Quarterly SOHLstice
July 2021
In This Issue
ACHE Regent's Message
President's Message: A Time for Gratitude and Celebration
SOHL Programs: Quarterly Update
Welcome Our Newest Members of SOHL
Future Healthcare Leaders: Recognizing our Graduates
Q2 2021 National News
How Providers Can Continue to Support Mental Health Services Post-Pandemic
Leading Growth in Lean Times
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Chapter Officers

Executive Board

Regent (California - Southern)
Harry C. Sax, , MD, FACHE, FACS
Cedars Sinai Medical Center


Nora Bota
County of San Diego


Immediate Past Co-Presidents
Dasha Dahdouh
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego

Darrell Atkin

Johan Otter
Scripps Health


President Elect
Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor Consulting

Sarah Norwood
Tech Coast Angels San Diego

James Revels
UC San Diego Health


Peter Chu
UC San Diego Health

Board of Directors

Debbie Jacobs

Aubrianna Schumacher
UC San Diego Health Physician Group

Jack Hallmark

Lydia Isabel Napa
UC San Diego Health

Marketing and Communications
Ana Victoria Ramirez
Sharp Coronado Hospital

Sean Olmo
Scripps Health

Barbara Gerber
Devon Hill Associates, LLC

Gary Fybel
FMG Leading

Career Development
Alice Dang
Scripps Health

Sarah Guerard
VA San Diego Healthcare System


Subcommittee Members

Diversity Council
Kelly Price Noble
University of Phoenix

Imperial County Liaison

Allied Healthcare Professional Council
County: Nora Bota, County of San Diego

Military: LT Jac Thomas

VA: Sarah Guerard, VA San Diego Healthcare System

Community Health: TBD

Volunteer Coordinator
Kristine Ortwine
Integrated Health Partners

Annual Conference
Peter Chu
UC San Diego Health

Johan Otter
Scripps Health


Mike De Castro
ECG Management Consultants

Social Media
Lilly Najera
County of San Diego

Website Manager
Jeffrey Jimenez
County of San Diego

Marketing Volunteer
Susan Stone
Sharp HealthCare

Maureen Malone


Executive Program
Celerina Cornett
UC San Diego Extension

Jack Hallmark

Advancement Study Group
Carol Cannizzo
County of San Diego


Early Careerists
Jennifer Reyes
Family Health Centers of San Diego

Graduate Program Council, San Diego State University
Brandy Lipton

Thuy Do

Britney Seidemann


Graduate Program Council, National University
Negin Iranfar

Joy De Dios


Graduate Program Council, UC San Diego
Robert Kaplan

Justin Sigmund

Michael Chan

Graduate Program Council, University of Phoenix
Kelly Price Noble
University of Phoenix

College Bowl
Negin Iranfar
National University

Senior Advisors Council
Mary Parra
Neighborhood Healthcare

Mark Campbell
TRICARE Regional Office – West

Jared Vogt
Rady Children's Hospital

Trish Daly
Daly Consulting Solutions

President's Message: A Time for Gratitude and Celebration

This Summer, there is a lot to be thankful for as our Chapter’s region celebrates the State reopening. It’s an exciting moment in time to see the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Southern California and the cases decreasing in the region.

Not many would have thought that reaching this milestone would take over 16 months. During this time, healthcare leaders have demonstrated their hard work, dedication, passion, commitment, and sacrifice to support the community. I hope you are proud of the difference you made to keep the community healthy and safe. Even though there is more work to be done, it is still time to celebrate the accomplishments as the State begins to safely reopen.

In addition to the State’s reopening and celebrating with friends and loved ones, there are more celebrations underway. The future generation of healthcare leaders recently graduated this summer. The San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL) will spotlight Board Members that recently graduated or achieved a new position in their career trajectory, one of which is featured in this current newsletter issue. Being actively involved in SOHL as a Board Member or volunteer provides the ability to learn, network, and develop leadership skills that are integral to advancing in a healthcare management field. The Board Members have volunteered their time in SOHL to help healthcare leaders advance professionally amongst their other work and personal commitments. Now, it is time to celebrate these individuals and more acknowledgements will be provided later in the year.

As we acknowledge our Board Members, a certain advocate of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Chris Van Gorder, FACHE, President and CEO of Scripps Health, has truly demonstrated the importance of leadership during difficult situations. Not only did Van Gorder lead his team to provide appropriate care during the COVID-19 response, but he also addressed a cyber attack at the same time. SOHL appreciates Van Gorder’s continuous commitment to ACHE and we support Scripps Health as the organization transitions back after responding to the cyber attack. It is circumstances like these where true leaders are born and Van Gorder, as well as you as an ACHE and SOHL member, have demonstrated true leadership during the pandemic.

There are many healthcare heroes that have gone above and beyond the call of duty this past year. If you would like to acknowledge a healthcare hero in the San Diego or Imperial Counties, please contact Mike De Castro, Editor for SOHL’s newsletter, at midecastro134@gmail.com, for an opportunity to feature them in the next newsletter or other media capacity.

We realize that as businesses open-up, more opportunities may arise to host events. At the moment, SOHL events are virtual. However, the Board will continuously assess the appropriate steps for opportunities to host virtual, in-person, and/or hybrid events. We appreciate your patience with the process as our most important role as healthcare leaders is to ensure your health and safety.

Thank you for making a difference for communities in San Diego and Imperial Counties. If you have any questions or would like to be more involved with SOHL, please do not hesitate to contact me or any Board Member.

I will leave you with a few words to remember our moment in time of gratitude and celebration:

 “Be present in all things, and thankful for all things.” - Maya Angelou


Nora M. Bota, M.P.H.

President, San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders



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