Louis Rubino, Ph.D., FACHE, is Professor and Director of the Health Administration program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In the community, he serves as a governing board member at St. Francis Medical Center and is Chair of their Quality and Patient Safety Subcommittee. Prior to go into academia, Dr. Rubino had a twenty year management career as a hospital administrator and health system executive. His last position was as Vice President of Paracelsus Healthcare, a public hospital management company based in Houston, Texas. Dr. Rubino was in charge of the operations of their California facilities (eleven acute care, four skilled nursing). Concurrently, he taught part time at the following schools: UCLA, USC, Cal State University, Northridge and Cal State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Rubino received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California in 1976, a Master of Science in Healthcare Management at California State University, Los Angeles, in 1979, a Master of Public Administration in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1990. His expertise is the operations of acute hospitals particularly their leadership and governance and international health care reform particularly China’s health care system. He holds four visiting professorships in the People’s Republic of China. He is a recertified Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Advisory Board Chairperson
Claudia Fajardo-Lira, Ph.D.
Claudia Fajardo-Lira is a Professor of Food Science and Nutrition in the Department of Family Consumer Sciences at California State University Northridge (CSUN). She is a member of the Food Science Communicators Committee for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and has served on the Executive Committee for the Southern California Section of the Institute. She received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science from Purdue University. Dr. Fajardo-Lira is originally from Mexico City, where she received her B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from Universidad Iberoamericana. She coordinates the food science internship program at CSUN and is the primary advisor for food science students. She teaches Introduction to Food Science, Food Chemistry and Analysis, Food Product Development, and Quality Assurance. Her research has focused on the study of dairy products, phytochemicals, education in food science, and sustainability. She has had publications in journals such as Journal of Food Science Education, Nutrition and Cancer, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and Journal of Dairy Science.
As the Associate Director for the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics at the California State University at Northridge (CSUN), Ritamarie Little oversees a number of projects including student internships, continuing education and community outreach projects. She is also currently a part time instructor at CSUN for courses including Nutrition for Life, Food Science, Food Chemistry and Analysis, Contemporary Issues in Nutrition and Food Product Development.
Ritamarie is a Registered Dietitian and obtained an MS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, with a focus on Food Science from CSUN in May of 2006. She has extensive experience in the field of community nutrition and client education in a variety of settings including the WIC Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Food Services Branch and the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.
Marilyn Magaram Center Staff
Nicki is currently an undergraduate student working on her B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science. At the Magaram Center, Nicki manages the BodPod appointment services, recruits and manages volunteers for all Magaram Center events, oversees the CSUN Community Agriculture program, manages Magaram Center interns, and facilitates continuing education seminars. After she graduates, Nicki plans to begin her career in community nutrition. "My greatest ambition is to build an after-school enrichment center where children can learn about nutrition and develop life-long healthy habits."