Previous Woman of the Year Winners

Anna Dapelo-Garcia
Care Administrator I Founder Lean In Latinas

About Anna:

Anna Dapelo-Garcia, MPA/HSA is currently the Administrative Director of Patient Access Services at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California.  She has over twenty-five years of experience in the healthcare industry specific to revenue cycle operations. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California and a Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in health services administration from the University of San Francisco.

In 2004, she was selected as the Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC) employee of the year, and Patient Access Services was the recipient of the Malinda S. Mitchell Award for Customer Service Quality at SHC in 2008. She was then selected as a SHC Fellow in the first class of the SHC Leadership Academy in 2009.  In 2012, Anna was the recipient of the HFMA Future Financial Leaders Award and in 2013 received a “Women of Influence” award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

She serves on the board for the University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration program and is a California State Commissioner for the Senate Advisory Commission on Cost Control in State Government. Most recently, she became the founder of Lean In Latinas and was appointed as a Regional Program Leader by the Lean In Organization.



Lily Sarafan
Home Care Assistance, CEO

About Lily:

Lily Sarafan is the CEO of Home Care Assistance. Under Lily's leadership for more then a decade, Home Care Assistance has grown from startup to a venture backed growth company to industry champion and today employs more than 6,000 team members across 150 global markets. The copany is consistently recognized as an employer of choice and best-in-class consumer product, and Lily as a featured expert on digital health and the future of aging at the White Hosue and conferences around the world. 


Bridget Duffy, MD
Vocera Communications, Inc. Chief Medical Officer

About Bridget

Dr. Duffy was selected among an inspiring pool of women leaders in health care for her many achievements in the field, while serving as a role model by balancing professional and community commitments. Bridget Duffy, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Vocera Communications, Inc., which provides integrated, intelligent communication that address critical communication challenges within healthcare and other mission-critical industries.

Prior to her appointment as CMO at Vocera, Dr. Duffy co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of ExperiaHealth, a company whose mission is to assist organizations in rapidly improving staff and patient loyalty through innovative technologies and solutions that restore the human connection in healthcare. ExperiaHealth was acquired by Vocera Communications and now drives the company’s thought leadership and research collaborative as the Experience Innovation Network.Dr. Duffy was an early pioneer in the creation of hospitalist medicine and launched programs to accelerate clinical discovery in the field of Integrative and Heart-Brain medicine, helping establish the Earl and Doris Bakken Heart Brain Institute. She previously served as Chief Experience Officer (CXO) of the Cleveland Clinic – the first senior position of its kind in the nation – leading the institution in improving patient experience as its top strategic priority. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of why patient experience matters and how it impacts clinical outcomes.

Her work has earned her the Quantum Leap Award for taking the risk to spur internal change in the field of medicine, and she was featured in HealthLeaders magazine as one of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” In 2014, Dr. Duffy was named one of the “Top 50 in Digital Healthcare” by Rock Health and a “Healthcare Change Agent” by Health IT Outcomes. Dr. Duffy attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She currently serves on the advisory board for Creative Vascular and is a member of the board of directors for Essia Health and Children’s HeartLink.



Rena J. Pasick, DRPH
University of California, San Francisco Professor of Medicine UCSF 
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director for Community Education & Outreach


About Rena

Trained in public health, her expertise is in community health and health promotion across cultures. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Pasick has pursued her passion to reduce cancer disparities in the diverse and under-served communities of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through research, education, and advocacy. Dr. Pasick’s research has generated new understandings of the role of culture in efforts to reduce disparities in breast and prostate cancers. Merging research and community work, she established a Faith Communities partnership that fosters new health ministries in African American churches and brings them “best practice” programs and training designed to build their capacity to promote health. Her disparities research led Dr. Pasick to obtain NIH funding to establish the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (1998-2018) to encourage under-represented master’s level public health students and professionals to pursue doctoral training and to become leaders in public health and disparities research. To date, more than 150 master’s students of color have gone on to doctoral programs.



2016 Lily Sarafan-Chief Executive Office, Home Care Assistance
2015 Bridget Duffy, MD-Chief Medical Office, Vocera Communications
2014 Rena Pasik, DrPH-Director for Community Education & Outreach, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
2013 Elizabeth Edgerly, PhD-Chief Program Office, Alzheimer's Association, Northern California & Nevada
2012 Sharon Levine, MD- Associate Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group
2011 Sarah Krevans- Sutter Health Region President, Sacramento Sierra Region
2010 Tangerine Brigham- Deputy Director of Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health and Director, Healthy San Francisco Program
2009 Gene-Marie O'Connel-Former CEO, San Francisco GEneral Hospital and Trauma Center
2008 Kimberly Popvitz-President and CEO, Genomic Health Inc. 
2007 Sandra Hernandez, MD-CEO of the San Francisco Foundation previously served as director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco under Mayor WIllie Brown.
2006 Rachel Naomi Remen, MD-Clinician (UCSF School of Medicine), medical education reformer, pioneer in mind/body holistic health and New York Times Best Selling author. 
2005 Victoria Hale- CEO and founder of the Institute for OneWorld Health
2004 Senator Jackie Speier-California State Senator and Health Care Advocate
2003 Molly Joel Coye, MD- CEO and Founder Health Technology Center
2002 Andrea Martin- Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Fund
2001 Jenny Chin Hansen-Executive Director, On Lok