Ms. Lierman comes to LHPC with over a decade and a tremendous
breadth of experience in health care. She was most recently
Vice President of Government Affairs & Compliance for
California Health & Wellness Plan, where she was responsible for
county and State government affairs and advocacy with executive
and legislative branch, served as legal counsel in health plan
operations and new business initiatives, and was the health
plan’s Compliance Officer. Ms. Lierman was a founding executive
and the lead licensing counsel in the start-up of California
Heath & Wellness Plan.
Prior to her role at California Health & Wellness Plan, she was
an attorney and lobbyist for the law firms Nossaman LLP and
Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni where she represented
a variety of health care clients – such as health plans,
hospitals, specialized plans, medical groups and licensed medical
professionals – on legal and strategic issues. Ms. Lierman also
served as Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs for the
California Association of Health Plans. Ms. Lierman began
her career with the State of California.
Ms. Lierman earned her undergraduate degree from UC Davis and
Juris Doctor, with distinction, from McGeorge School of Law. Ms.
Lierman is a member of the State Bar of California.
Linnea brings many years’ experience working on different aspects
of the Medi-Cal program and has particular expertise in
behavioral health. Immediately prior to coming to LHPC, Linnea
was a Senior Policy Analyst for the County Behavioral Health
Directors Association (CBHDA) where she served as the
organization’s expert on California’s Section 1915(b) waiver,
Section 1115 waiver programs, and the intersection of criminal
justice and mental health. She provided successful advocacy on
behalf of CBDHA members on state policy, legislative, and budget
issues. Linnea also previously worked on health care reform
implementation for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental
Health. She started her career working in housing and
homelessness in Santa Barbara.
Linnea earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College and
a Master of Social Welfare from UCLA.
Amber brings valuable experience to LHPC, having served in a
number of member education, marketing, communications and program
management roles throughout her career. Most recently, Amber was
the Education Program Manager for the California Hospital
Association (CHA) where she worked with a talented team
developing and implementing the association’s robust member
education program. Immediately prior, she was CHA’s Member
Communications Editor. She was also Program & Operations Manager
for the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, and the
Marketing & Research Associate for Caldwell Legal, USA.
Amber earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from
the University of Oklahoma.
Leah Barnett joined LHPC in September 2014. She has several years
experience in performing administrative duties in many different
environments. Because of this, Leah has acquired the
organizational skills needed for this position. Her
responsibilities include running the day-to-day business and
logistical operations at LHPC.