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Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has a five-member, publicly-elected Board of Directors.

Portrait of Chris Orman, Board of DirectorsChris Orman - President

Chris Orman grew up in Southern California and started his career as a nurse’s aide at St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard. He furthered his training and became a paramedic and firefighter. After marrying, he moved to Washington State where he was a paramedic training officer and instructor, working his way up to the rank of fire chief. Orman has served on a variety of boards and commissions including planning commission, water board, sewer board, trauma registries and the Washington State Fire Defense Committee. He has an associate degree in Fire Protection Technology and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy. Orman and his wife Susan live in Prunedale where he is employed as the fire chief of the North County Fire District. He joined the Salinas Valley Memorial Board of Directors in 2014, representing District Zone 1.

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Portrait of Margaret D'Arigo-Martin, Board of DirectorsMargaret D'Arrigo-Martin - Vice President

Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, a life-long Salinas resident, attended Hartnell College and earned a BS degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis. She was named vice president of community development at Taylor Farms in 2012. For the prior 22 years, she was executive vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. Her many volunteer leadership positions include president of the Grower Shipper Association Foundation, vice president for Hartnell College Foundation and president of the Salinas City Elementary Educational Foundation. She also serves on the board of directors for Children’s Council of Monterey County, Literacy Campaign for Monterey County and Steinbeck Innovation Foundation, and is co-founder and co-chair of IMPOWER. D’Arrigo-Martin was elected to represent Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's District 4 in 2014.

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Board of Directors, Carmen GilCarmen Gil, MPA - Secretary

Carmen Gil was raised in Salinas and graduated from Alisal High. Upon graduation, she attended San Jose State University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Social Work with a minor in Business and concentration on Human Resources. She then went on to receive a Masters in Public Administration/Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco in 2009. Gil is a graduate of The Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Leadership Education and Development Program (LEADS) and is a current fellow of LeaderSpring. She has been working in the public service field for over 15 years and is very active in the community. Gil currently serves as the Hub Collaborative Director for the Building Healthy Communities initiative, a 10-year commitment by The California Endowment that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the community. Gil was elected to represent Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's Distict 5.

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Alfred Diaz-Infante - Treasurer

Born and raised in Salinas, Alfred Diaz-Infante is President/CEO of Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Inc (CHISPA). He serves as a trustee on several nonprofit and educational institution boards, including Past-President of Hartnell College Foundation, Big Sur Land Trust and York School, Community Foundation for Monterey County among others. Diaz-Infante has a long history of public service that included time as a Monterey County Planning Commissioner. Diaz-Infante earned an MBA with an emphasis in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Finance from California State University, Sacramento. In March 2017, the Board appointed Diaz-Infante to serve a vacant position representing District 3 until the November 2018 election. 

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Carissa Purnell, EdD - Assistant Treasurer

Dr. Carissa Purnell grew up in Carmichael and moved to the Central Coast to attend college where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2007. She earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science, Information Architecture and Systems Design from San Jose State University in 2009, and completed her Doctorate in Education at San Francisco State University in 2013. Purnell has founded and been involved with a number of programs and non-profits focused on improving the quality of life for young people. Currently she is the Director of the Alisal Family Resource Center (AFRC) for the Alisal Union School District and Lecturer at California State University Monterey Bay in the Service Learning Department.

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