Board of Directors

Champions of community

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Dr. Rodney G. Hood

President and Chairman

A physician of internal medicine in private practice, Dr. Hood is the managing partner of the Care View Medical Group. He’s the president of the Multicultural IPA, which specializes in serving African American, Latino, Asian and Middle Eastern patients. He is a national authority on health disparities, medical history and racism in medical care. He serves on local, state and national boards and commissions and is past president of the National Medical Association. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and the UCSD School of Medicine.

Contact to: rghood@mhfwellness.org

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Dr. Richard O. Butcher

Secretary

Dr. Butcher, who has been a physician for more than 50 years, has served in many leadership positions in the San Diego region. He began his career in the U.S. Navy, where he was a General Medical Officer and served during the Vietnam War. His private practice in Southeastern San Diego spans generations. He’s president of the Care View Medical Group and past Chief of Staff at Alvarado Hospital. He’s past president of the National Medical Association and the San Diego County Medical Society and has served on many influential boards. He is a teacher for the American Academy of Family Practice and preceptor for the UCSD Medical School. He has won numerous professional and community awards for his distinguished service.

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Paul Hernandez

Vice Chairman and Treasurer

Hernandez has 19 years of administration experience in health care, including contract negotiation, financial analysis, operations, network development and physician relations. He is regional vice president for SynerMed, a Management Services Organization. He earned Elite Status with the California Association of Physician Groups Standards of Excellence Program for 2012 and 2013. And in 2014 he earned California’s “Most Improved” Physician Organization Award by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Since 2008, he has enrolled 10,000 Medicare and Medi-Medi members into main San Diego client. Hernandez has an MBA from UC Irvine.

Contact to: phernandez@mhfwellness.org

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Christopher Crowley

Board Member

Christopher Crowley is a systems engineer and quantitative analyst with a career dedicated to public health, safety and wellbeing. His research interests include population health, health disparities, community-based care as well as the development and navigation of successful aging throughout the continuum of care. He received a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and currently serves as a program manager at the West Health Institute, a nonprofit medical research organization dedicated to pioneering smarter technologies, policies and practices to make high-quality healthcare accessible to all.

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Dr. James Dudl, MD

Board Member

Dr. Dudl is an endocrinologist with extensive clinical and research experience and a long-standing interest in diabetes control. He is the clinical lead for diabetes at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute. In this role, he has established inter-regional groups and programs that utilize metrics to improve care and save lives. Dr. Dudl works to promote the prevention and management of diabetes in underserved communities. He also serves on the board of Be There San Diego. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Aida Garcia

Board Member

A respected journalist at The San Diego Union-Tribune for more than 20 years, Bustos served as co-editor of the local news department. She developed the company’s first property in Spanish, the weekly newspaper Enlace, and served as its editor-in-chief for a decade. She’s a founding partner of CIMA, a public relations agency providing strategic communication services in English and Spanish on both sides of the border. Clients span from local non-profit organizations to a public utility company to a municipal government. An adjunct professor of digital journalism at San Diego City College, she’s training the next generation of news storytellers.

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Cecil H. Steppe

Board Member

Cecil Steppe is an institution in San Diego. He has dedicated his life to improving the lives of vulnerable communities. His career includes working for San Diego County for 35 years, including as the director of the Department of Social Services. Afterward, he served as president and CEO of the Urban League of San Diego, where he retired in 2007. He serves on several influential boards, including the San Diego chapter of Mental Health America. He leads the board at Gompers Preparatory Academy, a low-achieving high school that became a national model, with a 100 percent graduation rate.

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Suzanne Lindsay, PhD, MSW, MPH

Board Member

Dr. Lindsay is the executive director of the Institute for Public Health and an associate professor of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, both at San Diego State University. The institute’s mission is to bridge the academic resources of SDSU with the considerable resources of the public health practice community to improve the health of our communities. The institute partners with state and county agencies as well as local non-profit community-based agencies in applied research, community-based participatory research and evaluation activities. This work continually notes the health disparities between populations and underscores the need not only for culturally competent health-care services, but for the education of a workforce that understands the needs, perspectives and cultures of minority and immigrant communities.

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