Leadership Team Biographies
Barbara Brandlin Hines PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A fifth generation Californian and a native Angelino, Barbara Brandlin Hines was raised in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting and finance, from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining QueensCare Health Centers, Ms. Hines was responsible for financing middle market companies as a Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
In 1993, after retiring from banking to raise her two children, Ms. Hines was recruited to join the board of St. Joseph’s Health Support Alliance, an affiliate of QueensCare and QueensCare Health Centers. She joined the staff of QueensCare in 1997 to establish the grant making program known as the Charitable Division. Over the years, her responsibilities increased to include management of several administrative areas as Executive Vice President and she was then appointed President and CEO effective July 1, 2009. Ms. Hines also serves on several boards and committees of QueensCare and QueensCare Health Centers.
Gary C. Grubbs CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Originally from North Carolina, Gary C. Grubbs moved to the Los Angeles area in 1977. He holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Accounting from University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Prior to joining QueensCare Health Centers, Mr. Grubbs was responsible for all operational aspects and providing professional senior management expertise as Director of Operations for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Mr. Grubbs brings to QFC more than three decades of financial management experience including more than 20 years in real estate finance. After taking an early retirement in 1999, his career goals shifted and he began searching for organizations with humanitarian goals and objectives. He started his nonprofit career in 2000 as COO and CFO at the John Wayne Cancer Institute after spending 25 years in the for profit sector, principally with Oakwood Worldwide. Mr. Grubbs joined QueensCare Health Centers in 2012.
Anitha Mullangi, MD, FAAFP, MS (HCM), CPE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
Dr. Anitha Mullangi is a Family Medicine Physician with 25 years of clinical and management experience. Along with her role as the Chief Medical Officer at QueensCare Health Centers, she also serves as the Chair of the California Primary Care’s Clinician Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the Western Clinician Network of industry leaders.
Throughout her career, she focused on quality assurance, quality improvement, clinician recruitment, and leadership development. She oversaw the implementation of electronic health record systems in her previous two organizations and began an internship program to recruit and develop mid-level providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants. During her tenure at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Dr. Mullangi was instrumental in founding the Department of Population Health to improve not only patient care but the overall health of the local residents.
Trained as an OB/GYN in India, Dr. Mullangi became certified in Family Medicine when she and her family moved to the US. Most recently, she earned her MS in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2014, she was honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and in 2016, was inducted into the American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. Mullangi is married to a bariatric surgeon. They have two beautiful daughters and are avid travelers, recently returning from a tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Jennifer Polzin, PharmD CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Dr. Polzin is responsible for the overall operations, community outreach, compliance, and risk management for the QueensCare Health Centers’ network of community health centers. Prior to joining QueensCare Health Centers, Dr. Polzin was the Sr. Pharmacy Consultant, Medication Safety & Management at Kaiser Permanente where she served multiple roles for over 15 years, including interim Area Pharmacy Director for the Los Angeles Medical Center and Clinical Operations Manager for the Los Angeles Service Area. She also currently serves as Associate Volunteer Clinical Professor of the Schools of Pharmacy at the University of Western Pomona, University of Southern California, University of San Francisco, and University of the Pacific. She holds a doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Southern California and completed her pharmacy residency at Kaiser Los Angeles. She is a registered pharmacist with the state boards in California and Nevada.
Liz Hoang CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
A longtime resident of Los Angeles, California, Liz Hoang moved to LA at the young age of nine. Some of her interests include behavioral science, art, employee relations and compliance issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills. Prior to joining QueensCare Health Centers, Ms. Hoang was responsible for managing and consulting all levels of management as Human Resources Consultant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
She has served in various directorial and managerial positions in human resources for the past 20 years including over 15 years in health care. Before her current tenure with QueensCare Health Centers, Ms. Hoang worked as Human Resources Coordinator of Compensation and Benefits for Queen of Angels – Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and assisted with the establishment of the QueensCare and QueensCare Health Centers Human Resources Department during the acquisition period. Ms. Hoang rejoined the QueensCare family in early 2006.