Ruth Lopez Novodor
Ruth Lopez Novodor serves as CEO for Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc., a position that she has held since 1980. In this capacity, Ms. Lopez Novodor is responsible for the company’s business planning and execution of strategic goals locally and internationally. The company’s medical professional team is known for building a family-like relationship with each patient by demonstrating compassion and cultural sensitivity to provide the highest-quality cancer treatment for the region’s multi-cultural population. Under her direction and execution, Ms. Lopez Novodor has helped this medical center achieve national recognition and industry credibility by receiving JCAHO-accreditation (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).
Ms. Lopez Novodor also served as CEO for Americade Home Health Agency (AHHA) for approximately 15 years prior to its sale. Americade was formed to fill a gap in service in the L.A. and surrounding communities as identified first by the needs of Dr. Thropay’s patients. With a staff of 50 skilled nurses, home health aides, social workers, and occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists, Americade provided much needed care to a broad base of multi- cultural patients confined to the home.
Ms. Lopez Novodor, along with her brother, John P. Thropay, M.D., co-founded VivaHealth Plan. Ms. Lopez Novodor served as CEO and developed the concept from its inception and early days of organizing in 1989 to licensure and operational status of the plan. This first-of-its- kind HMO to provide all-encompassing healthcare services in Spanish was specifically designed for the burgeoning Hispanic population in Southern California and it served as a catalyst for the evolution of ethnic and culturally responsive models of healthcare delivery.
Ms. Lopez Novodor has served as a Delegate to the White House on Small Business; was a two-term Chairman of the Board of the Latin Business Association (LBA); a four year member of Wells Fargo Bank’s Corporate Diversity Council and a Board Member for El Proyecto del Barrio. She currently serves as a Board Member of The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Chairman of the Leadership Council of NFIB California. She is a member of the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization, a Healthcare Executive Roundtable, and holds appointments from the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Governor of California to the Workforce Investment Board of Los Angeles (WIB) and the California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) respectively.
Ms. Lopez Novodor holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. In 1996, she completed the Executive Program for Managed Care at the University of Missouri, at Kansas City’s National Center for Managed Health Care Administration, and Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a PHD in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Anita Ron is the President of BriteWorks Inc., a minority, women owned corporation, founded in 1996. Prior to BriteWorks Inc. Ron was employed with Marriott Corporation for 11 years as a food service manager. In conjunction with her service management skills Ron received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of La Verne in California in 1988. Ron’s skills and knowledge in the strict food borne illness and sanitation guidelines, gave her the edge to develop processes in the janitorial service. Ron started her janitorial business with only 3 vacuum cleaners, $700 and a lot of determination. Currently employs 110 associates in California and Arizona. Her business venture has been so successful that Ron was listed two years in a row for year 2002 and 2003 as Top 100 Latinas in Hispanic Magazine.
As recent as June, 2012, Ron was recognized by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez for her success in operating a successful small business in California. In 2011, Congresswomen Judy Chu recognized Ron for her diverse leadership and volunteerism in the cities that make up 32 District. In the same year the Los Angeles Hispanic Chamber of Commerce along with the Los Angeles Business Journal awarded BriteWorks, Inc. The Small Business of the year Award. In 2010, the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized Ron with the “John Aguilar Procurement Awarded”, for successful business growth.
The Latin Business Association, awarded Ron the 2009 Sol Award, this award honors entrepreneurs, corporations and leaders for major contribution to business success. Additional acclamations that Ron has received through the years are the following: City of West Covina Entrepreneur for the year for 2004. Latina Style Magazine in conjunction with United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce awarded Ron, the Ana Maria Arias Award. Annually Latina Style Magazine conducts a national search for 5 women recipients for their entrepreneur drive.
As early as 1998, only a year in business the City of West Covina recognized Ron for successfully operating a small business by awarding BriteWorks, the Home base business of the year.
Ron resides in San Dimas California, with her husband and three children.