Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Population Wellness
Lynne Ashbeck is the senior vice president, community engagement and population wellness for Valley Children’s Healthcare. In her role, Lynne works with physicians, hospital staff and community leaders to formulate and implement population wellness strategies designed to improve the health outcomes of children and their families in their neighborhoods, schools and community – or, as she is often heard saying, simply "keeping kids well where they live, learn and play." Lynne’s work reflects her career-long efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable, with children leading the list of her passions.
A respected civic leader, Lynne is currently serving her sixth term on the Clovis City Council. She was first elected in 2001, served as mayor from 2003 – 2005 and again from 2013 – 2015. She founded the Clovis Citizen’s Academy, a five-week training program to help Clovis residents learn more about local government and is active with the League of California Cities Institute for Local Government initiatives around civic engagement and public participation. Prior to her election to the City Council, Lynne served on the City’s Personnel Commission and Planning Commission.
Committed to improving our systems of mental health care in this region and across the state, Lynne is currently the Chair of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, both Governor-appointed roles, and serves as a leader in many community and regional organizations.
Prior to joining Valley Children’s, Lynne was the regional vice president for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, serving nearly 40 hospitals in 10 counties. She also had professional experiences in population health at local medical centers; higher education as the extension programs director at California State University, Fresno; and agriculture, with nearly 20 years of work on behalf of the dairy industry as the vice president, program services for Dairy Council of California. She also served as a senior mediator/facilitator with the Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento.
Lynne completed both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in home economics/nutrition at Fresno State and is a registered dietitian. She completed a master’s degree in conflict resolution and peacemaking from Fresno Pacific University.