Michele Lew, M.P.P.

Chief Executive Officer

Recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s most transformative nonprofit leaders, Michele Lew is charged with leading the strategic direction of The Health Trust to accomplish its mission, while upholding the organization’s values.

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Michele Lew, an active community leader in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, began her tenure as Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust on January 9, 2018.

Prior to Joining The Health Trust, Michele served as the Local Government and Community Relations Director for Stanford Health Care. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) from 2005-2016, a nonprofit health and wellness organization with an $18 million annual budget and 170 staff members.

Michele also worked as the district director for former California State Senator/State Assemblymember Joe Simitian. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, and UCLA on education issues. Michele has served as board chair for the Santa Clara Family Health Plan and the Community Health Partnership, and served as the community member on the San Jose Mercury News editorial board.

A Santa Clara County native, Michele holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University and a Master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard University.

Todd Hansen, J.D.
Todd Hansen, J.D.

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.

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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.

Paul Hepfer, M.S.
Paul Hepfer, M.S.

Senior 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.

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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.

Gustavo Caraveo

Director of Marketing & Communications

Gustavo Caraveo is responsible for guiding the communications agenda and marketing strategies for The Health Trust, ensuring that all communications convey the mission, values, brand promise and priorities of The Health Trust.

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Gustavo Caraveo joined The Health Trust in the spring of 2014, and since then has served as Project Specialist to the CEO and Marketing Communications Manager. During his tenure with The Health Trust, he assisted with the implementation and administration of company-wide programs; oversaw the modernization and redesign of outward facing communications; implemented strategies to increase brand awareness; and led the effort to rewrite key messages and statements of the organization.

Prior to joining The Health Trust, he served as Policy Aide and Director of Communications for the Office of Supervisorial District Two, County of Santa Clara. He holds a B.S. in Commerce Marketing and is a graduate of the Latino Leadership Alliance Academy.

Maria Garcia, M.A.

Program Officer

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.

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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.

Mary Patterson, M.P.H.

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.

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Mary Patterson is an experienced educator, community advocate and non-profit executive. Professionally, she’s has experience working for, or with ,the following organizations in some capacity: the United States Congress, the California Family Health Council, the Santa Clara County Executive’s Office, the YMCA’s Project Cornerstone and her own training and consulting business, HighThrive. In addition to her role as Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Health Trust, Mary also works as a Community Instructor at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

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.

Rachel Poplack, M.P.H.
Rachel Poplack, M.P.H.

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.

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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.

Carlene Schmidt

Director of Development

Carlene Schmidt oversees donor relations and philanthropic support. With a Development Team of five, she is responsible for securing financial support for The Health Trust’s programs and initiatives.

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Carlene Schmidt is a dedicated fundraising professional with more than 15 years of experience serving South Bay nonprofits. She joined The Health Trust in January 2018 and previously served as Director of Development for Life Services Alternatives and Hospice of the Valley. She began her fundraising career at Second Harvest Food Bank and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Irene Segura, M.B.A.
Irene Segura, M.B.A.

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.

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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.