Our Leadership

Cástulo de la Rocha

President and CEO

Cástulo de la Rocha

President and CEO

Mr. Cástulo de la Rocha is President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation and has been a long-standing community health leader. During this time, he has taken AltaMed, a nonprofit community health center, from three employees to a fully accredited Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with nearly 2,700 employees and over 300,000 patients. Accredited by the Joint Commission as a Patient Centered Medical Home, AltaMed today is the largest FQHC in the state of California and number one in the nation, delivering more than one million patient visits annually across nearly 50 medical, dental and PACE sites in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Mr. de la Rocha was named one of the Top 10 Latinos in the health care industry by Latino Leaders Magazine and by Hispanic Business Magazine. His success in providing high quality, affordable and accessible health and human services to underserved communities has earned him the U.S. Surgeon General’s Gold Medallion for Public Health; the Pioneer for Justice Award by the Mexican American Bar Foundation; the Community Service Award from the American Diabetes Association; the Los Angeles Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award; and in 2016, the Leader in Action Award from UCLA Prime.

Mr. de la Rocha currently serves on the boards of the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG), Center Theatre Group, and the Latino Theater Company.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, has served on the Board of Governors of L.A. Care Health Plan, and as a Corporate Board Member of Blue Shield of California.


Education: 
J.D. Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Certificate in Management, Stanford University

Zoila D. Escobar

Senior Vice President of Strategic and Community Support and President of the AltaMed Foundation

Zoila D. Escobar

Senior Vice President of Strategic and Community Support and President of the AltaMed Foundation

Zoila D. Escobar is the Senior Vice President of Strategic and Community Support and President of the AltaMed Foundation, and has been a community health leader for more than 35 years. Ms. Escobar oversees the Communications, Branding, Patient Experience, Culture & Language and Office of Strategic Planning and Execution and Analytics departments. She is also responsible for public and private fundraising for AltaMed. During her tenure, AltaMed has consistently raised $40-46 million annually through grants, special events and individual giving programs. 

Her experience in fund development dates back to 1984 at the American Cancer Society (ACS) – San Diego as Director of Development for Special Populations. While at ACS, Ms. Escobar helped develop national policy in the area of Uterine and Breast Cancer Screening, smoking cessation, and HIV/AIDS for Spanish-speaking populations. She also co-led the organization of the first bi-national U.S./Mexico AIDS Conference, Latino Artists against AIDS Art Show, and the A la Vida Dinner and Gala fundraising committee.

Ms. Escobar’s administrative experience includes key leadership roles, such as Program Director of the first Latinas and AIDS Program in Los Angeles County, with AIDS Project Los Angeles; Clinic Administrator for HIV Services at the UCLA Family Planning Clinic; and Director of Education and Government Affairs for the Arthritis Foundation. Ms. Escobar was also involved in policy work that led to the development of the Ryan White Act legislation, played a role in the inclusion of HIV/AIDS in the American with Disabilities Act legislation, and has received numerous awards and recognitions. 

Currently, she is the Treasurer for the American Nurses Foundation Board of Directors and board member for California State University Monterey Bay- External Leadership Council, NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Culture and Health Board Member, member of the University of La Verne Presidential Health Council and member of the University of La Verne Board of Trustees.

Education:
MBA, University of La Verne
B.S. Health Services Administration, University of La Verne

José U. Esparza

Senior Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

José U. Esparza

Senior Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

José U. Esparza serves as Senior Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer for AltaMed. Mr. Esparza joined AltaMed in 1994 and has since directed the Fiscal Department, overseeing issuance and presentation of AltaMed’s financial statements to the executive committee, general management, Board of Directors and outside entities. 

Mr. Esparza also assumes a strategic role in the overall management of the company and has day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities. This includes direct responsibility for accounting, finance, budgeting, strategic planning, job costing, asset management, business analysis and negotiations, fiscal compliance with private and public agencies, institutional financing, and investment oversight.   
 
Previously, Mr. Esparza has held positions in public accounting, where he managed independent audits of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  He has also worked for a large Federally Qualified Health Center in Los Angeles County where he managed the Accounting Department before joining AltaMed.
 

Education:
MBA, University of Phoenix 
B.A. Accounting, California State University, Los Angeles 

Jacqueline Ritacco, D.S.L

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Jacqueline Ritacco, D.S.L

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Jacqueline Ritacco serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for AltaMed. She oversees Human Resources, Corporate Compliance, Strategic Workforce Planning, and Board Recruitment and Development.

Previously, she served as the organization’s Vice President of Government Relations for six years. Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Ritacco was Chief Executive Officer for Community Care Health Centers in Orange County for over 20 years. As a one-time president of the Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics, and a member of the Orange County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Committee and many other boards and task forces, her focus has remained on the delivery of health care to underserved and uninsured individuals.

A published author in the areas of coaching, management and leadership development, Dr. Ritacco has worked closely with CalOptima, the county-organized health system for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and is a previous two-term member of the Board of Directors, having served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. She currently holds a position on the Board of Directors of the California Primary Care Association, and is actively involved with policy and legislative development in the State of California. 

Education:
Ph.D. Strategic Leadership, Regent University  
MBA Regent University 
Certifications: Human Resource Management, Nonprofit Executive Management, Nonprofit Strategic Management

Jennifer Spalding

Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Jennifer Spalding

Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Jennifer Spalding is Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of AltaMed. Ms. Spalding oversees the Senior Care Services component of AltaMed’s health care services, which includes eight program sites, the MSSP/SSP grant programs, Primary Care and IPA network management. 

She has more than 40 years of experience in progressive health care management, and her effective management style has led to strong team development and high productivity for 12 consecutive years at AltaMed. 

Ms. Spalding also has a diverse background in managed care, operations, accreditation, marketing, compliance and regulatory issues. Her strong track record of increased operational efficiencies and improved customer and associate satisfaction is consistent with her history of meeting and exceeding internal and external regulatory guidelines. 

Education: 
Master of Public Administration, Pepperdine University 
B.A. Liberal Arts, Pepperdine University 
 

Angela D. Roberts

Senior Vice President of Facility Development & Management

Angela D. Roberts

Senior Vice President of Facility Development & Management

Angela D. Roberts serves as Senior Vice President of Facility Development & Management for AltaMed. Ms. Roberts joined AltaMed in 1997, she currently oversees facility development projects, including property acquisitions, construction and renovations efforts, and leasing opportunities. For more than a decade, she was responsible for strategic design and direction of technology and electronic information management. 

Ms. Roberts has more than 29 years of experience in information technology, has held senior management positions with UCLA and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and served as an advisor to several information technology trade associations. She also participates in the State of California e-Health Technical Advisory Committee.

For her work, she’s been recognized with multiple awards, including the Outstanding Career Service Award from the City of Los Angeles; the Innovations in Technology Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO); and the Career Service Award from the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD).

Education:
B.A. California State University, Dominguez Hills 

Marie S. Torres, PhD, LCSW

Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Research Initiatives

Marie S. Torres, PhD, LCSW

Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Research Initiatives

Marie S. Torres is Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Research Initiatives at AltaMed. She has more than 35 years of leadership experience in gerontology, health services administration, legislative advocacy, overall health and social welfare.

Since 1991, Dr. Torres has established the Government Relations Department and oversees advocacy, public policy and research initiatives. She has been instrumental in advocating and securing funding for patient services in Federal and State Legislative forums, and helped lead the development of public policies that affect the disabled and elderly populations.  

Dr. Torres has received multiple awards for her work, including the Woman of the Year Award by the Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA), the Betsey K. Cooke Grassroots Advocacy Most Valuable Player Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers, the California Elder Mental Health and Aging Coalition (CEMHAC) Older Adult Advocacy Recognition Award, among others. 
 
Dr. Torres is also active in several professional associations including the CalPACE Association, California Primary Care Association, the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the National PACE Association.
 

Education: 
M.S.W., University of Southern California School of Social Work
Ph.D., University of Southern California School of Social Work

Henry A. Holguin

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Henry A. Holguin

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Henry A. Holguin serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. 

Before joining AltaMed, Mr. Holguin was a co-founder of the firm Miller & Holguin, Attorneys at Law; and a partner of Kelly, Lytton & Williams, LLP, a boutique law firm dealing with business, health care, real estate, land use and governmental relations. Formerly, Mr. Holguin was Senior Staff Counsel of the Enforcement Division of the California Department of Corporations. 

He has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1976, and is admitted to practice before the United States Central District Court of California and the United States Tax Court.

Mr. Holguin has served on the California State Bar Franchise Legislation Committee, and was previously involved with the formation of the United States/Mexico Commercial Arbitration Committee under NAFTA. He has been a member of the Latin Business Association, California Association of Dental Plans, and California Society of Health Care Attorneys. Since 2005, he’s also served on the Board of Health for Peace, a charitable non-profit entity. 

Education:
J.D. University of California at Davis 
B.S. Business Administration, University of Southern California
Certificate in International Economics, Cambridge University, England 
 
 

Robert Gomez

Interim Vice President of Business Operations

Robert Gomez

Interim Vice President of Business Operations

Robert Gomez is AltaMed’s Interim Vice President of Business Operations. Mr. Gomez has more than 20 years of experience in health care, and has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer for El Rio Health Center in Tucson, Arizona, where he built a nationally recognized community health center program. 

During his long career in community health programs and development, he has been active at the state and national levels, including service on the Board of Directors and as former President of the National Association of Community Health Centers. 

Education: 
B.A. History, Texas A&M International University 
 

Carlos E. Adame

Vice President of Human Resources

Carlos E. Adame

Vice President of Human Resources

Carlos E. Adame serves as Vice President of Human Resources at AltaMed.  Mr. Adame is responsible for total rewards – compensation, benefits, and leave administration. He also oversees talent acquisition, training and development, leadership development and other human resource-related tasks in a constantly growing, diverse, multi-cultural and multi-generational organization. 

Mr. Adame has over 20 years of human resources leadership experience, seven of which were spent in the health care field. Prior to his tenure at AltaMed, he served as the Regional Vice President of Human Resources at UnitedHealthcare (UHC), an $8 billion segment of the largest health care company in the world. During his tenure at UHC, Adame led numerous strategic initiatives, including a complete transformation of an organizational structure leading to record business performance while simultaneously maintaining high employee engagement scores. He also implemented a more rigorous talent development process and discipline which ensured a continuous leadership pipeline. 

Currently, Mr. Adame also serves as Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board.

Education: 
MBA, University of California, Irvine 
B.A., Business Administration, California State University at Fullerton 


 

Alex Y. Chen, MD, MS

Interim Chief Medical Officer

Alex Y. Chen, MD, MS

Interim Chief Medical Officer

Alex Y. Chen, M.D., M.S., serves as the Interim Chief Medical Officer for AltaMed. Dr. Chen oversees the Quality Performance Improvement, Process Improvement, and Clinical Informatics teams, ensuring that AltaMed continues to deliver quality care without exception. 

Dr. Chen has more than 10 years of research and leadership experience. Prior to joining AltaMed, he served as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). During his tenure at CHLA, he received a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and an Independent Scientist Award from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He was also a co-investigator of several multi-center grants, and developed one of the first pediatric patient-centered medical home quality measure sets. In 2014, Dr. Chen received the highest honor at AltaMed – the Cástulo de la Rocha Visionary Award for his untiring efforts in quality.

Dr. Chen was a Student Speaker to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Science & Technology in 1993, and in 2002 he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. 

Education: 
M.S., Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health 
M.D., Harvard Medical School 
 

Anna Tran

Senior Strategy Executive

Anna Tran

Senior Strategy Executive

Ms. Anna Tran is the newest member of AltaMed’s senior leadership team, and joined AltaMed in 2017 as Senior Strategy Executive. She oversees AltaMed’s Sales and Marketing team, focusing on membership growth. She also supports our President & CEO in planning the long-term strategic growth of the organization. 


Ms. Tran comes to AltaMed with an extensive history in health care leadership. While she previously served as CFO at Pacific Alliance Medical Center, she later spent a total of 18 years on the leadership team of Care1st, where she held the roles of CFO, COO, CEO, President, and Strategic Advisor, eventually facilitating the sale of Care1st and the transition of more than 500,000 members to Blue Shield of California. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Tran was a member of AltaMed’s Board of Trustees.

Education:
M.S., Accounting, California State University, Los Angeles
B.S., Biology, California State University, Los Angeles