Career Coaches and Mentors

Looking for A Career Coach or Mentor?

The Career Development and Transition Committee (CDTC) coordinates a career coaching and mentorship program for the California Association of Healthcare Leaders. Our program is independent of the ACHE sponsored program for mentor-mentees and the ACHE compensated coaches program, which are options also available to CAHL members. 

Coach-Mentor Program Overview

  • Participation in the program is voluntary and not a requirement for CAHL membership.
  • Coach-mentor's and advisee-mentee shall mutually agree on the nature, scope, boundaries and framework of their relationship.
  • The CDTC will publish and maintain the career tab, a list of coach-mentors, general services offered and contact information on the CAHL website.
  • CAHL members may contact coach-mentors in accordance with their guidelines and initiate a dialogue. 
  • All interaction and documentation shall be between coach-mentor and advisee-mentee; CAHL shall maintain no records whatsoever of the relationship and interactions between the parties.
  • CDTC is available to assist by providing guidance to coaches and mentors on what services to offer, publically available skill development resources and websites, etc. If you are interested in becoming a coach-mentor or need further information please contact a CDTC member at a local chapter event or Joseph M. DeLuca, FACHE, the CDTC chair at  jdeluca@itoptimizers.com
  • CDTC is available to assist advisee-mentees by providing guidance on what they are seeking, setting expectations, and attempting to match an advisee-mentee to a coach-mentor.  If you are interested in becoming an advisee-mentee or need further information please contact a CDTC member at a local chapter event or Joseph M. DeLuca, FACHE, the CDTC chair at  jdeluca@itoptimizers.com.  

Potential Coach-Mentor Services

  • Career discussion, resume/cover letter review and career path development
  • Preparation for interviews
  • Personalized advice for career transition
  • Career mentoring, coaching and networking 

Call for Coaches-Mentors 

Our program success depends on dedicated CAHL members to serve as coaches-mentors. This is a very rewarding service, and an opportunity to develop peers and colleagues, as well as yourself! CAHL members interested in serving your community as a coach-mentor or joining the CDTC team should do one of the following:

  1. Contact a CDTC member at a chapter event;
  2. Submit an email for further info or to discuss with a CDTC member at cahlmentorprogram@gmail.com;
  3. Submit your interest by filling out the Google form for the appropriate link below.

Coach-Mentor Instructions

Fill out the mentor questionnaire based on whether you want your contact info included or (if you want mentees to reach out to you) or if you don't want your contact infoincluded (you want to reach out to mentees).

  1. For Mentors who want to be reached out to, click here: Mentor Questionnaire (With Contact Info Included)
  2. For Mentors who do not want their contact info shared (The responses from this questionnaire will not be shared with the public and will only be used to track mentors and help facilitate mentee placements): Mentor Questionnaire (With Contact Info Not Included)

Mentee Instructions

Fill out the mentee questionnaire here: Mentee Questionnaire

CAHL Coaches-Mentors List   

Katie Abbott, MHA

Katie Abbott, MHA

Background and Education
  • Please see my LinkedIn profile
  • In addition to her role as a healthcare administration leader, Katie is active in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) via the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CHAL). Katie serves as President for the Women Health Care Executives (WHCE) for the 2017-2018 year and volunteers with Kara where she serves as a group facilitator for children who have experienced the death of a parent and provides them the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and safe environment. Katie is also on a competitive whale boat rowing team in San Francisco. 
Philosophy
  • My purpose is to impact the way people see and experience the world to increase joy, health and wellness. Mentoring/Coaching healthcare leaders to develop and achieve goals is one of my greatest passions. 

Coach-Mentor Services
  • One time career discussion to include career path development
  • Resume Review and Interview Prep
  • Professional Development Planning:
    • Identify where you want to go, gaps in getting there, and how to close those gaps
    • Professional goals
    • Work-life integration/balance goals
  • Formal mentorship (year minimum formal commitment)
Availability
  • Once a month mentoring/coaching either over the phone or in person
Contact Information

 

 

David Bettencourt

David Bettencourt, MSHCA

Program Manager - Practice Support, John Muir Health

Background and Education
  • Sacramento born, raised in the Bay Area. Bachelors in Exercise Biology from UC Davis and Masters in Health Care Administration from CSU East Bay. Experience in homecare, inpatient nursing Administration (staffing), and Ambulatory Care settings. Currently working as a Program Manager supporting Ambulatory Practice Business Operations for John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, CA. Please see my LinkedIn profile.
Philosophy
  • My philosophy is that we all have gifts and strengths that develop over time. We can utilize the combination of these talents and accumulate experiences that eventually help us grow into the next position that we might take. Many successful people are not necessarily sure of the next job or jobs in their career path, but my hope is to be able to help people recognize their strengths and experiences to travel a path that suits them and that ultimately provides them satisfaction with their career trajectory as well provides them with the ability to enjoy and make want they want from life. 

Coach-Mentor Services (For students and early careerists)
  • One time coaching on resume proof reading, cover letter, LinkedIn profile review, job search tips, salary negotiation
  • Ongoing Mentoring for career development
Availability
  • Once a month mentoring either over the phone or in person
Contact Information

 

 

Ruth Ciere

Ruth Cieri, M.S., FACHE

Background and Education
Philosophy
  • To help others grow and enrich their professional lives through the exploration of the multi-faceted discipline of healthcare leadership. 
  • Provide a venue to foster discussion to promote growth, development, and goal achievement. 
Coach-Mentor Services (For students and early careerists)
  • One time career discussion to include career path development
  • Leadership coaching
  • Mentoring
Availability
  • One time discussions
  • Once a month mentoring either over the phone or in person
Contact Information

 

 

Joe DeLuca

Joseph DeLuca, M.A., FACHE

Managing Practice Director, IT Optimizers

Background and Education
Philosophy
  • I aim to provide colleagues with honest, positive coaching and mentorship guidance in the context of your goals and aspirations
Coach-Mentor Services
  • One time career discussion, cover letter and resume review and career path development session
  • Resume re-positioning (for executives, senior leaders)
  • Alternative career paths and opportunities review
  • Leadership coaching
  • Formal mentorship (year minimum formal commitment)
Availability
  • I schedule one half day every other week for one-time coaching services via telephone or in person.
  • I currently have one formal mentee slot available.
Contact Information
  • Email: jdeluca@itoptimizers.com   Phone: 510.287.3920
  • I strive to respond within 5 business days, unless I am on vacation.

  

Laura Perez Ehrheart

Laura Perez Ehrheart

Executive Consultant

Background and Education

Philosophy

  • It’s my purpose to help clients achieve and realize their individual potential and excel in their work, and career. My mentoring and coaching credentials allow me to help careerists realize their potential.

Coach-Mentor Services

  • One time career discussion, resume/cover letter review and career path development session.
  • Resume/cover letter re-positioning (for executives, senior leaders)
  • Alternative career paths and opportunities review
  • Leadership coaching
  • Formal mentorship (year minimum formal commitment)

Availability

  • Once a month mentoring/coaching either over the phone or in person

Contact Information

  

 

Michael Felder

Michael A. Felder, MS., MBA

Lt. Col, USAF, MSC (Ret)

Chief Executive Officer, California Correctional Health Care Services

Background and Education

  • Please see my LinkedIn profile
  • Various positions in both military and civilian healthcare industry
  • Healthcare executive with over 25 years experience in industry with proven results in clinical operations, financial management, and quality outcomes

Philosophy

  • My goal is to provide individuals with thought-provoking questions, provide coaching and mentoring based on their career desires/challenges, and offer counsel for a host of challenges within the healthcare segment. 

Coach-Mentor Services

  • Leadership Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Career path development considerations
  • Branding
  • Industry trends and career positioning

Availability

  • Available for one formal mentee. Time allocation to be determined based on individual's desire

Contact Information

 

 

Bryanna Gallaway

Bryanna Gallaway, MPA-HSA, CPXP

Director - Service Excellence, Stanford Health Care

Background and Education

Bryanna graduated with a Masters in Public Administration and Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco. She has been a healthcare professional for nearly fifteen years, in a variety of roles. She began her career as a training program manager and consultant for electronic health record initiatives within community health organizations across the Unites States. Always eager to learn about the continually changing healthcare landscape, she joined the Stanford Health Care team in May 2012 as Stanford’s first Administrative Fellow. At the close of her Administrative Fellowship she joined the Stanford management team, overseeing the patient experience programs at the hospital, clinics, and network medical foundation. Her role includes the strategic development and deployment of patient satisfaction data collection and performance improvement initiatives related to that experience data, from complaint and grievance management to recognitions and celebrations. She also oversees the Volunteer Resources and Patient & Family Partners team, engaging about 1000 volunteers in meaningful opportunities across the organization. Her professional passion is improving the human experience through partnership building, problem solving, and continuous culture change.

In addition to her work at Stanford Health Care, she remains active in many local and national healthcare organizations. She served as a Board Chair for the Communication and Higher Education Network Committees for the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), and was awarded the 2016 CAHL Volunteer of the Year Award and 2017 ACHE Early Careerist Regent Award. She is currently the active Past-President of the Women Health Care Executives (WHCE), one of seven ACHE Women Health Executive Networks. Bryanna recently joined The Beryl Institute Advisory Board and is among the earliest cohort of leaders to achieve the credential of Certified Patient Experience Professional (CPXP) from the Patient Experience Institute.  

Philosophy

  • To be the connector of people, resources, and ideas
  • To remain curious and passionate about the priveleged work within the human experience
  • To maximize opportunities and have fun while doing it

Coach-Mentor Services

  • Leadership Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • One time career discussion to include career path development

Availability

  • Once a month mentoring either over the phone or in person

Contact Information

 

 

Brandon Hale

Brandon J. Hale

Junior Military OfficerAssociate, Kaiser Permanente

Background and Education

Philosphy

  • Committed to help in the successful transition of high performing Military service members by providing open and honest feedback, coaching, goal setting and interview skills development

Coach-Mentor Services

  • Leadership Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Military service and transition discussions
  • One time discussions

Availablity

  • Once a month mentoring either over the phone or in person

Contact Information

 

 

Frank Khan

Frank Khan, MBA, CPPS, CPHQ, HACP, LSSGB

Patient Safety Consultant

Background and Education
Philosophy
  • To help first and early careerist realize their potential, and help define initial goals and aspirations
Coach-Mentor Services (For students and early careerist)
  • Leadership/Career Coaching
  • Mentoring
Availability
  • Available most weeknights for a brief phone conversation
Contact Information

 

 

Debra Green Oliphant

Debra Green Oliphant, MPA, FACHE, CPMSM, CPCS

Administrative Director – Medical Staff Services and Pediatric Residency Program, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health

Background and Education

Philosphy

  • Committed to help others understand that you have control of your destiny and nothing is impossible or unreachable

Coach-Mentor Services

  • Leadership Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Resume and cover letter review for students and early careerist

Availablity

  • Always assessable via email unless on vacation, will set up calls as needed

Contact Information

 

 

Jillian Springer

Jillian Springer, FACHE

Regional Director – Hospice Operations, Valley Area Sutter Care and Home

Background and Education

Philosophy

  • Committed to give back to others through positive support, guidance and mentorship
  • To help others grow and navigate through their career
  • To provide an opportunity to discuss issues ranging from challenging transitions to development opportunities

Coach-Mentor Services

  • Face-to-face resume reviews
  • Preparation for interviews
  • Personalized advice for career transition
  • Career mentoring and networking
  • One time career discussion to include career path development
  • Leadership mentoring and networking

Availability

  • One time discussions
  • Once a month mentoring either over the phone or in person

Contact Information

 

 

Ankoor Tailor

Ankoor Tailor

Senior Consultant, ECG Management Consultants

Background and Education
Philosophy
  • To provide sound career advice to help others take the next step in their career.
Coach-Mentor Services (For students and early careerists)
  • One time career discussion to include career path development session
  • Resume review-done over phone and email
  • Mentoring
Availability
  • One time discussions - once a month
  • Resume review - 4 people per month. Please contact me for availability
  • Mentorship - 1 hour long discussion per month
Contact Information