Governance Team Assembled for New CARESTAR Foundation



Governance Team Assembled for New CARESTAR Foundation

Alamo, California – January 18, 2018


CARESTAR Foundation, a California nonprofit benefit corporation launched to continue the charitable efforts of its predecessor, California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), has announced its inaugural team of officers and directors.


Kenneth L. Meehan will serve as president and a director of CARESTAR, which seeks to support initiatives that address the causes and care of traumatic and emergency medical situations in California. Meehan has served as board chair of an air ambulance organization and is a former medical center chief operating officer.


Michael Heil will serve as CARESTAR’s secretary, treasurer and a director. He is founder and principal of a consulting group that provides health services management and consulting services to hospitals and healthcare organizations, and is a faculty member/lecturer at St. Mary’s College and UC Berkeley.


Kacey Hansen joins CARESTAR as a director. She is executive director of trauma, Regional Transfer Center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine services in Contra Costa County, and holds RN, BSN and MBA degrees.

These officers and directors will share responsibility for planning, policies, budget approvals and management oversight. Together, they will help CARESTAR fulfill its mission of providing communities in California with funding and expertise for effective and compassionate responses to today’s most critical healthcare needs.

Michael Johnson also will serve as a director. He is president and chief executive officer of a Silicon Valley, California medical center providing acute-care hospital services, and trauma, stroke and cardiac care. He holds an MPA degree.


Dionne Miller completes CARESTAR’s complement of directors. She is the chief operating officer responsible for directing and coordinating daily operations at Sutter Roseville Hospital in the Sacramento, California area.


Jeffrey Leighton has been named CARESTAR’s chief financial officer/administrative officer. He is a CPA and consultant who has helped establish many large, nonprofit organizations, and provides guidance on governance, management, planning, investment policy and operational matters.


These officers and directors will share responsibility for planning, policies, budget approvals and management oversight. Together, they will help CARESTAR fulfill its mission of providing communities in California with funding and expertise for effective and compassionate responses to today’s most critical healthcare needs.