CAHL Congress and Annual Awards Gala is going virtual

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our continued vigilance for public health and the safety of our members, presenters, and communities, CAHL leadership will not be hosting CAHL Congress 2020 as an in-person conference.

Honoring our theme Collaborate, Innovate and Elevate, we are excited to offer the same high-quality immersive educational experience previously planned for CAHL Congress in an entirely virtual format!

About CAHL Congress 2020

The inaugural conference is built on the theme of Collaborate, Innovate and Elevate, encouraging leaders from all disciplines of healthcare across the country to come together and share ideas in order to help improve the lives of our members and the communities we serve. Covering a wide range of topics, the conference offers virtual  educational panels hosted by leaders from large healthcare systems. In an era of unprecedented competition and demand for transformation, the conference will challenge participants to step outside of their discipline and explore how we can better transform health care in America.

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Panel 7  November 5, 2020 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Virtual Series

Bending the execution curve

Registration

Participation is limited to 50. CAHL members received an invite to register. A recording will be available after the event.

The healthcare landscape is permanently changed. Join CAHL and an esteemed panel of Bay area senior leaders to discuss the forces shaping healthcare and care delivery, and strategies for sustainability in an uncertain future

Jay Hodge

Moderator

Jay Hodge
Founder & President 
Jay Hodge & Associates

Rachael McKinney

Panelist

Rachael McKinney, MHA, FACHE 
Chief Executive Officer
Sutter Davis Hospital

Luis Fonseca

Panelist

Luis Fonseca, MHA
Chief Operating Officer
Alameda Health System

Jim Elridge

Panelist

Jim Elridge
Chief Operating Officer
Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center

Upcoming Events

October 22, 2020

Virtual Series

Well being for Healthcare Professionals

November 5, 2020

Virtual Series

Bending the Execution Curve: Implementing Successful Change

November 12, 2020

Virtual Series

Equity of Care

Our  Presenters

Jo Coffaro

Jo Coffaro

Regional Vice President

Jo Coffaro joined the Hospital Council as Regional Vice President for the South Bay region in 2010. She previously served as Local Government Relations Manager at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for six years. In addition, she spent five years as the Senior Legislative Aide for the Vice Mayor of the City of San Jose. She has 20 years of experience in government relations with a focus on state and local issues.

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Ms. Coffaro serves on several healthcare and non-healthcare boards and committees throughout the region. She convenes meetings with member hospitals, elected officials, government agencies, and community partners with the goal of improving lives in our community. The Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized Jo’s accomplishments with a Women of Influence award in 2013.

Ms. Coffaro received her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She also completed the Executive Leadership Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Jo and her husband reside in Morgan Hill with their three children.

 

Irene Chavez

Irene Chavez

Senior Vice President and Area Manager, San Jose area

Irene Chavez possesses 30 plus years’ experience as a healthcare industry leader and is Senior Vice President and Area Manager of Kaiser San Jose which includes medical offices located in Gilroy, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and Watsonville. In her professional role she oversees hospital operations, health plan operations and community benefit with over 270,000 members. Her responsibilities include leadership for a 247-bed hospital and outpatient medical offices with over 400 physicians, and 3,200 nurses and health care professionals in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.

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Previously Ms. Chavez was CEO of El Paso Specialty Hospital, an orthopedic specialty hospital in Texas. Before that she was CEO at Providence Memorial Hospital, where she also held the roles of chief operating officer and chief development officer.

Ms. Chavez is the recipient of a 2020 Latino Business Leadership Award, and previously was recognized as the 2018 Distinguished Businesswoman of the Year by the Silicon Valley Organization which lauded her giving spirit and her dedication to the San Jose/Silicon Valley community. Ms. Chavez has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas, El Paso and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

 

Tosan O. Boyo, FACHE

Tosan O. Boyo, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer

Born in Nigeria, raised in New Jersey, then backpacking across all seven continents, shaped Tosan Boyo’s views on how intersections across cultures, policies, and health impact vulnerable communities. Mr. Boyo believes access to affordable high-quality care is a cornerstone for a thriving society and he’s on a life-long mission to eliminate health disparities.

Mr. Boyo currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Zuckerberg San Francisco General; The City’s Safety-Net Teaching Hospital with the largest Primary Care Center and only Level 1 Trauma Center and Psychiatric Emergency Service in the region. Prior to this role, he served as the Director of Ambulatory Services at San Mateo Medical Center where he led the Health System’s transformation of primary, specialty and managed care. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Fred Finch Youth Centers, a 125-year old organization providing mental health, transitional housing and social services to families across California.

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Mr. Boyo is Board-Certified in Healthcare Management, as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Montclair. He specializes in utilizing LEAN principles to advance operational effectiveness, capital planning and health equity.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Mike Thomas is Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer. In this role, Mike is responsible for change management initiatives and strategies including, care management infrastructure, information technology and risk analytics capabilities. Mike is also responsible for pursuing alignment strategies with independent physician partners and external continuum partners.

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In addition, Mike serves as Chair of the health system’s Executive Operations Council, which has responsibility for quality, safety, patient experience, employee and physician engagement, workforce development, care coordination, expense management and budget development, capital, and performance improvement.

Prior to his current role, Mike served as President and Chief Administrative Officer of John Muir Health’s Concord Medical Center, a 245-bed general acute facility and the health system’s Behavioral Health Center, a 73-bed psychiatric inpatient and outpatient facility. In his role, Mike was responsible for the clinical, operational, strategic, and financial operations of both campuses.  

Prior to joining John Muir Health, Mike served as Executive Officer of VHA West Coast.  Before that, he was the Chief Strategic Development Officer for UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children’s Hospital, in San Francisco.  

Mike received his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

 

Anastasia Coutinho, MD, MHS

Anastasia Coutinho, MD, MHS

Physician, Family Medicine, and Provider Wellness Champion

Dr. Anastasia Coutinho is a board-certified family physician with La Clinica de la Raza. She provides direct service in their Concord, California Monument Clinic and serves as the Provider Wellness Champion across their organization. Dr. Coutinho graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her training at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program. She previously graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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As a practicing physician, Dr. Coutinho appreciates the joy and gratification of working with patients to improve their health. Coming from a health-systems background, she believes burnout to be a product of the fundamental flaws in the way healthcare is delivered within the United States. Through her position as Wellness Champion, she aims to gather collective voices for systems improvements, including focusing on value-based care through the optimization of interdisciplinary teams.

 

Fayola Edwards-Ojeba, MD

Fayola Edwards-Ojeba, MD

Founder and CEO, RechargedMD
Internist and Clinical Assistant Professor, UCSF

Dr. Edwards-Ojeba is the founder and CEO of RechargedMD. As a board-certified internist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at UCSF, Dr. Edwards-Ojeba cared for patients and taught internal medicine residents. During her time as a practicing physician, she experienced the deep gratification and frustration of clinical practice. She overcame the struggles of burnout with the tools and services she turned into RechargedMD. Dr. Edwards Ojeba has developed comprehensive workshops and team building exercises to improve communication amongst physicians and to facilitate dialogue with senior leadership.

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She aims to change the national discourse around physician burnout to focus on systems- level challenges in our current healthcare climate. Through RechargedMD, her mission is to positively impact the healthcare system and improve the practice of medicine.

Dr. Edwards-Ojeba is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives, and serves on the Clinical Leaders Committee of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders. She graduated from Harvard College with honors, attended Yale Medical School, and completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at UCSF.

 

Peter Yellowlees MB BS, MD

Peter Yellowlees MB BS, MD

Chief Wellness Officer, UC Davis Health 

Dr. Yellowlees lives in Sacramento California, where he is Chief Wellness Officer for UC Davis Health, and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and holds the Stoudemire Endowed Chair of Psychiatry at the University of California Davis. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association and a member of the American Psychiatric Association and University of California’s workgroups on Telepsychiatry.

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Dr Yellowlees is an experienced speaker and media commentator who written and produced over 180 video editorials on Psychiatry for Medscape. He has a number of research interests and is presently working on the development and validation of asynchronous telepsychiatry, automated translation and clinical interpreting systems, internet e-mail and video consultation services and assessment and treatment protocols to improve physician health and wellness.

 

From a clinical perspective Dr Yellowlees is an expert in physician health and telepsychiatry. He chairs the UC Davis Health System Wellbeing Committee and has many physicians as patients. He has provided clinical consultations to patients on Indian Health reservations via telemedicine for over a decade.

Dr. Yellowlees has worked in public and private sectors in the USA, Australia, and the UK, in academia, and in rural settings. He has published seven books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters. His most recent book, “Physician Suicide: Cases and Commentaries” was published in July 2018 by the American Psychiatric Publishing Inc and his next book on Physician Wellbeing is being published in January 2020.

Priti Golechha, MD

Priti Golechha, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Golechha serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Golden Valley Health Center. As a not for profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, it provides medical, dental and behavioral health services in the Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties of Central California. Golden Valley Health Center has an extensive network of thirty-six outpatient clinics, serving close to 1,600,000 unique patients and 4,000,000 encounters each year. Dr. Goleccha is passionate about Quality Improvement. 

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As Associate Chief Medical Officer for the organization, she oversees the Quality Improvement department in addition to the Department of Nursing, and the Department of Clinical Education and Outreach. Priti was born in India and completed her Medical School training in Mumbai, India. She completed Pediatrics Residency at Mount Sinai Medical School and Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York.

Dr. Goleccha identifies herself as a gender equity advocate. She is co-founder of Physician Women in Leadership organization, with the mission to impact the healthcare system through promoting and advocating Physician Women in Leadership and equal representation in every healthcare C-suite.

Jay Hodge

Jay Hodge

Founder and President, Jay Hodge & Associates  

Author, The Lean Treasure Chest and Fhotos of Fatherhood

Jay Hodge is the founder and President of Jay Hodge & Associates, a Lean Management Consulting company specializing in Strategy Deployment, Lean Leadership Development and the implementation of Lean Management Systems in organizations across multiple industries.  Jay is a published author, The Lean Treasure Chest and Fhotos of Fatherhood, with 30 years of demonstrated operational leadership in organizations such as Toyota, General Motors, Caterpillar, Ford, Tenet Healthcare and the United States Marine Corps.

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His experience has demonstrated that simply using the Lean tools is easy, but effectively leading in a Lean organization requires a completely different kind of Leadership, one that necessitates a level of engagement, accountability and ownership seldom demonstrated.  A Lean Leader is first a servant, someone who understands that they will never be more important than the very people that they serve, influence and impact. Success in a Lean organization is about having a focused strategy, a documented plan, clearly defined expectations, and metrics, and most importantly, a willingness by Leadership to get neck deep daily in the mud puddle we refer to as operations. Effective Lean Leadership is the catalyst for a Lean Culture.

Rachael McKinney, MHA, FACHE

Rachael McKinney, MHA, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Born and raised in Minnesota, Rachael’s healthcare career started at a Minneapolis-based health plan in 2001 where she helped lead community health education efforts.  Upon completion of her master’s program, she began her career in Northern California in 2004 as an administrative fellow for Sutter Health. She quickly distinguished herself as a dedicated and capable leader in her various roles at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo, California. She spent seven years leading ancillary and support operations and oncology program management, where she grew services to support local oncology care, improved operational efficiency and capacity and was selected as one of 25 high-potential leaders to complete Sutter Health’s Leadership Academy. 

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In 2011, Rachael joined the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region leadership team as the regional executive for neurosciences and was instrumental in the growth and development of the service line and improving quality across the nine-county Sacramento region. She is credited with obtaining and maintaining Joint Commission stroke certification at six hospitals, designing, and implementing large-scale construction projects and raising significant philanthropic donations to support the care of Sutter Health patients.

Prior to returning to Sutter Health in 2017 as the CEO of Sutter Davis Hospital, Rachael served as the chief operating officer for VEP Healthcare, Inc. in Concord, California. During her time there, she helped grow the 1,000-provider organization, built operational infrastructure and improved provider satisfaction significantly across the eight states it serves.

Rachael holds a bachelor’s degree in health fitness with a minor in economics from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.  She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Board Member of the Child Abuse Prevention Center and was awarded the Patriotic Employer Award in 2019 by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  She currently resides in Sacramento with her family and in her free time enjoys being active, listening to music, reading, and traveling.

Luis Fonseca, MHA

Luis Fonseca, MHA

Chief Operating Officer

Luis Fonseca is an accomplished health care executive with extensive experience improving and expanding health care services while achieving excellence in clinical and operational outcomes.  As Alameda Health System (AHS)’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Fonseca provides operational and strategic leadership to the executives of our hospitals, wellness centers, and skilled nursing facilities. He also plays a key role in ensuring that operations are functioning effectively and that AHS stays focused on clinical excellence and quality improvement as it executes strategy.

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Before joining AHS, Mr. Fonseca served as chief operating officer at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in Salinas, Calif., where he supported the growth of new programs and existing services and provided management oversight for clinical integration and quality improvement.

Mr. Fonseca is a California Health Leadership College Fellow, and a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Mr. Fonseca holds a master’s degree in health care administration and a bachelor’s degree in business.

 

 

Jim Eldridge

Jim Eldridge

Chief Operating Officer

Jim Eldridge received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The College of Idaho and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University Sacramento. Jim is an active Certified Public Accountant with 30 years’ experience in the HealthCare industry including positions as Audit Manager with Ernst & Young, Controller for The Permanente Medical Group, Chief Financial Officer for Blood Source, and Area Finance Officer at Kaiser Permanente. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento. He recently completed a temporary assignment as the Vice President for National Financial Planning and Performance.

 

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Jim has been active in the community serving on numerous community boards including Cares, American Heart Association, Folsom Youth Basketball Association, and the past President for Sierra Forever Families. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Salvation Army and CASA and serving as current treasurer for the Salvation Army Del Oro Advisory Board. 

He is married with 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren and is an avid Sacramento Kings and basketball fan.

 

 

Chani Cordero  MBA, M.Ed, CHCIO, CISM, FACHE

Chani Cordero MBA, M.Ed, CHCIO, CISM, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer, Presidio of Monterey Health Services

Ms. Chani Cordero serves as the Chief Operations Officer for the Presidio of Monterey Health Services, a position she has held since October 2019. In this role, she is responsible for the day to day operations and improvement of several primary care clinics including construction, renovation, and purchasing of capital equipment with purview over the departments of information technology, facilities, human resources, budget, health information management, and managed care.

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Prior to this role, Ms. Cordero served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Carl R. Darnall Army Community Hospital, a 151-bed hospital, leading a staff of 70 Information Technology professionals responsible for the strategic goals and IT sustainment plans for the organization. She serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management in the Army Baylor Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration program. She is a board certified healthcare executive with 20 years of leadership experience in the federal healthcare and IT sector with a passion to optimize healthcare by lowering costs, improving quality, and increasing access for the patients we serve.

 Ms. Cordero holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instructional Technology from Troy University, and a BA from Chemistry from St. Mary’s University.

Kenneth D. Graham

Kenneth D. Graham

Chief Executive Officer

Kenneth Graham currently serves as CEO at MayView Community Health Center, a primary care provider with three clinics in Silicon Valley: Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale. Locally, he has served as CEO at El Camino Hospital and led the acquisition of what is now the El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, and the re-construction of the new hospital in Mountain View. During his term at El Camino the new hospital was designated “The Most Technologically Advanced Hospital in the World” by Popular Science Magazine (2009).

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Previously, Mr. Graham has served in several senior executive positions with the Daughters of Charity Health System – West who operated O’Connor Hospital and Seton Hospital in Los Altos Hills, and has held various roles including CEO, board member, and advisor to dozens of healthcare organizations in Washington State, Hawaii, and seven health systems in California. Some of his achievements include appointment to the California Healthcare Policy and Data Commission in 2010 by then Governor Schwarzenegger, and the 2011 ACHE Gold Medal for Leadership at the National, Regional, and Local level.

Mr. Graham holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and a Master’s in Public Health from UCLA. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Health Care Executives (FACHE) and also holds a certification in Medical Record Administration (RHIA). 

Phillip Chuang, PhD

Phillip Chuang, PhD

Senior Vice President, Clinical Services

Philip Chuang, PhD is Senior Vice President, Clinical Services for the Northern California region of Kaiser Permanente. KP is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. KP serves 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

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In this role, Dr. Chuang works across the KP system to ensure access to healthcare services by 4.3 million members in Northern California across all care settings, including strategy and implementation of plans for the Medicare and Medicaid lines of business, development of new models of care for complex needs members, and oversight of pharmacy, specialty services, resource stewardship, e-Care, Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and perioperative services.

Prior to joining Kaiser, Dr. Chuang was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Sutter Health, where he led strategy for home and community-based services, including hospice, home health, DME, PACE, advanced illness management, employer health clinics and infusion pharmacy services.

Previously, he served as a healthcare provider CIO/IT executive. Dr. Chuang and his teams were recognized with industry awards from Computerworld, CIO magazine, and CHIME for their innovative use of technology to improve care delivery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a PhD from UCLA (both in Molecular Biology), and an MBA with a focus in Medical Management from UMass Amherst.

 

 

DELVECCHIO FINLEY, FACHE

DELVECCHIO FINLEY, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Delvecchio Finley is a visionary leader with a history of creating impactful change in public health care systems. His career achievements with several well-regarded institutions have garnered him recognition as a 2015 ‘Top 25 Healthcare Leaders under 40’ by Becker’s Hospital Review, and a 2014 “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” by the American College of Healthcare Executives. As Alameda Health System’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Finley embodies the AHS mission of “Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All,” ensuring the continuation of a 150-year history to serve all residents of Alameda County, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Mr. Finley has extensive experience in health care management with several wellregarded institutions including leadership of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as the Chief Executive Officer. He also has exceptional knowledge of Bay Area health care, having previously served as the Vice President of Operations at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Interim Chief Operating Officer at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Associate Administrator at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and Division Administrator at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Mr. Finley is board certified in health care management and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Emory University, and a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University where he also attained Graduate Certification in Health Policy, Law, and Management.

He is actively involved in the community, serving on the board of the Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of communities across the nation. In 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mr. Finley to the board of the California Health Profession’s Education Foundation.

He is past-President of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) and past-President of the Northern California chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). He is also a graduate of the 2007-08 class of Leadership San Francisco and a 2008 Fellow of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. He frequently guest lectures at colleges and universities throughout Northern California and has appeared in major health care publications including Healthcare Executive and the Journal of Healthcare Management.

 

Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE

Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE

Regional President 

Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE, has been recently named the new regional president for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. She joins Kaiser Permanente after nearly 5 years with Wellstar Health System in Atlanta where she served as executive vice president, chief operating officer for the organization’s Hospital Division, which includes 11 hospitals, multiple outpatient centers, nursing homes, and other facilities and services. She previously spent 17 years at Sutter Health, a Northern California regional integrated health care system, serving as both chief operating officer and chief administrative officer of multi-hospital entities, and finally as CEO of Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. She currently serves as chair-elect for the American College of Healthcare Executives, and chair-elect of the Healthcare Executives Study Society.

Darrielle Ehrheart, FACHE, MBA

Darrielle Ehrheart, FACHE, MBA

Director of Ambulatory Operations

Darrielle Ehrheart is the Director of Ambulatory Operations with Stanford Children’s Health/ Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford with more than 17 years of proven successes in several industries including healthcare, information technology, and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Ehrheart leads all aspects of strategy, business development, and operations including quality, safety, and satisfaction across all ambulatory operations in the greater Bay Area, as well as partnership and integration with hospital operations.

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Prior to this role, Ms. Ehrheart served as a senior executive in strategic IT management and technical operations including network infrastructure, database management, web‐based application development, and online reporting applications. Her experience also includes clinic operations management leading more than 14 specialty practices with Dignity Health Medical Foundation.

 Ms. Ehrheart holds a Master’s in Business Administration with the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with the University of Phoenix. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and is a Certified Six Sigma Lean Professional (SSLP), Certified Change Management Specialist (CMS), and Certified Organizational Analysis (Stanford University).

Kim Brown Sims, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, LBBH

Kim Brown Sims, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, LBBH

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

KBS Leadership Consulting

A Firelight Nursing Innovations, Inc., Company

Kim Brown Sims has a passion for elevating people. Over the last 35 years, as a registered nurse, executive, volunteer and empowerment advocate, Kim has been a champion of the human spirit and potential within us all. She celebrates the unique gifts we each possess and understands that every day we each lead by our words and behaviors. She also knows that great leadership is wrapped around hiring the best, removing obstacles and getting out of the way. Its Kim’s life work to help individuals and organizations alike achieve their ultimate outcome by valuing individuals, developing diverse teams, and creating gender equality. Join Kim as she eradicates the traditional fear-based hierarchical model and works to change the face of leadership worldwide.

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Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Kim served at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center as the VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive. In this role, she led the growth and development of QVMC’s operations and nursing efforts encompassing Women and Children’s Services (Labor and Delivery, High Risk OB, Maternal Child Services and Level II Neonatal ICU), Adult Services (ICU, Telemetry, Medical-Surgical and Acute Rehab Unit), Surgical Services, Procedural Areas and the Emergency Department including Trauma. Additionally, she had oversight for the oncology service line, pharmacy, case management, quality improvement, risk management, clinical education, clinical staffing office and strategic planning for successful business development of all aspects of clinical practice.

Kim also served as Chief Nurse Executive for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, with Tenet Health, a for-profit healthcare system, Assistant Administrator, Women and Children’s Service Lines for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Director of Nursing, Administrative Services, at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville. Previously she served as staff nurse, assistant nurse manager and nurse manager of Kaiser Sacramento’s NICU, overseeing the successful transition of the service line to the Kaiser Roseville campus. From 1989 to 1999, Kim was also an RN in Sutter Memorial Hospital’s NICU and served as Clinical Nurse Manager during the opening of the Sutter Davis Hospital Birthing Center. Between her tenure at Sutter and Kaiser, Kim oversaw operations for Site of Care Systems, a Bay Area start-up healthcare software company, and helped Adventist Health West implement its electronic medical record as the product manager for clinical orders and documentation.

Kim attended California State University, Sacramento and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She also earned a nursing certification in Neonatal Intensive Care and Nurse Executive Advanced. Kim completed her MBA, magna cum laude, in strategic leadership from Trident University International, is Lean Black Belt Certified in Healthcare and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Kim is a graduate of Leadership San Luis Obispo and Leadership Napa Valley where with her practicum group, We Got the ‘S’, implemented a Senior Information Radio Series, ‘Senior Moments’, sponsored by Queen of the Valley Medical Center in collaboration with Community Action Napa Valley and KVON Radio (Wine Down Media).

Kim is the President for the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), the California affiliate of ACHE. She previously served as the President-Elect and chaired the Local Programing Council and Sponsorship Commit-tees. She has participated on expert healthcare executive panels with USF, Sac State and Cal Poly Universities and has presented at the Annual Lean Summit at California Polytechnic University, the American Nursing Informatics Association Annual Conference, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement Annual Conference.

Kim is a published author of articles on leadership, cultural transformation and continuous performance improvement and was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honor society, for excellence in nursing leadership. Her first book, Overcoming Pricks© is due to be released in the summer of 2020. In her spare time, Kim enjoys travel with her daughter, paddle boarding, yoga, cycling, photography and being outdoors among the vine or at the beach.

Baljeet S. Sangha, MPH, FACHE

Baljeet S. Sangha, MPH, FACHE

Vice President, Support Services Administration

Alameda Health System

Baljeet S. Sangha, MPH, FACHE has been a Vice President at Alameda Health System since 2017. Prior to this he held multiple leadership roles at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the San Francisco Health Network, and San Francisco Department of Public Health. Baljeet is an alumni of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Master program with a focus in Health Policy and Management and a specialty in Multicultural Diversity. He also received his undergraduate degree in History from UC Berkeley. Baljeet is a past president of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni Association, a past president of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and currently serving as a Regent (the legislative body) of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the ACHE Finance Committee, a member of the Education Committee for America’s Essential Hospitals, and an At-Large Director for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central, California.

Major Steven J. Poe Jr FACHE, MBA

Major Steven J. Poe Jr FACHE, MBA

Chief of Managed Care and Patient Administration

Major Steven Jay Poe Jr. is the Chief of Managed Care and Patient Administration at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. In this role, Maj Poe provides executive oversight to 12 departments and 80 personnel and is responsible for assuring quality and accessible care for 368K beneficiaries at the Air Force’s flagship hospital and satellite clinic.

 

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Maj Poe received his Masters in Business Administration from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. After working nearly three years as a mid-level executive in the private sector, he went on to earn a direct commission in January 2011 as a U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps Officer. Prior to his current position, Maj Poe served as the Administrator for Primary Care where he directed business operations for six, multi-site practices and the network’s Central Appointing Department. 

Among Major Poe’s achievements are numerous recognitions from his military and educational careers including Air Force Commendation Medal second oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with combat device, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award second oak leaf cluster, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and 2011 Distinguished Graduate, Health Services Administration School. 

 

Major Poe holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Central Michigan University (2007), and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio (200xx). He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). 

Kimberly S. Panzuto, MHSA

Kimberly S. Panzuto, MHSA

Deputy Director, Office of Community Care

Kimberly Panzuto, FACHE, is the Deputy Director for the San Francisco VA Health Care System’s
(SFVAHCS) Office of Community Care. In this role, she administers and oversees programs that
purchase care in the community when the SFVAHCS cannot provide the care in-house. She has
over 15 years of management and leadership experience with the Veterans Health
Administration (VHA).

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Prior to her current role, she served as the Business Manager for the
SFVAHCS Medical Service; the Vice President and Business Manager for the Department of
Medicine at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC in Philadelphia, PA; the Health System
Specialist for the Director of the San Diego VA Health Care System as well as held several roles
with the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network Office. In 2019 she received an ICARE award for
embodying the core values of the VA – Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and
Excellence. Throughout her VHA career she has received numerous special contribution awards
for her achievements in improving care delivery for the Veteran population. She holds a BS in
Biology from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and MHSA from The
George Washington University in Washington, DC.

COLONEL (CA) SUSAN I. PANGELINAN

COLONEL (CA) SUSAN I. PANGELINAN

Behavioral Health Coordinator

Colonel (CA) Susan I. Pangelinan is the California National Guard’s Behavioral Health Coordinator, supporting fielded Army clinicians in their statewide 24/7 response mission, and is the Joint Staff Medical Advisor for Headquarters, consulting with State and military leaders in medical programs. She also volunteers with the California State Guard as Deputy State Surgeon. As former Commander, 129th Medical Group, she directed medical response to the state and nation.

 

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Col. Pangelinan was initially in the active duty Air Force, assigned as Joint Strategic Planner, Office of the Lead Agent, Health Services Region 10, and as Medical Readiness officer at the 349th Contingency Hospital. She deployed from 2010 to 2011 for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, as Manpower Officer for Army and Air medical forces in Eastern Afghanistan (Task Force Med-East), also managing medical staff and patient transport for the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, the largest trauma center in the theater of operations.

In earlier duty, Col Pangelinan was assigned to the Medical Readiness, Science and Technology Directorate, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, aiding its Global Engagement Panel in support of OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE (2001). She also deployed in 1991 to the 310th Contingency Hospital for OPERATION DESERT STORM. Selected CA Women Veteran of the Year and as the Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Role Model, Col Pangelinan is a veterans’ healthcare advocate who volunteers on VA boards and health committees in Northern California and nationally. Col Pangelinan taught in Davis, California, and she has published in Department of Defense and civilian journals, including Southern California Physician Magazine and The Journal of Healthcare Information Management. She grew up on Air Force bases in Europe, where her active duty father was assigned. Col Pangelinan has two children: son Tony, in Oklahoma City, and daughter Lauren, in San Francisco.

 

Toby Marsh

Toby Marsh

Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer

Toby Marsh is the Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer for UC Davis Medical Center. He oversees more than 2,200 nurses and nurse practitioners, who together provide care for more than 200,000 patients every year at the 627-bed acute-care hospital and affiliated primary- and specialty-care clinics. Marsh served as a Director of Hospital and Clinics at the medical center from 2010 to March 2016, providing leadership, planning and administration of day-to-day patient-care operations as well as clinical-education and improvement projects.

Neil S. Gordon

Neil S. Gordon

Director of Community Care

Neil Gordon is the Director for the San Francisco VA Health Care System’s (SFVAHCS) Office of Community Care. In this role, he has responsibility for the programs that coordinate and purchase care when the healthcare system is unable to provide the care through a VHA facility. Neil has 10 years of management and leadership experience with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief of the Business Service at SFVAHCS.

 

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In 2019, in recognition for his work in Community Care, he was a “Federal Employee of the Year” awardee by the San Francisco Federal Executive Board. During his VHA career he has also received special contribution awards for his achievements in Health Administration. He holds a BA in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Quinnipiac University.

Michael Felder. MS., MBA

Michael Felder. MS., MBA

CEO, California Correctional Healthcare – Kern Valley State Prison

Lt. Col., USAF (Ret)

Michael is the CEO for Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) overseeing healthcare delivery within a level IV, maximum security prison for 3,600 inmate/patients.  He joined California Correctional Healthcare Services (CCHCS) in May 2015 and brings over 25 years’ experience working in large complex organizations in public and private healthcare settings, and served as a Sr. Healthcare Administrator in the U.S Air Force. 

 

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He leverages his experience in relationship building to bridge departmental silos, transform cultures, and execute on process improvement to enhance efficiencies and population based outcomes.  He has worked for leading organizations including Dignity Health, California Health Benefit Exchange, Blue Shield of California, and UC Davis Medical Center, as well as holding senior health services administrator positions within the United States Air Force. 

After graduating from college, Michael was commissioned as an officer in the U.S Air Force where he served 10 years on active duty in hospital administration, budget and finance, and other executive roles before separating from active duty in 2001.  From 2001 to 2016 he served in the US Air Force Reserves as a senior Medical Service Corps Officer and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Feb 2016

He grew up in Alabama attending parochial and public schools before attending the University of South Alabama.  As a result of his strong work ethic and perseverance, he put himself through college, obtained a pilot license and purchased his first home prior to graduating.  He holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, a Master of Science in Environment Management from West Coast University, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance & Banking from the University of South Alabama.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and a past board member for the American Lung Association.  He is BLS Certified, and possesses a multi-engine pilot rating. 

MILITARY AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  1. Meritorious Service Medal x 4                            
  2. Air Force Commendation Medal x 1 
  3. AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device x 11
  4. National Defense Service Medal                          
  5. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal                 
  6. AF Overseas Ribbon Short                            
  7. AF Longevity Service x 5                                     
  8. AF Training Ribbon
Navpreet (Navi) Atwal

Navpreet (Navi) Atwal

Project Manager at Kaiser Pemanente

Navpreet (Navi) Atwal is a Project Manager with Kaiser Permanente in OneLink and Finance Technology (KP Finance) where she manages enhancement and implementation projects of Oracle’s PeopleSoft. She also leads the department’s resourcing strategy and reporting. Prior to joining her current team, Navi worked at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center on supply chain and construction projects.  

 

 

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Navi is a current graduate student at NYU and a graduate from CSU, Chico with a double major in Health Services Administration and Spanish Language Studies. She is also a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Navi is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Since joining the California Association of Healthcare Executives (CAHL) in 2017, Navi has led the launch of the annual report and she is now leading the launch of CAHL Congress, a virtual educational series providing insight from healthcare leaders on topics such as career management, emotional intelligence, and more.

Navi grew up in Punjab, India and immigrated to the United States with her family in the early 2000s. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, taking on DIY projects, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

Sarah Khan MPH/HS

Sarah Khan MPH/HS

CEO & Principal Consultant

Sarah Khan is an entrepreneurial leader with deep experience in the healthcare provider market (ambulatory, acute, post-acute and home) in the areas of operations, strategy, and market development. She specializes in end-to-end leadership of strategy implementation, market, new product, and process development, operational excellence, innovation, and activating latent organizational capabilities to deliver multimillion-dollar bottom line value.

 

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Mark P. Lisa MHA

Mark P. Lisa MHA

Chief Executive Officer

Tenet Health Central Coast Hospitals

Mark Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of Tenet Health Central Coast, a two-hospital Market in San Luis Obispo County, California.  After having been CEO of Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton since 2012, Mark was tasked with assuming leadership of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, and forging both hospitals into a single delivery system, along with an affiliated Physician Foundation and the Urgent Care and Imaging Centers operated by Tenet subsidiary USPI.

 

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Prior to coming to San Luis Obispo County, Mark was the CEO at Doctors Hospital of Manteca, another Tenet hospital, having assumed that position in late 2006.  Before joining Tenet, he was Chief Operating Officer and Cancer Center Administrator of Doctors Hospital of Laredo, Texas, a 180-bed hospital owned by Universal Health Services, from 2004 – 2006.  Prior to that, Mark was the CEO of a small, county-owned Critical Access Hospital in rural Southeast Nebraska.

Mark spent 20 years in the United States Navy first as an enlisted Hospital Corpsman, and then a Naval Officer, he served in 2 ships, 3 Marine Corps units, a 500-bed Fleet Hospital during the Gulf War, and finally at the Headquarters of the Navy Healthcare System, for the Navy Surgeon General in Washington, DC.

Mark is an Instrument-Rated Private Pilot, and also an avid motorcycle rider. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Martin’s College, and a master’s in health administration from Chapman University College.  He is an active member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He is also a former President of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders.

 

Kwamane Liddell JD, MHA, BSN

Kwamane Liddell JD, MHA, BSN

Manager, Administrative Services

Kwamane Liddell recently joined the Alameda Health System as the Manager of Administrative Services at Alameda Hospital. In his role, Mr. Liddell provides operational leadership to Inpatient Nursing Units, Emergency Services, Stroke Program, Wound Care, Staffing, and Nursing Productivity.

 

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Before he transitioned into leadership, Mr. Liddell discovered his passion for healthcare while he worked in environmental services. That exposure led him back to school where he became a trauma nurse and helped save lives in Chicago, St. Louis, and Southern Illinois. During his journey into leadership, Mr. Liddell has experience as a Director of Business Operations at Dignity Health ( now CommonSpirit Health) and Administravie Nursing Supervisor at Providences St. Joseph’s Health System.

 Mr. Liddell holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern Illinois University, a Juris Doctorate and Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University, and completed an Administrative Fellowship at Dignity Health. He also earned awards from multiple healthcare organizations, including ACHE, NAHSE, and CAHME, and has been recognized in the St. Louis Business Journal and Comstock Magazine.

Richard Schultz Ph.D., MHA

Richard Schultz Ph.D., MHA

Chair, College of Health Professions

Richard Schultz is currently the Program Chair for the College of Health Professions at the University of Phoenix. He leads, coaches, and oversees the development of 200 faculty assigned at over ten learning centers (local/online) concentrated in the western half of the United States and Hawaii. He advises, coaches and mentors practitioner faculty/professional development facilitators delivering course content. Dr. Schultz coaches Program Directors to increase effectiveness and efficiencies with an emphasis on improving student/educator engagement, performance, and success. Additionally, he is the recruiter and Talent acquisition specialist, Vice President of Human Resources, and responsible for team building for 75 employees. As an executive consultant and co-owner of our own independent team have grown our skincare business from our home an expansive global team.

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Between November 2015 and April 2017, Richard was the Campus College Chair for the University of Phoenix – Central Valley, River Park Learning Center. Dr. Schultz was accountable for the overall campus management of the College of Health Professions and ensuring the quality and integrity of the Health Service Administration programs at the local campus and learning centers in River Park, Fresno CA., Bakersfield, CA, and Visalia, CA. Prior to this role, Dr. Schultz was the Medical Program Director for Heald College in Stockton, California. 

Dr. Schultz has served in the United States Air Force. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Walden University, a Master of Health Administration from Chapman University, and a Bachelor Degree in Workforce Development and Training from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

 

Ida Bezabeh, MS

Ida Bezabeh, MS

Healthcare Consultant

Founder, We Flourish
President, Women Health Care Executives

Ida Bezabeh is a healthcare leader and community advocate with a passion for promoting health and wellness. She’s held various roles in the healthcare industry at Stanford Health Care, Sutter Health and currently as a Business Consulting Manager at The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente. Ida was named on the 2018 40 Under 40 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

 

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Ida is Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Community Health Systems. She currently serves as President of Women Health Care Executives (WHCE) and is a member of the Diversity Committee of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL). She received the 2019 Early Careerist Healthcare Executive Regents Award from the CAHL chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is also the Founder of We Flourish, a wellness community with a mission to create spaces for meaningful conversations that inspire us all to prioritize wellness of the mind, body and spirit.

Ida received her B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and M.S. in Healthcare Administration & Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Carla Wicks, MD

Carla Wicks, MD

Regional Director, Culturally Responsive Care & Inclusion

The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Carla Wicks is the Regional Director for Culturally Responsive Care and Inclusion at The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she integrates Culturally Responsive Care and Inclusion into daily operations and interactions with patients, physicians, employees and the broader community we serve in the Northern California region. For patients, Culturally Responsive Care means respecting the health beliefs and practices of all patients, so that we deliver high-quality care to every patient regardless of their background, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. For the people of TPMG, Inclusion means striving to create a work environment where each person can feel free to bring their “whole self” to work. For our communities, we will continue to partner with our hospital and health plan colleagues to improve the overall health of the communities we serve.

 

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Dr. Wicks is a graduate of Northwestern University and of the Howard University College of Medicine. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF, where she was twice awarded the outstanding medical student teaching award. She joined TPMG in 2006 and has served as obstetrics and gynecology site chief at Richmond, as well as assistant chief for service for her department. Since 2016, she has served as Assistant Physician in Chief for Care Experience, Care Availability and Diversity in the East Bay region.

At the East Bay medical centers, she reinvigorated the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee and developed strategies to enhance awareness and education. She has supported cultural language modules (Salud en Espanol and the Chinese Module). Her diverse team of champions launched a newsletter, speaker and grand rounds series, created training opportunities for departments around cultural humility and transgender care, and supported community engagement opportunities. In addition to all of this, Dr. Wicks is involved in community and academic pipeline programs providing mentoring opportunities to students who are underrepresented in medicine.

Efton Hall, Jr., MPH

Efton Hall, Jr., MPH

Senior Vice President Healthcare

Life Sciences & Public Sector Practices

As a multi-practice leader, Efton manages the client engagements, as well as middle and senior level executive searches in hospitals, health systems, life science companies and public sector organizations. Efton joined the firm in 1992. After establishing a very successful healthcare executive search practice, he returned to the healthcare industry in 2001. Efton spent the next several years in the industry as a healthcare executive in two prominent Bay Area healthcare systems.

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After achieving his goal of updating his skills and knowledge in the field, he returned to the firm in 2008. The time back in the field allowed Efton to enrich his industry knowledge which greatly benefits the clients we serve.

Efton’s experience in hospital, health systems and the public sector distinguishes him amongst search consultants with similar specialties.

Efton earned his BA from Stanford University and his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley in Hospital Administration.

Efton is a Bay Area native and continues to live in the East Bay with his family.

Anna Dapelo-Garcia

Anna Dapelo-Garcia

Inclusion, Diversity, & Health Equity Leader

Stanford Health Care
Founder & President, Lean In Latinas

Anna Dapelo-Garcia is an Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity Leader at Stanford Health Care. She is also President of Lean In Latinas, an organization she founded in 2015 and for which she was featured in the New York Times. She also serves as the current Vice Chair and Board member for both the University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.

 

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Currently, Ms. Dapelo-Garcia serves on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council (2018), and previously was a State Commissioner with the California State Senate for Cost Control in State Government (2017).

Ms. Dapelo-Garcia has been featured in Forbes, National Public Radio (NPR), and the Wall Street Journal for her leadership in diversity and inclusion. She is recipient of the Latino Leadership award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2019), Top Latino Leaders Award from the National Diversity Council in Los Angeles (2018), and Women’s Health Care Executives’ Woman of the Year (2017).

Ms. Dapelo-Garcia obtained her MPA from the University of San Francisco, and Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College. She is a graduate of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute Program (2013).

Kelly Brian Flannery, MHA, FACHE

Kelly Brian Flannery, MHA, FACHE

Chief Planning Officer

VA Sierra Pacific Network – VISN 21

Mr. Kelly Brian Flannery is the Chief Planning Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sierra Pacific Network, serving veterans in northern California, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands. In this role, he spearheads the development, annual review, and management of the strategic-operational plan for this integrated network encompassing seven healthcare markets.

 

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Kelly is a graduate of the VA Leadership Development Institute and the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program. He earned his Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Walden University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of San Francisco.

Kelly is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a 2019 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholar, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) LGBTQ Forum Committee. He is also a member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) and is in his second year of service on the CAHL Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In his spare time Kelly enjoys volunteerism with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and AIDS Life Cycle, as well as the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Patricia M. Rodriguez

Patricia M. Rodriguez

Senior Vice President/Area Manager

Kaiser Permanente, South Sacramento and Elk Grove

Patricia (Trish) Rodriguez is the Senior Vice President – Area Manager and Hospital Administrator for Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento and Elk Grove. She oversees health plan and hospital operations, including a Level II Trauma Center and is responsible for the provision of health care to more than 215,000 Kaiser Permanente members in the South Sacramento County area. Kaiser Permanente insures over 50 percent of the south Sacramento County population and employs approximately 5000 staff members and physicians.

 

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Ms. Rodriguez is a Healthcare professional with over 30 years with broad experience in healthcare operations.  Her career spans from Calgary, Alberta Canada to Hawaii to California. 

Ms. Rodriguez is a Registered Nurse and earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of Hawaii and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta Canada.  Trish has also attended the Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School.  Her community leadership roles include past chairperson for both the American Heart Association and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.  She currently serves on the executive committee of Valley Vision and is a board member for The Crocker Art Museum. 

 

Laura Perez Ehrheart

Laura Perez Ehrheart

CEO and Executive Consultant

Epiphany Consulting Solutions

Laura is the CEO of Epiphany Consulting Solutions (ECS). ECS is a management solutions company that partners with healthcare organizations to improve leadership competencies and raise the bar for exceptional service and leadership mindset.

Laura is a solution oriented and organizational strategist providing innovative business solutions that drive increased performance. Recognized for building alliances with executive leadership and organizational client groups to develop and execute progressive talent strategies. She is a sought-after Executive Coach and trusted advisor with extensive experience delivering direction on organizational and change leadership, including strategic execution.

 

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Known as a subject matter expert and Thought Leadership in; Emotional Intelligence, Transformational Leadership, Lean Methodology, Leadership Intelligence, Organizational Leadership Development, Organizational Analysis, Performance Management, and Change Management. Laura has an excellent reputation for helping teams and leadership identify, clarify, and produce models that help organizations become healthy and profitable by enhancing organizational behavior that align with the company’s core values and core strategies.

Laura holds dual degrees in Business Management and Business Administration. She is a believer of the many rewarding aspects of the work she does and achievements she has gained. She is especially grateful for her meaningful work and relationships with clients and building their trust in her.

Laura is a Board member for American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE)/(CAHL) and CAHL Co-Chair for Career Development and Transition Committee, (CDTC).

 

William Huen MD

William Huen MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF Associate Chief Medical Officer in Quality and Lean

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

Dr. Huen cares for patients and teaches physician trainees as an academic hospitalist on the Inpatient Medicine and Consultation services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. He finds joy as a lifelong learner and practitioner of quality improvement, education and multidisciplinary collaboration for vulnerable populations within the safety net. Supporting teams in Quality Management and the Kaizen Promotion Office, Dr. Huen has worked to translate strategy into daily operations, partner with clinical and non-clinical leaders for compassionate, data-driven alignment and accountability, and develop effective leaders and teams.

 

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Dr. Huen has most recently focused on teaching, coaching and integrating A3 Thinking problem solving, Daily Management System and Principle-Based Leadership as a shared approach to achieving ZSFG’s True North goals for San Francisco’s patients and community.

Dr. Huen is originally from Oakland, California and studied public policy at Princeton University. He completed medical school in the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program, where he also received an MPH in Health Policy and Management and MS in Health and Medical Sciences. Dr. Huen completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Program at UCSF.

 

Past Events

September 24, 2020

Virtual Series

Annual meeting and Awards

CAHL members and guests are cordially invited to the first-ever virtual Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony. Enjoy virtually networking with healthcare leaders across California, as well as learning from the senior leaders of our organization.

Presenters:

Carrie Owen Plietz
Kim Brown Sims
Darrielle Ehrheart
Baljeet S.Sangha

September 17, 2020

Virtual Series

One on One with Michael Felder MS., MBA

Join CAHL for a One-on-One discussion with the CEO of Kern Valley State Prison Correctional Healthcare Services.

Moderator:

Navpreet Atwal, MHA(c)
Project Manager,
Kaiser Permanente

Panelist:
Michael Felder, MS., MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Kern Valley State Prison
California Correctional Healthcare Services

September 10, 2020

Virtual Series

Managing for Morale – Effective Management techniques to retain your staff

Join CAHL and an esteemed panel of leaders to learn how you can apply leadership
competencies, organizational development and employee engagement to improve employee morale and quality.

Moderator:
Major Steven J. Poe Jr.

Panelists:

Kimberly S Panzuto, MHSA
Colonel (CA) Susan I. Pangelinan
Neil S. Gordon MBA
Toby Marsh

 

August 27, 2020

Virtual Series

Manage your Professional Development & Career

Join CAHL and a dynamic panel of leaders to learn how you can elevate and accelerate your career and professional development whether you are climbing the corporate ladder, an entrepreneur, or making a career transition.

View Presentation Slides

View Recording (ACHE account required)

Moderator:
Sarah T Khan

Panelists:
Mark P. Lisa
Kwamane Liddell
Richard Schultz

August 13, 2020

Virtual Series

Emotional Intelligence in Healthcare

Join CAHL and a panel of industry leaders to learn how to develop emotional intelligence, a critical leadership skill in today’s fluid environment, and utilize it to build resiliency within and engage diverse teams and your organization.

View the Presentation Slides

Moderator:
Kim Brown Sims, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, BEA-BC, LBBH

Panelists:
Patricia M. Rodriguez
Laura Perez Ehrheart
William Huen MD

July 30, 2020

Virtual Series

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

An esteemed panel of healthcare leaders explores pragmatic strategies, critical success factors, and implications of a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.

View the Presentation Slides

Moderator:
Ida Bezabeh, MS

Panelists:
Carla Wicks, MD
Efton Hall, Jr., MPH
Anna Dapelo-Garcia, MPA
Kelly B. Flannery, MHA, FACHE

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