Key Leaders Named to WesternU Board
Pomona, Calif. - 03/15/2004 -- Three leaders in business, law and the community have recently been appointed to Western University of Health Sciences' Board of Trustees. Joining the Board are Patty DeDominic, Maureen Duffy-Lewis and Edward Tessier. The three were elected to the board at the group's March 13 meeting. Ending their service are Cassandra Malry and Sam Tannenbaum. "We need to prepare for the wonderful opportunities in our future and therefore we need to have new prospectives that come from the rich background of people that represent the corporate world, the business world and the legal community," said Dr. Philip Pumerantz, Western University of Health Sciences' president. "The university in 27 years has developed a strong foundation and now it needs to spring forward into an extraordinary future and that's going to require fresh leadership that would augment a very committed and talented existing board." Warren Lawless, chairman of the board, said he and the other board members look forward to working with the newcomers. "They will be exposed to quite a new culture and we look forward to learning from them as they learn about us," Lawless said.
Patty DeDominic is the founder, CEO and chair of PDQ Careers Group of Companies, one of Los Angeles' largest privately held staffing services. She is the immediate past chair of the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and is president emeritus of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Maureen Duffy-Lewis is a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, a post she has held since 1997. She has served on the Osteopathic Medical Licensing Board and was assistant to the dean at Northrop University School of Law. She also has experience in education, at the elementary and high school levels and as a past faculty member at the California Judicial College. Edward Tessier, a Pomona native, is a board member of the Pomona Central Business District as well as co-founder of the Pomona Arts Colony. He is director of Designs for Independence and president of Jeved Administrative Services. He also serves on the advisory board of WesternU's Center for Disability Issues in the Health Professions. WesternU extends its appreciation for the valued service of outgoing board members Sam Tanenbaum, PhD, and Cassandra Malry. Demanding career and family pursuits led to both Tanenbaum's and Malry's decisions to resign their board positions. Dr. Tanenbaum, whose board tenure dates to May 1997, relinquishes his duties after having seen dramatic change at the university. "Seeing the College of Veterinary Medicine open its doors after years of visionary discussion and negotiation was certainly a highlight of my board experience," he said. "It's been fun, exciting and an extreme joy to participate in Western's growth." Cassandra Malry, a board member since December 2000, said, "I appreciate having had the opportunity to work on behalf of the university." The new appointments bring the total number of board members to 12. Terms last two years, at which time there is an election. The remaining board members are: Warren Lawless, LHD (Hon.), Chairman Wesley V. Boudette, DO, DEd (Hon.), FAOCR, Vice Chairman John A. Forbing, Secretary Ethan R. Allen, DO, DSc (Hon.), Treasurer Philip Pumerantz, PhD, LHD (Hon.), President (ex officio) Richard A. Bond, DO, FAAFP Wen Chang, MBA LaDonna Johnson, DO John T. McGwire, DDS