Matt Austin is a seventh generation Oregonian and works as a Product Manager for Delivery Systems 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.
Lina Garcia Seabold is the owner and partner of Cornell Estates Living Center; Rosewood Park Retirement and Assisted Living Center; Rosewood Specialty Care and the Gardens at Washington Square, along with several other Senior Retirement facilities in Arizona and Utah. She along with her husband Steve, were owners of Seabold Construction Co. Inc., since 1984, now both retired from that company.
Lina is currently involved with Teatro Milagro/Miracle Theater in Portland and continues to be a patron of the arts. She has been actively involved with a variety of leading art, government, women and Latino associations, and some of Oregon’s leading public health organizations.
Lina received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Oregon in 1974. Prior to U of O, the Garcia family was one of twelve Latino families who migrated and settled in Washington County spurring the birth of several Latino organizations such as Virginia Garcia Health Clinic and Centro Cultural. Her Father, Jose D. Garcia, was a Founding Member of the Virginia Garcia Health Clinic.
Lina is an active artist focusing primarily on watercolors and multi-media collage. She loves to travel and explore towns, villages, old colonial haciendas and world heritage sites throughout Mexico. Lina enjoys nature and the Oregon coast and loves to spend time outdoors with her family… especially her two Grandsons.
Margaret R. Garza is the Business Manager for the Washington County Department of Assessment & Taxation. She is the daughter of one of the Founding Families of the Virginia Garcia. She has a deep understanding of how small businesses work, given her 15 year career as a financial consultant in the Portland Metro Area. Also, possesses an insight to public service, given her 25 years of service to both City and County positions.
She holds degrees in Business Administration and Spanish Literature from Lewis and Clark College. She is active in her community, and is currently serving in different capacities for Centro Cultural de Washington County, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic, Tuality Hospital, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and St. Alexander’s Catholic Church. She and her husband, Armando, have two beautiful girls that they absolutely love and adore.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Imelda Dacones leads more than 1,700 physicians, clinicians and administrative staff to provide care to more than 600,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Dr. Dacones joined Kaiser Permanente in 1999 as a primary care physician in Internal Medicine and became a hospitalist full time in 2002. After 5 years as the lead hospitalist for the West Service Area, she became, in 2011, the physician leader for the planning and opening of Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center. She became the Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer of Westside Medical Center by the time the facility opened in 2013. Before becoming the CEO and President of Northwest Permanente, Dr. Dacones also was the Regional Chief Medical Officer and Director of Hospital Operations for Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Region.
Dr. Dacones received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago, where she also completed her internship and residency training.
Jon Down, PhD is a business school professor at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business with teaching, research and consulting interests that blend strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation in technology environments. He has led numerous curriculum development efforts including a partnership between the University of Portland and Oregon Health & Science University to develop a graduate level program aimed at commercializing science and technology research. He also spearheaded the creation of new entrepreneurship programs at Oregon State University and the University of Portland. Other recent projects include a study of the State of Entrepreneurship in Portland and an examination of how firms achieve the right balance of strategic flexibility in their planning systems.
His interest in working with Virginia Garcia has its roots in work his parents did advocating for migrant worker rights in the 60s and 70s. His Ph.D. is in Strategic Management from University of Washington. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. Jon travels widely and holds US and British citizenship.
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.
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.
Lisa J. Rowley, RDH, MS, is currently program director and professor in the School of Dental Hygiene Studies at Pacific University. She is the founding director for Pacific’s bachelor degree dental hygiene program that focuses on access to care for under-served patients.
The dental hygiene program provides students with extensive off-campus fieldwork experiences in a variety of public health settings including Virginia Garcia’s dental clinics. Lisa has worked in dental hygiene education for over 30 years in both faculty and administrative positions.
She holds an AAS, BS and MS degree in dental hygiene and a second MS degree in organizational management. Lisa is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). She currently serves as Advocacy Director for the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Dr. Michelle Stafford founded World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry in August 2008. After graduating University of the Pacific: Arthur 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. This hospital-based residency provided a safe environment to treat the dental needs of children under general anesthesia, conscious sedation and/or nitrous oxide.
Dr. Stafford is also very passionate about tongue and lip ties. After experiencing the effects of 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. Learn more about tongue tie here.
Dr. Stafford enjoys hiking, crafty projects like sewing and scrap-booking and exploring the Portland area with her husband, Nicholas Peterka. They welcomed their first child on June 1st, 2012. Wasting no time, her second son came along on April 21st, 2014. Some of her other hobbies include photography, traveling and learning about different cultures. She has incorporated her love of travel into World of Smiles. The kids' office interior serves as a gallery for artwork and photography from around the world.
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.
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.
Serena Cruz is the 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 farm workers and others with barriers to receiving healthcare.
Serena oversees the Foundation’s fundraising, public relations, advocacy and community partnership activities. She is 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.
Serena was named one of the 25 most influential women in Oregon in 2019 by the Portland Business Journal.
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.