Board of Regents

Samuel Merritt University 2017 Board of Regents

Enitan Adesanya

Enitan Adesanya, MBA, is vice president, risk management and compliance, for Kaiser Permanente. Mr. Adesanya has over 25 years of experience in enterprise risk management, financial operations and governance, and business process transformation. Mr. Adesanya is also a California certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant. He serves on the Audit Committee of Samuel Merritt University and as a trustee of the East Oakland Youth Development Center Foundation and several other not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Adesanya earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School. 

Melanie Bell-Mayeda

Melanie Bell-Mayeda, MBA, is associate partner and managing director for IDEO’s San Francisco office. Ms. Bell-Mayeda has extensive experience in strategy and business development, and in creating high-value partnerships. Since joining IDEO in 2007, she has engaged in strategic design projects spanning industries from financial services to manufacturing to consumer services. Her passion lies in helping brands reinvent themselves to connect with customers in new and meaningful ways. Recently, she led an initiative called The Powerful Now, a global project that explored ways to bring creativity and design thinking to the topic of aging.

Ms. Bell-Mayeda earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. 

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown, DPA, became president emeritus of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities in 2011, after serving 20 years as president and 16 years as vice president. He previously served as a staff member in the White House and the California Assembly. In 2012, Dr. Brown founded a consulting firm specializing in university and nonprofit issues. An expert in higher education finance, he has held leadership positions in several educational organizations including as chair of the National Association of State College and University State Executives.

Dr. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific; completed graduate study at George Washington University, Catholic University and Harvard University; and holds a Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California, where he is currently an adjunct professor.

Sam Davis

Sam Davis, FAIA, is principal of Sam Davis Architecture and professor emeritus of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Davis has been on the Berkeley faculty since 1971, and has held leadership positions in the School of Social Welfare, the College of Environmental Design and the Department of Architecture. His professional work is focused on affordable housing and facilities for the homeless, such as a 100-bed adult shelter in Contra Costa County and several projects for Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. He is the author of three books on housing

Professor Davis, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture at UC Berkeley and a Master of Environmental Design degree from Yale University.

Sharon Diaz

Sharon C. Diaz, PhD (HC), (ex-officio) is president and chief executive officer of Samuel Merritt University. Since starting her career with the institution as an instructor in 1973, President Diaz has led SMU through its transition from a hospital school of nursing to an accredited, nationally recognized health sciences university with academic programs across five disciplines.  She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards including George Mark Children's House, Ethnic Health Institute, Ladies’ Home Society, and the Head-Royce School.

President Diaz received her bachelor's degree in nursing from San Jose State University, a Master of Science in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and an honorary doctoral degree in philosophy and educational leadership from Saint Mary's College of California.


Owen Garrick, MD, a member of SMU’s Board of Regents since 2008, is president and chief operating officer of Bridge Clinical Research, where he is responsible for managing clinical trials, research analytics and investigator training. With a focus on minority health, Dr. Garrick leads the company's research efforts in diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer. He has served on many nonprofit boards, including as past president of the American Medical Association Foundation, and was appointed as a member of the U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Council on Human Research Protections in 2012.

Dr. Garrick earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business.

Jeff Gerard

Jeff Gerard, MM, (ex officio) became an SMU Regent by virtue of his April 2015 appointment as regional president of Sutter Health Bay Area.  Mr. Gerard joined Sutter Health in 1999 as chief financial officer for the Peninsula Coastal Region, and served as chief operating officer of Mills-Peninsula Health Services from 2003 to 2008, when he became president of the Peninsula Coastal Region. Prior to joining Sutter Health, he worked for Deloitte Consulting, focusing on hospital merger integration, and as an executive with Alta Bates and Davies Medical Centers.

Mr. Gerard earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Stanford University and his master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gloria Harmon

Goria Harmon, MS, is a retired hospital administrator. She worked for Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for 33 years in various capacities, most recently as administrative director for rehabilitation, orthopedic, and stroke services. Ms. Harmon has extensive experience in business development, physician recruitment and contracting, strategic planning, systems development, and fiscal oversight. She led development of the Alta Bates Summit Regional Stroke Center, which received several specialty recognitions and awards. Ms. Harmon has served on several boards and advisory committees for healthcare and community organizations including the California Hospital Association, Center for Medical Rehabilitation Services, the Ethnic Health Institute, and the Oakland Unified School District Healthcare Academy.

Ms. Harmon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech pathology and audiology.  

Anna Kiger

Anna Kiger, DNP, became a SMU Regent in 2016 after joining Sutter Health as its chief nursing officer. With more than 30 years of clinical and healthcare executive leadership experience, Dr. Kiger leads Sutter Health’s efforts to advance the safe, high-value and high-quality care provided by nurses, professional and technical staff. She previously served as system chief nurse officer and vice president of patient care at Tenet Healthcare in Dallas. She serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Nursing Administration and the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management.

Dr. Kiger completed her undergraduate nursing degree at West Virginia University, received master’s degrees in business and nursing administration, and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, and a second doctorate in public health and health services research from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. 

Lloyd Leanse

Lloyd Leanse, BA, is chief operating officer and a founding partner of Prager & Co., LLC, with extensive experience in investment banking, financial management and business development. He has structured more than $1.5 billion of public and private securities offerings, acquisitions, software licenses and real estate transactions for colleges, universities and technology companies. Mr. Leanse played a key role in structuring and deploying the first service to offer students transparent comparisons in the $6 billion per year private student loan market. He was a member of the board of directors of Tuition Plan Consortium, LLC, a non-profit company that offers the only nationwide pre-paid 529 college savings plan, and volunteers frequently for arts and other organizations.

Mr. Leanse earned a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University.

Alvin McLean

Alvin McLean Jr., PhD, is board chairman and co-owner of CHCServices, a specialty home healthcare company in the Seattle area. He has more than 35 years of experience in the area of healthcare delivery and management with a focus on brain injury rehabilitation. Trained as a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. McLean is a professor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at John F. Kennedy University. He serves on the pastoral team of Oakland’s Allen Temple Baptist Church where he directs the church’s music ministry and men’s choir, serves as training coordinator for domestic violence/anger management counselors, teaches in the Leadership Institute, and assists with strategic planning and capital fundraising.

Dr. McLean received bachelors and master’s degrees from Kansas University and completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.

Gary Morrison

Gary Morrison, JD, is deputy general counsel emeritus of the Regents of the University of California.  He retired in 2002 after 29 years with the UC system. Mr. Morrison served as deputy general counsel and represented UC in the landmark Bakke case, which allowed consideration of race and ethnicity in college and university admissions. He also worked on UC’s response to Proposition 209, which nullified affirmative action in admissions in California.

Mr. Morrison, who has served on the Samuel Merritt University Board of Regents since 2003, earned his law degree at Stanford University.

Chuck Prosper

Chuck Prosper, MSPT, MBA (Sutter Health designated Regent), has been chief executive officer of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center since 2012.  He joined the medical center as interim chief operations officer in 2010. Previously, Mr. Prosper served as chief administrative officer at Marin General Hospital, a former Sutter affiliate, where he had responsibility for all hospital operations. He began his clinical career as a physical therapist at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. 

John Swartzberg

John Swartzberg, MD, FACP, is a clinical professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Dr. Swartzberg is also the chair of the editorial board of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, where he has directed coverage since 2001. An internist and infectious disease specialist, Dr. Swartzberg has directed the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program for more than a decade. Before joining UC Berkeley’s faculty full time in 2001, he spent 25 years in clinical practice. 

Dr. Swartzberg, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, earned his medical degree at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and performed his residency training at the University of Colorado and his postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at Stanford University.

Lisa Zuffi

Lisa Zuffi, BA, is the senior vice president and relationship manager in the East Bay Regional Office of Presidio Bank.  In addition to 17 years of banking experience, Ms. Zuffi also has a background in business and community development and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. She is a board member of Oakland’s Lighthouse Community Charter School, a K-12 school that serves predominately low-income students of color who have been historically underserved by traditional schools. Ms. Zuffi also has lent her expertise as a member of the boards of the Oakland Business Development Corporation and Options Recovery Services in Berkeley.

Ms. Zuffi earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley.



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