The Alliance announces Michael Schrader as Chief Executive Officer

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Scotts Valley, Calif., April 17, 2023 — After an extensive nationwide search, Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance) is pleased to announce Michael Schrader as the Alliance’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO), succeeding Stephanie Sonnenshine, who announced her resignation last year. The Alliance is an award winning, nonprofit health plan that is locally governed and partners with providers to serve more than 416,000 individuals in Merced, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

Schrader previously served as the CEO of two local non-profit California health plans that are similar in model to the Alliance, including the Health Plan of San Joaquin and CalOptima in Orange County. He brings a wealth of experience in Medi-Cal, Medicare and the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). He currently serves on the boards of California Association of Health Plans (CAHP), Local Health Plans of California (LHPC) and Association for Community Affiliated Health Plans (ACAP). Schrader holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“I am most pleased to join the Alliance because of its people, culture and mission,” said Schrader. “My desire is to foster an uplifting culture that affords caring and compassionate service for members, in partnership with local partners and community-based organizations. I look forward to the rewarding opportunities as the Alliance continually evolves to meet the needs of members and to further its vision of healthy people, healthy communities.”

Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance) is a regional Medi-Cal managed care health plan, established in 1996 to improve access to health care for over 416,000 members in Merced, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Using the state’s County Organized Health System (COHS) model, the Alliance delivers innovative community-based health care services by connecting members with providers that deliver timely services and care, focused on prevention, early detection and effective treatment. As an award-winning managed care health plan with a vision of “healthy people, healthy communities,” the Alliance remains focused on efforts to improve access to quality health care for its members. For more information, visit www.thealliance.health.


Linda Gorman is the Communications Director at Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance). She oversees the Alliance’s strategic communications plan across all channels and audiences, identifying opportunities to raise awareness about the Alliance and key health topics. Linda has been with the Alliance since 2019 and has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience in the not-for-profit, insurance, and health care sectors. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications and Leadership.