John Baackes is Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan,
the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan serving more
than 1.6 million members. L.A. Care is dedicated to providing
access to quality and affordable health care for Los Angeles
County residents through a variety of health coverage programs,
including Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Covered™, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect
Plan, L.A. Care’s Healthy Kids, and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers
Health Care Plan.
Sonja is responsible for the development and general
management Partnership HealthPlan of California. She leads the
successful operations of the health plan and all related
programs, as well as being leader of the Executive
Team. Sonja enjoys working with Partnership’s Consumer
Advisory Committees and is proud of Partnership’s work to promote
access to care through provider recruitment and workforce
Pat Curran joined Health Plan of San Mateo in July 2016 as the
Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed Interim Chief
Executive Officer at the start of 2021 following the retirement
of Maya Altman. Prior to joining HPSM, Pat was the Chief
Executive Officer of CareOregon, a nonprofit community-based
health plan in Portland, Oregon.
Norma A. Diaz is Chief Executive Officer of Community Health
Group, the oldest not-for-profit health plan founded in San Diego
County. Only the second CEO to lead the company since it was
established in 1982, she was named to the position in 2002.
Mrs. Emily Duran is an experienced health care executive with
over 25 years of knowledge in health care and social support
services. She has served in the roles of health care leadership,
management, and program development. The multi-faceted
responsibilities as a leader have included Provider Network
Management, Corporate Property Acquisition and Development,
Grants Management and Community Resources, Homeless Services,
Behavioral Health Programs, and Strategic Administrative
As an up and coming executive in the managed healthcare field,
Lizeth has a record of building highly accomplished teams
dedicated to operational excellence. She quickly identifies, then
helps her teams bring to life, ideas that maximize an
organization’s capabilities. Lizeth came to us from
Optum/HealthCare Partners (Orange County), one of HPSJ’s sister
nonprofit managed care plans. In her role as senior director of
IPA operations, Lizeth successfully led cross-functional Optum
teams for implementation of the Whole Child Model program, Health
Homes Program, and Prop. 56 initiatives.
As Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hunn is responsible for the
mission of CalOptima Health, its systems and structures as well
as overall strategic business, financial and community planning.
He works collaboratively with CalOptima Health’s Board of
Directors to set the agency’s strategic vision and ensure its
successful implementation. He oversees all aspects of the
organization and maintains positive working relationships with
member, provider and community representatives as well as
federal, state and county agencies.
Larry Lewis was Pioneers Chief Executive Officer since September
2012. Through his career he’s worked in various executive
management positions within the healthcare field. This is one of
the many reasons he will succeed at taking the Local Health
Authority to the next level.
Mr. Liguori joined GCHP as its chief operating officer in
September with more than 20 years of experience at health plans
that serve Medicaid, Medicare, and dual-coverage
(Medicaid/Medicare) beneficiaries. Before joining GCHP, Mr.
Liguori served for five years as executive vice president of
Amida Care, a private, nonprofit community health plan
specializing in comprehensive health coverage for Medicaid
members in New York City with chronic conditions. There, he is
credited with playing a key role in improving member satisfaction
and rebuilding provider relationships.
Sharron Mackey is the chief executive officer (CEO) of
Contra Costa Health Plan. She directs and manages the
activities of the plan. Ms. Mackey, as part of the
inter-divisional management team, assists in the planning,
development and administration of the health programs and
management activities of the Health Services Department and
Contra Costa County.
Jarrod B. McNaughton is the Chief Executive Officer of Inland
Empire Health Plan (IEHP). In this role, he works collaboratively
with the IEHP Governing Board to set the strategic vision and
provide executive leadership for one of the 10 largest Medicaid
health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid
Plan in the U.S. He cultivates IEHP’s strong partnership with
Providers, hospitals and hundreds of community partners to
deliver quality whole-person care to more than 1.2 million
Jeff Nkansah was appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of
CalViva Health on August 1, 2021. Mr. Nkansah has been with
CalViva Health for ten years. During those years, he served
not only as one of the health plan’s liaison to regulators
such as the Department of Health Care Services and the Department
of Managed Health Care, he enforced compliance and privacy
security standards in entry level and management roles, which led
to CalViva Health charging him with overseeing the general
operation of the Plan, as the Plan’s COO reporting directly to
CEO of CenCal Health, Marina Owen is an accomplished leader who
is responsible for the overall strategic direction, management,
and administration of programs and services while ensuring that
CenCal Health fulfills its mission, goals and objectives. She is
only the fourth CEO in the organization’s nearly four decades.
Prior to her executive appointment at CenCal Health, Owen
attained more than 15 years of health plan management experience.
She most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at
Central California Alliance for Health, based in Scotts Valley.
Yolanda R. Richardson serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
of San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP). In this role, she works
collaboratively with the SFHP Governing Board to set the
strategic vision and provide executive leadership for the #1
Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan in San Francisco. Ms. Richardson
cultivates SFHP’s strong partnership with Providers, hospitals,
and community partners to deliver quality whole-person care to
the Medi-Cal members of San Francisco county, and ensures
financial stewardship and stability for SFHP’s nearly $1.0
Billion operational budget.
When Michael Schrader became CEO in May of 2020, he brought to
Health Plan of San Joaquin over 20 years of extensive managed
care executive experience, including Medicaid (Medi-Cal in
California) and Medicare for Dual for Eligible Individuals
(Special Needs Plan-SNP, and Cal MediConnect). A long-time
runner, Schrader also goes the distance with a deep,
career-spanning commitment to providing access to quality health
care for vulnerable communities.
Christine Tomcala became Chief Executive Officer of Santa Clara
Family Health Plan (SCFHP) on July 20, 2015. Ms. Tomcala brings
to SCFHP, Santa Clara County’s local safety net health plan, more
than 30 years of experience in Medicaid and Medicare managed care
with an emphasis in operations and government programs. As CEO,
Ms. Tomcala works collaboratively with the SCFHP Governing Board
to develop and execute business, strategic, and financial plans
that advance the mission and values of the health plan while
ensuring SCFHP’s financial integrity and viability.
Matthew Woodruff is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the
Alliance. As CEO, Mr. Woodruff oversees the entire operation of
the health plan and ensures that all Alliance members receive
timely access to quality health care and the highest levels of