Leadership

Nigel Taverner

Chair

Nigel Taverner has been a member of the Sonrisas board since 2006 and Board Chair since 2009. A career management consultant, Nigel leads many of the Sonrisas information presentations and strategy sessions, and applies a business perspective to the Centers’ activities. Previously in Tech Sales with IBM, his current focus, apart from Sonrisas, is UX Designer. Nigel and his wife have lived on the Coastside since 2000, having migrated from the UK.

Helen Galligan

Vice Chair

Helen Galligan joined the Sonrisas board in August 2017, and is currently the Vice Chair of the board. She is also the Secretary of the Peninsula Health Care District Board.  Helen is a registered nurse working in private duty. Her extensive nursing experience includes Staff Nurse at the Mid-Peninsula Endoscopy Center (specialty: surgical center). She has also worked in the intensive care unit and continuing care unit, as well as the Neuro Stepdown Unit and Cardiac Rehab. She’s active in local schools and her church. Helen received her B.S. in Nursing at Northern Illinois University and a Diploma in Nursing at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing.

Clyde Hinshelwood

Secretary

Clyde Hinshelwood brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and sales to the Sonrisas board. Currently the Vice President of Sales at LunchBadger, he speaks three languages and brings a multicultural understanding from living and studying abroad. Clyde has been a Half Moon Bay resident since 1996 and has raised his family with his wife, Lisa, on the Coast. He has been a board member of Sonrisas since 2014 and is the current Secretary of the board.

Liz Dodge

Board Member

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. 

Lawrence Cappel

Board Member

Larry Cappel is founder, president and CEO of Pacific Health Alliance, a managed healthcare company based in Burlingame. He joined the Sonrisas board in August 2017. He also serves as Chair of the Peninsula Health Care District board. Among his community affiliations, Larry is founder and board member of the Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation and a 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. He holds a Ph.D. in Community Health Services from University of Utah and did post-doctoral studies in Health Care Marketing and Ambulatory Care at University of Washington.

Rick Navarro

Board Member

Rick Navarro is a practicing physician who joined the Sonrisas board in August 2017. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Peninsula Health Care District board. He is a member of the California Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists and International Anesthesia Research Society. Rick received his MD degree at Stanford University School of Medicine and completed an anesthesia residency, as well as an intensive care fellowship, at UCSF.

Sheryl Young

Board Member

Sheryl Young is an experienced leader and member of the non-profit community. She serves as San Mateo County Program Director at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Previously, Sheryl served as CEO of Community Gatepath and AbilityPath.org. She has more than 25 years of managerial experience in operations, finance and marketing. She is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, and also earned an M.A. in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. She joined the Sonrisas board in November 2017.

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