Brenda Shipp is the Chief Operating Officer of WellSpace, a federally qualified health center in the Sacramento region. In her role, she creates strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives. In addition, she builds and retains high performance teams by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals. Ms. Shipp serves as the internal leader of the organization: Coordinate the annual operations plan and budget. She also leads the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals for the organization. Her role also includes providing all staff a strong day-to-day leadership presence; bridging operations and support an open-door policy among all staff.
Prior to joining WellSpace Health, Ms. Shipp was the Chief Operating Officer of Lifelong Medical Care in Berkeley, CA. She holds a MBA in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA.
Kellie Todd Griffin
Vice Chair, Director, Community Engagement of Blue Shields of California
Kellie Todd Griffin is a senior level brand, communications and marketing practitioner with more than 20 plus years experience. In her current position as the Director of Strategic Giving & Community Engagement for Health Net, she is responsible for the health plan’s community giving and participation throughout California.
She also served as the Director of Marketing & Communications for CA Health & Wellness. She was also part of the executive leadership team that opened the new, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles as a high touch, high tech, high quality care delivery model. Todd Griffin also served as the Communications Director for former California Assembly Speaker and current Congresswoman Karen Bass. She led Bass’ State of Black California initiative that developed a quality of life report that led to the first of its kind legislative agenda targeting the needs of Black Californians. In addition, she launched CA African Americans for Obama with Rep. Bass in 2007. She served as a member of the 7-person team that set up the California’s Obama 08 campaign’s successful 2008 presidential run.
Todd also led American Honda Motor Company, Inc.’s nation-wide diversity and philanthropy communications as the Senior Administrator for Corporate Affairs and Communications. During her tenure, she was responsible for developing and leading the communications strategies that launched the award-winning Honda Battle of the Bands competition at the Georgia Dome.
She has been a strong advocate for women of color focusing on expanding opportunities of success personally and professionally. Over the last two decades, Todd Griffin has served as a marketing, communications and engagement leader for Fortune 500 companies, international organizations and political figures. Throughout her career, she has obtained results driven experience, which includes creating innovative, nationally recognized and award-winning campaigns, initiatives and programs. Her work has crossed all delivery spectrums. In addition, she has earned accolades and recognitions including a state resolution from the California Speaker of the Assembly. She was also honored with an Exceptional Woman of Color award in 2017 by Sacramento Cultural Hub.
Todd Griffin serves on the board of directors of the Greater Sacramento Urban League, Sacramento Community Land Trust and Elite Public Schools.
In addition, Todd Griffin is the founder of Sistallect, a brand strategy organization that focuses on engaging and enhancing the lives women of color socially, politically and economically. Todd Griffin also co-launched of #BlackWomenGive, a digital initiative that focuses on pooling the economic social power of Black Women to support organizations that serve under resourced communities and address issues that impact Black women and girls. Todd Griffin also founded Sistahs Taking Action, a volunteer organization that brings women together to serve the community while networking. A native of Southern California, Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the proud
Angela L. Minniefield, MPA
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.
Carl McLaney, MPA
Mr. 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.
Gwenna Hunter is the Greater Los Angeles Community Engagement and Events Coordinator for Vegan Outreach.
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.
Auleria Eakins, is a native of Los Angeles, California. Auleria is a graduate California State University Dominguez Hills where she received a B.S. in Health Care Management and a Masters in Public Administration. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education.
Ms. Eakins is currently employed by L.A. Care Health Plan where she is the Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement and oversees the plans eleven Regional Community Advisory Committees.
Auleria has devoted much of her time mentoring young women and volunteering with various community and faith based groups. Ms. Eakins is the current board chair of Black Women for Wellness, a reproductive justice organization, board member for Phenom Inc. a youth empowerment program for young women of color, community advisory member for the University of Southern California Advocates for African American Elders and a proud member of Theta Upsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Auleria continues to lend her talents and experience to advance health equity for communities of color, and the promotion of access to health care for marginalized communities throughout Los Angeles County.
Kristee Haggin, Ph.D
Kristee L. Haggins, Ph.D. is a public speaker, educator, consultant, trainer, retreat facilitator and a writer working on her first book focused on healing and wholeness.
Although not currently practicing clinically, Dr. Haggins is trained as a psychologist. She integrates spirituality and mental health, gratitude and diversity into her work. She has a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Southern California and M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Haggins has extensive experience in university mental health. She worked on campus within the University of California system as a therapist, supervisor and administrator with a focus on supervision and training, diversity issues and African American mental health for almost 20 years.
Dr. Haggins most recently served for over five years as a project manager for a statewide non-profit in California. She conceptualized, developed, promoted and led multiple projects focused on promoting excellence and the integration of cultural competence into publicly funded behavioral health systems and in mental health services through training, technical assistance, research, and evaluation. Dr. Haggins participated on the Health Equity Team and her areas of emphasis included: community defined practices; African-centered psychology; and mental health training with faith based organizations; among others.
Dr. Haggins is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program at Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology-Sacramento Campus where she teaches Cultural Diversity Training.
Dr. Haggins is a certified facilitator for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Applied Suicide Interventional Skills Training (ASIST), safeTALK and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). As a member of the Board of Directors of the California Black Health Network, she serves as the Chair of the Mental Health Workgroup.
Additionally, Dr. Haggins is a trained facilitator of Emotional Emancipation CirclesSM (EECsSM), a healing strategy designed for and by people of African Ancestry. She was recently awarded a 2016 Community Healing Award by the Community Healing Network (CHN) for her Collaboration with CHN and the Association of Black Psychologists in the implementation of EECs throughout California.
Dr. Haggins notes her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of two beautiful daughters.
Terry Wooten joined Mission Hospital in November 2016 as the Vice President of Operations – Support Services. Wooten is responsible for overall planning, development, coordination, implementation, and management of all administrative functions, services, and related business development activities in order to drive market responsive support services. He will be focused on ensuring high levels of customer service, strong physician partnerships and an engaged workforce in the delivery of care and services.
Wooten previously served as Vice President of Clinical Supply Chain at St. Joseph Health where he oversaw the Clinical Supply Chain and the Department of Clinical Effectiveness. He was responsible for working with physicians, clinical leaders and the executive teams at St. Joseph Health’s 14 ministries to develop and implement supply chain strategies that focused on clinical effectiveness and patient outcomes. Prior to this role, Terry served for 10 years as the Business Director of Surgical Services & Endoscopy at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California.
Wooten received his Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California, and has been a presenter at many health care conferences covering a variety of topics. He resides in Laguna Niguel and is involved in various charitable activities in the local community.