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

Harry WardwellHarry Wardwell, President

Harry Wardwell, a life-long resident of Salinas, graduated from North Salinas High School and Hartnell College. Wardwell is Regional President for Rabobank, N.A.. Prior to banking, he spent over 25 years managing the family business. Wardwell is active in the community having served as President of the Salinas Chamber of Commerce, the Salinas Rotary Club, the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Governors and Executive Director for the California International Airshow. Wardwell has been a member of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Board since 2000.

Deborah Nelson, RN, MS

Deborah Nelson, MS, RN, Vice President

Deborah Nelson received a Master of Science Degree from Boston University. Nelson speaks Spanish and has practiced in Salinas over 20 years as a nurse practitioner in women's health care and primary care at Doctors on Duty and Salinas Valley Prime Care. Nelson has been an educator of student nurses for Hartnell College at Natividad Medical Center and on the critical care staff at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. The Association of Hospitals and Health Systems named her Trustee of the Year in 1999. A Captain in the United States Naval Reserve she represents all reserve navy nurse corps officers in California, Arizona and Nevada to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC. Nelson has been a member of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Board since 1988.


Jim GattisJim Gattis, Treasurer

Known for his leadership in the Salinas business community, Jim Gattis opened and operated two retail men's wear stores for 17 years. Currently working in the field of real estate investments, he is involved in the renovation of commercial real estate in downtown Salinas and is the past chairman of the Central City Authority. With first-hand experience as a Hartnell College graduate, Jim is the Past Vice Chairman of the Hartnell Foundation. He is a Founding Director and Past President of the California International Airshow and is the Past Secretary of the International Council of Airshows. He is also a Member and Past Director of the Salinas Rotary Club and a Director of First National Bank of the Central Coast. Gattis has been a member of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Board since 2005.  

Portrain of Rafael Garcia, Board of Directors SecretaryRafael Garcia, Secretary

Rafael Garcia was born and raised in Salinas and graduated from Alisal High School. He first attended Hartnell College before going on to earn a BA degree in Social Work from San Jose State University. Garcia is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Salinas Valley and is currently on the Board of Directors as the Vice President of the Alisal Eagles Youth Football League. He is the founder of the Salinas Music and Arts Summit and is currently President of the Baktun 12, a collection of performance artists based in East Salinas. Garcia works as a mortgage loan officer and has represented Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's District 3 since 2012.

Portrait of Victor Rey, Board of Directors Assistant TreasurerVictor Rey, Assistant Treasurer

Born and raised in East Salinas, Victor Rey graduated as Salutatorian from Alisal High School in 1998. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he received a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Crop Science with minors in AgriBusiness and Ethnic Studies. Victor has worked more than ten years in Food Production Management, most of that in food safety in the Salinas Valley produce industry. Victor is a Certified Professional of Food Safety via the National Environmental Health Association. In 2011, Victor received a Masters of Business Administration (Suma Cum Laude) from the University of Phoenix. Victor has been active in Community Service since high school and college, and has represented Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's District 2 since 2012.