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 ITUP business operations and systems by overseeing administration, human resources, and organization financials. She works directly with the Executive Director on organization policies and procedures and Board development and 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 Cossio
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.
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 Communications 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.
Chloe Breaker
Programs Coordinator
Chloe provides organizational support to the ITUP programs team and takes on project-based work. She works closely with the Director of Programs on ITUP's annual conference, regional workgroups and other event programming. Chloe currently holds bachelor degrees in both Spanish and Psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Mary Nguyen
Health Policy Analyst
Mary assists the policy team with research, writing, and editing ITUP's policy publications and content. Before joining the ITUP team, Mary interned at the Bipartisan Policy Center and worked on human health research at UCSD and Takeda San Diego. Mary has bachelor degrees in both Biology and Public Health from the University of California, San Diego.