ABOUT US We bring people together to strengthen the Natividad Medical Center, the one place that safeguards the lives and livelihoods of everyone in Monterey County. We develop innovative programs like Indigenous Interpreting+SM, provide specialized medical technology, enhance the county’s state-​​of-​​the-​​art trauma center and support its high quality rehabilitation center. Our partnerships with funders, community leaders and the Medical Center transform health care into solutions that heal people, unite a community and stand as models for the nation.

We give birth to
health solutions that
heal one of the most
diverse communities
in the nation.
Work with us to
health care
into healing.

Our Staff

Linda L. Ford, M.A.

President & CEO

Ms. Ford brings over 30 years of hospital fundraising, philanthropy consulting and entrepreneurial expertise to Natividad Medical Foundation with a specialty for start-​​ups and turnarounds for philanthropic organizations. Read More

Jennifer L. Williams, M.A.

Director of Development

Ms. Williams joined the Foundation staff as Director of Development in 2002. Born and raised in Ohio, Ms. Williams graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, as well as a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. Read More

Hillary Fish, Director of Annual Programs

Hillary Fish

Director of Annual Programs

The newest addition to Natividad Medical Foundation, Mrs. Fish was born and raised in Monterey County and joins us after a 14-​​​​year agricultural marketing career working for foundation donors Matsui Nursery and Earthbound Farm. Read more

Dr. Dana Kent

Medical Director for Health Promotion and Education

Dr. Kent received her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Natividad, where she was co-​​chief resident. Prior to medical school, Dr. Kent was a registered nurse at Natividad in labor and delivery and the nursery. Read more

Judith Pacheco

Indigenous Interpreting+ Coordinator

Ms. Pacheco joined the Foundation in 2013 as the Indigenous Interpreting+. Ms. Pacheco helps people identify the language they need and assists with scheduling interpreting and consulting services. Read more

Lori Grimes


Ms. Grimes joined Natividad Medical Foundation in 2011. Ms. Grimes brings over 20 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting working with various organizations. Ms. Grimes has sat on several non-​​profit boards including the Anzar High School Booster’s Club and the San Juan Aromas Little League. Read more

Pam Powell

Database Administrator

Ms. Powell joined the staff of Natividad Medical Foundation in 2015.  Ms. Powell was born in Santa Cruz and moved to Hollister in 2014. Ms. Powell has 25 years of experience working with nonprofits. Ms. Powell attended Blackbaud University to receive certification in Raiser’s Edge—the industry leader in constituent relationship management software. Read more

Our Board

Minerva Perez-​Lopez, M.D.

Chair of Natividad Medical Foundation

With an Ivy League education that includes the Pre-​​Medical Program at Bryn Mawr College and a Brown University School of Medicine Medical Degree, Dr. Minerva Perez-​​Lopez returned to her Salinas roots as a family physician at Natividad Medical Group. Read more

Craig A. Walls, M.D., PhD, FACEP

Vice Chair of Natividad Medical Foundation, Chief Medical Officer, Natividad Medical Center, and Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

Specializing in emergency medicine, Dr. Walls treats patients suffering from a wide range of acute illnesses and injuries at Natividad Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Read more

Caleb Liem, M.D.

Physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Immediately prior to joining the medical staff at Natividad Medical Center as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB/​​GYN) in December 2007, Dr. Liem was with Health Steps Clinic in Vancouver, Washington. Read more

John D'Arrigo

President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California

Mr. D’Arrigo is the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of D’Arrigo Brothers Co., of California, a vertically integrated grower, packer and shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables in California and Arizona. Read more

Peter Chandler, M.D.

Assistant Chief of Staff and Obstetrics & Gynecology Service Director, Natividad Medical Center

Dr. Chandler is the Assistant Chief of Staff and Obstetrics & Gynecology Service Director at Natividad Medical Center. Prior to joining Natividad’s Medical Staff, Dr. Chandler practiced in Vancouver, Washington, where he was active in outpatient gynecology resident education. Read more

Kelly O'Keefe, M.D.

Dr. O’Keefe holds over 30 years of experience in academics and healthcare, including community medical practice, hospital and healthcare administration. Dr. O’Keefe has practiced pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and fulfilled both medical staff and physician executive roles at the Dominican Hospital. Read more

Stephen W. Goldman

Principal, SSB Construction

Mr. Goldman has spent the last 21 years in the construction industry, and works in every aspect of the business. As a young man growing up in Salinas around the construction business, Mr. Goldman understood the importance of developing long-​​term relationships with clients. It’s one of the things that make his job rewarding. Read more

Emmett Linder

Secretary of Natividad Medical Foundation and Vice President Product Quality and Food Safety, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.

Mr. Linder was born and raised in Salinas, California attending both Palma High School and Hartnell College. Mr. Linder graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. Mr. Linder has been employed at Driscoll’s for 30 years holding various positions in the areas of cooling, shipping, supply chain, product quality and food safety. Read more

Gary Gray, D.O.

Chief Executive Officer, Natividad Medical Center

Dr. Gray is the Chief Executive Officer at the Natividad Medical Center (NMC). Dr. Gray’s previous roles at NMC were Chief of Medical Staff and Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Gray is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and was formerly Assistant Professor and Director of Pre-​​Doctoral Education for the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Read more

Maria Boisvert, AWM

Treasurer of Natividad Medical Foundation and Senior Vice President-​Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management

Ms. Boisvert is a Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor with RBC Wealth Management in the San Jose office for over 32 years. Ms. Boisvert helps affluent individuals and their families achieve their financial goals by creating and implementing comprehensive wealth management strategies. Read more