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.
Patricia Blaisdell provides membership support and advocacy for post-acute care and case management services, including policy analysis and interpretation, communication with regulatory and legislative bodies, and planning and implementation of educational programs.
Gail Blanchard-Saiger provides leadership for state legislative and regulatory issues related to hospital human resources (HR) and labor relations. She has more than 20 years of experience as a labor and employment law attorney representing hospitals and health systems. She is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and serves on its Advocacy Committee. She is a frequent speaker and author on health care workplace law issues.
Allison Bradley 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.
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. In addition, she serves as the issue manager for language access, governance, prison and homeless issues.
Tracy Campbell serves as CHA’s vice president of digital advocacy, responsible for developing strategies and content for digital and social media to achieve the association’s legislative and policy objectives.
Tracy’s work includes Our Health California, one of CHA’s growing digital communities and a positive advocacy voice for hospitals and health care. The community consists of nearly 1 million supporters and voters who regularly engage in advocacy campaigns to protect access to high quality health care services. The program has received six national awards for its social media campaigns.
Prior to joining CHA, Tracy served as a senior managing director at Hill & Knowlton, an international corporate communications and public affairs firm, where she directed the agency’s Northern California marketing and health care practice groups.
Ms. Campbell is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, a member of the Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and former chair of the California Polytechnic State University Journalism Department Advisory Board. Campbell received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal Poly and has earned various professional certifications from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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.
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 on a variety of issues.
Jackie most recently served as general counsel for Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland from 2006-14 (now UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland), where her duties included providing legal and risk management advice for operations; acting as legal adviser to senior management and the board of directors; overseeing litigation and contract review; and directing the organization’s insurance program. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital, she was a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Hanson Bridgett, where she specialized in civil litigation with an emphasis on medical staff credentialing and peer review disputes.
Jackie received a juris doctor degree from Stanford Law School after receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in English from Washington State University.
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.
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.
As a member of the CHA leadership team, Dietmar Grellmann is responsible for developing legislative, regulatory and legal strategy for a variety of issues related to hospital operations. He works closely with the California Legislature and regulatory agencies.
Dietmar previously served as Deputy Legislative Secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson, responsible for health, insurance and financial services issues and was also the Director of the State Office of Insurance Advisor. Before entering public service, he was an attorney specializing in business litigation and insurance regulatory matters.
Alex Hawthorne represents the interests of CHA member hospitals before lawmakers and their staff in the California Legislature. His advocacy focus includes managed care, behavioral health, education and workforce, public health, pharmacy, and women’s and children’s health. He also testifies on behalf of CHA at legislative hearings on issues of importance to the hospital industry.
As senior policy analyst, Megan Howard is responsible for providing leadership on federal regulatory issues related to health care finance, quality and patient safety, and hospital and post-acute provider related issues. Based in CHA’s Washington, D.C. office, Megan works with CHA’s vice president, federal regulatory affairs, CHA’s senior vice president, federal relations, CHA issue managers and national hospital associations on analysis and policy development for advocacy purposes.
Prior to joining CHA, Megan worked as staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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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.
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Amber Kemp provides advocacy and support regarding government-funded programs and other health care coverage policy issues affecting California hospitals and health systems. She also leads the CHA Community Benefit Committee, Managed Care Committee, and Payer Relations Committee. Amber represents CHA members on various state-level advisory groups and committees and is a frequent speaker on California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Amber has an extensive background in Medi-Cal and previously worked in the director’s office at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) where she managed implementation of the Medi-Cal Section 1115 “Bridge to Reform” Waiver for the $3.3 B Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments program for designated and non-designated public hospitals. Prior to joining DHCS, she served as a special assistant to state Board of Equalization member Betty T. Yee.
Amber has a master’s degree in business administration from Mills College in Oakland.
Sheree Lowe 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.
Cathy Martin is responsible for leading the CHA Workforce Committee, a hospital-led committee that focuses on identifying and implementing coordinated, strategic solutions that will address the long-term need for health care professionals in California. In addition, she is responsible for leading the Health Laboratory Workforce Initiative, which is comprised of clinical laboratory experts who are developing strategic solutions to the laboratory personnel workforce shortage in California.
Cathy has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years; the last 12 have been directly related to health care or public health. Prior to joining CHA, Cathy was executive director of the California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA), where she led the Rural Workforce Collaborative, a CSRHA taskforce that developed recommendations to address health care workforce shortages in rural areas.
From 1992-2006, Cathy was the associate director and chief financial officer of the California Center for Civic Participation, a non-profit organization in Sacramento that provides California youth with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to become informed participants in the democratic process, empowering them to take actions that result in policy outcomes that positively impact the health of their communities.
Anne McLeod provides leadership for developing policy objectives that support the growth and success of hospitals and health systems as they respond to challenges they face.
Anne joined CHA in 2007 and immediately began working on health policy and financing issues with then Gov. Schwarzenegger’s health care reform team. Anne designed and developed the original hospital fee, a landmark program for hospitals, providing billions of dollars of new funding every year since 2009.
She provided leadership for CHA’s Transforming for Tomorrow Task Force, which developed forward-thinking strategies and actions for hospitals to consider as they plan for the future. Most recently she spearheaded the only Population Health Management certification program for leaders in California’s hospitals to help reform and transform health care.
Before joining CHA, Anne served as a financial executive at several of California’s hospitals and health systems, and in California’s banking industry. Anne earned an undergraduate degree in finance, a post-graduate degree from the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School 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.
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, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties and the Hospital Quality Institute. She directs all internal financial matters of the associations, including accounting practices, internal controls, risk management, 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.
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.
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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 where hospital finance and technical knowledge is needed.
Amber is also involved with the development and implementation of the hospital fee and other financing programs.
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, Joint Committee on Accreditation and Licensing, and the California Alliance of Hospital Physician Organizations. He also serves as board chair for the Hospital Quality Institute, vice chair of the Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners, and is a board member of the California Public Protection & Physician Health, Inc.
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.
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 20 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.
Lois Richardson has a multifaceted job at CHA. She is responsible for evaluating the legal impact of proposed legislation/regulations on California hospitals and providing legal advice to CHA’s advocacy staff. In addition, she is the author of numerous CHA publications, including the Consent Manual, California Health Information Privacy Manual and California Hospital Survey Manual, Cal/OSHA Safe Patient Handling Regulation Guidebook, Minors and Healthcare Law, Healthcare Workplace Violence Regulation – How to Comply, and California Hospital Discharge Planning for Homeless Patients.
Lois has also served as the executive director for the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys since 2000, providing legal education and networking opportunities for California’s health care attorneys.
Prior to working at CHA, Lois worked at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, where she specialized in contract negotiations between the hospital/faculty physician group and payers.
Lois has a bachelor’s degree in business administration (finance) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Debby Rogers provides leadership in developing policy on clinical performance issues related to quality and quality measurement, case management, licensing and certification, and electronic health records. She also offers clinical and regulatory expertise in the transformation of health care delivery.
Before joining CHA, she served as deputy director for the Center for Health Care Quality (CHCQ) at the California Department of Public Health where she oversaw CHCQ’s operations, as well as its licensing and certification, and health care associated infections programs.
Debby has also served as CHA vice president for quality and emergency services, focusing on quality improvement, patient safety and the CHART process. She has more than two decades of legislative experience as a consultant on health and human services issues for the Legislature, and as the former associate secretary for legislative affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Debby has many years of experience as a registered nurse, base hospital coordinator, emergency clinical nurse specialist and nurse manager, and was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from San Jose State University and her master’s degree in emergency-trauma nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, where she is pursuing a doctorate degree in health policy.
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. Terry’s focus is on the best business use of technology throughout the associations to benefit members.
Prior to joining CHA in 1996, Terry worked for nine years at the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief technology officer and chief administrative officer of the Clinical Practice Board (UCD Medical Center’s hospital physician board).
David Simon leads CHA’s Communications team in support of work to foster an environment in which hospitals and health systems can better meet their mission of care. David works closely with CHA’s advocacy, policy, and data teams to create and disseminate information to legislative leaders, regulatory bodies, the public, and CHA members.
Prior to joining CHA, David served in a communications leadership role at the Maryland Hospital Association. Before that, he spent nearly 15 years in journalism, working at newspapers in New York City and Maryland.
Maria Sperber represents the interests of CHA member hospitals before lawmakers and their staff in the California Legislature. Her main areas of advocacy include women’s and children’s health, consent, scope of practice, licensing, pharmacy, and emergency services. She regularly testifies on CHA’s behalf at legislative hearings on issues important to the hospital industry.
Prior to joining CHA, she worked as the executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 1. Maria also worked as a government affairs specialist for Molina Healthcare and was a capitol staffer for many years.
Maria has a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a JD from McGeorge School of Law.
Ryan Witz represents members’ financial interests related to Medicare, Medi-Cal, commercial payers and other government entities. He provides support on financial and reimbursement issues affecting California hospitals and health systems, and represents CHA with stakeholders where hospital finance and technical knowledge is needed. Ryan is also involved with the development and implementation of the hospital fee and other financing programs.
Ronald Yaw oversees CHA DataSuite, a member toolset that analyzes federal data and provides hospital-specific reports, and serves as a resource for finance and reimbursement issues at CHA and the Regional Associations.
Ron brings more than 25 years of hospital finance experience ranging from assistant controller to chief financial officer at hospitals and health systems throughout California and other states. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.