Julie Rabinovitz, MPH
President + CEO
In January of 2011, Julie Rabinovitz became the President and CEO of Essential Access Health, an organization with a budget of nearly $30 million that champions and promotes quality sexual and reproductive health care for all.
Julie provides strategic leadership to maximize the growth and impact of Essential Access Health’s umbrella of services including advanced clinical research, provider training, patient education and consumer awareness, public policy and clinic support initiatives. As the lead California administrator of the Title X federal family planning program, Essential Access Health partners with a diverse Title X provider network that collectively serves nearly one million individuals annually at more than 340 health centers in 37 of California’s 58 counties.
Prior to joining Essential Access Health, Julie served as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). During her six years at PPIL, Julie led all aspects of clinical operations at 17 health centers providing reproductive health care services to thousands of women, men and teens in Illinois. Additionally, she has held important roles in several notable women’s health organizations including: Administrative Director of the Comprehensive Family Planning Program at the University of Illinois’s Chicago Medical Center; Program Director of the Office for Women, Family and Community Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; Program Administrator of Harvard Medical School’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and Legislative Advocate for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
Julie earned a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University. Julie served on the Board of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), from 2005-2012 and was Board Chair from 2009-2011. Julie is the current Chair of the Family Planning Councils of America Board of Directors.
Brenda Flores, CPA
Vice President of Finance + Benefits Administration
Brenda has been with Essential Access Health for five years. Prior to joining Essential Access Health, Brenda was a financial accounting consultant for non-profits and served as CFO for a multi-million international distributor and national retailer listed on the NYSE.
Brenda’s experience and expertise extends to treasury management, tax compliance, risk management, employee benefits and retirement plans, and successful turnarounds of companies faced with critical financial challenges such as cash flow and lack of timely reliable performance information. She also gained significant auditing experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
For five years Brenda was a Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California and she has served as Treasurer on many nonprofit Boards.
Vice President of Research + Evaluation
Ron Frezieres is the Vice President of Research and Evaluation for Essential Access Health and leads all business development and clinical research for Essential Access Health's Research Center.
Under his direction, Essential Access Health's Research Center has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Contraceptive Clinical Trial Network (NIH CCTN) since its origin in 1996, conducting clinical trials and evaluating the acceptability of new contraceptive options for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Ron has over 30 years of experience in the design, execution and analysis of phase I-IV clinical investigations of contraceptive products and emergency contraceptives. He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and provides consultation to the NIH and various family planning research organizations in clinical trial design, project management, and recruitment strategies.
Nomsa Khalfani, PhD
Senior Vice President of Programs + Strategic Initiatives
Nomsa Khalfani is the Senior Vice President of Programs + Strategic Initiatives for Essential Access Health. In this role, Nomsa oversees Essential Access Health’s Learning Exchange, family planning and STD prevention programs and other new strategic initiatives that advance Essential Access Health’s mission and goals.
Prior to Essential Access Health, Nomsa was Chief of Policy and Support Services at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. In this role she focused primarily on strategic planning, program development and oversight, and health care reform readiness and implementation. Additionally, Nomsa previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Programs at St. John’s and provided oversight of the organization’s Title X program.
Nomsa holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a M.A. from Phillips Graduate Institute and a Ph.D. from Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership. She is a graduate of the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI) Emerging Leaders Program and the California Women’s Foundation's Women’s Policy Institute.
Vice President of Public Affairs
Amy joined Essential Access Health as Vice President of Public Affairs in 2011. In this role Amy leads Essential Access Health's federal and state policy efforts, strategic communications activities and patient education and consumer awareness initiatives.
Prior to Essential Access Health, Amy launched and directed Women's Funding Network's national "A Future. Not a Past." campaign to end child sex trafficking in America.
Before her work with the Network, Amy had a 10 year career in public affairs at Planned Parenthood. As Associate Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) from 2003-2009, Amy oversaw the agency's public affairs and education departments. Amy also coordinated the Bay Area campaigns to successfully defeat statewide parental notification propositions 73 and 85 and served as the director of the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Action Fund, PPGG's political arm. From 1999-2003, Amy ran media relations, grassroots organizing, and lobbying activities at Planned Parenthood of New York City.
Amy is past-president and policy chair of the San Francisco Women's Political Committee and served on the board of directors of several Bay Area organizations. Most recently, Amy joined the Policy Committee of the Women's Community Clinic and the steering committee of the San Francisco Parents Political Action Committee.
The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association honored Amy with the Advocacy + Public Affairs Award in 2015.