Meet The Executive Team
CEO, CareMore Health System
Leeba Lessin has over 18 years of experience in the healthcare and managed care industries. Ms. Lessin became President of Northern California operations for PacifiCare in August 1998, and President of Southern California, PacifiCare's largest region with 1.2 million commercial members, 380,000 Medicare members, and $4.1 billion in revenue in 2000. At the time of her appointment in 1998, Ms. Lessin was vice president of provider delivery systems for PacifiCare, with company-management companies. Prior to joining PacifiCare in 1995, Ms. Lessin was President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Health Systems, a managed care delivery system operating in California's central coast region. Ms. Lessin received her BA degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Washington. In 2002, Ms. Lessin formed Lessin Management Advisors, which provides consultation and strategic project management for companies in the healthcare industry.
President, CareMore Health Plan
Jason Barker has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare arena. His past roles have included President, CEO of the Eastern Montana region for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, and President, CEO of St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley California. While CEO of St. Mary Medical Center, Mr. Barker partnered with CareMore to bring the model to the High Desert region. Mr. Barker’s background is unique in that he has led hospital organizations, physician organizations, and has deep experience in leading provider-owned risk bearing organizations. Prior to joining CareMore, Mr. Barker led his organization through a successful selection process to become recognized as a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Mr. Barker received his BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Operations Officer
Vish Sankaran is responsible for all of CareMore's shared services operations, operational design and technology, including designing infrastructure for the company's new business models. He is experienced in public-private collaborations, including exchanges. He was responsible for coordinating health IT implementation across 13 federal agencies while at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and has served as a senior advisor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Most recently, he served as healthcare operations and information technology strategist for Baltimore-based Ayus Health LLC.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Plumb has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been with CareMore since 2010. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for all corporate finance and accounting activities and operations nationally. Additional accountabilities include CareMore products and services and leadership of the actuarial and underwriting operations for the organization. Prior to joining CareMore Mr. Plumb held various executive and consulting positions at other healthcare companies including United Healthcare, PacifiCare and Kaiser Health Plan. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California.
Chief of Clinical Services
Dr. Balu Gadhe is a board certified internist, practicing Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine for last 20 years, in Southern California. Dr. Gadhe joined CareMore as an Extensivist in 1993 and has been with the organization since that time. He began his administrative career with the company in 2006 as a Senior Medical Officer. Dr. Gadhe was involved in the development of the CareMore Clinical Model of care over the years, using his years of experience seeing patients and practicing medicine. Dr. Gadhe was appointed Chief of Clinical Services in March of 2013. In this role he is responsible for CareMore’s clinical organization.
Chief Development Officer
Rob Lonardo has over 30 years of experience as a Healthcare executive, including his position as Vice President of the Medicare IPA Division at FHP Health Care (acq-United Health Group), and Senior Vice President of Government Programs and National Accounts for Blue Shield of California. In Mr. Lonardo’s current role he is responsible for the company’s growth and development. Prior to Mr. Lonardo’s return to the company in 2013, he also served as CareMore’s Chief Executive Officer between 2004-2007. Mr. Lonardo received his BS in Business Administration from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University Long Beach, California.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, CareMore Health Systems
Jamie Myers has served as CareMore’s CIO since 2013. With over 25 years of IT experience within the healthcare industry, Ms. Myers provides leadership and oversight for evolving CareMore’s systems through existing technologies, and is responsible for developing and delivering new technological solutions to support strategic and operational capabilities for all payer and clinical functions across the enterprise. Previously, she held the position of IT Director of EDW/Analytics. Before joining CareMore in 2007, Ms. Myers served as VP of the Enterprise Data Warehouse for PacifiCare and United Health Group’s Behavioral Health Division. She has started and managed national data warehouse and software development professional services practices, built IT teams to launch software products, and consulted extensively to provide IT support, health care analytics, and innovative technologies to clients including Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans, General Motors, and major pharmaceutical companies. Ms. Myers has served as a national subject matter expert and speaker on Data Warehousing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.
Peggy Salazar RN, MSN, FNP, WCC
Chief Nurse Practitioner of Clinical Program Operations
Peggy Salazar, RN has over 30 years of health care experience in various administrative, process improvement, and clinical roles. Prior to joining CareMore in 2001 as a Nurse Practitioner she was a Department Administrator of Telemetry and Dialysis Departments at Kaiser Permanente in Bellflower California for 12 years. She has been instrumental in advancing the Nurse Practitioner Practice and Education, as well as the growth, development and oversight of CareMore's Chronic Disease Management Programs for high risk members delivered in the Care Centers. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Post-Master's Degree as Family Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa California.
Heather Del Villar, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNS, WCC
Assistant Director of Disease Management Programs and Clinical Operations
Heather Del Villar, NP, has been in the health care field since 2002 with different roles in education and clinical practice both in hospital and outpatient settings. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a Dual emphasis as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of California –Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Nursing. Prior to this she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with a Minor in Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC) in Los Angeles. Before joining CareMore she worked as an ICU Registered Nurse at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange. As part of the CareMore team, Heather was a lead in a new market, preceptor, trainer, and manager. She is the Assistant Director and is directly involved in the enhancement and expansion of the disease management programs with Advance Practice Clinicians in CareMore.