Rigo Saborio, MSG
President and CEO of St. Barnabas Senior Services
Rigo Saborio joined St. Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS) in 2008; he was selected to lead SBSS in January 2009. As President and CEO he is responsible for the organization’s achievement for its mission and financial objectives. Specifically, he works closely with SBSS’s senior management team in the planning, monitoring, budgeting and quality control of all programs and services, in addition to organizational development, strategic initiatives and human resources.
In addition to his current responsibilities at SBSS, Saborio also serves as Chair of the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition (LAAAC), which he co-founded; and serves on local communities and task forces focusing on advocacy, diversity and service issues related to aging.
Before joining SBSS, Saborio worked eight years for AARP, Inc., formerly the American Association of Retired Persons. He first served as Manager of State Operations, then as Deputy State Director for AARP’s California State office. He concluded his tenure at AARP as Director of Diversity Outreach and Alliances for their national office in Washington, D.C.
Prior to AARP, Saborio was Director of the University of Southern California’s Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, which is part of a nonprofit statewide system of centers providing programs and services to family caregivers of brain impaired adults. He also worked as a Case Manager for AltaMed Health Services in East Los Angeles. His first job out of college was with the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging Chaired by former Congressmen Edward R. Roybal.
Saborio is widely recognized as an extremely energetic strategist, policy expert and operations director who has the relationships and skills to bring others together to collaborate on community challenges and change.
June Simmons, MSW
President & CEO of Partners in Care Foundation
Ms. Simmons is currently a member of the National Advisory Council to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Other national roles have included: the HMO Caregiver Work Group, a national think tank funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance managed care models for caring for the aging population which also included major medical providers from across the country; the National Board of the American Society on Aging (ASA). Current roles include the National Leadership Council of the National Council on Aging (NCOA); Mentor and Advisory Board Member of the Practice Change Fellows; Chair of the California Community Choices Advisory Committee to oversee the federal grant for re-balancing long term care services; and as a consultant to managed care and hospital organizations. Ms. Simmons served as a Delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Taking a broad view of the health care system, Ms. Simmons was founding Chair of the National Chronic Care Consortium.
In addition, Ms. Simmons has served on several local technical committees, panels and advisory boards including: the L.A. County Long Term Care Strategic Planning Team; the Board of Councilors of USC School of Social Work as Chair, and the Federal Hispanic Elders Project. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars and has been recognized for her leadership in innovation and management by academic and national professional organizations.
June Simmons holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Occidental College and a M.S.W. from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Marie Torres
Senior Vice President of Government Relations at AltaMed
Marie S. Torres is Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Research at AltaMed Health Services Corporation. She has more than thirty years of experience in gerontology and health services administration; leadership; extensive legislative advocacy; and knowledge in health and social welfare.
Since joining AltaMed, Dr. Torres has established AltaMed’s Government Relations Department and oversees the organization’s advocacy, public policy and research initiatives. She has been instrumental in advocating and securing funding for patient services in Federal and State Legislative forums. She has also lead in the development of public policies that affect the disabled and elderly populations. In 2011, Dr. Torres received the California Elder Mental Health and Aging Coalition (CEMHAC) Older Adult Advocacy Recognition Award. She was also the recipient of the 1999 Distinguished Alumna Award, School of Health and Human Services, California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Torres is active in the California Association for Adult Day Services, the California Primary Care Association, and the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County.
She received her Doctoral and Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California School of Social Work.