Office of the Patient Advocate Staff
Monisha Avery is currently the Acting Director of the Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) with the California Health and Human Services Agency and has served as the Deputy Director since 2014, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Office. OPA publicly reports health care data to help consumers, purchasers and policy-makers make decisions based on health care quality.
Avery previously served as the Federal Legislative Coordinator at the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) from 2010 – 2014. In that role, she tracked and informed the directorate on policies and legislation concerning the Affordable Care Act. She has a long history of public service and non-profit work including 18 years in state service. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Ombudsman Program at the California Department of Child Support and has managed major child welfare programs including a federal child welfare demonstration project. Prior to state service she worked in various capacities as a social worker which include foster care and adoptions, medical social work, and victim and witness service advocate with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Avery received a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento.
Ruben Mejia is the research lead for OPA’s Health Care Quality Report Cards and has been implementing ways to make them more useful and easier to navigate by consumers.
Prior to working at OPA, Ruben conducted financial research for capitation rate setting at the Department of Health Care Services and cost efficiency studies for Offender Substance Abuse Treatment Programs at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Allison Barry manages OPA’s public reporting initiative for the annual Complaint Data Report and coordinates OPA program activities for fiscal, budget, and contract administration. She has served OPA in various roles since 2010, including as a consumer education and health care policy analyst, legislative coordinator, website manager, and events outreach manager.
Before joining OPA, Allison served two Lieutenant Governors as a communications and policy analyst and the Governor of California as an executive writer. She also has private sector experience working for corporate management of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
Allison earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Barbara Clopton manages OPA’s website and is dedicated to improving consumer access to OPA products. She also assists in preparing public reporting projects.
Prior to joining OPA, Babara worked as a television production assistant for the Sacramento Cable Commission and as a technical director for Cosumnes River College’s Distance Learning Program. She has experience in creating, maintaining and providing written and graphic content for multiple web and blog sites. She previously served as an appointed member on the City of Toronto’s Public Advisory Committee where she analyzed rezoning applications and made recommendations to the Planning Department for Canada’s largest city. At that time, she also worked as a Client Service Coordinator for an advertising agency where she executed the details of national print advertising campaigns.
Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from the University of Southern California.