CAHL Mentor Program 

The CAHL Mentor Program provides a structure for healthcare professional development where mentees are matched with seasoned professionals to enhance their current skills, knowledge, and education. Mentor Program provides support and resources for our members at all stages of their careers – the early to mid-careerist, senior-level executive, and those in transition. It is a relationship based on trust and mutual respect in which both the mentor and the mentee have responsibilities and should benefit from the relationship.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on a multitude of criteria including career level, business function, leadership skills and competencies, and career development goals. Also, Mentors receive four ACHE self-reported volunteer service points per Mentor cohort (approximately 6 months) of service.

Spring 2024 Mentorship Program

February 20 – June 7, 2024

Featured Mentors & Mentees

Fall 2022 Mentor Program

Mentorship Spotlight | Fawn Hutton

Fawn has over 15 years of healthcare administration experience and currently works at UC Davis Medical Center as the Director of Emergency Services Business Operation. She shares her insights as a mentee in the Fall 2023 Formal Mentor Program. Describe your CAHL...

Mentorship in Medicine: Guiding Tomorrow’s Healthcare Pioneers

By Damon Pridgeon and Stacey Aggabao Warm greetings to our esteemed community of healthcare leaders! As we embrace the challenges and transformations that the final quarter of the year brings, our focus this month is on the sacred bond of mentorship within the realm...

Mentorship Spotlight | Alex Aleman

Alex Aleman is a Senior Quality Specialist with Kaiser Permanente. He shares his insights as a mentee in the Spring 2023 Formal Mentor Program. Describe your CAHL Formal Mentor program cohort experience. "It was an amazing experience to be a mentee in the CAHL Mentor...

Mentorship Spotlight | Kristine Cannon

Kristine Cannon, MPH, FACHE,  is Director, Quality Improvement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. For more information on pairing as a mentee with one of CAHL's 100+ mentors, or becoming a mentor yourself, check out CAHL's formal mentorship program Background and...

A Performance Review, Toddler Toys and Joy: Observations on professional and personal growth

By Nwando Eze I recently completed an annual performance evaluation. While I was grateful in all the areas of achievement, there were some areas where I could have done better in communicating with my team. To fill this gap, I decided to dedicate time to working on...

Mentorship Spotlight | Matthew Eagens

Matthew Eagens, MPH, is a Support Services Administrator with Kaiser Permanente in the East Bay Service Area. He shares his insights as a mentor in the Fall 2022 Formal Mentor Program. Describe your CAHL Formal Mentor program cohort experience.  "It was a beautiful...

Mentorship Spotlight | Christianna Kearns

Christianna Kearns, MBA, FACHE, participated as both a mentor and a mentee in the Fall 2022 Formal Mentor Program. Learn more about CAHL's mentorship initiatives here. The deadline to apply as a mentee in the formal spring program, which runs from March through June,...

CAHL Mentor Program Descriptions

Informal Mentor Program

  • Inquiries are taken on a rolling basis and participation in the program is voluntary
  • Mentees and Mentors: Must be an active member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL)
  • Coach-mentor’s and advisee-mentee shall mutually agree on the nature, scope, boundaries and framework of their relationship
  • 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.

Formal Mentor Program

  • Semi-annual program where mentors will be matched with mentees for a 3-month period of time
  • Mentees and Mentors: Must be an active member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL). Mentee applicants must be a member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders for at least 1 year
  • A 1-hour facilitated call will be scheduled for Program Orientation and Program wrap-up. This will include mentor/mentee Introductions, requirements, and expectations
  • Mentee is expected to schedule 6 total contact hours with mentor and/or mentor organization staff.
  • At least one hour of face to face mentorship during the program is encouraged.
  • Mentees are expected to complete the Mentor Program Evaluation which will be sent out at the end of the program.

Coach/Mentor List

Philip Chuang

Philip Chuang, FACHE

Former Kaiser Permanente SVP Clinical Services

Darrel Schmucker

Matthew Eagens, MPH

Support Services Administrator, Kaiser Permanente

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Vidya Iyengar

Kaiser Permanente

Darrel Schmucker

Larry Weissenburger, PharmD, PRS

Kaiser Permanente

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Nicholas Drews

County of San Luis Obispo, Health Agency

Darrel Schmucker

Phyllis Baltz, MBA, MHA

Dignity Health/ Methodist Hospital of Sacramento

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Parnika Kodali

Associate Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente

Darrel Schmucker

Kenny Pawlek

Administrator, Shriners Childnren’s Northern California 

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Trisha N Peace MHA, RN, BSN, CHPN

Kaiser Permanente

Darrel Schmucker

Shasta Addessi, MHSA

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Raman Singh

Adventist Health

Darrel Schmucker

Shannon Nueske, MHA

John Muir Health

Katie Abbott, MHA

Senior Consultant – Blue Shield of California

Darrel Schmucker

Enriuque Vitug

Kaiser Permanente

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Iesha Hinton, MHA

Revenue Cycle Manager, Massachusetts General Brigham

Darrel Schmucker

Darrel Schmucker

Senior Director, Damo Consulting

Darrielle Ehrheart

Director of Operations, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Michael Sloan

VP Of Human Resources, Dignity Health

Laura Perez Ehrheart

Executive Consultant

Michael A. Felder, MS., MBA

Lt. Col, USAF, MSC (Ret)
Chief Executive Officer, California Correctional Health Care Services

Ruth Cieri, M.S., FACHE

Adjunct Faculty & Team Lead – Southern New Hampshire University

Debra Green Oliphant, MPA, FACHE, CPMSM, CPCS

Administrative Director, Stanford Medicine

Yurlene Dela Cruz DNP

 Chief Nurse, Mental Health Service

 San Francisco VA Medical Center


Chief Executive Officer & Founder

KBS Leadership Consulting, A Firelight Nursing Innovation, Inc., Company

Paul DeChant, MD, MBA


Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, LLC


Rahul Padmanabhan

Business Manager, Pediatric Hem/Onc & Stem Cell Transplant


Andrew Nice

Andrew Nice

Associate Administrator, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, Tenet Health



Justine Zilliken, MBA, MHA, FACHE

Assistant Vice President, Surgical & Specialty Services, NorthBay Healthcare


Bradley Walker

Bradley Walker, RN MBA FACHE CMPE

Executive Director, Dignity Health Medical Group & Foundation – North State & Sierra Nevada



Bradley Walker

Priscilla Knolle MD, MAT, FACHE

Strategy Officer, Adventist Health


Doug Archer

President/CEO, Mark Twain Medical Center – Dignity Health


Jose E. Cobar

Director of Clinical Laboratory Services, Dignity Health


Amanda Chawla

Vice President of Supply Chain, Stanford Healthcare


Andrew S. James RN, MS, MHA, CPHQ, LSSBB

Executive Director Operational Improvements and Transformation, Santa Clara Health and Hospital Systems


ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Mitesh Patel

CEO Saband Consulting, Saband Consulting

Pamela McAfee

Pamela A. McAfee, Ed.D, MPA, OTR

System Director for Rehabilitation Administration


Austin Ord

Vice President, Community Living Services, Institute on Aging


Vincent Paradiso, MBA

Executive Director, Santa Cruz

Dignity Health Medical Foundation


Michael R. Korpiel, DHA, FACHE

President,  Dignity Health, Mercy San Juan Medical Center


Russell Sato

Director of Ancillary Services, Sutter Health


Bob Rahal

Veterans Experience Officer,  VA Central California Healthcare System



Kristine Cannon

Director of Quality Improvement, UCSF Health, Benioff Children’s Hospitals


Brad Simmons

Interim Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Medical Center



Matthew Fry, MHA, MBA, FACHE

HSHS St. John’s Hospital

Shaunna Taylor

Shaunna Taylor, BSHA, MBA

Regional Director – Kaiser Permanente



Deborah Munhoz

Healthcare Leadership Coach

Kiran Singh

Unit Chief, Prenatal Screening Program, 

California Department of Public Health




CEO of Sutter Surgery Center Division (SSCD) and Walk In Care Network

Mike Purvis

Retired CEO

Sutter Health, Providence, Baptist Health System



Erich Koch

Executive Director

Rolling Hills Clinic

Dr. Dina Ziadlou

Executive Board and Chair of DTL at International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health (ISfTeH)

University Professor at Colorado Technical University



Sherie Hickman

 Hospital Administrator/Chief Executive Officer

Sutter Health/Sutter Delta Medical Center


Eric Raffin

Chief Information Officer

San Francisco Department of Public Health



Tanisha Garcia

Associate Professor

Fresno State Department of Public Health

Scott Knight

Scott Knight

Chief Administrative Officer

Sutter Health


Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Chief Information Officer

San Joaquin General Hospital


Arnaldo Silva

Cardiovascular Services Manager

UC Davis Medical System



Siri Nelson

President & CEO

Marshall Medical Center



Michael O'Connell

Michael O'Connell, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE

Interim Chief Operating Officer
RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group.


Joshua Sharp

Joshua Sharp

Director of Facilities

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital


Brad Simmons

Interim Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Medical Center



Matthew Fry, MHA, MBA, FACHE

HSHS St. John’s Hospital

Kiren Rizvi Jafry

Kiren Rizvi Jafry, MPA

Service Line Executive, Sutter Health

Benita McLarin, FACHE

Director, Health and Human Services

County of Marin


Bryanna Gallaway, MHA-HSA, CPXP

Senior XM Scientist-Healthcare Product



Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan

Entrepreneur / CEO 

Khan Investment Group, Inc. 


Samar Shakoor

Samar Shakoor

Associate Director – Specialty Services

Stanford Children’s Health



Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan


Executive Impact Group



Edmund Chan

Edmund Chan MHA, RD

 Senior Vice President & Health Plan Area Manager, East Bay Service Area

Kaiser Permanente



Mark Lisa

Mark Lisa, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Tenet Health Central Coast



Jack Nasser

Senior Health Services Manager (COO)

Solano County



Dan Peterson


Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital



Kim Long

Former CNO 

Alameda Health System



Darrel Schmucker

Jaime Wong

SVP & Senior Medical Officer, Intuitive Surgical

Chantelle Schenning

Chantelle Schenning, PhD

Healthcare Strategist & Leader.  Social Change Enthusiast. Head of Public Policy at Invitae



Gavin White

Gavin White

Executive Director California, Aledade




Frank Isele

Kevin Clougherty, MHA, FACHE

Director of ED, ICU, Hospitalists Operations

NorthBay Healthcare


Christianna Kearns

Christianna Kearns, MBA, RDCS, FACHE

Senior Administrative Director

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System





Reed Kalna, PharmD, CSP, APh, FACHE

Outpatient Pharmacy Director

Kaiser Permanente


Cameron Pirouz, FACHE


Care Hospice

Adrianna Campbell

Adrianna Campbell

Director – Physician Education, Communications, and Outreach

Community Medical Centers



Sonia Singh

Sonia K. Singh

CEO and Executive Coach

Sonia Singh International, LLC


Adrianna Campbell

Anne Marie Watkins, DNP, MSHCA, RN, CENP

Vice President, Operations and Strategy, National Patient Care Services

Kaiser Permanente


Sonia Singh

Kirk Wade, MHA

Assistant Administrator

Sutter Health


ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Michael Cureton

Chief Administrative Officer, Suttor Amador Hospital

Darrel Schmucker

Rabiha Ahmed-Sheikh

Program Manager, Blue Shield of CA

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Andrew Morris

Executive Director, Cheif Technology Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Darrel Schmucker

Sanjit Sodhi

Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente  

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Frank Isele, PT, MBA, FACHE

Practice Administrator, PRC Alliance Pain Relief Centers 

Darrel Schmucker

Hazel De Leon

Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Stanford University Healthcare Alliance

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

John Osborne

Senior Business Process Consultant, Kaiser Permanente 

Darrel Schmucker

Khalid Turk

Chief Healthcare Information Technology Officer, County of Santa Clara 

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Meg Blankinship

Assistant Administrator Quality, and the Women’s and Children’s Service Line, Sutter Medical Center Sacramento

Darrel Schmucker

Peter Chu

Quality Improvement Advisor, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Rachael McKinney

Chief Executive Officer, Sutter Davis Hospital

Darrel Schmucker


Associate Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Samanta Lal, MS RDH

Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Darrel Schmucker

Amber Campbell

Ambulatory Chief Executive Officer, Sutter

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Taylor Bentley

Associate General Counsel, Bayada Home Health Care

Darrel Schmucker

Charisse Fuller

Ambulatory Site Manager, Stanford Children’s 

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Bryan Rivera

Director of Oncology & Neuroscience Services, Sutter Sutter Eden

Darrel Schmucker

Sara Brass

Access Manager, US Dept of Veterans Affairs

ACHE CAHL Member Spotlight for Iesha Hinton

Taylor Bentley

Associate General Counsel, Bayada Home Health Care