Winter 2014| Posse Los Angeles Quarterly

  

Altegra Health Board Member Supports Los Angeles Scholars

Since joining the Posse Los Angeles Advisory Board in 2012, Greg Sinaiko, an entrepreneur in the health care industry, has become deeply involved as a volunteer and a fundraiser. Greg started his career in the Nursing Home industry in Chicago before moving back to Los Angeles, where he then served as an administrator for the Jewish Home of Aging. In 2002, he founded The Coding Source, an industry-leading provider of outsourced medical coding service, and held the position of CEO through the company’s acquisition in 2010. He now serves on the board of directors for Altegra Health.

Posse recently asked Greg to share more about his commitment to Posse’s mission.

Q: How did you first get involved with Posse?

A: I was introduced to Posse through my friend and fellow University of Wisconsin grad Alan Meyers. He had been on the advisory board of Posse Chicago and told me how he enjoyed his involvement over the years. I wanted to find a way to get involved with both LAUSD [Los Angeles Unified School District] (I am a graduate of Palisades Charter High School) as well as UW-Madison, so Posse Los Angeles was a perfect fit.

Q: You’ve been very involved with Posse since you joined the board. What are some memorable experiences?

A: I interviewed many students during the Dynamic Assessment Process and loved it. It was a great way to get to know the true benefits of Posse and get to know the kids. I’m also a Career Coach for a current Posse Scholar and she is amazing.

My wife and I hosted a friendraiser this summer for 125 of our friends and family. We gave a presentation about Posse, which included Scholar and alumni speakers. We raised over $18,000, but more important, got more people excited about Posse.

Q: Based on your experience with LAUSD, how is Posse addressing a need in Los Angeles?

A: There are so many kids within LAUSD who are more than qualified to get into the best colleges across the country, but often they don’t know how to navigate the process. I have a daughter in high school now and I see firsthand that many of her friends want to go to college but are intimidated by the process and the expense. Posse helps address both of these issues and helps them succeed once they arrive on campus.

Q: Since joining the Posse family, how has your perspective on education and diversity within higher education changed?

A: Seeing Posse’s success has made me more committed to keeping my three girls in public school and more committed to supporting LAUSD students. The quality and success of the Posse Los Angeles applicants is mind blowing and clearly shows kids can succeed in our local public school system.

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