Bill is a cancer survivor, a two-time liver transplant recipient and a diabetic from Petaluma, California. He is an active member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, now in his 30th year. Bill is a national and global patient advocate for chronic diseases and medical research, striving to collaborate with experts, activists and many stakeholders to drive policy reform that improves access, healthcare delivery, systems that push the boundaries of science, and technology to achieve the very best value and quality outcomes for consumers. He has written numerous articles and is a well sought after national speaker on patient advocacy issues and healthcare innovation.
Bill was a core advocate during the Proposition 71 campaign, the 2004 Citizens’ Initiative that authorized the sale of $3 billion in bonds to fund stem cell research and therapy development, which that led to the creation of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Bill sat on the task force that developed its operational strategy. He has been an active driver of this research with the Americans for Cures Foundation and is one of its outspoken designated Patient Advocate Ambassadors.
Bill is the Founder and CEO of the California Hepatitis C Task Force and Chairman of the National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces. He is also a founding Board Member of the California Chronic Care Coalition in Sacramento, Executive Director of the National Working Group on Evidence Based Healthcare in Alexandria, Virginia. He serves on the community advisor board to the VA National Hepatitis C Program. He sits on the community advisory board of Partnership Health Plan of California. He is a member of the World Hepatitis Alliance that provides patient engagement in the decision making process on viral hepatitis to the World Health Organization of the United Nations.
He is the President of Impact House, a Transitional Housing Non-profit agency serving people in recovery and the homeless in Merced, CA. He is also a founding board member and advocacy director of the FAIR Foundation, a national research advocacy organization seeking reforms in our nation’s organ transplant and NIH research policies. He is the recipient of the 2016 National Health Pioneer Award for Hepatitis Advocacy from the Georgia Doty HIV and Hepatitis Outreach Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Bill enjoys reading, writing, sailing, swimming, hiking in California’s state parks, going to movies and dining. He has four grown children and three grandchildren. Bill is a native of Marin County and currently resides in Petaluma in Sonoma County, California. He is a former faculty member of the University of California, San Francisco. He holds a Bachelors’ of Science in Public Health Administration from San Francisco State University.