Brenda A. Shipp, Board Chair
Chief Operations/Privacy Officer
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.
Channing A. Fleetwood, Vice Chair
Chief Marketing Officer
Channing is an experienced marketing and management executive. Driven by his passion for helping people and companies achieve growth objectives, he takes pride in providing leadership and guidance to his teams.
As the Vice President of Marketing, he currently leads Laserfiche’s global marketing organization including brand, public relations, digital, creative, events, product marketing, industry marketing, and customer experience teams. Prior to joining Laserfiche in 2016 he worked for inflight internet provider, Gogo and at top marketing agencies representing clients including Microsoft, Verizon, Delta Airlines, Coke & P&G.
Channing earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Clark Atlanta University. He sits on the diversity equity and inclusion council at Laserfiche and volunteers his talents and time at local non-profits in the southern California area.
Channing brings to CBHN his ability to set the strategic vision and detailed roadmap for the organization’s brand and marketing efforts across all channels.
His motto “take care of business and business will take care of you” fuels his professional and personal life. When not working, Channing if focused on breaking generational curses, living a loving and lasting life with his wife and on raising four smart, strong black children.
Ikenna M. Mmeje, Treasurer
Chief Operating Officer
Long Beach Medical Center &
Miller Children’s Hospital
Ikenna (Ike) Mmeje, a dynamic executive with robust hospital experience and a proven track record of success, is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for MemorialCare’s Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.
Following his Administrative Residency at MemorialCare a decade ago, Mmeje served in leadership roles at Sutter Health and Tenet Health hospitals in California. Most recently CEO at Doctors Hospital of Manteca and COO of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, he was previously Administrative Director of Clinical and Research Services at Oakland’s 819‐bed Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.
A Los Angeles native, Mmeje earned his Bachelor’s in Public Health & Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley and Master’s in Health Services Administration from University of Michigan. An American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow, he and his wife Renee have four children.
Auleria S. Eakins, Secretary
Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement
L.A. Care Health Plan
Dr. Auleria Eakins, is a native of Los Angeles, California, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she earned a Doctorate of Education with focus on Organizational Change and Leadership. Dr. Eakins also completed studies at California State University Dominguez Hills where she received a Bachelors degree in Health Care Management and Masters of Public Administration.
Dr. Eakins is currently employed by L.A. Care Health Plan as Manager, of Community Outreach and Engagement. In this role, she is responsible for the health plans eleven Regional Community Advisory Committees, and building collaborative partnerships designed to garner community insight into health disparities and health access issues.
Dr. Eakins currently serves as board member of the University of Southern California School of Social Work Advocates for African American Elders, Phenom Girls Inc. an empowerment organization for young girls and the Ohana Center of Antelope Valley, which supports children with special needs and at-risk families. Auleria is co -founder of Mixed Methods Consulting, which specializes in support to non-profit organizations in the areas of capacity building, program development, and Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Eakins has devoted the past 20 years volunteering her time to issues of health advocacy, mentoring young women, and education. Dr. Eakins has been noted as a “connector” and continues to lend her talents, experience and expertise to further advance diversity, equity and inclusion, public policy and “Voice” for marginalized communities through out Los Angeles County.
Vice President, Finance
Mr. Amuchie has over 15 years of operational and strategic finance experience with medium and large sized public and private companies. Mr. Amuchie currently serves as the Vice President of Finance at Sientra Inc., a publicly-traded medical device manufacturer focused on the aesthetics industry. Previously, from April 2021 to June 2022, Mr. Amuchie served as the Vice President, Corporate Controller of Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc., a publicly-traded pioneer in the space tourism industry founded by Sir Richard Branson. Prior to this, from November 2016 to April 2021, Mr. Amuchie served as a finance executive for Iteris Inc., a publicly-traded transportation analytics firm, holding the Vice President, Corporate Controller role from 2018 until his departure. Mr. Amuchie also held various finance roles at Word & Brown Companies, UnitedHealth Group, and Armanino LLP. Mr. Amuchie began his career in the assurance department at the Big 4 accounting firm, Ernst & Young. Mr. Amuchie is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Mr. Amuchie has previously served on the Board of Directors for two nonprofit organizations, 100 Black Men of Orange County Inc., and Umu Igbo Unite Inc.
Vice President, Health
Ashley Atkins is currently a Vice President at Edelman. In her role, Ashley focuses on public relations in the health sector, with an emphasis on DEI, strategic partnerships, and community engagement. Ashley has 15+ years of marketing and communications experience in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. She has a relentless enthusiasm for helping organizations find their voice, creating conversation around stories with impact and fostering change through intentional communications that drive people to action. Prior to joining Edelman, she was Vice President of Public Relations at Ogilvy after many years in the social impact space focusing on veteran homelessness, pancreatic cancer and IBD. A native of Los Angeles, Ashley is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA and received her DEI Certification through Cornell University.
Debra A. Cooper, PhD
Chief Consultant, Humans Services Committee
California State Assembly
Dr. Debra Cooper received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Duke University and her PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University. Her graduate research focused on studying treatments for drug addiction. After receiving her doctorate, she continued doing research in drug addiction as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In 2014, Dr. Cooper was selected to serve as a California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Policy Fellow where she was placed in the California State Senate Office of Research. She has since continued working for the California State Legislature with a role as a Principal Consultant for the California State Senate Appropriations Committee and currently as the Chief Consultant for the California State Assembly Human Services Committee.
Kristee Haggins, Ph.D
Black Health Space
Dr. Kristee Haggins (she/her/hers) is a community healer, African-centered psychologist, consultant, and professor who takes a holistic approach to healing mind, body, spirit and community. She received her B.A. in Psychology with Honors from the University of Southern California and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Haggins has had a multifaceted career as a clinician, educator, trainer, and administrator.
She worked for 18 years at UC Davis in Student Health and Counseling Services, where she was the Director of Training and she was an Adjunct Professor in African American Studies. Dr. Haggins worked for five years at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS), as part of their Health Equity Team.
Dr. Haggins is a founding member and the Executive Director of Safe Black Space, a developing non-profit focused on helping Black people heal and thrive in the face of anti-Blackness. In addition, she is the President of the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists and a trainer for Emotional Emancipation Circles (EECs). For over 30 years Dr. Haggins has been dedicated to enhancing Black mental health and wellness and in 2016 she received the Community Healer Collaborator Award from the Community Healing Network. Dr. Haggins is an Associate Professor at California Northstate University where she teaches doctoral level psychology courses in advocacy and social justice – facilitating the development of multiculturally competent future psychologists. In addition, she consults with and provides trainings and workshops to agencies, organizations, and universities on mental health; diversity, equity and inclusion; Black racial stress, trauma and healing; and trauma informed care with a racial lens; among other topics.
Finally, Dr. Haggins is a Member of the Board of Directors for the California Black Health Network (CBHN) and for the American Psychological Association Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests – Leadership Development Institute.
Cianna Leatherwood, MD, M.P.H.
Director, Clinical Development
Cianna Leatherwood, MD, MPH, is a Director of Clinical Research at Gilead Sciences and a physician who specializes in rheumatology. Her research and clinical interest focus on autoimmune diseases including Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus). She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she double majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Public Health. She obtained her medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), and completed internal medicine residency at the Los Angeles County-USC Hospital. She completed rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and obtained a Masters in Public Health at the TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health. She is passionate about improving health care disparities and representation in clinical trials, and is honored to be a part of CBHN.
Founder & CEO
Prior to ConsejoSano, Abner was Founder and CEO for the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico, now the leading corporate wellness company in Mexico. From 2003-2008, he was founder and Executive Director of AIDS Responsibility Project, driving the creation of CONAES and JaBCHA, the first business councils on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Jamaica. Abner previously served as Chairman of the International Committee and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), appointed by President Bush in 2002.
Abner serves on the Board of Manifest MedEx and is also a member of the American Medical Association’s External Equity & Innovation Advisory Group. He recently served on the Biden-Harris Policy Committee.
Tax Senior, National Tax Indirect Tax State and Local Tax Real Estate
Ernst & Young, LLP
Brandon Theus Esq., is a native of Los Angeles, California, he graduated from Northwestern University where he earned a LL.M. in Taxation. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and is licensed to practice law in the state of California. He is currently employed by Ernst & Young L.L.P. as a Tax Senior Associate working with clients on various tax issues related to real estate property tax, due diligence projects, transfer tax, audit defense from state and local government entities, real estate consulting, and tax filing compliance. Brandon also is a published author in the American Bar Association (A.B.A) Journal. He has worked as a civil rights attorney and advocate working on police brutality cases and at St. Joseph Center assisting with their programs addressing homelessness and supporting low-income families in Los Angeles county.
Nicole D. Vick, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Nicole D. Vick is a public health advocate, educator, civic leader, author, and community connector. She has spent the last 18 years providing tools and strategies to diverse stakeholders to improve health and prevent disease in Los Angeles County. She has successfully merged her lived experience and public health expertise into a 14-year teaching career, currently teaching in the Urban Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. Ms. Vick is also a strong community advocate. She chaired the LA City Health Commission, serves as an community/alumni advisor for USC and CSULA, and also finds time to foster economic development by hosting pop up shops supporting Black women business owners in her own backyard.
In her first book “Pushing Through: Finding the Light in Every Lesson” she shares both the heartbreaking pain and the extraordinary triumphs that led her to advocacy and social justice work. Her story takes place against the background of the long-neglected and overlooked community of South-Central Los Angeles, where she grapples with the grotesque imbalance of power and privilege as it unfolds in every aspect of her life and those around her.
Chief Executive Officer
Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center
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.