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.
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 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.
Sana Baig
Health Policy Analyst
Sana contributes to ITUP’s policy research analysis and communication activities and works with the Executive Director to achieve ITUP’s policy goals. Before joining ITUP, Sana completed a master of public health (MPH) degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to her MPH, she worked at the American Academy of Pediatrics of California. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, she served as an AmeriCorps (Volunteers in Service to America) at the Rhode Island Free Clinic.
Sandra Hernandez
Communications Coordinator
Sandra develops external messaging for ITUP, providing 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
Communications Consultant
Claudia consults on all ITUP communications. She works with the Executive Director and Policy Analysts to produce ITUP publications and assists the Communications Coordinator in developing web and social content. 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.