LCHC is fortunate to have a committed group of Board Members who help to determine the organization’s priorities, as well as a group of supportive emeritus board members. Together these boards possess a wealth of information regarding Latino health, organizational development, legislative advocacy and effective collaboration.
Director of Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA), University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health
Carmela R. Castellano-Garcia, Esq.
Health Care Access Policy Chair
President & Chief Executive Officer, California Primary Care Association (CPCA)
Irma Cota, MPH
President & Chief Executive Officer, North County Health Services
As North County Health Services President and CEO since 1997, Irma Cota is an active member in the San Diego County community. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Managers for Integrated Health Partners, Secretary of the Board of Directors for Health Center Partners of Southern California, a board member of the North San Diego Economic Council, a board member for the Elizabeth Hospice, CSUSM University Council and the Palomar College President’s Circle.
Ms. Cota has experience in executive management, strategic program planning, finance, and operational management in both the public and private sector. Under her direction, NCHS has become an organization that serves more than 62,000 individuals annually at eleven clinic locations, employs a staff of more than 700 and has an annual budget of over $60+ million.
With a Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Diego State University, and four certificates in health administration leadership from various institutions, Cota has earned a variety of awards and recognitions including the 2014 UT San Diego’s Latino Healthcare Champion Award, The Bill Uhland Ethics Award in 2012 from the San Marcos Rotary Club, “Women who Mean Business,” by The San Diego Business Journal and finalist for “Most Admired CEO” by The San Diego Business Journal, “50 People to Watch” by North San Diego Lifestyle magazine and “Woman of Distinction” by the Oceanside Soroptimist Club. She has also been a proud recipient of the San Diego County’s Public Health Champion Award and the “Distinguished Alumni” from SDSU School of Public Health.
Genoveva Islas, MPH
Program Director, Cultiva la Salud
Genoveva Islas, MPH, directs Cultiva La Salud, which works to address poor nutrition and physical inactivity in the San Joaquin Valley by creating healthier environments. Genoveva has extensive experience in obesity and chronic disease prevention She has also managed health education and cultural and linguistic services in the medical managed care arena. She has instructed at the junior college level and lectured in the California State University system.
Genoveva is board member of the California Food Policy Advocates, Community Water Center and California Institute for Rural Studies. She sits on the steering committee for California Convergence and advisory boards for various non-profit organizations. Genoveva was appointed, by Governor Brown, to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley and to the California Health Benefit Exchange board.
Mary Maddux-Gonzalez, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Redwood Community Health Center
Dr. Mary Maddux-Gonzalez is a family medicine doctor in Santa Rosa, California. She received her medical degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Carmen Rita Nevárez, MD, MPH
Secretary & Prevention Policy Chair
Vice President of External Relations & Preventive Medicine Advisor, Public Health Institute
Michael A. Rodríguez, MD, MPH
Professor & Vice Chair of Research, George F. Kneller Endowed Chair in Family Medicine, UCLA Department of Family Medicine
Adela de la Torre, PhD
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of California, Davis
- Brenda Solórzano, Esq. Chief Program Director & Director Health Care and Coverage Blue Shield of California Foundation
- Howard A. Kahn, MPA Former Chief Executive Officer L.A. Care Health Plan
- Robert Garcia, Esq. Executive Director & Counsel The City Project
- Jose Arevalo, MD President-Elect Family Practice Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
- Maria Blanco, JD
Vice President, Civic Engagement
California Community Foundation
- Diana Bonta, DrPH, MPH
- Cástulo De la Rocha, JD
President and CEO
AltaMed Health Services Corporation
- Richard Figueroa, MBA
Director, Health and Human Services
The California Endowment
- George Flores, MD, MPH
The California Endowment
- Jane Garcia, MPH
La Clínica de la Raza
- David Hayes-Bautista, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
- Lia Margolis, MBA
President and CEO
Lia Margolis & Associates
- Rachel Moran, JD
Dean and Professor
UCLA School of Law
- Gilbert Ojeda
California Program on Access to Care (CPAC)
- Yolanda Partida, MSW, MPA
Owner and Manager
The Partida Group
- Greg Talavera, MD, MPH
Vice President, Clinical Affairs
San Ysidro Health Center
- Robert Otto Valdez, PhD, MHSA
RWJF Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Economics
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico
- Yolanda Vera, JD
Senior Deputy for Healthcare Services and Advocacy
Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas