Quality health for all
In partnership with the community, deliver sustainable and responsive services that promote population health and equity.
Debra Baetz began her career with the County of Orange (County) Social Services Agency (SSA) in 1989. She promoted up through SSA in various roles across the Agency’s Assistance Programs, Adult Services and Family Self-Sufficiency, and Administrative Services Divisions. Debra was ultimately promoted to the role of SSA Director in 2018. As SSA Director, she led the largest Orange County Agency which is comprised of approximately 4,400 staff who serve one in four Orange County residents. Debra retired as the SSA Director in 2022. In 2023, Debra was asked to come out of retirement to serve as the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) Interim Agency Director while the County conducts the recruitment for the permanent HCA Agency Director.
Debra earned an Associateof Arts degree from Coastline Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree inpublic administration from California State University, Fullerton. Mostrecently, Debra completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, aspart of an Executive MBA fellowship program at the University of California, IrvinePaul Merage School of Business.
Dr. Mindy Winterswyk is currently the OC Health Care Agency’s Interim Assistant Agency Director. Prior to joining the Director’s Office, Dr. Winterswyk was the Division Manager and Chief of the Medical Therapy Program for the Orange County California Children’s Services (CCS) Program. The CCS program focuses on providing case management and authorizing medical care, as well as providing onsite physical therapy and occupational therapy, to children and young adults 0-21 years of age, with chronic lifelong diagnosis.
Dr. Winterswyk has worked for the County of Orange since May 2007. She is committed to ensuring our most vulnerable populations receive the medical care and other services needed to thrive. Her career includes years of experience serving diverse families of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds with severe chronic disabilities.
Prior to her employment with the County of Orange, Dr. Winterswyk worked in various roles as a Physical Therapist, manager and leader who supported diversity and equity. Thanks to her keen focus on serving children and adults with spinal cord injuries and traumatic neurological injuries and their families, she ensured they had the therapy and equipment to reach their optimal quality of life, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background. She has strived to ensure participants receive optimal medical care, and occupational and physical therapy services, through the CCS Program.
Her dedication has led Dr. Winterswyk to participate on multiple State workgroups including the Whole Child Model Subcommittee Workgroup, the CCS Budget Workgroup and CalOptima Whole Child Model Family Advisory Committee.
Dr. Winterswyk earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2000. In 2003, Dr. Winterswyk earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. In 2021, Dr. Winterswyk completed the University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Management.
Hieu Nguyen, serves as the OC Health Care Agency’s first Director of the Office of Population and Health Equity. Hieu previously served as the Director for System of Care at Mind OC, a non-profit organization that seeks to collaboratively transform the mental health system in Orange County. Through public and private partnerships, he actively engaged community stakeholders to actualize the Be Well OC movement.
In 2013, Hieu was honored as an Emergency Leader by State Senator Lou Correa, and the OC Weekly recognized Hieu as one of Orange County’s 30 Most Influential People. He has also been recognized by the California Conference for Equality and Justice with the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Awards in 2018. Most recently, Hieu was honored by the Orange County Grantmakers as their 2020 Changemaker Award recipient.
Luis A. Gonzalez serves as the Associate Director for the Office of Population Health and Equity. Luis previously served as a Service Chief with Mental Health and Recovery Services (MHRS) where he oversaw the daily operations of outpatient mental health services for clients diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. Luis was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the first County funded LGBTIQ program, which provided mental health, counseling, support and education services to clients, families and community partners on topics related to and addressing sexual orientation, gender identity, and navigating the coming out process.
Luis has continued to expand his skill set, integrating his years of experience working within the hospital setting to ensure successful health outcomes of patients as they navigate the continuum of care. With almost twenty-years of experience within the Orange County Health Care Agency and with experience working within and across multiple behavioral health service areas, Luis understands the importance of addressing systematic barriers that impact client care and health outcomes. Luis holds a Master of Social Work from California State University Fullerton (CSUF), a Bachelor’s in Human Services from CSUF and is currently in the process of working towards his doctorate degree in Social Work.
Wesley Shain is a Staff Specialist for the Office of Population Health and Equity. His diverse expertise in consumer insight leadership, public affairs, and community health, drive his passion, values, and energy for positive change. As a Randall Lewis Health and Policy Fellow, he focused on homelessness among the High Desert’s rural population and centered his work around diversity, equity, and community coalition efforts.
Emmi’s career has focused on serving disenfranchised communities, especially the LGBTIQ community. This work has included time as a case manager, a cultural competency trainer, and the head of LA Care’s Transgender Health Program. As a life-long learner, Emmi is currently working toward her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Emmi has a BA in Neurobiology and a Master of Public Health from University of California, Irvine.