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
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 Founders' Cup Golf Invitational.
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
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
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.
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
CFO / Treasurer
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
recently retired as a Certified Public Accountant from Hayashi and Wayland
in Salinas. She is a 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.
Carla Spencer, MSN, RN, CCRN
Vice President of Governance
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.
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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 two beautiful daughters, and they reside in Prunedale.
He's currently the President 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
Bio - TBD
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.
Rob was born in New England and moved to New York City to attend Mt. Sinai
School of Medicine for his MBA in Hospital Administration. Rob began his
career as an Administrator in a 565 bed acute care Academic Hospital in
Brooklyn , New York. After moving West , Rob worked for Blue Shield of
California, Chinese Hospital/HMO , Kaiser Permanente and his own Managed
Care Consulting Business. Rob also had a private practice known as “the
Physicians Coach” whereby he assisted Physicians in seeking their
passions in life besides medicine. Rob’s enthusiasm in joining the
Foundation is his hope to engage his fellow employees of SVMHS in all
capacities to support and give back to the organization.
Mike received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from
Loyola of Los Angeles. He moved to Monterey County in 1991, leaving a
business and healthcare private practice with a Los Angeles law firm to
a General Counsel position with a publicly-traded healthcare company in
Monterey. His business and professional involvement with SVMH began in
the early 1990s, and in 1996 he co-founded Cypress Healthcare Partners.
Cypress is a physician practice management firm, providing services to
over 300 physicians in the Central Coast Region.
Misty Navarro, MD
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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
Tak was born, raised and educated in the California Central Valley town
of Fresno. Receiving a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from
California State University, Fresno, Tak also received a Master’s
Degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California,
Tak has worked in the healthcare industry for over 25 years in the area
of facilities management and support services. Tak is a member of the
Steinbeck Rotary and a Board Member of Victory Mission in Salinas that
serves the local homeless population.
Monica is the Director of Sales for Mapleton Communications (KWAV, 101.7
The Beach, The Hippo, KPIG and 95.5 BOB) overseeing and creating marketing
strategies for small to large businesses.
She started as a sales assistant in Spanish broadcasting and eventually
became National Sales Coordinator for Entravision Communications, home
to stations Radio Tricolor and Super Estrella. Between 2004 and 2007 she
had the opportunity to become the New Business Development Representative
for Stewart Title, where her passion for community engagement flourished.
Her past media and community experience gave her the opportunity to return
to radio as a Local Sales Manager for iHeart Media for stations KDON,
KTOM, K-Ocean, KION and La Preciosa from 2007 to 2015.
Monica founded the Everyday Latina Fashion Show-Art Exhibit Scholarship
Fundraiser, executing two events in 2008 and 2009 and providing college
scholarships to intelligent young women. She was a planning committee
member for the Monterey County Housing Alliance for the City of Salinas
and Monterey’s Housing Expo. From 2004 to 2007 she was on the board
of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals coordinating
informative luncheons and seminars for local realtors and lenders. From
2010 to 2016 Served on the board for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center
and ended her term as President from 2015-2016. In 2016 she received the
Philanthropy Award for her fundraising efforts with #100MilesofCourage
campaign she created for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. Currently,
in addition to serving on our Board, Monica is a mentor for Hartnell College’s
Women’s Educational Leadership Institute.
Mr. Turner is relatively new to our area. He attended Creighton University
and graduated with an 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.
David E. Ramos, MD, FAAEM
SVMH Chief of Staff
Dr. Ramos received his education at University of Kansas Medical Center's
School of Medicine and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical
Center. He is certified by 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 and served as Foundation President from 2016-2017. Dr. Ramos'
leadership and enthusiastic support have been instrumental in engaging
our medical staff, employees, and community on behalf of our patients.
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