Chair's Message

Rick Hopfer of Molina Healthcare

IS Associates began in 1978 when a professional relationship with UCLA, corporate and governmental enterprises in Southern California was established.  Dedicated to the effective management and understanding of information systems and the effective leadership of the information technology functions, it is uniquely positioned to service Southern California’s technology professionals.  I am proud to have been associated with this association for the past ten years, and I am excited to hold the position of Chairperson for 2014.

We are always seeking to differentiate ourselves from other technology associations by leveraging the experience of our respected board members, professional membership and world class academics from UCLA.   The programs and topics presented over the year are timely and relevant, and provide a forum for education and networking not only for our members, but as many employees from our member organizations as can be accommodated.   This is a unique advantage offered to our members (and prospective members) which we should all take advantage of.

This also marks the first year of IS Associates new alignment with The Office of Information Technology (OIT) at UCLA.  OIT is headed by Vice Provost, Information Technology, Jim Davis, who has broad responsibility for the UCLA campus IT vision and strategic planning.  Having access to Jim’s leadership and the OIT organization brings exciting new innovative opportunities to our group.  We are also fortunate to have Ed Trainor, former CIO from a number of very large organizations such as Amtrak, Paramount Pictures and Southern California Gas, as the UCLA IS Associates Executive Director.  Ed brings a wealth of experience in IT Leadership and additional support and guidance to our association.

To all of our current members, I look forward to having a great year.   For our prospective members, please review this year’s programs as I would strongly recommend becoming a member so that you and your teams can take advantage of the great association.   For more information about IS Associates or becoming a member, please contact 

Rick Hopfer
2014 IS Associates Chair