About Us

BOARD

Mark Diel

BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2015
Chief Executive Officer
CCHI

Mark comes to CCHI after 9 years as Executive Director and CEO of Children’s Health Initiative Napa County, where he developed the first nonprofit insurance brokerage firm in California serving individuals and families. He built a county-wide collaborative of 42 agencies and guided Napa County into a leadership role at the state level, working to provide affordable health insurance to everyone in California, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family income. Prior to his work in Napa County, he managed public health programs in Yolo County, including the Women Infants and Children Program, he developed mobile medical, dental, and optometric clinics based in schools and community centers, and a Health Promotora program in Los Angeles. Mark holds a Master of Public Health degree.

 

Kelly Bennett

BOARD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2014
Chief Executive Officer
Sacramento Covered

Kelly has over seventeen years of leadership experience in health care and non-profit management in the Sacramento region, working with programs dedicated to the most vulnerable residents of our communities. She is the Executive Director of Sacramento Covered, formerly Cover the Kids, a nonprofit organization formed through a partnership between the four local health systems (Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health and UC Davis Health System). Sacramento Covered was formed to ensure that all people in the Sacramento region have health coverage and access to a medical home. Since inception, the program has successfully reached over 50,000 children and their families with health coverage outreach, enrollment, navigation and retention services. In 2010 Kelly returned to Sacramento Covered after seven years, having served as the founding director from 1999-2005.

 

Norma Forbes

BOARD VICE CHAIR, BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2009
Executive Director
Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners

Norma is the Executive Director of Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners (HCAP), a nonprofit coalition established in 2004, consisting of 12 health care community leaders, including hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other health care delivery- related organizations. HCAP’s purpose is to serve as a foundation for greater community cooperation to meet health needs and to ensure access to affordable and appropriate healthcare for the underserved populations of Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley. Norma has over 30 years of professional experience in business management. She has an extensive background in health care, information technology, government and insurance industries. She managed a $1.2 billion insurance company outsourcing project, developed and implemented strategic business plans and comprehensive long-range information systems plans as a consultant to health care organizations, and she coordinated a $7.5 million ancillary services hospital construction project. She is a currently on the Executive Committee of the California Coverage and Health Initiatives, on the statewide Advisory Panel of the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) and on the Board of the California State Rural Health Association. Ms. Forbes has an MBA, Management and a BA, Public Administration.

 

Alan Fernandes

BOARD TREASURER, BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2015
Executive Vice President
California State Association of Counties

Alan Fernandes has been appointed as the Executive Vice President for California State Association of Counties (CSAC), serves as the Chief Legislative Representative for Los Angeles County and is a Senior Manager in the Chief Executive Office. In addition to his career in government affairs, he serves his community as a Trustee and current President of the Board of the Davis Joint Unified School District. Fernandes began his service as CSAC's Executive Vice President in November 2015.

 

Al Schubert

BOARD SECRETARY, BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2015
VP & General Manager
VSP Vision Care Inc.

Al began his career in sales and marketing in 1984, representing the Toshiba line of MS-DOS and Unix products. He joined VSP in February 1988 and was promoted in 1994 to head the Managed Care Sales division. In 2013, Al was promoted to Senior VP and currently has overall responsibility for the Strategic Business Unit housing the VSP Managed Care book of business. Al's present responsibilities include P&L, business development, operations, retention and the marketing of all VSP products to Managed Care Organizations. He also leads the VSP Health Policy and State Public Exchange advocacy efforts for the organization.

 

Georgina Maldonado

BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2016
Executive Director
Community Health Initiative of Orange County

With over 15 years of experience in managing patient and community engagement for health care organizations throughout Southern California, Georgina Maldonado brings her extensive knowledge of the field to the Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHI OC), serving as the organization's Executive Director since 2015. In her previous position as the Director of Patient Engagement at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC), Ms. Maldonado developed, operationalized, and implemented enrollment strategies and goals for the roll-out of PPOSBC's primary care practice, Melody Women's Health. Her experience also includes business and strategic planning, managing program development and implementation, and directing outreach and community engagement while with Genesis Consultants and Health Net of California. Ms. Maldonado holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. She currently serves as an advisory board member for the Orange County Women's Health Project, which helps facilitate and sustain improvements in women's health in Orange County.

 

Johana Lockwood

BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2016
Supervisor Coverage Programs Administration
San Francisco Health Plan

Johana began her 12 years of experience in public health and health care organizations as a volunteer for Padres Contra el Cancer (Parents Against Cancer) and in 2005 became a Family Liaison for the Medical Home program in UCLA. She later became a Program and Educational Specialist for the National Health Foundation in 2009. After leaving Los Angeles, she served San Francisco Health Plan as their Healthy San Francisco Program Training Specialist in 2010; she would stay at San Francisco Health Plan and become their Manager for Coverage Programs. Johana holds a B.S. in both Biology and Public Health, and has been on our Board of Directors since 2016.

 

James Rolfe

BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2016
Executive Director
Covered Community

Rev. James Rolfe led Kelly-Rolfe Tax & Financial Services (Enrollment Navigator) to over 4,500 consumers into the new healthcare exchange known as Covered California. In March of 2015 Rev. Rolfe filed for his 501(c)3 and Covered Community was born. Covered Community was created out the many concerns and issues consumers were having with understanding the new changes that were being made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first goal is to educate people on the changes that were being made within the health insurance; the second goal is to help the consumer navigate their health plan. Reverend James Rolfe is known for his 25 years of working within the greater Los Angeles communities. His ability to bring people and resources together for the betterment of the community is his gift and also his passion. Rev. James, is a navigator and has also served 12 years as a LA County Fire Fighter, small business owner, operation manager for Medi-Dyn, Inc. and Project Coordinator for Hurting & Hungry.

 

Elba Gonzalez-Mares

BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2016
Executive Director
Community Health Initiative of Napa County

After graduating from the University of California in Davis in 2005 with a degree in International Relations, Ms. Gonzalez-Mares was employed by the Children’s Health Initiative as one of the first certified application assistants in Napa County. Highly skilled and motivated, she advanced to the position of Health Services Manager, coordinating program operations and carrying out community relations and staff training, supervision, and support responsibilities for eight years. She is also trained, licensed and certified as an insurance broker in California. As management staff, she developed many of the operational procedures that the Community Health Initiative staff function under to this day. She was appointed to the position of Executive Director by CHI’s Board of Directors in May 2015. Her current role requires an array of management skills, including fundraising, finance administration, supervision of staff productivity, program evaluation, and external relationship management. Ms. Gonzalez-Mares is bi-cultural and bi-lingual in Spanish and English. Her collaborative style of working has forged relationships between CHI and other community providers and government departments, advancing our mutual goal of making health coverage affordable and accessible to Napa County’s children, adults, and families.

Elba has excellent rapport and credibility with diverse demographic groups as well as with professionals in the community. She is on the Board of California Coverage and Health Initiatives, a Commissioner with First 5 Napa’s Children and Family Commission. She also works with Bi-National Health Alliance and is on the board of the Napa Valley Community Foundation. In 2014, Ms. Gonzalez-Mares was awarded the Soroptimist International Ruby Award for Women helping Women and recognized by California’s State Assembly and Senate, Congressman Thompson and Napa County’s Board of Supervisors. As the convener of a monthly inter-agency meeting of organizations working in various community-based settings throughout Napa County, she has contributed to this group’s development of a shared vision of the importance and opportunity for affordable health coverage for all low-income children, adults and families in our community.

 

Georgene Lowe, RN

BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2016
Coordinator
SBCEO Health Linkages

Georgene has worked in the area of Public Health for over 40 years and has been a leader in developing and implementing local efforts to increase access to health care and engaging key stakeholders and funders in supporting programs. Georgene has been the Coordinator of the Health Linkages Program since 2003 which includes overseeing the Children’s Health Initiative of Santa Barbara, the Children’s Oral Health Collaborative and County-wide Coalition in Support of Promotores de Salud. Georgene is skilled in creating and maintaining collaborative partnerships as well as in evaluation and oversight of program activities.

She currently serves as Chair of the Santa Barbara County Children’s Health Initiative (CHISB), Co-Chair of the Children’s’ Oral Health Executive Committee (OHEC), Santa Barbara School Wellness and Live Well Santa Barbara Steering Committees, and Chair of The Coalition in Support of Promotores de Salud and serves on the Executive Committees of the Kids Network. In addition she is on the Board of the Community Action Commission (CAC) as well as Vice-President/Treasurer of Doorway to Health.

 

Lisa Olson, MSW

BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2016
Director of Policy and Programs
Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association

Lisa is responsible for the policy, advocacy, and strategic operations of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, and oversees a team which provides Wisconsin’s 18 Community Health Centers with state and federal policy analysis with a specific focus policies affecting low-income families, public benefits, and access to coverage and care. Since early 2013, Lisa has led WPHCA’s efforts to engage with a wide network of partner organizations focused on the goal of reducing the number of uninsured Wisconsinites. She has worked collaboratively to develop and support 11 Regional Enrollment Networks across the state, pulling in dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals to assist in Marketplace and Medicaid education, outreach and enrollment efforts. Lisa has been on the steering committee of the National Association of Health Access Assisters since it began as an idea in 2015. She also serves on the board of a Madison-based non-profit free gynecology clinic called Share the Health, and volunteers with Agrace HospiceCare. Lisa earned a Master’s degree in Social Work – Social Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.