Our 2013 Board of Directors
Sutter Davis Hospital
Beyond the daily operations of each affiliate in the Sacramento Sierra Region lie the long-range issues governing patient care, finances, and planning. The all-volunteer board of directors works closely with each affiliate’s administration team and physician groups to ensure that Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region continues to provide the highest level of care available in the region. The board is comprised of community leaders with expertise in the fields of medicine, law, development, technology and more.
- James Conforti
- Andrew DeMar, M.D., FACS
- Mike Dourgarian
- Patricia Fong Kushida
- Patrick Fry
- Gary Hooper
- Scott Howell
- Peter V. Hull, M.D.
- Christopher Johnson
- Dick Kramer
- Sarah Krevans
- Marion Leff, M.D.
- Jerry R. May, Ph.D.
- Joseph R. Mendez
- Michael J. Newell
- Narendra M. Pathipati
- Helen M. Thomson
James Conforti | back to top
James Conforti serves as President of Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, comprised of hospitals and physician care centers located throughout nine Northern California counties. The Sacramento Sierra Region is one of five regions making up the Sutter Health system, Northern California's largest community-based, not-for-profit system of hospitals, physician organizations and home health and occupational providers.
Mr. Conforti is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of Sutter Health in the Sacramento Sierra Region. He works closely with aligned physicians to grow Sutter's health care delivery system. These Sutter Health affiliates offer a complete network of health services, including health education and disease prevention, primary and specialty care physicians, acute care, outpatient, occupational health, and mental health services.
Under Mr. Conforti's leadership, the Sutter Health affiliates that he oversees encompass seven acute care hospitals and two mental health facilities with 1,416 beds, more than 11,500 employees, and 535 medical group physicians. He also works closely with aligned physicians in the region to grow Sutter's integrated health care delivery system.
Mr. Conforti has over 25 years of health care management experience and has been with Sutter Health for the last 15 years. He also served as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Army. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Washington and a master's of health science in health finance and management from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He and his wife have two daughters.
Andrew DeMar, M.D., FACS | back to top
Trauma surgeon Andrew DeMar, Jr., M.D., FACS, serves as voting Chief of Staff to the SHSSR/SMF Boards and as Chief of Staff at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
Dr. DeMar has served as trauma and acute care surgeon at Sutter Roseville Medical Center since 1994 when SRMC became a trauma center, and as co-medical director of surgical services at Sutter Roseville since 1996. He has served as a general surgeon in private practice in the Sacramento and Roseville communities since 1992.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. DeMar earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio for his medical degree. He completed his internship and residency at UCLA School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
As a member of the SHSSR/SMF Board, Dr. DeMar serves on the Executive Committee, Governance & Nominating Committee, the Safety & Quality Committee, and the Finance & Planning Committee.He and his wife have three sons.
Mike Dourgarian | back to top
Mike Dourgarian is a workforce development consultant. He helps create solutions to match the talents of individuals to the needs of organizations. He formerly served as Franchise President for Manpower of Sacramento. As a second generation staffing veteran, he held management positions with Manpower for more than 30 years. He is also co-founder and co-owner of Asher College, a career college with campus locations in Sacramento, Dallas, Las Vegas and San Jose.
He is a Board Member for Sacramento Works, Inc., and served four years as board chair. Sacramento Works is the Workforce Investment Board for Sacramento County. Mr. Dourgarian is a frequent commentator on employment issues to the media and in speaking venues.
He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor's in business administration. In 2002, he was named by the School of Business as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, an award presented annually to alumni in recognition of achievement and community involvement.
Mr. Dourgarian is an active volunteer in community service. He serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for Sacramento and on the Sutter Medical Center Foundation philanthropic board. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento and is a past active member of the Active 20-30 #1 Club of Sacramento. In 2003, he joined the Board of Directors of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. He previously served as Chair of the Finance and Planning Committee and is Immediate Past Board Chair. Mr. Dourgarian currently serves as Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region board representative on the Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s Medical Executive Committee, and serves on the SSR/SMF Credentialing, Finance & Planning, and Safety & Quality committees.
Patricia Fong Kushida | back to top
Ms. Fong Kushida is the President/CEO of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce. Her vision for SACC is for the organization to be Sacramento's link to Asian businesses, partnering with community groups, other non-profit organizations and local government to promote economic growth for Asian Businesses throughout the greater Sacramento region. Ms. Fong Kushida has the support and confidence of a 20-member board of directors.
Ms. Fong Kushida made her transition to the non-profit community after 13 years in merchandise management, translating her business acumen to the non-profit sector. She became Executive Director of the SACC in 1998, then President/CEO in 2002. She received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a Minor in Communications from California State University, Sacramento.
Ms. Fong Kushida firmly believes in giving back to her community. She has served as a member for the Sacramento Children and Families Commission, on the board of United Way, California Capital Region, Hemispheres Art Academy, and served as board member for the Broadway Downtown Partnership. She most recently served as Chair of Community Benefits for Sutter Health, and serves on the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board. In addition, she joined the boards of Linking Education and Economic Development (LEED) and Valley Vision, a regional action partnership fostering regional cooperation in the six-county region.
Ms. Fong Kushida has served on the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors since 2007. She served on the Finance and Planning Committee in 2007-08 and again in 2013. She has also served on the Medical Policy and Credentialing committees and on the SMCS MEC. She is past chair of the SMCS Community Benefit Committee.
Ms. Fong Kushida has received various awards, among them the Outstanding Women Leaders, National Association of Women Business Owners, Sacramento Valley Chapter. She and her husband, Victor, own Kushida Audio and Video Services, a family-run business serving the Sacramento community since 1954. They have one daughter.
Patrick Fry | back to top
Mr. Fry joined the Sutter organization in 1982 as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Over the ensuing years he held increasingly responsible administrative positions both at the local affiliate level and region level, with responsibilities covering the breadth of Sutter Health's services.
After serving as regional president for Sutter Health's affiliates in the greater Sacramento region, Mr. Fry became president of the organization's eastern operations. He later assumed leadership of Sutter Health's Western Division and in 2000 became Sutter Health's second-in-command, serving as chief operating officer and executive vice president. In 2005 Mr. Fry became President and CEO.
Mr. Fry earned a bachelor's degree in public health administration from the University of California, Davis in 1979 and earned a master's degree in health services administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Fry serves on numerous boards throughout Northern California. He currently serves on the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors and as Chairman of the California Hospitals Association Board of Trustees. He has chaired both the Health Community Forum and Managed Care Systems; he has served on the boards of Northern California Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Center and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the boards of Make-A-Wish Foundation and People Reaching Out. Mr. Fry's professional affiliations include membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Medical Group Management Association.
A native of South Lake Tahoe, California, Mr. Fry and his wife, Renate, have four sons. The family enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, including snow skiing, golf, and hiking in the Sierra Nevada.
Gary Hooper | back to top
Mr. Hooper is an experienced biotechnology executive with a combination of large company and startup experience. He has been involved in the biotechnology industry since its inception, having joined Genentech -- considered the founder of the biotechnology industry -- in early 1980. Today, he is Managing Director of Elliptical Ventures, a new venture capital company focused on early and mid-stage healthcare companies.
Mr. Hooper is Chairman of Millennium Group Holdings, and a board member of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Networks, where he developed the Next Silicon Valley Initiative: Convergence of Biotech, Nanotech and Information Technology, and served as Chairman of the Technology Convergence Consortium. Mr. Hooper is a member of the Licensing Executive Society's executive Healthcare Committee and past member of the Board of Trustees. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Accera, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company specializing in Alzheimer's disease; a member of the Board of Councilors of the College of Letters and Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California; and is on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Technology Commercialization Project Program at the University of Utah. Mr. Hooper also is a Commercial Reviewer for the National Science Foundation and is a venture partner in Velocity Venture Capital.
He received a bachelor's in marketing from San Jose State University, and a master's in business administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Hooper has served on the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors since 2009 and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Finance and Planning Committee.
Scott Howell | back to top
Mr. Howell worked for IBM for more than 30 years and most recently served as Policy Director in IBM's Public Sector, managing the company's lobbyists in state and local governments across the United States. Scott's previous assignment was Client Director, California Public Sector for IBM.
Mr. Howell served in the Utah State Senate from 1990-2000, serving eight of those years as Senate Democratic Leader. During this time, he championed the cause of educators and students by passing legislation to bring millions of dollars of technological equipment to the classroom, reduce class size, and include kindergarten as an integral part of the public school curriculum. His unique combination of legislative and professional skills was utilized on other critical issues such as fighting crime and streamlining government through the use of technology.
Internationally, Mr. Howell is a “Smart Communities” advocate, working to shape the future of the world's community governments in today's technology revolution, having consulted with governments of Australia, Japan, Italy, Latvia and China. Nationally, he serves on the boards of the United States Internet Council and the Democratic Leadership Council. He also served as board member of the Harvard Policy Group at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Howell began his service on the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors in 2007. He currently serves on the Finance & Planning Committee. He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of four sons.
Peter V. Hull, M.D. | back to top
Emergency medicine physician Peter V. Hull, M.D., served as voting Chief of Staff to the SHSSR/SMF Boards from 2010-2011 and as Chief of Staff at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
Dr. Hull has been an active member of the Sutter Roseville medical staff since arriving in Placer County in 1996. He has served as assistant medical director of the Emergency Department and chairman of several departments, including Emergency Department, Department of Medicine and Quality Management Department. He also chaired the Sutter Health Emergency Leadership Committee from 2006-2009. He was the SRMC Vice Chief of Staff from 2008-2010, and as the Chief of Staff and medical director of their Emergency Department from 2010-2011. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American Board of Emergency Medicine and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
Dr. Hull attended Washington University in St. Louis for his undergraduate studies and University of Illinois College of Medicine for his medical degree. He completed his emergency medicine residency at University of Illinois.
As a member of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors, Dr. Hull serves on the Credentialing, and Safety & Quality committees.
Dr. Hull and his wife have three daughters.
Christopher Johnson | back to top
Christopher Johnson is founder and CEO of The Johnson Group, Inc. a corporate recruiting company. The company serves as an outsourced corporate recruiter for its clients, eliminating expensive placement fees. The Johnson Group, Inc. has experienced more than 327% growth and was recognized as the 7th fastest growing company in the Sacramento area by the Sacramento Business Journal. Mr. Johnson was recognized regionally as one of the “40 under 40” by Sacramento Business Journal, and nationally as one of the “40 Next,” a publication by Black Enterprise Magazine. In 2010, Mr. Johnson received the “Small Business of the Year Award” by Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, The Johnson Group, Inc. was recognized as “Small Business of the Year” by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. In 2013, Mr. Johnson was recognized as “Small Business of the Year” by Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Johnson is the inventor and founder of Rapid Ramen, Inc., which produces Rapid Ramen Cookers -- the world’s fastest and easiest way to cook ramen noodles. The company has had tremendous success nationally, shipping orders and selling the product in retail stores across the country. He also serves as President of the Chris Johnson Basketball Academy, an organization he founded to teach youth about the importance of determination, work ethic and integrity through the game of basketball.
Mr. Johnson joined the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Regional Board of Directors in 2013, and serves on the Finance and Planning Committee. He is married with four children.
Dick Kramer | back to top
Mr. Kramer is President of R.J. Kramer Associates, serving as an executive consultant and business strategy advisor to healthcare companies who provide products and services to hospital systems and medical groups. He is Past President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Healthcare West, a healthcare system comprised of 48 acute care hospitals and affiliated medical groups in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Under Mr. Kramer's leadership, CHW grew from 12 loosely affiliated hospitals into the largest provider of health care services in California.. Before joining CHW, he was Executive Vice President of the Allina Health System, Minneapolis, an integrated delivery system of 29 hospitals and medical groups, which he helped create.
Mr. Kramer has been a member of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors since 2006. He currently serves as Board Chair and is Executive Committee Chair. He also serves on the Governance, Nominating & Compliance, Credentialing, Finance & Planning, and Safety & Quality committees. He chaired the Finance and Planning Committee from 2008-2011. Mr. Kramer has served on the American Hospital Association Board of Directors, and on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Olympic Committee for Northern California. He currently is a member on the board of directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc., and the Boys and Girls Club of Auburn.
Mr. Kramer is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, earned a master's degree in counseling from Syracuse University and a master's degree in health care management from the University of Minnesota. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Sarah Krevans | back to top
Sarah Krevans serves as Chief Operating Officer of Sutter Health, one of the nation's leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers, delivering high-quality patient care in more than 100 Northern California communities.
Ms. Krevans is responsible for the operations of Sutter Health's five regions, encompassing 24 acute care hospitals and physician organizations with approximately 5,000 doctors, as well as medical research facilities, home health, hospice and occupational health networks, and long-term care centers. She oversees the network's ongoing, multi-billion-dollar capital investments to enhance patient access to health care services.
Previously, Ms. Krevans served as President of Sacramento Sierra Region, the largest of Sutter Health's five regions, from 2000-2011. During this time, she created a track record of achievement, excellence and integrity, developing and overseeing a provider network that rivals the size of many health care systems. Under her leadership, patient care and service delivery became highly integrated and clinical quality was enhanced. New points of patient access opened and facilities were improved and replaced.
Ms. Krevans was named 2011 Woman of the Year by Northern California's Women Healthcare Executives. Each year, WHCE honors a woman whose leadership and contributions to the health care field are exceptional and deserving of recognition. Ms. Krevans also was named 2011 Humanitarian of the Year by the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento for her many leadership efforts over the years to enhance the community by improving access to health care.
Ms. Krevans is active on many boards. She serves as a board member for all the SH Regional Boards, Sutter Care at Home, and the Sierra Forever Families community board.
Ms. Krevans earned master's degrees in Public Health and Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. She is married with three children.
Marion Leff, M.D. | back to top
Marion Leff, M.D., is a board certified family physician who has practiced in Sacramento for the past 30 years. She is also the Director of the Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program and Director of Graduate Medical Education at Sutter Medical Center.
Dr. Leff attended University of Wisconsin, Madison for her bachelor's degree. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1976, and completed her residency training in Family Medicine at U.C. Davis Medical Center in 1979.
Dr. Leff has served in numerous administrative positions, including her recent roles as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Sutter Medical Group. She also has served as chairperson of the Sutter Medical Group Clinician Growth and Development Committee, and continues to serve on multiple hospital committees.
Past community activities have included board director for the Albert Einstein Center, a HUD-sponsored senior housing establishment, board director for the Jewish Federation of Sacramento and member of the Physician Registry Review Board for Shots for Tots Regional Coalition. She continues to volunteer at the Shifa Clinic, a free clinic operated by University of California, Davis Medical School.
Dr. Leff has been a member of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors since 2009, and is a member of the Board's Safety & Quality and Credentialing committees.
Jerry R. May, Ph.D. | back to top
Jerry R. May, Ph.D., is a retired clinical psychologist and former Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno (1974-2005). He was also a faculty member of the National Judicial College (1981-2009).
Dr. May attended the Sorbonne-Paris, France; received his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. He completed his internship at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center-Palo Alto and the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. May has provided consultation, workshops and seminars to business, health care, judiciary and sport audiences on behavioral medicine, high level achievement, executive coaching, leadership, communication, decision making, employee selection, interviewing, strategic planning, program development, fun in the workplace, team building, stress and coping, sport psychology and the psychology of heart disease and orthopedic injuries . He had a part-time psychotherapy practice (1976-2008).
Dr. May was a consultant to sports psychology, sports science and sports medicine programs at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Squaw Valley and Colorado Springs (1978-2010). He chaired the U.S.O.C. Sports Psychology Committee (1980-1992) and served as a member of the U.S.O.C. Sports Medicine Council (1982-1992).
He served as team sport psychologist for the U.S. Ski Team ( 1978-1992), the U.S. Olympic Teams during the 1992 XXV Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, the U.S Sailing Team (1991-2010), and the U.S. National Soccer Team (1997-98), including the 1998 World Cup in France.
In addition, Dr. May served as a member of several academic committees including the Executive Committee at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (1976-2003). He was a member and chair of the Board of West Hills Hospital, Reno (1991-2005).
As a member of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors, Dr. May serves as Vice Chair on the Safety & Quality and Credentialing committees and also serves on the Finance & Planning Committee.
Joseph R. Mendez | back to top
Joseph R. Mendez is President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada, Inc. Since accepting the position with the Sacramento-based Goodwill in 2000, he has overseen organizational development in both service delivery to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment and in economic growth through market positioning.
Mr. Mendez is passionate about building human dignity through the power of work and non-profit service. He recently completed a second term as Chair of the Sacramento County Disability Advisory Commission, championing several advances in community support for people with disabilities, including Metro closed-captioning for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a comprehensive review of CalWORKS and the Airport Terminal A disabled accessibility plan. He previously served locally on the United Way Self Sufficiency Impact Council. He currently serves as a board member of the River City Food Bank.
Mr. Mendez earned his law degree at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, and holds bachelor's degrees from Columbia College in the disciplines of Business Administration and Administration of Justice.
Mr. Mendez served our country as a member of the Armed Forces; Army, Military Police Corp. He and his wife have two children.
As a member of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors, Mr. Mendez serves on the Finance & Planning committee.
Michael J. Newell | back to top
A long time resident of the Sacramento area, Mr. Newell is Director of Business Development for HP Hood LLC, one of the leading companies in the United States dairy industry. He is active in the California dairy industry and sits on the boards of the Dairy Council of California (Past Chairman), the California Milk Processor Board, and the California Creamery Operators Association. Mr. Newell also is President of CC&B Holdings (formerly Crystal Cream & Butter Co.), Inc, a family-owned investment company.
Mr. Newell has served on the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board since 2004, and served as chair of the Medical Policy Committee and Credentialing Committee from 2008-2011. He currently serves as Board Vice Chair and is Chair of the Finance & Planning and Governance & Nominating committees. In addition to being a member of the SHSSR Board of Directors, he serves on the SSR/SMF Credentialing and Safety & Quality Committees. Mr. Newell also serves on the Board of Directors of River City Bank and is the chair of their Audit Committee.
Mr. Newell did his undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) and holds a master's in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Newell and his wife have three daughters. In his free time he enjoys running, golfing, and spending time with his family.
Narendra M. Pathipati | back to top
Narendra M. Pathipati is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Teichert, Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience in finance, operations, strategy and information technology.
Mr. Pathipati has worked as the Chief Financial Officer in manufacturing, services and technology companies ranging in size from Global 1000 to start up. He has conducted business on all the continents.
He has a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering.
Over the years Mr. Pathipati has served on the boards of several companies and non-profit organizations. He currently serves as a director on the boards of the Sacramento Area Commerce & Trade Organization and Drexel University’s Center for Graduate Studies. He also serves on the Regional Community Board for Wells Fargo Bank. As a member of Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors, Mr. Pathipati joined the Finance & Planning Committee.
Mr. Pathipati is passionate about his family, friends and community. He and his wife have two sons.
Helen M. Thomson | back to top
Helen M. Thomson is an immediate past chair of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors and a former Democratic Assemblywoman from California's 8th Assembly District. Ms. Thomson began her public service in 1974 when she was elected to the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education, where she served three terms. She was elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1986 and re-elected in 1990 and 1994. She won a seat in the California State Assembly in 1996, representing California's 8th Assembly District, and served three terms. In 2002, when her Assembly term ended, Ms. Thomson again won the District 2 seat on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. She was re-elected without opposition in June 2006.
She retired in December 2010 when her term ended.
As a state legislator, Ms. Thomson chaired the Assembly Health Committee and the Select Committee on Mental Health. She authored 81 bills signed into law, most notably AB 88, the mental health parity legislation ending discrimination in insurance benefits for adults and children who suffer from serious mental illness; and AB 1421, “Laura's Law,” establishing a court-ordered program of Assisted Outpatient Treatment for people who are severely mentally ill.
Ms. Thomson is the recipient of more than 50 recognition and leadership awards over the course of her career. She was a member of the steering committee of the California Coalition for Compassionate Care and chaired the POLST Task Force. Thomson also served on the advisory committee of the California Health Care Forum. She served as Chair of the Sacramento Regional Council of Governments (SACOG), the Yolo Natural Heritage/JPA, Legislative Committee of the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, the Future of the Safety Net in Yolo County, the Yolo County Children's Alliance and the First 5 Yolo Children and Families Commission.
Ms. Thomson currently chairs the Credentialing Committee and Safety & Quality Committees and serves on the Governance/Nominating and Executive Committees, and as the board representative to the Sutter Davis Medical Executive Committee. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for the Bette Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis Health Systems.
Ms. Thomson is a registered nurse and the mother of three grown children, as well as the proud grandmother of four grandchildren.