Board Members

William Browning, Board Chair

Mr. Browning is an attorney with Browning|Hocker, representing small and large business as well as individuals in employment, insurance and business matters.  He has served as a Research Attorney with the San Diego Superior Court, an associate with the law firms McInnis Fitzgerald Rees & Sharkey and Seltzer, Caplan, Wilkins & McMahon, and a partner and co-chair of the Employment Practice Group at Klinedinst PC, prior to forming Browning|Hocker. Mr. Browning earned an MBA from San Diego State University, and worked in finance, management and manufacturing prior to his legal career. He has served on the Board since 2012.

Jane Braun, Board Chair-Elect
Jane Braun - Board Chair Elect

Ms. Braun has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree majoring in English from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University with a specialization in Taxation and Financial Planning.  She has served on the Board since 2010.

Tim Smith, Treasurer
Tim Smith - Treasurer

Mr. Smith is the CEO of Sharp Memorial Hospital. He joined Sharp HealthCare in 2007 and has more than 30 years of health care industry experience.  Prior to joining Sharp HealthCare, he served as interim Chief Operating Officer at University of California Irvine Medical Center, and as Chief Executive Officer for two Tenet Healthcare Hospitals in California: Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Garden Grove Hospital for 11 years.  Mr. Smith is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the

Lifesharing Executive Advisory Board.  He is a former California Hospital Association Board member, former Chairman of the Board for the Hospital Association of Southern California, and past corporate cabinet Chair of the American Heart Association Orange County Chapter.  Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Health in Health Services Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has served on the Board since 2009.

Holly L. Heaton, Past Chair
Holly L. Heaton, Past Chair

Ms. Heaton is an RN/JD who specializes in healthcare law.  A graduate from the University of Iowa with a SBN and the University of Denver with a JD degree, she was Vice President and senior Legal Counsel at Sharp Healthcare for 18 years until retiring in August 2010.  During that time Ms. Heaton also lectured at UCSD and SDSU in the nursing and healthcare programs and was an adjunct professor at SDSU.  Prior to working at Sharp, she specialized in medical malpractice defense at law firms in San Diego (Higgs, Fletcher and Mack) and Denver, Colorado (Pryor, Carney and Johnson).  Ms. Heaton also practiced as an ICU nurse in Denver for 7 years before attending law school.  She and her husband (a professor of psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine) live in the Del Mar area and have two daughters in college.  Ms. Heaton has been on the Board since 2011.

Janet Roemer, Secretary
Janet Roemer, Secretary

Ms. Roemer recently retired as Chief Operating Officer of Verenium, an industrial biotechnology company. Prior to that, she was a senior executive in the chemical industry and has extensive experience in the operational management of large scale, global businesses.   Ms. Roemer holds a B.S. in chemistry from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.   She has three grown children and enjoys travel, golf, and hiking with her dog.  She joined the Board in 2015.

Marla Shepard, Director, Financial Resource Development

Ms. Shepard recently retired as the President & CEO of California Coast Credit Union. She has board experience with Jack Henry & Associates (publicly traded for-profit financial technology company) Compensation committee and Governance Chair, CA Credit Union League, Children's Miracle Network, SD Credit Unions PAC, Richard Myles Johnson Foundation. She has a business degree from Mesa College in Colorado. Ms. Shepard enjoys spending off-time in Alaska where she and her husband have owned a series of second homes hosting friends and family. Ms. Shepard has served on the Board since 2015.

William “Bill” Browning, M.D.
William “Bill” Browning, M.D.

Dr. Browning is MD who specializes in Orthopedic Surgery. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Chemistry; he attended Stanford University Medical School and completed his residency at the US Naval Hospital in Boston and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, with a fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. He has been an Orthopedist for the Kaiser Foundation Hospital for over 30 years and is a former Naval Aviator. He is married, with three grown children. He enjoys traveling and is a private pilot. He joined the Board in 2015.

Laura Clapper, M.D.
Dr. Laura Clapper, M.D.

Dr. Clapper is the Regional Vice President at Anthem Blue Cross in Client Clinical Strategy. Dr. Clapper’s passion is for improving healthcare, both the patient experience and the quality and cost effectiveness through data. Dr. Clapper received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University and her Master’s in Public Policy Analysis from Claremont Graduate University where she focused on using LEAN on improving healthcare delivery. She has four sons and has lived in Coronado since 1983. Her husband is an orthopedic surgeon at Kaiser Hospital. Dr. Clapper has served on the Board since 2016. 

Robert (Bob) Finzi
Robert (Bob) Finzi

Mr. Finzi is a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse, serving on the Investment Committees of Credit Suisse Direct Equity Partners and Hudson Clean Energy. Previously he served as Managing Partner of the Sprout Group, Credit Suisse’s venture capital affiliate and a General Partner of Merrill Lynch Venture Capital, which was merged into Sprout in 1991. Mr. Finzi is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  Mr. Finzi has a BS & MS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has twin daughters, both college graduates, is fluent in Italian and his hobbies include fishing and cooking. Mr. Finizi has served on the Board since 2015.

Steve Hall
Steve Hall

Mr. Hall has a lifetime of experience in the health care industry and particularly in the administration of hospital systems and surgical units. He served as Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Regent Surgical Health, a company that was a start-up when he first began working there in 2002 but today owns 15 ambulatory surgical centers and two specialty hospitals. He retired in 2009 but continues to serve as consultant and interim administrator. During the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, Mr. Hall served in executive management for several hospitals and health care systems. He received a BA from Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC, and an MHA from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.  As a former Army Medical Service Officer who served in Vietnam, Mr. Hall received the Soldier’s Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Medical Badge.  He has been on the Board since 2012.

JC Kyrillos

JC Kyrillos is the worldwide Vice President and General Manager of BD’s global Infusion Solutions buisness (previously CareFusion).  In this role, he leads the overall strategy and operations of BD’s Alaris infusion pump systems and associated technologies.  Prior to joining CareFusion in 2011, JC was President of ResMed Ventures and Initiatives and previously Co-Leader for ResMed, Americas. Mr. Kyrillos earned a MBA from Harvard Buisness School and a BA with Honors in History from Colgate University.  He is married with four children and lives in Carmel Valley. Mr.Kyrillos has served on the Board since 2016.

Cyrus Mirsaidi
Cyrus Mirsaidi

Mr. Mirsaidi is the President and CEO for BioDuro and Formex, the global CRO leader focused on preclinical chemistry, biology, and fully outsourced integrated drug development services for pharmaceutical partners. Mr. Mirsaidi attended the University of California, Irvine.

Eve Benton
Eve Benton

Ms. Benton is an entrepreneur and has experience managing both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  She is the founder and board member for Vehicles for Change, Inc. a non-profit that awards automobiles to individuals who have secured employment, but cannot afford to purchase a vehicle. Ms. Benton is graduate of the Harvard Business School and serves on the board for the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the Humane Society. Ms. Benton has lived in San Diego for five years. She and her husband are very involved in serving the community.

Wade D. Schwendemann, M.D.
Wade D. Schwendemann, M.D.

Dr. Schwendemann is an MD who specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  He graduated from Albion College in Albion, MI with a BA in Biology and Chemistry.  He attended medical school in Toledo, OH and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY before his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Since completion in 2009, he has practiced with the San Diego Perinatal Center. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy traveling and martial arts. Dr. Schwendemann has served on the Board since 2011.

Tum Vongsawad
Tum Vongsawad

Mr. Vongsawad, with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, is Chief Operating Officer of San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) – the largest locally-owned financial institution in San Diego, California.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Executive Banking School. Mr. Vongsawad is involved in community and church organizations as well as serving on national and local committees in the credit union industry.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons in the mountains snow skiing and on the lakes water skiing.  Mr. Vongsawad has served on the Board since 2011. 

David Lowenberg
David Lowenberg

Mr. Lowenberg is currently serving as an Executive Partner a Chicago-based private equity firm, Waud Capital Partners. He is the former Chief Operating Officer of Express Scripts and Chief Executive Officer of its Curascript subsidiary, the specialty pharmacy business.  Express Scripts is one of the largest and most successful pharmacy benefit managers in the United States, a Fortune 100 company. During Mr. Lowenberg’s tenure at Express Scripts, the company’s revenues grew from approximately $150 million to nearly $20 billion. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lowenberg worked as an executive with both local and state governments in Arizona, including serving as the Executive Director of the Arizona Welfare Department.

He moved from St. Louis  to Coronado with his family in 2010.  Mr. Lowenberg holds an MS in Public Management from Harvard, and a BS in Public Administration from University of Arizona.