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 will graduate from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in May 2018. She is currently working at Fair Oaks Community School in Redwood City as a Family Engagement Specialist. 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 organization 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

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.

Ana Gómez

Family Resource Center Coordinator, Gatepath’s Family Resource Center

Ana Gómez moved to East Palo Alto in 2003, and soon became a patient at Ravenswood Family Health Center. She was impressed by the dignity with which our health center treats patients. As a case worker, Ana has assisted youths and adults in the community with enrolling in school and obtaining employment. She became a member of our Board of Directors because she is invested in giving back to her community, and helping individuals and families obtain the care they need.

Jonathan M. Lindeke

Attorney at Law at http://www.jlindeke.com. Retired Partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP

Jonathan Lindeke has been practicing law for more than 40 years and has specialized in health care law for more than 30 of those years.  Jonathan provides advice and counsel to a variety of clients across the entire spectrum of the health care industry, including hospitals and hospital systems, physicians and medical groups, community clinics and other safety net providers, and all manner of other clients throughout the industry. He has extensive experience with managed health care, including capitated and “global risk” payment arrangements, as well as health care joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions.  He received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley, in 1976.

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.

Elizabeth Salas

Office Coordinator, Phantom

As long-time member of the East Palo Alto community, Elizabeth has been involved in numerous local organizations and is committed to empowering individuals and families. Elizabeth pursued education in Business Administration, Economics, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Cañada College, and became involved in tutoring and mentoring students to help them transition into college. She is now completing her Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at Menlo College. Elizabeth has worked at local businesses where she directed staffing, training, and performance evaluations to develop and control sales and services programs. She has used her education and training as a Community Leader and Organizer at Nuestra Casa where she has established and maintained relationships with other community organizations to meet community needs, provided services and support to clients,

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.