Bertram Lubin, MD
Bert Lubin, MD, joined Children's Hospital in 1973 as Chief of Hematology/Oncology. He was attracted by the opportunity to work in a medical center devoted to children, for the diverse patient population the hospital served and for the opportunity to create an academic, non-university based medical center that excelled in primary, secondary, and tertiary care, commitment to its community, teaching residents and sub-specialists, and conducting nationally and internationally recognized medical research.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Lubin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, completed a residency in pediatrics at the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, subspecialty training at Boston Children’s Hospital and was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor for six years prior to his move to Children’s Hospital Oakland.
He has served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) committees, community based health consortia, and university panels across the United States. He has secured and directed NIH grants for 36 years in a variety of areas. His research has focused on studies of red cell membrane structure in normal and pathologic states, clinical and basic research related to sickle cell anemia, public health initiatives related to newborn screening for hemoglobin disorders and national cord blood banking programs. Children's Hematology/Oncology department has dramatically grown under his leadership and is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding care of children with malignancies, sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, and hemophilia.
In 1984 Dr. Lubin became the Director of Medical Research at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Under his leadership, basic, clinical and translational research activities expanded. He transformed Children's small research program into a highly successful enterprise called Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). CHORI consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation among children’s hospital research programs receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards for basic, clinical and translational research.
Betsy Biern, MBA
Betsy Biern joined Children's Hospital in 2012. She brings an extensive background in strategic, managerial, and fundraising leadership to her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Children's Hospital Foundation.
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Betsy comes to Children's from the American Asthma Foundation, where she served as the Executive Director. Prior to The American Asthma Foundation, Betsy was Vice President for Development at The Brookings Institution. Preceding The Brookings Institution, she was Regional Vice President with Community Counseling Service Co., LLC (CCS), an international fundraising consulting and management firm. While at CCS, her client work included conducting planning studies and assessments, and designing and managing campaigns for clients in the healthcare, higher education, association, cultural, and global health arenas.
Betsy served as Director of Development for the University of Virginia's Children's Medical Center and sits on the Phillips Academy Annual Giving Board as Co-chair. Betsy holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Kathleen Cain, MBA
Kathleen Cain joined Children's Hospital Oakland in 2012. Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare accounting and finance, including financial leadership positions in public and private hospitals, and healthcare organizations. In California, Kathleen served as Chief Financial Officer at Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno; Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley; and Community Hospital of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. She served for 6 years as the Regional Chief Financial Officer responsible for three public hospitals in Hawaii.
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Kathleen previously held the positions of: Assistant Director Finance, French Hospital Health Plan, San Francisco; Corporate Director Financial Planning, Children’s Hospital & Health Plan, San Francisco; and Controller, San Francisco General Hospital. As a consultant, she has served as Interim Chief Financial Officer for a variety of healthcare institutions.
Kathleen is actively involved in the California Division of the American Cancer Society, currently serving as the Division’s Secretary/Treasurer. She received both a Master of Healthcare Administration from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.
Cynthia Chiarappa, MBA
Cynthia Chiarappa joined Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland in June 2010 and is vice president of Strategy. She has over 25 years of planning, communications and marketing experience in the health care sector. She has broad experience in planning, marketing, community relations, media relations, government relations, internal and crisis communications. She also is an expert in strategic branding and plays an integral role in ensuring that internal and external communications are consistent with an organization’s ability to deliver on its promises. Her passion for lean management systems stems from her belief that a brand is only as good as the front line delivering on the brand promise. Through lean systems, health care organizations can deliver the safest care possible and create better places to work.
Vice President, Strategy
Prior to joining Children’s Oakland, Cynthia was senior director of Marketing and Communications at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Marketing director at LensCrafters in Cincinnati, Ohio and at Vision Service Plan in Sacramento, California. She has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and lectures on lean in health care, communications and marketing, most recently for the Tuscan health region in Pisa, Italy. She is certified in Lean for Healthcare, and has received many awards and recognitions for her marketing and communications campaigns.
Richard DeCarlo joined Children’s in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Richard is responsible for Children’s operations including inpatient and outpatient services, as well as support services, Human Resources, Hospital Information Services, and Facilities at the hospital and satellite locations
Executive Vice President & Chief of Hospital Operations
Richard has significant experience in hospital operations, physician development, ambulatory services and business development. He joins Children’s from Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach where he was Chief Operating Officer. At Miller, he oversaw 2,500 employees and was responsible for clinical operations as well as shared services across the two-hospital campus including Imaging, Pathology, Emergency Services and Facilities Management.
Richard also brings extensive experience in the areas of quality, financial management and patient and family-centered care initiatives. As the project executive for the Miller Children’s Hospital Pavilion and Expansion project, Richard managed a $200 million construction project that involved the construction of a new inpatient, four-story tower, 120,000 square foot addition.
Carolyn G. Dossa, CPMSM, MBPA
Carolyn Dossa joined Children’s Hospital in 2007. She has many years of healthcare experience. In her 19 years at John Muir, Carolyn’s responsibilities included medical staff services, including the CME and Investigational Review committees, and hospital-wide accreditation and regulatory compliance. In prior positions at Mt. Diablo Medical Center she was also responsible for medical records, physician services, the Family Practice Residency Program and physician referral.
Vice President, Institutional Quality & Family Support Services
During her 5 years with the California Medical Association Carolyn was responsible for the Consolidated Accreditation and Licensure Survey process, as well as the peer review and quality consultation programs.
Carolyn holds a BA in community services/health education from California State University, Chico, and an MBPA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, Calif. She is also a certified professional in medical services management.
Carolyn has been a speaker at many conferences about accreditation. She is a member of the National Association Medical Staff Services, the California Association of Medical Staff Services, and was previously a member of Women Health Care Executives.
David J. Durand, MD
A board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist, Dr. Durand has been with Children’s Oakland’s Medical Staff since 1984, most recently serving as the Director of Neonatology. Children’s Oakland operates a 39-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) delivering highly-specialized intensive care to critically ill and premature infants.
Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
As Chief of Pediatrics, Dr. Durand will lead Children’s Oakland’s hospital-based physicians to integrate clinical care, research, education, and community service activities at the 100-year-old, not-for-profit pediatric medical center. Dr. Durand will continue to develop Children’s Oakland’s affiliations and collaborations with other hospitals, community-based programs, and universities, and be instrumental in the ongoing development of clinical programs and translational research at the hospital’s research arm, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).
A renowned researcher, Dr. Durand is a Clinical Scientist at CHORI. He has authored multiple research publications and book chapters. Dr. Durand’s research activities include the prevention of lung injury in critically ill infants, and therapies to prevent brain injury in newborn infants. Dr. Durand is currently funded by the Department of the Army for a study exploring the role of clinical decision support in fluid and nutrition management of NICU patients, and the management of sepsis and shock in pediatric intensive care patients.
In addition to his clinical and research work, Dr. Durand has been a State and national leader in collaborative neonatal quality improvement, including work with the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC), and as a founding member of the Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC), a national benchmarking and quality improvement effort.
Dr. Durand is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Durand completed his medical residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland and his fellowship in neonatology at Mt. Zion Hospital Medical Center in San Francisco.
Konard Jones joined Children's in 2011. He has a broad background in human resources business and manufacturing operations. His experience spans nearly 30 years in manufacturing, service industries, healthcare and health-related fields. He was Vice President of Human Resources at Northbay Healthcare System, and immediately prior to joining Children’s Oakland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadline Medical, Inc. Konard has served and currently serves on various boards of directors including Private Industry Council (Past President), CHAHS Unemployment Insurance Division (Past President), Solano Affordable Housing Foundation, Business Leaders United (Past President) and Mission Solano. Konard holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Psychology and Business Management from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.
Vice President, Professional & Support Services
Janet King, PhD
Dr. King is a Senior Vice-President, Research, at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, and Executive Director of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). She also is a Professor of Nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley and Davis. Dr. King was elected into the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine in 1994, and in 2007, she was inducted into the USDA Research Hall of Fame.
Interim Executive Director, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
She has been involved in implementing national and international nutrition policy throughout her career. She chaired the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for the USA and the Food and Nutrition Board for the Institute of Medicine. Dr. King is internationally recognized for her research in maternal nutrition and human zinc requirements. She has published over 250 papers and trained over 65 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Prior to coming to CHORI, Dr. King directed the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University of California, Davis (1995-2002) and chaired the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of California, Berkeley (1988-1994).
Donald Livsey, MBA
Don Livsey began his 25-year healthcare career as a medical technologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. After receiving his MBA from the University of California, Irvine, in 1987, Don moved to healthcare information technology. He has previously held positions with Transitions Systems Inc., Huntington Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Health System and Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Don has been managing telecommunication support services and the information systems department at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland since 2000. At Children's he helped put in place a computerized physician medication order entry system that helped Children's earn a 2002 Most Wired Hospital award and a 2003 inclusion in CIO magazine's list of the 100 most resourceful companies. Don also helped Children's select and implement a digital diagnostic imaging system that will be accessible institution-wide.
Mary Jane Perna
Vice President of Philanthropy
Mary Jane Perna joined Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2012. She has over 25 years’ experience in
non-profit fundraising in health care, higher education, and the
environment. Her expertise includes
leadership and management positions in each of these spheres, as well as
extensive hands-on experience with major and planned gifts. Previous to joining Children’s Oakland, Mary Jane was Chief
Development Executive at Sutter Care at Home, where she led the growth and
development of a comprehensive fundraising program, and Director of Major and
Planned Gifts at Earthjustice, the national law firm for the environment. Prior to that, she worked at University of California, Berkeley,
where she built the development programs for the College of Letters &
Science, where she was Assistant Dean for College Relations, and for the
University Library, where she was Director of Development and Community
Mary Jane’s Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English are from University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Northern California Planned Giving Council, and the National Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Rajnesh (Raj) Prasad, MBA
Vice President, Research Operations, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Rajnesh (Raj) Prasad returned to Children’s Hospital in 2011 as Vice President of Research Operations at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Raj serves as a key partner to senior leadership assisting with CHORI’s strategic initiatives, as well as overseeing critical research operations such as finance, laboratory, and core facilities.
Raj brings his experience managing over 36 million dollars in grant funding, 15 years of financial management experience, and 10 years of grants management experience. During his previous tenure of 10 years, he held a variety of roles within Children’s, serving the General Accounting Department, the Center for the Vulnerable Child (CVC), and Children's Research Institute.
Raj's most recent appointment was with California State University, East Bay, in the capacity of the Director for the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.
Raj holds a MBA specializing in accounting and financial management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from California State University, East Bay.
Nancy Shibata, RN, MSN
Nancy Shiabata has been a member of the Children's Hospital staff since 1979. She has served in a variety of roles, including Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Staff Nurse, PICU Assistant Head Nurse, PICU Manager, Nursing Supervisor, Director of Ambulatory Care, Director of Critical Care Services, Director of Nursing, and was named Vice President of Nursing in 2003. In her current role, Nancy directs operational, financial, quality and strategic activities for the Nursing Division including inpatient, surgical, and ambulatory areas.
Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
Patricia (Patti) Taggart, MBA,
Patti Taggart joined Children’s staff in January 2010. She previously worked at Children’s from 1983 to 2003, as Manager of Pediatric Rehabilitation and Director of several subspecialty divisions. From 2003 to 2009, Patti was Director of Ambulatory Services at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center.
Vice President, Ambulatory Services & Chief Administrative Officer, Bay Children’s Physicians
Patti is responsible for managing Children’s specialty care network, as well as all outpatient services and Bay Children’s Physicians.