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Letter from the HBA Pacific Region Chair

The HBA Pacific region has had a busy summer with many of our leaders and members taking on new roles. In case you missed it, here they are:

Regional Chair, Stacie Coates
Deputy Chair, Karina Castagna
Operations Support, Amara Gray
President, Programming, Deanna Steiger
VP, Education and Events, Theresia Yiallourou
VP, Corporate Relations, Deanna Saxbe
Director, Corporate Engagement, Kerry Roark
President, Member Experience, Neda Razavi
President, Member Value Offerings, Kristen Brunson
Director, Entrepreneurship Affinity Group, Carolina Amador
Director, Women in Science Affinity Group, Shiva Sharareh
President, Volunteer Experience, Imen Hannachi
VP, Volunteer Experience, Ana Barbosa
Director, Volunteer Experience, Claire Bonaci
Director, Volunteer Recognition, Alekhya Pochiraju
Director, Volunteer Recruitment, Alicia Yamamoto
Director, Marketing, Emely Nguyen
Director, Communications, Mark Brubaker
Data Analytics, Marketing, Kiron Dhaliwal
President, HBA San Francisco/Bay Area, Mitra Corral
President, HBA Seattle, Nancy Hill
VP, HBA Seattle, Nadia Dac
President, HBA Los Angeles, Janna Jagoe
Global Chair, Volunteer Experience, Shelley Snow

As the new HBA Pacific Regional Chair, I am delighted to be working with each of these women and all the chapter leaders and members to further our mission. Toward this effort, we have introduced two new event series: Executive Coffee Chats and a new series on Health Equity. For more information on Executive Coffee Chats, please contact Neda Razavi and for the Health Equity series, please contact DeAnna Steiger

Additionally, the HBA Pacific Entrepreneurship Affinity Group celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a networking event named “How to Build a Medical Device Start-up”  which was held on 29 Sept. featuring Elsa Chi Abruzzo, President & CEO of Anuncia, celebrating Hispanic entrepreneurs. For more information, contact Carolina Amador.

Yet again, our programming requires that we continue to navigate and evolve through the peaks and valleys of COVID. I know how important networking is within our HBA community and we continue to offer programs primarily in a virtual format. While virtual networking and programming is not our preferred approach, this can extend our regional reach where more are able to participate in so many of our high-quality events (e.g., 7,000+ attended our Woman of the Year event). We will provide updates to our in-person engagement potential as the fall unfolds. 

In the meantime, please note that this year’s HBA Annual Conference is once again virtual, to be held on 8-10 November. 

I extend my thanks to each of you for your contribution as volunteers and members who make the HBA Pacific region a great organization to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. If you are interested in seeing available opportunities to get involved, check out this link.