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Joseph Aquilina, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer Joseph Aquilina, MD, MBA, joined DAP Health in March of 2024. A retired Navy captain, he brings more than three decades of leadership in family medicine and primary care to the nonprofit.

“DAP Health is really a mission-forward organization, which is what attracted me to it,” he says. “Having had a career in the military, having this mission-centered approach for why you get out of bed in the morning was very familiar to me.”

In addition to providing the best possible care for those who need it most, Dr. Aquilina also wants to make sure to attract and retain top talent. “I want to not only make it easier for our clinicians to do more for their patients,” he says, “but do more to reduce physician burnout, and increase satisfaction, so that they can enjoy a long, mutually rewarding career with us.”

Dr. Aquilina has previously served as president of BTHealth Medical Group, chief medical officer of SharpCare Medical Group, medical director of U.S. Health Works, director and vice president for outpatient health clinics at San Diego’s Naval Medical Center, and center director of the Medical Clinic Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar.

He has also served as chair of the Bureau of Medicine Primary Care Advisory Board, and as the co-founder and head of business strategy at software company I-Chart. He earned an MBA from UC San Diego and a Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University. He’s board-certified by the American Academy of Family Medicine and holds licensure in California.

Actively engaged in professional organizations like the American Academy of Family Medicine Physicians, Dr. Aquilina’s visionary leadership and commitment to excellence continue to shape primary care and population health initiatives, leaving a lasting impact.

Dr. Aquilina lives in San Diego and is based at DAP Health Escondido, but travels to all locations served by the organization.

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Dana Erwin

Chief Compliance Officer

Dana joined Borrego Health in November 2021 as an interim chief compliance officer, and accepted the position of chief compliance officer in March 2022. As part of Borrego Health’s executive leadership team, Dana has assisted in developing an approachable and trustworthy quality and compliance team, and has worked with departmental leaders to support, educate, and build a collaborative quality and compliance department. Dana has an extensive health care background, beginning her career as a lead nurse in neurosurgery, and transitioning to labor and delivery for more than a decade. This foundational health care experience eventually led to a career in quality/risk and compliance in hospitals, ambulatory care, and FQHCs. Dana is certified in health care risk management and has a master’s in nursing leadership.

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Brande Orr, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer

Brande rejoined DAP Health after previously serving as director of grants and then director of strategic initiatives from 2010-2019. She brings more than 25 years of experience serving nonprofit organizations in the health, equity, education, social justice, and human service sectors. Through collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders, she has led strategic planning, fundraising, outreach, and quality improvement initiatives for organizations seeking to improve community well-being. Brande earned her MBA with an emphasis in ethical business management at Pepperdine University. In her position as chief strategy officer, she will lead the brand marketing and development departments at DAP Health.

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Corina Velasquez

Chief Operating Officer

Corina Velasquez, who first joined Borrego Health in 2007, has a history of success in health care operations. Corina moves into her role at DAP Health after serving as the chief operating officer and executive vice president of Borrego Health, where she has managed patient access and process improvements, overseen multiple departments, and led clinic operations throughout California. Prior to advancing to COO and executive vice president at Borrego Health, Corina served as the chief operating officer for Riverside County, where she managed medical clinics while introducing policies, procedures, and best practices in line with the CEO’s agenda. Corina holds a bachelor’s in business administration and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She has also completed executive leadership programs with the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Clinic Leadership Institute.

CJ Tobe, MA

Chief of Community Health

CJ Tobe is our Chief of Community Health & Sexual Wellness. He has dedicated his career in community health to eliminating barriers and improving access to health care and social support services for those living with and/or at risk for HIV/STIs. CJ joined DAP Health in 2015 as a medical case manager and has advanced through roles in clinic case management, prevention programs management, and community health program management.

In his current position, and as part of DAP Health’s Leadership Team, CJ oversees the operations of our Sexual Wellness Clinics where clients can receive free HIV/STI testing/treatment, Rapid Start ART, and PrEP/PEP services. CJ's professional, academic, and life experience has motivated him to spearhead DAP Health’s expansion of sexual wellness services. Some of his innovations have included eliminating cost barriers, along with expanding the access to testing and linkage to care through licensing a mobile testing clinic and opening our second Sexual Wellness Clinic in Indio, the first two new sites to offer clinical services in nearly 40 years.

CJ is also the Project Director at DAP Health for the HRSA Special Projects of National Significance Rapid Start ART initiative, one of 10 grant-funded implementation sites in the U.S. Other new services developed and implemented by CJ include a California-certified, mobile harm-reduction program, a self-HIV testing program, a home delivery program, a Tracfone program, as well as a statewide virtual PrEP program through a partnership with MISTR.

Before joining DAP Health, CJ worked as a Medical Case Manager and Prevention Services Coordinator for Colorado Health Network in Grand Junction. He helped broaden and manage a state-funded, legal syringe exchange program, and he expanded the men’s HIV prevention program. Thanks in part to his efforts, the MPower Colorado program expanded into three additional counties, raising public awareness about HIV prevention and linkage to care. This life-changing program was also integrated at Transcend, the area’s transgender, non-binary, and cross-dressing advocacy organization.

CJ’s commitment to homeless advocacy grew as he served on the board of Grand Valley Peace & Justice, a social justice and support organization serving the Grand Junction, Colorado area. He furthered his efforts by serving on the board of Western Slope National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

C.J. holds a Bachelor of Arts, History from Arizona State University, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

He was born and raised in Ohio but loves calling the Coachella Valley home. He believes health care is a human right, and his favorite thing about DAP Health is the organization’s history and how it continues to leverage its experience to respond to today's community needs.

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Judy Stith

Chief Financial Officer