James Johnson, Jr., Chair
James Johnson, Jr. studied African-American Studies and Public Health at U.C. Berkeley and currently works as an Analyst with the Solano County Health & Social Services Department. After his initial professional introduction to LifeLong Medical Care through participation in a work group that reviews and addresses the high prevalence of hypertension in certain communities in Berkeley, he developed a great appreciation for the work of LifeLong and its many sites throughout the Bay Area.
As a Bay Area native, James feels it’s especially important to improve this community and its health and wellbeing, and sees LifeLong as an organization that is grassroots enough to reach people outside of the clinical setting. It’s also large enough to make profound changes in the lives of families they serve. James is also an Advisor to a chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as well as Chairing the Bay Area Alphas Education Foundation. He is a mentor through several organizations and involved with the Covenant Worship Center.
John L. Jenkins, Vice Chair
John Jenkins, MBA, earned his degrees at Wharton – University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. He is currently the Senior Vice-President of Finance, Operations and Business Development at Valassis Digital. He has over 17 years as an entrepreneur, executive and advisor with domain expertise in digital media and health care and has held leadership positions at a number of advertising and product development agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has served as a member of the LifeLong Medical Care Board of Directors since 2012. He also serves on the LifeLong Quality Assurance and Development committees, and chairs the annual fundraiser.
Gloria Flores-Garcia, Secretary
Assistant Executive Director for El Concilio of San Mateo County for over 10 years, Gloria has directed programs that promote health prevention, education, outreach, and case management for San Mateo County's Latino and other underserved communities. She is the co-founder of Nuestro Canto de Salud Health Project that is a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort that envisions all community as key stakeholders in the rhythm and harmony of a healthy community. Gloria has a long history of working in the community and is committed to social justice issues. She has served on several boards and councils, including the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, West Bay Breast Cancer Early Detention Program, and KCSM's Community Advisory Committee. She was a past KQED Local Hero for Hispanic Heritage Month as well as the private sector Local Hero award for Peninsula Interfaith Action.
Philip Kamlarz, Treasurer
Philip Kamlarz has made a lifetime commitment to community and public service. Prior to his retirement, he most recently served as the Berkeley City Manager, having spent over 45 years in service to the community with a goal of improving the lives of those most in need. Phil currently serves on the Board of the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society. He studied at Long Island University where he received his BS degree and did graduate work at Hunter College in New York. He has served as Treasurer of the LifeLong Medical Care Board of Directors since 2016 and he also serves on the LifeLong Finance Committee as Chair.
Kevin D. Williams, JD, MPH, Past Chair
Kevin D. Williams earned his degrees at UC Berkeley, the University of Houston Law Center, and the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is currently the Associate Director at Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) and was a faculty member at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health where he also served as the Associate Director of the Center for Public Health Practice. He has served as a member of the LifeLong Medical Care Board of Directors since 2006. He is the Past Chair of the California Black Health Network and the Past Chair of the African American Caucus for the State of California's Council on Multicultural Health.
Ron Adler, Member
Ron Adler, Chair of LifeLong’s Development Committee, received his education from Harvard, Stanford, and UCSF. He has lived and practiced medicine in the East Bay since 1977, working in both private practice and public health care at Alta Bates/Herrick Hospitals, Alameda County Medical Center (Highland Hospital), and the University of California Health Service. He served 16 years as a member and chair of the City of Berkeley Community Health Commission. He is now semi-retired and, in addition to his service on the LifeLong Board, he volunteers at community health centers and at the University of California/UCSF Joint Medical program. He notes with pride that many of the doctors at LifeLong were once students of his at Highland Hospital or at the UCSF Medical School. His self-declared "mission" on the LifeLong Board is to create and maintain a working environment that supports our dedicated health care providers in the delivery of humane, quality health care for all of our patients.
Robin Betts, RN, CPHQ, MBA-HA, Member
Robin Betts is a leader in clinical innovation and the implementation of safety improvement initiatives and has dedicated her professional life to patient safety, quality, and high reliability systems to make lives better. She has had a distinguished 35-year health care career, practicing as a nurse for 17 years.
As Vice President for Quality, Clinical Effectiveness & Regulatory Services for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Robin helps further advance Kaiser Permanente’s nation-leading excellence in quality and patient safety, and oversees health plan and hospital regulatory functions, including compliance, licensing, and member grievances.
Robin also has a strong background in health care information technology. She spent almost two decades in clinical informatics and patient safety leadership positions – most notably at Universal Health Services, as the Corporate Director of Information Technology, and at Valley Health System as an Associate Administrator leading implementation of evidence-based clinical care programs.
Patricia Carson-Sussman, MS, Member
Patricia came to the world of aging through a circuitous route that began with jobs in radio and television. After the death of her daughter Sarah, she helped found the California Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation and later returned to school to study nursing. She supplemented that expertise with a subsequent Masters degree in organizational behavior. She was a member of the first volunteer class at Alta Bates Hospice and was later named Director of the hospice and its successor, VNA & Hospice of Northern California. She has served more than 20 years as a board member and onetime Chair of the Over 60 Health Center and LifeLong Medical Care, and was also appointed Chief Operating Officer for LifeLong, gaining practical experience as well as a public-policy understanding of issues of aging. For the past 10 years, Patricia has maintained an independent consulting practice that specializes in aging and healthcare delivery. For the past 4 years Patricia has been involved in the development and implementation of Ashby Village a non-profit membership organization that provides the community, supports and services for people to age in their own homes.
Tasha Henneman, Member
Janet Howley, MA, Member
Janet Howley is Vice President of Community Services & Housing at Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services. She came to NCPHS in 2014 with 27 years of experience in the field of affordable housing, working in nonprofit organizations and local government. Before that, she worked at Mercy Housing California as Senior Asset Manager from 2008 to 2011. Prior to this position, she worked in the Community and Economic Development Agency at the City of Oakland, from 1988 through 2007 as a Housing Development Coordinator, Manager of Housing Development and Interim Director of Housing & Community Development. Janet moved to the Bay Area following a two year assignment with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government which required travel throughout the United States to evaluate the work of a national foundation. She received a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College. She has served as Chair and Past Chair of the LifeLong Medical Care Board of Directors where she has served since 2001.
Robbie Hurtado, Member
Robbie Hurtado is an Employment Program Specialist for the City of Richmond. She has served as a Mental Health Behavioral Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor and has been trained as a licensed vocational nurse. For over 17 years she has been providing referral services and resources to the people in her community. She serves as a Community Board Member of Rubicon Program, a non-profit provider of housing, training, employment and mental health services in Richmond. She also served as an Executive Board Member of Brookside Community Health Center for 17 years before they merged with LifeLong. She has served as a member of the LifeLong Medical Care Board of Directors since 2012.
Christie Kiefer, Ph.D., Member
Christie Kiefer is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology in the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, where he has taught for 40 years. Dr. Kiefer has been an active advocate for health care access in underserved communities in Berkeley, San Francisco, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Mexico, and Ecuador. He is a member of the South and West Berkeley Community Action Team, and recipient of the California Senior Leaders Award and the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. Among other works, he is the author of Health Work with the Poor (Rutgers U., 2000), and Doing Health Anthropology (Springer, 2007)
Georgia Lacy, Member
Georgia Lacy is a retired Public Health Nurse who worked for Contra Costa County. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the French Hospital School of Nursing. She is a member of the Senior Leaders Program at UC Berkeley and a committed community services worker and advocate for poor and disabled patients. In her free time, her passion is to provide transportation and advocate for patients who have difficulty getting around. She was asked to join the board in 2003 to bring a prevention and health maintenance perspective.
Edgar U. Quiroz, MPH, Member
Edgar Quiroz has over 30 years of experience initiating positive change management within the healthcare industry. Quiroz completed a master’s degree in Public Health Planning, Policy & Administration and an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School. Highly accomplished in communicating strategic direction and influencing all organizational levels to adopt new standards. Proven effective collaborator with government agencies and professional organizations in identifying and sharing industry best practices in post cute care.
Rachel Tobey, Member
Rachel Tobey brings 17 years of experience working to improve cost effectiveness, quality, access and patient experience in a variety of health care settings, ranging from large integrated delivery systems to community health clinics.
Ms. Tobey’s specific areas of expertise include health policy research and development, health system payment and financing, evaluation and strategic consulting, concentrating on health systems and payers focused on vulnerable and underserved populations. Ms. Tobey’s recent projects have included researching and writing about emerging safety-net ACOs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developing a whole-person care framework and policy recommendations for the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and working with the California Primary Care Association and the California Association of Public Health and Hospital Systems on Federally Qualified Health Center payment reform to facilitate delivery system transformation in California’s safety-net.
Ms. Tobey holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in Health and Health Policy and Demography.
Judith S. Turiel, EdD, Member
Judy Turiel, Chair of LifeLong’s Planning Committee, became a Board member of the Over 60 Health Center before the merger with Berkeley Primary Care Access that formed LifeLong Medical Care. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving a doctorate in education from Harvard University, she worked for many years with consumer health organizations, focusing initially on women's health and later on aging. She is author of Beyond Second Opinions: Making Choices About Fertility Treatment (1998) and Our Parents, Ourselves: How American Health Care Imperils Middle Age and Beyond (2005), both published by the University of California Press. Judy was Chair of the City of Berkeley's Commission on Aging, concerned with needs of and services for older adults.
Sharlana Turner, Member
Sharlana Turner is a certified medical assistant studying for her Masters Degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University. Turner's primary experience is community based nonprofit organizations providing support services to youth entangled in the juvenile justice system. This work is empowering to youth, their families, and our community. When we invest in education, mental health, workforce development to work collaboratively to meet the psycho-social, emotional, and economic needs of those most vulnerable in our community we are investing in ourselves. She has served as a member of LifeLong Medical Care's Board of Directors since 2017.