Celebrating 10 Years with Style and Smooth Jazz


We all enjoyed a wonderful evening of laughs, great music and conversation during our October 25, 2007 reception celebrating California Health Advocates’ 10 year anniversary. Over sixty people attended and the room was alive with friends and colleagues spending a few hours to celebrate work well done, and to also honor Dr. Mark Smith, President/CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF). The CHCF has shown great leadership over many years in enhancing access to information for California Medicare consumers. A “Certificate of Recognition” was also presented to CHA Board Chair Tatiana Fassieux by Commissioner Sharon Monck of the California Commission on Aging in support of the work accomplished by CHA over the past 10 years. Yolanda Prado HICAP Manager serving Kern County presented a heartfelt and moving address recognizing CHA staff.

Thanks to all who made the evening a most memorable event, and a special thanks to our sponsors and contributors listed below:


The California Endowment
National Health Law Program
Medicare Rights Center
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Aging Services of California
World Institute on Disability
Network Consultants
Passages Adult Resource Center
Gonzo Marketers
Rent-A-DJ West
Peter Bauer, Region 9, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Val Sheehan Consulting
Financial Network
California Association of Area Agencies on Aging


Lennis Lyon
Karen Fletcher
William “Bill” Pate
Cheryl Meronk
Bill and Gloria Powers
Robert Rosenblatt
Ann Kasper
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
Matthew Jalbert, SparkleJet
John Kotick
Marta Erismann

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.