January 18, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

WISE & Healthy Aging Adds Two New Board Members:

Two leaders in the healthcare field have joined the Board of Directors of non-profit senior social services organization WISE & Healthy Aging.

The announcement was made earlier this week by Board Chairman Thomas Larmore and President and CEO Grace Cheng Braun.

The newly appointed board members are Ryan Iwamoto, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Culver City-based 24Hr HomeCare, and Yesenia Vallejo Monsour, Director of Public Affairs and Brand Communications for Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center.

Iwamoto co-founded 24Hr HomeCare four years ago, and the company now serves clients throughout California from seven locations.

As the leader of its sales team, Iwamoto is responsible for developing the non-medical home care provider’s overall sales and marketing strategy, execution, and development.

He also leads the company’s community involvement program and in 2013 was awarded the Los Angeles Business Journal Asian Business Award.

This year, 24Hr HomeCare’s growing success was recognized when it was ranked #24 among “Forbes 2014 Most Promising Companies in America.”

In 2013, WISE & Healthy Aging entered into a unique partnership with 24Hr HomeCare to form WISE HomeCare, which expanded the range of services important to area seniors that WISE & Healthy Aging can now provide. It was Iwamoto who spearheaded the productive initiative.

Prior to starting 24Hr HomeCare, Iwamoto served as the General Manager and founder of the Maxim Companion Services South Bay branch, where he earned regional sales awards and was recognized for rapidly increasing business revenue.

Born in Santa Monica and a Westside resident for more than 30 years, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley.

In her public affairs role at Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center, Yesenia Vallejo Monsour oversees the areas of Community Relations, Community Benefit, Government Affairs, Media Relations and Communications in a large and diverse territory that includes Beverly Hills, Culver City, Inglewood, Santa Monica, and South Los Angeles.

Monsour’s career has included high-level posts in Texas and California in a variety of fields.

These include serving as Regional Director for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Vice President of Membership and Business Development for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Executive Director of the Buenanueva Foundation, Community Manager for the American Diabetes Association, Special Assistant to the Mexican Consul for Economic Affairs, and Training Coordinator for Arthur Andersen LLP.

A first generation Mexican-American, Monsour was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended the University of Southern California, earning three degrees there: a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Master’s and Bachelor of Science in Public Administration.

Monsour has received many honors, among them Hispanic Magazine’s Achievement Award, the Hispanic Women’s Council Woman of Promise Award, the General Motors Volunteer Award and the Free Trade Alliance SA Institutional Member of the Year.

“Ryan Iwamoto and Yesenia Monsour bring unique backgrounds, experiences and accomplishments to WISE & Healthy Aging, a great enhancement to an already distinguished Board of Directors,” said Cheng Braun. “We are very pleased that Ryan and Yesenia share our passion to serve older adults on the Westside, and have committed their time, talent and energy to guiding WISE & Healthy Aging into the future as dedicated Board members.”

For more information about WISE & Healthy, call 310.394.9871 or go to www.wiseanhealthyaging.org.

in Health
Related Posts

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...

PIQUE Health Not Your Average Medical Practice

December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020

PIQUE Health is the very first comprehensive mens health center in Beverly Hills. With highly personalized treatment plans that fit...

Helping Older Loved Ones Pick a Retirement Home

December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

There comes a time when a loved one needs some help to stay safe, which is when a retirement home...

A Tale of Two Hospitals: Santa Monica’s Medical Centers

December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

The hospitals in Santa Monica feature the latest in technology and equipment; from a healthcare management perspective, they also provide...

5 Tips for Camping in the Santa Monica Mountains

December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

The Santa Monica Mountain Range offers several pristine campsites that provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of Los...

COVID-19 Vaccine Reports Spark Hope For Americans

December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020

After nine grueling months of chaos, confusion, and grief, the FDA just approved the first COVID-19 vaccination. Just days ago,...

Santa Monica to Provide Thanksgiving Groceries to 1,430+ Food-Insecure Students and Families

November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

SMC Foundation has raised $35,460 of the $50,000 toward charity event By Staff Writer Santa Monica College (SMC), the SMC Foundation,...

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Across Santa Monica Raises $96,000

October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020

Santa Monica and Westside residents walked throughout the city’s neighborhoods, parks and trails, waving flags and sporting purple outfits to...

Edify TV: National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

September 30th marks National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, Here are a few fun activities to try out in celebration...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Area as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...

County Walks Back Trick or Treating Ban

September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

Department of Public Health now says trick or treating not recommended By Sam Catanzaro County health officials have walked back...

Trick nor Treat: LA County Bans Door to Door Trick or Treating

September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

Update: the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has revised its Halloween guidelines. Previously, as reported below, officials planned...

Edify TV: LA County Salons Given Green Light

September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

Barbershops and hair salons in Los Angeles County have been given the green light to reopen with restrictions in place...

UCLA Searching for COVID-19 Vaccine Volunteers

September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

Editor’s note: this AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 trial is on temporary hold while the company looks into whether a patient involved in...

Ahead of Labor Day County Warns COVID-19 Progress Could Be Hampered

September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Seven-day positivity rate currently below 5 percent By Sam Catanzaro Despite optimism regarding COVID-19 transmission rates, ahead of Labor Day...