Board of Governors

The Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation is fortunate to have such a dedicated, diverse, and engaged Board of Governors who care deeply about the health of our community. Working side by side with our Foundation staff, the doctors, nurses, administrators, business owners, and community leaders who make up our board help set funding priorities, organize events, and engage our community to philanthropically support Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

Monica Tovar

Chair, Board of Governors

As the Director of Sales for Stephens Media Group (KWAV, 101.7 The Beach, The Hippo, KPIG and 95.5 BOB), Monica creates and oversees marketing strategies for local and regional businesses and provides valuable guidance and support for the SVMH Foundation’s marketing and fundraising efforts.

Her passion for community engagement has also led her to become involved in a range of other charitable activities, including developing college scholarships for young Latinas, advocating for affordable housing solutions, mentoring at the Hartnell College’s Women’s Educational Leadership Institute and serving as a board member for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, where she received a Philanthropy Award in 2016 for an event she helped create called #100MilesofCourage.

Barbara BalentineBarbara Balentine

Vice Chair of Development

Living in and around Salinas for most of her life, Barbara worked at the California Rodeo Salinas for more than 35 years, helping build it into the largest rodeo in California and a major stop on the professional rodeo circuit. She was a member of the Foundation board in the 1980s and served on the Ladies Trailride Committee for many years before rejoining the board in 2017, where she is doing her part to ensure the health system has the resources it needs to provide state-of-the-art care to the residents of Salinas and surrounding communities. In addition to her work with the Foundation, she is also active in the community as President of the Junior League of Monterey County and Vice President of the board for the California International Air Show.

Mark FaylorMark Faylor

Vice Chair of Governance

Returning to the Board of Governors for a second term, Mark is a former local television executive with the Ackerley Group & Clear Channel Communications who got his start as an account executive with KCBA FOX 35 in 1986. From 1994 – 2005 he served as Regional Vice President operating the North Coast Group consisting of local television stations KCBA FOX 35 and KION NewsChannel 5/46, KMTR NBC affiliate in Eugene, Oregon, KVIQ CBS affiliate in Eureka, CA and KFTY NewsChannel 50 in Santa Rosa, CA. In 2006, he left broadcasting and joined Peninsula Business Interiors with his wife Janine as dealer principles. In addition to his role on the board, he is actively involved in the community through the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Blue Zones Project, California International Airshow, National Steinbeck Center, Partners for Peace, ACS Relay for Life Salinas, and downtown Salinas Rotary Club, where he is a former President and 26-year member.

Michael McMillan


A resident of Monterey County since 1991, Mike received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Serving as General Counsel to a publicly-traded healthcare company in Monterey, he has been professionally involved with SVMHS since the early 1990s. In 1996, he co-founded Cypress Healthcare Partners, a physician practice management firm that provides services to over 300 physicians in the Central Coast region.

William Hastie

Assistant Treasurer

We look forward to introducing you to Mr. Hastie soon!

Misty Navarro, MD


After graduating from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, completing her residency at Stanford Medical Center, and becoming board-certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Navarro joined SVMHS in 2009 as a Critical Care Specialist. Joining the board in 2016, her medical perspective helps other Board Members understand the nuances of healthcare and determine where the Foundation’s efforts will be most effective. In addition to her work with the SVMH Foundation, she has served as CFO of Salinas Valley Emergency Medical group since 2015, serves with hospital Board Members on the Community Advocacy Committee and participates in the Summer Health Institute, mentoring high school students, as well as the ladies’ trail ride event.

Carrie Birkhofer

We look forward to introducing you to Ms. Birkhofer soon!

Ramon Castro

We look forward to introducing you to Mr. Castro soon!

Clint HoffmanClint Hoffman

Clint Hoffman is the Chief Administrative Officer, Physician Integration and Business Development at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. His previous roles with SVMHS include Sr. Administrative Director, Director, Ambulatory Medical Informatics, EHR/EPM Coordinator, and Strategy & Research Consultant.

Mr. Hoffman received his MBA from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Telecommunication, Multimedia and Applied Computing from California State University-Monterey Bay.

Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos

We look forward to introducing you to Ms. Pizarro-Villalobos soon!

Rachel McCarthy Beck, M.DRachel McCarthy Beck, M.D

SVMH Chief of Staff

Rachel has been part of the Salinas community for more than 15 years. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at MIT, attending medical school at the University of Florida, and completing an OB/GYN residency at the UF Jacksonville, Rachel joined Healthcare for Women at SVMH in 2002. Previously holding positions as chair of the OB/GYN department, MEC member at large, and as Vice Chief of Staff of the Quality and Efficient Practices Committee from 2017-2019, Rachel now joins the Board of Governors as Chief of Staff. As a longtime member of SVMH, Rachel brings her expertise and passion to the job as she continues her work to engage SVMHS staff on behalf of the patients and community.