Rakesh Patel, M.D., MBA, FAAFP, CPE is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Neighborhood Healthcare, Neighborhood Healthcare PACE, and Neighborhood Healthcare Institute of Health. He has been with Neighborhood Healthcare for over 20 years and was named Medical Director of Operations in 2015 and CEO in 2017.
During Dr Patel’s tenure as CEO, Neighborhood Healthcare has grown significantly, adding 12 in-person health centers, two mobile health centers, virtual healthcare capabilities, PACE facilities, and expanding social service support for patients. A visionary and inspiring leader, Dr. Patel ensures the organization has the resources and culture it needs to provide exceptional, compassionate care, and he continues to practice family medicine.
A board-certified family physician and Certified Physician Executive, Dr. Patel received his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Scripps Family Practice Residency in Chula Vista. He received his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.
Dr. Patel dedicates considerable time and attention to advocating for quality healthcare for all — regardless of their circumstances — at the local, state, and federal levels. He is the Chair-Elect of CPCA, the state's consortium of California-based federally qualified healthcare centers, and Chair of the Board of Directors for Integrated Health Partners, San Diego County's leading clinically integrated primary care network. He serves on the Board of Directors for 211 San Diego, San Diego County Medical Society, CMIC Purchasing Group, and CalPACE, and is a Past Chair for Health Center Partners, the primary voice and health care policy advocate for community health centers in Southern California. Dr. Patel also serves as a leadership coach with the Fieldstone Leadership Network, a delegate for California Medical Society’s Medium-Sized Group Practice Forum, and as a Quality and Safety Board Member for Sharp Healthcare and Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
Roberta Feinberg is the Chief Executive Officer of San Diego Family Care, a role she has held for more than 20 years. Under Ms. Feinberg’s leadership, San Diego Family Care operates eight health center sites in central San Diego and delivers 126,000 medical, dental, and mental health visits annually to diverse populations of families in San Diego County. Before joining San Diego Family Care, Ms. Feinberg was the Executive Director of Linda Vista Health Care Center and Mid-City Community Clinic for 21 years.
Ms. Feinberg holds a master’s degree in health care administration/public health from Syracuse University as well as a bachelor’s degree from the same university, while she also studied at the State University of New York’s School of Nursing.
Throughout her career, Ms. Feinberg has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to providing and delivering high-quality health care to underserved communities. Her work has led to her receiving multiple honors and recognition from the CA State Assembly, San Diego City Council, Health Center Partners, San Diego Business Journal, and numerous local community agencies.
Michele Lambert has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Vista Community Clinic (VCC) since January 2005. She holds an MBA from San Diego State University and a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado. and held positions in the service and manufacturing industries as CFO and Vice President of Finance prior to joining VCC.
Ms. Lambert oversees the finance, accounting, revenue cycle, and facilities functions for VCC, a $90M, 12-site FQHC based in north San Diego County that serves approximately 70,000 patients per year. Her achievements at VCC include assisting the organization in becoming the first community health center in San Diego to implement electronic health records and expanding VCC operations to communities in need in Riverside and Orange counties. She is committed to sustaining VCC's financial viability through proactive management of the revenue cycle, exploration of alternative funding through both existing and new payer sources, and the maximization of efficiency and value through the active pursuit of cost containment strategies that reduce costs while maintaining quality.
Michele has lived in San Diego most of her life and loves the ocean and the sunshine! She is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Casa de Amparo and an Audit Committee member of Free to Thrive, both San Diego-based non-profits.
Michelle Gonzalez’s roots at TrueCare™ run deep. Starting out as a Program Coordinator nearly 20 years ago, she went on to hold several senior management positions, including Chief Strategy and Development Officer, before being appointed to President and CEO in April of 2020.
Under her leadership, TrueCare has expanded access to its services while improving the patient care experience. This includes opening several new clinic locations, expanding TrueCare’s fleet of mobile clinics, and transitioning to the best-in-class OCHIN-Epic electronic health records technology. Michelle also spearheaded a comprehensive re-brand and name change to TrueCare (formerly North County Health Services) to elevate brand awareness.
To attract highly skilled healthcare professionals who share her passion for TrueCare’s mission, Michelle works hard to build a caring and compassionate culture. Her inclusive leadership style is driven by clear communication to all employees, rewarding excellence, inspiring greatness, and instilling shared values that celebrate wellness, diversity, equity, and belonging. Her ability to foster crisp alignment between the board of directors, executive team, and staff leadership keeps TrueCare on the cutting edge of healthcare innovation.
Michelle holds a master’s degree in public administration; a certificate in the Not-For-Profit Management Development Program through the Harvard Business School, San Diego Chapter; and a Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma. She is also a graduate of the UCLA Health Care Executive Program. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children; keeping them closely connected to their roots with family from Mexico and Guam.
Kevin Mattson, San Ysidro Health (SYHealth) President and CEO, leads one of the largest federally qualified health centers and the fastest-growing program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (San Diego PACE) in the nation. Throughout his tenure, Kevin has overseen the organization’s exponential growth while ensuring clinical excellence, operating efficiency, and financial strength. He credits his trusting collaboration with the SYHealth Board of Directors, his executive team, and community partners in improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve with access for all.
Mr. Mattson has more than 35 years of leadership experience in the healthcare field and joined San Ysidro Health in 2000. Prior to his promotion, he was Senior Vice President and responsible for various financial affairs related to SYHealth, including operational responsibilities for registration, patient accounting, finance, purchasing, health information services, information services, human resources, and managed care contracting. His overarching healthcare experience includes propriety and non-profit facilities in both financial and operational positions with federally qualified health centers, hospitals, multi-specialty medical groups, independent practice associations, and management service organizations.
Before joining SYHealth, Mr. Mattson served as Division Vice President for Superior Consultant Company/The Kaufman Group, where he was responsible for the development and operations of a national consulting practice which specialized in improving operational and strategic performance of hospitals-affiliated medical group practices, management service organizations (MSOs), and managed care risk contracting. He previously served as Director of Business and Finance/CFO at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, within its UCSD Network Management Resources Department, as well as Chief Financial Officer at Harbor View Medical.
Mr. Mattson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from Chadron State College. He serves as a member to the boards of the California Primary Care Association, CalPACE, and Advocates for Community Health. He is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association and Medical Group Managers Association.
Kevin LaChapelle is the CEO of San Diego American Indian Health Center and brings to the board extensive experience of implementing culture-focused performance improvement in clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, and hospitals. He is skilled in identifying performance gaps, defining strategy, and creating measurable change in organizations. Kevin maintains a strong focus on integrating systems and cultures that encourage alignment of behaviors with goals, resulting in achievements in safety, patient experience, and cost containment.
During his career, Kevin has held many diverse roles, including National Director of Care Experience, Patient Safety & Risk for Kaiser Permanente; Consulting Advisor for Press Ganey & Associates; System Director of the Sharp Experience, The Sharp University, and Consumer Research at Sharp HealthCare; Corporates Director of the Sharp Experience; Director of Support Operations at Scripps Health; and Adjunct Professor at National University and Walden University.
Kevin is a community-minded leader with a long history of serving refugee populations. He founded a non-profit organization in 1999 that focused on leadership development and project-based learning for underrepresented refugee communities. This included embarking on annual, month-long medical outreaches abroad. Kevin also served his community as a police officer and an elected school board member.
Having gained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree, Kevin achieved a Master of Public Administration degree and a Doctor of Education in Leadership degree. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Dr. Partch has worked in the field of mental health and substance use disorder treatment for nearly 20 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from San Diego State University, her master's in clinical mental health counseling from the University of San Diego, and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University.
Dr. Partch joined Father Joe’s Villages (FJV) in 2015 as the Behavioral Health Program Manager, providing oversight for FJV’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder treatment programs. In 2018, Megan joined the Village Health Center, FJV’s onsite federally qualified health center (FQHC) and healthcare for the homeless clinic, as the Clinic Director, where she was responsible for the administrative, clinical, and quality teams as well as health center policies, procedures, hiring, compliance, reporting, internal and external relationships, contracting, grants, and budgets. In 2023, she accepted the role of Chief Health Officer.
Additionally, Dr. Partch is a part-time faculty member at San Diego City College in the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) department where she teaches “Intro to Substance Use Disorder Counseling” and “Co-Occurring Disorders.” She serves as a Healthcare Advisory Board Member for Happiness Advantage (Orange Frog). Outside of work, Megan enjoys time with her daughters, Katie and Allie, spoiling her pets, baking, and spending time outdoors in the San Diego sun.
Carole Veloso, CEO of Imperial Beach Community Clinic, brings more than 30 years of experience to the board. She has led healthcare organizations as a CEO and Executive Director, and once headed a network of 21 primary and specialty clinics on a county-wide level.
Carole's experience spans hospitals, LTACHs, and surgery centers, and covers all healthcare sectors, including governmental, private, non-profit, for-profit, and joint venture organizations. Through her vast healthcare experiences, Carole has gained a sharpened skillset in strategic planning, clinical and facility redesign of systems, and process improvement. Furthermore, she has guided many projects through various construction, emergency, and redesign stages.
In relation to Tribal healthcare, Carole has facilitated the creation of home care services and initiated behavioral health and substance abuse treatment programs, both inpatient and outpatient. She accomplished this while growing the bottom line for primary care Tribal clinics by millions.
Carole Veloso also has international experience, having worked in Africa, Central America, and Mexico. This exposure gave her a broad outlook on how issues can be effectively solved. She believes there are many ways to address problematic situations, and she carefully works to find suitable resolutions for her organization.
Carole is a proven, reliable project specialist in the healthcare field, and she is mindful and acquainted with how best practices might translate into quality care for all.
Mrs. Lori Holeman has been a member of the Senior Management team with Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI) since 2002. Mrs. Holeman has held senior operational management positions with three Fortune 500 companies in the roles of District Manager, Executive Manager, and National Corporate Trainer. For 13 years, she successfully managed the responsibility of overall operations for 14 for-profit optometry clinics and retail locations in San Diego County.
Mrs. Holeman began her career with CHSI in 2002 as the Human Resources Director and continued in the role until her promotion to Chief Operations Officer in 2007. In 2016, she was then promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Mrs. Holeman is responsible for the overall operations, financial position, and regulatory compliance of the organization to include six community health centers throughout three counties.
In her career, Mrs. Holeman has successfully managed several OSHPED 3 construction and renovation projects. Under the direction of Mrs. Holeman, the organization has updated all its I.T. systems and department software systems to achieve more efficient processes and analysis of data, as well as increasing its productivity, revenue, and grant funding while decreasing employee turnover.
Mrs. Holeman is a graduate of the UCLA Graduate School of Business Healthcare Executive program and completed her MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross Business School, with her undergraduate degree (BA) from the University of Utah. She is a certified Master Optician, and holds the highest level of certification for Human Resources Professionals — Senior Professional Human Resources — which she received from Chapman University in Orange, CA.
Currently, Mrs. Holeman is the Board Chair of Health Center Partners (HCP) of Southern California, formally known as the Council of Community Clinics San Diego, where she has served on the Executive Board since 2015.
Henry N. Tuttle brings more than 30 years of transformative leadership experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer of Health Center Partners of Southern California. Prior to joining HCP in 2014, he served as CEO of Manet Community Health Center, Quincy, MA, during which time operating revenues increased by 39%, the employee base grew by 60%, and the organization enrolled over 15,000 residents into health insurance coverage.
Previously, Henry served as CEO for Outer Cape Health Services, Cape Cod, MA, and held leadership positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor’s in English from Boston College and is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School Health Care Executive Program.
Henry serves on various boards and committees including San Diego Health Connect Board of Directors, the Health Services Advisory Board for San Diego County, and the Healthy San Diego Joint Consumer & Professional Advisory Committee. In addition, he is a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers and serves on the health policy and legislative committees as well as the Health Center Controlled Network Task Force.