Board Of Directors

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Angela L. Minniefield, MPA

Chairman

Angela currently serves as Vice President of Advancement, Strategic Development and External Affairs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, a private university with a public mission in South Los Angeles. For more than two decades, Ms. Minniefield has been dedicated to public service. She previously held several leadership positions at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), where she advanced California’s policy and program efforts designed to increase the number of underrepresented students in health professions.

As Deputy Director of the Healthcare Workforce Development Division at OSHPD, Angela oversaw programs that provide funding, services and technical assistance for health workforce development; health professions education training; loan repayment; health professions pipeline activities and health professions shortage area designation. In addition, she simultaneously served as California’s primary care officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions. Prior to becoming deputy director, she was executive director of the OSHPD Health Professions Education Foundation.

Angela has served as a member of numerous associations and boards committed to diversity in the health workforce and higher education. She was the Region IX representative of the Primary Care Office Committee for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; a member of the California Institute for Nursing in Health Care Diversity Workgroup; a member of the California Board of Registered Nursing, Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee; a member of the California State Rural Health Association; and co-lead for the California Health Care Reform Workforce Workgroup. Angela is also a Past Chair and board member of the Cosumnes River College Foundation, which provides scholarship opportunities and support for disadvantaged students attending the community college. Currently, Angela serves on the Drew Child Development Corporation, Board of Trustees. Angela earned a bachelor of arts degree in Biological Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in public administration at Golden Gate University. In June 2012, Angela was honored and named to The California Wellness Foundation’s list of Champions for Health Workforce Diversity.

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Kevin D. Williams, JD, MPH

Kevin D. Williams, JD, MPH is the Associate Director of Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA), a community-based non-profit organization that administers 35 programs and services for children, youth, and young adults ages 6-24. From 1997-2009, he was the Director of Development and Policy & In-House Counsel for BYA and the Program Director of its Career Development Center that provides academic support, job readiness, counseling services, and summer jobs for 200 at-risk youth in Alameda County. Kevin has been affiliated with BYA since 1988.

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Vicki Alexander, MD

Secretary

As the daughter of a shoemaker and union organizer Dr. Alexander overcame many obstacles to become a physician. She has shown a lifetime commitment to ensuring the health of women and children, in particular those most disadvantaged. After achieving her MD degree and completing a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California at San Francisco, she served on the faculty of San Francisco General Hospital, then Harlem Hospital, focusing on nutrition in pregnancy. After 16 years of the practice of medicine in the public sector Dr. Alexander made a career shift by obtaining her Master’s in Public Health Policy from Columbia University in New York. She is currently boarded in Preventative Medicine.

Due to deep interest in the health and well being of women and children, Dr. Alexander has volunteered on the following Boards: Alameda County Medical Center (on which she was president from 1997 to 1998); Perinatal Network of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (board and executive committee); Center for Constitutional Rights (on which she was president for eight years); in 1997 she was elected to the City MatCH Board of Directors and 1998 to the executive committee. In 2005 she was elected to the Council of Elders for Bay Area Black United Fund which was instrumental in the formation of the Harriet Tubman inspired African Health Conductors program.

In 1995, Dr. Alexander served as the interim Health Officer for the city of Berkeley. She retired in May of 2006 and continues to volunteer in areas of Social Justice and Health Inequity. She is currently the president of the Board of Directors for Healthy Black Families, Inc, and until July, 2013 she was Chair of the Community Advisory Board for the Berkeley Black Infant Health Program.

In 2011 Dr. Alexander received the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in Berkeley, and in 2014 she will receive the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Berkeley.

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Nate Allen, MD

Dr. Nathan Allen is a graduate of U.C. Davis School of medicine. His post graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology was at the Charles Drew post graduate school of medicine in Los Angeles California. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow in the American congress of obstetrics and gynecology. He has taken numerous post graduate courses in minimally invasive surgical techniques and is a member of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists. In December 2011 and 2012, Dr. Allen was listed as a “Top Doctor” as chosen by other physicians in Sacramento Magazine. He is affiliated with both Mercy General and Sutter Memorial Hospitals.

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Nora M. Faine, MD, MPH

Treasurer

Dr. Faine is the former Medical and Executive Director of the Comprehensive Health Center, a community health center in San Diego. Dr. Faine joined Sharp Health Plan as the Medical Director in June 2000 and was named Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Sharp Health Plan in September 2001. She is responsible for Sharp Health Plan’s clinical operations including coordination of care, medical policy development, case management and utilization management programs as well as quality improvement and network development.

Dr. Faine was a member of the Board of Governors of The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) from 2002 to 2010 and currently chairs TSDF’s Health & Human Services Working Group. She also chairs the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) Health Literacy Taskforce. She was appointed a San Diego County First 5 Commissioner from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Faine has been recognized for her commitment to public health by numerous community service organizations.

Dr. Faine has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Diego State University and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Los Angeles and a residency in Preventive Medicine at University of California San Diego.

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Calvin Freeman, MPH

Board Chair Emeritus

Calvin Freeman, MPH, is the immediate past-President of the Board of Directors of the California Black Health Network (CBHN). He has been active in CBHN since its creation in 1978 as a board member, officer, chapter and Board president, and supporter. He was the first Chief of the Office of Multicultural Health in the California Department of Health Services. He was also Chief of Disaster Medical Services in the California EMS Authority for ten years. Calvin served on and led the Boards of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and the California Public Health Association – North. He was recognized by CPEHN with the Bert Campbell Award for his contributions in multicultural health, He was also a founding member of the Board of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. With his wife, SueAnn, Calvin is a partner in Freeman and Freeman Consulting and Coaching, a health policy, human resources and leadership development consulting firm. Calvin is also currently the President of Global Vision Consortium, a public health and disaster medical preparedness and response consulting firm.

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Kristen A. Johnson, Esq.

Kristen A. Johnson, Esq., is a public interest lawyer in the Los Angeles area. She earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law with concentrations in critical race studies and public interest law & policy. Prior to her legal career, Kristen worked on issues of access to healthcare for vulnerable populations at a wide range of organizations including Kaiser Permanente, New York City’s Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access, Community Catalyst, and the Medicare Rights Center. She earned her B.S., in Biology, from Eastern Nazarene College, and holds an S.M. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Donzella Lee, MPH

Vice-Chairman

Donzella Lee, MPH, has served as Director of Operations of the Los Angeles Free clinic dba The Saban Free Clinic since 2006. This is a non-profit health and human service organization which provides medical and dental care for children, adolescents, and adults; HIV education, counseling and testing; specialized medical and social services for the homeless and at-risk youth; prenatal care; and mental health services for over 20,000 patients and approximately 90,000 patient visits annually. Prior to this position at The Saban Free Clinic, she was Interim Executive Director and Deputy Director of Operations at T.H.E. Clinic, Inc. from 1997 to 2006. Ms. Lee held a variety of positions at the Watts Health Foundation from 1981 to 1997, beginning as a health educator and culminating as Vice President, Administrative Services/Community Health Programs.

Ms. Lee obtained both her Masters in Public Health—School and Community Health Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Elementary Education Program (Specialization in Mental Retardation) from California State University, Northridge, CA.

Donzella Lee has been committed to the California Black Health Network (CBHN) for the past twenty (20) years. She has served in a variety of capacities including President of the Board of Directors. Ms. Lee also continues to serve as a Board member of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and is Chair of the Board Development Committee.

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Carl McLaney, MPA

Board Member

logoMr. Carl A. McLaney, MPA was appointed as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Business Officer for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science on October 5, 2015.  Mr. McLaney is responsible for the Office of Finance, Office of Budgets and Planning, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Information Technology, the Office of Risk Management, Campus Safety and Facilities.

Mr. McLaney was appointed in 2008, as Deputy Director for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development at Cal Mortgage Loan Insurance Division, with a high level of expertise in the areas of real estate finance, development of housing and health facilities, bond and credit enhancement financing, and the business operations of healthcare facilities.  He has a proven track record of leadership, with strong administrative skills and financial acumen.  As Deputy Director, Mr. McLaney has approved more than $1.5 billion in healthcare facility project financing and has overseen an increase of more than $30 million in the Program’s fund balance.

Prior to Cal-Mortgage, Mr. McLaney served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Century Freeway Housing Program in the greater Los Angeles area.  The Housing Program added more than 8,000 units of affordable housing into the Los Angeles communities.  During his tenure with the Housing Program, Mr. McLaney worked on the disposition of single and multi-family housing developments, multi-family housing development financing, and the financing of special use projects.

Mr. McLaney has a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy; and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, Department of Communication Studies.  Mr. McLaney’s other academic accomplishments and community involvement include: USC/Sierra Health Foundation Leadership Program, Alumnus; and USC Minority Program in Real Estate Finance & Development, Alumnus; University of California, Davis Research & Education Advisory Board, Reducing Health Disparities; California Black Health Network, Board Member; Black Advocates In State Service, Statewide Coordinating Council President; and the California Civil Rights Coalition, Organizational Member.  Mr. McLaney has also served as a member of the UC Davis Medical Center Community Advisory Board and is former Co-chair to the Sacramento Valley Organizing Community.