VA Sierra Pacific Network
Deputy Director, Network
Area of Expertise: Your Customers - Their Journey, Prototyping, Testing & Iteration
Ada was appointed Deputy Network Director (DND) for VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21) in September 2018. She previously held the positions of Assistant Director at VA San Diego Healthcare System, Operations Officer at VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22), Senior Health System Specialist to the VISN 22 Network Director, Executive Assistant to the Director and Administrative Officer to the Assistant Director at VA Long Beach Healthcare System, VISN 22 Administrative Fellow and Research Assistant at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. She served interim positions as the VISN 22 DND and Project Manager for the Los Angeles Veteran Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Veterans Program.
As Deputy Network Director, Ada has executive oversight of seven VA Health Care Systems in Northern and Central California, Nevada, Hawaii, Philippines, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific Basin, with 59 Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and an operating budget in excess of $4 billion. She holds direct full-line authority and responsibility for Fiscal, Supply Chain, Capital Asset, Strategic Planning, Occupational Safety, Environmental Management, Police, Business Office, Prosthetics, Biomedical Engineering, Emergency Management, and other administrative services for the region.
Ada serves as the leadership liaison for Canteen and Information and Technology offices and is responsible for the operational oversight of the Manila Outpatient Clinic. She chairs multiple VISN 21 committees, is a member of the national Strategic Sourcing Subcommittee among other national committees and is a steering committee member of the Western States Network Consortium.
Ada received a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of California, Irvine in 2005 and a Master in Public Health degree in Health Services Management in 2007 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. She graduated from the VA Graduate Healthcare Administrative Training Program, the VA Leadership Development Institute, the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program and the VHA New Executive Training Program.
Ada is board certified in health care management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a VHA Certified Mentor at the Fellow level, a Past President of the Women in Health Administration of Southern California and a past Director of the UCLA Health Policy and Management Alumni Association Board. She currently serves as a mentorship committee member of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, serves on the University of California, Riverside Design Thinking Advisory Board and is a member of the Women Health Care Executives organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2013, Ada was named the VHA Certified Mentor of the Year, in 2015 she was awarded ACHE’s Early Career Healthcare Executive VA Regent’s Award, and in 2019 she received the ACHE Service Award.