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Our Advisors

​CCI is privileged to be guided by an advisory board of pioneering thinkers and leaders. The board members below bring diverse experience in innovation and community health—in both the public and private sector—to the task of shaping CCI’s strategy and helping us find the best ways to empower the safety net to meeting the needs of vulnerable patients.

Jason Cunningham is the Medical Director of West County Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving patients in western Sonoma County. He has been the champion for West County’s clinical redesign toward a transformed delivery system and has enjoyed the challenges and opportunities in rethinking Primary Care.

West County Health Centers has become a thought leader and innovator in this new healthcare environment and has effectively demonstrated the potential of a dynamic primary care delivery model built on relational, team-based care. Dr. Cunningham is interested in leadership within healthcare delivery and participates in boards and committees with local, regional and state organizations and partners.

Dr. Cunningham is a Family Physician and remains dedicated to patient care. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Chris McCarthy is the Director of the Innovation Learning Network and an Innovation Specialist with Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy. In this dual role, he innovates at the front lines of healthcare and connects innovators across the world to accelerate the spread of design thinking and great ideas.

His work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review (Sept 2010), Bisognano and Kenney’s “Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs” (2012) as well as FastCompany, the New York Times and many more.As an author, he collaborated with Lyle Berkowitz, MD on “Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare” (2012), and with Lisa Schilling on Schall’s “Spreading Improvement Across Your Health Care Organization” (2007). You can find his quirky design blog at

He was named the 2011 Ellerbe Beckett Lecturer at the University of Minnesota, and is an international speaker on innovation and design including in the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark and Canada. 

Chris has a master’s in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Copenhagen Business School, and a master’s in public health in Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his spare time, he obsesses about fitness, movies and home remodels.

Edward O’Neil is the Owner of O’Neil & Associates, a management consulting and leadership development firm focused on change and renewal in the health care system. In June of 2012 he retired from his position as Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Preventive Dental Sciences and Social and Behavioral at the University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF he also served as the Director of the Center for the Health Professions, a research, advocacy and training institute which he created in 1992 to assist health care professionals, care delivery organizations and public policy makers understand the challenges and opportunities of educating and managing a health care workforce capable of improving the health and well being of people and their communities. His work has focused on change of the US health care system through improved policy and leadership.

He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Alabama and a Master’s of Public Administration and Doctorate in History from Syracuse University. In addition he holds honorary degrees from New York Medical College, the Western University of Health Sciences and two other Universities. In 2003 he was elected to an honorary Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing.

Peter Szutu has over forty years of healthcare and human services experience — from being a medic in the U.S. Air Force to directing a multi-social service agency; from independent health services consultant to his current position as President and CEO of the Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI). He has extensive experience in providing , planning, advocating and implementing a broad range of community oriented health and human services. He has worked for the City of Berkeley as a health planner and the California State Department of Health Services in the Office of External Affairs. Mr. Szutu was closely involved in the development of three of the four adult day health care programs in Alameda County. He served as President of the Board of Community Adult Day Health Services (CADHS) and initiated the evolution of CADHS to become CEI. He served as interim executive director of CEI from July 1, 1993 to January 1994, becoming the permanent executive director in March 1995.

Since joining CEI, Mr. Szutu has nurtured its growth from 80 participants to over 600, from one site to four sites. He has also developed a number of collaborative and innovative ways to utilize the flexibility of the PACE model. These include locating sites in conjunction with affordable senior housing and working closely with other community health care providers to offer a full continuum of care—from well through frail.

Mr. Szutu has provided national PACE leadership for years and is a past chair of the National PACE Association’s Board of Directors. He has also represented Aging Services of California on the AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) Board of Directors. Mr, Szutu has been a board member of the Arch- stone Foundation since 2011.

Mr. Szutu holds a master’s degree in public health administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the United States International University.

Dr. Molly Joel Coye is Social Entrepreneur in Residence for the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI), a nonprofit national health policy institute focused on advancing high-value innovations. From 2010 – 2015, Dr. Coye was the Chief Innovation Officer for UCLA Health, heading the Institute for Innovation in Health and the Global Lab for Innovation. Dr. Coye was previously the founder and CEO of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a non-profit education and research organization established in 2000 that became the premier forecasting organization for emerging technologies in healthcare, as well as Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, Director of the California State Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Coye is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and of the board of directors for Aetna, Inc., Prosetta Biosciences, Inc., Big White Wall, and ACCESS Health International. She previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors for PATH, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in global health, and on the boards of the American Hospital Association, the American Telemedicine Association, the American Public Health Association, and the China Medical Board. Dr. Coye holds MD and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Asian History from Stanford University.

Bob Rebitzer is a management consultant and health care executive who works with organizations seeking to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare in the United States. Prior positions include: Chief Operating Officer of Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, Senior Vice President at United Behavioral Health (the mental health unit of UnitedHealth Group) and Partner in the healthcare strategy practice of Accenture. Bob has also served as an advisor to the California Heathcare Foundation and Paradigm Outcomes. Bob has an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a BS from the Honors Biology Program of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.