Staff

CEO: Kristy Bird MaKieve, MBA, CAE
Executive Director, Butte-Glenn Medical Society
kmakieve@healthyruralca.org
Kristy Bird MaKieve, MBA, CAE, is the founder, CEO and GME Administrator of Healthy Rural California in Chico. Healthy Rural California was initially accredited by ACGME in late 2021 and is planning a Community Psychiatry Residency and Integrated Behavioral Health Residency to launch in the coming years. Kristy is also the Executive Director of Butte-Glenn Medical Society. Kristy is passionate about workforce education and training as a key solution to access to care and mental health care in underserved, rural areas. Kristy worked at UC Davis for almost a decade helping launch the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and supporting the dean of medical education. In 2015, Kristy was the lead staff person who helped secure $15 million in funding to establish Behavioral Health research and policy centers at UC Davis and UCLA, where she became interested in system-wide solutions to the growing mental health crisis. Best described as a meandering path of interesting work, Kristy’s career started teaching art to people who are blind, teaching English in Japan, running Japanese language lessons at the Japan Society of Boston, launching a graphic design staffing service in Sacramento before running a statewide education program for the California School Boards Association. Kristy earned her MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management in 2015 and is the President of the Alumni Association. Kristy earned her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. She was born in Berkeley, California but grew up on Long Island, New York where she was often told she smiled too much and spelled her name wrong.

Lina Benton
Program Coordinator
lbenton@healthyruralca.org

Rachel Sanchez, MBA
Program/Project Assistant
rsanchez@healthyruralca.org