Educational Luncheon

Friday, June 21, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Good Samaritan Hospital
Mosley-Salvatori Conference Center
637 Lucas Ave, Los Angeles CA 90017


Meet the Funders!
The word “philanthropy” is Greek, meaning love for mankind. Foundations are key generators of philanthropy who help strengthen our communities through their partnerships with nonprofits and support a variety of missions and initiatives. SCAHD has the distinct privilege of presenting a diverse group of representatives from community, independent and corporate foundations who all support health and healthcare services in some capacity to engage in a thoughtful panel discussion as it relates to healthcare development.

Panel members

Jennifer Price-Letscher
Director, Programs & Special Projects
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Jennifer joined the Foundation in 2011, bringing more than 15 years of nonprofit and philanthropic experience, including leadership and capacity-building roles at the Sterling-Dorman and Whitecap foundations, and various positions in arts, education, journalism, outdoor leadership, and youth development. She holds an MSc in positive organizational development and change management from Case Western Reserve, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and professional certifications in appreciative inquiry, business sustainability, coaching, and college counseling. Currently a trustee at the Westside Neighborhood School, Jennifer previously served on the boards of Hill & Dale Family Learning Center (president) and Diavolo Dance Theatre (treasurer), and on the membership committee of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

Laura Rath, MSG
Senior Program Officer
Archstone Foundation

Laura joined the Foundation in 2005 and has nearly two decades experience in the aging and non-profit sector. During her time at Archstone, she has designed and implemented programs and multi-year initiatives in elder abuse and neglect, end-of-life and palliative care, family caregiving, and depression in late-life, all aimed at improving the quality of life for older persons. Prior to joining Archstone Foundation, she served as the Coordinator for the Orange County Elder Abuse Forensic Center, at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) during its initial three-year development; assisted with the implementation of a PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) program for the District of Columbia; and worked for a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare consulting firm. Laura currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Orange County, California (JLOCC). She received her Master of Science in Gerontology and Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California (USC).

Jennifer Vanore, Ph.D.
President & COO
UniHealth Foundation

Jen most recently served as UniHealth Foundation’s Vice President of Programs, overseeing nearly $15 million in grants in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. She previously served as Program Manager for The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities, and has also worked in clinic, hospital and social service settings. Jen received her B.A. from Vassar College, a M.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where her research focused on the social, economic and political development of the hospital industry in Los Angeles County.

Rosemary Veniegas, Ph.D.
Health Program Officer
California Community Foundation

Rosemary Veniegas is the senior program officer for health. Before joining CCF in 2012, she was an Assistant Research Psychologist with the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. Her work addressed the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs and practices in community and public health settings. She is currently a commissioner with the LA County Hospital and Health Care Delivery Commission representing Supervisorial District 1. Veniegas received a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA.

Brian Thorne
Vice President
Good Samaritan Hospital

Brian Thorne has been involved in nonprofit work for over 30 years. Most of his work experience has been with YMCAs, working for small independent YMCAs, like the Danville Family YMCA in Illinois, and large organizations, like the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, where he served as Executive Director at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA.

He left the YMCA to become the President & Executive Director of Blind Children’s Learning Center. This nonprofit, located in Orange County, provides special education and therapy services for blind and visually impaired children. Almost half of the annual operations is funded through annual fundraising. Brian has extensive experience with strategic planning and board development.

Brian started in hospital development work with Providence Health and Services in 2009 as Executive Director, Providence Burbank Foundation, and Providence Holy Cross Foundation. He was responsible for raising $2.6 – $6.5 million dollars at these two Foundations.

Brian became Vice President, Fund Development with Good Samaritan Hospital in June 2013. Brian is responsible for organizing and implementing an $8.5 million dollar fund raising strategy for Good Samaritan Hospital. He also supervises and directs the Community Health Education Department, VIP and Executive Physical Program, Volunteer Department, Chaplains and our Child Care Center.

Session has been pre-approved by CFRE International for 1 CE.

venue sponsor

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Education Sponsor

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