Desert Care Network Governing Board

Meet our Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for financial and professional oversight of Desert Care Network. Its members guide Desert Care Network in the delivery of high-quality healthcare to the Coachella Valley.

Desert Regional Medical Center

Frederick Axelrod, M.D. (Chair)

Lilia Pacini, M.D. (Vice-Chair)

Scott White (Secretary)

Michele Finney, CEO

Gemma Kim, M.D. (Chief of Staff)

Frederick Eko, M.D.

Amir Lavaf, M.D.

Eric Presser, M.D.

Les Zendle, M.D. (DHCD)

Carole Rogers, RN, MPH (DHCD)

Grace Garner

Jeff Grubbe

Laura James

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Hi Desert Medical Center

Christi Blauwkamp (Chair)

Donna Munoz (Vice Chair)

Jim Ventura (Secretary)

Andre Kasko, D.O., (Chief of Staff)

William S. Bush, M.D. (Chief of Staff Elect)

Karen Faulis (CEO)

Gholam Zadeii, M.D.

Jim Bagley

Matthew Campos

Cathy Itnyre

Gary Talley

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JFK Memorial Hospital

Richard P. Twiss (Chairman)

Michael Stutz (Vice Chairman)

M. Elizabeth "Betty" Sassano (Secretary)

Andrew Kassinove, M.D. (Chief of Staff)

Saeed Eskandari, M.D. (Chief of Staff Elect)

Gary Honts (CEO)

Gloria R. Franz, CFP

Elaine Holmes

Jeffrey C. Kirkpatrick

Saad H. Niazi

Jhan Schmitz

Gerald D. Sharon, D.Min.

Douglas T. Welmas

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