About Us

Who we are

The Cerna Foundation was created on the principle that helping our elderly is not only charitable, but a necessity. Our Elderly have created everything we know and value in our country. They have fought world wars, created our value system and are a dwindling asset that every American should cherish and spend more time getting to know. Many of our elderly live below the poverty level, faced with the costs of in-home aid and attendance. The Cerna Foundation raises money, awareness and volunteers to help combat this problem head-on. We not only want our elders to have the care and attention they deserve, but also to share and pass on their knowledge and values to the next generation.

Cerna Foundation Board

Board Member – Co Chair
Nick Payzant

Mr Payzant has a successful record of managing, and driving organizations to success. In 2009 he formed Cerna Healthcare, an organization offering Home Care and Nursing Services. Cerna was recognized by The OC Business Journal as the top 24th fastest growing company in Orange County California. Mr. Payzant brings a life of experience creating high revenue companies along with managing and building top performing teams. He has successfully raised over $20 million in institutional funding and achieved over $150 million in revenues with his companies. Mr. Payzant holds a degree in Healthcare Administration, is a Certified Healthcare Advisor, Certified Pilot and a Certified Scuba Diver. He also enjoys Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Martial Arts .

Board Member – Co Chair
Marc Friedman

Marc Friedman has been in the healthcare field for several years in many diverse capacities. He joined Cerna Healthcare in 2009 as the company’s Executive Vice President. In 2017 Marc was named President of Cerna Healthcare. In that role Mr. Friedman has helped to guide the company to where it is today. One of the fastest growing and most respected healthcare providers in Southern California. Mr. Friedman holds multiple degrees in Psychology, as well as a degree in Healthcare Administration.  He also is a certified patient advocate, a certified behavioral health advocate and a certified Senior adviser. Mr. Friedman has always had a strong passion in helping those in need and less fortunate.  From this passion the Cerna Foundation was born in 2013.  With a dedication to help those with health and medical need but need some support and guidance.  Away from work and foundation volunteer support Mr. Friedman enjoys golf, tennis, yoga, hiking among many other activities.


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