James Johnson, JR., CHAIR
James Johnson, Jr. studied African-American Studies and Public Health at U.C. Berkeley and currently works as a Program Manager with the Solano County Public Health 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, he feels it 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 and large enough to make profound changes in the lives of families they serve. He is also an Advisor to a chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as well as holding executive positions at the local and Western Region levels for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a mentor through several organizations and involved with the Covenant Worship Center.
Lisa Schilling, RN, MPH, Vice-Chair
Lisa Schilling earned her degrees at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and the University of Vermont in Burlington. She currently is Vice President, Quality and Care Delivery Effectiveness, at Kaiser Permanente’s Healthcare Performance Improvement department. She leads the enterprise-wide strategy to develop and implement clinical and operational performance improvement systems. Over her 25+ year career, Schilling has developed expertise in executing implementation strategies, application of evidence-based practices, creating reliable systems of care and working with leaders and delivery teams to implement changes in practice at the direct care level. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the LifeLong Medical Care Board of Directors where she has served since 2011 and she serves on the LifeLong Continuous Quality Improvement committee as Chair.
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.
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.
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.
John L. Jenkins, Member
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.
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.
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, and is currently Vice-Chair.
Sharla Turner, Member
Sharlana Turner is a certified medical assistant studying for her Masters Degree in Public Administration. She has served as a member of the LifeLong Medical Care Board of Directors since 2017.