Providing high quality health care for those who need it most
The mission of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation is to provide enduring support for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center through funding, community relations and through the cultivation of community friendships, partners and donors.
Stefanny CaballeroExecutive Director
Stefanny Caballero has been with Virginia Garcia since 2016, serving first as the Corporate Partnerships Officer and later as the Development Officer, leading the organization’s individual and corporate fundraising efforts. She made significant contributions both individually and in partnership with her Individual and Corporate Development team. Under her leadership, the Development team saw a 40% expansion in individual donor support, 400% increase in corporate support, and the successful expansion of the organization’s sponsorship program. Stefanny also played a key role in the creation and implementation of the Patient Support Flex Fund, working with a long-time donor and champion and staff across all of our clinic sites. This program has become a critical element of Virginia Garcia’s response to COVID-19 and supporting our patients with needs outside the exam room.
Stefanny brings with her more than 12 years of service working with non-profit organizations in the Portland metro region. Prior to joining Virginia Garcia, Stefanny was a corporate relations staff at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and worked with key corporate partners and donors to run top workplace giving campaigns totaling $2 million. Stefanny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Portland State University and brings a strong background in community relations and engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility, financial management, strategic planning, and development of strategies to better serve communities of color. She has more than seven years of experience serving in several local nonprofit boards and equity advisory councils, including as the Board Vice President for Bienestar, a culturally specific organization providing housing and services to farmworkers in Washington County.
Born and raised in Honduras, Central America, Stefanny moved to the United States at age 15 and has made the Pacific Northwest her home. Her own experiences as an uninsured teenager growing up in a new country, learning a new language, and lacking a full understanding of the health care and educational systems created more barriers and challenges along her journey. These experiences led Stefanny to pursue a career in the social services sector, contributing to her life-long commitment to support the success of her community.
Ann CarrickGrant Writer
Ann Carrick is the Grant Writer at Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she writes grants and reports for public and private funders in support of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Before coming to Virginia Garcia, Ann managed communications and programming, as well as assisted with research, at the Berger Institute for Individual and Social Development at Claremont McKenna College. Previous to her work with the Berger Institute, Ann coordinated communications, publicity, and events at an arts education nonprofit in Los Angeles, CA. She has also served as an Associate Producer for the International Positive Psychology Association on their leading education series.
Ann received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Maryville University and her MA in Positive Health Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. She enjoys hiking, traveling, baking, and cuddling with her dog and cat while she reads a good book. Ann feels motivated and inspired when she can use her skills and background to help her community and to help all individuals thrive.
Laura EthertonPublic Grants Officer
Laura Etherton is the Public Grants Officer at the Virginia Garcia Foundation writing and managing grants from Federal, State and municipalities in support of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Before joining Virginia Garcia, she served as the State and Federal Policy Director at the Oregon Primary Care Association, where she worked to expand health care access for all low-income children in Oregon, and ensure ongoing public funding for community health centers across the state. Previously, Laura spend two decades leading work on consumer protection, environmental conservation, and health care policy program at the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group and at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Laura served as the co-chair of Oregon’s Medicaid Advisory Committee in 2017 and 2018, guiding the committee’s work to create recommendations to state officials on the social determinants of health. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College. She lives in Portland with her husband and cat, and spends most of her time teaching yoga, reading and growing potatoes in her backyard.
Michele HaynesFoundation Relations Officer
Michele Haynes is the Foundation Relations Officer of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she oversees relationships with local, regional and national foundations in support of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Before joining Virginia Garcia, she worked for the Library Foundation in Portland, building private support for Portland’s library system. Before that, Michele was in Anchorage, Alaska, working at the Alaska Humanities Forum as the grants officer and office manager.
Michele has served on the advisory council for the Washington County Nonprofit Network and as vice president for Grant Professionals Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. She earned her BA of English at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and completed her graduate work for an MA in Literature at UAA.
Born and raised in the Northwest, Michele has lived up and down the west coast, including 11 years in Alaska. Michele and her husband Bob live on an acreage in the hills above Saint Helens with a dog, nine hens and two miniature horses, where they enjoy gardening and family time with their kids and grandkids.
Sammy MagañaDevelopment Associate
Sammy Magaña is the Development Associate, providing support with individual and corporate donors, event planning, volunteer management, corporate communications, and database entry.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she loves spending time with her family, traveling, dancing, cooking new recipes and being outdoors. At 21, she saved up $11,000 to backpack through South America for 6 months by herself, making her way through Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Belize. She also spent some time living in Medellín, Colombia and in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Sammy received her Bachelor’s of Science in Integrated Strategic Communications from Washington State University in Vancouver.
Sammy is passionate about community outreach, sharing stories and helping people access quality healthcare because quality medical care is a basic human right. She also serves on Chasing the Sun’s advisory board which focuses on health and wellness for communication professionals
Kayla MahikoDevelopment Associate
Kayla Mahiko is the Development Coordinator for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she manages the donor database and assists with website management, financial reporting and events. Kayla relocated to Oregon from her hometown Honolulu, Hawaii, where she spent three years working in non-profit health care. She has a background in database management, project management, program implementation and process improvement. Kayla received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Oregon State University.
She is excited to be a part of the Virginia Garcia family and having the opportunity to use her abilities and experiences to contribute to the community.
Wendy OwenGrants Officer
Wendy Owen is the Internal Communications Officer and Grant Writer for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she writes grant proposals to help fund Virginia Garcia’s amazing programs and gets the word out to employees about all the cool happenings in our clinics and health centers.
Before joining Virginia Garcia, Wendy worked as a reporter for The Oregonian for 16 years. In that time, she wrote stories from the South Coast of Oregon (remember the New Carissa?) to the Columbia River Gorge (remember the mad cow disease scare?). For the last decade, she covered education in Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Tigard. In fact, she wrote stories about some of the young patients helped by Virginia Garcia.
Wendy was born and raised in Montana and comes from a long line of Montana pioneers. She likes to joke that to graduate from second grade to third grade, students have to be able to kill a Grizzly bear with a toothpick.
It was far easier for her to graduate from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism – no bears. She and her husband live in unincorporated Beaverton.
Julie TitusDevelopment Associate
Julie Titus is the Development Associate, providing support to our Corporate and Individual Partnership Officers and Public Relations Officer. Prior to joining Virginia Garcia, Julie spent more than a decade in fundraising, leading teams to reach out door-to-door, over the phone, and with major individual asks on health care, environmental, and consumer protection campaigns.
Julie received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Macalester College. She also spent two years studying, traveling, and volunteering in Central and South America. She serves on the Board of Directors of OSPIRG Foundation and The Minga Foundation. Julie has lived in Oregon since 2004, and currently resides in western Washington County with her husband and dogs, where she enjoys gardening and photography. She feels privileged to help expand Virginia Garcia’s resources to benefit her neighbors and community.