Providing high quality health care for those who need it most
Health Center Board of Directors
Laurinda MacKenzieBoard Chair
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 PalazuelosBoard 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.”
Jessica KittBoard Secretary
Susan FelstinerBoard 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 AguilarPatient Representative
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.”
Ernestina ArandaBoard Advisor
Joaquin BorregoCommunity Representative
Miguel CalderonPatient Representative
Rafal DeckerPatient Representative
Laurel DurhamCommunity Representative
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.”