HEALTH CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Laurinda Mackenzie, Chair
Laurinda Mackenzie is the Chief Executive Officer of Oregon Anesthesiology Group (OAG). Prior to becoming OAG’s CEO in 2011, Ms. Mackenzie held a series of senior executive leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group, including Executive Vice President of OptumHealth Vision; Senior Vice President of Vendor Relationships for Specialized Care Services; and President and CEO of Life Era Corporation. Her extensive background in the complex and competitive healthcare environment has enabled her to bring a fresh perspective to the anesthesia arena and to forge strategic alliances and partnerships with customers by developing shared visions for healthcare delivery.
Ms. Mackenzie is a strong advocate for the work of Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and believes everyone deserves access to high quality comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary healthcare. She serves as Chairman of the Board at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and has previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, where she played a key role in the fundraising for the new 35,000 square foot Cornelius Wellness Center that opened in late 2012.
Ricardo Palazuelos, Vice Chair
Ricardo Palazuelos, M. Ed. is a bilingual educator in the Forest Grove school district. He is also an independent IT consultant who deals with export management. As a parent in the Forest Grove School District, Ricardo serves on the Forest Grove School-Based Health Center Advisory Council.
“I was invited to apply as a patient representative to the Board because of the concerns that I voiced and my involvement in the community. I am deeply concerned about Latino students and their habits, both emotional and nutritional.”
Susan T. Felstiner, Treasurer
Susan Felstiner is a Clinical Law Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic, where she and her students provide business transactional legal services to small and emerging low-income businesses and nonprofit corporations. In addition to her service on the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Board of Directors, Ms. Felstiner is a founding member, past President and current Treasurer of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. In her free time, she enjoys fishing and boating adventures with her family.
Alejandra is a teaching assistant for the Beaverton School District and has two daughters. She is currently studying along with one of her daughters to obtain her Master’s degree. In addition to her work with Virginia Garcia, Alejandra has also served on boards for Centro Cultural, Bienestar, Housing Development Center, and the Forest Grove School District. She has served on the Virginia Garcia board since 2011.
“I serve on Virginia Garcia’s board so that I can serve the community and help people.”
Ann E. Barr-Gillespie
Ann E. Barr-Gillespie is the Vice Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Health Professions Pacific University, Hillsboro, Oregon. Ann was raised in Eugene, Oregon and currently lives in Portland, OR. She holds a B.A. in chemistry from Reed College, a M.S. in physical therapy from Duke University, a Ph.D. in ergonomics and biomechanics from New York University and a doctorate in physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is a licensed physical therapist in Oregon. Her area of clinical and research expertise is occupational orthopedics, in which she specializes in work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Barr-Gillespie currently serves as a Board of Directors member of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (as Chair); Community Action of Washington County; the Tuality Healthcare Foundation; the Hillsboro, Oregon Chamber of Commerce; and the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute. She represents Pacific University on the Boards of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine and the Beaverton Community Health Collaborative.
Dr. Barr-Gillespie joined Pacific University in June of 2010 as Vice Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Health Professions at the new Hillsboro Campus. The Health Professions Campus is home to approximately 1200 students and eight Schools, In collaboration with its Pacific University and Washington County community partners, the College of Health Professions distinguishes itself through programming that emphasizes person-centered, team-based collaborative care models of training and practice.
Wilfredo is an electrical engineer for Intel, where he has worked since 1997. He and his wife are the parents of two active children. The family enjoys camping and Wilfredo serves as a Leader for his son’s Boy Scout Troop. Wilfredo is active in his church and also serves on the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
“I want to repay all the blessings in my life. I grew up in Puerto Rico and attended college through grants. I want to repay what I got for free.”