Influential San Diego Health Care Professionals


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Prudence August, CHCIO - Interim Executive Director

Prudence is the Interim Executive Director of San Diego Health Connect. She joined the organization in 2020 and brings 30+ years of Health IT experience in both the hospital and ambulatory space. She understands the value of interoperability to our patients and clinicians and strives to maintain a valued utility to the community by ensuring the stability of the HIE both technologically and fiscally.





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Jenn Behrens, MSW, PhD, FIP CIPP/US, CIPP/G, CIPM, CHPSE - Chief Information Security Officer

Jenn Behrens, specializes in privacy, governance, and identity management. She is Partner and Executive Vice President of Privacy for KUMA, and is contracted through KUMA to provide Chief Information Security and Privacy services for San Diego Health Connect (SDHC). Jenn works with local, state, federal and commercial organizations to develop and mature information security and privacy programs. She guides companies in establishing robust governance structures, and leads organizational negotiation of privacy and security controls with business drivers. Jenn leads privacy efforts for multiple federal government pilots focused on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), is the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) Plenary Chair, is a former IDESG Privacy Committee Chair, served as a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Patient Identity Integrity Workgroup Member, and is an International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board Member. She is a sought-after speaker, presenting for multiple years at conferences such as IAPP’s Privacy.Security.Risk conference, RSA, IAPP’s Global Privacy Summit, Global Identity Summit, Solove’s Privacy + Security Forum, Ping Cloud Identity Summit and more.

Jenn has BA (UVA), MSW (VCU), and PhD in Public Policy and Administration (VCU.) Jenn holds CIPP/US, CIPP/G, CIPM and CHPSE credentials, and was recently recognized by IAPP as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP).


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Nic Hess - Chief Technology Officer

Nic Hess is the Chief Technology Officer for San Diego Health Connect. He joined the organization in mid-2014 and brings 15+ years of Healthcare IT experience. Prior to his time with San Diego Health Connect. he managed a national Electronic Data Interchange department for eight years.




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Stephanie Renick, MSW - Director of Operations

Stephanie Renick joined the San Diego Health Connect team in 2018 as a consultant in the areas of finance and human resources.  She became the Director of Accounting and Human Resources in 2019 and the Director of Operation in 2021.  With a BS in Business Administration and her MSW, Stephanie has in-depth experience in non-profit management, personnel and operations management, accounting, financial analysis, office administration, human resources processes, performance management, and team building, as well as client-facing work in social services for the underserved in the San Diego community.  Her work with large CPA firms focused heavily on her change management skills, risk management, and business continuity.  Her passion is to enhance the growth and development of an organization by applying her business experience internally while working collaboratively on issues that communities and individuals face.