SALINAS, CA, December 15, 2016- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) welcomes newly elected
Board of Directors member Carissa Purnell, EDD. District voters elected
Purnell for District 2 during the November election. Aurelio Salazar Jr,
a Trustee at Hartnell Community College did the honor of swearing in the
newest member of the Board. Dr. Purnell joins Chris Orman in District
1, Rafael Garcia in District 3, Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin in District
4, and Carmel Gil in District 5.
“We congratulate Dr. Carissa Purnell and are looking forward to working
with her”, says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial
Healthcare System. “She has a long track record of community service
and involvement. We welcome her input in helping us advance the health
and wellness of our region.”
Dr. 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.
The Board also elected members to new positions and selected committee
assignments. Orman will serve as Board President, D'Arrigo-Martin
as Vice President, Gil as Secretary, Garcia as Treasurer, and Purnell
as Assistant Treasurer.
Carissa Purnell replaces outgoing board member Victor Rey. SVMHS President/CEO
Pete Delgado publicly thanked Rey for his service on the SVMHS Board of
Directors. Each publicly elected board member serves a four year term.