Executive Director and CEO
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 optometry clinics based in schools and community centers, and a Health Promatora program in Los Angeles. Mark holds a Master of Public Health degree.
Chief Operating Officer
Brian joined CCHI in April 2023 and brings with him 25 years of professional experience in regional leadership, fiscal oversight, and project management. He has a distinguished background in marketing, advertising, promotion, and engagement. Brian has extensive knowledge of Salesforce CRM, and other leading systems which will help CCHI thrive. With an eye on continual improvement, his leadership has been influential in strengthening systems and processes for organizations.
Brian has a track record of service, and is excited to join CCHI in fulfilling its mission. He enjoys building quality relationships and coaching others to improve and accomplish goals. He is also an army veteran and graduate of Humboldt State University, with degrees in Spanish and Social Sciences. Brian enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming, paddling, traveling, and exploring his new Sacramento home.
Staff Program Manager
Alexis joined CCHI in April 2022. Alexis has had the pleasure of serving disabled, underserved, and marginalized communities throughout her career. Alexis is committed to providing thorough service and is always willing to go the extra mile for clients, staff, and anyone she encounters. In her free time, Alexis loves spending time with her 3 dogs, trying new food, and spending time with her family.
Lead Program Coordinator
Ema Perez was hired in March 2020 with CCHI. Ema comes aboard with excellent professional skills and qualities. She recently relocated to California from Wisconsin. She brings great management skills and attributes from Wisconsin where she was a case manager in the Child Support Agency (CSA) and handled a complex caseload of nearly 1,300 cases. Through the CSA, Ema followed the Department of Families and Children rules, policy, procedures, and state regulations from 01/2016 to 02/2020. Prior to 2016, Ema worked for the Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services as an Administrative Assistant for 4 years. While employed with Yolo County, she gained experience and knowledge in working with Cal-Fresh, Medi-cal, Cal-Works, and Healthy Families programs where she had direct contact with the public. Ema is bi-lingual in Spanish and English. She received her A.A. in Administration of Justice from Woodland Community College and transferred to the California State University of Sacramento for her bachelor’s in Social Work. In Ema’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children doing outdoor activities, watching movies, and going to church. Ema also enjoys cooking new recipes for her extended family. Now that her children are teenagers, her family plans on exploring and traveling the world.
Paulette joined CCHI in October 2022. Paulette comes to CCHI with 30 years of full cycle accounting experience. She has extensive accounting and management experience and is exited to expand her knowledge of the non-profit sector. Paulette enjoys spending time with her husband and adult twin boys. Volunteering most of her adult life she is looking forward to helping in CCHI’s mission.
Sean joined CCHI in August 2022. Sean comes to CCHI with over a decade of experience in the non-profit industry with organizations like CALPIRG and Environment California, working on both environmental and public interest campaigns. Born and raised in Sacramento, Sean is dedicated to bettering his community and to help in the mission of CCHI in expanding health coverage to those in need. In his free time, Sean likes to spend time on hobbies like photography, amateur astronomy, archery, and kayaking to name a few.
Brianna Torres-Moore is CCHI’s Salesforce Coordinator. As a Trailhead Double-Star Ranger with two Salesforce certifications and 18 Superbadges, Brianna brings a wealth of experience to the CCHI team. Brianna is actively engaged in several Salesforce community groups, sharing knowledge, best practices, and mentoring up-and-coming Salesforce professionals. Her enthusiasm for helping others navigate and master Salesforce is already making a positive impact with our member organizations.
Brianna’s passion extends beyond technology, and she takes immense pride in being part of the CCHI team, working collaboratively to make a meaningful and positive impact on healthcare in California. In her spare time, Brianna enjoys festivals, experimenting with new recipes, and cherishing moments with family. As a natural trainer, she has even taught her cat to perform tricks on command!
Crystal joined CCHI with a background in health and wellness promotion. Throughout her career, Crystal has had the opportunity to work with nonprofits and corporations to promote the well-being of diverse populations. Crystal’s experience in managing projects and her ability to implement positive change will help CCHI grow and improve to serve our members.
Having personally experienced the challenges of navigating healthcare, Crystal is deeply committed to easing these difficulties, especially for underserved populations. Crystal holds a BS degree in Kinesiology and is currently completing a Master of Public Health program. In her free time, she enjoys learning about new cultures, staying active, trying new foods, and spending time with her two dogs.
Josh is a former personal trainer turned programmer. He is an adaptable and communicative collaborator. Josh is eager to leverage both his technical and training skills to help CCHI’s members in their mission. His passion for problem-solving and enthusiasm for continuous improvement will help drive CCHI in its goal of improving healthcare access for Californians.
Originally from Great Britain, Josh possesses a degree in Physical Education from Leeds University in Leeds, UK. Josh cheers on the Sacramento Kings at home games and thoroughly enjoys spending time with his Great Pyrenees, Rollo.
Char Velasco comes to CCHI with a background in grant writing, news writing, scriptwriting, and creative copywriting. She is a former scriptwriter for NBC Bay Area’s 11:00 AM broadcast and a former Creative Copywriter Intern for RAPP SF. Her writing accolades extend beyond broadcast; she is a research author with her insights about Filipino American Invisibility published through UC Santa Barbara’s Arnhold Undergraduate Fellowship.
Char earned a bachelor’s degree of arts in English Literature with a specialization in American Cultures & Global Contexts. She also received a minor in Asian-American Studies. In her spare time, Char dedicates herself to her eleven cats, her historical nonfiction collection, and her four younger siblings.