Committee Members


Derryl Acosta, MBA
Manager, Public Relations
Palomar Health, Escondido

Patricia Aidem
Regional Director, External Communications
Providence St. Joseph Health, Mission Hills

Mary Barker
Chief Communication Officer
Montage Health, Monterey

Samantha Beal
Manager, Media Relations
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto

Colette Becker
Director of Corporate Communications
Cottage Health, Santa Barbara

Lorenzo Benet
Director, Media Relations
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Adam Blackstone
Vice President, External Affairs and Strategic Communications
Hospital Association of Southern California, Los Angeles

Todd Burke
Communications Director, California
Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Dallas

Cathy Capaldi
Senior Vice President, Marketing/Communications/Business Development
MemorialCare Health System, Laguna Hills

Mark A. Capitolo
Director, Public Advocacy
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region, Oakland

Christina Chavira
Communications Specialist
Enloe Medical Center – Cohasset Campus, Chico

John Cihomsky
Vice President, Corporate Communications/Public Relations
Sharp HealthCare, San Diego

Jo Coffaro, MPA
Regional Vice President
Hospital Council – Northern and Central California, Los Gatos

Janice Collins
Senior Director, Public Relations
Scripps Health, San Diego

Joshua Cowen
Vice President, Strategy and Communications
Adventist Health, Roseville

Michael Crawford
Director, UC Health Communications
UC Health, Oakland

Patricia Cuen
Vice President, Chief Marketing/Communications Officer
Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles

Kelsey Culler
Executive Director, Communications
Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda

Ben Drew
Director, Corporate Communications
John Muir Health, Walnut Creek

Gayle Holman
Manager, Public & Legislative Affairs
Community Medical Centers, Clovis

Steve Huddleston
Vice President, Public Affairs
NorthBay Healthcare Corporation, Fairfield

Mark Klein
Senior Vice President, Communications/Marketing
Dignity Health, San Francisco

Judy Leach
Communications Executive
Adventist Health, Roseville

Dan Loeterman
Director, External Communications
Dignity Health, Glendale

Patrick Moody
Director, Marketing, Public/Community Relations
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Valencia

Elizabeth Nikels
Vice President, Marketing/Communications
Prime Healthcare Services, Ontario

Joe Page
Marketing and Communications Manager
Enloe Medical Center – Cohasset Campus, Chico

Heidi Pallares
Director, Corporate Communications & Media Relations
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach

Lisa Sontag
Director, Operations/Member Relations
Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Steve Telliano
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs and Marketing
UC Davis Health, Sacramento

Amy Thoma Tan
Director of Public Affairs/Issues Management
Sutter Health, Sacramento

Michelle Von Tersch
Vice President, Corporate Communications/Public Affairs
Community Medical Centers, Clovis

Michael Wilson
Director of Communications
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Pamela J. Wu
Senior Associate
Korn/Ferry International, Los Angeles



Tracy Campbell
Assistant Group Vice President, Communications
California Hospital Association, Sacramento

Greta Hicks-Brooks
Administrative Assistant
California Hospital Association, Sacramento

David Simon
Group Vice President, Communications
California Hospital Association, Sacramento

Jan Emerson Shea
Vice President External Affairs
California Hospital Association, Sacramento