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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

Stephen Gray, Vice President

Chief Administrator & Operations Executive

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center

Anita Aguirre, Treasurer
Deputy Director & Chief Compliance Officer
Salud Para La Gente

Monica Martinez, Secretary

Chief Executive Officer

Encompass Community Services

Cathy Conway, Member at Large

Chief Executive Officer

Hospice of Santa Cruz County

Greg Whitley MD, Member at Large

Chief Medical Officer
Dignity Health Dominican Hospital

Monica Morales, Member at Large

Director of Health Services Agency

County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency


Jennifer Holm PhD MSN RN
Director of School of Nursing
Cabrillo College

DeAndre James

Executive Director

Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley

Gail Newel MD

Public Health Officer

County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency - Public Health

Laura Marcus

Chief Executive Officer

Dientes Community Dental Care

Anne-Marie Jackson MD

Medical Director

Dignity Health Medical Group

Amber Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Janus of Santa Cruz

Jasmine Najera

Chief Executive Officer

Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance


Danielle Harik, MD


Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Melissa Burke
Director of Community Relations
Stanford Children’s Health

Larry deGhetaldi MD

Division President (Santa Cruz)

Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Susan True

Chief Executive Officer

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County


Amy Peeler

Chief of Clinic Services

County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency - County Clinics

Randy Morris

Director of Human Services Department

County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department

Leslie Conner

Chief Executive Officer

Santa Cruz Community Health

Evelyn Tran

Area Portfolio Leader

Kaiser Permanente San Jose & Santa Cruz

Jeannine 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

Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Santa Cruz County

Steven Salyer 

Chief Executive Officer

Watsonville Community Hospital

About-Who We Are


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Maritza Lara, MS, BSN, RN

Executive Director


Hayley Mears, MA

Workforce Development Program Manager

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Laura Wishart

Program Manager


María Estela Jerezano

Program Coordinator


Emily Levin-Rosenshine

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

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Michelle Bakin

UCSC Intern

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Suzette Reuschel-DiVirgilio, DNP, WHNP-BC

Programs Director


Rita Hewitt, MPH, CPhT

Program Manager


Berenice Herrera-Lopez

Operations and Program Manager

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Priscila Bacio 

Program Coordinator

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Ali Hayes, MPH

Senior Program Coordinator

Contact Us

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