David B. Vliet, CEO LifeLong Medical Care, CHCN Board Chair
Sue Compton, CEO AXIS, CHCN Board Secretary
Jane Garcia, CEO La Clínica
Ms. Jane García has led La Clínica de La Raza since she became CEO in 1983 and the strength of her leadership is apparent when looking at the organization itself.
La Clínica has grown from a $2 million dollar project to an over $92 million dollar institution. La Clínica employs over 800 staff and serves over 74,000 patients across 30 sites in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties. La Clínica is one of the largest community health clinics in the state of California.
Ms. García is an advocate and activist with a passion for preserving community health care for all residents regardless of ability to pay. Her commitment to community health care has been recognized on numerous occasions. The most recent of which include La Clínica’s recognition as a “Public Health Hero-Organizational Hero Award” from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and Ms. García’s recognition by the San Francisco Business Times as a Healthcare Hero in the Community Impact category.
Ms. García received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley.
Sherry Hirota, CEO Asian Health Services
Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services (AHS) since 1982. Hirota has been instrumental in advancing the concepts of linguistic and cultural competence. Under her leadership, the AHS budget has increased from $100,000 to $20 million and the number of staff has increased from nine to 200, 99% of whom both speak English and at least one additional language.
As an advocate and pioneer in the Asian American and Pacific Islander health movement, Sherry has national experience and expertise in public policy and advocacy, and has played a critical role in the establishment of language and cultural competence standards in managed care. She has served as an adviser to Congressional leaders on health issues ranging from eligibility criteria for indigent care population-based medically underserved designations, strategies for urban health policy, language access standards, and stabilization of core infrastructure funding for community-based organizations.
In addition to her executive responsibilities at AHS, Sherry’s professional and community affiliations include: Emerita Board Member of The California Endowment, appointed member of the Advisory Committee on Research on Minority Health, and member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s National Center for Cultural Competence. She served as Health Chair of the Dellums Commission: Expanded Pathways of Young Men of Color, Chair of the Workforce Committee of the California Primary Care Association, board member of the Community Health Centers Network and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alameda Health Consortium.
Zettie D. Page, III, CEO Bay Area Community Health
Zettie D. Page, III, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer (CEO), joined Bay Area Community Health, formerly known as Tri-CIty Health Center, in January 2013.
Dr. Page is a former FQHC CEO with a career focused on increasing access to care while decreasing disparities in healthcare through stabilizing and transitioning community health centers as primary safety net providers within their service areas.
He has over 20 years of experience working with FQHC’s and recently served as CEO for Salud Para La Gente in Watsonville where he led organizational expansion from 13 to 23 sites, a strengthening of governance, revision to the strategic plan, and implementation of an electronics record system. He also secured nearly $8 million in grants to improve clinics. Dr. Page worked as an Executive Director of Plains Medical Center in Limon, Colorado. Dr. Page speaks fluent Mandarin, holds a doctorate of medicine in general medicine, a doctorate in social work, and three Masters Degrees in Social Work, Health Education and MBA. He has retired from 36 years of military (reserve) service as a Colonel.
Dr. Page is currently the Chairman of HHS’s National Advisory Council on Migrant Health, a member of the board of directors for the CA School Based Health Clinics Association and a well-known leader working with agencies on transformational change. His leadership experience and track record of successfully delivering organization stability is key for BACH to sustain its mission and services to the community in the new health care environment.
Andrea Schwab-Galindo joined TVHC in January 2013 and has grown with the organization from her role as Compliance and Risk Management Manager to Director of Quality and Compliance, to Chief Administrative Officer, to her current role as CEO.
As CEO, Andrea oversees all departments of the health center and is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s strategic plan, developing relationships with community groups and members, and advocating for TVHC and other community health centers.
Andrea has over 15 years of experience in community health and nonprofit program management. Prior to her work at TVHC, she held various positions at other community health centers, where she managed programmatic and compliance components of federal contracts and programs. She has worked with various nonprofits in South America, implementing microfinance, sustainability, and community health projects. Andrea has also served on multiple nonprofit boards throughout Alameda County.
Andrea received her Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Legal Studies and Latin American Studies, a Master’s degree in Public Health from San Jose State University, and a Masters Certification in Corporate Health Care Compliance from George Washington University. She is also a graduate of the Healthforce Center at UCSF, Clinic Leadership Institute.
Andrea is also a recipient of the 2019 Emerging Leader Award from the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy and the National Association of Community Health Centers.
Originally from Cartagena, Colombia, Andrea made the Bay Area her home over 25 years ago. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling abroad, and being crafty. With her firm belief that healthcare is a human right, Andrea works with passion toward advancing health equity, civil rights, and empowering the future of the community health center workforce. She resides in the East Bay with her husband, son, and two mischievous dogs.
Erika Simpson Akpawu, CEO, West Oakland Health
Erika Simpson Akpawu joined West Oakland Health in 2019 as its Chief Operating Officer and was appointed to Chief Executive Officer in 2021.
Erika Simpson-Akpawu is a proud native of East Palo Alto, CA where she grew up in a multi-cultural family and attended African-centered schools. She is the product of an immigrant and professional dancer from Colombia South America and an African American Bay Area resident and master drummer.
Erika was inspired to career in healthcare by her mother who passed away of breast cancer at the young age of 46. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Howard University, Washington, DC. Erika’s early post-graduate career in health led her to the Community Breast Health Project in Palo Alto (currently Bay Area Cancer Connections), where her mother previously received advice and care regarding her cancer
diagnosis. There, she worked as an interpreter and advocate for women under 40 to receive breast cancer screening and diagnostic services.
Her growth and success working in community health advanced her to a position at Ravenswood Family Health Network in 2003. Over the course of 15 years, Erika was promoted and held various leadership positions contributing to the growth and success of the new community health center that ultimately achieved over 55,000 patient visits annually. She oversaw the formalization of the clinic’s Chronic Disease Management
program, established and managed their neighboring health center satellite clinic, was the main instrument behind their community volunteer program, and assured culturally and linguistically competent services for their diverse multi-lingual community members.
Erika earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Touro University in Vallejo, CA. Her academic and career advancement studies included a 3-month global public health capstone project in Ethiopia that focused on researching contraception use amongst college-age women and completing an executive leadership program through the UCSF’s Clinic Leadership Institute.
Erika currently resides in Oakland, CA with her husband and 4 children. She is fluent in English and Spanish enabling her to communicate effectively within the primarily Black and Brown communities she serves. Erika’s volunteer experience includes several years of working with underserved youth promoting and teaching leadership and community activism, and mentoring young girls through a rite of passage program, Ase Institute, of Oakland CA. Her passion for promoting health equity and social justice in underserved communities allowed her to be selected as the first recipient of the Geiger Gibson “Emerging Leader” award from George Washington University.