|Chief Executive Officer|
|Araceli Gaytan||Chief Financial Officer|
|Maria E. Loredo||Chief Operations Officer|
|Gabriela Downey||Human Resources Director|
|Juan Garfias||Information Technology Director|
|Laura Byerly, MD||Medical Director|
|Associate Medical Director|
|Ann Turner, MD||Associate Medical Director|
|Jim Agin, MBA||Performance & Systems Improvement Director|
|Tran Miers, RN||Clinical Program Director|
|Lisa Bozzetti, DDS||Dental Director|
|Christine Hicks, RPh||Pharmacy Director|
|Serena Cruz, MPP/JD||Executive Director, Foundation|
Gil Muñoz, MPA
Gil Muñoz is the Chief Executive Officer where he oversees the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Gil has been Chief Executive Officer since 2001 and has been with Virginia Garcia since 1991. Under his leadership, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has grown from serving 7,000 patients at two sites to now serving 36,000 patients at five primary care clinics, four dental clinics, four school-based health centers, and a mobile outreach clinic in Washington and Yamhill Counties.
Gil serves on the boards of directors/trustees of Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, OCHIN, Oregon Primary Care Association, Yamhill County Care Organization, Beaverton Collaborative Health Care and Tuality Healthcare/Tuality Hospital. Previously, he served on the boards of CareOregon, Loaves and Fishes, Oregon Health Policy Commission, and Tri-County Safety Net Enterprise. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College (1995) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland (1984).
Gil and his wife Julie are the parents of two children and enjoy spending family time together.
Araceli Gaytan is the Center’s Chief Financial Officer where she oversees all financial management of Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. She has been with Virginia Garcia since 1987. Araceli is responsible for current accounting policies, procedures and principals, as well as federal and state policies and regulations that impact the financial governance of the Center. She manages all reporting to the Boards, executive and management teams on the financial health of the Center. Under Araceli’s leadership, Virginia Garcia has received only clean unmodified financial audits.
Araceli participates as an advisory member in the Department of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP) in Oregon. In addition, she sits on the Board of Trustees for the 501c3 Unemployment Trust. Araceli has a Business Administration Degree from the Universidad de Mexico.
Araceli is the mother of one daughter and enjoys time with friends and family.
Maria E. Loredo
Maria E. Loredo is the Chief Operating officer for Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. She oversees the operations of Virginia Garcia primary care, dental, school-based, and outreach sites. Before coming to the center, Maria worked as a migrant day care health assistant, as a migrant consultant in the Forest Grove School District, and as a medical assistant at Salem Clinic.
Maria has served as a member of various state and local boards, including the Governor-appointed Public Health Advisory Board, Health Equity Policy Review Committee, Maternal Mental Health Work Group, Migrant and Seasonal Advisory Council, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Community Action and others. She earned her B.A. from Portland State University. Born in Mission, Texas, Maria came to Oregon as a migrant worker. She has lived in Oregon for more than 50 years but, she always considers herself a Tejana first and Oregonian second.
“I came to VG as a patient and also as an advocate for the families and children in the migrant camp and I have stayed as an employee – because not only can I see that VG is making a difference in the health of those who need it most, but that somehow I have a small part in making sure it happens.”
Gabriela Downey, Director of the Human Resources Division, specializes in Employment and Labor Relations. She enjoys training managers to be the best supervisors possible. She brings her experience as a union researcher and representative to assist managers in understanding the collective bargaining process and working with a unionized workforce.
Before becoming a human resources manager with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Gabriela worked for the State of Oregon as an Employee Services Manager at the Bureau of Labor and Industries and the Department of Corrections women’s prison. She also worked for AFSCME and the United Automobile Workers (UAW) in Detroit.
Gabriela has a degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University and completed the Masters Program in Labor Economics at the University of Utah. She also earned a certification as a Senior Human Resources Professional. Gabriela believes Virginia Garcia is a great organization with wonderful, dedicated employees and intends to meet each and every one of them.
After growing up in Michigan, Gabriela lived in Germany, Honolulu, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City before settling in Portland. She has a daughter attending the University of San Francisco and a Siamese cat named Cleocatra.
Laura Byerly, MD
Doctor Laura Byerly joined Virginia Garcia in 1994. She moved to Oregon from Maryland in 1979 to go to Reed College and stuck. Laura wanted to be a doctor since she was in 5th grade, and over the years decided she wanted to also serve people who might have some trouble accessing care otherwise! Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center provided the venue.
When not at work, Laura enjoys spending time with her two lovely teenage children, and other family members. She also enjoys playing the guitar, marimba and singing, riding her bike, sewing, cooking and dancing.
Medical Training: Oregon Health Science University – School of Medicine, Portland, OR (MD) 1990
Board Certification: American Board of Family Practice (1993)
Languages: English, Spanish, and some French
Chris Hill, MD
Doctor Chris Hill joined Virginia Garcia in September of 2002 and became Assistant Medical Director in 2012. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Hill takes an active role in research. Recent areas of focus have included diabetes quality improvement initiatives in safety net settings, and practice based research networks.
Medical Training: Tufts University – School of Medicine, Boston, MA (1991) Medical Doctorate
Residency: Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR (1995) Family Practice and Preventative Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Family Practice (1994)
Ann Turner, MD
Dr. Turner has been with Virginia Garcia for 20 years, joining the Virginia Garcia team in 1995 as Medical Director. Her extensive medical expertise and leadership skills serve both the clinic and area organization. She has served on various boards in the community including: Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, 2004-09; Oregon Primary Care Association, 2005-08; and Worker’s Rights. Dr. Turner has also received numerous awards including National Society of Fund-Raising Executives; nomination for Founder’s Award, Philanthropy Day, 1990; and Citizen of the Year, 1988, “One Person Can Make a Difference,” Knights of Columbus Council #621, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Virginia Garcia, Dr. Turner co-founded a private non-profit community clinic in South Central Los Angeles to provide comprehensive continuing care for the medically underserved. Dr. Turner received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine in 1972. She did her Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Chicago Hospital from 1973-74 and completed another year of Residency in Internal Medicine at the LAC-USC Medical Center from 1974-75. Dr. Turner received her Board Certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1975 and is licensed by the State of Oregon.
Tran Miers, RN
With over 25 years of experience in health care, Tran serves as Virginia Garcia’s Clinical Program Director, responsible for implementing key elements of the patient-centered medical home initiative at Virginia Garcia’s Clinics. Reflecting her deep commitment to serving communities in need, Tran joined Virginia Garcia in 2004 as the clinical coordinator for the Beaverton Clinic and was promoted to clinic manager in 2008. As clinic manager, Tran supervised the implementation of team-based, patient-centered care, and incorporated electronic medical records at the clinic. Prior to her work at Virginia Garcia, Tran led quality improvement efforts at Legacy Health Systems and Acumentra Health. Tran earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University and has a Health Management Certificate from Portland State University. She is certified as a green belt in six-sigma/lean process improvement and serves as a member of the Oregon Public Health Advisory Board and an executive member of the Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children.
Serena Cruz, MPP/JD
Serena Cruz is the Executive Director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she oversees fundraising and community partnerships in support of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Before joining Virginia Garcia, she co-founded Albina Construction Company LLC to develop, build and renovate sustainable and affordable housing. Before that, Serena served eight years as a Multnomah County Commissioner.
She currently serves on the boards of NOW Oregon as well as Sightline. She earned her BA at Lewis & Clark College, her MPP at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and her JD at the University of California at Berkeley. Serena was born in Seattle, raised in Eugene and now lives in Northeast Portland.
“We change people’s lives every day. When families get access to high quality affordable health care they can work, go to school and live their lives to the fullest. I’m thrilled to be a part of Virginia Garcia’s efforts to support families in our community.”