Board of Trustees

The board of trustees consists of 9 to 17 community members who have demonstrated their interest in the community and share the vision of Encompass and its goal of service. Our trustees are willing to assume the responsibility of active support of these goals and purposes. One seat is held by the current Chairperson of this Encompass’s Head Start Policy Council. Every effort is made in the above selection process to abide by the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action as well as broad community representation.

Board meetings are scheduled 11 times each year.


Meet the Trustees

 

Catherine Forest

Catherine Sonquist Forest, MD MPH FAAFP, Co-Chairperson

Catherine Sonquist Forest, MD MPH is a family physician and Clinical Associate Professor at the UCSF Natividad Family Medicine Residency. After graduating from UCSC, she received her MPH in Behavioral and Environmental Health Sciences from UCBerkeley, a MD degree at UCSF, and residency in family medicine at Community Hospital of Santa Rosa. She has been faculty at both UCSF and Stanford Schools of Medicine. Most recently, she is a member of the CA Health Care Foundation Health Care Fellowship Cohort 13. Honors include the CAFP “Hero of Family Medicine Award” for her service to patients across the state of California in 2013.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Forest has been at the forefront of local and statewide access to care and policy issues. Local affiliations include Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center, SCHSA, CCAH, the Physician Advisory Committee of Hospice of Santa Cruz, and a local charter school board.

Throughout her career, she has collaborated with local and state, federal organizations and agencies to see rigorous research translated into practice with the goal of achieving greater equity in health.

 


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Steve Glynn, Treasurer

Steve Glynn is honored to be on the board of an organization that performs such vital work in our community. He is currently a Director of Finance for Plantronics supporting the World Wide Operations team and is responsible for forecasting, budgeting, standard costing and financial support.   He has worked for a variety of companies here in Santa Cruz and over the course of his career he has held many roles in both Operations and Finance and has been involved in areas ranging from M&A work, opening and managing a factory, implementing standard costing and forecasting systems, pricing and jungle tours. He has a B.A. in Economics from UCSC and a Certificate in Operations Management from Cal Tech. He lives in Santa Cruz with his girlfriend Julie and a cat named Macallan.


M HolingueMelisande Holingue, Co-Chairperson

Mélisande Holingue has worked with children, families, incarcerated women, and individuals in recovery for the past ten years.
For over eight years, Mélisande specialized in early intervention and connecting children and families to local services, including Papas and Families Together. She is passionate about supporting families in a holistic approach, utilizing community resources, and promoting early literacy in her classroom. She worked as the master preschool teacher at the Cabrillo College Children’s Lab School, an innovative learning lab for adult learners in the Early Childhood Education department at Cabrillo College in Aptos.
Currently, Mélisande works with incarcerated women, justice-involved women, and women in recovery. She holds a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Social Work from CSU Monterey Bay and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work. Born in France and raised in Northern California, Mélisande speaks French and English. She lives in Corralitos with her partner, Jamie.


E JohnsonElaine Johnson, At-Large

Elaine Johnson is from the Bronx, in New York City, and has been living in Santa Cruz for 20 years. For as early as Elaine could remember, community, collaboration and working toward a playing field that is leveled for all to have access to has always been at the forefront of her mind and what has led her to do the work that she does. In her childhood, she saw people she knew entering the criminal justice system and not have the means to access programs that would assist in the healing, restoration, diversion, or recidivism to make a change. She has always had a love for the law and vowed to do what she could to bring about change.

Elaine spent several years mentoring students as a way of supporting youth to reach for their highest potential regardless of any barriers that may have been placed in their way. Elaine is also the founder of the Santa Cruz County Neighborhood Courts Program, a diversion program that serves participants throughout Santa Cruz County. Elaine has worked in the fields of juvenile dependency, Community and Divorce mediation, criminal law, and has extensive experience working in collaboration in Santa Cruz County in restorative justice, housing, mentoring programs, (Santa Cruz County High School Mock Trail and Elementary Law program). Elaine is committed to her continued work with community leaders of all levels throughout the County of Santa Cruz.

Elaine holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Monterey College of Law. Elaine is a certified mediator and currently serves on several boards, which includes Encompass Community Services, Monarch Services, Your Future Is Our Business. She is Past President of Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County, a Member of Rise Together Coalition, serves on the Santa Cruz Police Chief Advisory team, and is a member of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. Elaine served on the Executive Committee of the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, as a board member at Inner Light Ministries, and has been a member of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Advisory Team. 

Elaine enjoys singing gospel music, and lives in Live Oak with her partner Shinehah.


Paola Luna, At-Large

Paola Luna, At-Large

Paola is a political refugee from Chile, a native, fluent Spanish speaker, an advocate for her special needs son, and passionate about social justice.  She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley, high school teaching credential and Master's in Public Health degree from San Jose State University.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Paola worked as a high school English teacher, a volunteer health educator, and a stay-at-home mom for 15 years.  As the Programs Coordinator at Santa Cruz Community Health, she coordinated the Healthy Pregnancy Program, facilitated Shared Medical Appointments for Diabetes and Postpartum patients, trained Promotoras from the Live Oak School District in collaboration with Cradle to Career, presented to and trained the staff about Cultural Humility, and coordinated with outside agencies to improve patient care. At Health Improvement Partnership, Paola supports a variety of community programs, including Healthy Steps, the Hepatitis C care cascade, and continuing medical education for providers. Paola believes quality health care should be accessible to all.


place.pngCindy Mekis, Secretary

Cindy Mekis is a native of Santa Cruz, and except for a short stint in Sausalito during graduate school, has lived in Santa Cruz her entire life.  Cindy feels fortunate to have grown up in and raise children in Santa Cruz.  Cindy worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Dominican and then in San Jose for 15 years.  Cindy earned her degree in Nursing from San Jose State and then went on to UC San Francisco to earn a degree as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).  Cindy completed her terminal degree in nursing by earning my Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2014.  Cindy currently works at Kaiser San Jose as their CNS.  Her focus area is Maternal Child health with an emphasis on patient safety and systems.  Cindy loves the beach and her favorite past time is traveling with her family and friends.  Cindy feels It is an honor to serve on the board of such an amazing non-profit.


Vrinda Qunitero, At-Large

Vrinda Qunitero Rincón, At-Large

Vrinda was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She has a degree in political science with a specialization in international affairs. She has traveled extensively and lived in India at a Seva Ashram where she learned that any spiritual pursuit most often begins with seeing the good in others and being kind and of service to others. From there in 2008 she moved to Santa Cruz county where her first calling was to work at the Homeless Service Center. From there she has done consulting for non-profits in areas such as undocumented workers' rights, BFRB’s, and homelessness. She is a strong believer in harm reduction and trauma-informed care that takes into account culture and healing. Currently, she is serving as a culinary teacher for Alt Ed and the adult school at Sequoia schools in Watsonville where the focus is on healing and reclaiming cultural food sovereignty. She is also the proud owner of Areperia 831, a women-run social enterprise that serves Venezuelan food with an Ayurvedic twist.


Bibianna Rocha, Vice Chairperson

Bibianna is the Executive Assistant for the Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley.

Bibianna has been with the Community Health Trust since July 2019. Before this, she was a Service Manager at Wells Fargo in the Chico area where she developed strong leadership and communication skills. After the CAMP Fire, Bibianna and her family moved to her husband’s hometown of Watsonville to have a fresh start.

As a former beneficiary of the Head Start Program, Bibianna enrolled her two daughters, ages two and five at the time, in Watsonville’s Head Start Program where they are thriving.

Bibianna is passionate about supporting her Latino community. Through her various organizational memberships, she is active on multiple advocacy efforts that directly impact this community. She is a Steering Committee Member for the Emerging Leaders Circle of United Way, Vice-Chair for the Policy Council of Head Start, and Vice-Chair for Encompass Community Services Board of Trustees.


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Kristal Salcido, At-Large

Kristal is a deputy district attorney assigned to the Sex Crimes division of the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office and has been a Watsonville resident since 2015. Kristal has dedicated her career to the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes and has personally works with vulnerable and marginalized members of the Watsonville community. She is grateful for the opportunity to help them navigate the criminal justice system without fear. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of law in 2010 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Encompass mission and programming and honored to serve on its Board of Directors.


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Oscar Sanchez, At-Large

Witnessing the injustices that marginalized people, especially people of color endure due to the lack of accessible quality healthcare, has inspired Oscar to use his voice to champion for those who feel powerless and too often silenced. A strategic, enthusiastic, and innovative healthcare leader, Oscar has a passion for reducing health disparities by creating systems of change. Oscar hopes to replace inefficient systems with culturally humble, innovative, and integrated models of care to break the cycle of inequity. His past experiences included a supervisory role in a federally qualified health center however, Oscar was interested and committed to the broader mission of helping the underserved population.

Currently, Oscar works for Central California Alliance for Health, the county’s award-winning regional non-profit health plan, which serves over 370,000 members in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced counties. In his role as a Project Specialist, Oscar coordinates, participates, and leads several quality improvement and population health initiatives.

Oscar is a first-generation college graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Education from UC Santa Cruz, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Health Care Administration from Cal State East Bay.


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Erin Stuart-Cayot, At-Large

Erin Stuart-Cayot has spent many years leading the global tax departments in high technology companies, including Plantronics in Santa Cruz. She now leads the global tax department for a large cybersecurity company in Sunnyvale. She lives in Aptos with her husband Jackson, two dogs, two cats, and two daughters who are in college. Erin is a CPA with an undergraduate degree in Economics from San Jose State and two Masters Degrees from San Jose State, one in Accounting and one in Taxation. Erin is committed to the Santa Cruz area and feels very honored to serve as a board member.