Christy Ward, Chief Executive Officer
Christy Ward is the Chief Executive Officer of Share Our Selves (SOS). She is grateful to lead SOS, continuing the amazing legacy of essential services to the communities that SOS serves, as well as being able to incorporate community service and advocacy as part of her daily work
Christy joined SOS in September 2019 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of One Community Health in Sacramento and prior to that was the Chief Operating Officer/Primary Care Services Director for the Multnomah County Health Department in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, where Christy grew up. She also served in previous leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and at Oregon Health and Science University, where she began working as a nurse and moved into progressive leadership positions. Christy understands well the importance of community partnerships and collaborations with safety net clinics, health systems and providers, and civic leaders.
Christy earned her Master’s degree in Communication and Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University and her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration at Ashford University. She is a licensed practical nurse and is a current board member of the California Primary Care Association, a previous board member of the Oregon Primary Care Association, and is a California representative for the OCHIN CEO Steering Committee, which provides strategic input for the OCHIN organization that hosts the Epic electronic health record for safety net clinics across the United States.
Jay Donoghue, Chief Development Officer
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, Chief Quality & Innovation Officer
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, Dental Director
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.”