Riverside Community Health Foundation Announces Four New Board Members!

(Riverside, CA) January 25, 2019 – Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) announces the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees, as well as the new Board Chair for 2019.

Joining the Board of Trustees are Ben Johnson II, Cyndi Nolasco, Jonathan R. O’Connell, Micah Tokuda and the new Board Chair, Craig Marshall, Esq.

“Our newest board members and board chair all share a common theme, dedication to community,” shared Dr. Dan Anderson, President and CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation. “They’ve demonstrated exemplary leadership and service throughout Riverside and we are grateful to have them devote their time and expertise to our organization as we advance our vision of inspiring a healthier, happier and more active community.”

Ben Johnson II is a regional care lead with UCB Biopharma and a search consultant with McPherson & Jacobson. He is a committed citizen who has established himself with a distinguished record of volunteer and community service efforts. He served on the Board of Trustees for Alvord Unified School District for twenty-one years, the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Parkview Hospital’s Citizen Advisory Committee, vice-chair of both the Human Relations Committee and the City of Riverside Charter Review; a member of the Riverside Blueprint for Diversity, Raincross Group, a member of the Board of Directors for the Youth Service Center; director of Homeless Outreach and president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association. In addition, Mr. Johnson is the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award for Riverside County and is a graduate of the University of California Irvine.

“I have been fortunate to have served on the RCHF Board previously,” shared Mr. Johnson. “I have witnessed first-hand the work RCHF has done in our community. As a former trustee in Alvord Unified School District our parents and students benefited greatly from the work of RCHF.”

Cyndi Nolasco is an active volunteer and auxiliary board member for Riverside Community Hospital (RCH). She served over six years as a board member for RCH, holding positions such as, president and special projects chair. Mrs. Nolasco was a flight attendant for over 10 years, retiring from JetBlue airline corporation. She’s been a proud resident of Riverside for over 40 years. 

“As a volunteer and auxiliary board member at the Riverside Community Hospital for the last six years, I have had the pleasure of interfacing with the community on a regular basis,” shared Mrs. Nolasco. “The Foundation has always impressed me with the scope and number of projects they conduct each year. I am excited to be part of the Board and support the Foundation as they make a difference in the lives of others.”

Jonathan R. O’Connell is the senior vice-president with UBS Financial Services. He has steadily developed a resume of advising some of the region’s most affluent families and businesses for over 18 years. As an alumnus of both Boston University and California State University, San Bernardino, Mr. O’Connell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. Furthermore, he is currently an active Board of Trustee member for the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center.

“As a parent and active member of the Riverside community, the health and well-being of our residents is critical,” shared Mr. O’Connell. “RCHF has a proven track record of success and I’m proud to be part of an organization that recognizes the importance of a healthy community. I truly look forward to adding to the momentum of such an amazing group of people.”

Micah Tokuda is a financial advisor for Edward Jones. He incorporates the best and most appropriate financial strategies for individuals and families to reach their long-term financial goals. Originally from Hawaii, Mr. Tokuda moved to Riverside in 2005. Since then, he’s been an active member of the Riverside community. He is a member of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, The PICK Group of Young Professionals, and the Riverside Sunrise Rotary Club. Mr. Tokuda is a proud graduate of California Baptist University, where he earned his MBA in business administration.

“The mission of RCHF is meaningful to me because it is all about putting our community first,” shared Mr. Tokuda. “Health and wellness are extremely important aspects of life that we sometimes take for granted. I love RCHF’s commitment and passion towards educating, supporting, and serving our community members from all walks and stages of life.”

Craig Marshall, Esq., will serve as the new Board Chair for RCHF. Mr. Marshall, a native of Riverside, joined Thompson and Colegate LLP as a partner in 2014. He has provided counsel and transactional legal representation to various types of businesses from start-ups to well established businesses. In addition, he has represented numerous physicians, medical groups, independent physician associations, and hospitals in the negotiation and drafting of various types of provider agreements and other healthcare arrangements. Mr. Marshall graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he earned his juris doctorate degree and master’s in business administration. He is also an alumnus of the University of California Riverside, there he earned his undergraduate degree in political science and administrative studies.

“I am both excited and honored to serve as the new Chair of the RCHF board,” shared Marshall. “The mission of the Foundation (To improve the health and well-being of our community) is quite meaningful to me.  I credit this community with providing me with many personal and professional opportunities; thus, the chance to be a part of an organization so vital to the well-being of the community is special.  RCHF is at the center of wellness and health in Riverside.  As a board member, I have seen the innovative ways in which the Foundation enhances the health of our community through its acts of funding, developing, and maintaining partnerships that provide quality health care services and educational programs.  I look forward to working with the RCHF board members and RCHF staff to continue the mission of the Foundation and maintain its strong presence locally.”

Riverside Community Health Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, public benefit corporation with a mission to improve the health and well-being of Riverside residents. Since 1997, RCHF has granted over $34.9 million to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that directly benefit the health and well-being of residents throughout Riverside and surrounding communities.

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