Leadership Team
Growing-up in a Village in Mexico, seeing a doctor was only for the rich. Home remedies were the common treatment for health problems. Watsonville, Salinas, and East San Jose became my hometowns. Very similar to my village experience, quality health care in America was only available to those who could afford to pay the high cost of care. I have eighteen years of experience in providing health care services to low-income families, new immigrants, and the medically uninsured. I am an Alumnus of California State University Monterey Bay and the Clinic Leadership Institute.
Salvador Chavarin, Chief Executive Officer
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane”
---[Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March 25, 1966, 2nd National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights]
My goals are to provide the same opportunities for everyone; to provide resources to those who need assistance; and to help others learn how to achieve their dreams. As a team member of Foothill Community Health Center, my goals are realized through our work to provide high-quality physical and mental wellness to everyone, regardless of one’s socio-economic position, ethnicity, gender, or immigration status. I am excited to share in the achievements of our school-based clinics; we are changing the behavioral paradigm of the next generation by teaching them to think beyond their neighborhoods and to break out of generational barriers. I am an Alumnus of the University of San Francisco (BS, MPA) and Lincoln Law School of Sacramento (JD). My experiences involve public policy, finance, social justice, civil liberties, education, and healthcare. I serve on the Boards of the San Jose JACL; APIJC; Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene; and the San Jose Parks Foundation.
Growing up in the city of Compton gave me life lessons and an endearing compassion for families without essential resources. As a team member of the Foothill Community Health Center, our work in East San Jose is making a difference in the lives of low-income families, our neighbors without health insurance, and children without positive mentors. Our Outreach team is embedded into the daily lives of our community through health education workshops, health screenings, public health insurance enrollment assistance, and collaborating with our community partners to enhance healthcare access for the underserved population. I am an Alumnus of the University of California, Riverside (BA in Political Science) and San Jose State University (Master of Public Health).  I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and daughter (Nemaia), family, and friends.
Johnny O'Brien, Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Salazar graduated from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. During his medical training, he earned a scholarship for a clinical rotation in Madrid, Spain. After graduation, he moved to the U.S., and he was accepted as a UCLA scholar of the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program. While in Bakersfield, Dr. Salazar trained at Kern Medical Center in the Department of Family Medicine.  During his residency, he was able to provide quality of care to underserved and underinsured populations of Kern County. Dr. Salazar is an advocate for educating patients and positively impacting the medically underserved communities. He is interested in being a role model to those who live in California's underserved and in making a significant contribution to the health and welfare of these communities. When he is not engaged in his professional activities, he spends time playing and watching soccer, dancing salsa, and sharing valued time with his family.
Dr. Victor Salazar, Medical Director
Aloha! I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. Healthcare services on the Islands are similar to stateside. But if we needed healthcare services during off business hours, we had to go to the emergency room, which was a costly expense, especially for my parents who were struggling Middle Americans. I am excited to know that Foothill provides behavioral health services to children starting at age six. I believe a child’s physical and mental wellness lays a foundation for a healthy and successful lifestyle. I have over fifteen years of finance and accounting experience in nonprofit organizations and the healthcare sector. I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting & Information Systems from San Jose State University, and a MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. I am honored to be part of Foothill Community Health Center’s Mission to provide high-quality and affordable healthcare to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
Michael Victor, Chief Financial Officer
Neil Kozuma, Compliance Officer
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Anupriya Anadure, Quality Assurance Director
Growing-up in India exposed me to the challenges people have for good oral hygiene versus much higher everyday life priorities. I knew then that I had to do much more to ensure affordable, stress free and timely dental care to all, especially to those who cannot afford it - I became a working dentist in India. It is my singular passion to provide the very best dental care to every patient that walks through my door and my colleagues say that I have. Since earning a Doctor of Dental Sciences degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 2004, I have spent my career working for non-profit organizations that provide low-cost dental services to low-income, under-insured and uninsured members of my community.
Shilpa Mehta, Dental Director
Youth today have questions about dating, sex, pregnancy, grades, being gay, domestic violence, family trauma, bullying, and about their lives.  In East San Jose, the target area of Foothill Community Health Center, there are inequities in the behavioral health services available to low-income families. Every child and adult deserves respect through high-quality behavioral health services, not limiting service only to those who can afford to pay. Every child deserves to feel love and given takeaways that will put them on a positive path in life. I am honored to lead a team of clinicians who are on the campus of elementary, middle, and high schools every day; practicing their compassion and providing mental health wellness with at-risk youth. I am an Alumna of U.C. Santa Cruz (BA in Psychology; Minor in Sociology) and John F. Kennedy University (MA in Marriage & Family Therapy). The delight of my day is being with my one-year old daughter Hanna. She laughs, speaks, crawls, and makes me smile.
Karie Marlin, LMFT, Behavioral Health Director
ShuChung Chang, Information Technology Director
Technology is a key factor in achieving success in this competitive age. As a city boy, I had the chance to witness the amazing transition of my hometown into a global city. This opened my eyes to the potential of technology and its crucial role in improving our quality of life. Over the years, however, I learned that this fast-paced revolution can create pressing social issues. Those marginalized fail to benefit from advances in technology, resulting in financial hardship for many. Therefore, I decided to use my engineering experience and knowledge to empower my community. I am very proud to be a part of Foothill Community Health Center and its mission to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare to our community. With a Master’s degree in computer engineering and more than 30-years of experience in industrial technology development, I truly believe that Foothill Community Health Center can improve quality of life for those in our community.
Jiguett Sanchez, Human Resources Director
Originally from Peru, Jiguett is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from the University of Saint Mary.   She graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and an Associate  of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts.  Jiguett came to Foothill Community Health center bringing an extensive experience in the Human Resources field,  implementing safety programs, employee trainings and working as a strategic partner on talent acquisition measures and employee retention.  She has partnered and developed  connections with multiple colleges and universities so she can maximize her  recrutiting efforts.   Jiguett is currently licensed by the California Department of Insurance under Broker Property Casualty and is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of commerce.   She appreciates the smallest things in life and is very content helping others in her role as Human Resources  Director.  One of her mantras is having individualized  attention to each employees and prompt answers as an  added value to the department.  Jiguett looks forward  to creating a life work balance and maintaining a customer service oriented culture. Excellence in work, commitment to our patients and positive community impact is what we strive for.
On a Mission to Help Others
The people who guide Foothill Community Center on its community based mission to protect lives are diverse in background, yet unified in purpose to ensure that all Foothill patients receive a consistently high level of service and help.  All board members of Foothill Community Center are volunteers.   Whether from the emergency medical field, the business world, or the non profit arena, each embodies a total commitment to excellence, which is reflected in their actions on behalf of Foothill Community Center.
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