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Safety Net Workers Embark on Leadership Journeys

April 7, 2016

This March, the ninth cohort of Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders launched in Tiburon, California. Over the next 18 months, participants will learn, share and grow into leaders who will help bring community health centers into the future.

Since 2007, CLI's Emerging Leaders program has produced more than 200 trained leaders across the state. 

Joining this distinguished group of alumni are this year's Emerging Leaders:

North Coast:

Lori Maciel, Site Administrator, Open Door Community Health Centers
Karen Shepherd, PRC Supervisor, Consolidated Tribal Health Project, Inc.

Far North:

Nicholas Cutler, Controller, Hill Country Community Clinic
Lori Schwartz, Referrals/PRC Lead, Feather River Tribal Health

Bay Area:

Jennifer Arevalo Ruiz, Community Affairs Manager, Community Clinic Consortium
Leah Canvasser, Director of Information Technology, Marin Community Clinics
Patrisia Contreras-Vigil, Patient Services Manager, OLE Health
Gwendolyn Gill, Center Director/Nurse Practitioner, LifeLong Medical Care
Paul Nguyen, Director of Information Systems, Community Health Partnership
Junelle Palec, Interim Regional Manager & County Medical Sites Clinic Manager, La Clinica De La Raza, Inc.
Ofelia Ruiz, Revenue Cycle Director, Gardner Family Health Network, Inc.
Erika Simpson, Chief Operations Officer, Ravenswood Family Health Center
Rose Tam, Controller, Asian Health Services
Sandra Tavel, Grants & Contracts Administrator, Native American Health Center

Central Coast:

Rachel Sandobal, Dental Program Director, Salud Para La Gente

Central Valley:

Sara Gavin, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Communicare Health Centers
Pauline Karunakaran, Dental Director, Chapa-de Indian Health
Gloria Madrigal, Central Registration and Eligibility Manager, United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley
Melinda Marshall, Director of Operations, Golden Valley Health Center

Los Angeles:

Margaret Duenez, Behavioral Health Director, East Valley Community Health Center
George Hernandez, Clinic Services Supervisor, Los Angeles Christian Health Centers
Michelle Horejs, Associate Director of Community Engagement & Youth Education, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Carmen Muniz, Chief Operations Officer, Pomona Community Health Center
Meghan Powers, Quality Improvement Manager, Venice Family Clinic
Rebecca Sussman, Associate Director of Programs & Grants Management, St. John's Well Child and Family Center
Cheryl Trinidad, Chief Development & Communications Officer, T.H.E. Health and Wellness Center

Southern California (Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego): 

Lauren Abrams, Program Manager, Council of Community Clinics
Dave Baldwin, Assistant IT Director, Borrego Community Health Foundation
Corinne Knutson, Director of Development, La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc.
Alejandro Nunez, Director of Operations, Neighborhood Healthcare


Claire Feldman, Director of Statewide STD Prevention Programs, California Family Health Council
Meghan Nousaine, Assistant Director of Quality & Care Delivery, California Primary Care Association

Learn more from the Blue Shield of California Foundation.