Laurinda Mackenzie is the Board Chair for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Company, chairing the Compensation and Benefits Committee. Laurinda was the Chief Executive Officer of Oregon Anesthesiology Group (OAG) for 5 and ½ years, retiring in 2016. Prior to becoming OAG’s CEO in 2011, she 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 LifeEra Corporation. Her extensive background in the complex and competitive healthcare environment has enabled her to bring a fresh perspective to the shared mission of Virginia Garcia.
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 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 Aguilar 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 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; 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.
Laurel Durham is a registered nurse and the Regional Director of Perinatal Services for Providence St. Joseph Health. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in nursing, she has a master’s in public health/community health nursing and has a wealth of experience, including researching stressors in pregnancy with a focus on domestic violence, teaching senior nursing students at OHSU, working as a Washington County Community Health nurse, leading OB quality care initiatives in acute care facilities, and working as a perinatal consultant.
“I have admired the passion that Virginia Garcia has demonstrated for the community for many years, and am inspired by the shared values we commit to,” she said. The foundation of high quality care, delivered with an understanding of need to be culturally appropriate, combined with the desire to lead and innovate on how care should be delivered with future generations is amazing.”