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 Promatora program in Los Angeles. Mark holds a Master of Public Health degree.
Director of Programs
Maria Romero-Mora joined CCHI as Project Coordinator of the Connecting Kids to Coverage Project, a national campaign through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, for which she manages the collaboration, program management, and evaluation of partner organizations based in 7 counties. Maria has ample experience in health insurance education and enrollment having started as a Certified Application Assistance (CAA) in Yolo County in 2007 with the local Community Health Initiative (CHI). Her work included direct engagement with migrant populations to identified safety net resources, health coverage enrollment, and the development of safety net programs. Maria is bilingual, bicultural and writes Spanish fluently. She received her B.A. in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis. Maria is a certified enrollment counselor (CEC).
With a recent Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a concentration in Community Health Education from Sacramento State, Gloria is passionate about working to make sure that all Californians have access to quality health coverage and care. Her past employment has given her the opportunity to work with a variety of groups including youth, students, educators, counselors, low-income families, migrant families, volunteers, council members, other government officials, professionals and vendors. She hopes to apply the knowledge obtained through her education to serve populations in need, specifically the Latino population. Gloria is bi-lingual in English and Spanish and brings administrative and outreach skills to her new position. Gloria is a CEC.
As the Policy Director, Brenda is responsible for policy analysis and management of all of CCHI’s policy and advocacy work. Prior to joining CCHI, Brenda served as the Health Policy Associate with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California where she supported policy efforts to increase healthcare access for all Californians. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Social Services from the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, Brenda actively participated in health related events including health educational fairs and the annual Battle Heart Disease Fair, in conjunction with UC Davis’s Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program which promotes heart disease prevention within the Latino community. Brenda is bi-lingual in English & Spanish.
Administrative & Program Intern
Mario joined the CCHI team in mid-2016. He is a student attending California State University, Sacramento working on a degree in Biology with a concentration in Biomedical Science with the goal of attending Medical School. He joined the CCHI team to betterunderstand what goes on behind the scenes in programs and policies helping individuals enroll in health care coverage. Having volunteered at hospitals and youth groups, he brings great interpersonal skills and passion to helps others. Mario is a CEC, assisting individuals in Spanish and English.
Policy & Program Intern
Sashary joined CCHI in the summer of 2016. He’s currently a senior at University of the Pacific majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. Sashary joins CCHI as an accomplished student leader at his campus being a former senator of his student body advocating for his classmates and peers. His interest in health began with his work at Healing Connections in Los Angeles County towards a common goal of mental health awareness and suicide prevention collaborating with community leaders. At CCHI, Sashary assists in project implementation, policy research, and enrollment as a CEC.
CCHI is a leader in health advocacy for children and families and is recognized as a statewide network of community organizations that champion enrollment in health coverage, access to care and other services.