Community Memorial Healthcare is proud to welcome William “Bill” Kearney as its Board of Trustees Chair. Kearney, who has served as a Board of Trustees member since 2015, succeeds Dr. Richard Rush, who completed his term as Chair in January, 2023. Other notable changes to the Community Memorial Board include the addition of local leaders Monica White and Kimberly Hoffmans. Kearney, White, and Hoffmans all bring extensive professional experience in healthcare, education, business, and charitable giving.
“Since joining the Community Memorial Board of Trustees, I have marveled at the talent and passion of everyone involved with our community owned health system. Over that time, it has been wonderful to share in the excitement of a new hospital and to witness the resilience of our organization navigate through the challenges of COVID,” said Kearney. “I’m anxious to work closer with our health system and look forward to doing so alongside a talented Board and leadership team.”
Kearney, of Ventura, is a retired Senior Vice President of Private Wealth Management with Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. During his 43-year career with Merrill Lynch, Kearney coordinated private placements for the West Coast, served as the Sales Director for offices from Encino to San Luis Obispo, and was appointed to the National Advisory to Merrill Lynch Management. In 2004, he was honored with the Merrill Lynch Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to serving on various non-profit boards, Kearney has served as President of several Ventura County charitable organizations including the Community Memorial Foundation, Casa Pacifica, the Ventura County Taxpayers Association, Rubicon Theatre Company, the United Way, Ventura Rotary Club, and the Cal State University Channel Islands Foundation. Over the years, Kearney has been the recipient of the Milton M. Teague Award from United Way, the Guardian Angel Award from Casa Pacifica, the Larry and Barbara Meister Community Service Award, the Robert J. Lagomarsino Award for exceptional service in higher education, and the Dr. Cephas Bard Community Leadership Award from Community Memorial Healthcare. In 2015, Bill was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Cal State University, Channel Islands.
“Bill’s diverse background, expertise, and commitment to our community cannot be overstated,” said Community Memorial Healthcare President & CEO, Mick Zdeblick. “His leadership and passion for advancing healthcare are invaluable. I look forward to working closely with Bill and our entire Board as our health system continues to grow and evolve.”
Monica White, of Ventura, is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the non-profit organization Food Share of Ventura County, the county’s largest hunger-relief organization. With an extensive background in sales and marketing, White previously worked as the Director of Marketing and Consumer Sales for the Ventura County Star. She also is a past or current board member for several local organizations, including the American Red Cross of Ventura County, the Museum of Ventura County, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, and Women’s Economic Ventures. The Pacific Coast Business Times named White as one of the Tri-County’s Top 50 Women in Business in 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Kimberly Hoffmans, of Oxnard, is the President of Ventura College and a previous Dean of Moorpark College. Prior to that, Hoffmans, a registered nurse with a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science degree in Nursing, was a member of the tenured nursing faculty at Moorpark College. She also served as Moorpark College’s Health Science Coordinator. Hoffmans has served on the board of numerous organizations including the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, the California Community College Athletic Association, and the Ventura College Foundation.