Q&As with PHAA Board Members
Get to know Public Health Alumni Association board members by reading these Q&As.
Sheila Baxter, MPH, is the Senior Director of Business Development at Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), A Conduent Company. She's responsible for the development and growth of partner relationships nationwide, and expanding and refining Conduent's vision and strategy around population and community health. Baxter also serves as the current Board President for UC Berkeley's School of Public Health’s Alumni Association. Prior to joining HCI, she worked for the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization in Western Samoa, where she carried out national policies and projects aimed at improving community health. Baxter completed her MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010, where she received the Henrik L. Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action. She currently is pursuing a degree in Marketing at Harvard.
Baljeet Sangha MPH '10
Baljeet S. Sangha received his MPH degree in health policy and management. He is currently an associate administrator in the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the SFDPH’s integrated health care delivery system: the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN). In this role, he oversees supply chain operations at San Francisco General Hospital, business operations for the SFHN, and is a team lead for the SFHN’s business intelligence unit, focusing on operational and financial metrics. Prior to this, he served as deputy chief operating officer and chief patient experience officer at San Francisco General Hospital. He is also currently serving as president-elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Northern California chapter, the California Association of Healthcare Leaders. He has been recognized with ACHE’s Early Careerist Regent Award, Service Award, and Distinguished Service Award. His interests include community service toward professional development of peers and early careerists, cultural humility practices, financial and operational improvement, strategic planning, community wellness, and workforce and patient experience.
Adam Crawley earned his MPH degree in infectious diseases and vaccinology. He is a research associate with the Pandemics team at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where he manages grants for several research and evaluation projects, including efforts to measure the timeliness of outbreak detection and response across a number of countries, and supporting the Flu Near You participatory surveillance project in collaboration with HealthMap of Boston Children's Hospital. In addition, he works with a number of grantees to support data analytics projects and broaden the evidence base that supports the Pandemics team's strategies for faster outbreak detection. He previously held positions as an epidemiologist with the San Mateo County Health System and as a researcher at UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness. His interests include infectious disease epidemiology, the role of technology in public health, triathlons, camping, working with dogs as a volunteer at the Berkeley Humane Society, and traveling with his fiancee Jane (also an epidemiologist and UC Berkeley School of Public Health graduate).
Marta Cieslak received her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management. She is currently an administrator at DaVita Medical Group (DMG), formerly known as HealthCare Partners. In her current role, she oversees primary care outpatient clinics in the Southern California market. Prior to this role, Marta worked in a consulting capacity at DMG to identify population health strategies and drive these strategies toward implementation. Before her work at DMG, Cieslak was part of the Performance Excellence team at Stanford HealthCare where she was responsible for implementing a Lean operational model of excellence for the organization’s ambulatory care network. Her interests include Lean methodology, operational excellence, coaching and mentoring, organizational change and change management, and population health.
Victoria George received her MPH in maternal and child health. George is an executive with more than 30 years of experience with major national health care providers, national employers, and consulting organizations. She has extensive experience in program evaluation, management consulting, strategic planning, and quality improvement. She founded Victoria George and Associates in 2015, which is focused on managerial consulting and organizational development. Previously, she was with Kaiser Permanente, where she held a variety of leadership roles including: national executive director for program evaluation; national executive director customer analytics and reporting; vice president of quality for Northern California; and managing director of quality and operations support, The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG). George represented Kaiser Permanente in a number of external forums dedicated to research and improvement of the health care industry. Currently she serves on the board of directors of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni Association; the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Advisory Board; and the University of California, Berkeley Library Advisory Board.
Catherine Carpenter is on the faculty at UCLA with appointments in Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. She currently teaches in Medicine and Nursing and lectures in Epidemiology. She is part of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and is conducting research on obesity, genetics, and food addiction; the role of nutrition in infectious diseases (particularly HIV); and is developing diet and exercise interventions for obese postmenopausal women in relationship to breast cancer prevention.
Bob Frangenberg is retired after working for more than 35 years in the fields of public health and education. He served on the School of Public Health Alumni Association Board in the mid-1980s and was board president in 1986-87. He worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services from 1987 to 2004, in several capacities. He was the Director of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health; Director of HIV/AIDS; and Director of Children's Medical Services, which included oversight of California Children’s Services, The Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, and Foster Children Health Programs. Prior to working in Los Angeles County, he was the Assistant Director of Public Health in San Mateo County for seven years. His first public health position was as Director of Health and Social Services for the Washoe Indian Tribe of California and Nevada. He also has a professional interest in education. He founded and operated an independent school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has served on the Los Angeles County Planned Parenthood Board of Directors and on the board of the national Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.
May Funabiki received her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management. She is the director of continuous quality improvement at the East Bay Agency for Children, where she oversees program improvement, accreditation, and compliance activities. Previously she was at UCSF Children's Hospital Oakland, leading Lean management evaluation and monitoring efforts. She combines her background in operations analysis and health services management to improve processes for consumers and staff. Her interests include behavioral health integration, social determinants of health, health equity, care innovation, organizational development, and value-based health care delivery. While at Berkeley, she served as a GRADS (Graduate Advising and Diversity Services) Ambassador for the School of Public Health, doing outreach and advising for underrepresented prospective applicants.
Andrew Joseph is a senior analyst in the Budget & Resource Management department at UCSF. He is primarily responsible for budgeting, analyzing, and forecasting costs for large capital projects across UCSF’s campus in San Francisco. Before joining UCSF, Andrew was a health care consultant for more than seven years at Triage Consulting Group, a company that provides revenue cycle services for hospitals in health systems nationwide. He joined the Public Health Alumni Association board of directors in 2015 and currently serves on both the scholarship and networking committees. His interests include health economics, revenue cycle management, health care reform, care delivery, and provider mergers and acquisitions.
Michelle Loya-Talamantes has many years of experience in public health program planning, health education, social justice, and advocacy, with a particular interest in issues involving public heath inequities. She has held leadership roles including director of community health programs for the San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, health promotion coordinator with the Central American Resource Center, health program coordinator with Breathe California, Golden Gate Public Health Partnership, and research and policy analyst for the California Program on Access to Care at the UC Office of the President. She currently serves as a board member of the Central American Resource Center and a local running club and serves as a court-appointed special advocate to a young person in foster care.
Daniel S. Madrigal works as a health educator for the California Environmental Health Tracking Program to make environmental health information accessible and practical for the residents of California. From 2010-2015 he ran the community engagement program of the CHAMACOS study, a longitudinal birth cohort study of farmworker families in the Salinas Valley. His interests include immigration, environmental justice, community engaged research, and developing a diverse public health workforce.
Kristina Mody is a senior program associate at the California Health Care Safety Net Institute, where she designs and implements programs that support California's public hospitals and health systems to improve their care delivery systems. Prior to the Safety Net Institute, she worked at Kaiser Permanente's national offices in digital health and regional offices in compliance. She completed the On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health (OOMPH) program at UC Berkeley.
Juliana Oronos is a senior consultant at the Care Management Institute at Kaiser Permanente. She is supporting the national quality strategy for Medicare care delivery. She has a background in revenue cycle management, health care strategy, organizational change, operations efficiency, and quality improvement in the hospital and home health setting. She has bachelor's and master's degrees from UC Berkeley in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management and a specialty in Aging. She served on the Center for Health Leadership Association board and participated in the Leadership Fellows Program during graduate school. Her interests include care delivery, quality improvement, patient experience, and culture change in how we view aging and our elderly population.
Alberto M. Ortega Hinojosa is a Research Associate at IMPAQ International with a focus in program evaluation, quantitative analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS). He has been responsible for a wide scope of evaluation and analysis activities including project management of a CDC Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant evaluation, evaluation of innovation programs from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and international GIS work for United Nations and USAID projects. Alberto has been recognized for his leadership as one of ten Hispanic leaders nationwide for the XV Edition of the Programa Líderes Hispanos in 2014 and was one of four recipients of the 2011 UC President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. While at Berkeley, Alberto served as the external affairs vice president for the Graduate Assembly and co-founded Student Advocates for Graduate Education, a national organization of graduate student governments.
Vineet Pandey, who holds a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley, is a management consultant in Accenture Health’s Consulting practice. In this role, he enables organizations to reposition their businesses through top-line revenue and growth strategies. Previously, he worked at Triage Consulting Group, a national health care consultancy, where he led numerous hospital and health system engagements performing payment review projects and analyzing associated revenue cycle operational errors. He also serves on the leadership council for Year Up (Bay Area), a national nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills and experience to empower them to reach their potential through professional careers.
Renita Sinn is a health care professional with more than 10 years of commercial, strategy, and venture financing experience focused primarily in the biopharma space. She currently leads managed markets commercialization strategy for Genentech's BioOncology early- and late-stage pipeline assets. Sinn previously advised and managed venture investments for Alta Partners, a life sciences venture capital firm. She received an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business and an MPH from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.