Karen McGlinn is the Chief Executive Officer of Share Our Selves (SOS). She has served as the organization’s leader since 1993, and was on the founding board in 1970. A tireless human rights advocate for those marginalized by poverty, Karen has been the driving force in leading SOS from a small grassroots group to one of the largest and most innovative multi-service centers assuring direct access to safety net services in the Orange County community.
Karen’s current focus is on transforming community health care systems, and the health care reform movement. Under her forward thinking vision, SOS successfully transitioned from a free clinic to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and has expanded services to sites throughout Orange County; providing leadership that assures new populations arriving into health care networks have access to care. She leads SOS with a belief in personalized medicine that emphasizes a seamless system of holistic care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit.
Karen is a major proponent of the importance of advancing and implementing technology in healthcare, and played a key role in establishing new technology platforms for SOS, including electronic health records, telemedicine, transition to cloud-based technology, and becoming the first clinic in Orange County to establish a local and national Heath Information Exchange. Her understanding of technology and healthcare facilities is innovative, challenging, and creative. In addition, her work emphasizes the importance of triple aim, patient-centered care, and consumer engagement.
As new health networks develop, Karen is being asked to sit on advisory councils and is often a key speaker at symposiums and conferences, where she gives direction and guidance to new and emerging community health centers. A true entrepreneurial spirit, she strives to create opportunities for health centers to increase revenue streams outside of the traditional sources of funding. Karen is active in healthcare at both the national and local level, as demonstrated by her placement on a national leadership team for Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services (PSPC), which integrates evidence-based clinical pharmacy services into the care and management of the high risk, high cost, and complex patient. Locally she is involved in an initiative to engage six local clinics in exploring new integrated models of care.
Jay Donoghue joined Share Our Selves in October 2015. As Chief Development Officer, Jay is responsible for leading the development effort, which is designed to offer ongoing, sustainable financial support for the long-standing mission at SOS of providing care and assistance to those in need in the Orange County Community.
Jay Donoghue is a native Southern Californian who grew up in Pasadena. After graduating from UCLA and receiving his California Secondary Teaching Credential, he taught at Locke High School in South Central Los Angeles and at a special opportunity school in Pasadena for troubled teenagers. He then began a broad-based, multi-faceted business career, which included many years as a Retail Brokerage Office Manager for Merrill Lynch and Shearson-American Express in various locations, Surety Bond Underwriter in Los Angeles, and Institutional Investment Real Estate Consultant in Chicago. During his business career, Jay developed several community outreach programs that focused on providing college scholarships for marginalized and underserved students, stay-in-school initiatives designed to address the high school drop-out problem, and programs directed at providing financial assistance to local non-profits engaged in helping families and children in need. Jay is also a veteran who served in Chu Lai, Vietnam, Camp Pendleton, and Port Hueneme, California.
More recently, Jay worked as a Director of Legacy Planning at the University of California, Irvine, where he helped legacy and major gift donors structure and implement their gifts to the university. Jay lives in Irvine with his wife, Madonna, and has three adult children and four granddaughters. He enjoys reading, art, journal writing, sports, and spending as much time as he can with his grandchildren.
Dr. Mary Ann Huntsman, is the Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Share Our Selves (SOS) in Costa Mesa, California. She began her career at SOS as a volunteer in 1997 and joined the staff several years later. Mary Ann has been instrumental in the integration of patient centered medication management services into the Clinic’s health care model, specifically in the areas of medication therapy management, medication access, disease state management, health literacy, continuous quality improvement, and immunizations. She serves as an assistant professor and APPE Ambulatory Care Preceptor at the University of Southern California and Loma Linda Schools of Pharmacy.
Mary Ann’s passion and primary interests focus on providing quality health care for the underserved. She is a faculty member for the national collaborative: Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services and speaks nationally regarding optimizing medication outcomes, patient safety, and health literacy. She is a Certified Diabetic Educator, actively involved in integrating evidence based clinical pharmacy services into the care and education of patients with diabetes.
Mary Ann is a graduate of the Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI) and has received Specialty Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy. Mary Ann received both her Bachelor of Science, Biology and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Jila Nikkhah has been the SOS Dental Director since 1999.
She attended University of California, Irvine for her undergraduate studies and later earned her Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery from University of Maryland, Baltimore. After finishing one year of General Practice Residency (GPR) at Loma Linda VA Hospital, she started working for different private practices.
While attending dental school she took every opportunity to participate in all community outreach programs. As part of her training she spent time in Chinle, Arizona-Navajo land, where she got to work with American Indians in the Reservations. During that month she became familiar with public health settings and recognized the need for education and development.
When Dr. Nikkhah was introduced to SOS, she realized that the need for dental care in Orange County is great. As a health care provider she saw the relationship between the lack of knowledge in oral care and chronic diseases such as diabetes or habits such as smoking. Poor oral care is an epidemic that can be prevented with proper education, especially in underprivileged population.
She says “My primary goal in my professional life has been to serve and educate patients and change lives one smile at a time. There is a great sense of satisfaction to work for the people and help them with their dental needs.”
Dr. Melissa Soo Hoo is the Director of the Behavioral Health Program. She joined the Share Our Selves team to follow her passion for providing counseling services in a primary care setting. Working at SOS has allowed her the opportunity to fully experience the interplay between physical, emotional/psychological, relational, and spiritual health in the treatment process. It is her desire to see patients access quality behavioral health care that restores quality of life and improves ability to function, decreases frequency of medical visits, and prevents reliance on unnecessary medications.
Dr. Soo Hoo is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing care in community mental health, public school, group practice, acute care hospital, dialysis center, skilled nursing facility, outpatient medical clinic and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) settings. She earned her PsyD from the APA-accredited program at Azusa Pacific University and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center and California Hospital Medical Center, respectively. As a California native, she enjoys learning about the Latin American culture and is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Soo Hoo strives to maintain balance in life and enjoys experiences that promote personal growth and challenge. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trail running, and cooking.