Ravenswood Family Health Center
1885 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303


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Board of Directors

Ravenswood Family Health Center is governed by a dedicated 14-member Board of Directors (including two Board Liaisons). The Board of Directors exercises policy oversight and provides direction for our organization. Our board members also sit on our Board Development, Quality, Finance, Audit, Personnel, Advocacy, Compliance, and Strategic Planning committees.

As a federally funded community health center, the majority of our Board members are from the community and/or are registered patients of the clinic.

The operation of a community health center is challenging given the constant changes and increasing complexity of healthcare. All of our Board members receive training from the National Association of Community Health Center’s Board Member Boot Camp, from which they learn the legal, administrative, financial, and clinical aspects of governing a health center.

Public Notice / Aviso Público

Ravenswood Family Health Center’s Board of Directors meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 6:30pm at 1842 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, California.

La Junta Directiva de la Clinica “Ravenswood Family Health Center” se reúne cada tercer Martes a las 6:30 de la tarde en el edificio 1842 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, California, el cual es el Centro de Recursos en el cuarto de conferencia, que se llama “California”.

Melieni Falemaka Talakai, Chair

Ambulatory Care Nurse, San Mateo County Mobile Clinic

Melieni has served on our Board from the beginning, and has made major contributions in guiding Ravenswood’s development.  In April 2010 she received the Nonprofit Board Leader Award, given annually by the Volunteer Center to recognize the achievements of outstanding nonprofit board members in the Bay Area. Her background in public health has given her a thorough understanding of community health, and her Tongan heritage has made her an invaluable resource in our development of culturally appropriate methods for addressing chronic disease issues in Tongan communities.  Melieni is the co-founder of Taulama for Tongans, a volunteer nonprofit that provides health education to the Pacific Islander community.

Senseria Conley, Vice Chair

Community Advocate

Senseria Conley brings a wealth of community involvement spanning over 40 years as a resident of East Palo Alto. Ms. Conley has been an avid volunteer for several local organizations, including Bread of Life EPA, Mid-Peninsula Housing, and Palo Alto Farmers Market to name a few. Ms. Conley has raised two young adults which has given her valuable experience in dealing with the many challenges that arise in the process: health, education, nutrition and employment. Ms. Conley’s devotion to her community is witnessed in her every day walk through this community she calls “home”.

Julio Garcia, Treasurer

Program Director, Nuestra Casa

Julio has been one of our Board Members since 2001. With over 24 years of experience in grassroots organizations, he is aware of the needs of the community, particularly regarding immigrant issues and community education. Julio is currently the Program Director at Nuestra Casa, an East Palo Alto community education organization that promotes civic engagement and parent involvement.

Manuel Arteaga, Secretary

Social Worker, County Child Support Services

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Manuel became an elementary school teacher in Redwood City. In 1998, he moved to Barcelona to teach English and work with the Centre Integral de Serveis, where he coordinated group therapy and managed a caseload of patients in a mental health clinic. He now works with San Mateo County Child Support Services as a social worker. He has well-developed cross-cultural skills, and is an adept and thoughtful communicator.

Nancy Alvarez, Parliamentarian

Family Engagement Specialist, Fair Oaks Community School

Nancy has been living in East Palo Alto for the past 20 years, and is actively involved in her community and in the education of her two daughters. She is passionate about social work, and strongly believes in the power of education to break the cycle of injustice in low-income communities. Nancy worked as a parent liaison at Cesar Chavez Elementary School for 13 years, and has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in May 2018. She is currently working at East Palo Alto Academy Foundation. She loves to advocate for families and refer them to resources to help them improve their well-being. As a Board Member of Ravenswood Family Health Center she feels responsible for making sure that individuals receive high-quality health care services.

Vernal Bailey

Community Advocate

Vernal is an advocate known in the communities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, California, where he grew up. He uses his communication and organizing skills to promote events for several nonprofit community groups, and now for Ravenswood Family Health Center. He worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1994 where he was sworn in as a reservist for the National Disaster Helpline. He also manages a handyman/landscaping business that services the homes of elderly and low-income families who cannot afford to pay full price of home repairs. Vernal is a team leader at Tri-City Volunteers in Fremont, California, and is also a Board Member of All of Us or None, a nonprofit that supports the families of prisoners.

Genesis Cerna

Partnership Coordinator, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Genesis grew up in East Palo Alto and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Psychology degree in 2015. She has actively worked with many non-profits throughout San Mateo County. She is passionate about social justice and the needs of the community around her. Healthcare is a topic that is close to the heart for Genesis due to having struggled before with getting healthcare for herself and her family. Access to quality healthcare is important to her which is why she wanted to join a board that would allow her to serve the community in a different capacity. She currently works as a Partnership Coordinator at Second Harvest Food Bank building and establishing relationships with agencies to ensure they have everything they need to close the gap of food insecurity in San Mateo and Santa Clara county.

Marcelline Combs

Community Advocate

A resident of East Palo Alto since 1955, Marcelline and her husband have raised her family in this community, and knows firsthand how important it is that Ravenswood continues to provide access to quality health care and culturally sensitive services. She attended Foothill and Cañada Colleges and worked at Sequoia Union High School District for many years before retiring.

Siteri Maravou

President, Ultimate Homecare Services
  • Siteri was born and raised in Fiji. Prior to coming to the United States, she worked in broadcasting as a producer and journalist for Fiji Television. She founded Ultimate Homecare Services in Silicon Valley in 2001. In addition to her commitment to Ravenswood, Siteri is also a Board Member of the East Palo Alto YMCA, and a member of the Pacific Island Community Center.

Fred Mondragon

Vice President of Business Development, Medallia, Inc

Fred’s career spans 25 years doing Alliances and Business Development for technology companies in Silicon Valley including Sun Microsystems, Netscape, Oracle, and Netbase. Fred is currently in his 6th year as Vice President of Business Development (alliances) at Medallia where he has helped build the partner ecosystem as the company has grown from 200 to 1,400 employees. He is fluent in Spanish, speaks some Portuguese, and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University. Fred is extremely passionate about transferring his skills, experience, and expertise from his work to helping low-income, underserved communities in Silicon Valley access affordable health care services.

Raymond Mills

Executive Director, Voices of Recovery

Raymond is a resident of Santa Clara who brings valuable recovery service experience to our Board. He co-founded Voices of Recovery with Steve Kaplan formerly of San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and serves as the Executive Director.  Raymond is a Certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator; WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that help peers get well, stay well, and make their life the way they want it to be. 

Sherri Sager

Chief Government & Community Relations Officer, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Sherri Sager has represented Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) since the inception of our community health center, and has acted as Board Liaison since our first Board meeting in 2000. As the Chief Government Relations Officer she is responsible for developing and advocating for positions on legislation and public policies that impact LPCH and the children they serve. An advocate and leader in the public arena for over 30 years, she is widely recognized for her political acumen and understanding of public health care policy.