Charity has extensive experience working directly with the California health care system, including 10 years with the California Children’s Hospital Association working on initiatives to influence opinion leaders and key stakeholders with the goal of increasing public understanding of issues impacting hospitals and the delivery of care while increasing federal and state funding available to the children’s hospitals. She also has more than three years working as an independent consultant with a variety of hospital clients including large systems and small, independent hospitals in California, as well as work with a statewide trade association representing District and Municipal Public Hospitals.
Charity has worked with Harbage Consulting as a Strategic Partner since October 2014, when she joined the firm’s New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program team. In that role, she has supported two New York hospital systems in leading the Performing Provider Systems that make up the structure of New York’s DSRIP program. She continues as a Strategic Partner with the firm providing strategic advice to several California hospitals as they work to implement their Medicaid transformation projects called PRIME.
Charity holds a Master of Business degree and a Master of Social Work degree, both from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara.
At the DHCS she was responsible for the Low Income Health Program that ultimately transitioned 640,000 childless adults into Medi-Cal in 2014; the Long-term Care Division that oversees programs for the most at-risk older adults in the state; California Children’s Services; and the Managed Care Division that expanded Medi-Cal managed care to all 58 counties and transitioned 900,000 children from Healthy Families into Medi-Cal.
Ms. Ogle was also responsible for the Coordinated Care Initiative in seven counties that integrates Medicare and Medi-Cal services with long-term services and supports through managed Medi-Cal health plans. Prior to her work at the state, Ms. Ogle was the first COO at Santa Clara Family Health Plan. She spent more than 20 years in hospital administration at hospitals in Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey. Ms. Ogle is a graduate of Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.
Ms. Ryan previously served (from 2001 to 2013) as Executive Director of the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) (now the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California [CBHDA]), the statewide advocacy association representing local public mental/behavioral health departments and services. Although she retired from that position, she served again temporarily as Interim Executive Director of CBHDA from May through October 2015 while the Association searched for a new Executive Director.
In her capacity as Executive Director, Ms. Ryan was responsible for overseeing CMHDA’s government relations activities, including advocacy with the state legislature and relevant state and federal agencies on issues of importance to California’s county-based public mental health system. She provided significant leadership, for example, in representing local mental health systems on issues related to their critical role in implementing Proposition 63 – the groundbreaking voter-passed initiative that raises, on average, over $1 billion per year in additional revenue for the public mental health system in California. She also led the organization during California’s complex implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ensuring that counties’ role in providing culturally appropriate, recovery-based services to those with behavioral health disorders in the evolving new system was appropriately recognized and represented.
Prior to joining CMHDA/CBHDA, Ms. Ryan served as Vice President for Behavioral Health and Governance at the California Hospital Association (CHA). She also served as a legislative assistant to two members of Congress – Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Richard Ottinger (D-NY); Assistant Director of Government Relations for the American Psychiatric Association; and Associate Director of Congressional Affairs for the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
She has served as a Governor-appointed member of the California Department of Public Health/Office of Health Equity Advisory Board; was on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD) for 12 years, including two years as Vice President; was an Advisory Board member of the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) and The California Endowment (TCE)-funded Frequent Users of Health Care Initiative; and was President of the Board of the national Cult Awareness Network.
Ms. Ryan holds a master’s degree in public administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.