CAHL Career Coaches and Mentors

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 send an email to cahlmentorprogram@gmail.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 send an email to cahlmentorprogram@gmail.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

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

Email: kmabbott31@gmail.com
Phone: (707) 477-1729

David Bettencourt, MSHCA

Program Manager – Practice Support, John Muir Health

Background and Education

Please see my LinkedIn profile.

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.

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

Email: dabetten@gmail.com
Phone: (916) 990-1725

Ruth Cieri, M.S., FACHE

Background and Education

Please see my LinkedIn profile.

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

Email: ruth.a.cieri@gmail.com
Phone: (740) 215-6461

Joseph DeLuca, M.A., FACHE

Managing Practice Director, IT Optimizers

Background and Education

Please see my LinkedIn profile.

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.

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