Staff

Katie Heidorn
Executive Director
Katie Heidorn is Executive Director of Insure the Unisured Project (ITUP). Prior to leading ITUP, Katie spent the past two years from 2018 - 2020 as a Government Affairs Advocate for Health Net and was Development Director and policy lead at the nonprofit California Coverage and Health Initiatives from 2017 - 2018. From 2012 - 2016, Katie served for five years in the Brown Administration at the California Health and Human Services Agency as an Assistant Secretary of Program and Fiscal Affairs and Health Reform and as a Governor’s appointee in a Senate-confirmed position, Deputy Secretary of Special Programs. Prior to her service in the Brown Administration, Katie was a Principal Consultant for health policy in the California State Senate Appropriations Committee from 2008 - 2011. She is also an alumna of the California Senate Fellows Program, serving in the office of then-Senator Tom Torlakson. Katie received her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s of arts and sciences degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis.
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
Director of Programs
Emili oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing ITUP programs and is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities, including the regional workgroups and annual ITUP conference. 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.
Marissa Kraynak
Director of Health Policy Research
Marissa works closely with the Executive Director and policy team to develop and execute ITUP’s policy research, analysis, and communications. Before joining the ITUP team, Marissa was a research analyst with Educational Results Partnership. Marissa also served as a California Council on Science and Technology fellow in the California Assembly Health Committee. Marissa received a doctorate degree in Reproductive Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Drew University.
Garrett Hall
Health Policy Analyst
Garrett works directly with the Director of Health Policy Research to execute the 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.
Sandra Hernandez
Communications Coordinator
Sandra develops compelling communications in support of the ITUP mission and provides support in website design, social media content creation, and the production of other communication activities. Before joining the ITUP team, Sandra completed a bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of California, Davis. While completing her degree, Sandra interned at Kaiser Permanente, Public Affairs and at the California State Board of Education.
Claudia Taylor
External Affairs Coordinator
Claudia 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. Prior to joining ITUP, Claudia interned at the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento where she created media content to expand public outreach and enhance the organization’s community connections. She received her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Oregon.
Mayra Martinez
Office Assistant
Mayra functions to support the entire team and helps to ensure that all ITUP work products and convenings are professional, organized, and top-quality. Prior to joining ITUP, Mayra worked at Sacramento’s non-profit lead agency in housing and homelessness where she coordinated the day-to-day office operations and provided support to the executive staff. Mayra is currently pursuing a degree in Managerial Economics at the University of California Davis and Cinematography at Full Sail University.