After a five-year hiatus, we are privileged and honored to welcome back Ron DiLuigi and Mark Marten to the MOMS Orange County Board of Directors. Their leadership and unique expertise in the healthcare industry is especially important now as we address the many challenges and opportunities brought about by the Affordable Care Act and rapidly changing healthcare environment.
is the Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy for St. Joseph
Health in Irvine, and was a founding member of the MOMS Orange County Board of Directors in 1992. Before the creation of MOMS Orange County, Ron remembers how there was a veritable crisis in the county with a lack of OB services. “Back then, the goal was to create an entity that, even if it could not provide services itself, could at least be a linkage in the community to help women access those services” he says. Over the next 16 years, Ron was instrumental in helping MOMS Orange County become the largest community-based provider of maternal-child health coordination and education services for low-income, underserved families in Orange County.
Ron brings a diverse set of skills to the board, including a strong sense of history, a background in governance and advocacy, and an aptitude for navigating complex linkages between government and non-profits. In his spare time, Ron enjoys working out, reading, traveling (especially to Europe when he can get enough time off!), and spoiling his grandkids. Ron is most interested in helping MOMS Orange County work through the changing healthcare environment with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He also hopes to discuss and help disseminate best practices from MOMS Orange County to the wider community. He knows that his current term on the board will be an exciting one, and he is eager to tackle any challenges which arise in the future.
Mark Marten is the Chief Operating Officer for Prospect Medical in Santa Ana and first joined the board in 2001. His path to the board took a different route. He was originally a board member for the March of Dimes, and although he enjoyed his time there, he felt his talents would be better suited for an organization which had more of local focus to satisfy his passion for community health.
Mark served as board president from 2004 to 2007. Under his leadership, MOMS Orange County experienced tremendous growth in the number of families served and was able to build up the financial resources needed to purchase the organization’s first permanent location in Santa Ana.
Mark likes to say that he’s an “outside of the box” thinker. He believes that problem solvers should focus on “can” not “can’t” solutions, and tries to implement that belief in his leadership style. He knows that as an insider in the healthcare industry, his knowledge and contacts will be beneficial to the continued long-term success of MOMS Orange County.
Mark’s hobbies include spending time with his wife (a pediatric nurse), two daughters and son, watching and coaching all kinds of sports, and traveling. Moving forward, Mark would like to help focus the messaging of MOMS Orange County. He knows that the services provided are wonderful, and help create a sense of independence and empowerment for individuals who go through our programs.
Both Ron and Mark are, and will continue to be, valuable assets to MOMS Orange County, and we are tremendously excited to have their continued support as board members.