Staff

Deborah Kelch
Executive Director
Deborah Reidy Kelch is the Executive Director of the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP). Prior to joining ITUP, Deborah had 30+ years of experience analyzing and working to improve health care in California, including 15 years as policy and fiscal staff to the California Legislature and more than 15 years as owner of Kelch Associates, an independent health policy consulting firm. Deborah received her master’s degree in public policy and administration from CSU Sacramento and her bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.
Elia V. Gallardo, Esq.
Director of Policy Research
Elia works collaboratively with ITUP’s board, staff, and advisors to monitor and analyze federal, state and local policies, legislation, and research affecting health care coverage, access, and health care delivery in California. Prior to joining ITUP, Elia’s positions include Executive Director of Government Relations and Program Oversight with the Alameda Alliance for Health and Director of Government Affairs for the California Primary Care Association. Elia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from U.C. Berkeley and a law degree from UCLA School of Law. She has been admitted to the California State Bar.
Beth Abel
Director of Administration
Beth maintains office operations and procedures and works directly with the executive director on Board development, organization financials, and grant management. Prior to joining ITUP, Beth worked at a non-profit trade association for California tow truck companies where she collaborated with company owners to provide education and training for tow truck operators throughout the state. Beth received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Kent State University with a concentration in Health Promotion and Education.
Emili LaBass
External Affairs Coordinator
Emili serves as the External Affairs Coordinator for ITUP where she is responsible for developing and maintaining ITUP connections and communications with statewide and local partners, funders, health care leaders, state and local agency staff, stakeholders and the media. Before joining the ITUP team, Emili spent nearly three years as Senior Program Coordinator at the California Primary Care Association providing support to California's community health centers. Emili has her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Garrett Hall
Health Policy Analyst
Garrett works in partnership with the Executive Director and Director of Policy Research to execute strategy for accomplishing ITUP’s short- and long-term policy and research goals. Before joining ITUP, Garrett completed a Master of Public Health degree at Touro University California, interning at the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to his MPH, he worked at the Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research. Garrett received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins in Biotechnology and a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology at UC Davis.
Stephen Block
Project Associate
Stephen assists with administrative duties including office services, organizational communication and programming. Stephen joins ITUP with prior non-profit and public administrative experience including serving two years of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, serving with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho and Mutual Housing California. He received a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in statistics from UC Davis.