Lupe Alonzo-DiazPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Lupe Alonzo-Diaz serves as the President and CEO of Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC). She is also the Vice President of Continuing Medical Education for the California Medical Association. In her existing role, she provides leadership and direction to the overall mission and vision of the organization. Prior to her role at PHC, she was the Deputy Director of Administration for the Department of State Hospitals where she oversaw the daily operations of five state hospitals with a $1.4 billion budget and over 11,000 employees. Before this, she served in various leadership roles at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), including in acting capacities as the Chief Deputy Director and Deputy Director of Administration. At OSHPD, she also led the state’s efforts on health workforce development overseeing various programs and grants increasing access to care in underserved areas as its Deputy Director of Healthcare Workforce Development. Ms. Alonzo-Diaz initially came to state government as a gubernatorial appointee for the Health Professions Education Foundation as its Executive Director. Prior to public service, she held various leadership positions with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Western Center for Law and Poverty, Children’s Advocacy Institute and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Lupe earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband, two boys, her mother, her sons’ dog and her mother’s bird.
Lance R. LewisChief Financial Officer
Lance R. Lewis is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Physicians For A Healthy California (PHC). He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial planning, accounting and financial reporting of PHC working in concert with the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lewis also the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the California Medical Association (CMA). A veteran member of the CMA staff for more than 22 years, Mr. Lewis is responsible for the administrative and operational support centers of the organization, including the departments of Governance, Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities Management. He is also the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the CMA and its Affiliates, which comprise more than a dozen non-profit and for-profit companies with $112 million in assets under management. Mr. Lewis was named CFO of the Year by the Sacramento Business Journal in 2017. Mr. Lewis earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. [Full Bio]
Jennifer TurnerSenior Director of Operations
Jennifer Turner is the Senior Director of Operations for Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC). Jennifer provides operational support for all PHC initiatives, while upholding the PHC mission of “improving community health, growing a diverse physician workforce and promoting health equity.” Jennifer is a native of the great state of California. She has acquired over 21 years of operational leadership experience within the healthcare industry. In her previous roles, she managed several primary care and specialty offices within an ambulatory setting. She also had direct oversight of three large call centers and a fulfillment department responsible for contractually supporting disease management efforts across the nation for a number of well-established health insurance companies. Jennifer earned her bachelors degree in Business Administration from Liberty University.
Liberty Bautista CalMedForce Program Coordinator
Liberty Bautista is the Program Coordinator for CalMedForce, the Graduate Medical Education Program (GME) for PHC. She provides administrative and operational support to the CalMedForce program and coordinates logistics for CalMedForce board, Advisory Council, and other stakeholder meetings. She is also responsible for drafting documentation and prepares materials for meetings. Prior to her role at PHC, she completed her certification in Phlebotomy and worked as a phlebotomist throughout the Sacramento region. Additionally, she has over 5 years of administrative experience. She is currently in school pursing her nursing degree to become a sports nurse. When she is not working, Liberty enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and puppy. She enjoys traveling, training Muay Thai (Thai boxing), recording podcast and dancing.
Victoria ChesleyCovid-19 Test to Treat Equity Grant Program Director
Victoria Chesley is a Program Director for the Covid-19 Test to Treat Equity Grant program, for PHC. Prior to her role at PHC, she served as an analyst for various institutions, including Stanford University, the University of the Pacific, and the California Department of Managed Health Care. Victoria has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Redlands and a Master’s in Public Policy from McGeorge School of Law.
David KertCalMedForce Program Analyst
David Kert is a Program Analyst for CalMedForce, the Graduate Medical Education Program (GME) for PHC. He is responsible for grant application data management and analysis, research and development of the grant application, drafting policies, and social media management. Prior to his role at PHC, he was an administrative analyst for CalMHSA and George Hills Company. He analyzed contracts, insurance certificates, and grants, and drafted various policies. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno, and has won the Capital One Mascot Challenge. David enjoys gardening, making costumes for events, and loves to travel.
Nicole PierceCalHealthCares Program Coordinator
Nicole Pierce is the Program Coordinator for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP), for PHC. She assists with processing forms, communication with prospective applicants, and scheduling. She has over 11 years of experience doing administrative work in both the public and private sectors. Outside of work, Nicole loves video games and spending time with her two spoiled cats.
Robin SimpsonCalMedForce Program Director
Robin Simpson is the Program Director for CalMedForce. Robin comes to Physicians for a Healthy California with over 14 years of nonprofit and leadership experience. She previously worked at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services as Director of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement, overseeing a volunteer corps of over 10,000. Robin’s responsibilities included volunteer recruitment, staff training, and developing strategic partnerships with community groups. She enjoys leading teams through organizational growth and change. Robin holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Spanish from UC Davis. She earned a Certification for Volunteer Administration in 2012. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Public Administration at McGeorge School of Law. When she’s not working, Robin is outside exploring nature with her hubby, two kids, and her dog.
Fernando GomezCalMedForce Program Analyst
Fernando Gomez is a Program Analyst for CalMedForce, The Graduate Medical Education Program (GME) for PHC. He is responsible for awardee monitoring, grant application analysis, and program development. Prior to his role at PHC, he was an analyst for the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms Section where he provided technical assistance to California firearm dealers, certified instructors, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Fernando has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Sacramento State and is currently working on his Master’s in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics from Arizona State University.
Dasha TsakkeCalHealthCares Program Analyst
Dasha Tsakke is a Program Analyst for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. She assists with monitoring awardees, creating program materials, and conducting data analyses. Prior to her role at PHC, Dasha collaborated on research studies with UCLA and UC Davis. She has also assisted with program development and tracking for students with disabilities and students in research assistantships. Dasha graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Psychology and a Spanish minor from Sacramento State. She has an eclectic mix of interests that include outdoor recreation, wilderness first aid, poetry, creative Adobe platforms, and new languages!
May YangSenior Executive Coordinator
May Yang is the Senior Executive Coordinator to the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC). May has an extensive background in administrative support and assisting in operational excellence. As the Senior Executive Coordinator, May helps provide support to the President & CEO, assists with operational needs for the programs and identifies and implements efficiencies. Outside of work, May enjoys taking spontaneous day and weekend trips exploring the great California outdoors with her constantly curious son.
Kim HoCalHealthCares Program Analyst
Kim Ho is a Program Analyst for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. She is responsible for grant application process, data management and analysis, awardee monitoring, and communications. Prior to joining PHC, Kim worked in various non-profit organizations and government agencies performing data analysis, research studies, and program development, including for the University of the Pacific, the Public Health Institute, and the California Department of Justice. Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Kim enjoys outdoor recreation, content creation, traveling, food journaling, and Zumba fitness.
Richard GomesCalHealthCares Program Analyst
Richard Gomes is a Program Analyst for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. He assists with monitoring awardees, creating program materials, process improvement and conducting data analyses. Prior to his role at PHC, Richard has spent the last 20 years working in the Dental and Health Insurance industry. During this time, he has done work on claims processing, quality assurance, customer interactions and speech / text analytics. In his home life he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. He is also an avid reader and movie buff.
Nahira StanackzaiCalHealthCares Program Analyst
Nahira Stanackzai is Program Analyst for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. Her responsibilities include monitoring awardees, streamlining processes, and carrying out data analyses. Before joining PHC, Nahira conducted survey and interview based research projects on emerging technology trends within state and local government. She collaborated closely with clients from Fortune 100 companies in order to provide valuable deliverables while managing project lifecycles. Nahira obtained her B.A. degrees in Cultural Anthropology and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Outside of work, Nahira loves to spend time cooking with her husband, going on walks in nature, reading, and re-exploring the world through the eyes of her two toddlers.
Deb MiguelKidsVaxGrant Program Director
Debra Miguel is the Program Director for KidsVaxGrant. Debra comes to Physicians for a Healthy California from the Bay Area with over 20 years of healthcare and nonprofit leadership experience. Debra has spent much of her career with Kaiser Permanente, providing leadership within both the Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Permanente Medical Group sections. Building stronger communities is something Debra enjoys both personal and professionally. Physicians for a Healthy California provides the perfect opportunity to combine her health care and nonprofit expertise. In her spare time, Debra is camping, wine tasting or exploring new areas on a road trip.
Thomas KnezovichCalHealthCares Program Analyst
Thomas Knezovich is a Program Analyst for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. He aids in the evaluation and monitoring of awardees, conducting analysis, and providing program support. Prior to his role at PHC, Thomas worked with the Public Health Institute as an analyst working to support contact tracing and vaccine outreach efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thomas has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo and a Master’s in Business Administration from San Jose State University. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and occasionally working on fireworks shows.
Michelle Sanchez Covid-19 Test to Treat Equity Grant Program Coordinator
Michelle Sanchez is the Program Coordinator for the COVID-19 Test to Treat Equity Grant for Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC). Michelle has over 15 years background in administrative support. She assists with program development, processing forms, communication with prospective applicants, awardees, and state partners, and planning and carrying out important operational duties. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys reading, music and traveling.
CalMedForce Program Analyst
KidsVaxGrant Customer Service Representative
KidsVaxGrant Customer Service Representative
COVID-19 Test to Treat Equity Grant Program Analyst
Strategic Initiatives Associate Director
CalHealthCares Program Director