Educational Event

Virtual Funders Panel
Friday, November 18, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1.5 CEs
SCAHD Members – $20 / Non-Members – $35

As we emerge out of the pandemic and into a changed funding landscape, what lasting effects will COVID have on the future of giving? How have grant makers and grantees adapted to the new normal? And to what extent have priorities shifted for our Southern California foundations?

Join us for a virtual funders panel featuring a moderated discussion with representatives from the California Community Foundation, the Orange County Community Foundation, and the UniHealth Foundation. Following the discussion, we’ll have a Q&A period with the panelists, so invite the rest of your team and bring your questions.

Moderated by Jeff Schaffer, JMC Philanthropic Advisors.

Panel Participants

With 23 years of experience in health promotion, Rosemary Veniegas currently serves as Senior Program Officer for Health at the California Community Foundation (CCF). CCF’s mission is to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles (LA) County. Dr. Veniegas is the Chair of the LA County Commission on Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery and a member of the California Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research Advisory Panel for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Previously, Dr. Veniegas was an implementation scientist and researcher in academic departments of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychology, and psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from UCLA.

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

Cathleen Otero is Senior Vice President of Donor & Community Engagement at the Orange County Community Foundation. Cathleen brings more than 20 years of experience in supporting health and human service organizations through collaboration, coalition building, and strategic planning to improve performance and better serve vulnerable populations. Prior to joining OCCF she served as the Deputy Director of the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare at Children and Family Futures. Cathleen is currently serving as Board Chair of Orange County Grantmakers. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University and both her Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Southern California.

Cathleen Otero
Senior Vice President
Donor & Community Engagement

Ms. Siordia is a Senior Program Officer for the UniHealth Foundation and works closely with the President & COO to develop strategic direction and implementation of grantmaking around innovative projects and collaborations. She is responsible for grantmaking functions, ongoing learning and community relations. Ms. Siordia previously served as Community Manager for Health Net’s Community Infrastructure Investment portfolio that included funding for consumer assistance, improving health outcomes and improving encounter data submission. Prior to joining Health Net, Ms. Siordia was a Community Benefit Manager for Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regionand was responsible for the partnership and grant making program with safety net providers. She has more than 20 years of grant making experience having worked for The California Wellness, Weingart and Marguerite Casey foundations.

Mercy Sioridia
Senior Program Officer
UniHealth Foundation