Health Trust Board Members

Devon Caroselli
Devon is an attorney and partner at Allen, Allen & Caroselli LLP in Watsonville, where her practice involves estate planning, trust administration, probate, real estate and business transactions. She grew up in Santa Cruz County and long ago decided she would raise her kids here.  After earning her B.A. summa cum laude from Loyola Marymount University and her J.D. from the University of Southern California, she worked for many years as an associate in the San Francisco office of a large California law firm before finally returning to her hometown with her husband and two young children in tow. While in San Francisco, Devon devoted significant time to the SF Bar Volunteer Legal Services Family Law Project helping low income individuals and families to resolve family law matters, and has continued to seek out and take opportunities to provide pro bono representation in the Pajaro Valley area.

Gretchen Morris Coffey
Gretchen Morris Coffey, a three-year community member of the Health Trust’s Grants Review Committee, joined the Health Trust board of directors in July 2014. While she and her husband, Richard, reside in Santa Cruz, Ms. Morris Coffey has always thought of the Pajaro Valley as a place that evokes the feeling of ‘home’ since she spent the bulk of her career working here. Prior to her retirement in 1999, Ms. Morris Coffey enjoyed a 25-year career in increasingly responsible positions supporting and managing the Food Services and other departments at Watsonville Community Hospital.

Ms. Morris Coffey received her AAS degree in Food Services Administration at the State University of New York. In 1974, she was hired as a Food Services Supervisor at the hospital. She rose in the ranks to Assistant Director of Food and Nutrition Services and ultimately, Director of Hospitality Services. In her role as director, she was responsible for overall management of the Food & Nutrition Services, Housekeeping and Linen departments, which included budgeting, strategic planning, hiring, firing, policies & procedures and complying with quality standards und the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).

Even before the Health T rust was formed in 1998, Ms. Morris Coffey was a generous donor and active volunteer in local nonprofit leadership and fundraising efforts. She has served on the board of the Watsonville YWCA and has been very active in supporting the Health Trust’s annual giving campaign and the Evening of Wine and Roses fundraiser for many years.

Ms. Morris Coffey’s role on the Grants Review Committee provided her with an overview of the Health Trust’s goals for bringing families into the health care/dental systems, reducing the causes/incidents of diabetes and promoting health care careers. This rewarding experience motivated her to participate further by joining the board of directors. Her knowledge of food and nutrition issues combined with her substantial administrative experience make her a valuable addition to the board.

Trina Coffman-Gomez
Trina Coffman-Gomez, a member of the Watsonville City Council, is the City’s appointee to the Health Trust Board of Directors effective January 2013.

Ms. Coffman-Gomez is a licensed real estate broker with Integrity Lending of Watsonville, a position she has held since 1993.  She has an extensive background in finance, real estate and senior business development ventures, and holds a BS degree from California State University, Monterey Bay, with an emphasis in operations management and finance.

A life-long resident of the Pajaro Valley, Ms. Coffman-Gomez has served in leadership positions in both government and the private sector, including as a member of the Watsonville Planning Commission and as President of Freedom Rotary.
Her experience in finance and her deep knowledge of the community make her an asset to the Health Trust Board of Directors.

Suzanne Mine-Eguchi
Suzanne is a CPA and General Accounting Manager at Hutchinson & Bloodgood. Her prior employment includes over 10 years in public accounting performing auditing services for not-for-profit organizations, public and private corporations, and partnerships.  Suzanne is the fourth generation in her family to live in Watsonville and was eager to return to California after graduating from Texas Christian University. She also currently serves on the audit committee for the United Way of Santa Cruz County. Suzanne resides in Watsonville with her husband Matt and their two French Bulldogs, Louie and Lizzie.

Gina Gallucci
Gina Gallucci, a native of upstate New York and long-time resident of La Selva Beach, has been a registered nurse in the critical care department of Watsonville Community Hospital since 1983.

A volunteer for the Health Trust since 2009, Gina has assisted with preparations for the Evening of Wine and Roses, supported education and outreach efforts at the Health Trust’s Diabetes Health Center (DHC) and participated as a leader in the Watsonville Community Hospital employee giving program known as the “Friends of the Health Trust.”

Gina raised two sons, Scott and Kyle, who attended local schools and now live and work in Southern California.  As the boys were growing up she volunteered extensively with the Boy Scouts of America.

During her 30-year tenure in nursing at Watsonville Community Hospital, Gina has served on numerous clinical committees where she has enjoyed taking part in the committee process and decision making.  Her nursing career has also given her tremendous insight into the critical health care needs in the community. She is excited at the opportunity to help improve the health of the community through her service on the Health Trust Board of Directors.

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, MPH
Elsa Mendoza Jimenez was appointed to the Health Trust Board by the Monterey County Health Department in 2013.  She earned her Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Community Health Education from San Jose State University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Santa Clara University. She has been employed by the County of Monterey over 10 years and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Health/COO at the Health Department.   During her tenure with the County she has served in various fiscal and chronic disease and health promotion programs capacities. Previously, she worked for the Community Health Partnership of Santa Clara County as a program manager for its diabetes program. Elsa was born and raised in King City and currently lives in Prunedale with her husband and three children.

Ron Jones
Ron has resided in Pajaro Valley for over 50 years.  During this time he was a high school teacher at Watsonville High School. For 40 years he was dedicated to the students of our community and he promoted the importance of higher education to our youth. Ron still teaches students through the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Drivers Education Program.

Ron joined the Board of Directors of the Health Trust in 2005.  He has co-chaired the Trust’s Development Committee and has been an event leader for the annual Human Race fundraising campaign.  He has played a pivotal role in recruiting local high school students to participate in the Human Race event.

Ron is also on the Board of Directors of the Watsonville High School Foundation.  In his spare time, Ron enjoys making award winning wine and he and his wife enjoy traveling the world and spending time with their grandchildren.

David Mesa
David has been a member of the Pajaro Valley Health Trust Board of Directors since 2003 and has served as treasurer for at least six years during that time. In March 2012, David was one of six Jefferson Award Honorees recognized for his volunteer work in the community. In addition to the Health Trust, David has been instrumental in establishing Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast (GICC) as an independent non-profit organization. GICC provides education, health, and leadership development opportunities for girls 8 to 18 through a series of after school programs throughout Monterey County.  Finally, David volunteers with the United Way of Monterey County to provide free income tax services to the low income families in Monterey County through the VITA program. David retired from Monterey County in 2011 after completing 33 years in county government that also included San Benito and Napa counties. David’s career in Monterey County included working as a Budget Analyst in the Budget Division of the County Administrative Office, as the Finance Director for the County Health Department, and as General Accounting Division Manager of the Auditor/Controller’s Office.

Michele Violich, M.D.
Michele was appointed to the Trust Board by the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency. She has lived and worked in Watsonville for almost 10 years. Michele is a practicing physician and the Medical Director of the Watsonville Health Center, one of two primary care clinics operated by the County of Santa Cruz. Prior to this, Michele lived 20 years in Venezuela where she worked as a physician in community health care.

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson
Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson is a native of Iran and has lived in Santa Cruz County for the past 20 years. She received her B.A. in Psychology and French/Francophonie Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University. Shebreh currently provides professional grant writing, program development/management; strategic planning; and facilitation services to local agencies working in the area of public health, education and social services. She currently serves in other leadership roles including Dominican Hospital/Dignity Health Community Grants Committee and Community Advisory Board. Shebreh strives to achieve equity and unity in her work across sectors and throughout the county. She is a mother of two young boys, is married and lives in Santa Cruz California.

Damian Maldonado
Damian Maldonado is professionally and personally involved in a broad range of activities that facilitate the improvement of working and living conditions for low income and underserved individuals. Raised both in the United States and Mexico, Damian worked side by side with his parents as migrant farm workers for many years.  He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University of Fresno.  His diverse, professional experience has included working with private, government and non-profit organizations both in California and nationally. Damian has served on numerous boards including Tulare County Child Care Planning Council, California-Mexico Health Initiative Regional Advisory Board, the California Department of Health Services/Nutrition Network Advisory Committee, Cieba Public Schools Board, Santa Cruz Community Foundation’s Diversity Fund Board and others. In his current position, Damian serves as the Training & Development Director of the Central California Alliance for Health, a $1B public, non-profit Medicaid managed care health plan serving over 300,000 members in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties.  He and his partner reside in Aptos.

 

Cristina Gamboa, MD
Cristina Gamboa is a OBGYN physician and Director of Women’s Health at Salud Para La Gente, a federally qualified health center committed to providing comprehensive quality care regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. She completed her specialized training in OBGYN at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Residency Program in San Francisco. She earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago and her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from UCLA. She is a native of Visalia, a largely agricultural city located in the San Joaquin Valley, and comes from two generations of farmworks. She is interested in assuring the services provided in the Parajo Valley and surrounding area match the needs of the community. Cristina enjoys volunteering abroad to perform surgery in Latin countries and as a volunteer doctor with a boxing club focused on at-risk youth.