The Board of Directors is responsible for the operation of the California Immunization Coalition. They handle the financial responsibilities and create the strategic short-term and long-term goals of the organization.

The primary role of the Board of Directors:

  • Provide oversight of strategic plan
  • Oversee all contracts and legal obligations of corporation
  • Evaluate all program and corporate functions
  • Develop and monitor the budget

Directors and Officers

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President

Wilbert Mason, MD, MPH Head of Division of Infections Diseases Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Past President, AAP California Chapter 1

 

Wilbert (Bill) Mason, MD, University of California Irvine, 1970; M.P.H. [Epidemiology], University of California Los Angeles, 1995) is an attending physician in of the Division of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. His research focus has been in Kawasaki disease and, more recently, the implementation of evidence based medicine through the use of clinical practice guidelines in the hospital setting. He has also been active in the study and promotion of medical safety in pediatrics and currently served as the Chief Medical Quality Officer at CHLA until 2011. He  participated in the Child Health Accountability Initiative of the Child Health Corporation of America since its inception in 1997 and was Co-Medical Director in 2001-2003. He is a Past-President of Chapter 2, District IX, of the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves as co-chair of the State Government Affairs Committee of District IX of the AAP and sits on the National Nominating Committee of the National AAP.

 

Vice President

Randy Bergen, MD

      Senior Physician         The Permanente Medical Group, Walnut Creek

 

Randy Bergen, MD is a Senior Physician with The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) at the Walnut Creek Medical Center, and serves on the Board of TPMG. Randy Bergen has been a member of a variety of professional associations including the California Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics and has chaired various Kaiser Committees. In addition to serving as a Senior Physician, Dr. Bergen is a clinical site investigator for the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Safety Study Center and the clinical lead for the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Influenza Vaccine Program. Dr. Bergen received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. He has co-authored journal articles regarding varicella-zoster virus, influenza vaccine, and other clinical topics.

 

Past – President

Oliver Brooks, MD

Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Watts Health Care Corporation

 

Oliver Brooks, MD received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Morehouse College. He received his M.D. degree from Howard University College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital-Oakland. He practiced in the underserved communities of North Oakland and Richmond for four years before accepting a pediatric position at the Watts Health Care Corporation where he is presently Associate Medical Director and Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and Chairman of the Quality Management Committee. He is Chairman of the Immunize LA Families Coalition leading the group for 10 years. He is immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the CA Immunization Coalition. He is past-president of the Golden State (CA) Medical Association and past president of the Miller-Lawrence Medical and Dental Society, both components of the National Medical Association of which he is the National Secretary. He is Assistant Clinical Professor, Western University of Health Sciences. He is a member of many civic organizations.

Treasurer/Secretary
Chair – Registry
Linda Scott Director, Orange County Immunization Coalition
Linda Scott has worked to promote and improve immunization services and vaccine coverage in Orange County and throughout California for well over a decade. As Coordinator of the Orange County Immunization Coalition (OCIC), Ms. Scott established an effective and inclusive organization that was particularly successful in collaboration and utilization of partnerships in its work to raise awareness of immunization issues throughout her community.In her role as Director of the OCIC, Linda was active in statewide immunization activities, and was an early and active member of the California Coalition for Childhood Immunization (C3I) serving as chair of the Communication Committee and then as Vice President and President. In this leadership role she was instrumental in the development of C3I as a statewide voice for the health and immunization of California’s children.In 2005, Ms. Scott was appointed Immunization Coordinator for Orange County, adding the responsibilities of managing the immunization program of one of the largest counties in the state to her coalition responsibilities, which were absorbed into the Coordinator’s position.

 Co-Chair-Education

Mariah Bianchi, RN, MSN

Director of Adult QI
UCSF Health

Mariah Bianchi, RN is the Director of Adult QI at UCSF Health, where she provides strategic leadership, planning and management for adult quality improvement initiatives. Prior to joining UCSF Health in 2017, she held a variety of clinical positions at California Pacific Medical Center, including most recently, Director of Nursing Practice. Mariah has been an advocate for immunizations in her professional, volunteer, and personal life and has served on several immunization partnerships including the CIC Advisory Council; the San Francisco Immunization Coalition Board; and the Hep B Free (San Francisco) campaign, which increased awareness of hepatitis B in the Asian and Pacific Islander populations.

In recognition of her stellar work, Mariah was awarded the 2011 CIC Natalie J Smith Immunization Award. She notes that she has a passion for looking at ways to optimize health through shared learning, experiences and relationship building and that she’s excited to join CIC in protecting our most vulnerable and ensuring health equity for all.

Chair Advocacy

Kat Deburgh, MPH

Executive Director, Health Officers Association of California (HOAC)

 

Kat DeBurgh, MPH has a B.A. in politics from UC Santa Cruz and an MPH from the University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill. She has been with the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) since 2005. She began as an administrative assistant, then became the legislative assistant, assistant director, Director of Governmental Affairs, and was appointed executive director in 2014.

HOAC represents the physician health officers appointed by the local governments in California’s 58 county and 3 city health jurisdictions. California’s health officers are involved in every aspect of public health in California, and so is HOAC, as it fulfills its core mission to optimize the impact of health officers to improve health and well-being for all.

   Co-Chair-Education

Meg Dorsey, RN, PHN
Immunization Coordinator, Placer County Health and Human Services

Meg Dorsey, RN, PHN is the Immunization Coordinator for the Placer County Health and Human Services Agency and manages a variety of immunization activities including provider support, community outreach and education, and surveillance. Meg previously worked as a public sector manager for a pharmaceutical company, where she received several awards for her work in the vaccine division. Meg will also bring clinical knowledge to the board from her past front-line experience working as a nurse in community and academic hospitals.
As a long-time supporter of CIC and a variety of local Coalitions, Meg and her work are well known to many of CIC’s members. However, you may not know that she provides nursing services at a 100 bed homeless shelter in Placer County, teaches reproductive health in the Juvenile Detention Facility, and enjoys running the many trails in the Sierra Foothills with her rescue dogs.
Co-Chair- CommunicationKathe Gustafson
San Diego Immunization Coalition   

James McCabeDirector at Large

James McCabe Dip.Pharm (SA) RPh Director – Pharmacy Services – West Oakland Health Council

James McCabe, Dip Pharm (SA) Rph, is the Director of Pharmacy Services at The West Oakland Health Council.  Previous to this position he served as the Pharmacy District Manager at Rite Aid and also worked for Safeway for over 13 years, four of those years as Director of Patient Care Services for Safeway Corporate Pharmacy, Health and Wellness.

James has been an active member of the California Coalition for Childhood Immunization (C3I) and has also served on CIC’s Advisory Council. Born 1958 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up in Swaziland and South Africa. Completed schooling in South Africa and attended pharmacy school, graduating in 1982.

Co-Chair-Registry

Amy Pine, MPH
Director, Immunization Section – Alameda County Public Health Department

 

Amy Pine, MPH is currently the Immunization Section Director at the Alameda County Public Health Department.  She has over twenty years of experience and multiple accomplishments in the world of immunizations. Previous immunization-related jobs were at the Carter Center’s Task Force for Child Survival and Development in Atlanta GA, Children Now, the Nevada Health Division, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.   She thinks vaccines are amazing for their disease prevention qualities and appreciates how multiple, complex systems beautifully come together when a person is fully vaccinated.  Amy went to UCLA for college and got her MPH from Emory University.  She was also a Peace Corps volunteer and served in Mali

Co-Chair- Emerging Issues

Pia Pannaraj, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology – USC

 

Pia Pannaraj, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and an Infectious Disease Specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She also serves as the Director of the USC Pediatric Global Health Residency Track. She has written extensively and lectured nationally and internationally on vaccines, vaccine-preventable diseases, neonatal health and immunology. She has also received multiple awards for her leadership including an American Physicians Foundation Outstanding Mentorship Award, several young researcher awards, and a Garvey School District award for her contribution to school health and disease prevention.

Co-Chair- Emerging Issues

Jasjit Singh, MD 
Assistant Division Chief, Infectious Diseases Children’s Hospital Orange County

 

Jasjit Singh, MD is Assistant Director of the division and serves as the Medical Epidemiologist for CHOC Children’s  Hospital in Orange, CA.  Dr. Singh received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency at Cornell University Medical Center in NY, where she also served as Chief Resident, before completing her subspecialty fellowship training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore.

Dr. Singh’s main interests are in the prevention of infection and vaccines, international health, and primary immunodeficiency conditions in children. She is active in clinical research, has presented her work at scientific meetings and has multiple publications. She has a passion for teaching medical students and residents, and gives frequent lectures at CHOC and in the community on a variety of infectious disease topics.

Chairing the Orange County Immunization Coalition since 2013 has been very fulfilling for Dr. Singh, as a multidisciplinary collaborative to keep the kids of Orange County healthy. She also serves as the vaccine champion for Chapter 4, AAP. She and her husband enjoy doing medical missions abroad, and hope to do more in the years ahead.

Board Liaison

Suzi Bouveron, MPH

 

Suzi Bouveron, MPH has been a health educator with the California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch since 2000. She is housed in the San Diego County Health Department and represents CDPH and CIC in Southern California with coalitions and partner organizations. Prior to CDPH, she spent 10 years in Central and West Africa managing public health projects. She has a B.S. in Community Health Education from Cal State University Long Beach and an M.P.H. in Global Health from Boston University.

For more information about the Board of Directors, please contact the Director, Catherine Martin at [email protected] or (916) 414-9015.

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