HIP's Mission is rooted in improvement: of systems, quality, relationships, and access to care. HIP creates opportunities for local healthcare leaders to make our community healthier.


  • We provide a neutral table or platform--a nexus--where leaders can and do convene.

  • We help leaders tee up, focus on, and constructively address issues that are beyond any one organization's capacity or domain, yet affect all of us.

  • We build trust and transparency to make these conversations possible and productive.

  • We seek out and bring transformative ideas and relevant, cutting-edge training to make our community and its residents as healthy as possible.




Stephanie Sonnenshine, President

Chief Executive Officer

Central California Alliance for Health


Leslie Conner, Vice President
Executive Director
Santa Cruz Community Health


Dori Rose Inda, Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer
Salud Para La Gente

Monica Martinez, Secretary

Chief Executive Officer

Encompass Community Services

Nanette Mickiewicz MD, Member at Large
Hospital President
Dignity Health - Dominican Hospital

Mimi Hall, Member at Large


Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency

Stephen Gray, Member at Large

Chief Administrative Officer

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center


Barbara Johnson
Director of School of Nursing
Cabrillo College Student Health Services

Dean Kashino MD

Medical Director

Dignity Health Medical Group-Dominican

Michael Milward

Chief Executive Officer

Hospice of Santa Cruz County

Sam Bajaj

Chief Operating Officer

Kaiser Permanente San Jose & Santa Cruz

DeAndre James

Chief Executive Officer

Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust

Amy Peeler

Chief of Clinic Services

Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency-County Clinics

Melissa Burke
Manager of Local Government Relations
Stanford Children’s Health

Larry deGhetaldi MD

Division President (Santa Cruz)

Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Dan Brothman
Chief Executive Officer
Watsonville Community Hospital

Susan True

Chief Executive Officer

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County


Laura Marcus

Executive Director

Dientes Community Dental Care

Greg Whitley MD

Medical Director

SCEP/Dominican Emergency Department

Dignity Health–Dominican: Medical Staff

Rudy Escalante

Chief Executive Officer

Janus of Santa Cruz

Carrie Lew

Regional Operations Director

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Gail Newel

Public Health Officer

Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency-Public Health

Jeanine Rodems MD
Board Chair
Santa Cruz County Medical Society

Patrick Shields MD
Medical Director
Department of Hospital Medicine, PAMF/Dominican
Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center: Medical Staff

Keisha Browder
Executive Director
United Way of Santa Cruz County

Jon Walther MD
Medical Director
SCEP/Watsonville Emergency Department
Watsonville Community Hospital: Medical Staff


Elisa Orona, MS

Executive Director

(831)350-1060 ext. 1000

Shelly Barker MS, RD, CDE

Program Director
(831)350-1060 ext. 1002

Rodsyl Ryan Magcuyao

Operations Manager
(831)350-1060 ext. 1001

Anaïs Muller Cohn

Operations Assistant

(831)350-1060 ext. 1006

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Maritza Lara, MS, BSN, RN

Program Manager
(831)350-1060 ext. 1003

Rita Hewitt, MPH, CPhT

Program Analyst

(831)350-1060 ext. 1004

Coral Brady

Program Assistant

(831)350-1060 ext. 1005

Amy Mancia

Program Assistant

(831) 305-1060 Ext. 1009


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