New COO and VP for Golden Valley

Melinda Marshall

Melinda Marshall was recently promoted to the position of Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Golden Valley Health Centers. Marshall began her career at the Center in 1987, as a front office receptionist. Having served as a patient account biller, front office supervisor, site administrator, center manager, and for the past seven years, as a Director of Operations, she is well-positioned to fill this executive role and looks forward to the challenge ahead. Her personal mission has always been to help the underserved population in our community and advocate for community health centers, promoting access to quality health care with no barriers.

Community Hospice announces new President/Chief Executive Officer
Community Hospice, Inc., the Central Valley’s oldest and largest nonprofit hospice and community-based palliative care provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alisa Bettis as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective Sept. 6.
Bettis replaces C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice’s President/CEO, who resigned after eight years in October of 2021, and John E. Renner, Director of Logistics and Operations who has served as the Interim President/CEO.

Alisa Bettis

“We welcome Alisa to the Community Hospice family,” shared Susan Donker, Community Hospice Board of Directors Chair. “Her background in clinical operations, quality and planning and compliance, along with her compassionate character, will play a pivotal role as we extend our excellent care to more families in need.”
Bettis has been employed the past six years as the Associate Director for the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency. In her current role, she managed a $60 million annual budget, 500 employees, 55,000 patient visits a year, clinical operations for family medicine, multispecialty, physical rehabilitation, and urgent care clinics.
Prior to her position with the county, Bettis worked in leadership roles at both Bloss Memorial Healthcare District/Castle Family Health Centers and Kaiser Permanente.
“We are thrilled to have Alisa join Community Hospice and feel she is a perfect complement to our Leadership team and Community Hospice family,” said John E. Renner, Interim President/CEO. “Her invaluable background and experiences will support our staff and most importantly, help us better serve our patients and their families.”
“I am very excited to join Community Hospice and its excellent team. For more than 40 years, Community Hospice has grown from an inspired idea by two registered nurses to a respected and leading provider of vital service for those with serious and life-limiting illness in the Central Valley area,” said Bettis. “I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to work with the dedicated Community Hospice and Foundation Boards, volunteers and incredibly talented healthcare professionals and staff.”
Bettis holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University Sacramento, in Health Sciences with a concentration in Healthcare Administration and Community Health Education and a Master’s of Business Administration from California State University Stanislaus. She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, Healthcare Accreditation, Healthcare Compliance and Lean Healthcare Trained.

Children’s Home of Stockton elects new board officers and board member
Children’s Home of Stockton has elected new board officers for fiscal year 2022-2023 as well as a new board member.
At a recent CHS board meeting, Doug Davis was voted the new Board President of Children’s Home of Stockton. Davis is a Principal Architect with WMB Architects and recently celebrated his 25th year with the firm. Davis has also served as the President and Trustee on the Children’s Home of Stockton Foundation Board, which manages the assets of Children’s Home to support its critical work. “It is an honor to serve as President of the Board as Children’s Home marks its 140th anniversary,” said Davis. “I am consistently amazed by the resiliency and resourcefulness of our staff in navigating everchanging regulations and developing new programs to meet the needs of at-risk youth in our community.”
Jennifer Marchini, CPA with BPM LLP, was voted the new Board Vice President. Marchini is a CPA with more than 10 years of experience in finance and accounting.
Cathy Ghan, SVP Commercial Real Estate Group with Oak Valley Community Bank, was voted the new Board Treasurer. Ghan has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry and has worked for Bank of the West and Union Safe Deposit Bank prior to joining Oak Valley Community Bank.
Gary Spaugh, President of GLS Healthcare Consulting LLC, was voted the new Board Secretary. Spaugh has an extensive background with more than 40 years of experience in hospital and healthcare administration, strategy, business development, health plans, joint ventures, and affiliations. 
Jake Clizbe, Operations Supervisor at Blue Shield of California, is the newest member to join CHS’ Board of Directors. Clizbe has more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare insurance and hospitality industries. He previously served on CHS’ Major Gifts Campaign Committee to help fundraise for the organization.
All the new board officers and members bring a wide range of knowledge and expertise from different industries and backgrounds. Children’s Home of Stockton continues to adapt and grow under their guidance.