2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Baljeet Sangha
Chair, Regent’s Advisory Council. ACHE Regent, District 5 – Northern and Central California

Baljeet S. Sangha MPH, FACHE

Vice President, Support Services, Alameda Health System



Baljeet S. Sangha, MPH, FACHE has been the Vice President of Alameda Health System’s Support Services / Operations since 2017. Alameda Health System is Alameda County’s designated integrated safety net public hospital system. Prior to this, he held several leadership roles within the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s integrated safety net health system, the San Francisco Health Network. 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 received his undergraduate degree in History from UC Berkeley. He is also 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.

Louis Fonseca
Co-Chair, Regent’s Advisory Council. ACHE Regent At Large, District 5. Chair - Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Luis Fonseca  FACHE

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. In his role as Chief Operating Officer for Alameda Health System, Mr. Fonseca provides operational and strategic leadership to the executives of AHS’ hospitals, wellness centers, and skilled nursing facilities. He also plays a key role in ensuring that operations are functioning effectively and strategy is properly executed while maintaining a focus on clinical excellence and quality improvement.

Prior to joining AHS, Mr. Fonseca served as Chief Operating Officer at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in Salinas, Calif., where he supported growth in new programs and existing services. He also provided management oversight for clinical integration and quality improvement resulting in distinctions for cardiac care and chest pain, and Joint Commission certifications for stroke, and hip and knee services. He has also served as Administrator of Support Services for Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek, Calif., and Administrator of Facilities Operations at LAC+USC Healthcare Network, Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Fonseca is an active member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) and frequently guest lectures at colleges and universities throughout Northern California. He is the current Regent-at-Large (District 5) for the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Fellow of the American College of HealthCare Executives (ACHE), and a Fellow of the California Health Leadership College.

Mr. Fonseca holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a Major in Business Management.

Mr. Fonseca serves as a board member of the Donor Network West, an Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) dedicated to providing the gift of life, and the National Association for Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE), an organization that is committed to preparing the next generation of Latino healthcare executives-leaders who will help meet the challenges for the nation’s future and improve healthcare.

Abraham Cicchetti
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Abraham Cicchetti, CHEP

Campus Director, Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts


Abraham Cicchetti serves as the Campus Director of Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in Sacramento, CA. Mr. Cicchetti has dedicated more than a decade in Higher Education.

Prior to joining Gurnick & the education field, he served in various executive roles within healthcare, education, and finance. Mr. Cicchetti currently services as a Regent Advisory Council member for California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL); Committee member for the California Data System’s Research Agenda Sub-Committee; and serves as a District Budget Advisory board member for multiple Sacramento-based school districts. His work with key organizational local/national leaders has allowed him to focus on the importance of collaborative and innovative thinking within the education field. Mr. Cicchetti is heavily involved in community service and collaborates with local leaders in creating innovative projects concentrated towards youth development and education.

Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Andrew Pete FACHE

Service Line Director – Perioperative Services


Andrew Pete leads service line operations including orthopedics, bariatric surgery, general surgery, gastroenterology, neuroscience, robotics, and stroke service lines at Sutter Health’s flagship hospital, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. The 523-bed hospital is one of the busiest non-academic surgical hospital in the state of California at more than 20,000 procedures a year. Andrew has led the surgery service line since 2015 and increased the number of procedures performed by 7% from 19,709 in 2015 to 21,022 procedures in 2018.

Andrew is board certified in health care management as a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives. Andrew is currently the Immediate Past-president of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, the local ACHE chapter, which covers 50 of California’s 58 counties and includes more than 1,400 members. He was also past Board Chair for the Arthritis Foundation’s Northern California chapter.

Andrew earned his master’s degree in health services administration from The George Washington University and his undergraduate degree in public relations from Brigham Young University. He spends as much time as possible outside creating adventures for his three boys and one girl.

Brad Simmons
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Brad Simmons FACHE

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operating Officer

University of California Davis Medical Center


BRAD SIMMONS is the Interim Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer of
the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Simmons joined the UC Davis Medical Center in
2016 as COO, and was named Interim CEO in 2018.

Prior to joining UC Davis Medical Center, Simmons served as chief operating officer of Saint
Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, a nationally recognized Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award
recipient. He previously served as senior vice president of Medicine, Surgical & Emergency
Trauma Services at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. He also has earned board
certification in health care management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare
Executives (FACHE), which signifies expertise, experience and commitment to continuing
education and professional development.

His responsibilities at UC Davis Medical Center, which also includes UC Davis Children’s
Hospital, involve operational, logistical and patient-support services, and include nursing and
medical staff clinical operations. He has oversight of level 1 trauma and emergency services,
surgery and post-operative care services, as well as facility operations and supply chain
In addition, Simmons is a key leader in managed care and regulatory oversight of hospital based
clinics, as well as leading the medical center’s engagement with Hospital Council for
emergency medical services.

Simmons’ varied responsibilities also extend to UC Davis’ 140-acre Sacramento campus, home
to more than 3 million square feet of buildings, a number of mandated seismic safety upgrades,
and multiple major expansion projects, including the recently announced UC Davis
Rehabilitation Hospital and other hospital affiliations.

Simmons is active in the community and involved in various Sacramento community
organizations. He currently sits on the boards of directors for PBS/KVIE, the Saint John’s
Program for Real Change and the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the
American College of Healthcare Executives Northern and Central California Regents Advisory
Council, and a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum – Sacramento

Kelly Brian Flannery
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Kelly Flannery MHA, FACHE

Chief Planning Officer at US Department of Veterans Affairs/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.  Kelly’s VA career spans 20 years and began as an anesthesia technician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and continued in progressive leadership positions in health administration prior to him joining the VA Sierra Pacific Network office in March 2012.  In 2019 Kelly was appointed to the VA Regent’s Advisory Council (RAC) and currently serves on the RAC Strategic Goals Taskforce.  Kelly is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and 2019 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholar. He is also a member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) and standing member of the CAHL Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Ken Graham
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Ken Graham FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

MayView Community Health Center


Ken Graham currently serves as CEO at MayView Community Health Center, providing primary care medical care at three clinics in Silicon Valley: Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale.  Graham has served as CEO at sophisticated hospitals and as a board member or advisor to dozens of healthcare organizations.


Locally, he served as CEO at El Camino Hospital and led the re-construction of the new hospital in MountainView. During his term at El Camino the new hospital was designated in 2009 as “the most technologically advanced hospital in the world” by Popular Science Magazine. While at El Camino he also led the acquisition of what is now the El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos.


He served in several senior executive positions with the Daughters of Charity Health System – West who operated O’Connor Hospital and Seton Hospital from headquarters here in Los Altos. In 2010, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve on the California Healthcare Policy and Data Commission.


In 2011, he was awarded the 2011 ACHE Gold Medal for leadership at the national, regional, and local level. Graham holds a B.S in Public Health and a master’s degree in public health both from UCLA. He is professionally certified in certified in healthcare administration (FACHE) and also in medical record administration (RHIA).


He also served in other locations including North Hawaii Community Hospital, The Queen’s Medical Center in West Oahu, Overlake Hospital near Seattle Washington, The Daughters of Charity National Health System through their 7 hospitals in California, Grossmont Hospital near San Diego, and Long Beach Community Hospital in Long Beach.

President, Executive and Nominating Committee

Kim Brown Sims FACHE

CEO & Founder


Kim Brown Sims has a passion for elevating people. Over the last 35 years, as a registered nurse, healthcare executive, for-profit and non-profit board member, volunteer and empowerment advocate, Kim has been a champion of the human spirit and potential within us all. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and multiple professional board certifications and achievement awards. She is the CEO & Founder of KBS Leadership Consulting, a Firelight Nursing Innovations, Inc., company.

Kim is the President of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives Board Certification Exam Writing Team, allowing influential change at both the state and national level. Her most recent project was working with the State of California to launch it’s flagship Alternate Care Facility supporting public well being in it’s fight against COVID-19. She celebrates the unique gifts we each possess and understands that everyday we each lead by our words and behavior. Its Kim’s life work to help individuals and organizations alike achieve their ultimate outcome by focusing on processes and systems, developing diverse, equal and representative teams, and harnessing the power of the active workforce experts. Join Kim as she works to change the face of leadership worldwide.

Kiren Rizvi Jafry
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Kiren Rizvi Jafry

Area Operations Executive – Sutter Bay Medical Foundation, San Francisco & Marin


Kiren Rizvi Jafry has been the Area Operations Executive at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in San Francisco, an affiliate of the northern California integrated health system, Sutter Health, since 2017. She began her career at Sutter over a decade ago as an Administrative Fellow. She later worked in M&A, organizational development, and integration of medical groups and medical foundations. Over the past 7 years her focus has been multispecialty ambulatory clinical operations.

Prior to her time Sutter Health, Rizvi Jafry worked in the field of health policy, advocacy, and community organizing at the California state and national levels. She focused on expanding health coverage for children, California healthcare reform and diversity in the healthcare workforce.

Rizvi Jafry holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley and an MPA from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Health Administration. Her interests are in community health partnerships, global health and innovation.

Michael OConnell
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Michael O’Connell MHA, FACHE, FACMPE

Senior Vice President Operations at University HealthCare Alliance, Stanford Medicine



Michael O’Connell, MHA, FACMPE, FACHE is Senior Vice President, Operations of Stanford Medicine’s medical foundation called University HealthCare Alliance and leads a medical foundation comprised of 70 clinics, 1,200 employees, and 350 providers providing over 1 million visits to patients in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In past positions, he has worked as a consultant with The Advisory Board Company in Washington DC, and at Cleveland Clinic in four different executive leadership roles.  He has also worked for health systems, hospitals, and medical groups throughout the Midwest in numerous leadership roles.   He is a published author on healthcare and leadership development and has presented numerous times on a diverse range of healthcare topics both nationally and internationally including at ACHE’s annual conference. 

He was an ACHE national committee member on ACHE’s Programs, Products, and Services Committee (2009 – 2011) and the James A. Hamilton Book of the Year Committee (2014, 2015).  He has served on ACHE of Northern Ohio’s Board of Directors (2003-2010) and was their Sponsorship Chair (2005), President-elect (2007), President (2008-09), and Immediate Past President (2010).  He received ACHE’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award recognizing contributions to healthcare management excellence and was the 2008 recipient of the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from Northern Ohio.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Medical Group Management Association and has served in numerous leadership roles for the organization.  He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and American College of Medical Practice Executives.  Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Illinois and a Master of Health Administration from St. Louis University. 

Michelle Linares
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Michelle X. Linares

Senior Manager

National Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Kaiser Permanente

Phil Chuang
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Phil Chuang FACHE

Senior Vice President, Clinical Services at Kaiser Permanente, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals


Philip Chuang is Senior Vice President, Clinical Services for the Northern California region of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. He works across the delivery system to ensure access to healthcare services by 4.5 million Kaiser Permanente members across all care settings, including care delivery strategy for Medicare and Medicaid, development of new models of care for complex needs and vulnerable populations, and operations oversight of pharmacy, continuum (including SNF, home health and hospice, dialysis, DME, and transport), specialty care services, resource stewardship, e-Care, PACE, mental health, and perioperative services

Sheila Antrum
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Sheila Antrum RN, MHSA

Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President – University of California, San Francisco Health

President, University of California San Francisco Medical Center


Sheila Antrum is Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, UCSF Health, and President, UCSF Medical Center.

In her role, Sheila serves as an integral member of the UCSF Health System executive leadership team, including as a member of the Executive Leadership Council, which reviews and shapes health system policies, aligns strategic priorities with health system goals and objectives, and adjudicates complex and large-scale issues the health system faces. She is responsible for the administrative and operational functions of the health system which include operational strategies and infrastructure to support the continuum of patient care services, patient experience, quality and safety, financial strength, and strategic growth.

Sheila received her Master of Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Hampton Institute in Virginia.

Val Barnett
Member, 2020 Regent’s Advisory Council

Val Barnett DrPH(c),FACHE, MHA

Support Services Administrator, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

vnicolebarnett@gmail.com & https://www.linkedin.com/in/valnbarnett/


As a healthcare leader for nearly 9 years, Val provides clear direction for where and how organizations should focus their resources to improve operational and financial performance. Val is the Support Services Administrator at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center with operational and financial oversight for 7 hospital departments.  Val is a natural problem solver with a reputation for getting things done while soliciting perspective and engagement from all stakeholders.

Val is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a candidate for her Doctor of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University. She is the President-Elect for the NAHSE Golden State Chapter, and she sits on the ACHE Early Careerist National Committee and the local Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Val also sits as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Youth Alive, which is an organization with the mission of preventing violence and creating young leaders.  Finally, Val is a loving wife and is a mother to three fur babies Bella, Bentley and Chloe. 



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