Staff

Lupe Alonzo-Diaz

Lupe Alonzo-DiazPresident & Chief Executive Officer

Lupe Alonzo-Diaz serves as the President & CEO of Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC). In her existing role, she provides leadership and direction to the overall mission and vision of the organization. Prior to her role at PHC, she was the Deputy Director of Administration for the Department of State Hospitals where she oversaw the daily operations of five state hospitals with a $1.4 billion budget and over 11,000 employees. Before this, she served in various leadership roles at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), including in acting capacities as the Chief Deputy Director and Deputy Director of Administration. At OSHPD, she also led the state’s efforts on health workforce development overseeing various programs and grants increasing access to care in underserved areas as its Deputy Director of Healthcare Workforce Development. Ms. Alonzo-Diaz initially came to state government as a gubernatorial appointee for the Health Professions Education Foundation as its Executive Director. Prior to public service, she held various leadership positions with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Western Center for Law and Poverty, Children’s Advocacy Institute and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Lupe earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband, two boys, her mother, her sons’ dog and her mother’s bird.


Lance R. Lewis

Lance R. LewisChief Financial Officer

Lance R. Lewis is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Physicans For A Healthy California. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial planning, accounting and financial reporting of PHC working in concert with the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lewis also the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the California Medical Association (CMA). A veteran member of the CMA staff for more than 19 years, Mr. Lewis is responsible for the administrative and operational support centers of the organization, including the departments of Governance, Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities Management. He is also the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the CMA and its Affiliates, which comprise more than a dozen non-profit and for-profit companies. Mr. Lewis was named CFO of the Year by the Sacramento Business Journal in 2017. Mr. Lewis earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. [Full Bio]


Sam Olivieri

Sam OlivieriExecutive Coordinator

Executive Coordinator for the CEO of PHC. She performs administrative tasks for the CEO as well as the PHC team, implementing procedures needed to help keep PHC organized, on budget and efficient.  Additionally, she is tasked with being the liaison for the PHC Delegation Advisory Committee and is the functional manager for the coordinators on our team.  She is skilled in organization, keeping schedules and recognizing lasting solutions.  Her banking background of 27 years with US Bank, has given her experience in key responsibilities she holds currently.


Monica Montano 

Monica Montano, PhdCalMedForce Program Director

Monica serves as the key lead overseeing the GME grant program, also known as the CalMedForce program. The CalMedForce grant program is funded by Proposition 56 with the goal of sustaining, retaining and expanding graduate medical education programs to increase the number of primary care and emergency medicine physicians in California. She works closely with the CalMedForce Advisory Council and Board to develop, implement and evaluate the CalMedForce grant program. Prior to her current role, she was a California Council on Science and Technology Fellow working as a Committee Consultant for the Assembly Health Committee in the California Legislature. She analyzed various health related pieces of legislation while providing staff support to Legislators and their constituents. Monica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Rockhurst University and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 


Chris Thompson

Chris ThompsonCalMedForce Program Coordinator

For the past 12 years Chris has been the Administrative Assistant/Program Coordinator at Stanford Children’s Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in the Center for Professional Development and Inquiry department. She began her tenure as the Life Support Coordinator/Admin supporting the American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and other nationally regulated courses. Courses include Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, S.T.A.B.L.E., Palliative Care/End-Of-Life Annual Conference and many more. Her passion is to automate manual processes and to learn new soft skills to improve office procedures. Rest of Career:  Chris’ past positions held were as Executive Assistant at Berkshire Hathaway, Materials Analyst at Celestica onsite at SUN Microsystems, International Sales Administrator at Southwall Technologies and Logistics Manager at Technology Modeling Associates, all positions she held in Silicon Valley. Current Appointment: Chris serves as a board member at Clear Creek Services, a Residential Community providing a specialized focus on offering “aging-in-place” care facility for adults with developmental disabilities. As a parent of a client at Clear Creek, she finds it very fulfilling to serve on the board and assist in business decisions to ensure the residents of the home are receiving optimum care. 


Adrian Alegre

Adrian AlegreCalHealthCares Program Director

Adrian is the Program Director for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC.  The CalHealthCares program was made possible by Proposition 56 which provides a one-time allocation of $220 million for a loan repayment program to increase access to care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) contracted with PHC to administer the loan repayment program.  Adrian works closely with the PHC CEO and LRP Advisory Council to develop, implement and evaluate the CalHealthCares program.  Furthermore, he serves as the subject matter expert on workforce development and retention strategies, analyzing trends to achieve the goals as reflected in Proposition 56, such as funding implementation and administrative programs that will help keep hundreds more doctors in California every year to improve the health of Californians.  Prior to his role at PHC, he has served on Active Duty for 13 years in the United States Navy where he led administrative departments in operational program management, policy development and compliance, security management, and data analysis.  His focus on mission and steadfast work ethic has helped lead to several awards such as Navy Operational Support Center of the Year and a letter of appreciation from the California State Governor.  He has been awarded 4 Navy Achievement Medals and has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Management.  Adrian enjoys spending time with his family by going to the movies together, bike riding, and attending sporting events.


Katie Ramirez

Katie RamirezCalHealthCares Program Analyst

Katie is the Program Analyst for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. She is responsible for grant application data management and analysis, research and development of the grant application, longitudinal program evaluation, and social media management. Prior to her role at PHC, she was a Health Policy Intern at Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) and a Cardiac Monitor Tech at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. She analyzed County Indigent Health Programs and analyzed various health-related pieces of legislation. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Grand Canyon University and is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy at McGeorge School of Law.


Jill Scott

Jill ScottCalHealthCares Program Coordinator

Jill Scott is the Project Coordinator for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. She is responsible for all correspondence to our Advisory Council and plans and executes all meetings. She oversees the LRP budget. Works as the team coordinator to help with all administrative tasks. She has been with CMA/PHC for over 4 years and has enjoyed every minute, especially working with a team that is able to give back to our physicians that work so hard. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Science from Sacramento State University. Lastly, in her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, reading a good book, and of course loving on all her fur babies (#TeamDog).


Ravinder Singh

Ravindar SinghProgram Manager

Ravindar oversees the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO), the Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE), Diverse Female Physicians Wellness Project (WELLNESS), Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program (MSCLGP) and other organizational needs (including the website). Prior to his current role, Ravindar was at WellSpace Health where he built and managed community/government relations. Ravindar has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and Administration, also Bachelor of Arts in Business.  Ravindar is highly active in the community. He sits on the leadership council for Metro EDGE, the leading young professionals’ group in Sacramento. Ravindar is the second vice chair for Ambassador Committee for Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber. Additionally, he services as the planning officer for Front Street Animal Shelter. Lastly, on his free time Ravindar enjoys yoga, hiking, theater and CrossFit, as well as spending time with his family and black lab Rocky (#TeamDog).