Our Directors

California OneCare Board of Directors

Joan PhotoJoan Abrahamson (Los Angeles, CA): Joan Abrahamson is president of the Jefferson Institute, a public policy institute that identifies and implements innovative approaches to current policy problems. She was assistant chief of staff to Vice President George H. W. Bush from 1981 to 1985. She has also worked with the U.N. Human Rights Commission and UNESCO’s Division of Human Rights and Peace, where she designed new procedures for the treatment of alleged violations of human rights. She planned and implemented the Vienna International Congress on the Teaching of Human Rights and the International Symposium on the Political Participation of Women. In 1985 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. She is president of the Jonas Salk Foundation and founding chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Joan earned a B.A. from Yale University, M.A. from Stanford University, a doctorate in Learning Environments from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She also served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of California and, in June 1985, she was named a MacArthur Prize Fellow.

HAbronsHank Abrons (Oakland, CA): Dr. Hank Abrons is a retired physician in Berkeley, CA. He was previously associate professor of medicine at West Virginia University, where his research focused on epidemiology, physiology and clinical features of occupational lung disease. His clinical practice focused on critical care, chronic lung disease and cystic fibrosis. Prior to his appointment at WVU, Dr. Abrons worked three years in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. Abrons received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, and master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He is a board member of Physicians for a National Health Plan, a national organization of physicians supporting Medicare for All.

img_1814Jeanne Ertle – Vice Chair (Chico, CA): Jeanne was Director of the Office for Justice and Peace, Diocese of San Diego, advising and representing the diocese on issues relating to social justice and peace. She co-chaired a coalition of 50 religious, labor and community organizations in San Diego to create a Housing Trust Fund for lower income families. In 1990 she was honored as a Community Peacemaker by the Community Mediation Center of San Diego and was a recipient of the San Diego Housing Commission’s Shelter Award as Housing Advocate of the Year. Jeanne has been an advocate for universal health care for several organizations.

Mascarenas_web_mediumAna Mascareñas:(Los Angeles) Ana is assistant director for environmental justice at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. She was a graduate student researcher in the Office of the Associate Vice Provost at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a graduate student researcher at the School of Public Health from 2014 to 2015. Ana was policy and communications director at Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles from 2011 to 201. She was a caseworker and staff assistant in the Office of Congressman Xavier Becerra from 2006 to 2008. Raised in New Mexico, Ana comes from three generations of a California farm worker family.

SCOC Staff-Sylviaylvia Moore: Sylvia is the Blog Editor for California OneCare. She spent several years as a newspaper reporter in central California and is currently a Los Angeles-area blogger, writer and activist. Sylvia has volunteered on behalf of healthcare and media reform and is a member of and recording secretary for the Culver City Democratic Club. She is also a member of and blogger for LA Media Reform (http://lamediareform.wordpress.com<http://lamediareform.wordpress.com), a local group of volunteers dedicated to helping people become citizen mediamakers and critical consumers of corporate mass media.

Pamela Pham: Pamela is a Deputy Attorney General at California Department of Justice – Antitrust Law Section. She received her BAs in Women’s Studies and in Social Ecology at UC Irvine; her JD in European Union Law at the Universita degli Studi di Siena; and a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Pamela counts the issue of health care among the many social issues she cares about, from animal rights to civil rights and social action to poverty alleviation. Pamela is currently living in Los Angeles.

COC Board-MichaelMichael A. Rodríguez, MD –  Treasurer (Los Angeles, CA): Michael is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the Network for Multicultural Health & Healthcare Research and Associate Director of the UCLA Primary Care Research Fellowship. He is also a Board Member for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and an Advisor for the Latino Medical Student Association. Micharl was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University.

Al PhotoAlberto Saavedra (Sherman Oaks, CA): Al is a computer industry executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience. He is the co-founder of a number of online support websites: Automated Training Systems which provides hands-on training for computer professionals; Fax Star which assists companies in streamlining their communications and more efficiently delivering documents to their customers; and Debates.com, an online community which allows users to debate people from around the world. He is a progressive political blogger at Daily Kos, My Left Wing and Calitics. He is a native of Uruguay and a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and Colorado State University.

George ImageGeorge Savage – Recording Secretary (Pacific Palisades, CA): With degrees in advertising and marketing from Michigan State University, George began as an automotive advertising copywriter with Leo Burnett and held several corporate marketing posts before starting his own ad agency in 1982. Over twenty years, his advertising agencies helped guide many new enterprises to success  In 1997, Kalis & Savage was named “LA’s Internet Hot Shop” as it launched some nine new internet brands in 12 months, nationally and internationally.

Don Schroeder – Chair (North Hollywood, CA):Don Schroder Don has been a writer, producer, and director for more than thirty years, winning dozens of  awards around the world including a national Emmy for writing and directing the one-hour PBS documentary, “No Greater Love,” about the miracle of organ donation. He also wrote, produced and directed “California OneCare: Full Care, For All, For Less.” Don holds a PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, an MFA in Cinema Production from USC’s School of Cinema-Television, and an MS degree in TV/Radio from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.  He is co-founder of the San Fernando Valley chapter of Health Care for All–California.