Advisory Council

The ITUP Advisory Council (Council) provides ITUP leadership and staff with ongoing feedback and strategic input to inform ITUP policy research, workgroups and conference programs. The Council helps to gauge the relevance and value of ITUP work products and activities, serving as ITUP’s direct connection to the health care sector. The Advisory Council includes statewide and regional leaders representing diverse sectors including clinics, hospitals, physicians, health plans, advocacy, labor, employers and government.

Joan Allen, SEIU-UHW Healthcare Workers West

Mayra Alvarez, The Children’s Partnership

John Baackes, L.A. Care Health Plan

Charles Bacchi, California Association of Health Plans

Isabel Becerra, Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers

Kim Belshé, First 5 Los Angeles

Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., California Primary Care Association

Shana Charles, California State University, Fullerton College of Health & Human Development

Colleen Chawla, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Ashley Cohen, TC2 / Top Tier Consulting

Gary Cohen, Blue Shield of California

Michael Cousineau, USC Keck School of Medicine; Price School of Public Policy

Joel Diringer, J.D., Diringer & Associates

Anastasia Dodson, Department of Health Care Services

Adam Dougherty, M.D., M.P.H., Sutter Medical Center Sacramento

Toby Douglas, Centene

Susan Fleischman, M.D., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Hector Flores, M.D., Family Practice Department, White Memorial Medical Center/Family Care Specialists Medical Group

Veronica Flores, M.A., Community Health Councils

Norma Forbes, Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners

Jon Freedman, Health Management Associates

Alvaro Fuentes, Community Clinic Consortium, Contra Costa County

Kelly Green, Covered California

Jay Hansen, California Medical Association Foundation

Scott Hauge, Small Business Association of California

Mark Herbert, Small Business Majority

Percy Howard, III, LCSW, California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions

David Hurst, Health Plan of San Joaquin

Kerry Hydash, Family HealthCare Network

Gerald Kominski, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Maria Lemus, Vision y Compromiso

Louise McCarthy, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

Alan McKay, Central California Alliance for Health

Anne McLeod, California Hospital Association

Erica Murray, California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

Mike Odeh, Children Now

Jeffrey Oxendine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health/Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

David Panush, California Health Policy Strategies

Gary Rotto, Borrego Health

Roderick Shaner, M.D., Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Herrmann Spetzler, Open Door Community Health Centers

Micah Weinberg, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Wendi West, Partnership HealthPlan of California