Our Staff

Hector De La Torre

Executive Director

Hector De La Torre is the Executive Director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a nonprofit focused on helping consumers and businesses navigate the health care landscape.  De La Torre was chosen to lead this new initiative because of his private and public sector experience, particularly his leadership role on health care and advocating for consumers and businesses.  Among his accomplishments as an elected official were expanding access to doctors in underserved communities, consumer protections against retroactive cancellation of health insurance, and supporting facilities improvements at Children’s Hospitals. 

“I feel that the Transamerica Center for Health Studies is a public service—consumers and businesses are looking for help as they try to navigate the shifting health care landscape,” said De La Torre.  “We at TCHS are committed to helping them better understand their options to make good health care decisions.”

De La Torre is also a member of the Board of Governors of LA Care, the largest public health plan in the United States with two million covered lives; a Trustee at Occidental College in Los Angeles, his alma mater; and serves on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a gubernatorial appointee. De La Torre served as a State Assemblymember for California’s 50th District from 2004-2010. Prior to that, he was Mayor and Councilmember in his hometown of South Gate.  

De La Torre has a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and attended the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.


Christopher Wells

National Program Manager

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Christopher Wells is the National Program Manager for Transamerica Center for Health Studies and serves on the Board of Directors at Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Wells is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ethiopia 2008-2011) who started his career as an epidemiologist for the Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health at the Arizona Department of Health Services. He later served as senior technical advisor for The Carter Center, where he led global health initiatives to eradicate neglected tropical diseases. Wells has initiated various successful public health projects focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention, access to safe water, vector control, and workplace wellness. He has also published research on infectious disease, childhood obesity, mental health, and millennial healthcare.

Wells attended Arizona State University, Tulane University, and Johns Hopkins University and holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in public health.

 

 

 

Mihaela Vincze

Program Specialist 

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Mihaela Vincze is the Program Specialist for Transamerica Center for Health Studies.

Prior to joining the TCHS team, Vincze immersed herself in the broad field of public health. Vincze worked as a NIH graduate assistant at BUILD PODER where she created her own infectious disease modules which were later implemented by cohorts of undergraduate students in underserved schools, under her supervision. Additionally, Vincze has had exposure in the Title X department of a Federally Qualified Health Center where she was responsible for aiding in the expansion of existing prevention services through community outreach and education services.

During her undergraduate career, Vincze has volunteered for Peer Health Exchange as a peer health educator where she helped fulfill some of the Health Education Content Standards for California public schools. Vincze has also established the chapter Alliance for Reproductive Freedom (ARF) where she mobilized students to get involved in reproductive justice related advocacy.

Vincze envisions living in a healthier world, through an engaged community with a collaborative effort. She has her bachelor’s degree in Public Health as well as her master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in community health education from California State University, Northridge. 






Djosy Charles 

Intern

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Djosy Charles is an Intern for the Transamerica Center for Health Studies for Fall 2019. 

Charles is a passionate student with a desire to ameliorate health disparities and empower others through preventative health. Charles has worked as a UCLA Health Intern in which she implemented standardized methods to organize the employee database in the HR OB/GYN and Urology departments. Charles has immersed herself within all aspects of healthcare and research as a Lab Assistant for the Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis and as a Research Assistant for the International Center Regulatory Science –Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute in which she participated in the pre-implementation of a training module designed to improve quality assurance of training for investigator-initiated trials. Charles was previously a Research Study Recruiter for All of Us Research Program, a research program funded by the NIH with an aim to advance precision medicine. 

As a student, Charles has volunteered with Kaiser Permanente to help build a staffing model framework to improve the overall efficiency of Supply Chain operations in the Kaiser network. Charles has also established a national chapter of Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

Charles is a pre-medical student concurrently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Global Health as well as her master’s degree in Global Medicine with a management emphasis in operations, marketing, and accounting at the University of Southern California.