Community Health Partnership of Illinois

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 Chair

Susana Castro, RN, M.S., has worked for Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 1989. Currently she works as a Patient Throughput Coordinator. 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.  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 and currently serves as CHP Board Chair.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Lorenia Lara

Board Chair
CHP Kankakee Health Center

 Ms. Lara joined CHP’s board of directors in 2023, where she contributes her deep knowledge of and connection to the Latino community.

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.

Natalie Ojeda

Member
CHP Kankakee Health Center

Natalie Ojeda joined the Board of Directors in 2023. She is a community leader who deeply believes in CHP’s mission of bringing high quality care to all. 

Amelia Garza-Vela

Member

CHP Harvard Health Center

Amelia Garza-Vela joined the Board of Directors in 2022. She was born and raised in Harvard. She works for Sauk Valley Bank as a Business Service Coordinator. Her goal as a Board member is to make sure that the great services that CHP provides are improve. She also wants to find ways to help increase funds, programs, sponsorships for the staff, patient and the sites.

Maria Roach

Member

CHP Kankakee Health Center

Maria Roach joined the Board of Directors of CHP in 2023. She is a bilingual Registered Nurse.  Her goal as a Board member is making sure that CHP provides high quality care to patients.

Linda Ramirez

Member
CHP Kankakee Health Center

Linda Ramirez joined the Board of Directors in 2024. She is a certified Medical Assistant. 

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