Management Staff Biographies

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Rosa Vivian Fernández, MPH, FACHE, CEC
President & Chief Executive Officer

Rosa Vivian Fernández is the President and Chief Executive Officer of San Benito Health Foundation (SBHF), a non-profit community health care organization serving the San Benito County for over 40 years. She has been the President and CEO for thirteen years. Under her direction, SBHF serves more than 10,000 individuals annually at the main clinic in Hollister and the new satellite mobile unit, providing preventative and comprehensive medical, dental, vision, mental health, and health education services. In addition, Ms. Fernandez oversees a WIC program serving 2,100 women and children.

Ms. Fernández has extensive experience in executive management, strategic program planning, policy development, finance, and operational management in the public sector. Under her direction, SBHF was one of the first community health centers to implement electronic health records in San Benito County as well as connect the dental and medical patient chart.

Ms. Fernández is well respected nationally for her commitment to excellence, as well as for her business acumen. She proactively addresses social health and education inequities through various organized efforts locally and statewide.

In addition to a Master’s degree in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Fernandez holds three certificates in health administration from John’s Hopkins University, University of Southern California Sierra Health Foundation, and UCLA Johnson & Johnson. She is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Fernández has served as a consultant to the Health Resource and Resources Administration (HRSA) as an Office of Performance Review (OPR) consultant team member for federally funded clinics. She is a Fellow of The American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of The American Public Health Association. She is a Rotarian and also serves as an External Leadership Council Member for the CSUMB College of Health Sciences and Human Services.

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Dr. Edwin Acosta, PA, MMS, DDS
Primary Care Service Director

Dr. Edwin Acosta started his journey to become a dentist at the University of Florida, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science Education. He continued his studies at Nova Southeastern University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master’s Degree in Medical Science. Upon graduation, he worked as a Physician Assistant in spine surgery. Although he enjoyed his new profession, and was even offered a professorship at the University of Washington, he knew his true calling was in the field of dentistry. In 2008, he received his doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Dentistry and has been active in community health since. He has been awarded the National Health Service Scholarship and remains active with National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA). In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Angie, and their son, Isaiah.

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Guadalupe Ortega
Operations Manager

Guadalupe Ortega was a patient of San Benito Health Foundation as a child. Her family was able to receive medical and dental services because of the access to healthcare San Benito Health Foundation provides. Her personal experience led to her to pursue a career in the dental field where she could serve children and families who had experiences similar to her own. She started at San Benito Health Foundation as a Dental Assistant and is currently the Operations Manager.

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Zihuatzin Loarca
Director of Population Health

Zihuatzin Loarca is the Director of Population Health at San Benito Health Foundation. Zihuatzin has served the community of San Benito for several years and has a passion for helping others. She received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, East Bay and is currently studying to receive a Masters in Social work from California State University Monterey Bay.

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Kathy Meza
Front Staff Supervisor

Kathy Meza started at San Benito Health Foundation as a student in the dental department. As an intern she assisted the dentist and practiced her skills. Along her journey she had access to serve the patient population amongst the clinic. In 2017, she completed her internship then became an official San Benito Health Foundation employee as a Dental Assistant.

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Ethel Gonzales
Human Resources Director

Ethel Gonzalez was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources at The University of Puerto Rico and Master’s Degree at Interamerican University. She has worked in the Human Resources field since 2013 and has experience with recruitment, onboarding , off boarding , labor relations, compensation and benefits, time off and leaves of absence. She currently is the Human Resources Director for San Benito Health Foundation. Before she became a Human Resources professional she played professional basketball in Puerto Rico from 2013-2018. In her free time Ethel enjoys playing sports, drawing, and spending time with her family.