Director of Adult Quality improvement at University of California San Francisco Health
Communications and Project Manager of Vaccines for Children Program California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch
Immunization Coordinator, Placer County Health and Human Services Department
Special Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Wilbert (Bill) Mason, MD
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.
Randy Bergen, Md
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.
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.
Mariah Bianchi, RN, MSN
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.
Lydia Bourne’s professional experiences are varied. Her primary professional experience has been in health care – as a Registered Nurse, health educator, program developer, and administrator. In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Bourne has long been active as a volunteer and community activist. Her legislative and regulatory experience includes health care, K -14 education, and professional licensure matters. She has been successful in navigating health and educational issues through the legislative process and in influencing Governors Wilson, Davis, Schwarzenegger and Brown to sign legislation on key issues. Presently she is owner of her own government relations firm – Bourne & Associates.
Lydia has been Executive Director and Legislative Advocate of the California School Nurses Association; Chair of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board of Yolo County; Chair of the March of Dimes Public Affairs Committee, and Vice Chair of the March of Dimes Executive Committee. She also was a member of the Sacramento County Black Health Network and the Sacramento County Black Infant Health Community Advisory Board. She served in a variety of positions on the Shots for Tots board and has served on the CIC BOD several times.
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.
Kat DeBurgh, MPH
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
Meg Dorsey, RN, PHN
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’s experience in the field of immunization includes 16 years as a public sector business manager for a vaccine manufacturer in several western states. She brings 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 many other immunization 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.
Kathleen Worthing Gustafson, MPH
a founding member of the CIC Board of Directors, is currently Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. Prior to the establishment of CIC she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Coalition for Childhood Immunization (C3I) and as President of the C3I Board.
Kathe retired as the Chief of the Immunization Branch for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. She began her work in immunizations in 1990 and was instrumental in establishing the San Diego Immunization Coalition. Kathe is also a member of the Planning Committee for the National Conference of Immunization and Health Coalitions, and has served on various health coalitions including the San Diego Combined Health Agency Drive and Food for All. Prior to her work in the immunization arena, she held a variety of positions while moving 29 times during her husband’s Navy career.
Julia Heinzerling, MPH
is the Special Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer at LA County DPH. In this role she coordinates special projects, develops communications for Departmental and external stakeholders, and is engaged in strategic planning and policy efforts. She also serves as the Managing Editor for LADPH’s newsletter, Rx for Prevention. Julia’s prior work focused primarily on health promotion, social support, disparities, quality improvement, and grants management. She received her MPH with a specialty in health policy and administration from UC Berkeley. Julia has been active with CIC for many years and has held a variety of leadership roles, including President, Vice President, lead Coordinator of the Disparities Work Group, and member of the Summit Planning Committee.
James McCabe, Dip Pharm (SA) RPH
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.
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.
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