and Protocol, where she stayed for six years. After gaining marketing experience during a two-year stint at Sylvan Learning Systems (now Laureate Education), Penny returned to UCLA as director of special events at the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, a role she held for 11 years. During her tenure for the cancer center foundation, Penny provided leadership and direction for both its comprehensive special events fundraising program and its online communication platforms. In her decade as director, the events program raised more than $10 million for UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Penny began working at the MLK Community Health Foundation as project manager in March 2015, and was hired as director of development, donor engagement in February 2016. Her responsibilities include managing events, online giving, special gifts campaigns, and donor stewardship communications.

Penny has a BA in history with a Latin American studies concentration from UCLA. Her family lived and operated a grocery store less than half a mile from the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.

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Zulma Vitalich

Philanthropy Specialist

Zulma spent more than 18 years as a passionate team leader with the YMCA. She began in 1995 as a membership representative at the South Rio Vista YMCA where she planned, developed, and directed membership sales. She was promoted to associate membership director at San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA where she served for 10 years, getting promoted again to administrative director. She moved to Culver-Palms YMCA to lead the business operations and annual giving administration as the office manager. From there, Zulma transitioned into the YMCA Association office, taking an active role in the development department for four years.

Most recently, she served as the assistant director of annual giving. In this role, she created and implemented online giving strategies for the association’s 25 branches and corporate fundraising. She administered web-based and direct mail cultivation and solicitations for annual gifts, resulting in a 215% increase in online giving.

As philanthropy specialist at the foundation, Zulma’s responsibilities include managing donor and gift systems, serving as the foundation’s business director, serving as a team member in the annual giving program, and supporting volunteer leader, prospect, and donor needs.

Board of Directors

Manuel A. Abascal

Board Chair

Partner, Litigation Department, Latham and Watkins, LLP

Manuel “Manny” Abascal is a partner at Latham and Watkins, with a focus on government investigations, internal investigations, and complex business litigation. He focuses on several industries, including healthcare, financial institutions, financial services, investment advisors, accounting, construction, food and agriculture, e-commerce, and technology.

Before joining Latham and Watkins, Manny was an assistant United States attorney in Los Angeles, where he prosecuted major fraud cases. A substantial portion of Manny’s responsibilities are focused on representing clients in the healthcare industry. He has successfully represented nonprofit hospital systems and free-standing hospitals in complex regulatory matters.

Manny graduated from Claremont McKenna College magna cum laude where he was student body president, and from Yale Law School where he was chair of the articles committee for the Yale Law Journal.

Manny has also served on the following nonprofit boards and organizations and brings a vast amount of experience and insight to the mission of the MLK Community Health Foundation:

  • Board of directors of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the world, providing free legal services to disadvantaged LA area residents
  • Formerly a board member of Five Acres, a family services agency that provides residential treatment, group home care, education, and other services to child abuse victims and families in need
  • Board of directors of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, which provides scholarships to underprivileged Latino law students
  • Founded Buildable Hours of Los Angeles, which solicits volunteers and donations from Los Angeles law firms for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity
  • Co-founder of Food from the Bar, which raises money and collects food from Los Angeles law firms in support of the LA Regional Food Bank
  • Former board member of the Villa Malaga Housing Corporation, which is affiliated with Ability First to build and operate low-income housing for families with disabled children
  • Former board member of the Fulfillment Fund, which provides mentoring and college scholarships to promising and underprivileged students in the LA Unified School District

Brad Armstrong

Founder & Senior Partner, Top Tier Consulting

Brad Armstrong is a founder and senior partner for Top Tier Consulting (T2C), a healthcare consulting firm that focuses on healthcare strategy, operations, and information technology. T2C serves clients across the United States within the payer, provider, and life science sectors, and was recently selected by Consulting magazine as one of the “small jewels” of the consulting industry. Brad’s focus and passion is assisting healthcare clients in leveraging technology to improve their operations and better serve their patients and customers.

T2C has played a key part in establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital since its early planning stages. Over the years, Brad has gained a deep understanding of our work, and has demonstrated both a professional and personal commitment to the hospital’s mission. Part of Brad’s role was to work with the County in building the hospital. As a result, he brings a unique understanding of our public-private partnership.

Brad’s first healthcare client in 1985 was the Watts Healthcare Clinic, where Brad helped to set up its technology platform. A volunteer leadership position with the foundation is a natural extension of his South Los Angeles community commitment.

Brad is also active in other community activities. He currently serves on the leadership board of Grace Community Church and has recently joined the board of the Masters College and Seminary. For many years, Brad chaired the March of Dimes LA Downtown Bunker Hill Walk Campaign and helped to organize the Warner Center Walk campaign prior to that. Brad and his wife, Susan, are leaders in the UCLA Wooden Athletic Foundation where Susan serves on the Hall of Fame nominating committee.

Brad has a BS in math/computer science from UCLA and an MBA in finance from USC. Prior to starting T2C, he was a partner at Deloitte Consulting in its healthcare practice.

Read the Spotlight profile about Brad Armstrong »

Elaine Batchlor, MD

CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, is the chief executive officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a state-of-the-art, community-oriented safety-net hospital that now provides compassionate, quality care to the South Los Angeles community. Throughout her career, Dr. Batchlor’s number one priority has been to improve access and quality of care for underserved communities utilizing innovative and collaborative approaches. Her work to increase access for underserved populations has been recognized as an example of leading best practices and adopted throughout California.

Before assuming the helm of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Batchlor most recently served as chief medical officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan that provided care to the County’s most vulnerable residents. Prior to L.A. Care, Dr. Batchlor served as vice president of health care finance, organization and operations at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she developed and oversaw research, policy analysis, and programs aimed at improving healthcare financing and delivery. She served as medical director for the Los Angeles County Office of Managed Care and as a chief medical officer for Prudential Health Care.

Dr. Batchlor is also an active community volunteer, serving on multiple community and healthcare boards. She sits on the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public health in California, the US, and around the world. She has served on the board of Crystal Stairs, a nonprofit child care and development organization whose mission is to improve the lives of families through child care services, research, and advocacy.

A Harvard University alumna, Dr. Batchlor serves the university as an interviewer for the Los Angeles area Harvard Schools and Scholarship Committee. In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard, Dr. Batchlor received a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine and rheumatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is board-certified in both specialties.

She is married to an attorney who works as a Los Angeles County public defender, and together they’re raising twin boys.

Read the Spotlight profile about Dr. Batchlor »

Bruce Corwin

Chairman & CEO, Metropolitan Theatres Corporation

Bruce Corwin is chairman and CEO of Metropolitan Theatres, a privately held company owned by the Corwin family since 1923, now operating in California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and British Columbia. Metropolitan’s president is Bruce’s son David. The company began with The Broadway theatre in downtown Los Angeles. In the 1960s, Metropolitan was among the first to venture into Spanish-language film in the LA area, both in subtitle form for American movies and in Spanish for Mexican-produced films. Metropolitan operates Spanish-language theatres in LA and Calexico, California.

Bruce has served as a board trustee at Wesleyan University, the UCLA Foundation and the University of California, Santa Barbara Foundation. Bruce was treasurer for Mayor Tom Bradley’s entire 30-year political career. During that time, his civic and nonprofit leadership positions included president of the board of the Los Angeles City Fire Commission, president of the Variety Boys and Girls Club, and the building of a movie theatre in Watts after the political unrest in 1965. Bruce has a personal connection to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital through those many years of commitment.

Bruce and his wife, Toni, live in Beverly Hills.

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Paul King

Board Treasurer

Executive Director of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital & Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital

Paul King has more than 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive and is currently the executive director of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has been consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine.

He was previously president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group, a 500-physician, pediatric multi-specialty group that is an affiliated faculty practice plan of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He served as a vice president and member of the executive leadership team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), providing oversight for its outpatient services, Centers of Excellence, and hospital support services.

Prior to joining CHLA, Paul was the executive director of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Center (which serves as team physicians for most of the professional sports franchises in Los Angeles), and COO of Samaritan Physician’s Center in Phoenix. He held a number of managerial positions at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Scottsdale, Arizona. His extensive management experience working with CHLA, Mayo Clinic, Kerlan-Jobe, and Samaritan Physician’s Center provides valuable insight into the relationship between hospitals and physicians.

As a volunteer leader in the nonprofit sector, Paul has served on the boards of Anaheim Memorial Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, the Saban (formerly Los Angeles) Free Clinic, and the California Partnership for Children. He has served as president of the Los Angeles and California Chapters of the Medical Group Management Association.

John E. Kobara

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation

John E. Kobara is known and respected nationwide throughout the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. As chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation, he is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grant-making, civic engagement, and donor relations functions of the foundation.

He joined CCF in 2008 to head the external and donor relations department. From 2003 – 2008, he was on its board of directors while serving as head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. For 35 years, John has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups, and actively involved in advancing social justice by increasing access to educational opportunities in Los Angeles.

In 2007, John received the City of Angels Award for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s from UCLA, a master’s in business administration from USC and a master’s from Occidental College.

Robert Margolis, MD

Board Secretary

CEO Emeritus, HealthCare Partners, LLC

Robert Margolis, MD, was the managing partner and CEO of HealthCare Partners since the formation of the company in 1992. He also served as co-chairman of the DaVita HealthCare Partners board of directors.

Dr. Margolis was a founding partner and the managing partner of HealthCare Partners’ predecessor, California Primary Physicians Medical Group. Under his leadership, HealthCare Partners became a highly respected and innovative physician-owned and operated medical group, independent physician association, and management services organization.

Dr. Margolis has been on the leading edge of the managed care industry for more than 30 years. He serves as a member of the healthcare policy advisory council for Harvard Medical School and the advisory board of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Margolis is a board member and immediate past chairman of the board of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a board member and past chairman of the board of directors of the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG), a board member and immediate past chair of the board of directors of California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, and a founding board member of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP).

He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. While practicing medicine, Dr. Margolis was an active member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a graduate of Rutgers University (high honors—Henry Rutgers Scholar), and the Duke University Medical School (AOA), and served a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Denise Pines

denise+pines, inc.

Denise is responsible for strategic planning and business development for denise+pines inc., a brand strategy, media development, and event production firm. Denise launched her company in 2010 after an exclusive 15-year partnership with Tavis Smiley in which she served as president for The Smiley Group, Inc.

She is best known for her work at The Smiley Group, the communications firm she started with Tavis Smiley in 1998. During her tenure, she increased the company’s revenues by 20% annually since 2003. She helped launch Tavis Smiley on PBS (viewed in 96% of US households), The Tavis Smiley Show (heard on 101 public radio stations), and produced more than 130 events. Among these events, “America I AM” and the “State of the Black Union” garnered 956 million media impressions in 2009. She also helped to design the marketing strategy that put three books on the New York Times best-sellers list in one year.

The 2006 release of The Covenant with Black America, which topped the charts at #1 for 13 weeks, served as the catalyst for Tavis Smiley’s publishing imprint, SmileyBooks. To jumpstart the company’s High Quality Speakers Bureau, Denise pulled in American intellectuals Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Also, under her guidance, the Tavis Smiley Foundation provided leadership development opportunities for 6,000 youth across the country.

Prior to joining Smiley, she launched Pines One Publishing, an award-winning book and periodical company. She’s held management positions in marketing, sales, and PR for The Gap, AT&T, Neiman Marcus, and Louis Vuitton.

Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in international business from John F. Kennedy University, and a master’s degree in finance from Stanford University.

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Larry M. Rosen

President & CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Retired

Larry Rosen has been a career YMCA professional since 1970, when he became a program director for camping and high school programs at the Torrance YMCA in Los Angeles. Over the ensuing 41 years, Larry served YMCAs in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Santa Barbara-Ventura Counties, and the national office in a variety of leadership roles. He retired from full-time work in January 2011.

In the final 17 years of his full-time career, Larry served as the president and CEO for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, which, at the time, was one of the 10 largest YMCA associations in the world with 25 community branches, more than 250,000 members, and 15,000 volunteer leaders. During his tenure as CEO, the Los Angeles YMCA raised more than $325 million in charitable contributions—including $112 million for 23 capital projects, $160 million in annual unrestricted operating support, and $50 million in endowments—making it the most prolific fundraising YMCA in the nation. Larry remains involved with YMCA work as a consultant to the YMCA of the USA on organizational development matters, and leadership training and development projects.

Larry has been recognized often for his influential contributions to YMCA work, including innovations in programming, staff development, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, marketing, pricing, membership, and community development. He has received numerous awards for his prolific papers and articles on subjects related to YMCA work and the work of the nonprofit sector in America. He is sought often as a trainer, speaker, and consultant by YMCAs and other nonprofit organizations nationally.

In addition to his continuing involvement with the national YMCA, Larry consults on organizational development, fundraising, and planning for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Among his clients are the Claremont Graduate University, the California Federation of Teachers, and numerous independent YMCAs.

For nearly 20 years, Larry has served on the board of advisors of the School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation at the Claremont Graduate University. He completed a four-year term on the board of directors of the YMCA of the USA in 2010, and a 15-year term on the board of governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics in 2013.

A native of Los Angeles, Larry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social welfare from California State University at Long Beach. He is an airplane owner and an instrument-rated private pilot, an avid cyclist, and a collector of 19th century photography. Larry has been married to Jane D. Rosen, a former special education teacher, since 1971. They live in South Pasadena, California.

Kyle Walton

President, Classic Lake Consulting and Investments

Kyle Walton has over 10 years of experience in community and economic development finance. As president of Classic Lake Consulting and Investments, Kyle works with business and nonprofit clients to identify and secure public and private, market and below-market financing solutions. Kyle founded the firm with the mission to serve organizations that generate positive community, economic, and environmental impacts for the community. Clients include real estate developers, Community Development Entities (CDE), and operating businesses located in and serving low-income communities.

Prior to founding Classic Lake Consulting and Investments, Kyle served as a vice president within JPMorgan Chase’s Community Development Banking group, charged with originating New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) equity investments throughout the southwest US. Kyle closed over $250 million in Qualified Equity Investments (QEI) with business and nonprofit clients for the financing of retail, office, and mixed-use development, hospitals, grocery stores, community centers, charter schools, community college facilities, early childhood education centers, senior assisted living facilities, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

Kyle cut his teeth in economic development as a vice president with Strategic Development Solutions, a boutique private equity fund development and management firm. Kyle managed the investment of over $165 million in below-market financing for the firm. He also launched the firm’s alternative finance consulting practice, working with developers and businesses to identify and access nontraditional sources of capital for real estate development and business expansion projects throughout the US.

Kyle serves on the advisory board of De Novo Healthcare Inc., a Compton based community clinic, has served as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, and provides workforce and affordable housing opportunities to low-income families. Kyle received his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College.

Linda Griego

Honorary Life Director

President & CEO, Griego Enterprises

Linda Griego was the founder of the MLK Community Health Foundation and its chair until 2015. In 2015, the foundation named her its honorary life director out of appreciation for her outstanding leadership with and dedication to this organization’s mission and the mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.

Linda is currently the chair of the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit entity (under formation) that will be charged with taking the lead in transforming the County’s underutilized properties on the MLK Medical Campus. She is also president and chief executive officer of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company.

She has held several public sector positions including deputy mayor of Los Angeles (under then Mayor Tom Bradley), president and chief executive officer of the LA Community Development Bank, and Rebuild LA, an entity created to spearhead economic recovery following the 1992 LA Civil Unrest. Linda worked as a congressional aide to US Senator Alan Cranston in Washington.

Linda serves as a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. For nearly 12 years, she served as a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest health philanthropist in the country. She currently serves on the boards of the Community Development Technologies Center and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. For more than two decades, she has served on corporate boards of directors, including current service on the boards of CBS Corporation, AECOM Technology Corporation, and American Funds. Linda has also served on the boards of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the California Community Foundation, the YMCA, Public Policy Institute of California, and the MLK Community Hospital.

Linda graduated from UCLA with a BA and was a senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Policy. In 2008, she was awarded the UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the university.

Staff

Dyan Sublett

President

Dyan brings a background of over 30 years in philanthropic work throughout greater Los Angeles to her current position as president of the MLK Community Health Foundation. Her work leading the foundation since its inception in 2012 has resulted in strong private support for the hospital’s capital and programmatic needs, an expanded maternity unit for the hospital’s opening, and the creation of philanthropic and communications programs that position the foundation for future growth.

Dyan previously served as executive vice president, development and communications, for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, one of the largest YMCA associations in North America. Her leadership included $120 million in contributed revenue, and eight North American YMCA communications awards.

Dyan has also served as senior vice president for advancement at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, senior vice president for institutional advancement at Art Center College of Design, vice president for development at Sundance Institute, and senior development director at the University of California Los Angeles, where she co-founded and directed the Women and Philanthropy Program. She was a member of Mayor Villaraigosa’s Nonprofit Advisory Group, and currently serves on the advisory boards of Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the California Dance Institute. Past board memberships include the University of Massachusetts, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and the Creede Repertory Theater. Currently Dyan serves as the minister of congregational giving for St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (Los Angeles).

Dyan’s work on women and philanthropy has been used as a model for nonprofits nationwide. She is a contributing writer to the book Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, a commentator for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent public speaker and consultant with organizations throughout the nonprofit sector. She received a BA with honors from Indiana University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from the University of Massachusetts.

Penny Amescua

Director of Development, Donor Engagement

Penny is the most recent addition to the MLK Community Health Foundation team. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience managing events, volunteer coordination, marketing, and nonprofit stewardship, with 17 of those years spent at UCLA.

She began her career at UCLA’s College of Letters & Science as an academic event coordinator. She soon transitioned to the event manager position at UCLA Special Events and Protocol, where she stayed for six years. After gaining marketing experience during a two-year stint at Sylvan Learning Systems (now Laureate Education), Penny returned to UCLA as director of special events at the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, a role she held for 11 years. During her tenure for the cancer center foundation, Penny provided leadership and direction for both its comprehensive special events fundraising program and its online communication platforms. In her decade as director, the events program raised more than $10 million for UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Penny began working at the MLK Community Health Foundation as project manager in March 2015, and was hired as director of development, donor engagement in February 2016. Her responsibilities include managing events, online giving, special gifts campaigns, and donor stewardship communications.

Penny has a BA in history with a Latin American studies concentration from UCLA. Her family lived and operated a grocery store less than half a mile from the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.

Zulma Vitalich

Philanthropy Specialist

Zulma spent more than 18 years as a passionate team leader with the YMCA. She began in 1995 as a membership representative at the South Rio Vista YMCA where she planned, developed, and directed membership sales. She was promoted to associate membership director at San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA where she served for 10 years, getting promoted again to administrative director. She moved to Culver-Palms YMCA to lead the business operations and annual giving administration as the office manager. From there, Zulma transitioned into the YMCA Association office, taking an active role in the development department for four years.

Most recently, she served as the assistant director of annual giving. In this role, she created and implemented online giving strategies for the association’s 25 branches and corporate fundraising. She administered web-based and direct mail cultivation and solicitations for annual gifts, resulting in a 215% increase in online giving.

As philanthropy specialist at the foundation, Zulma’s responsibilities include managing donor and gift systems, serving as the foundation’s business director, serving as a team member in the annual giving program, and supporting volunteer leader, prospect, and donor needs.