President & Chief Executive Officer

Garrett Chan is the Chief Executive Officer and President of HealthImpact, California’s nationally recognized nursing workforce center. HealthImpact works closely with government entities, schools of nursing, health care providers, professional organizations, consumer groups, and foundations to address statewide nursing issues that impact the health of all Californians.

Dr. Chan served as Director for the Center for Education and Professional Development and Director of Advanced Practice at Stanford Health Care. He currently is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He earned his PhD and MS in Nursing and completed Post-Masters work as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Summer Genetics Program, and completed the American College of Health Executives Senior Executive Program in Healthcare Administration. He is an elected Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing, Palliative Care Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute, National Academies of Practice, and the American Academy of Nursing.

Mary Dickow, MPA, FAAN

Statewide Director for the California Action Coalition

Mary Dickow has been Statewide Director for the California Action Coalition, part of the Future of Nursing initiative, since 2012. In her role, she is responsible for sustainable actions to improve the health of all Californians. She coordinates the implementation efforts of nurses and healthcare leaders, convening stakeholders, and providing important linkages in California and at the national level. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program at the Center for the Health Professions at UCSF, responsible for the execution of the $20 million senior nurse leadership program. With over 20 years of experience as faculty, leadership content expert and speaker she has held both state and national roles focused on advancing the impact of health professionals to transform health care. In 2014 Mary was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a Master of Public Administration from USF.

Laura Ford

Executive Assistant

Laura Ford joined HealthImpact in January 2016.

Carolyn Orlowski, MSN, RN

Program Director

Carolyn Orlowski has been working with HealthImpact in Southern California since 2009. Her areas of program development include transition programs for newly licensed nurses, faculty development, and establishing a regional simulation collaborative. Carolyn provides coordination in the expansion and sustainability of collaborative programs to advance academic progression in nursing, and leadership updating California’s White Paper and strategic action plan for nursing education. Carolyn brings over 35 years of experience in diverse executive, administrative, educational and clinical roles. She is currently also an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Nursing Program at Western University of Health Sciences. Carolyn began her nursing career in New York State in Pediatric Critical Care, and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing with a specialty focus in Nursing Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Laine Snowman

Finance/Communications Specialist

Laine Snowman has worked with HealthImpact since 2011.

Carina Valdes-Fajardo

Project Coordinator

Carina Valdes-Fajardo joined HealthImpact in our Southern California office in August 2018. She comes to us with expertise in information technology and project management gained during her 27-year career within the banking industry, where she earned her AVP corporate title. Carina also serves as a board member for a newly launched family-run adult day healthcare center located in Long Beach, where she oversees billing under Medi-Cal programs to the different insurance providers, and assists in planning and coordination of day-to-day activities for the participants.

In her role as Project Coordinator for HealthImpact, Carina provides guidance and support and oversees the planning, coordination, and execution of the Centralized Clinical Placement System (CCPS) to assure its effective utilization across the Southern California region. She earned her B.S. in management at St. Paul University in Manila, Philippines.


Director, California Simulation Alliance

Dr. Waxman is a nurse leader with over 30 years of experience in healthcare and corporate settings. She is a tenure-earning Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. She is also the Director of their Healthcare Simulation Graduate Certificate Program. An internationally known speaker and author, Waxman is past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) and is past Treasurer of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). She served as Co-chair of the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in 2012 and is currently serving on the certification committee. Dr. Waxman’s work has been published extensively and can be found in journals such as Simulation in Healthcare, Clinical Simulation for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, Nurse Leader, Creative Nursing, and MedSim. She is a chapter author for 3 simulation textbooks and the author of 3 books: “A Practical Guide to Finance and Budgeting: Skills for Nurse Managers”, by HCPro, now in its second edition; “Financial and Business Management for the Doctor of Nursing Practice”, by Springer; and “Healthcare Simulation Program Builder” by HcPro. Waxman received her DNP from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on health systems leadership and a concentration in clinical simulation. She holds national certifications as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and as a Nurse Executive (CENP), and a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). She is a fellow in both the Society of Simulation in Healthcare and the American Academy of Nursing.