Over her more than 20-year career, Karma Bass has been a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant with deep knowledge and experience in governance, strategic planning, philanthropy, health care policy, and board effectiveness.
Before co-founding Via Healthcare Consulting, she worked as Vice President for Accord Limited, a Chicago-based consulting firm. Prior to that, she served two years as president and CEO of Alliance Healthcare Foundation in San Diego, California where she reported to an independent, eleven-person not-for-profit board.
Notably, Ms. Bass spent 10 years at The Governance Institute holding various positions including Vice President, Membership Services and Director of Research & Publications. During her time at The Governance Institute, she oversaw the prestigious biennial hospital governance practices survey tracking trends in nearly 5,000 US hospitals and health systems.
During three years at the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, she facilitated the first-ever collaborative community health needs assessment for San Diego’s 32 hospitals, responding to the then-newly-implemented California Hospital Community Benefit law. Her experience gives her a uniquely valuable perspective as a consultant to hospital and health systems boards today.
Ms. Bass is board-certified in healthcare management and holds a master’s degree in public health with a focus in health services administration from San Diego State University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. She lives in Carlsbad, California with her husband and two children.
Erica Osborne has nearly 20 years’ experience working with healthcare organizations across the country. Her work focuses on the unique and important role of governance; critical issues facing healthcare organizations today; and empowering boards to make the important policy decisions necessary for organizational success. Erica has experience in designing and facilitating high-impact, strategic planning sessions and retreats to fit every size group and need. She provides an industry perspective and challenges boards to analyze and discuss the critical issues facing their organization.
Prior to co-founding Via Healthcare Consulting, Ms. Osborne spent two years at Alliance Healthcare Foundation designing and managing the $1 Million Innovation Initiative. In this role, she worked closely with board and committee members to foster innovation in under-served communities.
Ms. Osborne also served at The Governance Institute working in member services, conference services and the research and publications department. She was responsible for identifying emerging board education topics and analyzing hospital CEO input to develop board best practices.
Ms. Osborne holds a master’s degree in public health with a focus in health services administration from San Diego State University, and was a finalist for the Graduate School of Public Health’s John J. Hanlon award. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Osborne lives in Oceanside, California with her husband and four children.