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Health Care Communicators of Southern California Announces Changes to Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - (November 18, 2022) – Health Care Communicators of Southern California (HCCSC), the only regional organization representing advertising, marketing, graphic design and public relations professionals within the health care, biotech, life science and medical device industries, has announced its new Board of Directors.

“HCCSC has identified a broad range of experts with a variety of backgrounds and experiences for our Board to enhance member value, drive growth and enhance awareness of the tireless efforts of health care communicators who are a vital part of any thriving community,” said Co-President James Chisum.

The new board of directors is comprised of:

  • Co-Presidents

     o James Chisum – Vice President of Miller Greer & Associates

     o Jody Schneider – Associate Manager, Public Relations for Millennium Health

  • Vice President, Communications Liaison – Susan Malecha – Sr. Director, Medical Affairs at Puma Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Treasurer -- Arika Daniels – Co-founder of Scatena Daniels
  • Secretary – Sandra De La Torre – Marketing Specialist at MAAC
  • Events Director – Emily Cassel – Manager of Government Affairs at Biocom California
  • Membership Co-Chairs

     o Tara Kyman – National Advertising Director at Berry Network & DexYP/Thryv

     o Cassie Klapp – Marketing Manager with Tri-City Medical Center

  • Website Director – Callie Huza – Marketing Specialist at Scripps Health
  • Scholarship Chair – Poolak Forutanpour – Marketing Manager at Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) / SOMAH Program
  • Sponsorship/Partnership Director – Angela Rivera – Business Development Manager at Biocom California

     o Co-Chair – Jonathan Inman – Strategic Account Executive at Salesforce

  • Nonprofit Incorporation & SHSMD Affiliate Director – Andrew Werts -- Director of Marketing and Communications Director of Marketing and Communications for Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro and Torrance

Co-President Jody Schneider added, “HCCSC members are offered a variety of opportunities to network with their peers, share common interests, foster new professional relationships, and learn about the latest trends and developments in health care communications. We are excited to see how our organization thrives in the coming year.”

HCCSC is recognized for its annual Finest Awards, which honors the top communicators in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County, and Imperial Counties, in addition to its AMN Scholarship program for students pursuing careers in the health care field. Individuals who are interested in joining or learning more about HCCSC, can visit:


For more than 45 years, Health Care Communicators of Southern California (HCCSC) has been committed to helping communicators and marketers fine-tune their professional skills and stay current with the ever-changing challenges of working in health care, health IT and the life sciences. As a non-profit, HCCSC hosts its Finest Awards annually to recognize top performers in the region for a wide array of communications and marketing campaigns. The only health care communications-focused professional society in Southern California, HCCSC is also the local chapter of the Society for Health care Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD). SHSMD is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association and is the largest and most prominent voice and resource for health care provider-based planners, marketers, and communications practitioners nationwide. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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