April 5, 2018
It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you of the retirement of Diane Littlefield, Sierra Health Foundation’s and The Center’s Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. Diane’s last day in her current role will be April 30 and her last day at the foundation will be June 30. In the interim, she will be assisting in the transitions taking place at the foundation and The Center.
Since beginning her tenure at the foundation in 2008, Diane has been an integral member of the executive and senior management teams. Over the past decade, her contributions helped establish the direction and focus of the foundation’s responsive grant making and policy and system change programs. She played a pivotal role in the development of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, as well as the forging of new philanthropic, community and public-private partnerships necessary for the foundation to launch the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund. Her unrivaled advocacy and commitment to advancing health equity and social justice helped shape the foundation’s strategic direction, including its commitment to working in communities disproportionately experiencing disparities in health outcomes. As important, her wisdom, insight and compassionate heart made her a terrific mentor and role model for the many foundation staff who she helped grow into their own leadership positions.
Prior to joining the foundation, Diane worked in the nonprofit and public community health sector in the Coastal and Central Valleys. A leader in the use of asset-based development throughout her career, her work demonstrated the value of directly engaging communities in the design, implementation and assessment of efforts developed to improve their health and well-being.
The board and staff at Sierra Health Foundation will deeply miss Diane’s courage, thoughtfulness and commitment to our mission and work.
To continue to build upon our current achievements, I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Kaying Hang to the position of Vice President of Programs and Partnerships for Sierra Health Foundation and The Center. Kaying currently serves as the Director of Health Programs and has been a member of the senior management team at the foundation and The Center for the past five years. She will assume her new responsibilities on May 1. Kaying, whose experience, leadership and dedication have been an important part of our work, is well positioned to lead the foundation to new levels of success in the years ahead.
Finally, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Gil Alvarado to the position of Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration. Gil, who currently serves as the foundation’s and The Center’s Vice President, will see his responsibilities expand to include the design and oversight of the foundation’s and The Center’s community investment strategy. He will assume his new position on May 1.
Please join me in welcoming and supporting Kaying and Gil in their new roles and responsibilities, and in thanking Diane for the lasting impact she will have on the work and direction of the foundation.
Chet P. Hewitt
President and CEO