Linda Tavaszi, PhD, Chief Executive Officer
Linda Tavaszi was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September, 2011, after serving as interim CEO for 4 months. She has spent her entire career in healthcare, most recently as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Physician Services at Marin General Hospital. She also served as CEO of Kentfield Specialty Hospital. She holds Masters Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from Fordham University and University of Southern California, and a PhD in healthcare administration from Walden University of Florida. Linda served on Marin Community Clinics’ Board of Directors in 2004-05 and 2007-2010, and as a consultant to the organization following her retirement from Marin General Hospital. She has been a strong advocate for Marin Community Clinics throughout her many years of working with clinicians and industry leaders in Marin.
Mitesh Popat, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Associate CEO
Dr. Popat joined Marin Community Clinics as Chief Medical Officer in November 2013. He brings a broad range of experience, most recently as Associate Medical Director at La Clinica de La Raza in Vallejo, CA. He is a Board Certified Family Physician with a Masters in Public Health and MD from Tufts University Medical School in Boston. He returned to his California roots to serve in the O’Connor Hospital/Stanford Family Medicine Residency Program in San Jose. It is his real life experiences that prepared him for leadership in community healthcare, including stints in India and South Africa, working with local medical professionals to improve preventive care for diabetes patients and to solve some of the mysteries of HIV. He shows his passion for community service by devoting his medical expertise and time to various community based organizations around the Bay Area. His ability to speak Spanish, Kutchi/Gujarati and Hindi will serve well in our clinics.
David Klinetobe, Chief Financial Officer
David Klinetobe was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November, 2014, after serving as interim CFO for 2 months. He served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and head of its finance committee from 2008 to September 2014. He has over 25 years of experience in finance, strategic planning and line management operations, serving most recently as the CFO of InfoCentricity, a software provider of predictive analytics solutions. His background includes ten years with Fair Isaac, where he held various executive positions, as well as risk management and consulting positions with Chase Manhattan Bank and KPMG Peat Marwick. He holds an MSIA (MBA) from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University, and a BA in Economics from the University of Washington. Dave is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (inactive) in the state of California.
Leah Canvasser, Chief Administrative Officer
During the five plus years Leah has been working for Marin Community Clinics she has had a diverse and impressive list of job descriptions. Originally being hired as the Director of Information Technology, Leah’s skills as a manager quickly saw her absorb several departments underneath her direct supervision; such as Heath Information Management, Facilities, and the Call Center. Leah was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in the fall of 2016 because of her ability to not just oversee all of these different departments, but make them exponentially more efficient.
Leah was born and raised in Michigan, obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Information System Securities from Walsh College. After working in the healthcare field for several years before landing at Marin Community Clinics, Leah says that the most rewarding aspects of her current role is the palatable difference she makes in our patients lives, every day.
In her spare time, Leah stays as active as possible, going on long hikes with her family which includes two dogs. Upon moving to California, Leah adopted the Oakland Raiders as her favorite football team and can often be found telling people “just watch, it’s going to be the Raiders’ year!”
Connie Kadera, DDS, Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Kadera joined MCC in 2008 and was instrumental in establishing the state-of-the-art dental clinic in San Rafael. She has continued to see patients and oversee dental operations ever since. While attending UCSF School of Dentistry, she initiated outreach programs for the underserved which have now been expanded nationally. She was a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, and often contributed to free clinics for the homeless. She was a recipient of the UCSF Derzon-Butler scholarship (for community involvement) and the Western Region National Association of Medical Minority Educators scholarship.
Prior to moving to Marin County, she practiced at Mountain Valley Health Centers serving Siskiyou and neighboring counties in northern California. A native of Colombia and self-described coffee lover, Dr. Kadera is fluent in English and Spanish.
Susan Wiebers, Senior Director, Medical Services
Susan has been a clinic director at our Novato location for over nine years and currently has the role of Senior Director of Medical Clinic Services. Prior to joining Marin Community Clinics, Susan was a Clinic Director for Planned Parenthood, Golden Gate as well as a consultant for the Centers for Health Training. Her expertise and leadership at the clinical level were paramount to Marin Community Clinics being able to successfully expand when the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Susan’s overwhelmingly positive outlook, on all facets of life, is a large reason she is universally respected among her peers. In her free time Susan is passionate about swimming and especially loves swimming in the company of turtles.
Liz Digan, Human Resources Director
A human resources professional with over 20 years of experience in the field, Liz has served as Marin Community Clinics’ Human Resources (HR) Director since 2007. Prior to joining the management team at Marin Community Clinics she managed the employee benefits programs at Pacific Pulmonary Services in Novato. Her expertise in directing HR functions and recruiting clinical and administrative staff has been a significant factor in the health center’s expansion. When Liz began her tenure in 2007, Marin Community Clinics had 60 employees and she was the only HR staff; today there are over 370 employees and she manages a staff of two generalists and one assistant. She has provided a steady and informed HR presence and led efforts to reduce employee turnover through actions such as instituting employee recognition programs and re-instituting employee performance reviews and budgeted salary reviews. Her leadership in coaching managers at all levels in areas of recruitment, employee relations and training has made a significant impact on organizational efficiencies and employee morale.