Leadership Team

Leslie Conner, MPH, Executive Director

Leslie photoLeslie became executive director of the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center in 2011 and led the opening of the new East Cliff Family Health Center in Live Oak in 2014. Together, both clinics comprise the Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, a nonprofit providing comprehensive primary and behavioral health care, pediatrics, health education, outreach, enrollment, and other services to 10,000 Santa Cruz County residents, including nearly 700 individuals who are homeless. She is passionate about Systems Change as a means to improving health and promoting equity and social justice. Her prior experience includes the Health Improvement Partnership (HIP) of Santa Cruz County, where she directed the Healthy Kids program and co-Chaired the California Children’s Health Initiatives, a statewide coalition dedicated to universal health coverage for children-regardless of immigration status in California.

Prior to joining HIP, Leslie was Development Director at Dientes Community Dental Care, served as a consultant to nonprofits on fundraising, governance, and communications, and worked as Assistant Editor at the Lawyers Committee for Humans Rights in New York. Leslie earned a degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. She serves on the board of the Central Coast Alliance for Health, the Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan serving Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced Counties.

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.00.11 AMHolly Hughes, LCSW, Behavioral Health Director

Holly has provided behavioral health services and developed the integrated behavioral health program at the Women’s Health Center since 2008. She has led the SCCHC’s process of research and site visits to other community health centers to identify best practices in integrated behavioral health services. She has nine years’ experience in the delivery and management of behavioral health services, including individual and group psychotherapy, interventions targeting substance abuse disorders, and case management.

Holly previously had a thriving private practice in Santa Cruz which she left to focus on development of the IBH department at SCCHC. In her private practice, she was actively involved in providing supportive therapy and advocacy for queer and transgendered youth in the community. Prior to living in Santa Cruz, she was employed as a clinical social worker at the University of California- San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital where she worked closely with medical providers to reduce over-utilization of emergency services, at the AIDS Services Foundation in Irvine, California, and at the department of psychiatry in a Kaiser Permanente facility in southern California. Holly has expert skills in clinical assessment and diagnosis and the use of several evidence-based practices. She has a theoretical foundation in Internal Family Systems and uses mindfulness-based interventions to address depressive symptoms, trauma history and issues with chronic pain. She has extensive experience working with children, adults and families. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Social Work from California State University- Long Beach.

KirkHart_DB8A1476-EditCasey KirkHart, DO, Medical Director

A Long Beach native, Casey attended UC Berkeley, where he studied biology and sociology. He spent a semester abroad in Costa Rica where he perfected his Spanish and salsa skills, and met April who’d become his dance partner for life. They moved to New York for medical school, choosing a D.O. degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) for its openness to complementary medicine, its approach to the patient as a whole person, and its philosophy that physicians are teachers and guides to support the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Casey engaged in health care advocacy and activism in New York and Washington, DC, where he mobilized thousands of future physicians and community organizations to bring their voice on justice in health to the public and political forum.

Casey continued to hone his clinical, leadership and advocacy skills during residency training at Harbor-UCLA, a large County hospital in Los Angeles. Casey has served as Associate Medical Director at Saban Community Clinic, a busy, urban family practice in Southern California.

IgnacioIgnacio Perez, Chief Financial Officer

Ignacio has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry with a focus on expansion and long term financial sustainability to help organizations carry out their mission. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting from Santa Clara University and is also a graduate of the UCLA Executive Excellence Leadership Program. His experience in the healthcare industry includes working as a CFO, Consultant, and for a CPA firm.

Prior to joining SCCHC in November 2013 in the capacity of providing CFO support services, Ignacio was a key member of the executive team that grew an FQHC Community Health Center that provides Medical, Dental, Optometry, Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Social Services form a $5 million dollar budget to a budget of $55 million. Member of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).

Pam Conelly, Operations Director, MPH

Working in healthcare in Santa Cruz County since 2007 has given Pam the valuable opportunity to contribute to the well-being of her native community.

Prior to joining Santa Cruz Community Health Centers Pam was a project manager at the Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County working to improve systems of care and strengthen the medical safety net for under-resourced populations. Her previous experience includes healthcare facility management at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Palo Alto Medical Foundation where she developed and managed clinic operations while leading diverse healthcare teams.  Pam is committed to cultivating the ways  healthcare delivery systems can improve over-all community health, and is a dedicated activist for women’s health, social justice, and the mission of Santa Cruz Community Health Centers.

Storey La MontagneStorey La Montagne, Data Services Director

Prior to joining Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center in 2012, Storey was the IT Director/EHR project manager at Salud Para La Gente, where she led technology infrastructure projects and the implementation of the electronic health records system.

Before the world of healthcare, her background was primarily in Silicon Valley where she was a Quality Assurance Manager for companies such as Apple and Cisco for 25 years. At the core of the quality process was a passion for process improvement and data driven outcomes. She is working to optimize the data going into the system in order to effectively manage patient care and improve outcomes on the back end. She holds a Master’s in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Arizona State University.