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Neighborhood Healthcare Board of Directors

Johnny 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 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.

Carmen Miranda-Griffith, Treasurer

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 Associates Degree from Palomar College and worked in Pharmacy for Over 25 years in Escondido and Poway. Currently works together with The Escondido Human Rights Committee on issues of our community. Serves as a member of the Escondido Police Chief Advisory Committee. Employed by Escondido Union School District as School Office Manager for First Years/Preschool.

Katherine C Schafer

Katherine C. Schafer, RN, PHN, Secretary

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.

Elmer Cameron

Elmer Cameron

Elmer Cameron has served on the board since 2014 and he also volunteers to support Neighborhood Healthcare’s Reach Out and Read Literacy program for its pediatric patients. Elmer has lived in Escondido for 46 years, during which time he has served as Deputy and Acting Superintendent of the Escondido Union School District. He has also served as the President of the Escondido Rotary Club and the Palomar Family YMCA. Prior to coming to Escondido with his wife and four children, Elmer taught at the elementary, secondary and college level specializing in the field of  handicapped children. He has degrees in the field of clinical psychology, speech pathology and public school administration. He has served as an education advisor for California State Assemblyperson Bill Bradley and is currently the President of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and City Council appointed Trustee for the Escondido Public Library Board of Directors.  As a retired public school educator, Elmer sees how Neighborhood Healthcare, in partnership with other youth-oriented programs prepare young people to grow up healthy and prepared to become productive members of our community.

Judith Descalso

Judith 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.

Bea Lizarraga

Cabiria “Bea” Lizarraga, RN, Director

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

Marco Renteria

Marco Renteria has served on the board since 2014 and he also serves on Neighborhood Healthcare’s Community Relations Committee. He is a Financial Representative at Palomar Health and an Access Representative at Scripps Health. Born in Mexico, Marco moved to Escondido as a child in 1990 and graduated from Escondido High School. He is currently attending college to obtain his Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. Marco has personal experience with being uninsured and under-insured and understands what a tremendous community asset Neighborhood Healthcare is for thousands of families. He fully empathizes and understands the need that so many people have for quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible.

Nasir Al Samaraie

Nasir Al Samaraie, Ph.D

Nasir Al Samaraie has served on the board since 2015. He has been newly resettled in the USA and currently lives in the east county of San Diego. He is a retired diplomat and University Professor with years of humanitarian work as an adviser with the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders.

Raquel Miller

Representing Inland North San Diego County

Raquel Miller has served on the board since 2015. She has lived in North County for over 30 years and has been involved in some facet of healthcare throughout her career. She became acquainted with Neighborhood Healthcare several years ago while working as a caregiver. She personally and professionally knows of the need for quality healthcare that is both affordable and accessible.