FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Karina Rusk 831-759-1843
Alfred Diaz-Infante Appointed to SVMHS Board of Directors
SALINAS, CA, MARCH 16, 2017- The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) publicly-elected Board of Directors voted today to unanimously appoint Alfred Diaz-Infante to a position on the Board of Directors. Rafael Garcia, a board member since 2012, resigned his post due to personal reasons. Diaz-Infante will fill this position until the next election in November 2018.
“We congratulate Alfred Diaz-Infante,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “He knows the community well and has a long history of community service. We look forward to his input in helping us advance the mission of the organization and health and wellness of our community.”
Alfred Diaz-Infante was born and raised in Salinas and is the President/CEO of Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Inc (CHISPA). He is a former president of the Hartnell College Foundation, has served the Community Foundation for Monterey County and other non-profit groups. Diaz-Infante holds an MBA with an emphasis in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of California Berkeley and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University Sacramento.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity,” says Alfred Diaz-Infante. “I know my community well and am aware of its needs. I look forward to working with the other board members of this public Healthcare District.”
The Board announced the vacancy in late January and solicited applicants for the appointment. While the requirement is to post the announcement in three conspicuous locations in the zone, Salinas Valley Memorial also advertised in the Californian and El Sol; distributed a news release and posted it on the svmh.com website; created front page presence on the Healthcare System website with an online application process; created an in-person application process, posted notices in social media, and posted fliers in six key locations throughout the zone.
Salinas Valley Memorial is a public district healthcare system, governed by a publicly-elected Board of Directors. Each Board member serves a staggered, four year term, and each represents a specific zone within the district. Chris Orman represents District 1 and is President of the SVMHS Board of Directors. Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin is Vice President and represents District 4; Carmen Gil, MPA serves as Secretary and represents District 5; newly elected member and Assistant Treasurer Carissa Purnell, EdD represents District 2. Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month except for the months of November and December, when meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month.