Chief Executive Officer
A nationally recognized expert in both child development and nonprofit leadership strategies, Fred Ferrer leads the development of the vision and the strategic direction of The Health Trust.
Frederick J. Ferrer, a nationally recognized expert in child development and nonprofit leadership strategies and an active community leader in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years, was named Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust in November, 2007 where he has grown the Health Trust’s budget from $12 million to over $22 million during his tenure.
Prior to joining The Health Trust, Ferrer headed his own national consulting firm, Manzanita Solutions, where he worked with nonprofit groups on visioning, nonprofit management policies and practices, and effective strategies working with families. Previously he served as Executive Director of Estrella Family Services in San Jose for 19 years, where he grew the organization from serving 74 children initially to multiple programs that touched the lives of more than 1,000 young children and their families every year.
His expertise in child development and family support was put to good use in his volunteer positions as past chair and commissioner of the FIRST 5 Commission of Santa Clara County and as a current board member of Rocketship Education, Legacy Academy and Educare Silicon Valley. He serves on the board of Santa Clara University’s College of Arts and Science Advisory Board and is chairing the University’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. He also serves as a community advisor to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He also is a member of the Children’s Discovery Museum’s LGBTQ Advisory Board.
Ferrer’s community involvement has also spanned a wide range, including American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley where he is a member of Class XI and a former member of the Board. He was honored with the coveted John Gardner Leadership Award from ALF, PACT’S Community Builder Award, Gardner Health Center’s Silent Heroes in Healthcare Award, Santa Clara County Human Relations Award.
Ferrer holds a B.S. degree from Santa Clara University, an M.S. from San Jose State University and an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Santa Clara University. He is also a graduate of the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program at Harvard University. He recently completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He was on the adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University’s Graduate School of Education for 11 years. He has been on the adjunct faculty at De Anza College for over 25 years. Ferrer is also an Aspen Institute Fellow, having completed the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship program.
Chief Operating Officer
Todd Hansen is responsible for all programmatic activities of The Health Trust, including direct services, grants and strategies. Hansen also serves as General Counsel for The Health Trust.
Prior to joining The Health Trust, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Good Samaritan Health System and as a partner at the international law firm of McDermott, Will and Emery. He received his A.B. degree from Harvard College and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Financial Officer
Ira Holtzman manages an investment portfolio that exceeds $100 million and a fiscal budget of $16 million.
In 2004, Ira created a unique and highly desired accounting service providing back office accounting services to other nonprofits. The service grew to more than 50 nonprofit clients, and in July 2012, Financial and Administrative Support Services (FASS) became an independent California corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Health Trust. Ira is an expert on nonprofit accounting, and frequently presents at educational conferences, including those offered by the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and the City/County Funders Collaborative group.
Prior to joining The Health Trust, Ira spent 17 years at Good Samaritan Health System and Lockheed Corporation in Burbank and Sunnyvale. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge.
Vice President of Programs
Paul Hepfer oversees The Health Trust’s direct services, helping thousands of low-income clients throughout Santa Clara and Northern San Benito counties live healthier lives. Programs under his direction include: Meals On Wheels, AIDS Services, Oral Health Education, Health Insurance Enrollment and Better Choices Better Health.
Prior to joining The Health Trust, he was Chief Operating Officer at Via Services for two years and Executive Director of Wellness and Education for the Pueblo of Sandia Native American Reservation in New Mexico for eight years. He holds a B.S. in Physical Education from Indiana State University and an M.S. in Park and Recreation Administration with a specialization in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University.
Carla Freeman is responsible for communicating The Health Trust’s grant priorities to the community and prospective grant applicants. She supports grantees in meeting their grant objectives and connects grantees with other resources to advance their project goals.
Carla holds an M.B.A from Georgia State University and B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.
Director of Healthy Eating
Erin Healy oversees The Health Trust’s effort to make healthy food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, available and affordable to vulnerable communities throughout Santa Clara and northern San Benito counties.
Erin previously worked as a Public Health Manager for Catholic Relief Services in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Nigeria and formerly led youth development and health education programs in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. She holds an M.P.H. degree from Tulane University and a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Director, Destination: Home
As Executive Director of Destination: Home, a program of The Health Trust, Jennifer Loving is leading the effort to end chronic homelessness in Santa Clara County.
Jennifer holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Jennifer received the Tribute to Women in Industry Award in 2004 and was named one of the 100 Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley in 2011.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Mary Patterson is responsible for navigating through Silicon Valley’s rich network of difference makers to develop and foster key relationships for The Health Trust. She also oversees The Health Trust’s Fund Development Team.
Mary’s professional training is in the field of maternal and child health and she holds a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mary spent a year in Brussels, Belgium as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting research in the field of child health. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Stanford University.
Director of Strategy
Rachel Poplack is responsible for strategic planning projects as well as for monitoring and evaluating the impact of The Health Trust’s work.
Rachel came to The Health Trust in 2003 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Before becoming Director of Healthy Living in 2011, she was Program Director of Community Partnerships, overseeing The Health Trust’s volunteer programs and community collaborations.
As Director of Healthy Living, Rachel led The Health Trust’s efforts to address the obesity crisis by developing programs and policies that promote access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved areas. She worked with the City of San Jose to incorporate a strong health element in its general plan, and she led the Campaign for Healthy Food San Jose, a federally funded effort that changed City policies to encourage urban agriculture, small farmers’ markets that accept CalFresh (food stamps), and mobile produce vending.
Rachel holds a B.A. degree from Brandeis University and a Masters in Public Health degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Director of Healthy Aging
Cara Sansonia oversees The Health Trust’s strong commitment to ensuring that older adults, particularly the most vulnerable, have access to a network of health and supportive services that are integrated and provided in the setting most appropriate to their needs.
Her dedication to serving the community includes positions as a Senior Care Commissioner for Santa Clara County, and member of the Hospice of the Valley Board of Directors. She has also served as a hospice patient volunteer. Cara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College, New York, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Albany Law School, New York.
Director of Human Resources
Irene Segura is responsible for all areas of human resources at The Health Trust, including employment and training, staff development, benefits, retirement plans and employee relations.
Irene previously worked at Health Dimensions Inc. and with Kaiser Permanente. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Human Resources Management) from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.