Board of Directors

Johnny WatsonJohnny Watson, President

Representing Inland North San Diego County.

Johnny Watson has served on the board since 2007. Previously he served on two boards of non-profit healthcare organizations in New York.  He is retired from a thirty three year career in the pharmaceutical industry. Johnny is also active in the Rotary Club of Escondido and his church. He and his wife Donna have three daughters and six grandchildren. He serves as Board Advocacy representative.

Richard MarinoRichard Marino, Attorney at Law, Vice President

Representing Inland North San Diego County.

Richard Marino has served on the board since 2003. He is a partner with Marino & Sahar, LLP in Escondido. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Escondido and serves on the board of the Escondido Charitable Foundation and Oversight Committee for the City of Escondido’s Fire and Police Department.

Stephen YerxaStephen P. Yerxa, Treasurer

Representing Inland North San Diego County.

Stephen Yerxa has served on the board since 2009. He is an experienced Chief Executive Officer of managed care companies and multi-hospital systems. His North County firm currently provides consulting services and project management services to hospital systems and insurance providers.

Carmen Miranda-GriffithCarmen Miranda-Griffith, Secretary

Representing Inland North San Diego County.

Carmen Miranda-Griffith has served on the board since 2008. She attended Police Reserve Academy and graduated with Police Officer Standard Training. She has an Associate’s Degree from Palomar College and worked in Pharmacy for Over 25 years in Escondido and Poway. She Currently works together with the Escondido Human Rights Committee on issues of our community. She serves as a member of the Escondido Police Chief Advisory Committee and is employed by the Escondido Union School District as an Office Manager for Nicolaysen Community Day School. Nicolaysen Community Day School is a school for High Risk Youths and behavioral problems.

Judith DescalsoJudith Descalso, Attorney at Law, Director

Representing Inland North San Diego County.

Judi Descalso has served on the board since 1987 and was board President for several years. She has been practicing law since 1982 and has had her own law office in Escondido since 1983. She has lived in Escondido since 1981 and is married to David Ferguson, a partner with Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak, LLP. She was also formerly on the boards of Community Housing of North County and Bar Association of North San Diego County. Judi is also a member of the Boards Human Resource Committee.

Sandra NooeSandra Nooe, LCSW, Director

Representing East San Diego County.

Sandra Nooe has served on the board since 2001. She is a bilingual, bicultural (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works as a Child Protective Services Worker with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency in North County. Sandra Nooe also has a private psychotherapy practice where she specializes in working with HIV/AIDS patients.

Frederico SalasFrederico Salas, Director

Representing Inland North San Diego County.

Federico Salas has served on the board since 1999. He has been the Pastor for the Iglesia Latina Emanuel church (a Hispanic congregation) since 1997. He is also a member of a local group of pastors and is the Chaplain for the 24-hour crisis unit at Palomar Pomerado Medical Center. Federico Salas is also actively involved with cross-border assistance.

Katherine SchaferKatherine C. Schafer, RN, PHN, Director

Representing the Temecula Area in Riverside.

K.C. Schafer has served on the board since 2008. She is a Public Health Nurse with an interest in health education and prevention. She has worked for non-profit organizations in the community involved in home health in a variety of roles ranging from community liaison to community education to Director of Patient Services. She currently works in Occupational Health where prevention, safety, health education and screening are important.

Thabit KhalafThabit Khalaf, Director

Representing East San Diego County.

Thabit Khalaf has served on the board since 2011. He graduated at the University of Wales, United Kingdom and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He worked as a member of the University of Technology teaching staff. He also was CEO of Al Damoor Construction and was involved in the Rebuilding Iraq program. He was with the Ramin Group Construction Consultants and at present he is in the process of establishing a university educational bureau.

Bea LizarragaCabriria “Bea” Lizarraga, RN, Director

Bea has served on the board since 2009. She is a nurse manager at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.