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]


Jennifer Turner

Jennifer TurnerSenior Director of Operations

Jennifer is the Senior Director of Operations for Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC). Jennifer provides operational support for all PHC initiatives, while upholding the PHC mission of “improving community health, growing a diverse physician workforce and promoting health equity.” Jennifer is a native of the great state of California. She has acquired over 18 years of operational leadership experience within the healthcare industry.  In her previous roles, she managed several primary care and specialty offices within an ambulatory setting.  She also had direct oversight of three large call centers and a fulfillment department responsible for contractually supporting disease management efforts across the nation for a number of well-established health insurance companies. Jennifer earned her bachelors degree in Business Administration from Liberty University.


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.


Adrian Alegre

Adrian AlegreCompliance Manager

Adrian is the Compliance Manager for PHC.  After the serving as the LRP Program Director for the inaugural year, Adrian accepted the role to serve as the key compliance officer and works closely with the PHC CEO to document and evaluate systems and operations; develop policies and procedures; conduct ongoing program, and information privacy assessments; strengthen the organization’s information technology functions; and evaluate, implement, and manage organizational workflow management systems.  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, a letter of appreciation from the California State Governor, and 4 Navy Achievement Medals.  He continues his military support on his off-time as a member of the Navy Reserve and has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Management.


 

Patricia SimpsonCalMedForce Interim Program Director

Patricia (Trish) has been a public servant for over 25 years. After working in various capacities as the subject matter expert with the CA Conservation Corps for over 20 years, she became the Regional Specialist for John Muir Charter Schools. As a partner of the CA Conservation Corps, she developed and implemented a dynamic and entrepreneurial career and education pathways program for John Muir students within the greater Sacramento area. Trish earned her master’s degree in education, with an Emphasis on Best Practices and her bachelor’s degree in Counseling/Psychology with a minor in Bible & Theology from William Jessup University.  She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, exercising, reading and relishing the great outdoors.


Lizbeth Melendez

Lizbeth MelendezSenior Program Analyst

Lizbeth is the Senior Program Analyst for the CalMedForce grant program. She is responsible for developing recommendations for best practices for the CalMedForce program. Lizbeth also conducts research and provides data analysis. She tracks and monitors CalMedForce awardee expenditures and analyzes awardee progress reports. Prior to her current role she worked with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation. During her time there, she was the lead program analyst for the Clean Water Program funded under Proposition  1. She analyzed contract performance, developed budgets and procured contracts.  Lizbeth obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the Sacramento State University and is currently a Master of Public Administration Candidate at McGeorge School of Law. 


David Kert

David KertCalMedForce Program Analyst

David is the Program Analyst for CalMedForce, the Graduate Medical Education Program (GME) for PHC. He is responsible for grant application data management and analysis, research and development of the grant application, drafting policies, and social media management. Prior to his role at PHC, he was an administrative analyst for CalMHSA and George Hills Company. He analyzed contracts, insurance certificates, and grants, and drafted various policies. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno, and has won the Capital One Mascot Challenge. David enjoys gardening, making costumes for events, and loves to travel.


May Yang

May YangCalMedForce Program Coordinator

May Yang is currently the Program Coordinator for the CalMedForce GME program within PHC. May has an extensive background in administrative support and assisting in operational excellence having previously worked for over 13 years as an Executive Assistant to the COO of HISCO, Inc. As the Program Coordinator May will provide support to the GME Program Director, implementing procedures needed to keep the GME program organized, efficient and successful. Outside of work, you can find her with her kids grilling and hanging out at the neighborhood parks.


Katie Ramirez

Katie Ramirez, MPACalHealthCares Program Director

Katie serves as the key lead overseeing the CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. The CalHealthCares program is funded by Proposition 56 which provides a one-time allocation of $340 million for a loan repayment program to increase access to care by Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) contracted with PHC to administer the loan repayment program. Katie works closely with the PHC CEO, LRP Advisory Council and DHCS to develop, implement and evaluate the CalHealthCares program. Prior to her current role, she was the Program Analyst since the CalHealthCares program inception where she was a key member in the development of the program. Katie has a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration from Grand Canyon University and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy from McGeorge School of Law.


Corey Velez

Corey VelezCalHealthCares Program Analyst

Corey is the Program Analyst for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. She is responsible for loan repayment application data, research, and analysis. She also assists in communications and applicant outreach. Prior to her role at PHC, she worked as a Program Director for a Dental Program. She is also a subject matter expert for the Dental Board of California.


Manuel Perez

Manuel PerezCalHealthCares Program Analyst

Manny is the Program Analyst for CalHealthCares, the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for PHC. He is responsible for loan repayment application data, research, and analysis. He also assists in contract development and applicant outreach. Prior to his role at PHC, he was a Law Clerk for a civil defense law firm in Sacramento. There he conducted research and writing on various legal issues to assist Attorney’s representation of clients. Manuel has a Bachelor’s degree in Government and received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in May 2018.


Jaimee Lutz

Jaimee LutzCalHealthCares Program Coordinator

Jaimee currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program with PHC. As the Program Coordinator, Jaimee provides administrative support to the Program Director, and organizes internal and external meetings for the CalHealthCares team. Prior to her role with PHC, she managed the office of a small family business for nearly a decade, and also did medical bookkeeping while completing her Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration at Sacramento State. Jaimee enjoys spending time with her dog, good food, and traveling.