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Foundation Board of Directors
Anita JacksonBoard Chair Jackson Pacific Consulting
Anita Jackson, SPHR, brings over 25 years of professional experience in human resources, corporate communications and branding to her executive coaching and leadership development business, helping her acquire the extensive real-world knowledge and expertise needed to facilitate transformative change in her client’s personal and professional lives and in organizational culture initiatives.
Anita brings enthusiasm and experience in helping leaders overcome the obstacles that limit their success. She knows how to help organizations connect their mission with the people in the organization. One of her greatest joys was championing best workplace initiatives with the fruition of her employer being recognized as a Best Workplace in Oregon, during a time of extreme organizational change. She likes to guide her clients to become the kind of leaders who inspire commitment and loyalty in those they lead.
Anita holds the highest certification from the HR field, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (“SPHR”), and the Society for HR Management certification (“SHRM-SCP”), is a Certified Executive Coach with the ICF-accredited Center for Executive Coaching, and is a certified DiSC behavioral assessment coach. In addition to her coaching and consulting practice, she speaks at national, regional and local conferences, seminars, workshops and universities.
Katie O'NeillBoard Vice Chair Legacy Health
Michael WillesBoard Secretary Tonkon Torp
Michael is a partner in Tonkon Torp's litigation department. He has tried civil and criminal cases.
Before joining Tonkon Torp, Michael practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Michael is a director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation and Portland Workforce Alliance. Raised in Corvallis, Michael enjoys living in Portland with his wife, daughter, and son.
Ketan SampatBoard Treasurer CafeGive
Matt Austin is a seventh generation Oregonian and works as Director of Corporate Development at his family’s business, A-dec. In addition to his role at A-dec, a global leader for dental equipment solutions, Matt is involved with the Austin family’s other business ventures, including Springbrook Properties, a 450 acre development in Newberg, Oregon, and The Allison Inn & Spa, an 85 room boutique resort in the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country. Matt also co-founded a fitness and training center with his wife, Shannon, which they owned and operated together for 3 years.
Matt received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Matt resides in Sherwood with his wife, Shannon, and their two young children. He is active in Rotary, having held various leadership roles, including President of the Sherwood Old Town Rotary Club.
Cristian CorsiXcale Consulting Group
Cristian Corsi is the co-owner and managing partner of Xcale Consulting Group USA, a retail consulting firm with offices in the US and South America. Originally from Argentina, Cristian has more than 30 years of experience working at major companies, including Walmart and Nike, in several countries across Latin America and the United States.
Cristian has a Bachelor's Degree in International Commerce from the U.A.D.E. University (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) and an MBA in International Economic Policy from the U.B. University (Universidad de Belgrano).
Cristian has lived in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Regina, and their two children for more than nine years.
Ellen GarciaCommunity Leader
As the Chief, PACE Oregon, Ellen Garcia, MPH has leadership responsibilities for the only PACE Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly in Oregon. Prior to her current role, Ellen was Executive Director of Providence ElderPlace Seattle for 10 years. Dedicated to the growth of PACE nationally, she served as Chair of the National PACE Association Board of Directors from 2002-2008. Shehas served on the NPA Board of Directors and has participated in many NPA committees and initiatives.
With a Masters of Public Health from the University of Hawaii, Ellen has over thirty years of health care experience in both acute inpatient and not-for-profit community settings, including 12 years directing hospices. She has successfully taken programs through accreditation by The Joint Commission and the transition to permanent PACE Provider status. Ellen has been appointed to Governors’ Task Forces in the States of Oregon and Washington addressing Long Term Care and Medicare/Medicaid Integration.
Among her leadership roles, Ellen has served in the following capacities: Member, SCAN Foundation “Dignity Driven Decision Making” Advisory Group; Board Member, Hospice Association of America; Nominating Committee, National Association for Home Care; President and Treasurer, Oregon Association for Home Care; Board Member, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation; and Board Member, Washington Adult Day Services Association.
Margaret GarzaCommunity and Founding Family Representative
Aoife holdenSaoirse Consulting, LLC
Aoife Holden is an owner and principal of Saoirse Consulting LLC, a healthcare consulting firm. Aoife is a strategically focused and operationally experienced healthcare executive consultant with over 20 years of experience in key healthcare settings. Aoife enjoys working with diverse teams, building trust and collaboration, taking on new ideas and solving complex problems that produce tangible results and drive growth.
Earlier in her career, Aoife worked in strategy, operations and information technology directing and managing large scale initiatives and innovative projects across different industries including financial services, academic institutions, and the public sector.
Aoife holds a bachelor's degree in arts, a minor in creative writing, a bachelor's degree in life sciences and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Aoife is in the process of becoming a Certified Executive Coach with an ICF accredited Center for Executive Coaching as she is passionate about helping others grow and lead.
Aoife is originally from Ireland and met her husband while at university. Aoife resides in Portland OR with her husband, Jeremy, and their son and daughter. Aoife enjoys the many activities the Northwest provides including running, biking, skiing, and rock climbing. Aoife and her family also love to travel and explore and discover other cultures.
Mary PetersonGeorge Fox University
Eric poolmanNorthwest Permanente P.C.
Eric Poolman, MD MBA, is a Director of Operations for Northwest Permanente, PC, the multispecialty medical group that provides care through Kaiser Permanente Northwest for some 630,000 members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Eric is trained as a Family Physician, and works clinically as a hospitalist at KP’s two local hospitals. His leadership roles with KP have included Chief of Staff for the hospitals, as well as Chief of Hospital Operations and Chief of Hospital Medicine.
Eric’s first experience in public health was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Morocco. He completed his BS in Biology at Stanford, and his MD and MBA at Yale. He completed his residency and was chief resident at Ventura County Medical Center in California.
Eric is originally from Southern California, and met his wife on the OHSU tram when they were both new faculty. They have two children who are being raised on a diet of camping, reading, bicycling, cooking and baking, and board games.
Anita RamachandranMircoMentor, Mercy Corps
Anita Ramachandran is the Executive Director of MicroMentor, a global small business mentoring platform where under-resourced entrepreneurs and women small business owners from all over the world access business mentoring at no cost to them. MicroMentor is a social enterprise within the global organization, Mercy Corps, where she has been for the last 9 years. She has over 25 years of combined Non-Profit (NGO) and corporate management experience across a wide spectrum of industries and countries. She’s an entrepreneur, problem-solver, and changemaker, passionate about mentoring and personal growth.
Originally from India, she came to the United States at the age of 18. Her experience as an immigrant, young mom at the age of 19, finding creative ways to seek an affordable education from community colleges to State schools, and finding her voice in the South Asian community as the co-founder of SAWERA, an organization that supported women affected by domestic violence, to her journey as a social entrepreneur leading MicroMentor, have all taught her numerous life and leadership lessons. She’s excited to be a part of such an incredible mission at Virginia Garcia. Most importantly, she is honored to connect with and learn from others on the board and the organization as a whole.
Anita is a mother of two young women, Shaila and Sagarika, loves to cook Indian food, and share her life journey with dear friends and be of service to her community. She has called Portland home for over 25 years and enjoys all the quintessential Portland activities - hiking, wine tasting, great food and time at the Oregon coast. She was the recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence award in 2019 and was named Exceptional Woman for selfless service by the Chetana Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Anita received a bachelor of science in Environmental Science and Economics, Summa Cum Laude, and a MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from Portland State University.
Rogerio ReyesCommunity Leader
Michelle StaffordWorld of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Michelle Stafford founded World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry in August 2008. After graduating University of the Pacific: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Dr. Stafford chose the pediatric dental specialty because she believes that every child deserves to have a positive experience going to the dentist.
She completed an additional two years of training after dental school in an accredited pediatric residency program to become a pediatric dental specialist. Throughout this two year program she cared for children of all ages and especially children with special needs such as: autism, cerebral palsy and cleft lip/palate.
Dr. Stafford is also very passionate about tongue and lip ties. After experiencing the effects of a severe tongue tie with her first baby, she was unhappy with the traditional treatment options, so she sought more education on the issue to be able to offer the laser procedure to release tongue and lip ties in office to promote breast-feeding as well as treat speech and developmental issues that can arise.
Dr. Stafford enjoys hiking, crafty projects like sewing and scrap-booking and traveling the world as well as exploring the Portland area with her family. With two boys in elementary school she volunteers regularly in their classrooms and loves watching them grow and talking about the world around us. She has incorporated her love of travel into World of Smiles. The office interior serves as a gallery for artwork and photography from around the world. In 2017, Dr. Stafford found that many of the children in her practice had become teenagers and so she expanded across the hall with an office focused on the needs of teenagers and the young at heart who need a little TLC at the dentist.
Dr. Stafford is thrilled to introduce the Mixed Dentition Podcast where she talks with people from the community not just about dentistry, but also a broad range of topics that can help families including breastfeeding, nutrition, movement and posture, childcare, and so much more!
Gil MuñozVirginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
Gil Muñoz is the Chief Executive Officer at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. He 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 47,800 patients at five primary care clinics, six dental clinics, six school-based health centers, and a mobile outreach clinic serving 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.
Stefanny CaballeroVirginia Garcia Memorial Foundation