CalOptima is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Directors is made up of member advocates and representatives from the medical community, business and local government.
The Board of Directors represents the diverse backgrounds, interests and demographics of Orange County residents and helps ensure CalOptima, as a public agency, remains highly accountable and responsive to the health care needs of our members.
Director, Orange County Health Care AgencyMark Refowitz is the director of the Orange County Health Care Agency. Prior to his appointment on February 28, 2012, Mr. Refowitz had been the director of Behavioral Health Services for the agency since January 2004. In that capacity, he was responsible for implementation of the local Mental Health Act program, as well as the overall operation of the county’s Behavioral Health Services. Prior to serving Orange County, Mr. Refowitz was director of Mental Health Services for the County of San Diego from 2001 to 2003 and gained extensive management experience through positions in public sector organizations, as well as private managed care entities. He became a CalOptima Director in March 2012.
Chief Operating Officer, Acute Care Services, Providence St. Joseph HealthLee Penrose is Chief Operating Officer, Acute Care Services for the Orange County High Desert Region of Providence St. Joseph Health. In this role, he is responsible for hospital services for nine of Southern California’s most respected and technologically advanced health care organizations. Mr. Penrose previously held leadership positions at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, serving first as Chief Financial Officer and then as President and CEO for eight years, 2008–16. While at St. Jude, he implemented strategies and initiatives to maintain high-quality care and fiscal strength during economically challenging times. In addition to his experience in the hospital industry, Mr. Penrose has worked in the insurance and physician practice management fields. His career includes roles with FHP, Integrated Physician Services, Orange Coast Managed Care and St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare. Mr. Penrose received a bachelor’s degree in business/economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from University of Maryland. He lives in Mission Viejo with his wife and two children. Mr. Penrose was appointed a CalOptima director in November 2011.
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor, Fifth District Lisa Bartlett is currently serving as the Fifth District and also represents South Orange County on the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Director and both Transportation Corridor Agencies Board of Directors. Bartlett was elected to the Dana Point City Council in November 2006 and was re-elected in November 2010, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2007-08 and as Mayor in 2009 and 2014. Supervisor Bartlett born and raised in Southern California and has been a resident of South Orange County for the past 20+ years. She is a proud long time resident of Dana Point and has watched the city evolve into one of the most desirable destination resort communities along the coast, a place we call Paradise. Lisa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, became a Certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and a licensed Real Estate Broker. Her professional career spans several decades and includes holding executive management positions in a worldwide computer software company, a project management consulting firm and several law firms.During her eight years serving on the Dana Point City Council, she served on the Board of Directors for the Transportation Corridor Agency and the Ocean Institute, President for the Association of California Cities- Orange County, Past President for the California League of Cities, Orange County Division, Member of the Southern California Edison Government Advisory Panel and Executive Administration Member and Regional Council Member for the Southern California Association of Governments.Her participation on regional boards and committees allows for collaborative regional-based representation as well as greater visibility for Orange County. Lisa believes in and strives for fiscal responsibility, accountability and greater transparency in government.Supervisor Bartlett has always been actively involved in philanthropic work and several non-profit organizations such as Children’s Hospital Queen of Hearts Guild, the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary, and the Ocean Institute.
CEO, Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County Ria Berger is the CEO of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, a large nonprofit oral health provider for children. Ms. Berger has more than 25 years of operations, human resources and business development experience in multicultural, multisite businesses in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She has taught various human resources and business courses at University of California, Irvine and University of Southern California, and was an advisory board member for the Leadership Services Program at Chapman University. Her specialties include strategy, operations, fund development, Board recruitment and development, talent acquisition and management, leadership development, change management, culture transformation, mergers and acquisitions, and building effective systems integration and analytics within the health care, financial, retail and service industries. Ms. Berger is strategic as well as tactical in leading Fortune 500, private corporations and nonprofit organizations. She has a master’s degree in public administration, specializing in organizational development, from University of Southern California. She was appointed a CalOptima Director in August 2016.
Retired Health Care Executive Ron DiLuigi is a retired health care executive. Before retiring in 2015, Mr. DiLuigi was the Chief Advocacy and Public Policy Officer at St. Joseph Health System, serving in the areas of advocacy, public policy and government relations for the 15-hospital system in California, Texas and New Mexico. Prior to that, he was Regional Vice President for Advocacy and Community Benefit for St. Joseph’s Southern California Region. Before working in the hospital industry, Mr. DiLuigi held progressively responsible executive positions during a 27-year career in government, including as Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency. Mr. DiLuigi has served extensively on boards, committees and commissions at the local, state and national level. Currently, he is on the State of California Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel, a statutory body that advises the California Department of Health Care Services on policy and operational issues that affect children in Medi-Cal, and on the Board of St. Jude Neighborhood Health Centers, an FQHC with locations in Fullerton and Orange. Previously, Mr. DiLuigi also served as Chairman of the MOMS OC Board, and on the Orange County Business Council Board of Directors/Executive Committee, the Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation Board, the American Heart Association Orange County Board and the Yorba Linda Planning Commission. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton and is a graduate of the Management Executive Program at University of California, Irvine. Longtime residents of Yorba Linda, Mr. DiLuigi and his wife, Paula, are the proud parents of three children and grandparents of six. He was appointed a CalOptima Director in August 2016.
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor, First District Supervisor Andrew Do is the current Supervisor of the First District of Orange County, representing Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster, Midway City and portions of Fountain Valley. Born in Vietnam, Supervisor Do grew up in Orange County. After attending the University of California at Davis, Supervisor Do received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.As a former Orange County Deputy District Attorney, Supervisor Do prosecuted many violent criminals and sex offenders and had previously served as a Judge Pro Tem at Orange County West Municipal Court. Supervisor Do has also taught as an adjunct professor at the California State University at Fullerton.Supervisor Do was elected to the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Association. He has also served as President of the Asian Bar of California and as the President of the Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Southern California.Supervisor Do formerly served on the Garden Grove City Council. He most recently served as the Chief of Staff for former Supervisor, now Senator Janet Nguyen. Supervisor Do currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Transportation Authority.Supervisor Do is married to Orange County Superior Court Judge Cheri Pham, and they have two daughters.
Anesthesiologist/Pain Specialist Dr. Nikan Khatibi is a Persian-American physician anesthesiologist, pain management and addiction medicine specialist. Involved in health care policy for more than 10 years, Dr. Khatibi serves as an advocate for patients and providers through his work with California Medical Association, American Medical Association, California Health Professions Education Foundation (Governor Appointee), Drug Use Is Life Abuse, California Council for Excellence and American Heart Association’s California Advocacy Team. Dr. Khatibi divides his time between clinical practice, research and teaching. He has authored 30 journal articles focusing on traumatic brain injury, stroke and targeted gene medication therapy, especially for those battling with chronic pain. Dr. Khatibi has earned several prestigious awards for his work, including being named a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Scholar by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, receiving the Excellence in Medicine Award from the American Medical Association, and being named to OC Metro Magazine’s 40 Under 40. He serves as a clinical instructor at University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and Western University of Health Sciences, and he is on the Dean’s Leadership Council and a STEM Mentor at University of California, Irvine. Passionate about giving back to those who protect and serve our country, Dr. Khatibi is a captain and physician at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, providing care to military members. He was appointed a CalOptima Director in August 2016.
Resident Physician Alexander Nguyen, M.D., is a resident physician in psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. He serves as a delegate for the medical center’s Committee of Interns and Residents to advocate for fair wages, benefits and working conditions for physicians. In 2014, Dr. Nguyen was one of 21 recipients nationwide to receive the American Medical Association’s Physicians of Tomorrow Award for his strong commitment to working with underserved and low-income populations. Inspired by his mother’s long battle with multiple sclerosis and witnessing her struggle with navigating the complex health care system, Dr. Nguyen hopes to advocate for easier accessibility to resources and cost-effective care for patients as he sits on the CalOptima Board in the seat reserved for a family member of a CalOptima member. Dr. Nguyen earned his master’s degree in public health at University of Southern California and his medical degree from University of California, Davis. He was appointed a CalOptima Director in August 2016.
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Anesthesiologist Paul Yost, M.D., practices adult and pediatric anesthesiology through Allied Anesthesia and is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital and CHOC Children’s. Dr. Yost holds other medical leadership positions, serving as the director of cardiothoracic anesthesia at St. Joseph and Secretary Treasurer of the Orange County Medical Association. He is also the former chief of staff and former chair of anesthesiology at CHOC Children’s, and a past president of the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Yost is the former mayor of the city of Seal Beach and a founding member of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. Comfortable speaking Spanish, he is an active volunteer and coordinator for Access OC, providing free surgery for Orange County’s underserved, and he frequently goes on medical mission trips, most recently to Ecuador and Dominican Republic. Dr. Yost received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed two medical residencies: Pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, and Anesthesiology at University of California, Los Angeles. His other interests include surfing, kite boarding and tennis. Dr. Yost served on the CalOptima Board from 2001–09 and was reappointed in August 2016.
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