Board of Directors
Maria Garcia-Aguilera – President
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. Email Maria Garcia-Aguilera
Catalina Alcantara-Santillan – Vice President
Katy (Catalina) Alcantra-Santillan is a life-long resident of Brawley with her husband, Paul. They have 3 adult children, Eric, Marci, and Paul Marcos. Katy has actively been involved in the medical field for over 35 years. Her family business continues to provide services for the developmentally disabled community locally and statewide.
As a graduate of the University of Phoenix, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration, she previously worked at Clinicas de Salud in the Accounting Department and then served as Director of Human Resources. She also worked at Pioneers Memorial Hospital as the Community Services Supervisor. Mrs. Santillan’s knowledge and experience with Title 22, which governs PMHD, gives her the hospital management experience necessary to assist in fulfilling the goals of the District and help the overall community. In addition, Katy and her family are active in the community and are members of the Saint Margaret Mary Church and numerous non-profit organizations locally and statewide.
Nickolas P. Aguirre – Secretary
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. Email Nickolas P. Aguirre
Linda Rubin – Treasurer
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. Email Linda Rubin
Lorenzo Suarez – MD
Dr. Lorenzo Suarez was born and raised in Brawley, California. He is one of eleven children and grew up attending public schools 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’s 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 the Pioneers Memorial Hospital utilization management.