August 25, 2000
The Alliance Healthcare Foundation recently named Kathlyn Mead of Escondido and Irma Cota, M.P.H. of North Park to its board of trustees, according to Ruth Lyn Riedel, CEO.
Mead has spent the last four years as the president and chief executive officer of Sharp Health Plan, where she increased enrollment from approximately 22,000 to more than 85,000. Mead also serves as a board of directors for both the California Association of Health Plans and the San Diego Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy, as well as the Santa Monica based Insure the Uninsured Project. She also is actively involved in LEAD San Diego, a leadership development program. During the past twelve years, Mead has provided managed health care leadership at San Diego Children's Hospital and Health Center, MetLife Colorado and Utah HealthCare Networks, and Blue Cross of California.
Cota brings 23 years of experience in medical group management, program planning, grant writing, finance and operational management in the public and private sectors to her role with Alliance. She serves as the CEO of North County Health Services (NCHS), where she oversees eight health centers, in addition to two large community benefit programs, Women Infant and Children (WIC), and AIDS/HIV Case Management Services. Under Cota's leadership, NCHS has grown in services; efforts at NCHS have expanded two obstetrical programs and a midwifery delivery model at Scripps Hospital, as well as a new health center in Carlsbad. Cota also is the founder of the Latino Health Council of San Diego, as well as secretary of the California Primary Care Association.
Alliance Healthcare Foundation, a non-profit independent foundation established in 1988, grants $5 million annually to non-profit organizations in San Diego County and selected programs throughout California.