The T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers leadership team is the cornerstone in ensuring the success of not only
day to day operations, but establishing a visionary path to an even brighter future.
Board of Directors
Imani Brown, PhD
– Vice Chair
Leymoine J. Bolton
Carmelle DeJean Neal
Howard Fullman, MD
Loretta B. Randle
Leon W. Watts, III
Risë K. Phillips, MPH, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer
In 2009, following an extensive national search, Risë K. Phillips was selected to lead T.H.E Clinic in the organization's commitment to expand services to the community.
Throughout her career, Ms. Phillips has held leadership positions in the private and public sectors, as well as in the scientific research arena. Passionate about the plight of families and individuals with unmet healthcare needs, she has made significant, cutting edge contributions to policy, research, program development and services, and is well known for her work with government and political sectors at federal, state, and local levels.
In the private sector, Ms. Phillips has held senior executive positions at Maxicare and Blue Cross (now Anthem Blue Cross), using her academic strengths in statistics and data analysis to design strategic planning and budget systems in excess of $4.7 billion, as well as communications management. For the County of Los Angeles and the California Family Health Council, she was responsible for budgets ranging from $30 million to $145 million, revenue generation, lobbying functions, and policy analysis. Most recently, she was the Deputy Center Director in Washington, D.C. for a company involved in supporting a global HIV/AIDS clinical trials network. While there, Ms. Phillips secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and managed relationships with organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and global partnerships in Africa, India, Thailand and South America.
Ms. Phillips graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in Psychology, Behavioral Statistics, and Communications. She holds a Master's in Public Health from the Yale University School of Medicine with a concentration on Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Ms. Phillips has integrated her science and health education into Finance and Management Information Systems with a Master's in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.
Ms. Phillips resides in the historic city core of Los Angeles and enjoys an active creative life as a published writer and a watercolorist.
Itohan Oyamendan, MHA, Chief Operations Officer
Itohan Oyamendan brings to T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers well-proven expertise in launching, nurturing, and directing the day-to-day operations of multiple medical clinics serving low-income/homeless populations. Before joining T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers, Mrs. Oyamendan served as COO for the JWCH Institute, where she was primary officer for all of the health agency's clinical sites. At JWCH, she supervised managers and directors, recruiting, screening, hiring, and evaluating program staff. She directed communications with county and state health service departments and other funding agencies; ensured that JWCH services met county, state and federal compliance; and maintained logs and statistics for internal and external review and reporting. Mrs. Oyamendan also worked with the chief financial officer to monitor JWCH revenue and expenses from all consumer services departments.
Prior to serving the JWCH Institute, Mrs. Oyamendan spent six years at The Children's Clinic (TCC), a Federally Qualified Health Center system in Long Beach, California. As chief operating officer during her final three years at TCC, Mrs. Oyamendan provided direct management, coordination, and oversight of TCC's six clinic sites. She also facilitated the construction and operations of a new 14,000-square-foot clinic, and oversaw a $10 million operating budget and ensured maximum reimbursement from payers. She was instrumental in starting and guiding a new school-based clinic, championing a patient flow and service delivery redesign that resulted in improved patient access to care, and interacted with community leaders and board members to provide information on clinic operations and activities.
Mrs. Oyamendan also served as administrative resident to the CEO at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and program manager at the Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles. In addition, she served as a board member of the Long Beach Multi-Service Center for the Homeless.
Tatyana Klochko, EA, MBA, Chief Financial Officer
Tatyana Klochko, EA, MBA, is the chief financial officer for T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers. She joins T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers with 20 years of executive-level experience in nonprofit financial management and economic forecasting. As former CFO of Therapeutic Center for the Blind, and Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, Ms. Klochko has implemented successful strategic organizational budgets, and has been responsible for administering more than $20 million annually. With annual CPE courses in Accounting and Taxation, she holds an MBA from Moscow State University with an emphasis in Economics.
Tracy D. Robinson, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Robinson became T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers chief medical officer in November 2008 after serving on staff for four years. She is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a fellow in the American College of OB/GYN. A graduate of UCLA/Charles R. Drew medical school and residency program, she began practicing medicine in 1996. Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Robinson attended UCLA as a Chancellor Scholar. She has earned numerous awards, including Outstanding Student Award in 1992 from King/Drew Medical Center in OB/GYN and Psychiatry; National Health Service Scholar recipient; and OB/GYN representative of American Fertility Society Conference in Texas, where she submitted a paper on the care of the menopausal patient. She began her medical career after residency in rural South Carolina. While in South Carolina, she was chairperson of the Obstetrics/Pediatrics Committee of Carolina Pines Medical Center, Hartsville, South Carolina (1997 – 1998). After returning to California, she worked in the private sector at Airport-Playa Women's Medical Center until 2004. After leaving private practice, she worked at California Hospital in the women's health clinic where she is still on staff.
Dr. Robinson's stated desire is "to serve the underserved and improve healthcare access for all. I'm here at T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers because I have a passion for caring for the underserved. We make a difference in the lives of the poor and underserved on a daily basis." She speaks English and medical Spanish.
Derrick Butler, MD, Associate Medical Director
A family medicine physician and HIV specialist, Dr. Derrick Butler received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He currently serves as associate medical director at T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers and is the director of T.H.E. Health and Wellness Center's HIV program.
Dr. Butler is focused on addressing the current HIV/AIDS epidemic and the health disparities of urban populations. With an additional interest in international health issues, Dr. Butler has also lived in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked in healthcare in various parts of Africa.
Sharon Leffall, WHNP-BC, Director of Clinical Services
Sharon Leffall received her formal training as a registered nurse from the University of California, San Francisco.
In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she also received certification as a Public Health Nurse for
the State of California. Mrs. Leffall completed the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical
Center and is board certified.
Mrs. Leffall has worked as a registered nurse in several settings since graduation. She worked as a nurse practitioner
intern for the Early Access Prenatal Program for Los Angeles County Health Services until May of 1988. Mrs. Leffall has
worked for T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers as a women's health nurse practitioner for 23 years and currently serves as the director of
clinical services. She ensures quality and safety in the delivery of healthcare for the community served by T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers. She presently commits 50 percent of her time to administrative duties, such as managing the referral
department, medical assistants and the front desk staff for the medical unit.
Lilia Marin-Alvarez, Director of Human Resources
Lilia Marin-Alvarez has served as the Director of Human Resources for T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers since March 2010, and has been affiliated with the healthcare industry since 1998 when she joined Hemacare, Inc. She has worked in an array of industries, including marketing, publishing, advertising, and healthcare.
Prior to joining the executive team at T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers, Ms. Marin-Alvarez served as the human resources manager for the media acquisition firm Web MediaBrands, which accomplished more than 12 acquisitions over the span of three years. Ms. Marin-Alvarez's holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology/Human Resources Management, and an M.A. in Organizational Management.
Jorge Abascal, Chief Information Officer
Jorge Abascal has extensive experience in Microsoft Domain/Network design, restructure, upgrade, and troubleshooting, acquired over ten years of Information Management Systems support, seven of those as a Senior Systems Administrator. A graduate of Mt. Sierra College with a Microsoft Certified Professional on Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Design Active Directory Services and A+ certifications, as well as formal training on Windows 2000/2003 MCSE official Curriculum, Cisco Official Networking Academy.
Mr. Abascal has been working at T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers since June 2008. He manages all the administrative network operations and oversees its development. In this capacity he engages in strategic planning for the implementation of new technologies and highly dependable networks.
Mr. Abascal previously worked at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles Tri-Central. He analyzed and proactively corrected 802.3 and 802.11g LAN issues in the Kaiser Permanente environment. He also identified and published local site needs and installed new PC/LAN hardware and software for eight hospitals and administrative locations with a population of more than 2,500 end users. During this period, he developed an automated process of backing up highly critical computers for intensive and urgent care units without disrupting the day-to-day operations, which became policy for these computers.
Christopher Kollenburn, Director of Development and Communication
Mr. Kollenburn has been serving as the Director of Development and Communication for T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers since 2012. With over 15 years’ experience in nonprofit development and fundraising, Mr. Kollenburn has expertise in research, cultivation, program presentation, budgeting, and the post-award process. After receiving his B.A. in English from U.C.L.A., Mr. Kollenburn began his foray into the nonprofit world as the Development Director at The Camillus Center for Pastoral Care @ USC, and has since worked as the Senior Grant Writer for Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero and as Development Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Los Angeles. In addition to full time employment Mr. Kollenburn has consulted for many nonprofit organizations, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association.