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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dulce Benetti is an Administrative Specialist with Associated Students Inc. at CSUSM, where she empowers and engages students to become advocates for themselves and their educational career. Dulce believes in the NCHS mission and that healthcare should be accessible for all, with the right to quality healthcare regardless of socio-economic status. In her personal time, Dulce enjoys spending time with her family, meditating, reading, and gardening.
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.
Maria Elena Orozco De La Cruz
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 a representative of the Migrant Education Program within the Vista School District and was also a committee member for MAAC Projects. 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.
Dr. Phil Yphantides
“Dr. Phil” Yphantides earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1997. He completed his Family Medicine residency at UCSD in 2000, serving as Chief Resident. Since 2006, he has been with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group (SRSMG) in San Diego, CA. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Department of Urgent Care, managing a staff of over 80 medical providers in addition to working in patient care. He previously served on the medical group’s Board of Directors, as Physician Champion for the group’s successful quality programs in Diabetes and Hypertension management, as Chairman of the Clinical Guidelines Committee, Chairman of the Health Information Management Committee, and as an active participant on several other committees and work groups at SRSMG. Dr. Phil has a contagious passion for improving the quality, efficiency, and empathy of care delivery to patients. Prior to joining Sharp Rees-Stealy, Dr. Phil was the Outpatient Medical Director of a network of Community Health Centers, serving the uninsured and low income residents in the local area.
Russell Riehl is a healthcare leader with over 15 years’ experience. He is currently the Director of Occupational Medicine service at Palomar Health. His role covers a vast array of healthcare environments including Employee Health, Safety, and multiple specialty outpatient clinics. He has worked to provide improved access to patients and healthcare personnel, and is really excited for the opportunity to participate on the NCHS Board of Directors. He believes every community member should have the right to healthcare, and feel comfortable accessing it. In his free time, Russ enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and going to the beach.
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.