State Board

The HCA board of directors is made up of representatives elected by regional chapters. Board committees provide organizational support in the areas of legislative analysis and recommended action, development of educational materials and social media, coalition building, membership outreach, and budget and financing.

Officers are elected by the board. Currently serving are:

Dan Braunstein – Chair
A native New Yorker, Dan and his wife Millie retired to Davis in 2002. He was Professor of Management and Psychology at Oakland Uniersity in Michigan for 31 years. He also was a Visiting Professor at University of Oregon, University of New South Wales (Australia), and Copenhagen Business University. At Oakland U., he was Chair of the Management Department, and directed an Executive MBA for physicians. His research examined how managers process information, how auditors are influenced by consulting arrangements, and how software development needs to be in close contact with users. He was a founder of the Yolo County chapter, and Recording Secretary for the Health Care for All - California Board of Directors. He also was a health care team leader, board member and strategic planning convener for the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry - CA.

Ellen Karel - Vice-Chair
Ellen is a high school and community college language instructor. She has taught English as a Second Language, French, and Spanish at public schools in Alameda, San Francisco, and Marin counties over the past 40 years. For several years, she coordinated vocational training programs at a community-based organization in San Francisco’s Latino community. She has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Salinas, CA, and has worked at, written about, and played music in nursing homes. She has volunteered with HCA-Marin for 10 years. She appears in an interview with a local Soroptimist Club at:

Bart Woolery – Membership Secretary
Bart grew up in Latin America, where he gained an understanding of issues dividing the haves and have-nots. He has been active with health care advocacy for six years and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. With a B.S.M.E. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he designed the mechanism that deploys and supports the solar arrays on the International Space Station. An enthusiastic and high-ranking Toastmaster, he uses his speaking and listening skills to advance the goals of HCA.

Gerry Hunt – Treasurer
Gerry is a CPA and retired from corporate finance, where he specialized in cost and process analysis. He was an auditor for a Big 6 CPA firm and worked for six years in Europe. A member of HCA since 1996 and treasurer since 1998, Gerry was involved with the 2000-2002 California State Health Care Options Project (HCOP) that evaluated nine styles of health reform. Subsequent single-payer legislation, SB 921, SB 840, and SB 810, has been based on the findings of the HCOP. Gerry was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes in 1972.  His condition stimulated his involvement with the single-payer movement.