John Kabateck
President, Kabateck Strategies 

John Kabateck has enjoyed nearly twenty-five years of leadership with strategic coalition development and implementation in California’s public policy and political arenas, with an emphasis on the full spectrum of business and job creator sectors. His firm, Kabateck Strategies, is the premier California public affairs firm focused on helping clients to become more relevant, involved and impactful though strategic positioning and targeted coalition strategies.

As California Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, California’s and the nation’s leading organization serving only small businesses, Kabateck was responsible for the recruitment, outreach and involvement of upwards of 23,000 small and independent business owners from sectors including retail, restaurants, manufacturing and agriculture. He led the organization’s successful efforts to protect small businesses from higher taxes, including split roll/Prop 13 reform, frivolous “shakedown” lawsuits, and over-regulation, and was involved in aggressive ballot and legislative efforts during his eight years at NFIB. He is also credited for leading national efforts for NFIB in member gain, media positioning, and a successful effort working with the more than twenty-five field sales representatives in the state.

Kabateck also served as Senior Legislative Director and Vice President of the California Restaurant Association, during which time he helped lead successful efforts to mobilize small business restaurateurs and their employees to engage in statewide campaigns addressing such small business issues as meal and rest periods, minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Kabateck previously served as Chief of Staff in the California Legislature and as Director of Coalitions for Governor Pete Wilson’s successful re-election campaign and as Wilson’s Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary, where he was responsible for full-time and board/commission appointments spanning more than eight state agencies, including the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Trade and Commerce Agency. He was selected by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as Director of External Affairs, in which he managed staff and operations of five statewide offices and the Governor’s statewide coalitions network, including business, local government and ethnic community outreach efforts.

John is a graduate of the University of Southern California and resides in Sacramento with his wife, Maggie, and two children.

Roy Merrill Board Member

Roy Merrill, FAAMA
Practice Administrator, Rocky Vista Health Center 

Mr. Merrill is a healthcare executive with extensive experience in healthcare finance, operations, network development and oncology.  He was the Sr. Vice President for Business Operations with Physician Reliance Network (PRN) before becoming what is today US Oncology. In 2001 and 2002 he prepared the strategic business plan for the Anschutz Cancer Pavilion at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He was the Director of Healthcare Provider Consulting for Watson Wyatt Worldwide creating physician and provider networks nationwide.  In 1990, he developed and owned Colorado’s first free-standing diagnostic imaging center.  He served as Chief Financial Officer of Colorado’s largest hospital system from 1978 until 1990. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, a US Navy veteran, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Medical Administrators.

During his tenure with PRN, Mr. Merrill was responsible for the business operations of 147 oncology offices, 56 cancer centers and 475 oncologists. He directed all contracting and business matters and has participated in the development of numerous cancer centers nationwide.

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Jonathan Wilcox
Co-Founder & Policy Director, Patients Rising and Patients Rising NOW

Jonathan Wilcox is a corporate communications and public affairs consultant, providing strategic counseling, executive speechwriting and media training to clients in the public and private sectors. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Wilcox has been a featured on-air commentator for ABC News, NBC News, Fox News Channel, CNN, several national radio programs and international networks in England, Australia and Japan.

His editorial commentaries have been featured in Investor’s Business Daily, National Review, Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Wilcox has written extensively for numerous corporate executives, including the Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch, the CEO of Coldwell Banker, the Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank and the Deputy President of McDonnell-Douglas. He has authored remarks for Ronald Reagan, George Deukmejian and former FCC Commissioner Andrew Barrett. Wilcox was also a leading speechwriter for California Governor Pete Wilson.

From 1998-2000, he was a Principal for Public Strategies Incorporated (PSi), serving as a senior strategist for Southwestern Bell Communications (SBC), overseeing multi-state ventures and representing SBC at legislative conferences and debates. Wilcox was also the designated corporate point of contact for the national “open access” issue, managed the campaign leading to the adoption of historic legislation in St. Louis and designed all content for “Open AccessAlliance” websites in four states.

From 1991-92, Wilcox served as Executive Writer to the Governor of California. In 1993-94, he was the Director of Writing and Research for the California Child Development and Education Agency. In 1995, he was named a Senior Consultant for the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.

From 1996-97, Wilcox returned to the California Governor’s Office as Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Chief Deputy Speechwriter. In 1998, he simultaneously served as Chief Speechwriter for the Dan Lungren for Governor campaign as well as Press Secretary and Media Consultant for the successful re-election campaigns of California’s Insurance Commissioner and Secretary of State.

In 2001 and 2002, he served as chief speechwriter for Bill Simon’s campaign for Governor. In 2003, he served as Communications Director for Rescue California, the lead committee organizing and advocating the successful recall of former Governor Gray Davis. Wilcox is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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Terry Wilcox
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Patients Rising and Patients Rising NOW