Leadership & Board

The future of the nation’s community health care system starts now. Meet the Advocates for Community Health leadership team.

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Advocates for Community Health is led by a stellar group of health center leaders who came together with a common goal and mission: to leverage their collective voice to advance the delivery of health care to underserved populations and cultivate new opportunities to achieve health equity in support of patients and communities in need.

As a membership organization with our roots in community health, we focus on visionary and innovative policy and advocacy initiatives to effect positive change across the nation’s health care system. Our membership of forward-thinking, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are leading the way in modeling comprehensive, integrated primary care and cutting-edge innovation in the twenty-first century health care landscape.

Executive Committee

Meet the leaders behind ACH’s ground-breaking initiatives.

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Kerry Hydash

ACH Board President

Kerry Hydash is the president and CEO at Family HealthCare Network (FHCN), which operates 41 sites within three counties of California’s Central Valley. FHCN served more than 221,000 patients and provided over one million visits in 2020.

Kerry is a co-founder and member of the Central California Partnership for Health and currently serves on the boards for the California Primary Care Association and the Clinical Mutual Insurance Company.

Prior to working directly in the healthcare field, Kerry worked in public accounting, auditing, and providing financial consulting services to healthcare entities. She holds a senior SHRM certification and has extensive HR experience in the healthcare industry.

Steven C. Hansen

Steven has been the president and CEO of Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2007. He manages and directs operations in rural, frontier, and urban locations that include behavioral health services, native and traditional healing services, children’s services (Headstart and Early Headstart programs), senior services, and a 340B pharmacy program with the goal of improving the health and lives of all people of the Southwest.

Steven is on the board of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Insights New Mexico, and is the current chair of the New Mexico Primary Care Association. He is also a member of the National FQHC Advisory Group for United Healthcare.

Carlos Olivares

Carlos Olivares, CEO of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, is a respected voice for people who lack access to quality healthcare and is considered an expert in providing cost-effective medical services to underserved populations.

A Bolivian-born graduate of Pepperdine University, Olivares has served in various administrative positions at health centers across California. He is a founding member and former chair of Community Health Network of Washington/Community Health Plan of Washington, current board member of Willamette Valley Community Health, and a member of the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization.

Manny Lopes

Manny is president and CEO of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC). With over 1,400 employees and nearly 120,000 patients, EBNHC is one of the largest community health centers in the country.

Under Manny’s leadership, EBNHC has been a regional leader in COVID-19 response, playing a key role in testing and vaccination in communities hit hardest by the pandemic. EBNHC has earned a level-three Patient-Centered Medical Home designation and was named to the Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list six times.

Manny serves as board chair for the Boston Public Health Commission and has also been privileged to serve on the transition committees for Mayor Kim Janey, Mayor Marty Walsh, and Governor Charlie Baker.

The time is now. Advocates for Community Health is driving the health care systems, policies, and programs of the future. Become a member today.
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