Meet our Board Members

Nigel Taverner

Nigel Taverner

Board Chair

Nigel Taverner has been a member of the Sonrisas board since 2006 and Board Chair since 2011. A career management consultant, Chair Taverner co-leads many of the Sonrisas information presentations and strategy sessions and applies a business perspective to Sonrisas’ activities. Having retired from Tech Sales with IBM, his current interest, apart from Sonrisas, is UX Design.

Helen Galligan

Helen Galligan

Vice Board Chair

Helen Galligan RN, BSN joined the Sonrisas Board in 2017. She is also the current Vice Chair on the Sonrisas and the Peninsula Health Care District Board. Now retired from the nursing field, Director Galligan had worked at Mills-Peninsula Hospital ICU/CCU and Cardiac Rehab departments and also at the Mid-Peninsula Endoscopy Center (surgical center).

Clyde Hinshelwood

Clyde Hinshelwood

Board Secretary

Director Hinshelwood has been a board member of Sonrisas since 2014 and is the current Secretary of the Board. He has broad background in technology and services sales and marketing. Director Hinshelwood speaks three languages and brings an empathetic and multicultural understanding from living, working, and studying abroad.

Larry Cappel

Larry Cappel

Founder and current President and CEO of Pacific Health Alliance, Director Cappel joined the Sonrisas Board in 2017. He is also the Board Chair of the Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) and member of the PHCD Long-Term Planning Committee. He is the Founder and current board member of the Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation and board member of the Colon Cancer Alliance. He is the Founder of the Peninsula Striders Track Club and Track Coach at St. Dunstan Catholic School and Assistant Track Coach at Mills High School.

Liz Dodge

Liz Dodge

Liz Dodge joined the Sonrisas Board in March 2019. She is an Executive Deals Assistant with the Northbound Group, and lives in Half Moon Bay with her children, with strong ties in the community. Prior to joining the Northbound Group, Liz had over 20 years of experience with health care and medical aid consulting in South Africa, Canada, and the US, assisting both individuals and corporates with plan design and options.

Rick Navarro

Rick Navarro

Rick Navarro joined the Sonrisas Board in 2017. He is a physician and member of the California Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and International Anesthesia Research Society.

Sheryl Young

Sheryl Young

Sheryl Young joined the Sonrisas Board in 2017. She currently is the San Mateo County Program Director for the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF). Prior to joining PVF, Director Young was the Chief Executive Officer of Community Gatepath and AbilityPath.org. She has over 25 years of managerial experience in operations, finance, and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University and Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley.