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.
President and CEO, St. Jude Medical CenterLee Penrose is the President and CEO of St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. Since 2008, Mr. Penrose has been responsible for all components of the 384-bed, faith-based acute care hospital. He works collaboratively with other providers in the St. Joseph Health System, including St. Joseph Hospital and Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center. Prior to his current position, Mr. Penrose was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at St. Jude for eight years. He also has a background in working for a large medical group and managed care companies. 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 at St. Joseph Hospital and CHOC Children’s. He is the director of cardiothoracic anesthesia at St. Joseph, the chair of the department of anesthesiology at CHOC Children’s, and the Secretary Treasurer for the Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Yost is a past president of the medical staff at CHOC Children’s, a past president of the California Society of Anesthesiologists, a former CalOptima Board member (2001–09), a founding board member for the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, and a past mayor of the city of Seal Beach. 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, where he graduated with honors, and earned his 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. He was appointed a CalOptima Director in August 2016.
Orange County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor, Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer is a former California State Assembly Member and Orange County Supervisor who has dedicated his career to public service. Also a high school teacher, police officer and assistant district attorney, Spitzer knows the challenges facing everyday people. First elected to public office in 1992, Todd has a long record of advocating for public safety and led the successful campaign to pass Marsy's Law for All, the nation’s most comprehensive victims’ Bill of Rights. Spitzer sought his current office, Supervisor for the Third District, in order to address jobs and economic development in Orange County, maintain public safety and improve accountability in government spending. Spitzer will also focus on solving the county’s DUI Crisis. Orange County currently ranks second in DUI arrests statewide. Spitzer held a summit involving stakeholders including public health experts, law enforcement and groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – and will bring public policy recommendations before the county and city leaders. Spitzer has been the recipient of numerous recognitions for his service. Crime Victims United of California named Assemblyman Spitzer "Legislator of the Year," as did the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault citing his extensive work with Megan's Law and his dedication to protecting victims of sexual assault. This year, Whittier Law School named Spitzer a top "Legal Leader." With his wife, Judge Jamie Morris Spitzer, Presiding Judge, Workers Compensation Appeals Board, Anaheim, he has two children, Justin and Lauren, and a dog, Auggie.
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