The Morongo Basin Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) directed by a volunteer governing board in compliance with requirements set forth by Section 330 grants and by the agency’s bylaws. The Board is composed of a majority of active, registered consumers of the Health Center (at least 51%) and is representative of the populations served by the Center.
If you are a patient of the Morongo Basin Community Health Center and are interested in serving on the governing board, please contact the Board Clerk by email. We would be delighted to discuss your interest and our requirements. EMAIL TO BOARD CLERK
Board meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. Agendas for monthly business meeting are posted on this website for viewing at least 72 hours prior to the meeting; and subcommittee agendas are posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. You may view the board's meeting agendas on this page.
GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS
Susan Madavan immigrated from Canada to California at the age of eight. She has worked in the mental health field for 23 years. Her life has been full of what she calls ‘fighting for the underdog in many various situations.’ Advocating for people has always been her forte. She enjoys being on the Clinics' Governing Board and feels her efforts have contributed to the positive changes she has seen.
Mary Jane Binge, a long-time resident of Twentynine Palms, she has been active in the community serving many organizations over the years. She received the ‘Pillar of the Community Award’ in 2008 and was the first woman President of Rotary International in the Morongo Basin. Mary Jane has been in the mortgage business for over 33 years and feels it is important to give back to the community.
Mara Cantelo Born in Twentynine Palms, Mara was named after the Oasis of Mara. A lifelong resident of the Morongo Basin, her passion is advocating for the uninsured indigent. She founded Tender Loveing Cause which has fed and helped people for 30+ years. Mara has received the Basin Wide Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award; the presidential Jefferson Award from Washington, D.C.; and was twice chosen as Citizen of the Year for the Morongo Basin.
Laura Grabow has been a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) instructor for the Morongo Unified School District for over 20 years. She currently teaches a Registered Dental Assisting course for ROP students at Twentynine Palms High School.
Summer Grenzow relocated to Twentynine Palms from Los Angeles in 2010 to live and raise her children in a small community and enjoy the desert night sky. Passionate about helping people, Summer currently serves as Vice President of the Twentynine Palms Youth Club board, and the Morongo Basin Community Health Center governing board.
Mike Lopez relocated to the high desert from San Diego county in 2003. He says he fell in love with the peace and serenity of the desert when he visited the National Park to climb rocks while attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is now retired and lives with his wife Susan and their two Shar Peis in Joshua Tree. Today he still enjoys rock climbing, running and bicycling.
Sandy Potts moved to California from Texas in 1979 and spent many years perfecting her love of the arts. Earning an Associate’s Degree in both Art and Dance, she owned her own dance studio while also teaching dance at the university level. Sandy still practices her art and spends spare time researching health related topics on the Internet.
Ricardo Tagle has been a resident of the Morongo basin for over 40 years. He owned and operated the popular restaurant Arturo’s, serving Mexican food for 37 years. After retiring, Ricardo volunteers with The Consumer Advisory Board, working with the mentally ill population. He is honored to serve on the Community Health Center governing board.
Peggy Toney As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she has worked for thirty plus years in various mental health facilities and in private practice in Southern California. She and her husband have lived in the Morongo Basin over 14 years. She brings to the governing board the asset of understanding the needs of the people we serve and helping to keep them foremost in the decision making process.
Sue Tsuda came to the Morongo Basin when hired as the first manager for the Town of Yucca Valley. After retiring, she remained in the valley, teaching at Copper Mountain College and serving as a volunteer in several organizations. She has nurtured a long time interest in prolmoting health and healthy lifestyles.