ABOUT US We bring people together to strengthen the Natividad Medical Center, the one place that safeguards the lives and livelihoods of everyone in Monterey County. We develop innovative programs like Indigenous Interpreting+SM, provide specialized medical technology, enhance the county’s state-of-the-art trauma center and support its high quality rehabilitation center. Our partnerships with funders, community leaders and the Medical Center transform health care into solutions that heal people, unite a community and stand as models for the nation.
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Linda L. Ford, M.A.
President & CEO
Ms. Ford brings over 30 years of hospital fundraising, philanthropy consulting and entrepreneurial expertise to Natividad Medical Foundation with a specialty for start-ups and turnarounds for philanthropic organizations.
Ms. Ford developed and led one of the largest fundraising campaigns in Colorado history – the $200 million campaign to relocate the University of Colorado Hospital to the former Fitzsimmons Army Base (now known as the Anschutz Medical Campus). She has also worked with Carnegie Hall to raise funds for UCH’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program.
In addition to working with UCH, Ms. Ford has worked for The Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Sisters of Charities Providence Health Partners, both in Denver, Colorado and Eisenhower Medical Center in California. Ms. Ford’s professional experience also includes Capital Campaign consulting to Scripps Coastal Medical Center, Girl Scouts of the USA, and other healthcare organizations. In the early 1990s, Ms. Ford accompanied the Project Open Heart team that performed the first open heart surgery in Central Asia. Sponsored by the Republic of China Army, Ms. Ford toured Chinese hospitals and was one of the first lecturers on the subject of philanthropy in Beijing, China.
Ms. Ford, a Certified Executive Coach and a graduate of the Disney Institute, has served as a board member at several nonprofit agencies, including Special Olympics. Ms. Ford earned a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Gerontology. Ms. Ford is also an Oblate with the Order of St. Benedict, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur.
Jennifer L. Williams, M.A.
Director of Development
Ms. Williams joined the Foundation staff as Director of Development in 2002. Born and raised in Ohio, Ms. Williams graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, as well as a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.
Ms. Williams has worked primarily in hospital settings since the age of 15 when she first joined the Volunteer Auxiliary at her local city hospital. A lover of writing since elementary school, Ms. Williams has written, secured and managed more than $10 million in federal and state grants for Natividad Medical Center.
Ms. Williams is the former President of the Board of Directors for the Central Coast Center for Independent Living and previously served as Vice President of Communications for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Monterey Bay Chapter.
Director of Annual Programs
The newest addition to Natividad Medical Foundation, Mrs. Fish was born and raised in Monterey County and joins us after a 14-year agricultural marketing career working for foundation donors Matsui Nursery and Earthbound Farm.
Mrs. Fish attended Salinas High School and Hartnell College before receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations. She brings a wide range of skills to the foundation, including developing innovative, effective marketing programs and events.
An active and engaged member of our community, Mrs. Fish’s volunteer work is centered on organizations committed to providing young people with opportunities and learning experiences. She was a board member for Ag Against Hunger for six years, a nonprofit that works with the local ag industry to collect fresh produce to distribute it to people in need. For the last two years, Mrs. Fish served on the committee and as co-chair for the Women’s Education Leadership Initiative (WELI) at Hartnell College, and helped raise money to provide women with much-needed scholarships and mentoring. She is also communications director for the Parent-Teacher Organization at Dual Immersion Academy of Salinas, a magnet public school that teaches students — including her daughters — in Spanish for the majority of the day.
Dr. Dana Kent
Medical Director for Health Promotion and Education
Dr. Kent received her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Natividad, where she was co-chief resident. Prior to medical school, Dr. Kent was a registered nurse at Natividad in labor and delivery and the nursery.
Her two daughters were born at Natividad, so connections with NMC are deep. Dr. Kent has worked as a family physician in Monterey County’s safety-net clinic system for her entire clinical career, both at Natividad’s clinics and the Monterey County Health Department clinics, where she was medical director for 6 years at the Seaside Family Health Center. Dr. Kent joined the Natividad Medical Foundation in 2010, initially teaching community medicine to the family medicine residents. She then co-developed a nutrition and physical activity promotion curriculum for the Foundation’s Local Food and Nutrition Education (LFNE) grant. Since 2012, with grant funds from the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Dr. Kent has served as the Medical Director for a modified LFNE curriculum that specifically focuses on diabetes, called 5 Steps to Prevent Diabetes. She also provides professional mentoring and guidance for the American Association of Diabetes Educators-accredited Diabetes Education Center at Natividad, the first and only center of its kind in Monterey County focusing on the underserved. Dr. Kent is fluent in Spanish and has worked in public health in Chiapas, Mexico.
Indigenous Interpreting+ Coordinator
Ms. Pacheco joined the Foundation in 2013 as the Indigenous Interpreting+. Ms. Pacheco helps people identify the language they need and assists with scheduling interpreting and consulting services.
Ms. Pacheco holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science from California State University, Monterey Bay. Born and raised in Monterey County, Ms. Pacheco has a history of community service and involvement in non-profit organizations which promote health and education.
Ms. Pacheco is very passionate about making a difference in her community through direct involvement. Ms. Pacheco supports, and is a strong believer, in NMC’s mission to “provide healthcare access to all Patients, regardless of their ability to pay.”
Ms. Pacheco enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her son.
Ms. Grimes joined Natividad Medical Foundation in 2011. Ms. Grimes brings over 20 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting working with various organizations. Ms. Grimes has sat on several non-profit boards including the Anzar High School Booster’s Club and the San Juan Aromas Little League.
Ms. Grimes dedicates each fall to organizing the Fist Bumps, a Monterey ALS Walk Team that supports the ALS Association. Ms. Grimes enjoys photography and lives in Aromas with her husband and 2 sons.
Ms. Powell joined the staff of Natividad Medical Foundation in 2015. Ms. Powell was born in Santa Cruz and moved to Hollister in 2014. Ms. Powell has 25 years of experience working with nonprofits. Ms. Powell attended Blackbaud University to receive certification in Raiser’s Edge—the industry leader in constituent relationship management software.
Ms. Powell serves as the Foundation’s Donor Database Administrator and is responsible for integrity, and security of donor and prospect information systems to support donor cultivation and prospect research.
Beginning at the age of 13, Ms. Powell started volunteering and has continued over the years from candy striper in a convalescent home to foster care parenting, Catholic Charities as a driver for seniors, Birthright in Santa Cruz, Secretary of PTA for her children’s schools, Girl Scout Leader, to NorCal Boxer Rescue and, currently, she is a hospice volunteer with the Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice. In her spare time, Ms. Powell enjoys riding her motorcycle and spending time with her grandchildren.
Dr. Eaton has undergraduate and graduate degrees in pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, and law (graduating cum laude) and has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy as well as the Keck Graduate Institute.
Dr. Eaton’s work has included positions at Key Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (clinical research manager), Genentech, Inc. (law clerk), Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP (litigation attorney in pharmaceutical products liability), and Stanford University (medical and hospital attorney in the Office of General Counsel). Dr. Eaton was also formerly the Chair of the Stanford University Hospital Ethics Committee. Dr. Eaton’s publications, which include two books, deal with subjects in pharmaceutics, law, and biomedical ethics. Dr. Eaton is a member of the Steering Committee of Sustainable Carmel.
Minerva Perez-Lopez, M.D.
Chair of Natividad Medical Foundation
With an Ivy League education that includes the Pre-Medical Program at Bryn Mawr College and a Brown University School of Medicine Medical Degree, Dr. Minerva Perez-Lopez returned to her Salinas roots as a family physician at Natividad Medical Group.
Dr. Perez-Lopez completed the Natividad Family Medicine Residency Program in 2006, followed by an Obstetrical Fellowship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. Dr. Perez-Lopez graduated from Alisal High School, and her education is distinguished with honors, scholarships and academic recognitions.
Dr. Perez-Lopez says her educational background offered outstanding opportunities, but her goal was always to return to the community she knows and loves.
Craig A. Walls, M.D., PhD, FACEP
Vice Chair of Natividad Medical Foundation, Chief Medical Officer, Natividad Medical Center, and Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF
Specializing in emergency medicine, Dr. Walls treats patients suffering from a wide range of acute illnesses and injuries at Natividad Medical Center’s Emergency Department.
Dr. Walls earned his medical degree in 2001 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before completing a residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Walls also has a BA in History and Political Science. Dr. Walls currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Monterey County Medical Society.
Caleb Liem, M.D.
Physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Immediately prior to joining the medical staff at Natividad Medical Center as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB/GYN) in December 2007, Dr. Liem was with Health Steps Clinic in Vancouver, Washington.
Dr. Liem earned his medical degree in 1970 from Loma Linda University, California, and completed a rotating internship at Glendale Adventist Hospital.
After an OB/GYN residency at Glendale Adventist Hospital, Dr. Liem was in family practice in Crestwood, Kentucky. Dr. Liem completed a second OB/GYN residency at Loma Linda University in 1977. Married with one son, Dr. Liem is a pianist at Monterey Peninsula Adventist Church, Pacific Grove.
President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California
Mr. D’Arrigo is the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of D’Arrigo Brothers Co., of California, a vertically integrated grower, packer and shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables in California and Arizona.
Mr. John D’Arrigo began his farming career cutting and packing lettuce, loading celery and planting fields during the turbulent labor strikes of the 1970s in the Salinas Valley. John received his Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Business Management from the University of California at Davis.
Mr. D’Arrigo is an avid supporter of the agriculture industry and actively participates in various agricultural organizations. John is a former chairman of both the Grower-Shipper Association and Western Growers. He is the founder of The Agricultural Leadership Council, which purchases necessary medical equipment and services for the hospital. John is also a member of the Kinship Center board and supports numerous other non-profit organizations. Mr. D’Arrigo is married to Sandy and they have three sons: Christopher, Michael and Matthew.
Peter Chandler, M.D.
Assistant Chief of Staff and Obstetrics & Gynecology Service Director, Natividad Medical Center
Dr. Chandler is the Assistant Chief of Staff and Obstetrics & Gynecology Service Director at Natividad Medical Center. Prior to joining Natividad’s Medical Staff, Dr. Chandler practiced in Vancouver, Washington, where he was active in outpatient gynecology resident education.
Dr. Chandler grew up in Stockton, California, and earned his Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989. He attended Northwestern Medical School and completed his Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) Residency at Ohio State University.
Following his residency, Dr. Chandler joined the United States Air Force where he served on the teaching staff of the Family Practice Residency Program at Andrews Air Force Base from 1997 to 2001. During this time, he was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University and was part of the Bethesda-Walter Reed OB/GYN residency teaching staff.
Kelly O'Keefe, M.D.
Dr. O’Keefe holds over 30 years of experience in academics and healthcare, including community medical practice, hospital and healthcare administration. Dr. O’Keefe has practiced pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and fulfilled both medical staff and physician executive roles at the Dominican Hospital.
Dr. O’Keefe also served as Chief Medical Officer of the Monterey Bay Region of Catholic Healthcare West, and Medical Director of Community Health Plan, a non-profit community healthcare services organization.
Dr. O’Keefe received his BS degree from Washington State University, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Medical Doctorate from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. Dr. O’Keefe also serves on the Board of Trustees for Natividad Medical Center.
Stephen W. Goldman
Principal, SSB Construction
Mr. Goldman has spent the last 21 years in the construction industry, and works in every aspect of the business. As a young man growing up in Salinas around the construction business, Mr. Goldman understood the importance of developing long-term relationships with clients. It’s one of the things that make his job rewarding.
Because of Mr. Goldman’s long history in construction, he has learned the importance of focusing on the needs of the client and utilizing the trends of the industry. Mr. Goldman is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In addition to spending time with his wife and son, he enjoys reading, journaling, practicing and teaching yoga, and traveling to third world countries to learn more about different cultures.
Secretary of Natividad Medical Foundation and Vice President Product Quality and Food Safety, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.
Mr. Linder was born and raised in Salinas, California attending both Palma High School and Hartnell College. Mr. Linder graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. Mr. Linder has been employed at Driscoll’s for 30 years holding various positions in the areas of cooling, shipping, supply chain, product quality and food safety.
Mr. Linder’s board experience includes Ag Against Hunger, Grower-Shipper Association, Grower-Shipper Foundation, Hartnell College Foundation.
Mr. Linder has two children. Matthew attends UC Davis and Catherine attends Boise State.
Gary Gray, D.O.
Chief Executive Officer, Natividad Medical Center
Dr. Gray is the Chief Executive Officer at the Natividad Medical Center (NMC). Dr. Gray’s previous roles at NMC were Chief of Medical Staff and Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Gray 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.
Dr. Gray 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.
Maria Boisvert, AWM
Treasurer of Natividad Medical Foundation and Senior Vice President-Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management
Ms. Boisvert is a Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor with RBC Wealth Management in the San Jose office for over 32 years. Ms. Boisvert helps affluent individuals and their families achieve their financial goals by creating and implementing comprehensive wealth management strategies.
In addition to her series licenses, Ms. Boisvert is a Registered Investment Advisor and is an Accredited Wealth Manager with RBC Wealth Management. Ms. Boisvert also developed her interest for drawing and painting at an early age. Ms. Boisvert received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sculpture and Sociology at Plattsburg State University of New York in 1979.
Ms. Boisvert’s works currently can be seen at the Gallerie Amsterdam of Fine Art in Carmel by the Sea, CA. In Ms. Boisvert’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Don Woo, hiking, cooking and traveling.