Huntington Memorial Hospital Announces New Board Members

February 2, 2015

Huntington Memorial Hospital announced today the election of two new and two returning members to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2015. The new members are Lolita Lopez and Elizabeth Olson, and returning to the board are Kathleen Podley and John Siciliano.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lolita and Elizabeth to our board and Kathy and John back to the board,” said Stephen A. Ralph, Huntington Hospital’s president and CEO. “They each bring unique perspectives and expertise that will serve us well as we continue our work to meet our community’s current and future healthcare needs."

Lolita Lopez is a general assignment editor for NBC4 in Los Angeles. Diagnosed in April 2013 with breast cancer, Lopez has been very public about her experience with cancer and the care she received at Huntington Hospital. During the summer of 2013, she posted a five-part series on NBC4’s website chronicling her experience. In addition to supporting breast cancer causes, Lopez has been involved in a variety of charitable events, including ones benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Network for a Healthy California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.

Also joining the Huntington Hospitalboard is Elizabeth Olson. A graduate of University of Michigan Law School, Olson worked as an associate at Tuttle & Taylor in Los Angeles before leaving to clerk for the Honorable Gary A. Feess in the Central District. Following that she worked for two years at Caltech in the Office of Technology. She previously served for many years on the board of Friends of Children’s Hospital and is currently active in several community organizations in Pasadena, including Polytechnic School where her three sons are students. In addition to her juris doctor degree, she holds degrees in political science and psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

Returning to the Huntington Hospitalboard where she previously served for five years is Kathy Podley. A graduate of Stanford University and a longtime friend of Huntington Hospital, Podley is a homemaker and community philanthropist. A resident of the San Gabriel Valley since early childhood, Podley serves on the board of trustees for the Good Family Foundation, which, over the years has made gifts to the hospital’s pediatric art therapy program and the trauma center. The Podley Family previously established an endowment for spiritual care at the hospital. In addition to many years as a volunteer at Huntington Hospital, Mrs. Podley has served on the quality, strategy and governance committees and presently serves as a community member on Huntington Hospital’s Patient Education Council, assisting in the reviewing and editing of educational materials that are given to patients and their families.

John Siciliano previously served on Huntington Hospital’s board of directors for 12 years, including serving as chairman of the board’s investment committee. He returns after a three-year absence. Siciliano has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry as a senior executive at several prominent global financial institutions. Currently, Siciliano is a managing director in asset management advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Throughout his career he has served on many boards, including the California Community Foundation, and in 2008 was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the New York City Catholic Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.

Huntington Hospital is a 625-bed not-for-profit hospital located in Pasadena, California. It has been ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report in two specialties and was named among the top hospitals in California.