Announcing Cohort 8 of CLI's Emerging Leaders Program

Blue Shield of California Foundation is proud to announce the 8th cohort of the Clinic Leadership Institute's (CLI) Emerging Leaders program.

Thirty participants were selected for their commitment and contributions to California's healthcare safety net, and for their readiness to embark upon a new path to leadership. Over the next 18 months, this intensive training program will bring participants together to learn, share, and grow into the prepared and passionate professionals who will help bring our community health centers into the future.

Since 2007, CLI programs have produced nearly 200 trained leaders across the state. Representing the diverse populations they serve, these dedicated individuals are now using the skills and experiences they gained from CLI to strengthen their organizations and make a difference in their communities.

Joining this distinguished group of alumni are this year's Emerging Leaders:

Southern California

  • Joanne Barron, St. Vincent de Paul Village, Inc., San Diego
  • AnnMarie Carlisle, Neighborhood Healthcare, Escondido
  • Martina Savedra, San Ysidro Health Center, San Diego


  • Meaghan McCamman, California Primary Care Association, Sacramento

North Coast

  • Donald Gollihue, Open Door Community Health Centers, Arcata
  • Stacy Pollina-Millen, Mendocino Coast Clinics, Fort Bragg

Far North

  • Susie Foster, Hill Country Health and Wellness Center, Round Mountain
  • David Lavine, Health Alliance of Northern California, Redding

Bay Area

  • Wildredo Cerrato, Indian Health Center of Santa Clara County, San Jose
  • Audrey Chow, North East Medical Services, San Francisco
  • Jennifer Durst, Marin Community Clinics, San Rafael
  • Patricia Espinosa, LifeLong Medical Care, Berkeley
  • Susanna Farina, Gardner Family Health Network, San Jose
  • Steven Ghidinelli, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, Santa Rosa
  • Elena Guzman, Community Health Partnership, San Jose
  • John Hunsaker, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, San Francisco
  • Tamar Kurlaender, Native American Health Center, Oakland
  • Thu Quach, Asian Health Services, Oakland
  • Andrea Schwab-Galindo, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Hayward

Central Coast

  • Sarah Willingham, Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc., Nipomo

Central Valley

  • Susy Loya, Golden Valley Health Centers, Modesto
  • Charles Meza, United Health Centers, Parlier
  • Aida Monarrez, Community Medical Centers, Inc., Stockton

Los Angeles

  • Rosa Arzu, Altamed, Los Angeles
  • Jason Hua, Venice Family Clinic, Venice
  • Bettina Lewis, Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, Los Angeles 
  • Joycelyn Loren, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Los Angeles
  • Angela Morena, The Children's Clinic, Long Beach
  • Nicole Ressa, Planned Parenthood LA, Los Angeles
  • Brenda Sandoval, JWCH Institute Inc., Commerce