Southside Coalition Board of Directors

Casey Fatch, President and CEO
Central City Community Health Center (CCCHC)

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Chona De Leon, Interim President and CEO
Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center (EPFMC)

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Jann Hamilton Lee, MHA, President and CEO
South Bay Family Health Care (SBFHC)

Jann Hamilton Lee is an experienced administrator and manager in both the for-profit and not-for-profit arenas. She is active in the integration of for-profit accountability standards and non-profit operations whose mission is providing services for members of the community with no place else to turn. Ms. Lee is the past president of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) – an association that includes 47 free and community clinic members. Together, members operate more than 145 clinical sites that provide more than one million patient visits each year throughout Los Angeles County. She currently serves on the CCALAC Board of Directors. Ms. Lee also recently joined the LA Care Health Plan Board of Directors.

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Richard A. Veloz, MPH, JD, CEO
South Central Family Health Center (SCFHC)

Richard Veloz holds a JD and an MPH from UCLA. Mr. Veloz, who has worked in the health industry for more than 35 years, has been an active force in the health management and policy field. He held senior-level positions in the Clinton Administration’s Presidential Task Force on Health Care Reform, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the LA Care Health Plan.

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Jim Mangia, MPH, MA, President and CEO
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

Jim Mangia is the President and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a network of nonprofit federally qualified health centers and school-based clinics providing free medical, dental and mental health services to more than 160,000 patient visits in South Los Angeles. Passionate about community health, prevention, and social justice, Mangia built the Well Child and Family Centers from a small single-site clinic serving 1200 patients a year to one of Los Angeles County’s largest nonprofit health care providers with more than a dozen clinic sites.

Mangia is a leader in building a health and human rights movement in the United States and has built myriad innovative and collaborative services and relationships. He has built strong and sustainable partnerships with school districts, government agencies, community-based organizations, schools, educators, and health care providers. This is to increase access to health care services and strengthen the health care safety net for impoverished and economically disadvantaged children and their families.

He serves as a State Commissioner on the State of California Workforce Investment Board and was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as an Expert Advisor to the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force. He is the Chair of the Public Health & Prevention Task Force for the California Primary Care Organization. Mangia served on the LA Care Health Plan’s Board of Governors from 2008 to 2012. He served as a member of President Obama’s Health Advisory Task Force and as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County from 2010 to 2012. He is currently a leader in Health Care First South LA, a safety net Accountable Care Organization designed to redesign and integrate care for underserved populations in South Los Angeles.

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Clifford Shiepe, MBA, Chief Executive Officer
T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers

Mr. Shiepe is a broad based, seasoned healthcare executive with senior level management experience with hospitals, medical group clinics, health systems, and managed care companies. He has provided four decades of transformational leadership for improving Americas healthcare system. He began his career as an assistant administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital, a 1200 bed tertiary teaching hospital in Boston. After ten years, he was offered a position as Senior Vice President with the Lutheran Hospital Society in Los Angeles. This organization had a ten member hospital system, and he was responsible for centralized consulting services. Within ten years, he founded a multi-specialty healthcare consulting company, Bedford International.
This company had major consulting engagements with Stanford University Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Huntington Hospital, USC University Hospital, Catholic Healthcare West, and St. Joseph Health System. He then went on to become the Chief Executive Officer at Victorville Community Hospital and Tri-City Medical Center. Mr. Shiepe graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Engineering Management and from Northeastern University with an M.B.A.

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Miriam Y. Vega, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer
UMMA Community Clinic

Dr. Vega is an experienced executive of non-profits who has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Vassar College in Psychology. Previously she served as the Executive Director of AIDS Project of the East Bay and as Vice-President of the Latino Commission on AIDS. She completed a two-year Prevention Fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Vega considers herself a scientist-advocate with a firm understanding of organizational operations from a grassroots level. She has managed, coordinated and provided national capacity building assistance, technical assistance, coaching, and consultations to over 100 state and local health departments and community-based organizations across the country. In that vein, Dr. Vega created the CHANGE (customized, holistic, analytical, network-building, grassroots and evaluatory) model of capacity building (Vega, 2009).

As a scientist, a majority of her research work has focused on the issues of health disparities, culture, communications, and stigma. At that end, she conducts program evaluation as well as communications research with a focus on social marketing and media. Furthermore, she conducts operations and structural level intervention research. Along with her colleagues, Dr. Vega has created, tested, and published a public health intervention targeting Latino men called SOMOS (Vega, Spieldenner, DeLeon, & Nieto, 2010). Based on her role as a NGO representative at the United Nations, her latest publication is “Combating stigma and fear: Applying psychosocial lessons learned from the HIV epidemic and SARS to the current Ebola crisis.” She presented her latest research project titled “#retweet This” at the International AIDS Conference looking at the intersection of twitter, stigma and HIV/AIDS. She also has served as a social marketing expert consultant for various government entities.


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Roderick Seamster, MD, MPH, President and CEO
Watts Healthcare Corporation (WHCC)

Prior to his tenure as the President and CEO, Dr. Seamster served as the Chief Medical Officer of Watts Healthcare Corporation. He is an Internist by training having earned both his medical degree and Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University. He was a National Health Corps Scholar and served in the US Public Health Service as a staff physician at San Carlos Hospital in Arizona where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1992 joined Watts Healthcare first as Staff Physician in Adult Medicine, then became the Chief Physician in the Adult Medicine Department, Director of the UHP Compton Healthcare Clinic and advanced to become the Associate Medical Director and Medical Director.

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