Interim Chief Executive Officer
A visionary leader in higher education, Charlie Bullock also is an expert on inclusion of people with disabilities.
Charles C. (Charlie) Bullock, a nationally recognized expert in disability issues, and a teacher and scholar in higher education for more than 35 years, was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust on January 3, 2016. Charlie has been a member of the Board of Trustees of The Health Trust since February 2012 and Board Chair since June 2015.
Prior to joining The Health Trust, Charlie was a Professor in the Department of Health Science and Recreation at San Jose State University. Before that he was Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San Jose State University, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, Department chair and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Director of a Research Center at the University of North Carolina. As a Dean at two different universities, he raised over $55,000,000 to support students and strategic initiatives. Throughout his academic career, he has been a member of various nonprofit boards related to health and human services in North Carolina, Nevada, and California. He has also served on local, state, and national boards of professional organizations.
Successful grant writing spurred his research career. During his career, Charlie has published two books, published over 65 articles in refereed journals, has written 19 training manuals and produced 4 training videotapes. He has made over 100 presentations at local, state, national, and international professional conferences. He has provided consultation related to disability and health in state and county agencies and universities in many areas in the US, as well as in Canada, Australia, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and the Caribbean. Charlie has received prestigious awards from state and national professional organizations and is a fellow in his national professional organization.
Charlie is a careful listener and effective communicator, able to engage, motivate, and facilitate dialogue on a wide array of issues. He is a visionary leader and a consensus builder who has a mature sense of perspective, able to think strategically and to anticipate issues. He is an effective advocate and leader who is honest, straightforward, and effectively creates win-win situations. Charlie has a proven ability at perceiving community needs and moving thoughtfully and quickly to solutions. He has the financial acumen necessary to deal with budget development, priority setting, and resource management. Charlie will be a willing and able representative of The Health Trust within our community, as well as nationally and regionally.
Charlie has a BS and MS degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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.
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.
Maria Garcia 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.
Maria joined The Health Trust in February 2010 as the agency’s Grants Administrator. She possesses 20 years of nonprofit experience that includes managing direct services, board relations, community engagement, and fundraising. As part of her commitment to civic engagement, she serves as Chair of the Hispanic Foundation’s La Familia Selection Committee, has served as Commissioner for the Commission on the Status of Women, serving as Chair of the Crime and Violence Committee, overseeing the Commission’s Jail Monitoring work. She has served as a National and State Delegate for her respective assembly and congressional districts, and is a graduate of the Latino Leadership Alliance Academy.
Maria holds a B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University and M.A. from San Jose State University in Speech Communication.
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 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.