Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director, Foundation
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Human Resources Director
Information Technology Director
Organizational Development Director
Associate Medical Director
Director of Quality
Director of Pharmacy
Gil Muñoz is the Chief Executive Officer at 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.
Serena Cruz is Executive Director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation supporting the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties, with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving healthcare. Serena oversees the Foundation’s fundraising, public relations, advocacy and community partnership activities. She’s active in community organizations as a Founders Circle Member of ninety-nine girlfriends, an Oregon Historical Society Board Member and a Foundations for a Better Oregon (Chalkboard) Board Member. Before joining Virginia Garcia, Serena co-founded and managed Albina Construction LLC, a construction and development company. She served eight years on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners representing North and Northeast Portland. Taking office at age 31, she was the youngest woman and first Latinx ever elected to Multnomah County government. 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, where her 11-year old daughter attends Tubman Middle School.
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.”
Lena Ulvi joined Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center & Foundation in August, 2017 in the role of Human Resources Director. She has enjoyed extensive Human Resources roles with Honeywell International, Welch Allyn Inc., and Skanska USA before following her dream to join a progressive healthcare nonprofit. Lena’s education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Since landing in Oregon ten years ago, Lena and her family have been highly involved in local nonprofit and charitable work, most notably with SOLVE, United Way, Oregon Food Bank, and The Good Neighbor House. Lena and her husband originally hail from Alaska, and are proud to be raising their three daughters in the community.
Juan Garfias has been with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center for 16 years, and currently serves as the Director of Information Technology. In that role, Juan coordinates Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center’s technology strategic planning, actively seeking ways to leverage the integration of business processes with applicable emerging technologies in order to improve and streamline operations and services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
In addition, Juan partners and directs Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center’s departmental technology personnel in developing systems to improve the security, effectiveness and efficiency of VGMHC’s technology infrastructure. Recently, Juan designed and implemented the technology infrastructure at Virginia Garcia’s recent new Administration offices.
Juan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from Oregon State University. Juan’s favorite place in the world is Cutzamala de Pinzon, Guerrero, Mexico.
Dr. 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
Dr 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)
Lisa Bozzetti, DDS
Lisa Bozzetti has been with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center for 9 years, where she has responsibility for dental program development and oversight of dental services for Virginia Garcia patients. The dental program has grown from 3 clinics when she first started to now include 5 dental clinics, 5 SBHCs, and a school sealant program.
Dr. Bozzetti received her DDS from Loma Linda University, and her BS in Psychobiology (Neuroscience) from the University of California at Riverside. Since 2010 she has served on the Board of the Oregon Oral Health Coalition, a group advocating for improvement of oral health for all Oregonians.
She speaks Swedish fluently, is married to a Swede and loves living in the Portland area where she can enjoy her two favorite activities – being outdoors and eating good food.
Dr. Sarah Deines was selected as the Director of Quality for Virginia Garcia in 2017. In this role, Sarah provides oversight of clinical quality improvement and assurance initiatives to ensure access to and provision of high quality care, done cost-effectively with sustained employee engagement.
Sarah Deines originally joined Virginia Garcia in July 2009 as the first clinical pharmacist and, since that time, has supported development and expansion of VG’s clinical pharmacy program across all primary care clinics. Expansion of the clinical pharmacy program focused on delivering high quality care to optimize outcomes for the patients and populations served. This includes delivery of nurse and provider training on standards of care and medication protocols to support evidence based medication use in our clinics.
Medical Training: Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD 2008). Legacy Health PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, Portland, OR (2009).
Board Certification: Board Certification Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP) 2012
Languages: English, Spanish
Christine Hicks has been with Virginia Garcia for over 13 years. In her role as Pharmacy Director, she oversees all of the dispensing pharmacies and the clinical pharmacy program at VG. Through the expansion of VG’s clinical pharmacy program to our Newberg clinic, there are now clinical pharmacists in each of VG’s primary care sites.
Christine is a member of the Oregon Care P&T Committee, a member of the Prime Vendor Advisory Council, and is a member of the APha, ASHP and OSHP. She received her Pharmacy degree from University of Washington and her Biology degree from Washington State University. Christine is married with 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren. In her free time she raises and shows afghan hounds and salukis. She also enjoys hiking and cross-country drives.