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.
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 Charter Elementary Schools.
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 Health Care Award, Santa Clara County Human Relations Award and the Kindred Spirit Award from the Children’s Discovery Museum. He served on the board of United Way Silicon Valley and is a community advisor to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Ferrer holds a B.S. degree from Santa Clara University and an M.S. from San Jose State University. He is also a graduate of the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management Program at Harvard University. 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 20 years.
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.
Todd Hansen has served on the Executive Team at The Health Trust since its founding in 1996, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. He had primary responsibility for establishing the Trust’s grant making program, and also has directed the community health programs operated by The Health Trust. He has led The Health Trust’s efforts in convening community stakeholders and fostering collaboration, including Healthy Silicon Valley. He has been an active participant in numerous community leadership positions, including: Co-Chair, Community Benefits Coalition of the Hospital Council, Northern and Central California; the Santa Clara County Children’s Agenda Advisory Committee; the Community for a Lifetime Executive Committee; the Healthcare Solutions Task Force formed by Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss; the Children’s Health Initiative Community Oversight Board; and the Catholic Charities Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America Leadership Committee.
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.
Ira Holtzman has served as the Chief Financial Officer for The Health Trust since its inception in 1996. He oversees the organization’s $100 million-plus investment portfolio, its $16 million annual budget and a staff of more than 25.
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.
Utilizing a leadership background that spans more than 15 years, Paul Hepfer brings his expertise in managing health and wellness organizations to The Health Trust as the Vice President of Programs.
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.
Director of Healthy Aging
Lori Andersen oversees The Health Trust’s work in the area of Healthy Aging, working to ensure that older adults spend more years in good health and engaged as vital members of our community.
Lori Andersen is a Silicon Valley leader on issues related to healthy aging. As The Health Trust’s Director of Healthy Aging, she has focused on expanding evidence-based health promotion programs, building integrated care systems and advocating for public policies that support the health of older adults.
Lori served for eight years as Director of Planning for the Council on Aging Silicon Valley, responsible for assessing the needs of older adults and building community capacity to address them. In this role she also helped to expand case management programs in Santa Clara County and launched the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP).
As Director of the Bay Area Independent Elders Program (BAIEP) Lori managed a $6 million grants program for a foundation collaborative that was designed to strengthen and expand local resources for community-based long term care. Prior to joining The Health Trust, Lori administered the grants programs for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. She has also provided consulting services in program and fund development to non-profits and served as an active volunteer on local boards.
She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a B. A. in Government & Public Administration from American University in Washington D.C.
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 Freeman joined The Health Trust in February, 2014, bringing more than 15 years of experience in public health and community engagement working in the public, non-profit and private sectors. She has worked with coalitions across the country providing technical assistance related to policy advocacy, community organizing, board development, coalition development and mobilization. Most recently, Carla was a consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supporting the efforts of the Communities Putting Prevention To Work Program. Her past work includes supporting the Childhood Obesity Multi-State Initiative, the Tobacco Policy Change Program and the National Smokeless State Initiative as a consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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 Healy came to The Health Trust in September 2013 from Miami, where she directed Youth L.E.A.D., the first “food justice” organization in South Florida. She served as Miami Dade County Public School’s first Farm-to-School Manager in 2011 and was selected as one of “20 emerging leaders under 40” by the Miami Herald in 2011 and one of CASE Foundation’s “Fearless Leaders” in 2012 for her contributions to local food systems, policy change, and youth and community development programs in South Florida.
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 Loving has spent more than 15 years leading efforts to better serve the needs of homeless youth, families and adults. Working in a variety of shelter, street and permanent supportive housing programs, she has developed innovative service models including the County’s first Housing First program for homeless families. Since joining Destination: Home in 2010, she has brought together public officials, government agencies, private sector leaders and nonprofit executives to collectively pursue permanent solutions in preventing and ending chronic homelessness.
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 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 Poplack, who led The Health Trust’s efforts to make healthy food available and affordable in underserved areas of Silicon Valley as Director of Healthy Living, became The Health Trust’s first Director of Strategy in July 2013. Her current assignment is to oversee the development of three new Health Trust strategies, including a social enterprise model for a healthy meals delivery system, a food access plan that emphasizes seniors and homeless individuals in San Jose and a one-stop shop for preventive health services.
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 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 Segura has been with The Health Trust Human Resources Department since its inception in 1996, and was promoted to Director in 2002. During her tenure the organization implemented new systems for recruiting and staff development, as well as an extensive employee wellness program that includes annual health assessments and ongoing fitness classes.
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.