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Children’s Health Foundation Elects Seven New Board Members

PALO ALTO – The board of directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health on Sept. 19 elected seven leaders in children's health and philanthropy to serve renewable three-year terms on the board.

Lorene Arey is founder and chairman of the Clara Fund, a philanthropic organization whose goal is to help women achieve economic independence. Before joining the public sector, Ms. Arey was the head of Worldwide Corporate Communications at Cisco Systems, where she was responsible for Cisco's worldwide media relations, public relations and executive communications. Ms. Arey serves on the Board of Directors for Count-Me-In, the Art Museum of the University of California, Berkeley, the Pacific Film Archive and Educate Girls Globally.

Tom David, a philanthropy consultant, was responsible for health grantmaking at The James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco from 1987-1994. He then served successive roles as vice president for Grant Programs at the S.H. Cowell Foundation, and, in 1995, as executive vice president of the newly established California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). In 2002, he was recruited to be the founding director of organizational learning and evaluation at the new Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. Also in 2002, Mr. David received the Terrence Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy from Grantmakers in Health. He returned to the Bay Area in 2004 to launch a consulting business.

Tessie Guillermo is president and CEO of the Community Technology Foundation of California (CTFC). Established in 1998, this statewide public foundation promotes social justice and equity for underserved communities in California through the integration and application of information and communications technology. President Clinton appointed Ms. Guillermo in 2000 to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Guillermo has served on many community boards, including the California Pan Ethnic Health Network and the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans.

Bill Johnson is the founder and publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly newspaper, and has expanded the Embarcadero Publishing Co. to include the Mountain View Voice and the Menlo Park Almanac. Mr. Johnson currently serves on the National Advisory Board for the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and is a member of several boards of directors, including the California First Amendment Coalition, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Palo Alto Community Fund, the Palo Alto Foundation for Education, and Community Foundation Silicon Valley, where he heads the board's Distributions Committee.

Thad Padua, M.D., is a practicing general pediatrician in San Jose. He is the founding physician and medical director of the Pediatric Center for Life at O'Connor Hospital, a hospital-based clinic that has been providing both preventive and urgent health care for needy children in Santa Clara County since 1991. He serves on various community committees, including the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Committee of Santa Clara County, the Health Advisory Commission of Santa Clara County, and the Community Advisory Council of O'Connor Hospital. He is currently vice chair of the Board of Santa Clara County Health Authority and president of the Medical Staff of O’Connor Hospital.

Jose Manuel Peña, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician at the San Mateo Medical Center, as well as an Urgent Care Clinic Pool Physician at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City. He has helped to establish a successful county diabetes case management program, and works with community school boards and local child development centers to deliver a variety of parenting programs. Dr. Peña also is chairman of the board of El Concilio of San Mateo County, a nonprofit coalition committed to improving the quality of life for Latinos by increasing leadership, education, employment opportunities and access to quality health care.

Ho Luong Tran, M.D., M.P.H., is president and CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Prior to joining the Forum, Dr. Tran served as a Special Assistant for Asian Affairs at the Center for Minority Health in the Illinois Department of Public Health. She is trained as a pediatrician and has been actively involved in various community and health organizations, including California Pan Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), NICOS, Out of Many One: A Multicultural Action Plan to Achieve Health Parity, California Primary Care Association (CPCA), National Advisory Committee on Minority Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health is a public charity whose mission is to "promote, protect and sustain the physical, mental, emotional and behavioral health of children." For more information about the foundation, call (650) 724-5778 or visit