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Orange County United Way Elects Three New Board Members

Orange County United Way Elects Three New Board Members

Irvine, CA, (March 28, 2022) – Orange County United Way is proud to announce the election of three new members to its respected board of directors:

  • Phyllis Anderson, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
  • Renee Hendrick, Orange County Department of Education
  • Richard Sanchez, Former CEO of CalOptima

These new board members were elected at Orange County United Way’s board meeting on February 11, 2022. Each will serve a three-year term through June 30, 2025.

“We are pleased to welcome Phyllis, Renee and Richard to Orange County United Way’s board of directors,” said Susan B. Parks, President and CEO of Orange County United Way. “They each bring a unique perspective and array of skills and knowledge to our board, and we’re looking forward to their long and lasting contributions.”

Phyllis Anderson is the Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals in Orange County, where she has been working for the last 26 years. She has direct leadership of the service area’s continuing care and operations support services, as well as day-to-day operations of the Anaheim and Irvine Medical Centers, where Kaiser Permanente has nearly 600,000 members.

Phyllis holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University. She also attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program.

Renee Hendrick is the Associate Superintendent of Administrative Services for the Orange County Department of Education, which serves some of Orange County’s most vulnerable student populations and provides support and fiscal oversight to 28 school districts serving more than 600 schools and approximately 475,000 students. In her current role, she oversees the area of business operations to support the students, staff, and community.

Renee attended the University of Redlands and is certified as a Chief Business Official by the California Association School Business Officials (CASBO). She has served on numerous committees and has held numerous leadership positions within CASBO, including State President in 2010. She has also been a volunteer with SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union for more than 12 years.

Richard Sanchez is the former Chief Executive Officer of CalOptima where he began work on a statewide initiative to transform Medi-Cal plans to utilize a whole person approach to health care. He has thirty-seven years of experience working in public health. Throughout his career, highlights include developing and implementing a unified approach for unsheltered individuals in Orange County, developing and expanding the approach to mental health and substance use services including working with the private sector.

Richard graduated from University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and received a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University.


Orange County United Way is committed to leading the fight for equity by breaking barriers, closing gaps, and leveling the playing field for everyone who lives here. More than a fundraiser, we’re hands-on, delivering 50+ programs countywide to improve lives in our community. Every day, we are working to advance the Education, Health, Housing and Financial Stability of people in Orange County. We are working to ensure our students succeed, our struggling families gain financial security, and our homeless neighbors find a place to call home. We step up to actively address the critical issues facing our community and we go the extra mile to make sure our residents have the support they need. We genuinely care for one another. That’s The OC Way.

To learn more or discover how you can help, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.

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Media Contact: Annie Noebel, anoebel@cornerstonecomms.com, (949) 449-2527

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