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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.




Anita Aguirre, President

Chief Executive Officer

Santa Cruz Community Health

Michael Schrader, Vice President

Chief Executive Officer

Central California Alliance for Health

Cathy Conway, Treasurer

Chief Executive Officer

Hospice of Santa Cruz County

Greg Whitley MD, Secretary

Chief Medical Officer
Dignity Health Dominican Hospital

Monica Morales, Member at Large

Director of Health Services Agency

County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency

Keisha Browder, Member at Large

Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Santa Cruz County

Stephen Gray, Member at Large

Chief Executive Officer

Watsonville Hospital


Adrienne Saxton, MPH, CHES
Health Science Faculty
Cabrillo College

DeAndre James

Executive Director

Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley

Lisa Hernandez 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



Division President (Santa Cruz)

Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation


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

Donna Young

Chief Executive Officer

Salud Para La Gente

Evelyn Tran

Area Portfolio Leader

Kaiser Permanente San Jose & Santa Cruz

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

Stephanie Connor Kent, RN, MN

Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Chief Nurse Executive

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center


Monica Martinez

Chief Executive Officer

Encompass Community Services

Daniel J. Chavez

Executive Director

Serving Communities Health Information Organization

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


Max Silverstein

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

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Suzette Reuschel-DiVirgilio, DNP, WHNP-BC

Programs Director

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Priscila Bacio 

Program Coordinator


Berenice Herrera-Lopez

Operations and Programs Director

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HIP Staff
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