About Us


  • Mark Diel
    Mark Diel

    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.

  • Alexis Heaton

    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.

  • Ema Perez

    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.

  • JaDasia Mitchell

    Salesforce Administrator

    JaDasia joined the CCHI team in July 2022. She graduated from Lander University in 2021 with a BS in Political Science. During her time at Lander University, she worked closely with the Democratic Party of Greenwood County to coordinate campaigns and educate underrepresented communities on the importance of civic engagement, while also serving as Vice Chair of the Young Democrats of Greenwood County and President of Spectrum, Lander’s Gay-Straight Alliance. After graduation, JaDasia relocated to Sacramento from South Carolina and started studying to become a certified Salesforce Administrator and aspires to be a Salesforce Developer. She hopes to contribute to closing the diversity gap in the Technology Industry and inspire underrepresented youth to pursue their passions despite the systemic barriers they may face. In JaDasia’s free time she loves to read, practice yoga, and is a farmers market fanatic.

  • Lea Gorny

    Program Coordinator

    Lea Gorny joined the CCHI team in June of 2022. Lea graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in English with Summa Cum Laude honors in May 2022. She is continuing her education by pursuing a MA in English Literature at Sacramento State. Lea hopes to continue her passion for bettering local California communities by forming her own non-profit program to support single parents in housing, rehabilitation, and healthcare programs. In her free time, Lea enjoys spending time with her family, including her partner, three children, and their dog Monkey. Lea’s hobbies include art, cooking, and the exploration of multicultural literature.

  • Mary Jordan

    Program Assistant

    Mary joined the CCHI team in November 2020 and comes to CCHI with over fifteen years of experience working with non-profits. She has an extensive administrative background and has also coordinated large and small events specializing in tradeshow management. Born and raised in Sacramento, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling. Growing up volunteering at non-profits, Mary is passionate about her community and being able to assist in the mission of CCHI.

  • Paulette Davis


    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 Yen

    Program Coordinator

    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.