Sheila Brown, R.N., MBA, FACHE
Sheila Brown is a healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare administration. Currently, Sheila is the Vice President for Continuum Care at Palomar Health. In her personal life, she is extremely proud of her supportive husband, two wonderful children and is a strong advocate for family and community values.
Donald Stump possesses 29 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in San Diego County and Boston, Massachusetts that serve youth and families. His excitement to support and learn about community clinics drew him to the opportunity to sit on NCHS Board of Directors. Donald’s knowledge of nonprofit operations and passion to assure access to high-quality healthcare for all cemented his decision to join NCHS Board of Directors. In his personal time, Donald enjoys open-water swimming and craft brewing.
Andrew S. Rinde
Andrew Rinde is a retired healthcare executive and management consultant. He brings years of healthcare experience to the Board of Directors at NCHS. He believes in the mission and is eager to give back to his community in a new way. He believes accessible and affordable, quality healthcare is a right, not a privilege. In his free time, Andy enjoys memoir writing, playing tennis, volunteering and taking photographs.
As the Migrant Health and Support Services Specialist with the San Diego County Office of Education, Adriana Paulson has first-hand experience understanding how challenging it is for the underserved population to access care. She was drawn to NCHS’ Board of Directors because of the leadership NCHS exemplifies in the community. Her passion for healthcare stems from her desire to unify access to quality healthcare for everyone.
Andrés Martin is a school counselor for ages K-12 and an active member of the North County community. At the age of nine, he first came to NCHS with his family for healthcare services and that is where his passion for health care started taking shape. As a healthcare advocate, he believes preventative maintenance is key to have a healthy society.
Carmen Amigon brings over 20 years of experience in the for-impact sector. She is currently the Special Project Director at Community Housing works: a statewide developer of affordable housing and trans-formative resident programs. Carmen is a social entrepreneur at heart, creating lasting partnerships and developing programs that help change the lives of those in need. Carmen will be bringing her expertise in national initiatives in the areas of financial capabilities, resident engagement, and community leadership to our Board of Directors. She is passionate about helping individuals and communities change their future and is proud to support NCHS.
Craig Garcia is the CEO of Reliable Contact and Old California Coffee House in San Marcos, California. Through 25 years of personal development, he has taught thousands of people how to achieve more. He believes NCHS provides an affordable, quality healthcare solution to many families in his community. He also serves on the NCHS Fund Development Advisory Board and is the Chairman of the Board of the San Marcos Arts Council.
Craig Jung is a retired Hospital Plant Services Director and brings years of healthcare policy and procedure experience to NCHS’ Board of Directors. Craig is a natural fit and was eager to join NCHS’ board as he believes quality healthcare needs to be maintained and expanded to all underserved individuals. In his free time, Craig enjoys traveling and immersing himself in different cultures.
Harriet H. Carter
Harriet Carter is an attorney in North County San Diego and brings her legal expertise and extensive experience in corporate strategic and financial planning to NCHS’ Board of Directors. She is passionate about healthcare and believes healthcare is a basic human right and should be available to everyone. Harriet is also proud to belong to a group of women who knit and crochet hats, scarves and baby blankets for several organizations that serve the underprivileged.
Jenny Smerud is a leader of the healthcare niche at AKT Advisors and a business owner in North County San Diego. She has several years of experience as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Association and is providing her financing and auditing expertise to our own Board of Directors. Jenny believes that access to affordable healthcare is critical for the growth and success of North County’s economy and community.
Karen Pearson has extensive experience in business development and public relations providing key insights into developing significant relationships with donors in North County. She has been awarded the volunteer of the year award in 2011 and 2013 from the North County Philanthropy Council. In her personal time, she enjoys helping San Diego youth develop professionally and grow as servant leaders in their communities. Karen believes in the NCHS mission and that every person deserves to have access to quality healthcare.
As a patient at NCHS, Maria brings a patient perspective to the NCHS Board of Directors highlighting and sharing her own experiences. She is very proud to be on the board and to be given the opportunity to speak on behalf of all NCHS patients. Maria enjoys being involved in the community and joined the NCHS board to help educate her communities about their healthcare options.
Maria Mercado migrated to California when she was twenty-one years. She is the President of the San Diego County Office of Migrant Education and was also a committee member for MAAC Projects. Along with these programs, Maria is also starting an anti-drug prevention program at San Marcos High School. In her spare time, Maria likes to go to the beach and spend time with her husband and three children.
Mike Michaelson is a Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems. He has taught at several different universities including Palomar College, UCSD, Webster University, and Pepperdine University. Mike has served on numerous Boards including the Board of Governors of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, DPMA Board of Directors, to name a few. He has also developmentally edited, reviewed and served as a Ghost Writer for over 400 College and University Computer Science Manuscripts, consisting of prospectuses, table of contents, outlines, and entire texts for numerous publishers. Mike strongly believes that giving back in the field of health care to those in need is an essential, current, and ever-continuing need. He is continually inspired by NCHS’s success and strong involvement in health care.
With years of experience in sales and marketing, Steve Kildoo provides key insights into regional information in North County. Steve joined the NCHS Board of Directors because he wanted to be a part of a quality, impactful organization and holds the belief that healthcare is a necessity for all.
Victor Botello is a co-founder and Development Director at North County Health Services. He has worked in non-profit management for many years and understands the challenges faced by non-profit organizations. Victor was drawn to the NCHS’ Board of Directors because he believes that NCHS is one of the premier providers of health care services, not only in San Diego County, but in the country. In his personal time, Victor enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, fishing and playing golf.
Walt Steffen is one of the founders of North County Health Services and is proud to sit on the Board of Directors. As a retired clinical social worker, Walt is passionate to help establish clinics for low-income individuals unable to secure adequate healthcare. Walt is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and feels everyone has the right to quality healthcare. In his spare time Walt and his wife enjoy spending time with family. Walt enjoys attending sporting events with his sons and son-in-law and reading.