Serving the Community
The Board of Trustees is charged with the governance of Alameda Health System. Trustees are appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees occur monthly, typically on the fourth Thursday. Meetings are usually held at the Highland Care Pavilion, 1411 E. 31st Street, 3rd Floor in the HCP Conference Center, Oakland, and the public session begins at approximately 5:00 pm.
The Board may schedule additional meetings to conduct its business, as necessary.
To confirm meeting times, locations, and agendas, contact Clerk of the Board.
The Clerk's office is located at the Highland Care Pavilion, 3rd floor Executive Suite. You may also contact the Board by mail:
AHS Board of Trustees
1411 E. 31st. St.
Oakland, CA 94602
Board of Trustees
Michele Lawrence, President
Trustee Lawrence joined the board in November of 2012 and has served on the Board Finance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and the Quality Professional Services Committee. She also led the recent search for the new CEO, culminating in the appointment of Delvecchio Finley who will join AHS in August.
Prior to her retirement in 2008, Trustee Lawrence served as the Superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District. Under her leadership, the diverse and highly integrated district experienced organizational restructuring as well as financial turnaround, moving the $100 million budget from financial insolvency to a positive bottom line. She also led efforts to achieve multi-year contract settlements with five separate unions.
Committed to the health and welfare of children, Trustee Lawrence worked collaboratively with community members and private foundations to institute a progressive school lunch initiative designed to combat the ever increasing rates of juvenile diabetes and obesity. In keeping with her belief to serve the ‘whole child’ she also initiated changes in mental health programs by working with City and County agencies to bring needed resources and services into the schools.
A strong advocate for equity, diversity, and health, Trustee Lawrence remains active in her retirement, serving as a consultant for the Earl Warren Institute at UC Berkeley, the Orfalea Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, and several public school districts.
Ms. Banerjee is Principle at Sage Transformations, a public health consulting firm in San Leandro. She also works with the United States Breastfeeding Committee on a national initiative to build capacity in state, territorial, and tribal breastfeeding coalitions. Ms. Banerjee previously worked on policy and advocacy issues at the California WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Association. She began her career as a dietitian in Sion Hospital in Mumbai, India. She has a Masters in Nutrition from Washington State University. Ms. Banerjee was appointed to the Board of Trustees in March 2014. Her experience also includes serving as President of the Board of Trustees of Building Futures with Women and Children, an agency that provides housing, safety and stability to homeless and domestic violence survivors in Alameda County.
Trustee Charland serves as the Executive Vice-President of the Masonic Homes of California, a non-profit organization that has been serving the needs of more than 60,000 California Masons, wives and widows through Senior Living Communities and Masonic Outreach programs statewide since 1898. In addition to serving the needs of seniors, the Masonic Homes also serves the needs of children through the Masonic Center for Youth and Families by providing affordable behavioral health at the MCYAF Center located in San Francisco’s Presidio.
Mr. Charland’s career in health care spans more than 2 decades. He was instrumental in the development of several physician organizations and ambulatory care facilities. Mr. Charland previously served as Executive Director of the Washington Township Medical Foundation, Chief of Physician Development for the Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Executive Director of Washington Outpatient Surgery Center and Chief Operating Officer for East Bay Medical Network/ Bay Physicians Medical Group. Prior to entering the health care profession, Mr. Charland began his career as a practicing attorney.
Mr. Charland also serves on the Boards of the Newark Chamber of Commerce, Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, the Masonic Communities and Services Association, and the Advisory Board of the New Haven Schools Foundation.
Mr. DeVries serves in the Oakland City Administrator’s Office coordinating multi-agency response teams to address neighborhood concerns in the areas of Public Safety and Public Works. Mr. DeVries also represents the City Administrator in several community engagement efforts and serves as staff to the Community Policing Advisory Board, the City- County Neighborhood Initiative, and the City’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission. He previously served for eight years as Field Director to Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. He was responsible for the development of health care, public protection, and land use policies, as well as community activities in the Supervisor’s district. He worked on local and statewide ballot measures addressing single-payer health care, patient protection auto insurance, drug policy, and homelessness reduction. Mr. DeVries was appointed to the Board of Trustees in March 2014.
Maria G. Hernández, Ph.D.
Ms. Hernández currently serves as president of Impact4Health, a joint venture of InclusionINC and Visions, Inc., where she designed and developed The Healing Edge training initiative to improve health care team coordination, inclusive communications, and collaboration for use by hospital clinical staff. She also holds the position of practice leader, global consulting services for InclusionINC, working with major clients including US Bank, ACT and Hospital Council of Central California. Her previous roles include managing director, western region of Global Novations, LLC, managing principal of MGH and assistant dean for special programs at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. She has won numerous professional honors including Outstanding Member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Contra Costa County. She is also a member of organizations including the Northern California Human Resource Association, and the Silicon Valley chapters of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Empowered Partners in Consulting (EPIC). She received a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from California State University, Long Beach.
Ms. Jensen is a Director with the City of Alameda Health Care District Board, which oversees a $6 million parcel tax for Alameda Hospital’s operations and long term investments, and is co-chair of the District Board’s Community Relations and Outreach Committee. In her position with the City of Oakland, Ms. Jensen develops programs, policies and partnerships to support senior residents. Previously, she was a policy analyst and program coordinator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was a research analyst for the Maryland General Assembly. She has served as director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank and as school board trustee for the Alameda Unified School District. She received a master’s degree in business administration and public health from Emory University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, East Bay.
Dr. Barry Zorthian
Dr. Barry Zorthian serves as the Board’s Medical Staff Representative. She is an internist in AHS’s Department of Medicine and an associate clinical professor of medicine at University of California San Francisco. She also serves on the Department of Internal Medicine Teaching Faculty at Highland Hospital, where she completed her residencies and a fellowship. Dr. Zorthian is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, and holds a bachelor of arts degree in drama from San Francisco State University, where she completed her pre-med courses. She is the author of “Highland Hospital Housestaff Discharge Planning Manual,” published in 1988 and revised in 1992. She holds memberships in the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Mr. Thompson is a veteran financial services business development and marketing executive. He has long been involved with the Alameda Health System Foundation, having served as a board member in 2009 and 2010 and as board member and treasurer since 2012. During his term as treasurer, the foundation funded the first ever endowment of over $4 million. Mr. Thompson currently serves as Senior Vice President of United Business Bank, where he is the commercial “face” of the bank within the community. He also serves as Vice Chair of Finance for the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and is a longtime member of the Economic Development Committee of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.