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 President and CEO of TMD Creative, 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 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 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

Treasurer

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.


Bill Hastie

Assistant Treasurer

Bill is the managing partner at Hastie Financial Group, a wealth management firm with roots in Salinas going back more than 35 years. He earned a BS in Economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, an MBA in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and most recently attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education and earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation.

In addition to the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Bill currently serves on the Executive Board for the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, and on the boards of Key for a Cure Foundation and the Salinas Police Foundation. He and his wife, Terri, raised their three children in Salinas (all of whom are now married) and are expecting their first grandchild very soon.


Misty Navarro, MD

Secretary

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

Carrie joined Bay Federal Credit Union in 1989 as the Chief Financial Officer and has been the President and CEO since 1995. Carrie’s passion is to expand economic opportunity in our region by providing access to locally funded financial products and services. Over the years, Bay Federal has grown to be the largest community owned financial institution serving over 80,000 people living in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Since 2011, Bay Federal has been designated as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the U.S. Treasury, recognizing the credit union for fostering local economic opportunity through access to affordable transportation and housing financing.

Bay Federal has over 220 employees and is a recipient of the Best Place to Work in the Bay Area and was named the #1 Best Credit Union to Work For in the Nation in 2019. Bay Federal employees donate their time annually to support the local community through fundraising and volunteer events. The credit union’s volunteerism was recognized in 2010 by the former first lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with a medal for the State of California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year. Carrie believes that the credit union’s values based culture is a key success factor in today’s hyper competitive marketplace.

Carrie graduated with a BA, Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara and is a Certified Public Accountant. She regularly volunteers in the community and enjoys being outdoors where she lives in Santa Cruz.


Ramon Castro

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


Carmen Gil, MPA/HSA

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


Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos

Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos is a proud native of Salinas, CA. She attended Sacred Heart School, Notre Dame High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and master’s degree from Harvard University. She is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Coast YMCA, Key for a Cure Foundation and Sacred Heart School, is an active member of the Salinas Rotary Downtown Club, and advisory member for California State University Monterey Bay, Women’s Leadership Council. She is married to Matt Villalobos, a private pilot and Vice President of Coast Automotive Warehouse and they have two children, Dylan Mateo and Alessandra Paloma. As a family they enjoy cooking meals, go-kart racing, playing soccer and traveling.