2015 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 eleven years, and I am excited to have held the position of Chairperson for 2014 and again in 2015.

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 marks the second 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 Don Olender, CIO and Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo Capital Finance as the UCLA IS Associates Executive Director. Don 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 more information about helping contacts or colleagues become an IS Associates member, please contact Don Olender.


Rick Hopfer, UCLA IS Associates, 2014-2015 Chairperson
Chief Information Officer, Molina Healthcare, Inc.