Message from LifeLong Board President James Johnson Jr. Announcing New CEO
Dear LifeLong Medical Care Friends:
On behalf of the LifeLong Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the selection of David B. Vliet, BHA, MBA, as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His official start date will be Jan 22, 2020. We are very excited to welcome David to the LifeLong family!
As many of you know, Marty Lynch, PhD, is set to step down from the position of CEO at the end of January 2020 after almost 40 years. Over those 40 years, LifeLong grew from its flagship clinic, the Over 60 Health Center, to a robust network of 16 primary care clinics, three dental clinics, four school-based health centers, two urgent-care centers, and home-based services in supportive housing sites across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. LifeLong proudly provides integrated primary care, behavioral health, and dental care to low-income families, children, older adults, individuals experiencing homelessness, and immigrants.
David comes to LifeLong with a wealth of experience in the community health center movement, most recently as the CEO of Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC) in Hayward, CA. For more than seven years, David has led a strong team at TVHC, home to seven primary care clinics, three dental clinics, and three school-based health centers staffed by 300 health professionals.
From 2002 through 2012, prior to assuming the role of CEO at TVHC, David led Central Texas Community Health Centers, first as Chief Operating Officer for three years followed by seven years as CEO. Central Texas Community Health Centers is one of the largest community health center systems in the State of Texas.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining LifeLong Medical Care, a community-driven, widely respected, nationally recognized, and innovative Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the East Bay and beyond for over 40 years,” David said. “Every day, LifeLong’s Board and staff demonstrate their commitment to improve the lives and health outcomes of individuals and families who are facing significant challenges, including people who are elderly, homeless, immigrants, and low-income. I look forward to being a part of this remarkable team, and I’m excited by the opportunity to lead them into the future as we tackle the many challenges in accessing high-quality health care.”
Says Marty Lynch: “I’m totally excited to have David taking over as our new CEO at LifeLong. David has been a friend and well-respected colleague for many years and is a perfect choice to build on LifeLong’s current work and take us into the future. He is fully committed to the health of everyone in our community. Please join me in welcoming David to LifeLong Medical Care.”
David is an active board member of the Community Health Center Network (CHCN) and currently serves as board chair. He is currently chair-elect for the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Board of Directors and he serves on the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Board where he co-leads an effort to promote diversity and support leaders from under-represented ethnic groups throughout NACHC.
David has lived and traveled in Latin America and he is fluent in Spanish. David also brings to LifeLong his amazing musical prowess as a performing blues and jazz musician.
This was a tall challenge to identify a successor to our longtime CEO, and we look to David’s leadership on behalf of our local communities and for underserved people across the nation.
James Johnson, Jr.
Board Chair, LifeLong Medical Care