Health + Human Service & Evaluation + Consulting
TriWest is a human service evaluation and management consulting company.

Kathy Sternbach, MBA, MEd


Kathy is a Partner with TriWest Group and a Health and Human Services Consultant with over 35 years of experience. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Emmanuel College and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Northeastern University, where she was a Psychiatric Rehabilitation intern at McLean Hospital. Kathy also studied Strategic Management at Boston College where she received a Master of Business Administration. She has held senior management positions as a provider, in managed care, and at the state and federal level.

Kathy consults to state and county health and human service agencies and provider organizations. She specializes in the design, implementation and evaluation of human services systems with emphasis on Medicaid managed care and health reform. She has conducted formal evaluations, quality reviews and special studies in over 20 states. Kathy has extensive experience with managed care capacity development, organizational assessments and mergers, and implementation of consent agreements. She assists provider organizations with addressing the opportunities under health reform. Kathy is most interested in helping systems of care create and implement standards that improve the overall health and lives of people with behavioral health conditions.

Kathy received the 2016 Saul Feldman Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Behavioral Health Leadership for her contributions to leadership and policy in the behavioral health field. One of Kathy’s proudest accomplishments was helping a state to host a "Speak Out” with peer leader Judy Chamberlin in the early 1990s for people with BH conditions to tell senior state leaders about their strengths and needs from the "system.” That experience was pivotal to important system changes empowering several peer-run organizations and has deeply influenced her consulting work. She joined TriWest to help her consulting clients "make a difference.”

Originally from Boston, Kathy resides in Foster City, California, near San Francisco where she and her husband Lenny enjoy visiting historical homes and art museums in the area. She loves to swim.


The TriWest Team