Cesar Villalpando takes the reins from Dr. Virginia Miller
(Watertown, Wis.) – At its most recent meeting, Bethesda’s Board
of Directors elected Cesar Villalpando the new Chairman of the Board, succeeding
Dr. Virginia Miller, who has stepped off the board after nine years of service.
In addition, three officers on the Executive Committee – the Rev. Jay DeBeir,
Randall Odzer and Catherine Brondos – were re-elected to their roles, and a new
director, Jim Rymarcsuk, has joined the Board. Each leader brings significant
expertise and a shared commitment to Bethesda’s mission.
“I wish to congratulate Cesar on his new role,” said Mike
Thirtle, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bethesda. “His expertise in operational
quality and his financial acumen will serve Bethesda well as we transform our
industry and expand our support to people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities across the U.S. I am also deeply grateful to all of our Executive
Committee and directors for their leadership and their commitment to Bethesda’s
The officers are:
Cesar Villalpando, Chairman of the Board: Villalpando, of Burbank, Calif., has been a member of the Board of Directors since November 2017. He is the former corporate senior vice president, Enterprise Shared Services at Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system. During his more than 29 years with Kaiser Permanente Villalpando oversaw a broad range of services, including hospitals, pharmacy, construction, support services, and financial and strategy divisions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, including graduate studies in Human Factors from California State University, Northridge.
Rev. Jay DeBeir, Vice
Chairman of the Board: A member of the Board of Directors since May 2018
and the incumbent Vice Chairman, DeBeir, of Eureka, Mo., is executive vice
president and chief operating officer at Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis,
where he provides leadership for strategy and operations, finance, information
technology, human resources, and marketing/creative services. Rev. DeBeir was
ordained through Concordia Seminary St. Louis and previously earned his MBA
from Benedictine University, his master’s degree in clinical psychology from
the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, and his bachelor’s
degree in psychology from Aurora University.
Randall Odzer, Treasurer: A member of
the Board of Directors since November 2017 and the incumbent treasurer, Odzer
is also chair of the Business Committee and is chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Bethesda Foundation. From Des Moines, Iowa, Odzer is the chief
financial officer of the U.S. Insurance Solutions division of Principal
Financial Group, a Fortune 500 global financial services company. Odzer has
diverse health care and insurance experience as CFO of several organizations,
including OptumHealth Care Solutions, United Behavioral Health and Cigna
Behavioral Health. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School
of Management and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of
Illinois at Chicago.
Secretary: Brondos, of
Haymarket, Va., has been a member since November 2011 and continues to serve as
secretary. She is currently a trainer/coach specializing in peer teaching. As a
high school teacher and administrator in three states, Brondos initiated
innovative programs for underachieving and special populations, and was
instrumental in creating two alternative high schools. She also taught at a
private university in Colorado where she helped establish its special education
teacher certification program. Brondos completed post-graduate
programs in special education and school administration at the University of
Denver; and has an master’s degree in botany (ecology) from the University of
Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University.
Board of Directors
New to the Board of Directors is Jim Rymarcsuk of Bethesda, Md., who is a Distinguished Career
Institute Fellow at Stanford University. He previously served as chief marketing
and strategy officer for Honeywell Aerospace, a $15 billion diversified
industrial and technology company, where he was responsible for overall
business strategy, strategic planning, growth, new product development,
customer engagement, mergers and acquisitions and transformation to a digital
leader. He held senior leadership positions with iRobot Corp. and Lockheed
Martin Corp. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and
master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University, an MBA in
Finance from Golden Gate University and a master’s degree in technology and
public policy from MIT.
Continuing to serve on the Board of Directors are:
- Karen Carter, formerly with Riverfront, Inc., and president of the Bethesda Auxiliary, Whitehall, Wis. (advisory director)
- Malcolm Conner, CEO of NanoSmart Lights, Malvern, Pa.
- Ardis Loeber, retired from Bethesda, Fort Myers, Fla.
- Deaconess Tiffany Manor, Human Care of the New England District of the LCMS, New Hartford, Conn.
- Christine Tricoli, H.W. Kaufman Group, Broomfield, Mich.
- Ellen Trytek, WipFli, LLP, Elm Grove, Wis.
- J. Larry Tyler, Practical Governance Group, Sandy Springs, Ga.
- John Wiktor, J.D., Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered, Valparaiso, Ind.
Headquartered in Watertown, Wis., Bethesda is a national organization providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and is celebrating its 115th anniversary in 2019. Bethesda strives to become a central point of connection that unites people who have disabilities with communities and provides essential resources to help them live their lives to the fullest. The organization offers more than 300 programs across the country, and is guided by Christian faith. For more information, go to http://www.bethesdalc.org, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.