Natividad Foundation brings people together to enhance and strengthen Natividad, the one place that safeguards the lives and livelihoods of everyone in Monterey County. We are honored to serve our community, and dedicated as agents for positive change. With your support, we’re transforming health care into healing.

We Heal Our Community

Work with us to transform health care
into healing.

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Natividad Foundation was founded in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) to philanthropically support and enrich Natividad’s  services and improve the health of our community. Our partners fund critical programs, medical equipment, services and modernization projects to enhance the medical center’s health care services.

Located in Salinas, California, Natividad is a 172-​bed hospital owned and operated by the County of Monterey, and offers inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic, and specialty health care. Natividad has provided health care services to Monterey County’s diverse population for more than 132 years.


Our Mission

Natividad Foundation brings people together to strengthen Natividad and create a healthier community. Together with our partners, we help Natividad provide high-​quality health care and trauma services for everyone in Monterey County, including the vulnerable.


Our Vision

Natividad Foundation is an essential partner to Natividad and provides the financial and program resources it needs to enhance its health care services. Our public-​private partnerships transform health care into solutions that heal people and create a healthier community.


Our Values


  • Together with our partners, we enhance and strengthen Monterey County’s public hospital, giving Natividad the tools to provide high-​quality health care and trauma services for everyone. Physicians and medical professionals have the equipment and resources they need to unlock their power to heal.


  • Our public-​private partnerships transform health care into healing, ensuring that women, men, children and families receive equal access to health care services regardless of ability to pay. Our innovative and effective programs for the vulnerable and underserved improve the health and well-​being of our entire community.

Responsible Stewards

  • We provide excellent financial management of restricted and unrestricted gifts, consistent communication, and ensure the programs our partners fund achieve positive, measurable outcomes. Natividad trusts us to support specialized medical equipment, advanced technology, training and services to enhance its ability to provide high quality health care.

Our Staff

Jennifer L. Williams-Carpenter, M.A., CFRE

President & CEO

Ms. Williams joined the Foundation staff as Director of Development in 2002. Born and raised in Ohio, she 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 Hollingsworth Fish

Director of Annual Programs

Hillary 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

Lisa Rico

Lisa Rico, MPH

Grant Programs & Evaluation Director

Ms. Rico is responsible for managing all grants and providing health education in the community for Natividad Foundation’s programs. She received her Master of Public Health from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, Davis. Read more

Judith Pacheco

Indigenous Interpreting+ Coordinator

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

Lori Grimes


Ms. Grimes joined Natividad Foundation in 2011. She brings more than 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

Executive Assistant to Philanthropy

Ms. Powell joined the staff of Natividad Foundation in 2015.  She was born in Santa Cruz and moved to Hollister in 2014. Ms. Powell has 28 years of experience working with nonprofits. She attended Blackbaud University to receive certification in Raiser’s Edge — the industry leader in constituent relationship management software. Read more

Our Board of Directors

Minerva Perez-Lopez, M.D.

Chair of Natividad Foundation, Family Medicine Physician, Natividad Medical Group

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

Emmett Linder

Vice Chair of Natividad Foundation, Director, Community and Grower Relations, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.

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

Craig A. Walls, M.D., PhD, FACEP

Secretary of Natividad Foundation, Chief Medical Officer, Natividad, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

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

Maria Boisvert, AWM

Treasurer of Natividad 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 35 years, where she helps affluent individuals and their families achieve their financial goals by creating and implementing comprehensive wealth management strategies. Read more

John D'Arrigo

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

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

Stephen W. Goldman

Principal, SSB Construction

Mr. Goldman has spent the last 28 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, he understood the importance of developing long-​term relationships with clients, and says it’s one of the things that make his job rewarding. Read more

Peter Chandler, M.D.

Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology Services, Natividad

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

Gary Gray, D.O.

Chief Executive Officer, Natividad

Dr. Gray is the Chief Executive Officer at Natividad. Dr. Gray’s previous roles at the hospital 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