2018 Kaiser Permanente Northern CaliforniaResidency Elective in Health Policy – Sacramento SpeakersJennifer (Gabales) AlleyLegislative Advocate,California Associations of Health PlansJennifer joined the California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) as alegislative advocate in March of 2015 and represents the Association andits member plans in the California Legislature.Jennifer came to CAHP with nearly 12 years of legislative experience,most recently serving as Director of Policy and Advocacy for the CaliforniaAssociation for Health Services at Home representing hospice, homehealth and non-medical home care providers. Prior to this position, shewas with the California Department of Public Health analyzing legislationfor the state. As Legislative Advocate her primary responsibility withCAHP is to advocate for the value of managed care in providing affordablehealth care to as many Californians as possible.Mrs. Alley graduated from the California State University, Sacramentowith a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.Diana DooleyExecutive Secretary,California Governor’s OfficeDiana Dooley is a Democratic political advisor working in the state ofCalifornia. She is the executive secretary, a role comparable to chief ofstaff, for Gov. Jerry Brown (D). She was appointed to the position on May31, 2018.Previously, Diana Dooley was appointed the Secretary of the CaliforniaHealth and Human Services Agency in December 2010 by Governor JerryBrown. There she led 13 state departments within the Agency, chairedCovered California (the Health Benefit Exchange) and served as chair ormember of numerous other boards and commissions. Dooley was alsoPresident and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association.Dooley began her career as an analyst for the State and in 1975, she wasappointed to the staff of Governor Jerry Brown for whom she served asLegislative Director and Special Assistant until the end of his term in 1983.Before becoming an attorney in 1995, she owned a public relations andadvertising agency. Dooley moved into health care in 2000 when she lefther private law practice to serve as General Counsel and Vice Presidentat Valley Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree fromCalifornia State University, Fresno in 1972 and her law degree from San
Joaquin College of Law in 1995. She is married to Dan Dooley and hastwo adult daughters.Alex HawthorneLegislative Advocate,California Hospital AssociationAlex Hawthorne represents the interests of CHA member hospitals beforelawmakers and their staff in the California Legislature. His advocacy focusincludes managed care, behavioral health, education and workforce,public health, pharmacy, and women’s and children’s health. He alsotestifies on behalf of CHA at legislative hearings on issues of importanceto the hospital industry.Alex began his career working for a trade association representingbiotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, venturecapital firms and research institutions. He also worked for a lobbying firmwhere he represented a diversity of health care clients, including advocates,biopharmaceutical companies and nonprofits.Alex has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Humboldt StateUniversity.Brendan McCarthy, MPPChief Consultant,Assembly Business & Professions CommitteeBrendan joined the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions inApril of 2018. Prior to joining the Committee, he spent nine years with theSenate Committee on Appropriations, most recently covering issue areasincluding professional licensing and health care policy. Prior to that, heworked at the Legislative Analyst’s Office for five years, covering issuesrelating to natural resources, environmental protection, and energy policy.Brendan has Masters in Public Policy from the University of California,Berkeley.Lisa Murawski, MAPrincipal Consultant,Assembly Appropriations CommitteeLisa Murawski, MA, is a Principal Consultant with the California StateAssembly Appropriations Committee with over 10 years of workexperience in state and local government. In her current role, sheanalyzes health-related legislation, working with state agencies, externalstakeholders, and raw data to identify costs; weighs costs and benefitsof legislation; and advises and serves as a resource to Assemblymembers and staff, informing decisions through expertise and research
on a range of health-related fiscal and policy issues. Prior to thisposition, she was a fiscal and policy analyst on health programs for theLegislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) and a project coordinator for localgovernment alternative transportation programs. She has a Master ofArts degree in Geography from University of California, Santa Barbara,and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from SUNYBuffalo.Lisa lives with her husband, Ben Turner, and her sons Milo (7) andHarvey (5) in South Land Park. She is an active member of theLeonardo Parent Teacher Council and classroom volunteer, and an avidbike commuter.Richard Pan, MD, MPHCalifornia State Senator (D-Sacramento)Dr. Richard Pan is a pediatrician, former UC Davis educator, and StateSenator proudly representing Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Groveand unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. He chairs the SenateHealth Committee, the Committee on Public Employment andRetirement and the Senate Select Committees on Children with SpecialNeeds and on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. He also serves on theSenate Committees on Agriculture; Business, Professions, andEconomic Development; and Education. Dr. Pan continues to practicepediatrics at WellSpace Health in Oak Park.First elected to the State Assembly in 2010, Dr. Pan strives to keep ourcommunities safe and healthy. When local governments planned toclose fire stations during the recession, Dr. Pan authored legislation tobring over 100 million in federal funds for fire departments including 6million for the Sacramento region. He partnered with law enforcementand local businesses to establish a statewide database to catch thievesattempting to sell stolen property to pawnshops, and he authoredlegislation to allow campus police to use body cameras.TIME magazine called Dr. Pan a “hero” when he authored landmarklegislation to abolish non-medical exemptions to legally requiredvaccines for school students, thereby restoring community immunityfrom preventable contagions. Dr. Pan also authored one of the mostexpansive state laws regulating health plans eliminating denials for preexisting conditions and prohibited discrimination by health status andmedical history. He demands transparency and accountability in statehealth programs; holding hearings on reducing fraud, investigating pooraccess to dental care, and ensuring children with cancer and otherserious conditions have access to pediatric specialty care. Dr. Panprovided leadership in enrolling families for health coverage, resulting in
halving the number of uninsured in California, and he sponsorednumerous health fairs providing resources including free glasses, dentalscreenings, and vaccines.Dr. Pan has devoted his career to solving problems and helpingeveryone in the community. Prior to serving in the legislature, Dr. Panwas a UC Davis faculty member and Director of the Pediatric ResidencyProgram where he created a nationally recognized service learningcurriculum, Communities and Health Professionals Together to buildpartnerships between health professions students and neighborhoods tobuild healthier communities.Dr. Pan co-founded and served as chair of Healthy Kids Healthy Future,where he helped secure health, dental and vision coverage for over65,000 children in the Sacramento area. He helped create theSacramento Health Improvement Project, bringing together doctors,hospitals, clinics and community leaders to ensure that all SacramentoCounty residents have access to primary health care. Dr. Pan alsoserves on the United Way California Capitol Region Board and servedon the BloodSource board and the Sacramento First Five Commission.For his leadership in education and community development, Dr. Panhas been recognized with the Campus Compact's Thomas EhrlichFaculty Award for Service-Learning and the Physician HumanitarianAward from the Medical Board of California.Dr. Pan and his wife are raising two young sons and run a dental practicewhere they balance expenses, meet a payroll and understand thechallenges of running a small business. The son of immigrants, Dr. Panattended public schools and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biophysicsfrom Johns Hopkins University, a Medical Doctorate from the Universityof Pittsburgh and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University.Yna Shimabukuro, MASenior Director, Political OperationsCalifornia Medical AssociationYna Shimabukuro is the California Medical Association’s PoliticalOperations Senior Director. She is responsible for the CMA’s PoliticalAction Committee (CALPAC) fundraising operations and serves as theassociation’s primary grassroots organizer, mobilizing Legislative KeyContacts to advocate for legislation affecting the house of medicine andprotecting the safety of patients. Yna works to increase the presence andinfluence of the CMA by identifying, recruiting and retaining physicianparticipation in strategic programs and campaigns to support the effortsof the Centers for State Government Relations, Federal Relations andPolitical Operations.
Prior to joining the CMA, she served as a legislative aide to formerAssembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico. Yna received a M.A. inInternational Administration from the University of Miami in 2011 and aB.A. in Government with a concentration in International Relations fromCalifornia State University, Sacramento in 2008.Teresa Stark, MBASenior Director, State Government RelationsKaiser PermanenteTeresa Stark is Senior Director, State Government Relations for KaiserPermanente in Sacramento, CA.Teresa has over 25 years of experience in the public policy andgovernment relations arena, with a with a primary focus in health carepolicy.Prior to joining KP as a lobbyist in 2011, Teresa was a lobbyist for theCalifornia Medical Association, representing physicians in the halls ofstate government.Prior to her work in government relations, Teresa was a long-timelegislative staffer, having worked in the State Capitol for 12 years forseveral Assembly Members and the Speaker of the Assembly. She wasmost recently Chief of Staff for former Assembly Member Paul Koretz ofWest Hollywood.Teresa also worked for Kaiser Permanente Public Affairs in theSacramento/Roseville area as a Community and Government Relationsrepresentative.Teresa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and PoliticalScience and an MBA from CSU Sacramento. Teresa has one son andlives in El Dorado Hills. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, golf,kayaking, traveling and volunteering at community events.Juan ThomasAssociate Director, Center for Governmental RelationsCalifornia Medical AssociationJuan Thomas has been with the California Medical Association for sixyears. He is also the former Chief of Staff. His issue areas includeCommercial Managed Care, Scope of Practice, and Pharmaceuticals.
Paula Villescaz(Former) Consultant,Assembly Health
California State Senator (D-Sacramento) Dr. Richard Pan is a pediatrician, former UC Davis educator, and State Senator proudly representing Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. He chairs the Senate