Northern California
Northern California

Welcome to the Northern California Chapter

Chapter Information

Your Northern California Chapter (est. 2003)

We proudly represent Nursing and Social Work Case Management professionals who reside or work in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Amador, San Joaquin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Solano, Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Yolo, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Colusa, Yuba, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas, Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties.

Yearly Chapter Dues: None

The Northern California Chapter of the American Case Management Association would like to recognize and demonstrate our profound appreciation to all the Nurses and Social Workers for their hard work as Case Managers. Our profession touches many lives and plays a critical role in healthcare! These are emotionally pungent and socially complex times among a COVID 19 pandemic that has taken the lives of many. Fortunately, Case Management is a profession offers a unique opportunity through the many hats we wear such as advocate, driver, and discharge planner, to be examples of integrity, resilience, empathy, compassion, gratitude, and cultural humility while providing direct care.

Board President: Kathy Nipper-Johnson, RN ACM  Dignity Health Care
President Elect: Kimberly Browne LCSW, ACM,  Stanford Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
Treasurer: Yvonne Chan RN, MSN, GCNS-BC, CCM, PHN Sutter Health
Secretary: Allison Whitlock, BSN, RN, ACM-RN Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Chapter Mentor: Karen Vanaskie DNP, MSN, RN ACM-RN Innovation Care Partners

Members At Large:
-Susan Myers RN, BA, MBA, ACM-RN, CCM, Stanford Health Care
-Lisamarie La Vallee MSN, RN, ACM-RN Professor Case Management Program Samuel Merritt University
-Amy Ottinger RN, BSN, ACM, CCM, University of California San Francisco
-Joel Gontang, RN, MSN, PHN Dignity Health Care
-Tracey Landrito RN, BSN, CCRN, PCCN, ACM-CM, ACM Stanford Health Care
-Donald Roland RN, MSN, MBA, NR-BC, CCM, University of California San Francisco
-Liz Collentine-Cole, LCSW University of California San Francisco
-Renee Cisco, MSW, ACM-SW Stanford Health Care
-Holly Goetz, LCSW, ACM Sutter Health Care
-Jacelynn Hill, MSW Stanford Health Care

Special Congratulations to the Northern California Chapter for ELEVEN consecutive years of earning Chapter of Excellence (COE). The Chapter of Excellence designation defines outstanding chapter performance by outlining the standards of practice for optimal chapter operation. Chapters achieve these awards by demonstrating performance in the key areas of chapter operations and attaining specific growth and development benchmarks.

Check out more photos and events from our social media links below and Facebook link on the right:


View our 2nd Quarter 2021 Newsletter here

Annual Meeting

We look forward to hosting you both virtually AND in person at our 2021 Annual Conference on August 21st.  Check the website links at the top banner or to the right for updated information and get ready for some fun to come!

Join us at the:Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

If you have any questions or requests for this conference, please let us know at acma.northernca@gmail.com

Join us at the National Conference ~ Orlando, FL 06/22/21-06/25/21

Join your fellow Californians out in Orlando as we continue to practice safe social distancing with some networking fun in the works.  Keep an eye out for more details posted here and sent via email...share with your colleagues too!

Social Networking Committee Updates

ACMA California Chapters Meet & Greet in Orlando FL 6/23/21 from 7-9pm 

Let's finally get together and network like the good 'ol days! Please join us at the Orlando Marriott Hotel Lobby Bar from 7-9pm on June 23rd as we represent both Northern and Southern CA chapters! Beverages will be available for purchase. Mix and mingle while using your social media platforms with #Acmancal and @SoCalACMA to show folks all this fun in Orlando!

Register Here if you can join us!

On behalf of your Social Networking Committee, let's stay connected on Social Media!  Have an idea on how to network more and feel connected to your colleagues across Northern CA or would you like to suggest or help host an event? Please email us at acma.northernca@gmail.com 

Membership Tips For You - Join, Check Status, or Renew Online

Thank you for continual ACMA membership support! WE MISS THOSE WHO WERE MEMBERS!

*Do you work for one of our Organizational partners to earn an additional $20 off your dues? Sutter Health, UCSF, Stanford, Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health, and North Bay hospitals that means you folks! REMEMBER to select the Membership Type: Organizational and the discount will be applied

*Remember that when renewing your ACMA membership early, the next annual renewal date will remain unchangedSo renewing early has a benefit!

*Keep in touch with us for seasonal specials listed here, sent via email and posted on social media. If you need to update your email address, please let us know at acma.northernca@gmail.com

*Take advantage of your (soon to be) travel, family entertainment and even prescription medication discounts too!

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Join our private Facebook Group to connect to case management professionals in your area, discuss important topics related to case management and transitions of care, find resources, stay on top of chapter and national events, and more.

ACMA Announcements
Register for the ACMA 2021 National Conference and secure your spot for learning, networking and discovering best practices. We are pleased to offer both an in-person and live-stream option this year so you can attend in the way that best meets your needs!
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The American Case Management Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Marlene Bober, MHA, ACM-RN to Senior Vice President. Bober joined ACMA as Vice President of Practice Development in January of last year, leading ACMA’s certification services, oversight of the Association of Physician Leadership in Care Management (APLCM), the Transitions of Care Standards of Practice and served as a clinical resource for content development. At the onset of the pandemic, Ms. Bober was instrumental in developing vital resources and tools for case management professionals to help educate practitioners in the areas of legislative updates, COVID-19 protocols, emergency preparedness and self-care. Read More >>>
ACMA is committed to keeping you informed about our actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay up to date via the ACMA COVID-19 Resource Center where you will find helpful information, members-only resources and guidance for case management and transitions of care specific to this evolving situation. We encourage you to visit the resource center and to lean on ACMA as your trusted source during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your work in your communities and for all you are doing to address this pandemic. Access ACMA COVID-19 Resource Center >>>
ACMA has just released a new comprehensive crisis response tool designed specifically for care management and transitions of care. The PiVoT™ Crisis Management Guide identifies key strategies and provides step-by-step guidance in the areas of communication, staffing, system involvement, discharge planning, patient advocacy and staff resilience. Member discounts are available. Learn More >>>
ACMA is proud to announce the election of three new members to our National Board of Directors. Join us in welcoming Matthew Chappell, LCSW, ACM-SW, Jay Larrosa, MSN, PHN, RN-BC, ACM-RN and Jacqueline Moore, MSW, LCSW-C, RN, ACM-SW. Thank you to each of the candidates who were willing to run for election. ACMA continues to be fortunate in having many qualified professionals who can and are willing to volunteer their leadership expertise. Read the Full Press Release >>>
ACMA's podcast dedicated to case management and transitions of care professionals begins its second season on March 16, 2021. Care Transitions Today brings together thought leaders from around the country for frank, meaningful conversations about contemporary issues facing case managers. Season one is currently available on all major podcast platforms and be sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes from season two. Learn more about Care Transitions Today.>>>
The home address of the ACMA National Office has changed. Our new physical address is 40 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, AR 72223. All phone and email contact information remain the same. Read the announcement >>>
The Accredited Case Manager (ACM) Certification is for health care delivery system case management professionals and tests core case management knowledge that is shared by nurse and social work case managers. Case Management Administrator Certification (CMAC) validates the competency of case management administrators, managers and aspiring leaders and promotes professional practice standards. If you are not yet certified, we encourage you to apply and enhance your professional practice by putting a credential after your name. The application deadline is August 15 in order to test in October-December 2021. ACM >>> CMAC >>>
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