“Kitty” Bailey is a nationally recognized healthcare leader with more than a decade of executive-level experience. She combines her business development skills, zest for innovation and personal drive to help at-risk populations achieve health. She was named Be There San Diego’s first Executive Director and under her leadership the organization has achieved significant growth and is the recipient of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Healthcare Innovation award and a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health award. Bailey has extensive leadership experience in building coalitions such as Be There to address critical healthcare problems. Previously, she served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at North County Health Services, as Executive Director at the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation and as Chief Operating Officer at the Colorado Community Health Network. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Public Policy and Non-Profit Administration from the University of Denver.
Dr. Christine Thorne has dedicated much of her medical career to treating at-risk populations and working to develop and implement prevention strategies. As Clinical Director of Be There San Diego, Dr. Thorne reviews the organization’s clinical work and makes recommendations on best practices. She shares the organization’s findings at the county, regional and national levels. She serves as Associate Physician in the Family Medicine and Public Health Department at UC San Diego and as a physician with San Diego County, providing clinical care to patients at a walk-in clinic. Previously, she was a clinical instructor in the UC San Diego Health System and served as a primary care physician at Family Health Centers of San Diego. She earned her medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health at San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University.
Christy Rosenberg has over a decade experience in developing and managing programs and partnerships to improve community health. As Director of Programs at Be There San Diego, Rosenberg develops, manages and evaluates grant-funded programs to improve population health. She supports healthcare teams to implement quality improvement projects. And she develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with healthcare organizations and community partners to support regional initiatives. Previously, she worked at Health Center Partners, where she led multiple quality improvement, population health and information technology programs focused on community health centers serving at-risk populations. Rosenberg earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from UC San Diego.
Elizabeth Bustos is an award-winning director with an exceptional record of engaging diverse communities to improve health outcomes. At Be There San Diego, she develops and implements strategies and builds partnerships to prevent chronic disease for at-risk populations. As program director of the Southeastern San Diego Cardiac Disparities Project, she built a coalition of faith-based organizations that is helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes in the area that has the highest rates of those diseases in San Diego County. Her previous positions include Director of Community Relations at San Ysidro Health Center, Director of Strategic Business Development & Compliance at Comprehensive Health Center and Director of Family Services at the San Diego Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She received the prestigious the national Robert Wood Johnson-National Civic League Equity Award (2017), the KPBS Community Champion Award (2017), the St. Stephen’s Cathedral Woman of Influence Award (2014), among other honors. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at San Diego State University.
Sonal Desai oversees data collection, quality, reporting, and analysis for Be There San Diego programs. She tracks project performance and provides overviews of data trends and outcomes to program leadership, partners and funding organizations, and helps to identify performance improvement opportunities. Previously, she served as the program evaluation analyst at the Clinical and Translational Research Institute at UC San Diego, where she worked with leadership to develop goals and strategies, established and tracked metrics to assess performance and collaborated with national consortium members to develop evaluation methods and standards. She served as an instructor and lecturer for UC San Diego’s Department of Political Science and the Paris (France) Program at the University of California. She earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from UC San Diego, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.
Makenzie Farrimond manages the day-to-day implementation of a variety of Be There San Diego projects, ensuring high-quality service and one-time performance. In addition, she coordinates special events, provides technology support and manages subcontractors. Previously, she served first as program coordinator and then program manager at Vista Community Clinic, in Vista, Calif., where she managed multiple large-scale budgets, led a diverse team of clinical and program staff and prepared and delivered workshops, support groups, and classes for chronic disease patients and their families, among other duties. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Science from the University of Nevada at Reno.
Victoria Harris has extensive experience in program, project and grants management focused on improving population health. She has built partnerships with state and local governments, academia and community-based organizations to improve health outcomes. And she has supervised staff and recruited and trained a volunteer force to serve in various programs. At Be There, she develops, manages and evaluates Be There’s programs to reduce heart attacks and strokes. She engages the full San Diego healthcare community in regional, coordinated quality improvement efforts through the University of Best Practices and the Data Workgroup. And she leverages innovative solutions to test wireless technology to improve health outcomes. Previously, she served in management positions at the Vista Community Clinic in Vista., Calif., and at the Commonwealth of Virginia and at the Goochland (Va.,) Free Clinic and Family Services. She earned a Master’s in Public Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Bachelor of Arts degree at Washington University.