SoCal Chapter Board of Directors - 2018-2019

The Southern California chapter of HIMSS is comprised of a dedicated group of IT professionals from different segments of healthcare. The Executive Committee consists of the elected Board Officers. The Board of Directors consists of the Executive Committee along with board committee chairs. Please feel free to contact the board members at

Board Executive Committee (Officers)

PresidentBella Zaghi
President-ElectKaren Kennedy
Immediate Past PresidentIan Slade
Vice President, Administration/SecretaryKrystal Di Stefano
Vice President, Finance/TreasurerToon Prasertsit
Vice President, ProgramsGeri Pavia
Vice President, AdvocacySarah Richardson

Board Members

Chair, Membership CommitteeErnesto Santana
Chair, Marketing/Communications CommitteeLen Rosenthal
Chair, Academic Alliance CommitteeThao Tran
Chair, Sponsorship CommitteeEvan Behm
Chair, CMIO CommitteeAlan Young, MD


Bella Zaghi


Bella Zaghi has been involved with So-Cal HIMSS since she was a student at UCLA. She went to her first conference and got excited as she learned about Health IT, the developments in the field and its potential to improve patient care. Since her first event, she has devoted her time to volunteer for the chapter in various Committee and Board roles, plan and create events, and mentor students as they begin their journey in the Health IT arena. As Chair for the Academic Alliance Conference, she put together a blockbuster event with over 400 attendees ranging from students, professors, providers, policymakers and top leadership from local medical centers/medical groups/health insurance companies.

She then became Chair for the Academic Alliance Community where she expanded student outreach to cover San Diego to Santa Barbara and created the annual Career Roundtable Events. As VP of Administration she has been a key player in covering the administrative tasks for the Chapter that helped So-Cal to be honored with Chapter of the Year. On her current role as President she is looking forward to launching the Women in Health IT (WHIT) series, expanding programs to every corner in the region and engaging more millennials. 

On her free time, Bella enjoys listening to music, spending time with family and friends and traveling.

Karen Kennedy


Karen Kennedy‍'s previous role was with Scripps Health, she now part of the TigerText team with over 10 years of clinical informatics expertise. Karen completed her undergraduate work at University of Medicine & Dentistry (UMDNJ), and her MBA at the University of Phoenix.

Karen started her career as a staff nurse at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ in the pediatric medical surgical and intensive care units. Throughout her career she worked in several healthcare arenas and gained expertise in case management, quality, homecare, hospice, and education. Positions include: Regional Clinical Informaticist, Senior Director of Education & Compliance, Corporate Regional Compliance Specialist, and Continuous Quality Improvement Manager (CQIM). Karen’s informatics background includes project manager during implementation & conversions of EHRs to include: Epic, Cerner, McKesson, Meditech and HMS.

Karen’s current focus is on improved healthcare through information technology (IT). She works closely with executive management teams, analysts and front-line staff to ultimately enhance and optimize technology and informatics tools that help clinicians provide better care and positive health outcomes for patients.

Ian Slade

Immediate Past President

Ian Slade RN, MBA, PMP is a Healthcare Innovator & Advocate. He is passionate about finding ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper without compromising patient outcomes. From the patient bedside to the halls of Capitol Hill, he has advocated for the betterment of patients, clinicians and the industry as a whole. He is currently the Managing Partner of I&T Consulting Group LLC, a healthcare focused solutions firm located in Southern California.



Krystal Di Stefano

Vice President, Administration / Secretary

Krystal Di Stefano is an experienced professional in sales and marketing. Krystal is the marketing manager at T2 Tech Group, a healthcare IT consulting firm. She is responsible for local and national marketing campaigns, brand advancement, social media, public and media relations, preparation of proposals and other business development projects. Prior to joining T2 Tech, Krystal took her first steps into the IT industry working at a prominent staffing and services company, TEKsystems, as a technical recruiter. Her previous work experience includes working in various capacities with professional athletes and some of Southern California’s premier professional sports organizations.

Krystal has served on the board for Southern California HIMSS as the membership chair and this year’s annual charity golf tournament chair. Krystal graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Mass Communication from Arizona State University.

Toon Prasertsit, RN, MBA, PMP

Vice President, Finance / Treasurer

Toon Prasertsit is an experienced IT Healthcare consultant. He is passionate about innovation and finding new ways to improve and manage patient outcomes. Toon brings many years of nursing and cbodylinical knowledge to help deliver on complex healthcare IT projects. His experience includes multiple IT systems implementation, process flow optimization, and project and program management.

Toon has served Southern California HIMSS as the chair of Clinical Informatics and Vice President of Programs. He is a Managing Partner of I&T Consulting Group LLC, a healthcare focused solutions firm located in Southern California.


Geri Pavia

Vice President, Programs

As Regional Director with Orion Health, one primary focus is on Precision Medicine. She comes with an extensive experience Advancing Strategies in Population Health by partnering with Payers, ACOs, Clinically Integrated Networks(CIN's), Provider Healthcare Systems, large IDNs, Academic Medical Centers, Community Hospitals, IPAs, Large Physician Groups, Ambulatory, Pharma & Life Sciences organizations.

Emphasis on building strong relationships with Senior Administration, Clinical & Financial Leadership
Specialties: Payers, ACOs, Population Health Management, Care Management, Care Coordination, Triple Aim, Analytics, BI, Health Information Technology (HIT); Health Information Systems (HIS) - Clinical & Financial software; Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Ambulatory solutions; She is advancing Clinical Research & Genomics energetic, organized business development executive with experience in multiple vertical markets in healthcare. Her primary focus has been in application development, infrastructure management, and business critical computing with an emphasis in high level business process solutions.

Sarah Richardson

Vice President, Advocacy

Sarah is one of those people who ‘gets things done’ and has a penchant for bringing out the best in people. With an enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, Sarah radiates a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits to the teams she leads and serves. She has built award-winning teams and has been recognized by The Kansas City Business Journal as a ‘Woman Who Means Business’, a “Next Gen Leader’, and a ‘Rising Star’ by KC Business Magazine.

With a B.S. in Hospitality Administration and a Master’s in Business, Sarah spent six years in the hotel and casino industry in Las Vegas, NV, before making the purposeful decision that she could create more meaningful results for more people if she moved into the healthcare industry. Her first 5 years in healthcare began as an IT Administrator at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV, where she then began her ten-year career with HCA (Hospital Corporation of America).

Currently, Sarah serves as the California Market CIO for HealthCare Partners as well as the interim Nevada Market CIO, both DaVita Medical Groups in El Segundo, CA and Las Vegas, NV.  Since 1992, HealthCare Partners has been committed to developing innovative models of healthcare delivery that improve their patients' quality of life while containing healthcare costs. Their strength is in their steadfast commitment to their guiding principle of coordinated care. Their physicians strive daily to bring the benefits of coordinated care to more than 600,000 managed care patients in California, who represent the diversity of cultures, socioeconomic groups, ages, and health statuses in the communities they serve.

Thao Tran

Chair, Academic Alliance Committee







Evan Behm

Chair, Sponsorship Committee

Evan Behm is a new resident to Southern California after spending over 25 years in Scottsdale, AZ. After graduating Arizona State University Magna Cum Laude, Evan decided to pursue a career in behavioral health by teaching at a school for children with developmental disorders. With that experience under his belt Evan decided to pursue a different avenue and joined the healthcare team at Insight. Sales have always been a passion so it was an easy transition. In December of 2016 Evan relocated to Redondo Beach, CA to start a new journey as Insight’s Field Healthcare Specialist for Southern California.

Currently Evan works with local HCO’s to craft custom technological solutions catered to meeting the specific business goals set forth by the system. His belief in technology’s ability to transform the continuum of care was the main driver behind the move and continues to fuel him on a daily basis.

In his free time Evan loves reading and spending time at the beach with his dog Archer.

Alan S. Young, MD, MBA, PMP

Chair, CMIO Committee

Dr. Alan Young is a physician leader with diverse clinical, corporate and entrepreneurial accomplishments. He is the Chief Medical Officer for GYANT, an artificial intelligence healthcare company building solutions to augment patient engagement and provider efficiency. After completing a dual MD/MBA degree program at USC's Keck School of Medicine & Marshall School of Business, he obtained his medical license during his Orthopedic Surgery residency. Combining his passion for business & medicine, he served as a national healthcare subject matter expert Specialist Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP while providing surgical physician services at Southern California Kaiser Permanente. At USC Care Medical Group he was the Director of Operations Strategy and Special Projects, leading ambulatory quality improvement initiatives and electronic health record optimization efforts to improve both patient and physician engagement. He served as Regional Director of Client Relations with Sagacious Consultants, Senior Manager with Accenture to drive business development and as the Client Service Leader for Slalom Consulting in LA. He currently practices medicine in the greater Los Angeles area and he also serves as the So Cal HIMSS CMIO Committee Chair, SoPE LA Chapter Leader, AIMed Ambassador and a ScaleLA Healthcare Committee member.

Len Rosenthal

Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee

As Director of HIT for L.A. Care, Len Rosenthal leads several successful large-scale technology-driven health care transformation initiatives. He has deep and broad experience in all aspects of program execution including developing strategy, designing operations plans, forming and growing teams, tracking progress, and making adjustments for successful outcomes. He leads strategic innovation research to evaluate viability of launching new approaches for L.A. Care to use technology to expand patient access and enhance experience. He built an excellent external reputation for L.A. Care HIT programs by leading effective marketing, public affairs, communications, and branding programs. Previously he was Executive Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for University Health Centers/Southern California University of Health Sciences, and held key marketing roles with technology companies including Cobham and Infotrieve. He also had a consulting practice, helping start up internet companies, some of which went public or were acquired. He received his MBA from Pepperdine University and Bachelor’s in Science in Biology from University of Maryland.

Ernesto Santana

Chair, Membership Committee

Ernesto Santana is the Vice President/CIO and co-founder of Intricare, a healthcare technology and consulting firm specialized in delivering innovative next-generation solutions. He's also the co-host of HealthInMotion, an upcoming web series aimed at improving health and wellness. He began his career as a technology consultant with RSM and later served as an adviser to Fortune 100 clients in IT regulatory matters such as Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, and ISO27001. He holds a degree in Computer Science from The George Washington University.



Other Committee Co-Chairs

Nish Jain

Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee

Nish Jain joined as a student volunteer for HIMSS in 2010 when looking for internships while completing his Masters degree in Health Administration (MHA). After graduation he continued to volunteer for HIMSS & the SoCal chapter assisting with Newsletter & Social Media campaigns. Nish also participated in the HIMSS APMI Taskforce & obtained his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from IISE in 2017. He is currently the Principal Software Support Analyst at University of Missouri System leading software & application development projects. His domain includes managing administrative processes within healthcare, research and tech transfer offices , designing and implementing IT tools for the same. He is currently also pursuing a Masters degree in Health Informatics He likes social media marketing, meditation, hiking and biking on trails. He is currently the Co-chair of Marketing & will lead our social media strategies.

Trish MacDonald

Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee

Trish MacDonald is a co-chair for the HIMSS SoCal Marketing Committee. In her day-to-day, she is a VP of client services for Black Branch Consulting, a DC-based corporate strategy and business development consulting firm. In this role, she helps health IT vendors grow their Federal sales growth targets, specializing in large health agencies including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Defense Health Agency, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Previously, she worked in public relations and brand marketing for large technology brands such as LG Electronics, Intel and Lenovo.