Leadership Team

These fine people help in a variety of ways. To see just members of a certain type, click the filter box for the type to view.

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Robert M. Peck, MD

Board of Directors Officer

Honorary President, In Memoriam

Robert M. Peck, MD

Board of Directors Officer

Robert M. Peck, MD, Honorary President, In Memoriam, passed away on July 31, 2016.

Dr. Robert Peck is the honorary president in memoriam of the California Physicians Alliance. The following is a brief autobiography of a physician who dedicated his life to patient advocacy.

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Honorary President, In Memoriam

Steve Tarzynski, MD MPH

Board of Directors Officer

President

Steve Tarzynski, MD MPH

Board of Directors Officer

Steve Tarzynski MD is a practicing pediatrician and president of the California Physicians Alliance. Dr. Tarzynski has over four decades of activist experience in health care reform and other progressive movements.

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President

William Yturri Skeen, MD MPH

CaPA Staff

Executive Director

William Yturri Skeen, MD MPH

CaPA Staff

“When I worked in the Emergency Room at Los Angeles County Medical Center, I became aware of the unfairness of our health care system. I realized that those with insurance were much more likely to get the care they needed, before it was too late. I’ve been a single payer supporter ever since.”

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Executive Director

Anali Gutierrez, MPH

CaPA Staff

Assistant Director

Anali Gutierrez, MPH

CaPA Staff

Anali is an alumna of Cal State University, Northridge where she earned a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts as well as a Masters degree in Public Health in Health Education (MPH).

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Assistant Director

Carol Ann Schiller

CaPA Staff

Bookkeeper

Carol Ann Schiller

CaPA Staff

“It is rewarding for me to work for an organization like the California Physicians Alliance since they advocate health insurance for ALL. I am a transplant from Ann Arbor, MI to Berkeley, CA and have worked the last ten years for non-profits. I also enjoy using the non-practical side of my brain. I have sung in choruses and have traveled extensively in the United States (to all but two states).”

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Bookkeeper

Dan Wohlfeiler, MJ, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Chief of the Office of Policy, Communications and Planning

Dan Wohlfeiler, MJ, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Dan Wohlfeiler, MJ, MPH, is Chief of the Office of Policy, Communications and Planning at the Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch at the California Department of Public Health. He has worked in STD and HIV transmission since 1986, in Spain, Central America, and at the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS.

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Chief of the Office of Policy, Communications and Planning

Glennah Trochet, MD

Advisory Board Member

Former Health Officer - Sacramento County

Glennah Trochet, MD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Glennah Trochet was born and raised in Colombia, South America. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1976, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1979.

Following a two-year term as a commissioned corps officer for the Indian Health Service in Zuni, New Mexico, she came to Sacramento with her husband and was in private practice for 8 years. During that time her two daughters were born.

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Former Health Officer - Sacramento County

Vall Vinaithirthan

Board of Directors Member

CaHPSA Chapter Leader and Project White Coat Director at UC Santa Barbara

Vall Vinaithirthan

Board of Directors Member

Vall Vinaithirthan is a rising senior studying Biology at UC Santa Barbara hoping to pursue an MD/MPH in the future.

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CaHPSA Chapter Leader and Project White Coat Director at UC Santa Barbara

Hilary Siebens, MD

Board of Directors Officer

Vice President

Hilary Siebens, MD

Board of Directors Officer

Hilary Siebens, MD joined PNHP in 1999 out of admiration for Dr. David Himmelstein’s courage and her own growing awareness of the unkindness and failures for patients and their families, especially those with disabilities, of the current health care system. She appreciates the simplicity and effectiveness of single payer (an Improved Medicare for All). In 2009 she helped develop the Los Angeles California Physicians Alliance chapter and in 2010 joined the Board.

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Vice President

James Kratzer, MD, MPH

Board of Directors Officer

Secretary

James Kratzer, MD, MPH

Board of Directors Officer

Dr. Jim Kratzer is a lifelong advocate for comprehensive universal healthcare, “everybody in, nobody out.” His mother was born in Canada, an 11th generation Canadian, and was also a moralizer: healthcare as a basic human right has always been a core value in his family.

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Secretary

William A. Tarran, DPM

Board of Directors Officer

Treasurer

William A. Tarran, DPM

Board of Directors Officer

Bill Tarran is a podiatrist in private practice in Daly City, CA and is employed as a podiatrist for the City and County of San Francisco in the Department of Public Health where he provides care in the city’s outpatient community clinics.

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Treasurer

Abby H. Arnold

Board of Directors Member

Organizational Consultant

Abby H. Arnold

Board of Directors Member

For the past 18 years, Abby H. Arnold has been an organizational consultant and grant writer whose clients included non-profit organizations, local governments, unions, and faith-based groups, specializing in building partnerships among organizations to successfully compete for large government grants.

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Organizational Consultant

Susie Baldwin, MD MPH

Board of Directors Member

Physician

Susie Baldwin, MD MPH

Board of Directors Member

Dr. Susie Baldwin is a preventive medicine and women’s health physician who has been a member of California Physicians Alliance (CaPA) since her medical school days in Brooklyn, NY.

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Physician

Art Chen, MD

CaPA Action Board of Directors

Senior Fellow

Art Chen, MD

CaPA Action Board of Directors

Dr. Arthur Chen is currently a Senior Fellow focusing on building a learning organization that promotes a culture of service excellence and community advocacy at Asian Health Services (a Federally Qualified Health Center [FQHC]) in Oakland, California, where he has practiced inpatient and outpatient medicine as a family physician since 1983 and also served as their Medical Director and Special Programs Director (1984-1995). He also serves as the Deputy Director for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health,Read More »

Senior Fellow

Christopher Cherney, MA

Board of Directors Member

Nursing Home Administrator

Christopher Cherney, MA

Board of Directors Member

Christopher Cherney has worked as a California licensed nursing home administrator since 1997. He obtained a BA in Biochemistry from Harvard University in 1987 and his MA in Gerontology from SFSU in 2012. In 2001, he became the first employee of Kaiser Permanente’s first-ever free-standing skilled nursing facility.

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Nursing Home Administrator

Parker Duncan, MD, MPH

Board of Directors Member

Family Medicine Physician

Parker Duncan, MD, MPH

Board of Directors Member

Parker Duncan, MD, MPH, now a bilingual (Spanish) family medicine physician working in the community clinics of Sonoma County, first heard about the California Physicians Alliance during his first year of medical school at UC Irvine.

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Family Medicine Physician

Gerri Field

Board of Directors Member

Health Care Activist

Gerri Field

Board of Directors Member

Gerri Field graduated from U.C. Berkeley with degrees in economics and history. Her career has spanned the legal, teaching and political organizing fields. She became a health care activist 30 years ago when her professional life took her to NYC and Paris, France during which time she experienced a “Tale of Two Cities” in health care systems.

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Health Care Activist

Justin Nguyen

Board of Directors Member

President of CaHPSA at Touro University

Justin Nguyen

Board of Directors Member

Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from UCLA. He is currently enrolled at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in his new role as the Northern California CaHPSA Representative, Justin looks forward to supporting CaHPSA students in fostering a culture of civic engagement and single payer advocacy at their schools."

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President of CaHPSA at Touro University

Jim Mangia, MPH

Advisory Board Member

President and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers

Jim Mangia, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Jim Mangia is the President and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers, a network of a dozen nonprofit federally qualified health centers and school-based clinics providing free medical, dental and mental health services to more than 200,000 patient visits in south Los Angeles.

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President and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers

Leslie Bruce, JD

Advisory Board Member

Advocacy, Communications and Community Relations

Leslie Bruce, JD

Advisory Board Member

Leslie K. Bruce, JD is a seasoned professional with a career in advocacy, communications and community relations that spans more than 30 years. She currently serves as Director of Healthcare Leadership and Community Outreach for UC San Diego Extension where she teaches a number of classes in US healthcare and advocacy in the UC San Diego School of Medicine master’s degree programs while managing a portfolio of continuing education courses and programs for healthcare professionals.

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Advocacy, Communications and Community Relations

Scott Carter

Advisory Board Member

Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher

Scott Carter

Advisory Board Member

Scott Carter is the Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, a show which holds the record for most Emmy nominations without a victory.

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Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher

Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at UCSF

Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Laura A. Schmidt is a Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. She holds a joint appointment in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. Dr. Schmidt is also Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She received her PhD training in sociology at UC Berkeley andRead More »

Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at UCSF

Cindy De La Cruz, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Organizer for the Committee of Interns & Residents/SEIU Healthcare

Cindy De La Cruz, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Cindy De La Cruz received her Master’s in Public Health from CSU Long Beach with an emphasis in Community Health Education.

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Organizer for the Committee of Interns & Residents/SEIU Healthcare

Howard Feinberg, DO

Advisory Board Member

Faculty for the American Osteopathic Association Fellowship in Health Care policy

Howard Feinberg, DO

Advisory Board Member

Howard Feinberg is a 1984 graduate of The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, CA (now Western University).

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Faculty for the American Osteopathic Association Fellowship in Health Care policy

Jeoff Gordon, MD

Advisory Board Member

Consultant in Medical Bioethics at Sharp Memorial Hospital

Jeoff Gordon, MD

Advisory Board Member

Jeoffry Gordon, MD, MPH is a full-time family and preventative medicine practitioner at Family Health Centers of San Diego, providing medical care primarily to homeless patients.

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Consultant in Medical Bioethics at Sharp Memorial Hospital

Gerald F. Kominski, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Members

Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Gerald F. Kominski, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Members

Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Professor of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

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Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

George Lakoff, PhD

Advisory Board Members

Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics

George Lakoff, PhD

Advisory Board Members

Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics

Don R. McCanne, MD

Advisory Board Members

Senior Health Policy Fellow at National Health Program

Don R. McCanne, MD

Advisory Board Members

Don McCanne practiced family medicine in San Clemente, California for over three decades. He served as chief of staff of San Clemente hospital, and as chairman of the board of a very successful community-oriented bank.

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Senior Health Policy Fellow at National Health Program

Carmen R. Nevarez, MD, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Vice President of External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI)

Carmen R. Nevarez, MD, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Nevarez currently serves as the Vice President of External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI), one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit public health organizations in the nation

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Vice President of External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI)

Wendell Potter

Advisory Board Members

Public Speaking, Consulting Work and Volunteer Activities

Wendell Potter

Advisory Board Members

I left my job as a corporate executive a few years ago after an honest-to-God, life-changing, Road-to-Damascus epiphany.

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Public Speaking, Consulting Work and Volunteer Activities

Alberto Retana

Advisory Board Member

President and CEO of Community Coalition

Alberto Retana

Advisory Board Member

Alberto’s core values center on the notion that people, love, and compassion – matched with organized power, strategy, and vision – have the potential to transform society.

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President and CEO of Community Coalition

Alfredo Carlos, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Faculty at California State University - Long Beach

Alfredo Carlos, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Alfredo Carlos is a Faculty member in the departments of Political Science and Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. His interests revolve around understanding the nature of inequality in the U.S. and through praxis, organizing alternative economies that empower working communities especially those of color.

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Faculty at California State University - Long Beach

Gustavo Herrera

Advisory Board Member

Director, Young Invincibles

Gustavo Herrera

Advisory Board Member

Gustavo is the Director of Young Invincibles, the largest millennial-focused advocacy and policy organization in the nation.

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Director, Young Invincibles

Indu Subaiya, MD, MBA

Advisory Board Member

Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Health 2.0

Indu Subaiya, MD, MBA

Advisory Board Member

Indu Subaiya is the Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Health 2.0, the leading conference and media platform company that promotes, showcases and catalyzes new technologies in healthcare through a worldwide series of conferences, code-a-thons, prize challenges, and more.

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Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Health 2.0

Paula Litt

Advisory Board Member

Secretary, Liberty Hill Foundation

Paula Litt

Advisory Board Member

In 1992 Paula began volunteering at the Liberty Hill Foundation and used her expertise in office management to help Liberty Hill build its infrastructure.

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Secretary, Liberty Hill Foundation

Marianne Brown

Advisory Board Member

Retired Faculty, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Marianne Brown

Advisory Board Member

Marianne Parker Brown has been on the faculty of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health from 1984-2004 and 2015-2017.

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Retired Faculty, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Kent Wong

Advisory Board Member

Director, UCLA Labor Center

Kent Wong

Advisory Board Member

Kent Wong is the director of the UCLA Labor Center, where he teaches courses in labor studies and Asian American studies.

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Director, UCLA Labor Center

Art Small, MD

Advisory Board Member

Health Economist

Art Small, MD

Advisory Board Member

Art Small MD is an expert in health economics, value assessment, and managed care.

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Health Economist

Beatriz Sosa-Prado

Advisory Board Member

PhD Student, UC Merced

Beatriz Sosa-Prado

Advisory Board Member

Beatriz is a PhD student in Public Health at the University of California, Merced.

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PhD Student, UC Merced