CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Fellows Announced

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has selected 30 health professionals for the fourth group of Health Care Leadership Program fellows. The program helps talented professionals acquire the skills needed to influence health care policy and delivery in California. Sponsored by CHCF, it is administered by the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

“Managing programs, organizations, and institutions providing care is a hard and often thankless job in today’s troubled health care system. The individuals selected for this leadership program not only have accepted that challenge, but also have decided they want to do even more to improve care in California. CHCF is quite proud to be able to invest in these remarkable individuals. They are going to make a difference,” said Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation.

The group of fellows come from diverse backgrounds — physicians, nurses, dentists, and other health care professionals, including representatives from private and county health plans, California state health agencies, community clinics, and independent medical practices.

Over the course of two years, fellows convene in seminars led by nationally recognized health care experts and faculty associated with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. The curriculum addresses health care issues from business, leadership, and public policy perspectives. Participants learn to build and lead teams, manage complexity and change, optimize the use of human resources, understand and use financial management tools, and respond to consumer-driven trends and changing demographics.

“In solving the challenges facing health care California requires highly skilled leaders from across the spectrum of professions and organizations that make up our patchwork system. By investing in emerging leaders, we are sowing seeds for better, more accessible health care. Individuals selected for this program are professionals with outstanding credentials and proven commitment to the health care system. It’s a privilege to prepare them for the next level in their careers,” said Albert Martin, M.D., chair and executive director, CHCF Health Care Leadership Program.

About The Center for Health Professions

The Center for Health Professions at UCSF assists health care professionals, health professions schools, care delivery organizations and public policymakers in educating and managing the health care workforce. For more information about the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program and a complete list of fellows, visit

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Class of 2004/06 (Cohort IV)

Varoujan Altebarmakian, M.D.
The Permanente Medical Group

Timothy Batchelder, M.D.
The Permanente Medical Group, Inc.

Christy Beaudin, L.C.S.W., C.P.H.Q.
Corporate Director, Quality Improvement
PacifiCare Behavioral Health
Van Nuys

Lyn Berry, M.D.
Program Director, Primary Care Residency
Medical Director, ACMC Diabetes Management Program
Alameda County Medical Center

Toni Brayer, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Bay Region
San Francisco

James Byrne, M.D.
Chief of Obstetrics Services and Maternal-Fetal
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose

Maria Castellanos, R.N., C.D.E.
Clinical Nurse Manager II Clinical Trials Unit
Charles R. Drew University
Los Angeles

Elisa Chavez, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor
University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
San Francisco

Loriann DeMartini, Pharm.D.
Chief, Pharmaceutical Consultant Unit
Department of Health Services, Licensing and Certification

Patrick Dowling, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chair; Dept of Family Medicine
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles

Meg Durbin, M.D.
Assistant Medical Director, Utilization Management
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Palo Alto

Nancy Gibbs, M.D.
Regional Geriatric Coordinating Physician
Kaiser Permanente
Baldwin Park

Maria Goldie, R.D.H., B.A., M.S.
Board Member
Dental Health Foundation

Adrienne Green, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine/Hospitalist
University of CA, San Francisco
San Francsico

Robert Isman, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Dental Program Consultant
California Dept.of Health Services
Rancho Cordova

Tyler Jung, M.D.
Lead Hospitalist
HealthCare Partners Medical Group

Saadia Khan, M.D.
Medical Director
Community Medical Centers, Inc.

Chester Kunnappilly, M.D.
Medical Director, Daly City and South San Francisco
Clinics of San Mateo Medical Center
Daly City

Mimi Lind, M.S.W.
Clinical Social Worker, Director of DV Program
Venice Family Clinic

Jack Luomanen, D.M.D.
Dental Director
Community Health Systems, Inc.

Sharon McCole Wicher, B.S.N., M.S.N.
Director of Behavioral Health Services at SFGHMC
San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center
San Francisco

James Mittelberger, M.D., M.P.H.
Oakcare Medical Group

Giang Nguyen, M.S.
Assistant Director
Fresno County Department of Community Health

David Ofman, M.D.
Medical Director, General Medicine Clinic
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco

Mayra Rosado, M.D., M.P.H.
Lead Physician
Health Care Partners Medical Group
El Monte

Kevin Rossi, M.D.
Regional Chief, Family Medicine
Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Amy Shin, Pharm.D.
Health Plan Director
On Lok SeniorHealth
San Francisco

Jane Smith, M.A.
San Francisco Fire Department
San Francisco

Betsy Stapleton, F.N.P.
Family Nurse Practitioner
North Coast Family Practice

Dawn Vonderheide-Liem, B.S.N., M.S.N.
Director of Performance Improvement
Kaiser Permanente
Baldwin Park

Contact Information:
Lisa Aliferis
Senior Communications Officer, High-Value Care

About the California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.