Board Members

Maria Garcia-Aguilera
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Maria Garcia-Aguilera is a retired social worker and a life-long resident of the City of Brawley.  She attended Brawley Union High School and received a Bachelors and a Masters degree in social work from San Diego State University. While now retired, she previously worked for Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District for 25 years serving as a medical social worker until 2008.

Mrs. Garcia-Aguilera was elected to the PMHD board for her first full term on December 5, 2014.

Catalina Alcantra-Santillan
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Nickolas P. Aguirre
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Nickolas P. Aguirre, Jr., recently retired from his role as Family Nurse Practitioner with Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo, Inc. Mr. Aguirre is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, holding a Master in Nursing, Case Management.

Mr. Aguirre knows Pioneers well, having worked here between 1975 and 2007. During his 31 years of service, he held roles within Case Management, Nursing (House Supervisor) and as an Associate Administrator over Clinical Services.

Linda Rubin
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Linda Rubin has been a resident of the City of Brawley for over 30 years, raising with her husband Ron three children. Rubin is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a registered dietitian. She completed her internship at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and has over 30 years of hospital management experience. While the majority of that service has been in dietary management, she has also served as an interim director of human resources.

Mrs. Rubin and her husband are active in the community, especially as members of Sacred Heart Church in Brawley. Mr. Rubin (husband) served as the first president of the PMHD Foundation which initiated in 1982.

Ms. Rubin was elected to the PMHD Board in November 2010.

Lorenzo Suarez, MD

Lorenzo Suarez was born and raised in Brawley, California. He is one of eleven children and grew up attending public school in Brawley from elementary through High school. He graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1974. After High School, he attended UCSD, La Jolla for Pre-Med studies and later transferred to University of Minnesota Medical School, graduating in 1983. He is Board Certified and a member of the Diplomat of American Academy of Family Physicians. The support and friendships of the Brawley Community strongly influenced Dr Suarez decision to return to his hometown and establish his medical practice.

Currently, Dr Suarez has a large Family Practice office in Brawley which serves the entire Imperial Valley. He is the Medical Director for Imperial County Physicians Medical Group. He serves on the sub-committee for Pioneer Memorial Hospital utilization management.

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