Anthony E. Wright
ANTHONY E. WRIGHT (He, Him) has served as Executive Director for Health Access, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition since 2002. Health Access has led state and national efforts to win consumer protections, fight budget cuts and invest in our safety-net, encourage prevention, and advance coverage expansions and comprehensive health reform. Wright led California’s coalition effort to help pass the Affordable Care Act and state laws to implement and improve it, and campaigns to successfully pass first-in-the-nation laws to ensure timely access to care, and to stop hospital overcharging of the uninsured.
As a consumer advocate and community organizer, Wright has been widely quoted in state and national media. He has also worked for New Jersey Citizen Action, the Center for Media Education, The Nation magazine, and in Vice President Gore's office in the White House.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Wright graduated from Amherst College magna cum laude in both English and Sociology. He lives in Davis with his wife Jessica, and his son Jefferson.
Ana Alvarez (she/her/ella), Campaign Organizer, joined Health Access in March 2022. She received her B.A in Philosophy with a minor in Labor Studies at UCLA in 2019. She became involved in the social justice world during college, where she studied under advocates, organizers, and leaders in racial, labor and other social justice movements.
Before coming to Health Access, Ana was an external labor organizer for SEIU- United Healthcare Workers West, where she organized nonunion hospital workers into the union, and engaged them around different policy work being done to improve the working conditions for healthcare workers during the pandemic. Ana’s unwavering passion for advocacy comes from growing up as a first generation, working class, Mexican American, cis-gendered woman and seeing how her many identities had effects on the trajectory of different aspects of her life.
Outside of Health Access, Ana participates in community organizing efforts in the Sacramento area, whether it is protests, rallies, or mutual aid efforts alongside various socialist organizations. She is a major foodie that is always looking for great restaurants and coffee, as well as looking for recipes to cook herself. She loves to teach her dog tricks, collect uncommon houseplants and cacti, and hang out with family and friends.
LGBTQ Network Director
Dannie Ceseña (He/Him/They/Them), Network Director, has over 15 years of experience working with non-profits in program development and advocacy. He has extensive knowledge in creating TGNC healthcare collaborations utilizing upstream interventions and addressing the root cause of the lack of access to TGNC affirming health care. His knowledge and leadership have assisted in the creation of two TGNC community health care clinics, and a monthly TGNC legal clinic in Orange County, CA. Dannie has become a trusted leader in LGBTQ health among partners in the California Tobacco Control Program. He is responsible for building We Breathe: Supporting Tobacco-Free LGBTQ Communities from the ground-up, and has established the program as a leader statewide, nationally, and even internationally. He has provided leadership and guidance for LGBTQ organizations that are new to working with the Department of Public Health, helping them navigate the complicated bureaucracy and ensuring LGBTQ project staff always have a place to turn with their questions and concerns. He is in high demand to present on LGBTQ health at trainings, meetings, and conferences throughout the country, and internationally.
Dannie is currently serving a 3-year appointed term for the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee and was recently selected to participate in the Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) Health Equity and Quality Committee. He serves as a committee member for the Coalition of Demographic Data Equity, Orange County Trans Latinas, Planned Parenthood Orange County-San Bernardino Latino and LGBTQ Committee(s), GLMA (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association), and International AIDs Society. Dannie is a founding member of the Transgender Health Research Ethics and Advocacy (THREAT) Team which includes members from TGI-led organizations, trans-identified mental health providers, and academic researchers. Dannie is currently serving as a Community Investigator on a research team at UCLA called “Just Research? Trans Futures in Health and Scientific Knowledge”.
Dannie has been awarded Community Icon of the Year by Orange County Pride, Pro Bono Community Partner of the Year by UC Irvine School of Law, the Diversity Spirit Achievement Award by City Career Fair, The Courage Award from the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and the Beacon of Light Award from the City of Costa Mesa. He has been recognized by Congressman Lou Correa, CA Senator David Min, CA Assembly Member Cottie Petrie-Norris and the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his work in LGBTQ Health Care and Advocacy.
He is a graduate of CSU Long Beach with Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Political Science, and is a graduate of National University with a Master Degree in Public Health. On his spare time he enjoys trips to Disneyland, hiking and traveling with his wife and Iris and Xico.
Chief Operating Officer
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ERIN CHANDLER (She, Her), Chief Operating Officer, joined Health Access in 2020. Her background includes non-profit service as Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Northern California, Director of Development for Goodwill Industries, and Director of Program & Education in addition of Director of Community & Corporate Relations Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. Erin is receiving her MHA from California State East Bay and will soon pursue her doctorate in Healthcare Administration.
LGBTQ Communications Specialist
ARIELA CUELLAR(She, Her), CA LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network Communucations Specialist, joined in 2021. Ariela received her B.A. in Communications with a minor in Sociology from the University of California, Davis.
Prior to joining the Network, Ariela was the Sacramento LGBT Community Center’s Community Engagement and Marketing Strategist, where she helped amplify the Center’s services and programs through multi-media outreach and by leading tours of the Center to community members, donors and stakeholders. Ariela is very passionate about creating communications content that is rooted in social justice advocacy and that represents the identities of all folks under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.
Ariela grew up in Vallejo, CA and is a proud second generation Salvadoran-American. She identifies as latinx, queer, femme, leo sun, taurus moon, gemini rising, and a dog mom. On her spare time she can be found hanging out with friends, her partner, at local dog parks, and practicing photography.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Diana Douglas (She, Her), Director of Policy and Legislative Advocacy, joined Health Access in 2019. Before joining the team, she worked for California State Senator Richard Pan as a policy analyst, staffing the legislator on issues including health, immunization policy, and the 2020 Census. Previously, Diana was a tobacco policy analyst with the American Lung Association.
Originally from Chicago, Diana graduated from Lake Forest College with a BA in anthropology and then earned her MA in sociology from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where she continues stay engaged in her academic community by remotely teaching political sociology. Prior to relocating to Sacramento, Diana worked in academic research, most notably with a team of global public health scholars studying the effects of culturally-competent nutritional interventions on health. Diana has built her career out of her passion for leveraging progressive, evidence-based public policy to make a real difference in people’s lives and health.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, running along the American River and spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, and cattle dog.
LGBTQ Program Coordinator
ISAIAS GUZMAN (He, Him), CA LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network program coordinator, joined Health Access in 2018. Isaias received a B.A. in Political Science and Chicano Studies with an emphasis on issues of race, gender, and sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the team, Isaias was a paralegal with a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of low-income, homeless, and/or HIV+ people in obtaining public disability benefits. Isaias also has an extensive experience organizing with queer and trans youth for racial and gender justice in the education system across local, state, and national boundaries. As a youth trainer for the GSA Network, he assisted in empowering LGBTQ youth and youth of color to become agents of change in their communities through youth-adult partnerships. At the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Isaias worked with LifeWorks LA to introduce culturally competent and comprehensive sexual health curriculum addressing issues of HIV/AIDs, PrEP, PEP, and youth legal rights. Most recently, he has organized the first-ever leadership summit in the East Bay tailored to the unique needs of LGBTQ youth of color. Isaias is excited to continue and advance the health and well-being of the queer and trans* community by advocating for LGBTQ health equity.
Isaias was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents. He enjoys dancing, learning about Queer Latinx art, culture and performance, and exploring new hiking trails during his free time.
Katie Van Deynze
Policy and Legislative Advocate
KATIE VAN DEYNZE (She/Her) who joined Health Access in March 2022 as Policy and Legislative Advocate.
Growing up in Davis, California as the daughter of Canadian immigrants, Katie attributes her passion for healthcare reform to early conversations with family around the kitchen table contrasting the inaccessible and expensive American healthcare system to her family’s experience in Canada.
Katie began her advocacy career interning at Fearless Advocacy, Inc. where she provided support to the firm’s nonprofit clients. In 2017, she joined former Assemblymember Kansen Chu’s office as a Legislative Aide and was promoted to Legislative Director in 2019. Throughout her tenure in the Legislature, Katie’s passion for improving access to behavioral healthcare was widely felt by the Capitol community and she was recognized by the Assembly Education Committee with a certificate for her work to improve access to school-based mental health services in K-12 schools. Prior to joining Health Access, Katie was Legislative Director for Assemblymember Marc Levine where she managed his legislative package and staffed issues including privacy and consumer protection, natural resources, housing and health policy.
Katie received her B.A. in Social Sciences, with honors in Political Science and a minor in Economics from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. When she is not advocating for equitable health policies, Katie enjoys watching movies, hiking, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Finance and Operations Manager
LARRY HANSEN (He, Him) , Finance and Operations Manager, joined Health Access in 2017. His varied background includes non-profit service as Director of Finance for California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Manager of Grants and Contracts for Public Health Institute, California Community College System service as Director of Fiscal Services for the Solano District and Chief Accountant for the Contra Costa District, and University of California service as Department Manager on the Davis campus. Larry received his MBA from UC Davis with concentrations in Accounting and Public Sector Management.
Rachel Linn Gish
Director of Communications
RACHEL LINN GISH (She, Her), Director of Communications, joined Health Access in 2016. Utilizing her passion for social justice and expertise in strategic communication, she manages the media and advocacy outreach for the coalition. She returned to Sacramento after nearly four years in Washington D.C., where she earned her Masters from the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs and worked as part of the communications team for various national non-profit and political organizations including the AFL-CIO and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, where she helped build multiple websites to highlight the data on the status of women in the United States. Prior to living on the east coast, she worked at the State Capitol as Press Secretary for former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, Press Aide for then-Assemblymember Mark Leno, and Press Intern for former Speaker Fabian Nunez.
She is originally from Roseville, CA and received her undergraduate degree in communications and sociology from UC Davis. She is proud mom of 2 young boys.
AMANDA MCALLISTER- WALLNER(She, Her), Deputy Director, joined Health Access in 2016. Amanda has been fighting for LGBTQ equality since attempting to start a GSA at her Catholic high school. Her passion for LGBTQ community organizing only grew in 2008, when she was a student organizer against Proposition 8. Amanda worked as Health Policy Fellow at the Los Angeles LGBT Center while finishing a Master of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. After she graduated, Amanda worked as the organization’s Policy and Operations Manager, coordinating research, advocacy on coalition work on a variety of policy issues affecting the LGBTQ community, including immigration, women’s health, youth homelessness, and regulating the "troubled teen industry." Prior to graduate school, Amanda worked for Sierra Club California as a legislative aide and organizer. Amanda also worked on a number of campaigns ranging from county supervisor to Congress, and volunteered on marriage equality ballot initiatives in Maine and North Carolina.
Amanda has a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she headed the nationally recognized Campus Democrats organization and served as chair of the California Young Democrats’ LGBTQ Caucus.
BRYANT MIRAMONTES (He/Him), Campaign Manager, joined Health Access in 2019. He received his B.A. in Anthropology with concentrations in Linguistics and Culture at California State University Long Beach in 2018. Before beginning his undergraduate studies, Bryant began his nonprofit service as a founder and board member for the Haley Butcher Organization, which aimed to improve the lives of children who are terminally ill, and volunteer with the National LGBTQ Task Force, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Bryant took a role as Project Coordinator with Partners for Wellness (previously the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) to organize groups and community members at the grassroots level and advocate for local ordinances that address tobacco-related health disparities among individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ in Southern California. During his work with Partners for Wellness, Bryant pursued a Master of Science in Applied Psychology with emphases on Consumer and Organizational Psychology from the University of Southern California, and completed his studies 2020.
Bryant has a passion for social justice movements that address inequities that the most vulnerable members of our community face. From 2019-2021, Bryant was Health Access’ Southern California Organizer and provided regional support for Health Access’ campaigns. From 2021-2022, he worked as Senior Campaign Organizer to spearhead statewide and federal campaigns. As Campaign Manager, Bryant formally leads campaigns to make health care more high-quality, affordable, accessible, and equitable for all Californians. In his free time, he loves to exercise, travel, and try new cuisines.
Director of Organizing
CHRIS NOBLE (He/Him), Organizing Director joined Health Access in 2021. Chris has over 10 years of experience in community organizing and health justice advocacy. Chris is trained in community organizing under Marshall Ganz’s Leadership, Organizing and Action Program at Harvard Kennedy School and via hands on experience as a community organizer with Right to Health Action, Health Care For All MA, the Right Care Alliance, Universities Allied For Essential Medicines, Partners in Health Engage, and the 100 Campaign.
Chris studied health system strengthening and prescription drug policy in a Masters in Public Health program at Boston School of Public Health and previously worked in the Caribbean, Latin America, East and Southern Africa on health system strengthening efforts alongside community lead organizations, Partners in Health, and Harvard Medical School. Chris is called to health justice advocacy from a personal diagnosis of insulin dependent diabetes as a child and understanding firsthand the importance of fighting for health care as a human right guaranteed to all.
LGBTQ Administrative Assistant
KITTY TAYLOR (She/They) who joined the CA LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network as Administrative Assistant in December of 2021.
Jose Torres Casillas
Policy and Legislative Advocate
JOSE TORRES CASILLAS (He, Him), Policy and Legislative Advocate, joined Health Access in 2017. Jose was born in Jalisco, Mexico and raised in San Bernardino, California before moving to the Sacramento area. He works on Medi-Cal related policies and improving health care access to undocumented individuals in the state.
Jose received his B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Chicanx Studies from the University of California, Davis. Jose earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of the Pacific. Prior to joining Health Access, Jose worked for the CA State Senate and the California Democratic Party.
Jose enjoys lifting weights for fun, playing video games, and trying different foods as a self-described foodie.
Capell & Assoc - Beth Capell
BETH CAPELL (She, Her), principal with Capell & Assoc., provides policy analysis, legislative advocacy, and other strategic input to Health Access and to other consumer, labor and public interest organizations on health care issues.
Ms. Capell has headed Capell & Assoc. and represented Health Access since 1996. During those years, Health Access fought for and won the HMO Patient Bill of Rights as well as expansions of health coverage, including the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California. She has worked on a number of ballot measures related to health care. Ms. Capell has worked in and around the State Capitol since 1977, working on legislative staff, in the executive branch, and in campaign consulting. Since 1984, she has been a legislative advocate working on health care issues.
Ms. Capell has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and has also served as a Visiting Scholar, research associate and teaching assistant at that campus.