The Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization and is governed by a Board of Directors. The Directors are members of the Native American community and hold various roles in their lives from homemakers, business owners, lawyers, and physicians among other things…
Board Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday of the Month, at 6:30pm, and are located at 1211 Meridian Ave. San Jose, CA 95125.
Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley – By Laws
Copies of the IHC bylaws will be available in the Administration Department for all community members who wish to have a copy.
Please take a moment to meet our Directors:
Pablo Diego Viramontes (Nha Nhu-Otomi)
Pablo joined IHC’s Board in August 2005. He is a master artist and craftsman and a graduate of San Jose State University. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from San Jose State University, and has a 35 year record of teaching in the Santa Clara County office of the Education Alternative School. Now retired, he is very involved in the 500 mile run, which he has actively supported for the last 34 years. For the run, he is a spiritual leader and caretaker of the drum. He is a supporter of the Bear dance and Sun Dance and other ceremonial events in the San Jose area, and is nationally and regionally recognized for his visual art work. He has three children, all of whom are adults, and currently has 3 beautiful grandchildren.
Chris Mele, M.D. (Seneca)
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Mike Liu (Navajo)
Mr. Liu has over 13 years experience in Safety and Mission Assurance, serving as Director of Safety and Mission Assurance, Deputy Director of Safety and Mission Assurance, Associate Director of Safety and Mission Assurance, Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer, Software Assurance and Quality for Flight and Spacecraft projects for an Agency of the Federal Government. Mr. Liu has over 25 years experience in Data Acquisition and Instrumentation Systems for aerospace testing facilities as Deputy Branch Chief, Development Group Leader, Project Manager, and Task Manager.
Mr. Liu’s cultural background is Navajo, English, Irish, and German. Mr. Liu is born for the Many Goats Clan. Mr. Liu was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Oregon, Washington, and California. Mr. Liu was growing up during the early days when the United States was sending Astronauts into space, when Mr. Liu was 5 years old he wanted to work in the Aerospace field and be an Astronaut. Mr. Liu developed an interest in Astronomy as he was growing up. Mr. Liu attended De Anza College and transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy in 1981.
Mr. Liu is a Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and is a lifetime member of AISES. Mr. Liu served as the President of the California AISES Professional Chapter from 1998 – 2006.
Mr. Liu became a member of the Kiwanis International Organization in 2007. Mr. Liu served as President of the Kiwanis Club of De Anza from 2013-2014. Mr. Liu currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of De Anza.
Mr. Liu currently serves on the board of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley and has been a board member since June, 2016.
Paulette Pico (Navajo)
Paulette Thomas Pico (Navajo Nation) Dziłtł’ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan) and born for Naasht’ézhí Dine’é (Zuni Clan), Maternal Grandfather’s clan – Tsé Nahabiłnii (Sleep-Rock People Clan) and Paternal Grandfather’s clan – Tó’aheedlíinii (Water-Flows-Together Clan)
Paulette Thomas Pico’s grandfather was a well-known stone mason. As a Foreman, he provided engineering oversight to several identified historical buildings around the Crownpoint, New Mexico area where she was born and raised. Paulette is carrying on the family tradition by working as a Principal System Engineer with Roche Molecular Systems. As a student studying biology and chemistry, she thought about going to medical school and interned at hospitals for several years. Like her parents she wanted to contribute to the community through public service.
Working in hospitals while pursuing multiple degrees in biology and chemistry provided her with a unique perspective on how technology impacts healthcare. Upon graduation, she worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in support of the Human Genome Project becoming a group leader in the sequencing team. With over 20 years of experience, including the last 16 years working at Roche, she has contributed in the development of multiple medical device systems that test for viruses such as HIV, West Nile Virus, different Hepatitis strains, etc. in support of blood diagnostics and research. Paulette’s work and experiences help her better understand how technology helps an individual’s health and well-being. As a product of boarding schools, she felt the effect of health inequalities among native populations and the struggles of reservation life. Paulette has always had an interest in healthcare when it comes to helping indigenous peoples of the Americas. She hopes to one day return to the reservation to help create and manage a state of the art health care facility in her community where she believes public health services must blend technology, cultural sensitivity and spirituality. While being advocates for educating community members in areas of wellness by being a valued resource for the community.
Paulette is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in biology and chemistry. She is a Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and a member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Paulette and her family actively participate in community events which promote diversity and cultural awareness such as Interfaith events, school events, American Indian gatherings while being a parent to three. Paulette joined the board in July of 2016 and proudly serves as the Secretary.
Cheryl Marsden (Tlingit-Haida-Tsimpsian)
Cheryl has been on the Board since April 2006. She is a member of the IHC’s Diabetes Community Advisory Committee (DCAC) and has been involved with the Committee’s efforts to reach out and educate the community about diabetes. She is also a Patient Advocate in the Community Health Partnership’s Patient Advocacy Program that trains clients how to speak to legislators and other officials about the need for health care services. Cheryl has volunteered at many IHC events over the years. Cheryl has been the Recording Secretary and Vice President of the Tlingit/Haida San Francisco Central Council and is an enrolled member.
Amy Lopez (Choctaw)
Amy joined the IHC Board in 2013. Amy is a well-rounded person who has had experience and expertise in banking, bookkeeping, and financial aid for Native American higher education. She is an enrolled member of the Mississippi Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma. She is also a fourth generation Mexican – American. She is very proud of her heritage. Amy has general interest in health and well-being of Native communities. She believes that having the opportunity to serve on the Board will not only allow her to lend her expertise and knowledge while giving back to her community, but also help her acquire leadership skills needed for success.
Gerardo was born in Santa Cruz, CA to Molly Lucero Munoz (Pueblo – Roswell, NM) and Juan Loera (Pame – Aramberri, Nuevo Leon, MX). Being raised in San Jose, Gerardo has been serving the urban indigenous community for over twenty-years, personally and professionally. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Washoe Tribe’s Native TANF Program, overseeing programs in both Santa Clara Sand brings with him years of experience working as a behaviorist with youth and families affected by mental health challenges. Gerardo and his wife are keepers of tradition and ceremony within their respective communities; they are passionate about living life with intention while healing generations of the past-present-and-future, starting with themselves.
Mike Roman (Newmoon Clan)
Bio Coming Soon!
Bryan Curtis (Navajo)
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