Board of Trustees

Fernando R. Elizondo, Ed. D

Fernando R. Elizondo, Ed. D

Board Chair | President & CEO, Elizondo Educational Strategies, Inc.

Fernando Elizondo brings to the board 38 years of education experience as a classroom teacher, school site principal, central office administrator and 15 years as a superintendent of schools. Additionally, he served two terms on the Ventura Community College Board. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State, a Master’s Degree from Baylor University and Doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Upon retirement as the Superintendent of Schools of the Salinas Union High School District Fernando formed an all-inclusive consulting firm Elizondo Educational Strategies, Inc. which specializes in working with school boards in the implementation of strategic planning and conducts executive searches at all levels ranging from principal to superintendent.

Fernando’s involvement in the community includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Monterey County Literacy Coalition, a Commissioner on the Monterey County Community Action Commission and a member of Marina Redevelopment Agency Successor Oversight Board.

 


Marcia V. Atkinson, CPA, MST

Marcia V. Atkinson, CPA, MST

CPA & Shareholder, Jeffrey Wriedt & Co.

For over 23 years, Marcia Atkinson has been a CPA and shareholder with Jeffrey Wriedt & Co., a local company with a concentration in accounting and tax services for small businesses, individuals and non-profits. Marcia received her Master of Science degree in Taxation from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an Accountancy Option, from California State University, Fresno. Her professional affiliations include memberships in the California State Board of Accountancy, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Cal Society of CPAs as technical reviewer of educational materials. Marcia has an exemplary record of volunteer service to our community. Her current community service includes Entre Nous Society, The Gathering Place, Loaves and Fishes, San Carlos Cathedral and SpectorDance.


Lawrence J. Barcelo, M.D.

Lawrence J. Barcelo, M.D.

Vice Chair | Family Medicine Physician, Santa Lucia Medical Group, Inc.

Upon completion of his Vietnam tour in 1970, Larry returned to his home state of California and became involved in the movement to organize farmworkers. In 1974, he moved on to pursue his pre-medical studies at UC Davis. There he helped found the Clinica Tepati, which today continues to care for the undeserved in Sacramento, California. Upon graduation from UCSF Medical School, he completed a residency and fellowship at the Contra Costa County Hospital. He arrived in Salinas in 1984 and has committed his career to the practice of primary care. As a member of the medical staff at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, he has served as chair of the Family Practice Department, member of the Medical Executive Committee and member of the Joint Conference. Finally, in recent years, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of PRIME-US at the UCSF Medical School.


Britt Rios-Ellis, Ph.D.

Britt Rios-Ellis, Ph.D.

Founding Dean, College of Health Sciences and Human Services, California State University, Monterey Bay

Britt holds over twenty-six years of experience in the health sciences as a health educator, administrator, and researcher. Britt joined California State University, Monterey Bay, in 2014 serving as the Founding Dean of the new College of Health Sciences and Human Sciences. Her research has focused on the betterment of Latino and underserved community health and education. Britt received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish, Master’s degree in Health and Fitness Management, and a Doctorate in Community Health from the University of Oregon.


 Mitchel L. Winick

Mitchel L. Winick

President and Dean, Monterey College of Law

Mitchel has served as President and Dean of the Monterey College of Law since 2005. Over the past 10 years, he has engaged as a community leader in the improvement of higher education in the Monterey Bay area. Prior to coming to the Central Coast, Mitchel served in a variety of administrative and education roles for several statewide professional law offices in Texas. Mitchel received a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of the Pacific and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.


Lew C. Bauman, Ph.D.

Lew C. Bauman, Ph.D.

Ex-officio member, County Administrative Officer of Monterey County

Lew Bauman has served as County Administrative Officer of Monterey County since January 2005. As CAO, Mr. Bauman oversees the preparation, adoption, and administration of the County’s $1 billion budget and coordinates the activities of other County departments to ensure the effective accomplishment of the Board's directions and policies. As CAO, he is the day-to-day manager of a County government and represents the County and Board of Supervisors in a variety of activities.

Lew attended UCLA where he obtained a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. His professional background includes experience as an environmental consultant, as well as administrative and engineering capacities with the City of San Jose and the City of Foster City. He is a Board of United Way of Monterey County, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, and previously served as Director, South Central Coast Section, of the County Engineers’ Association of California.


Gary Gray, D.O.

Gary Gray, D.O.

Ex-officio member, Chief Executive Officer, Natividad Medical Center

Dr. Gary Gray is the Chief Executive Officer at Natividad Medical Center (NMC). His previous roles at NMC were Chief of Medical Staff and Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and was formerly Assistant Professor and Director of Pre-Doctoral Education for the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa and completed a residency and internship in Family Medicine at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Dr. Gray was previously a staff physician at the former Fort Ord and in private practice in Denver, Colorado.


Walter W. Mills, M.D

Walter W. Mills, M.D

Ex-officio member, Chief of Medical Staff, Natividad Medical Center

Dr. Walter W. Mills, M.D. is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Family and Community medicine with over 36 years of experience in academics and healthcare, including community medical practice, hospital and medical group executive management, and teaching.  Dr. Mills is currently serving as the Chief of Medical Staff and Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Natividad Medical Center. Before joining NMC in 2013, he practiced Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Santa Rosa, Fallon Clinic in Worcester Mass., Primary Care Associates of the Redwood Empire in Rohnert Park, CA., and Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa, CA.  He has served in medical leadership roles, held board memberships, and received administrative teaching appointments with family medicine residency programs, hospital/ medical groups and other community health organizations.  He is well published and the recipient of numerous teaching and leadership awards.  Dr. Mills received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He completed a residency in the UCLA Family Practice Program, a Masters in Medical Management at the University of Southern California Marshall Executive School of Business, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives.


Dave Potter

Dave Potter

Ex-officio member, District 5 Supervisor for Monterey County

Dave Potter is the Supervisor to the constituents of the Fifth District of the County of Monterey and also serves on numerous Board of Supervisor committees including the Board of Supervisors’ Legislative Committee, Capital Improvements Committee, Fort Ord Committee, Equal Opportunity Commission, the California Oak Mortality Task Force, Cultural Council for Monterey County and the Monterey County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Dave serves as an alternate for Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, and the California State Association of Counties Board of Directors. A resident of Monterey County since 1970, he has owned and operated Potter Construction since 1974.


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