Meet The CPPPH Team

Gail Jara, Executive Director Founding Executive Director of the California Society of Addiction Medicine where she helped with the design of the original Medical Board of California’s Diversion program, staffed the CSAM Committee on Well-being of Physicians and the Liaison Committee to Diversion.

Ashley Burke, CPPPH Administrative Manager An experienced administrator and events coordinator, Ashley holds a Bachelors degree in Human Development from San Francisco State University.

Janis Thibault, MFT, Program Consultant Founding director of the State Bar of California Lawyer Assistance Program and the former director of the Medical Board of California Physician Diversion Program.  She has a private consulting business focusing on mental health programs and professional assistance programs.

Barbara Thompson, Communications Consultant Barbara Thompson has over 30 years of leadership in the field of addiction and recovery working in both clinical and administrative positions. She recently was the Executive Director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Sacramento Region Affiliate.  She is experienced in both prevention and treatment and co-occurring disorders.

We appreciate your interest in our mission and look forward to connecting with you.


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Board of Directors


Karen Miotto, MD – Chair
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


David Pating, MD – Vice Chair California Society of Addiction Medicine


Lee Snook, MD, FACP, FASAM – Secretary California Medical Association


Robert Cabaj, MD – Treasurer California Psychiatric Association


James Hay, MD – Immediate Past Chair California Medical Association


Richard Barton, Esq., Procopio LLP

Barton Blinder, MD, PhD California Psychiatric Association
Tom Curtis, Esq., Nossaman LLP

David Perrott, MD, DDS
California Hospital Association

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