La Clinica is a community-based nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors. The board is responsible for strategic planning and fiscal oversight. Board members are volunteers and serve without compensation.
Chris Alftine, MD
Physician Chris Alftine practices internal medicine with Providence Medical Group in Medford. He joined La Clinica’s board of directors in 2014.
Chris earned his doctoral degree from the University of Iowa and also holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the school. He has practiced in the Rogue Valley since 1998.
He is chairman of the board of PrimeCare, an independent physician association. He enjoys coaching youth basketball and loves to bicycle, run, ski, sail, and play guitar.
Charlie Bauer brings a long background in education and experience with community services to La Clinica’s board of directors, which he joined in 2016.
Since 2004, Charlie has served as the Southern Oregon Education Service District’s education coordinator for English language learner, migrant, and Indian students, and he is president of the board of directors of the Jackson County Community Services Consortium, a group that brings together community organizations that help others.
He holds a master’s degree in education from Portland State University and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, one in economics and one in Spanish.
Charlie is a steering committee member for the Regional Health Equity Coalition, SO Health-E; treasurer for the Oregon Council of Title III Directors; and executive council member for the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund.
Before moving to the Southern Oregon ESD in 2004, he worked for Phoenix-Talent School District and Southern Oregon University and taught school in Berkeley and Oakland in California and Quito, Ecuador.
A native of San Francisco, he lives in Ashland and enjoys travel (especially to Latin America), hiking, camping, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
His interaction with La Clinica over the years drew him to service on the board.
“The families that I have served for the past two decades in this valley have benefitted enormously from La Clinica’s services,” he said.
Keith Casebolt, chief executive officer at Medford’s Medical Eye Center, joined the La Clinica board of directors in 2012 and serves as the board president.
He moved to the Rogue Valley in 1996 and joined Medical Eye Center, where he has overseen significant change and growth in programs, technology, and facilities. Before moving to Medford, he held management positions at Adventist Health/Portland for more than 12 years. He graduated from Walla Walla College in Walla Walla, Washington, with majors in speech communications and business administration.
Keith has served on several boards, including PrimeCare, Laurelhurst Federal Credit Union, Regional Lithotripter Services, Oregon Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Waldorf School of the Rogue Valley. He consults in healthcare operations and team building/trust building, and has published several articles on these topics. He enjoys photography, is a voracious reader, plays golf, and loves floating the lower Rogue, traveling with his wife, volleyball, hiking, camping, playing board games, and learning to cook healthy foods.
Medford attorney Sara Collins joined La Clinica’s board of directors in 2017.
Danielle Mancuso brings a passion for positive change, unity, and wellness to La Clinica’s board, which she joined in 2016.
Danielle is assistant director of student life at Southern Oregon University, where she works to ensure that the student union, student activities, and orientation programs are an inclusive and vibrant hub of campus life.
She has worked in higher education since 2004, first at Rogue Community College and then moving to SOU, where she has held a variety of positions aimed at helping students with transitions and involvement in college. She has secured grants while at SOU to create a student food pantry for students in need and built a strong partnership with Rogue Valley Transportation District to partner on campaigns aimed at raising awareness about alternative modes of transportation.
Danielle holds a master’s degree in management from Southern Oregon University and a bachelor’s degree in science from SOU.
A native of the Bronx, New York, she now lives in Talent with her partner, Erika Giesen, their dog, Bailey, and their cat, Roxy. She enjoys hiking, visiting new cities, Applegate wineries, plays, movies, and art of all kinds.
She is a former board member for the Abdill-Ellis Lambda Community Center and Ashland Car Share and is an active volunteer for Wings Seminars, which in 2016 became a program of La Clinica.
“I am excited to be in service to La Clinica’s commitment to holistic and affordable health care,” she said.
Minor E. Matthews is a retired physician who practiced in Medford for several decades and started the heart program at what is now Rogue Regional Medical Center. Dr. Matthews joined La Clinica’s board of directors in 2014.
He earned his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, and served an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke Hospital, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Matthews moved to Medford and began a private practice that was later incorporated as Cardiology Consultants, where he practiced as a clinical and invasive cardiologist until his retirement in 2004. He started the heart program, including the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, at Rogue Valley Hospital, now Rogue Regional Medical Center.
He has volunteered for organizations including the Rogue Valley Family YMCA, Kids Unlimited, Asante Health System, and Community Health Center (now Rogue Community Health). He and his wife Jeannie, a retired registered nurse and social worker/counselor, have four grown children and 12 growing grandchildren. He enjoys golf and reading history.
Paul Nicholson, retired executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, joined La Clinica’s board of directors in early 2012.
Paul is a native New Zealander who holds the equivalent of a master’s degree in business administration from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He was a planning manager, management accountant, and systems analyst before becoming involved in professional theater. He joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1980 as the general manager, becoming executive director in 1995 and retiring at the end of 2012. He was a founding faculty member of the Western Arts Management Institute and since 1984 has been an adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University.
He is actively involved in arts advocacy in Oregon, serving on the board of the Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition for 12 years, including seven as president. He is a former board member for Ashland Community Hospital and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the boards of Ashland Rotary and Southern Oregon University. He works closely with the Arts Committee of the Oregon Community Foundation. He is a recipient of Concordia University’s Vero Nihil Verius Award for Distinguished Achievements in the Arts and Southern Oregon University’s President’s Medal. He was recognized as one of Oregon’s 50 Great Leaders by Oregon Business magazine. Paul lives in Ashland and is married to a photographer and water colorist. He has two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren.
Tighe O’Meara is Ashland’s police chief and joined La Clinica’s board in 2017.
He has worked in policing for 25 years, serving as an officer and in leadership roles. He has been with the Ashland Police Department since 2010, coming from Michigan, where he served with the Wayne State University police.
Chief O’Meara holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan and a master’s degree in management from Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
He is a member of the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum, a police executives group.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, he now lives in Ashland and enjoys camping, mountain biking, hiking, and science fiction. He is a member of the Ashland Elks Club and the Rotary Club of Ashland, Lithia Springs Chapter.
He was honored to be asked to serve on La Clinica’s board, he said.
“The work that La Clinica does is vital to so many in the community and I consider myself lucky to be able to assist in whatever what I can.”
Gerald Powell is a Medford retiree who also serves on La Clinica’s Patient Advisory Council. He joined the board of directors in 2017.
Gerald worked in research, design and prototyping for the automobile industry in Colorado and as a supervisor for Oberthur/De La Rue and Best Buy in the California Bay area before retiring to Jackson County in 2011 to be close to family.
He is a native of Hickory, North Carolina, and spent much of his youth in Venezuela and Peru, returning to the United States as a teenager.
He became a welder and a machinist, learned computer-aided design for the automobile industry, and studied advertising and marketing at Front Range Community College in Longmont, Colorado.
He and his wife, Winnie, have three children, five grandchildren, an Amazonian macaw parrot, and a rat terrier. Gerald enjoys fishing, gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Gerald volunteered for the American Red Cross, teaching advanced first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and worked with the Longmont Emergency Unit in Colorado, diving for an underwater unit and training bloodhounds.
“I firmly believe in helping better our community, and by serving on La Clinica’s Patient Advisory Council and board, I believe my contribution can help not only patients but possibly help La Clinica continue providing exceptional health care today and in the future,” he said.
Brad Russell is CEO/executive director of the Rogue Valley Family YMCA. He joined La Clinica’s board of directors in 2016.
Brad holds a master’s degree in recreation management from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine. He is a board member of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.
Born in Pennsylvania, Brad lived in New York, Texas, and California before moving to Oregon. He and his wife, Stella Russell, a registered nurse, settled in Central Point with their three dogs. He enjoys outdoor activities, water sports, and learning about different cultures.
In the community, he helps lead the local gang prevention task force and organizes the annual Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference and trainings conducted by the Rogue Valley Nonprofit Network.
La Clinica was a good fit with his interests and values.
“I admire the cause, the organization’s history, and the current board and staff,” he said.
Phoenix-Talent School District Superintendent Teresa Sayre joined La Clinica’s board of directors in 2014 and as an educator has been a longtime partner with the organization through its outreach services.
Teresa has been an educator since the 1980s, teaching in Ashland and at Crater High School before coming to Phoenix-Talent in the late 1990s. She has served as superintendent since 2013. A lifelong resident of the Rogue Valley, she grew up in Ashland and lives in Medford with her husband.
She is a graduate of Southern Oregon University, from which she holds a bachelor’s degree in business education and a master’s degree in education. She received her administrative credentials from the University of Oregon. She serves on the board of trustees for Southern Oregon University.
Mary Sinclair became involved in healthcare management as a founding board member for a nonprofit community health center in Virginia. A Rogue Valley resident since 2007, she is a La Clinica dental patient and joined the organization’s board of directors in 2012.
Mary has a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a secondary teaching credential and a bachelor’s of science from the University of California at Davis.
She served on many nonprofit boards. She was treasurer of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society from 2006 to 2010 and has volunteered for the Jackson/Josephine Counties Disaster Registry and Medford Tree Committee. Mary initiated a grant from National Audubon for riparian reforestation on Bear Creek in downtown Medford. While living in Virginia, Mary was elected to the York County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors. As a supervisor she chaired the Regional Issues Committee and was a founding board member of the Olde Towne Medical Center. A native of San Diego, California, Mary and her husband, Charlie, a retired physicist, moved to Medford from Ithaca, New York. She enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and travel.
Christie Van Aken
Christie Van Aken began her volunteer board service for La Clinica in January 2009. She is director of social services at the Housing Authority of Jackson County, where she has worked since 1994. Among other tenant services, she primarily coordinates the HUD-funded Family Self-Sufficiency program, which assists participants in attaining employment goals and becoming financially stable.
As a volunteer member of the Homeless Task Force, Christie is active in helping to educate the public on homeless and poverty issues. The group also works to develop housing for vulnerable populations.
Christie was born in the Midwest, and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was a small child. Christie earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Upon graduation, she moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., where she lived and worked in the social services field for 14 years before moving to the Rogue Valley in 1988. She resides in Jacksonville and is the mother of three adult children. Christie enjoys getting outdoors for hikes with her children and the family dogs.