Mentorship Program Testimonials

The CAHL Mentor Program is committed to providing quality mentors that can assist with your career development and career transitions. Here are some testimonials of the value that others have received by participating as a mentee of the CAHL Mentor Program

“My match with my mentor was extremely helpful, timely, and appropriate. Not only did I get to learn about specific topics in quality, safety, and pediatrics, but my mentor also happened to be a professional coach who was able to pivot between mentoring and coaching to build a dynamic relationship with me depending on my needs.”

Mentoring Cohort: Fall Mentor Program 2021

Peter Chu

Quality Improvement Advisor

David Bettencourt

Meg Blankinship

Assistant Administrator of Quality, Safety, Women’s and Pediatric Services

Sutter Medical Center


“Transitioning to healthcare from the finance industry, I had a lot of questions and ambiguity relative to a career in healthcare. The mentorship program connected me with a leader who provided me insight, suggested resources, and provided guidance to alleviate my trepidation. Most importantly, the program connected me with a career-long mentor who is equally invested in my success. Irrespective of career-level (early careerist, mid-level, etc.), I can rely on the mentorship program to support me in navigating the course to my desired career destination.”

Mentoring Cohort: Informal Mentor Program

Aemal Aminy

Director, Security, parking & Transportation, Alameda Health System

David Bettencourt

David Bettencourt

Manager, Risk Operations – Claims and Configuration

Optum, Supporting John Muir Health


“As a first time mentee and member of CAHL, the mentorship program was a first step in getting me out of my comfort zone and connecting with fellow leaders in the healthcare setting. The weekly meetings with my mentor allowed my to gain knowledge from a different perspective. As a new leader, it was so inspiring to hear of my mentor’s successes and her effective leadership methods. Getting the perspective of leadership in an informal setting was extremely valuable, and I have been able to use my understanding of that perspective to improve my own work and relationship with coworkers. I really appreciate the time my mentor spend in helping me grow professionally. Thank you CAHL for a great mentorship experience!.”

Mentoring Cohort: Winter 2020

Elizabeth Rosebrock

Program Director - Diagnostic Medical Imaging, Gurnick Academy

Deborah Munhoz

Healthcare Leadership Development Facilitator and Coach for Women Leaders

Deborah Munhoz Healthcare Leadership Coaching


As a student associate member, I was excited to learn and be a part of the CAHL Mentorship Program. My mentor, Jose, has been extremely helpful in giving me advice about how to best maximize my graduate school experience, as well as assisting me in future career crossroads I may encounter, in addition to explaining how to effectively navigate through work-related obstacles. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and for the chance to formally network with my mentor. I look forward to future opportunities that result from the advice my mentor gave me.”

Mentoring Cohort: Winter 2020

Jackeline Rosas

Hospital Pharmacy Technician/ MHA Candidate, Alameda Health System

Jose Cobar

CLIA Laboratory Director

Marin Home Health


“Kiran is friendly and is a good listener. She understood my challenges and invested time in ensuring that I made progress in achieving my professional goals.”

Mentoring Cohort: Winter 2020

Angelina Olweny

Customer Service Representative, Centene Corporation

Kiran Singh

Provider Contracts Administrator

Partnership Health Plan of California


“The Mentor/Mentee program through CAHL was an incredible experience.  My Mentor was transparent, open, constructive, and collaborative.  I would recommend this program to anyone looking to learn from great leaders who are willing to teach you.”

Mentoring Cohort: Spring 2019

Matthew Fry, MHA, MBA

Regional Administrative Director, Sutter Medical Foundation – Solano

Michael A. Felder, MS., MBA

Lt. Col, USAF, MSC (Ret)

Chief Executive Officer, California Correctional Health Care Services


“It was wonderful to hear your insights, experience, and advice. I left the call inspired by you. Thank you very much for your encouragement.”

Mentoring Cohort: Spring 2019

Jose E. Cobar

Director of Clinical Laboratory Services, Dignity Health, Mercy General Hospital

Justine Zilliken, MBA, MHA, FACHE

Assistant Vice President, Surgical & Specialty Services, NorthBay Healthcare


“As a new CAHL member, I was most excited about meeting and learning from new career mentors. After completing the Mentee Questionnaire, I was contacted by the program coordinator to learn about my goals and which coach(es) could be the best fit. I’m very happy with the two coaches I was paired up with – each had different experiences and perspectives that have been very helpful in my career decision-making process and training opportunity selection while maintaining healthy and joyful work-life integration.”

Mentoring Cohort: Fall 2018

Joanne L Chan, MSc

Managerial Consultant/Program Manager, TPMG – Quality & Operations Support, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Jillian Springer, FACHE

 Cardiovascular Service Line Executive, Sutter Health


“Darrielle has been an exceptional mentor to me. One of the best moments shared with my mentor was when she shared her professional life struggles that felt similar to my experiences. Our weekly conversations inspired me to be a better version of myself both personally and professionally.”

Mentoring Cohort: Fall 2018

Iesha Hinton

Patient Service Representative, TriWest Healthcare Alliance

Darrielle Ehrheart, MBA, FACHE

Director of Operations, Stanford Children’s Health | Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital