CHA Staff

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Mary Barker
Vice President, Publishing & Education

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7514 Direct
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BJ Bartleson, RN, MS, NEA-BC
Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services

BJ Bartleson provides leadership in developing, communicating and implementing CHA policy related to nursing, emergency services, trauma and medication safety. She is recognized statewide and nationally as a nurse leader with more than 30 years of experience as an administrator, educator, researcher, clinician, manager and expert in multiple areas of acute patient care management and nursing practice. 

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7537 Direct
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Patricia Blaisdell
Vice President, Post Acute-Care Services

Patricia Blaisdell provides membership support and advocacy for hospital-based medical rehabilitation and skilled-nursing services, policy analysis and interpretation, communication with regulatory bodies and third-party payers, and planning and implementation of educational programs.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7553 Direct
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Gail Blanchard-Saiger
Vice President, Labor & Employment

Gail Blanchard-Saiger provides leadership for state legislative and regulatory issues related to hospital human resources (HR) and labor relations. She has more than 15 years of experience as a labor and employment law attorney representing hospitals and health systems.

Gail served as special counsel/senior counsel at Foley and Lardner, LLP, and principal of Blanchard Saiger Law, P.C. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an HR manager at a nonprofit senior service agency.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7620 Direct
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Peggy Broussard Wheeler
Vice President, Rural Health & Governance

Peggy Broussard Wheeler serves as vice president of CHA’s Rural Healthcare Center. She is responsible for developing, advocating and executing public policies, legislation and regulations on behalf of small and rural hospitals at the state and national levels.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7689 Direct
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Tracy Campbell
Vice President, Digital Advocacy

Tracy Campbell, APR, directs CHA’s Public Advocacy Program, which seeks to educate, inform and influence target audiences on health care access issues, including the cost of delivering services.

Tracy currently leads CHA’s award-winning Caring is our Calling educational and outreach campaign. She previously served as a senior managing director at Hill & Knowlton (H&K), an international corporate communications and public affairs firm, where she directed the Northern California marketing and health care practice groups.

Tracy is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, and previous chair of the advisory board for the journalism department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal Poly and public relations credential from the University of California, Los Angeles.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7594 Direct
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Joan Cardellino
CAHHS, Director Volunteer Services

Joan Cardellino oversees a statewide network of committees serving hospital volunteer programs and services.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7504 Direct
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Connie Delgado
Chief Legislative Advocate

Connie Delgado represents the interests of CHA member hospitals before lawmakers and their staff in the California Legislature. Her main areas of advocacy include trauma/emergency medical services, privacy, nursing issues and hospital closures. She also testifies on behalf of CHA at legislative hearings on issues of importance to the hospital industry.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7655 Direct
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Jan Emerson-Shea
Vice President, External Affairs

Jan Emerson-Shea serves as chief spokesperson for CHA, overseeing the association’s media relations activities. She also is responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications and public affairs initiatives that support CHA’s advocacy objectives. In addition, Jan provides communications counsel to the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

1215 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7516 Direct
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William J. Emmerson, DDS
Senior Vice President, State Relations & Advocacy

William J. Emmerson brings to CHA broad public policy experience spanning more than 40 years, dating from the early 1970s when he was as a legislative assistant in the California State Assembly to serving as a state senator from 2010-13.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7540 Direct
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Lisa Evans
Vice President, Member Communications

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7515
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Ruth Ferguson
Assistant to the President

Ruth Ferguson is the assistant to the CHA President/CEO, C. Duane Dauner.  She manages the administrative affairs of the Office of the President, and organizes the activities of the various committees, workgroups and task forces.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7545 Direct
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Allison Fleming
Director, Member Communications

Allison Fleming is responsible for managing and editing the publication of the daily CHA News and for identifying, developing, and communicating information to the CHA membership. She has more than 20 years of communications and editorial experience serving local non-profits, including crafting messages, managing publications and writing for both print and electronic media.

Allison has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Sacramento State University.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7518 Direct
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Jackie Garman
Vice President, Legal Counsel

Jackie Garman oversees and coordinates the association’s legal representation on litigation critical to the hospital industry and assists with evaluating the legal impact of legislation and regulations on hospitals. She also assists in developing legislative and regulatory language, coordinates external counsel on litigation involving CHA and interacts with member hospitals.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7636 Direct
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Delma Giroski
Human Resources Manager

Delma Giroski brings to CHA a wealth of human resources generalist expertise with an emphasis in employee relations and recruitment of high-quality employees. Playing a major role in all aspects of the human resources department, she successfully serves as an advocate to both the association and its employees, resulting in an atmosphere that promotes growth, communication and effective leadership.

Delma has extensive experience in benefits management and immigration as gained through her previous roles with technology and e-business solutions corporations, and professional associations. 

Delma completed the Professional In Human Resources (PHR) Certification in 2007, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Sacramento Area Human Resource Association.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7663 Direct
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Barbara Glaser
Senior Legislative Advocate

Barbara Glaser represents the interests of CHA member hospitals before lawmakers and their staff in the California Legislature. Her main areas of advocacy include the state budget, hospital finance and reimbursement, rural hospitals, clinics, prisons and post-acute care. She testifies regularly on behalf of CHA at legislative hearings on issues of importance to the hospital industry. 

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7559 Direct
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Dietmar Grellmann
Senior Vice President, Managed Care & Professional Services

As a member of the CHA executive management team, Dietmar Grellmann is responsible for developing legislative and regulatory policy regarding financial and legal matters. He works closely with the California Legislature and regulatory agencies, including the Department of Managed Health Care and Department of Health Care Services.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7572 Direct
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Cheri Hummel
Vice President, Disaster Preparedness

Cheri Hummel is the Vice President of Disaster Preparedness at CHA, and is the Executive Director for CHA’s Hospital Preparedness Program.

Prior to joining CHA, she worked at the California Emergency Medical Services Authority Disaster Medical Services Division and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. She has a background in health care and has worked at acute care hospitals and outpatient clinics.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7681 Direct
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Sheryl Hurner
Director, Publishing & Marketing

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7508 Direct
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Alyssa Keefe
Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs

Alyssa Keefe is responsible for policy development and analysis of federal regulation impacting California hospitals and health systems, and serves as a liaison between CHA and federal agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prior to joining CHA, Alyssa was managing director of the Hospital Quality Alliance, a national public/private collaboration committed to making meaningful, relevant and easily understood information about hospital performance accessible to the public, and to informing and encouraging efforts to improve quality.

499 South Capitol Street SW, Suite 410
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 488-3740
(202) 488-4688 Direct
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Amber Kemp
Vice President, Health Care Coverage

Amber Kemp provides advocacy and support regarding government-funded programs and other health care coverage policy issues affecting California hospitals and health systems. She has an extensive background in Medi-Cal and previously worked in the director’s office at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) where she managed implementation of the Medi-Cal Section 1115 Waiver for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) for designated and non-designated public hospitals. Prior to joining DHCS, she served as a special assistant to state Board of Equalization member Betty Yee.

Kemp has a master’s degree in business administration from Mills College in Oakland.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7543 Direct
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Sheree Kruckenberg
Vice President, Behavioral Health

Sheree Kruckenberg has been Vice President of Behavioral Health at CHA since 2002.  In this capacity, she staffs CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) Advisory Board. She is also responsible for hospital-based outpatient clinic (HBOC) issues and staffs CHA’s HBOC committee. Additional duties include tracking legislation for women & children’s issues and coordination of the annual California Congressional Action Program (CCAP) in Washington, DC.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7576 Direct
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Cathy Martin
Vice President, Workforce

Cathy Martin is responsible for leading the CHA Workforce Committee and multiple health profession workgroups focused on identifying and implementing coordinated, strategic solutions to address the long-term needs of health professionals in California.  

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7511 Direct
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Anne McLeod
Senior Vice President, Health Policy & Innovation

Anne McLeod serves as CHA’s health care reform resource for member hospitals. Using her knowledge of both federal and state health care reform legislation and regulations, she coordinates CHA’s efforts on the development, communication, and implementation of policies related to health care reform. She also provides leadership for the design, development and implementation of the hospital fee and other financing programs.

Anne joined CHA in 2007 and immediately began working on health policy and financing issues with then Gov. Schwarzenegger’s health care reform team. She works closely with the California Legislature, the Executive Branch, and regulatory agencies, including the Department of Health Care Services. She also represents hospitals’ interests with the management and governing board of the California Health Benefit Exchange.

Before joining CHA, Anne served as a financial executive at several of California’s hospitals and health systems, and in California’s banking industry. She earned an undergraduate degree in finance, a post-graduate degree from the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School held at the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Business and a master’s degree in public health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7536 Direct
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Liz Mekjavich
Director, Education

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7500 Direct
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Jennifer Newman
Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Newman brings more than 20 years of financial management and accounting experience and expertise to CHA as well as to the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. She directs all internal financial matters of the associations, including accounting practices and internal controls, budgeting, and monitoring of financial performance.

Jennifer joined CHA in 1999. Prior to her promotion to Chief Financial Officer, she served as accountant and controller. Jennifer attended the Oregon Institute of Technology where she studied pre-nursing and business administration.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7629 Direct
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Anne O’Rourke
Senior Vice President, Federal Relations

Based in Washington, D.C., Anne O’Rourke manages CHA’s Federal Relations Office, represents CHA members before Congress and the White House, and serves as the liaison to other state and national health organizations.

Before joining CHA in 1998, Anne spent 10 years as a senior lobbyist for the American Hospital Association (AHA). Part of her responsibilities included covering AHA’s Region 9 on the West Coast. In the 1980s, Anne was the health legislative assistant to Rep. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, handling health issues for the Ways and Means Committee and organizing the House Rural Health Coalition.

Anne has a bachelor’s degree in political science and American history from Drew University in New Jersey.

499 So. Capitol Street, S.W., Suite 410
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 488-3740
(202) 488-4494 Direct
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Amber Ott
Vice President, Finance

Amber Ott represents members’ financial interests related to Medicare, Medi-Cal, commercial payers and other government entities. She is responsible for providing advocacy and support on financial and reimbursement issues affecting California hospitals and health systems, and represents CHA with state agencies and other stakeholders when hospital finance and technical knowledge is needed. She is also involved with the development and implementation of the hospital fee and other financing programs. 

Prior to joining CHA, she worked for ten years at Triage Consulting Group, a hospital revenue recovery firm in San Francisco, where she served as a director.

Amber is also a Certified Professional Coder and earned her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7669 Direct
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David Perrott, MD, DDS
Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

David Perrott, MD, DDS, serves as CHA’s resource for medical staff issues, accreditation and licensing, and policy issues regarding patient safety and quality. He oversees CHA’s Center for Hospital Medical Executives and Joint Committee on Accreditation and Licensing.  He also serves as board chair for the Hospital Quality Institute and is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission.

Prior to joining CHA, he was senior vice president/CMO of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and maintained a part-time practice in Salinas, California.  He spent 10 years in academics as a full-time faculty member at UCSF and Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital.

He received his undergraduate, dental and medical degrees from Creighton University, an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and post-graduate training at Emory University, Northwestern University and the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7574 Direct
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Deepa Prasad
Vice President, Policy Research & Analytics

(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7658 Direct
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Julie Reppas
Vice President, Human Resources & Deputy Chief Operations Officer

Julie Reppas is responsible for ensuring CHA and the Regional Associations hire the best employees and maintain a positive culture and work environment, enabling staff to deliver outstanding member service and personally thrive. She has responsibility for managing all human resource (HR) activities and supporting the general operations of the association.

Julie joined CHA in 2002 and has specialized in HR for more than 16 years. She holds a master’s degree in management from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7567 Direct
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Lois Richardson
Vice President, Privacy & Legal Publications/ Education

Lois Richardson has served as CHA’s legal resource for the past 19 years, primarily as legal counsel and most recently as vice president of legal publications and education. She is the author of numerous CHA publications, including the Consent Manual, California Hospital Compliance Manual, California Health Information Privacy Manual and Mental Health Law.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7611 Direct
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Roger Richter
Senior Vice President, Professional Services

Roger Richter is responsible for energy, facility, environmental and related disaster planning issues. He represents hospital interests by serving as a liaison between member hospitals and state regulatory agencies, including the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Hospital Building Safety Board, California Buildings Standards Commission, State Fire Marshal, Cal/OSHA, Cal EPA, Emergency Medical Services Authority, Department of Public Health, California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7570 Direct
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Nancy Robinson
Executive Assistant

Nancy Robinson is executive assistant to CHA’s Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Lois Suder. She handles activities relating to the CHA Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Board of Trustees, California Health Foundation & Trust Board of Directors, and California Hospitals Committee on Issues Board of Directors.
 

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7662 Direct
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Tanya Robinson-Taylor
Legislative Advocate

Tanya Robinson-Taylor represents the interests of CHA and its member hospitals before the state Legislature concerning legislation related to health facility licensing and certification, health care quality, pharmacy issues, managed care, federally qualified health centers, infectious diseases, women and children, and health workforce education.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7673 Direct
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Debby Rogers, RN, MS
Vice President, Clinical Performance & Transformation

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7575 Direct
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Terry Sherb
Chief Information Officer

Terry Sherb is responsible for the overall management of computing and information technology for the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (CAHHS) and CAHHS-affiliated organizations, including CHA.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7556 Direct
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Lois M. Suder
Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer

Lois Suder has been with CHA since 1999.  Her responsibilities include operations, accounting, information systems, education and publications, volunteer programs, CHA’s website and other member communications, board of trustee meetings, issue management and CHA’s charitable organization, California Health Foundation and Trust (CHFT).  She manages CHA’s subsidiaries and related companies. She also directs CHA’s political action committees, including the candidate PAC, the issues committee and an independent expenditure committee.

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7622 Direct
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Jill Thomson
Executive Director, CHPAC

1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7401
(916) 552-7560 Direct

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