Mission + History
BCHD Advisory Committees

Beach Cities Health District’s public advisory committees have a direct impact on the health programs and services provided in the Beach Cities.

To serve on a BCHD advisory committee, you must be a resident of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach, submit a formal application and be appointed by the board of directors. High school students are also encouraged to participate on the committees, but serve a one-year term verses the standard two-year term for adult members. Active community recruitment for new committee members occurs each spring, however, applications are available year-round at bchd.org/committee.

Community Health Committee
Responsible for assessing community health and wellness concerns, monitoring the availability of community health resources, and recommending programs, service areas and business ventures to promote high-quality standards of health in the Beach Cities.

  • Michelle Bholat, M.D. – BCHD Board Member
  • Vish Chatterji – BCHD Board Member
  • Kerianne Lawson – BCHD Director of Lifespan Services
  • Tom Bakaly – BCHD CEO
  • Laurie Angress – Yoga Therapist
  • Mary Drummer – Retired Nurse
  • Howard Fishman – Former Hermosa Beach Mayor
  • Virginia Green, Ph.D. – Family Therapist
  • Jason Hove, M.D. – UCLA Health
  • Laura Misel – Leadership Hermosa Beach
  • Steve Morgan – Jefferson School Site Council
  • Marie Puterbaugh – Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Sundeep Chakladar – Redondo Union High School Student
  • Martha Farah – Redondo Union High School Student

Strategic Planning Committee
Assists the board in formulating and fulfilling BCHD’s strategic vision, mission and goals on an annual basis. Additionally, the committee is responsible for overseeing the development of BCHD’s strategic plan, which is updated every three years.

  • Vanessa Poster – BCHD Board Member
  • Jane Diehl – BCHD Board Member
  • Jackie Berling – BCHD Chief Operations and Innovation Officer
  • Tom Bakaly – BCHD CEO
  • Gary Chuang, M.D. – Dermatologist
  • Joey Farrales – Leadership Hermosa Beach
  • Lyman Fox – Kaiser
  • Mike Gin – Former Redondo Beach Mayor
  • Vijay Jeste – Former Redondo Beach City Commissioner
  • Omkar Kulkarni, M.P.H. – Cedars-Sinai
  • Charlotte LeBlanc - CPA
  • Ricardo Reznichek, M.D. – Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Retired
  • Borna Niknahad – Mira Costa High School Student
  • Sydney Davis – Redondo Union High School Student

Finance Committee
Responsible for budget oversight, audit review, setting investment policies and business plan development. Members are expected to have demonstrated experience in finance, business or banking.

  • Vish Chatterji – BHCD Board Member
  • Noel Chun, M.D. – BCHD Board Member
  • Tom Bakaly – BCHD CEO
  • Monica Suua – BCHD CFO
  • Tim Lilligren – Manhattan Beach Treasurer
  • Matthew Briskin – Healthcare Strategy and Management Consultant
  • Theresa Climaco – Healthcare development professional
  • Gina DeRosa – California Society of CPAs
  • Stacy Lentz – Attorney and Hospital Compliance Officer
  • Wayne Powell – Former Manhattan Beach Mayor
  • Doug Rodriguez – Redondo Beach City Planning Commission
  • Carol Jo Sommers, Ph.D. – Campus Director and Professor
  • Malena Buffagni – Redondo Union High School Student
  • Sara Stienecker – Redondo Union High School Student