Alexandra Cisneros – Vice-President, Finance
Alexandra is responsible for all fiscal affairs at Partners, plus operational and program related finances. She has a passion for numbers, and a long history working with nonprofits. .
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Aloyce Rachal – Senior Director, Health Services
Aloyce runs the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) for Kern County, LA South and LA North, as well as external care management programs for several health plans. She started her career as a guidance counselling for young people, but discovered her passion for working with seniors when she began working for MSSP as a care manager. At the weekend, you’ll most likely find her riding her bike at the beach.
“Working with elders is enormously fulfilling. I truly love what I do.”
Amy Adams - Director, HomeMeds Training and Technical Assistance
Amy has spent her career working with older adults and their families in fields including Alzheimer’s care, Assisted Living, Senior Transportation and an Area Agency on Aging where she initially implemented the HomeMeds program. She holds a B.S. in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado. As the HomeMeds Training and Technical Assistance Director she is responsible for on boarding new sites that are interested in the HomeMeds program, which include planning, implementation, training, and technical support. When not working she loves hiking, skiing, playing volleyball and traveling with her family.
“I love being part of the innovative programs and services Partners offers because they have real impact on individuals and caregivers in the community.”
Anne Ly – Director, Network Contracts and Systems Management
Anne’s role is to oversee the process of contracting from first introduction to rollout and completion. Her career and passion comes together in the health care arena, where she has gained over 12 years of experience managing programs in non-profit and community settings. Anne has worked in collaboration with organizations in government, academic institutions, health plan providers, managed care consortiums and private industries. She considers herself an amateur painter, an average bowler, but the world’s best mom to her two pugs.
“Inspired by Partners’ goal to shape a new vision of health care, I am afforded the great opportunity to positively impact the quality of life and the quality of care for the community. “
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Anwar Zoueihid – Vice President, Health Services
Anwar oversees direct service contracts at Partners, including Post-Acute Hospital Discharge Services and Case Management Services. His team serves three state-funded Multipurpose Senior Services Programs (MSSP) in Los Angeles and Kern County, three federally-funded Community Care Transition Programs (CCTP) for Los Angeles, Glendale and Kern County, and multiple private health plan and physician contracts. Working in partnership with hospitals, managed health plans, and physician groups, Anwar also manages private contracts that provide in-home evaluation and care management services. In the rare moments in between, he can be found indulging his passion for car design, exercise, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
“I found my passion to do this when I was in college and my father became disabled. I was able to get supports in place for him, and then used the knowledge to help friends’ parents. I became a social worker without realizing it. Every single day I look forward to coming to work, and every night I fall asleep happy that I work for an organization that really helps people. It’s what drives me.”
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Armando Rivera - Director, Supervising Care
Armando joined Partners in February 2017 as the clinical supervisor of our Santa Barbara MSSP site. He comes with 8 years of MSSP supervisory and leadership experience from Cen Cal Health. Armando appreciates working with his team of MSSP social workers and nurses strengthening safety at senior population at home. In his spare time, Armando is busy with his family and is involved in local community events.
“I’m passionate and committed to providing quality care and services to seniors within the community.
Audra Hindes – Director, Network Operations
Audra brings a strong background, with 14 years at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Los Angeles, as Senior Director of Programs and Services and then as VP of Community Development for the broader region of California and Nevada. We look forward to her continuing our strengths in accreditation but advancing the role to a strong agency-wide convener and developer of a range of strategies we will build together to enhance our learning culture and build our fine work to even greater heights.
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Briana Hathaway – Senior Director, Human Resources
Briana has been at Partners for 15 years. She is involved in just about everything, including recruiting, team building, management training, payroll, and staff development.
“When I arrived here in 1999, we had 10 people. Now we have a staff of nearly 180, and a truly diverse culture and staff demographic. Our staff speak Korean, Tagalog, Mandarin, Spanish, Farsi, Russian, Armenian and Arabic, to name just a few. It’s been so exciting to be part of that growth.”
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Christy Lau – Director, Health Self-Management Services
Daylyn Presley – Manager, Communications
With more than a decade of professional integrated marketing communications experience, Daylyn Presley, joined Partners as Communications Manager in 2017.
An award-winning, results-oriented integrated marketing communications professional, Daylyn brings extensive experience enhancing organizational images within diverse markets through the development and execution of ground-breaking marketing, advertising, public relations and promotional campaigns across multiple platforms.
Daylyn has a keen ability to develop measurable, out-of-the-box tactics through strategic communication plans, objectives, and goals based on best practices, which maximize media coverage and organizational growth.
“I work in communications, but I firmly believe it is my life that will be my message to the world.”
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Dianne Davis – Vice President, Health Self-Management Services
Dianne oversees Partners’ evidence-based, health self-management programs, which help people to better manage their chronic illness through goal setting, healthy eating, and exercise. Dianne majored in Dance undergraduate and then pursued a Master’s in Public Health. She worked in managed care contracting for 15 years where she developed an interest in population health. As a qualified yoga teacher, she is Partners’ most flexible member of staff.
“I came to Partners’ after seeing June Simmons give a presentation about the critical work of community-based care providers and the importance of building sustainable networks of care. Having spent many years seeing the benefits of physician networks, I was really inspired by her words.”
Ester Sefilyan – Vice President, Partners at Home Network
Ester supervises multiple contracts in the Health Services Department, including hospital, physician group, and health plan contracts, ensuring compliance and deliverables are met. She started at Partners in 2007 as an intern, quickly rising to case manager and then supervisor for the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP), before her appointment as Senior Director for Health Services. Currently, Ester oversees the CCTP, CBAS and HomeMeds Plus programs.
“If we’re lucky, aging is something that happens to us all. We shouldn’t have to worry about what will happen to us when we get old, or if we become disabled. Our work at Partners makes a real difference in people’s lives. That’s what makes me get out of bed in the morning.”
Francisco Moreno – Director, Health Self-Management Services
Frank supervises the Glendale area Community Care Transitions Program, managing referrals, reporting, and communication between the three hospitals partnering in the program. He has a Master’s in Public Health from CA State University Long Beach and a BA in Spanish Education. A sports and fitness fan, when he’s not cheering on the Rams, the Dodgers or the Lakers he can be found training for his latest marathon, or trying to keep up with his young son.
“I am in the field of social work because I enjoy the ability to improve the lives of the people that we work with. There are a lot of like-minded people at Partners – we have a passion for what we do.”
Karen Schneider – Vice President, Development
Karen Schneider has been involved in fundraising most of her life both as a volunteer and as a professional. With an MBA in Non-Profit Management, she has extensive experience in board and volunteer relations/development, cultivation and stewardship of major donors, strategic planning and has raised in excess of $80 million in annual campaigns. Karen networks extensively, enjoys building new relationships and re-establishing older ones.
“My passions are in both medicine and education. I look forward to working with friends and supporters of the Partners in Care Foundation to further their mission and continue their success.”
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Kirsten Martin – Senior Director, Quality Assurance
Kirsten oversees the delivery of the CBAS Face-Face program, and HomeMeds℠ Plus program. She began her career in health care during college, as a research associate at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and prior to joining Partners, built on that early experience in a variety of for profit settings.
“I was drawn to Partners’ community-based approach to health care – the provision of a continuum of care outside of the hospital that focuses on the individual not just the illness. That has been the critical missing link that we’re able to bridge.”
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Sal Perez – MSSP Supervising Care Manager, Health Services
Sal has worked at Partners since 2010. He has a background working with at risk youth and their families as a therapeutic behavioral specialist and family facilitator. His interest in working with diverse populations and focus on community collaboration has led him to work with some of the frailest members of the population throughout LA County. He has an MA in Social Work from California State University, Northridge.
“I rely on the values and ethics of social work to engage with older adults, caregivers, families, organizations and communities in the commitment to peace and social justice. Attention to the growing aging population is taken seriously at Partners. Its mission is the benchmark for community-based services.”
Sandy Atkins – Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Sandy has worked at Partners for over 11 years. She is the key contact for Partners’ nationally-recognized HomeMeds℠ program, and works closely with Partners’ CEO, June Simmons, to provide strategic guidance to the organization. Prior to joining Partners, Sandy was Program Director of USC’s Center for Long-Term Care Integration.
“The health care industry has changed dramatically over the past few years. There’s finally a realization that if we’re to see improved outcomes and reduced costs, then health care can’t end when a person leaves hospital or their doctor’s office. Partners is a critical component in the continuum of care – because health happens at home.”
Sandy Pena – Supervisor, Health Services
Sandy is a supervisor for the CBAS Face-to-Face program. She joined Partners in 2013, working initially as a GSWEC (Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium) intern with MSSP, before being asked to implement evidence-based programs in the community, and to join the caregiver program. She has a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Northridge.
“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to advocate and educate the clients that we serve. It has been an amazing experience to provide an array of services to the community I grew up in.”
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Serena Weisner – Operations Director for the Evidence-Based Leadership Council (EBLC)
Serena Weisner is the Operations Director for the Evidence-Based Leadership Council (EBLC) a collaborative effort to help community-based organizations find, adopt and implement evidence-based health promotion programs. Serena has an MS degree from USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and has worked for over 15 years helping communities and organizations support healthy aging through evidence-based programs and services. Along the way, she’s had the opportunity to work for the National Council on Aging, the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, and the Atlanta Regional Commission. Each position has allowed her to learn more about what makes projects and services successful, especially with regard to evidence-based programs.
Serena lives with her husband, son, and two rescue mutts in Raleigh, NC.
Sylvia Whitaker – Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to June Simmons
Sylvia has a dual role at Partners in Care – juggling the responsibilities of being Operations Manager, providing oversight and communication for facility issues throughout the organization – with her role as Executive Assistant to June Simmons. In her rare moments of down time, she loves to spend time relaxing with family and friends in the hot climes of Palm Springs.
“In November 2015 I will celebrate 30 years working with June. To have the opportunity to see Partners grow from just a handful of staff, offering a few programs, to the size and scale of what we have today is an experience for which I’m truly grateful.”
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