Board of Governors
The individuals that make up our Board of Governors at Salinas Valley Memorial
Hospital Foundation (SVMHF) are dedicated to seeing our healthcare system
grow and thrive within the community. SVMHF is proud to have leadership
that seeks to benefit our community and the surrounding areas through
David E. Ramos, MD, FAAEM
Dr. Ramos received his education at University of Kansas Medical Center
School of Medicine and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical
Center. He is certified with the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Ramos first joined the Foundation volunteering for the men's trail
ride steering committee in 2010. After actively bringing the trail ride
to a more profitable bottom line, he was elected to the Board of Governors
in 2012. Dr. Ramos' leadership and enthusiastic support has been instrumental
in engaging our medical staff, employees and community on behalf of our patients.
Read more about Dr. Ramos
Vice President of Governance
Jeff is a lifelong Monterey County resident and the second generation in
his family to serve on the Foundation board. He is currently a member
of the Executive and Governance Committees. Jeff also serves as Chair
of the Founder's Cup Golf Invitational as well as Co-Chair, along
with his beautiful wife Audrey, of the annual Children’s Miracle
In addition to volunteering for the Foundation, Jeff is a member of Salinas
Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s Committee for Community Advocacy
where he works alongside executive management to ensure that the high-quality
healthcare the system provides can reach all who need it. In his efforts
to help extend that reach, Jeff co-founded the healthcare system’s
new outreach program, S.E.E. (Screen, Educate, Equip). To help combat
Student Athlete Sudden Cardiac Arrest, S.E.E. screens children for undiagnosed
congenital heart issues, educates high school campuses in Hands-Only CPR,
and provides facilities with an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
Vice President of Development
Ms. Storm has played a key role in lending, sales and service with local
area banks for nearly 25 years. Currently, she is Senior Vice President
of Business Banking for Pacific Valley Bank, a locally owned and operated
community bank. In addition to her long career in banking, Sue graduated
from the University of California Berkeley and also earned her MBA from
Golden Gate University. Born and raised in the Salinas Valley to a family
whose deep agricultural roots go back five generations, Sue has been and
continues to be an active volunteer in the area with Junior Achievement
of Monterey Bay as past Chair of the Board, Past President of California
Women for Ag, board member Ag Against Hunger, California State University
Monterey Bay Business Advisory Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey
County, Farm Day, Santa Lucia Rotary, American Cancer Society and California
Rodeo Salinas, as well as several other organizations on the Monterey
Peninsula and in the Salinas Valley area.
Tom was born in Salinas and raised on a family farm in South Monterey County.
After receiving his BA from UCLA and MBA from Cal-Poly-SLO, he worked
in the Central Valley in banking and farm management. In 1992, Tom formed
Pacific States Asset Management and has been providing large agribusiness
operations in the Salinas and Central Valleys with financial and management
services. He has served on the board of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce,
Growers Harvesting Committee, Eastside Water District, Earthbound Farm
and Taylor Fresh Foods. Tom Joined the Foundation Board in 2015.
Mr. Secondo works at NewStar Fresh Foods. Mitch has a BS and MS in Math/Computer
Science. He has 7 children, is a private pilot and is bilingual. He has
served on the Boards of the Growers-Shippers Association, NewStar Fresh
Foods, Western Growers Association, Bud Antle Credit Union and Bud Antle,
Inc. Mitch also received a Commendation Medal from the U.S. Army and worked
at NASA Spacecraft Center as Program Manager for Rendezvous Plan/Lunar Liftoff.
Mrs. Doherty is a returning member to our board. She has 2 children and
has lived in Monterey County almost her entire life. She holds a BA and
MA/CCC in Communicative Disorders from University of the Pacific. Carrie
was a speech pathologist in a private practice in Los Angeles and the
Central Coast. She has served on boards for the Washington Union Education
Foundation and the School Site Council for San Benancio. She previously
served on the Ladies Trail Ride Committee and the Berries and Branches
Holiday Home Tour Committee. She was previously a youth leader for AWANA
and Wyldlife and is currently a youth leader for Good News Club and a
volunteer for the Monterey County Reads program through the Panetta Institute.
Sherrie Isaac, CPA
Sherrie returned to the Foundation as a Board Member in 2014. She previously
served on our Cherry's Jubilee Board as the Admission Director. She
is a Certified Public Accountant at Hayashi and Wayland in Salinas. She
is the immediate past chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, the Treasurer
for YOSAL and the Past Director of Finance for the California International
Airshow. She has 2 daughters and 1 son-in-law and enjoys being involved
in our community.
Norm Nelson, MD
Norm returned to our Board in 2015. He is a past president of the Foundation.
He recently retired from his private practice. Norm is a past president
of the Foundation and is a Board Certified OB/GYN.
Mr. Borzini, a lifetime resident of the Salinas Valley, works at 1st Capital
Bank in Business Client Development. Prior to joining 1st Capital, he
was with Prudential Insurance for 32 and was recognized as Prudential
Insurance's top client development sales agent in the nation. Ray
currently serves on the Finance/Investment Committee.
Esperanza (Espie) Castro
Mrs. Castro (Espie) is a retired Registered Nurse. She graduated from the
University of Southern California Medical Center, School of Nursing 1982.
She worked at Harbor UCLA Medical Center then later at The University
of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio as a Neonatal Intensive Care
Nurse. She served as member and later as President of The Premier Program
Advisory Board, a follow up program for high risk infants. She also served
as Program Chair for the Red Ribbon Anti-Substance Abuse Program of the
North East Independent School District PTA Board in San Antonio. Espie
is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate of Monterey County.
Don Chapin, III
Don is the Materials Division Manager at the Don Chapin Company. He attended
California State University Fresno, graduated with a Bachelor of Science
in Civil Engineering and is a licensed civil engineer. He is married to
Kim, they have one daughter named Madison and they reside in Prunedale.
He's currently a board member of the California International Airshow
Salinas, the President of the Monterey Bay Racing Team, a board member
of the Associated General Contractors and is an event director for the
Boys Scouts of America.
Ms. Dedini has served as president of the King City Service League and
St. John Business Group. She also served as Den Mother for the Boys Scouts
of America and worked on the American Cancer Society Fashion Show for
Mr. Donovan is a senior level retail/supply chain executive with extensive
experience in both the US and Canada, and is currently the COO/CFO of
Robert Talbott, Inc. Previous positions include, leading Collective Brands
Global Continuous Improvement program, where he co-created the Lean Six
Sigma program at Washburn University and has taught the course in the
US as well as China and Latin America. Freidman’s Jewelers as Vice
President of Merchandise Planning, Operations Finance, Distribution and
a member of the CEO’s Operations committee, and he spent fifteen
years with Blockbuster Entertainment in a number of senior level roles
including CFO of Blockbuster Canada, Assistant Corporate Controller and
Senior Director of Global Supply Chain Finance, where he led the Lean
Six Sigma initiative.
Mark holds a BA in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also
a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a contributing author to
the strategic sourcing book "Next Level Supply Management Excellence:
Your Straight to the Bottom Line® Roadmap"
Mark is currently serving on the following boards: University of Texas
– Dallas, C4ISN Advisor Board and the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
Foundation. He previously served on the North Central Texas Workforce
Board, the McKinney Education Foundation, the McKinney Community Development
Corporation, the Motion Picture Foundation and the De La Salle College
Board of Trustees.
Linda lives with her husband, DL and son, Gino in Prunedale and is a partner
at Aladin Properties and Ausonio Apartments handling all aspects of the
commercial and residential properties for the family. Linda graduated
from California State University, Chico with a BA in Liberal Arts and
has her MA in Education Administration from Chapman University. Linda
was Chamber Volunteer of the year 2006. She has been a volunteer diver
at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for close to 25 years and in 2014 was honored
with the Wendell Ayers Memorial Leadership Award for ocean advocacy and
conservation. She is serving her fourth year as a member of Silicon Valley
Monterey Bay Council Board, Boy Scouts of America, Finance Chair for Santa
Lucia District and committee chair for Troop 73. Ms. Grier is also a representative
for Boronda Community Sanitation District to MRWPCA. Past volunteer activities
in various capacities include: American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast, Castroville
Artichoke Festival, Castroville Chamber of Commerce, North Monterey County
Chamber of Commerce, Highway Safety Corridor Task Force, North Monterey
County and Salinas Relays for Life, California Rodeo Salinas, California
International Airshow Salinas, host parent for a number of students through
EF Student Exchange Program. More recently, Linda designed, created and
modeled an outfit made of hay bale twine to support the Alliance on Aging
Trashion Show. Linda Grier is proud to be a second generation serving
the Foundation for SVMH, following in her parents’ footsteps.
Mr. Lindley is the Vice-President at J and L Farms, Inc. Formerly Supervisor
for Monterey County, Butch currently serves on the Juvenile Justice Commission,
the Sally Hughes Church Foundation Board and the Monterey County Boys
and Girls Club Board. He is an Agricultural Pest Control Advisor and has
a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Cal Poly Pomona. He received the
Bronze Star from the US Army for his service in Vietnam. He is currently
part of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association and joined
our board in 2015.
A returning board member and Past President of the Foundation , Susan was
also the chair of the boutique committee for our Berries and Branches
event for 10 years. Mrs. Merrill’s late husband is Tom Merrill,
a community leader who was instrumental in building SVMH. She has one
child and two grandchildren. Mrs. Merrill attended Cal Poly and graduated
with a BS in Home Economics. She has served on the Entre Nous Society,
Valley Guild and Public Recreation Unlimited boards.
Christopher Oh, MD
Dr. Oh is a cardiologist specializing in cardiovascular imaging and preventative
cardiology. He completed his cardiovascular fellowship at Loma Linda University.
He joined Central Coast Cardiology in 2002 and serves as President of
the group. Regionally, he served on the Board of Governors for the California
Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and is on the board of the
chapter's Political Action Committee. At SVMH, he served as Chairman
of the Medical Staff Excellence Committee, Associate Director of the Cardiovascular
Diagnostic Center at Ryan Ranch and Board Director for the SVMHS Political
Action Committee. He was also President of Central Coast Health Partners,
a clinically integrated network affiliated with SVMHS. Currently, he is
serving in an administrative capacity for SVMH to expand the cardiovascular
Carla Spencer, MSN, RN, CCRN
Carla is the Director of Emergency Services at Salinas Valley Memorial
Hospital. She served on the American Heart Association board as the Regional
Faculty ACLS from 2008-2012. She has a Masters in Nursing and is a Certified
Critical Care RN. She is married and has 2 small children. Carla participated
in the Summer Health Institute and the Medical Adventure Camp put on by
the SVMH Service League. She joined our Board in 2015.
Mr. Turner is relatively new to our area. He attended Creigton University
and graduated with a RSBA in Accounting. He is married with 2 children.
He has worked in the Senior Financial Management Food Industry for over
25 years and is currently president of the Meadows Homeowners Association.
He joined our Finance and Investments Committee.
Orlando Rodriguez, MD
SVMHS Chief of Staff
Dr. Rodriguez graduated from University of California San Francisco School
of Medicine and did his residency at Natividad Medical Center. He is currently
in private practice and specializes in Family Medicine and Primary Care.
He joined our board in 2015.
SVMHS Chief Strategic Communications Officer
Mrs. Laurent joined the Foundation Board in 2015. She currently serves
on the board for the YMCA Central Coast and the Salinas Valley Chamber.
(Needs complete bio from Adrienne)