Johnese Spisso, MPA - President, UCLA Health; CEO, UCLA Hospital System; Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences
Johnese Spisso was appointed to the position of President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences on February 8, 2016. She is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader with more than 30 years of experience, and oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system’s regional outreach strategy.
Before coming to UCLA, Spisso spent 20 years at UW Medicine, in Seattle, Washington, where she was chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington. While there, she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals and in the operational integration of two major community hospitals into UW Medicine. She also helped to lead development of a statewide trauma system.
Trained as a registered nurse, Spisso rose through the ranks at UC Davis Medical Center to direct critical care; trauma, burn and emergency services; and the Life Flight Air-Medical Program. Before that, she was a critical-care nurse in the medical, surgical and transplant intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian.
Spisso received a master’s degree in health care administration and public administration from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Chapman College. She received her nursing degree at the St. Francis School of Nursing. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on healthcare leadership.
Susan Tousi - Senior Vice President, Product Development, Illumina
Susan Tousi joined Illumina in April 2012 as the Vice President of Engineering, and is responsible for Illumina’s global engineering development efforts. Under her leadership, Susan doubled the size of the Engineering organization and launched the most innovative and expansive product portfolio in the company’s history.
Illumina is ranked #1, in MIT Technology Review’s, “50 Smartest Companies” for 2014. In April of 2015, Susan was promoted to Senior Vice President of Product Development.
With over 20 years of leadership and engineering management experience at Fortune 100 technology companies, Susan has a notable track record in driving innovation. With expertise in developing teams and business units, she has successfully driven the creation and commercialization of innovative products.
Formerly, Susan was a Corporate Vice President and General Manager for Eastman Kodak’s Consumer Inkjet Systems organization. During her tenure, Inkjet Systems tripled the product portfolio; filed hundreds of new patent applications, developing one of the most important portfolios in the inkjet industry.
Prior to joining Kodak, Susan was an R&D program manager for Phogenix Imaging LLC, a joint venture start-up of Hewlett-Packard and Kodak. She previously spent 10 years with Hewlett-Packard in technical and management roles, including a three year assignment in Barcelona, Spain where she helped build a new business for the company.
Susan holds an M.B.A. degree from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Pennsylvania State University. She has received numerous awards and honors in both business and technology, most recently being named a 2012 Pennsylvania State Outstanding Engineering Alumna.
Susan resides in the San Diego area with her husband, Randall Camp, and is the proud mother of three boys.
Judy D. Olian, PH.D. - Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management UCLA Anderson School of Management
Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., is the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and John E. Anderson Chair in Management. She began her appointment in January 2006 after serving as dean and professor of management at the Smeal College
of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University, and professor and senior associate dean at the Smith School at the University of Maryland.
Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty, launched new global degree and certi cate programs, and initiated and developed targeted partnerships in Asia and Latin America. Recently, UCLA Anderson transitioned into a new nancial model for the University of California. Under Olian’s leadership, the school has raised almost $200 million to support innovative programming and management thought leadership, and to advance UCLA Anderson as one of the leading schools of management in the world.
Olian leads a school that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students, and to more than 2,000 professionals through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 35,000 graduates.
She is a sought-after speaker and has consulted for major corporations. She serves on the advisory boards of Catalyst, the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, the Westwood Technology Transfer and Ares Management.
Olian holds an undergraduate degree from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Rich Roth - Chief Strategic Innovation Officer, Dignity Health
Mr. Roth leads Dignity Health’s innovation efforts, which seek to create and test novel services, programs, partnerships, and/or technologies – from within and outside of healthcare- that challenge the status quo and have the potential to reduce the cost of care, improve quality, and/or increase access to services.
Working in concert with Dignity Health employees and physicians, Mr. Roth works to anticipate emerging trends and technologies with the goal of incubating, studying, and scaling efforts to improve care.
Mr. Roth holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors degree in Public Health from West Chester University.
Mr. Roth regularly advises venture capital organizations and co-manages Dignity Health’s Strategic Investment Fund.
Jennifer McCaney - Director, MedTech Innovator; Assistant Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Jennifer McCaney is the director of MedTech Innovator, a non-profit accelerator and platform for innovation in healthcare based in Los Angeles. McCaney is an adjunct assistant professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where she oversees the MedTech Innovation Program, which supports the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as the incubation of interdisciplinary graduate student ventures in medical device and digital health. She also holds a lecturer position at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she teaches a courses on disruptive technologies in health care and medtech innovation. McCaney was a co-founder of Hourglass Technologies, a medical device company that developed an endoscopically-deployed device to treat obesity and GERD, and previously worked as a consultant to biotech and pharmaceutical companies at Clarion Healthcare. A Fulbright Scholar, she completed her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford and holds an M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT and a B.S. in finance from the Sloan School of Management. Jennifer also has an M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.