Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors ensures CHP stays connected to the heartbeat of the communities we serve.

Patient feedback is a core principle of the community health center model, providing a patient voice at the highest level of decision-making with patients serving on CHP’s Board of Directors. Over half of CHP board members also are patients. This model of community empowerment allows patients to be involved in health center oversight and planning.

Susana Castro

Board President

Susana Castro, RN, M.S., has worked for Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 1989. Currently, she serves as manager of the patient representative department. From 2005 to 2010, Susana was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH), where she served as chair from 2009 to 2010. She was recently reappointed to serve once more on this distinguished advisory council. In 2009, Ms. Castro was honored by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) with the Outstanding Migrant Health Center Board Member Award. She has been a CHP Board member since 1996.

Benjamín González

Board Vice President
CHP Kankakee Health Center

Benjamin González has been a member of CHP’s board of directors since 2000. Over the years, Mr. González has been active in his community and church, serving on the Parent Advisory Committee of the Illinois Migrant Head Start Project and as a trainer in the Hombres Unidos project, a peer-led program aimed at reducing intimate partner violence. Mr. González is the owner of Jose Dooly Farm.

Kevin Wood

Board Treasurer
CHP Harvard Health Center

Mr. Kevin Wood is a retired Volunteer Fireman originally from upstate New York. He currently volunteers at the local food pantry and senior center. Kevin joined CHP’s board of directors in February 2021.

Gelacia Leija

Board Secretary
CHP Aurora Health Center

 Gelacia Leija has been a member of the CHP board of directors since 1996. She works for the Del Valle Migrant Head Start Center in Oswego, Illinois, as the education services coordinator. Ms. Leija recently completed her baccalaureate degree in early childhood education at St. Augustine University in Chicago, Illinois.

Andrea Zamarrón

Member
CHP Mendota Health Center

 Ms. Zamarrón joined CHP’s board of directors in 2011, where she contributes her deep knowledge of and connection to the Latino community in our Mendota service area as well as her acumen as a local business owner. A former elementary school teacher in Mexico, Ms. Zamarrón and her family are active in their community and church.

Cristina Dávalos

Member
CHP Kankakee Health Center

Cristina Dávalos joined CHP’s board of directors in 2005. Ms. Dávalos resides in the Kankakee area, where she promotes CHP’s healthcare services with coworkers and neighbors who work in the area packing houses and farms.

Marcela Medina

Member
CHP Kankakee Health Center

Ms. Medina joined CHP’s board of directors in December 2020. Marcela is a past board member of the River Valley Seasonal Migrant Health Start, where she served as the board’s President for the parent board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in clothing textiles.

María J. Martínez

Member

 Maria Martínez has been a member of the CHP board of directors since CHP was incorporated in 1993. She served as past board president for CHP for more than a decade. The daughter of agricultural workers, Ms. Martínez has dedicated her entire career in service to agricultural worker families as the Migrant Education Program recruiter for the Hoopeston, Illinois, school district. She has been honored with numerous awards for her contributions to agricultural worker families, most recently in April 2014, when she received the Staff Support Award from the National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education. After more than four decades of service, Ms. Martínez recently retired from the Hoopeston school district. She continues to volunteer her time assisting agricultural workers and their families to ensure that they receive the healthcare and related services they need.

Reina Montes

Member
CHP Harvard Health Center

Ms. Montes joined CHP’s board of directors in 2017. She volunteers in her local community raising funds for luncheons and gifts for aged women in the Mexico Town (Coatepec). Reina promotes CHP services to friends, families, coworkers and the Harvard community at large.

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