Sonya M. Tetnowski, MBA-F
Chief Executive Officer
Sonya (Makah) has been IHC’s CEO since 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management and an MBA in Finance and Management. She is a U. S. Army Veteran, serving as a U. S. Paratrooper (Airborne) and deployed several times. Prior to working with IHC, she served as the CEO of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe for eight years. She is proud to work with the IHC team to serve all of the members, and enjoys finding new and innovative ways to support the community. She also enjoys time with family, her culture, reading, traveling traditional waters by canoe, and raising money and awareness for Autism.
Ira Singh, MBBS, MPH, CPHQ, CHPSE, BSP
Chief Operating Officer
Ira has been working at IHC since 2015. She was trained as a physician India and completed a Master’s in Public Health from University of Toledo in 2009. She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and a Certified HIPAA, Privacy, Security Expert (CHPSE). Ira has been integral in the development and implementation of strategies that center data informed decisions and continuous quality improvement at IHC. She is proud to be able to lead a balanced life and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Chief Financial Officer
Richard Grooms earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an MBA in Healthcare Management. He has been in accounting for more than 25 years and in Healthcare for the last 12. He found his calling when he was offered a controller position in an FQHC in Wisconsin. Like everyone at IHC, Richard is dedicated to increasing access to care and removing barriers to wellness. As a senior leader he works across departments to achieve the most efficient and cost-effective way to provide and collect for services.
Anupama Balakrishnan, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Balakrishnan has been working with IHC since 2006 and is board certified in Family Medicine. She is proud of the work that she has done to help IHC receive Patient Centered Health Home (PCMH) accreditation and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accreditation. She loves working with her colleagues and the members. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music, playing golf, and spending time with her family.
Director of Clinical Services
Angelina (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) is the Director of Clinical Services at the Indian Health Center. Angelina began at IHC leading the Community Wellness & Outreach Department in 2016. She has worked in Urban Indian Health for more than eight years. She holds a BA in Political Science and Global Studies and is a Certified Professional Coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders. She is proud to work with a team of dedicated individuals that are committed to the community and loves seeing the positive impact that our health and wellness services have on people’s well-being.
Gina Schlocker, RD
Gina has been working at IHC since 2001. Her passion has been to promote family success through integrated nutrition, health, and community services that enhance the potential for all families to enjoy a higher quality of life. In addition to holding her BS in Dietetics, she is a Certified Lactation Educator and Certified in Adult and Adolescent Weight Management. She has received the State WIC Program Best Practice Award and her agency is certified as a California WIC Wellness Worksite. She currently serves on the California WIC Association Board. She enjoys reading, hiking, and backpacking.
Michael Duran, MA
Michael has been working at IHC for more than 15 years. He has been instrumental in developing community traditional healing services in his department, including sweats, ceremonies with traditional healers, and cultural activities as an alternative to substance use. He regularly contributes as stakeholder on behalf of the AI/AN community as a former member of the Minority Action Committee, working closely with the Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health Services, and as a member of the Native American Strategic Planning Work Group for the California Reducing Disparities Project.
Vernon Medicine Cloud, MBA
Inter-Tribal Resource Director
Vernon (Assiniboine/Turtle Mountain Chippewa) has been working at IHC for more than 14 years. He received his Master’s in Business Administration in 2015. He has a passion for helping his people, and loves interacting with the AI/AN community. He is an integral part of IHC’s Intertribal Health Council, and serves as the President of the American Indian Alliance,a community organization that implements innovative projects that benefit the AI/AN community in Santa Clara County and the Greater Bay Area.
Sonya Lobana, MD
Medical Director, Silver Creek Site
Dr. Lobana has been working at IHC for more than six years and and is board certified in Family Medicine. She is proud to serve the Native American community, as well as other underserved communities in the Santa Clara Valley. Her favorite part of her job working with members and their families to work towards healthy lifestyles and witnessing members improve their chronic health conditions.
A. Wayne Scott, DM
Director of Operations and Risk Management/Compliance Officer
Wayne (Blackfeet) has been working with IHCSCV, since 2006. He holds a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership. He loves working with IHCSCV and interacting with the members. He is proud of helping IHCSCV maintain a 99% or higher average score on all administrative audits since 2007, and playing a key role in developing staff.
Elizabeth McCraven, DO
Medical Director, Meridian Site
Dr. McCraven has been working with IHC for since 2014 and is board certified in Family Medicine. She loves working with her colleagues and solving problems for our members. She made the decision to break the mold and become a Family Physician at age 40, and the work she is able to do at IHC affirms this decision every day. Outside of work, she enjoys doing yoga, cooking, and reading.
Director of Population Health
Daniela has been working at IHCSCV since 2004. She is committed to the work that FQHC’s do with their communities. Her work focus has been around expanding access to care for the underserved population and improving overall population health. She actively designs, participates and leads teams in innovative projects in quality improvement and data management, population health, continuity of care and patient engagement. She holds a physician degree from Universidad Mayor de San Andres. She loves traveling and spending time with family.
Human Resources Director
BS, Business Administration, San Francisco State University
BA, Telecommunications, Cal-State University, Long Beach
Recruitment and working with the staff are the favorite part of my job. I also enjoy creating a work environment that is fun and rewarding. Outside of work I like tennis and surfing.
Director of Development and Communications
Gerardo, aka “Gera,” is Mescalero Apache and Pueblo, on his maternal side. On his paternal side, he is Pame, of Aramberri, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He has been serving the Urban Indigenous community in Santa Clara County, since 1992. Gerardo joined the IHCSCV team professionally, in 2019.
Gerardo is especially proud to work at IHCSCV because, as a youth in community, he found a place among some of the founding members of the organization. They made him feel accepted and supported his individual journey towards remembering and reclaiming his indigenous identity. This played a major role in his personal and professional development, and instilled in him a passion for making a difference every day. Today, he and his family are traditional dancers, ceremonial stewards in the NAC community, and proud to continue to uphold traditions for future generations.
May Spatola, DDS
Dr. Spatola has been working with IHC since 2014 and became the dental director in 2021. She got her D.D.S. degree from UCLA School of Dentistry in 2010 and completed a 1 year general dentistry residency in Santa Barbara,CA. She is proficient in all aspects of general dentistry and is passionate about serving our community. Outside of the office, she enjoys cooking new dishes and spending time with her husband and two sons exploring the Bay Area and beyond.