The Valleywise Community Health Centers Governing Council is organized, as designated by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to provide governance and oversight of our Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) clinics.

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Council Members

Ryan Winkle

Ryan D. Winkle

Chair - District 1

Ryan D. Winkle is a community economic development consultant working with underserved communities throughout the Phoenix – Mesa metropolitan area, within areas of housing options, workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, public outreach and transit oriented development. He graduated from ASU with a dual degree in Sustainability and Urban Planning and completed his MBA at Wilkes University in Mesa. Ryan’s interests are in community projects, civic engagement and cultural awareness. Ryan grew up in Mesa where he now lives with his wife and two children.

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Terry Benelli

Vice Chair - District 2

Terry Benelli, the Executive Director of LISC-Phoenix has dedicated thirty years to community development. Her recent focus has been on building healthy places through economic development and affordable housing programs near the Light Rail. Appointed to fill the vacancy on the Mesa City Council, she served as the council member for District 2. A Mesa resident for almost 30 years, and active member of the Mesa community, she ahs served on numerous boards and committees. As a Flinn-Brown Fellow and graduate of the Mesa Leadership Training and Development Program her passion for civic leadership and community development is always evolving.

Daniel Messick

Daniel Messick

Treasurer - District - 4

Daniel Messick’s expertise helps companies extract value from investments in knowledge and intellectual property in situations such as growth, acquisition, and technological change.  He is a process designer in intangible asset methods to manage intellectual property obtained through acquisition and aligned to revenue. Mr. Messick is an author and advisor to for profit and not-for-profit entities and has been an executive in business innovation, intangible asset capitalization, strategy and management in the oversight of knowledge with Canon, Kodak and PwC.

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Ylenia Aguilar

District - 3

Ylenia Aguilar is Vice President at Strategies 360 Cultura and currently serves as the Governing Board President in the Osborn School District, Board of Trustees for Vitalyst Health Foundation, and Board of Directors for Esperanca Health Organization. Previously, Ylenia was an entrepreneur in the area of legal and medical interpretation services. Most of her work occurred within court and medical facilities. Ylenia is an advocate for access to quality education and health services and believes that both are critical and can contribute significantly to healthier communities, reduce inequalities and foster resilient members of society.

Nelly Clotter Woods

Nelly Clotter-Woods, Ph.D.

District - 4

Dr. Nelly Clotter-Woods is an avid community advocate who founded NCW ‘Grants’ & Associates, PLLC, a firm that provides training and technical assistance to behavioral health and educational entities. She holds a Ph.D. in Business, Organizational Behavior and Leadership from Capella University and MA in Public Administration with a concentration in Management & Operations from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Through serving on community boards, Dr. Clotter – Woods focuses on the under-served population, as well as small businesses, child welfare, health and educational systems with the aspiration of all entities to become culturally competent to the demographics they serve.

Michelle Barker

Michelle Barker

District 4

Michelle Barker serves as an Enterprise Partnership Director consulting with health systems. In her current role, she is responsible for engaging hospital executives in opportunities to expand access and improve health outcomes. She has years of experience working in healthcare with special interest in global health and HIV/AIDS. Prior to her current position, she served as the Executive Director of the largest HIV/AIDS organization in Arizona, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. Michelle continues to be a strong advocate in quality integrated healthcare and prevention/education regarding HIV/AIDS. She served 14 years with the United States Air Force, the last 5 overseas.

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Robert Hess III

District - 5

Robert Hess III, Founder and CEO of Hess III Consulting, has years of experience designing, implementing, and optimizing health systems.  His work has been recognized, internationally, for projects covering more than 25 million lives, across 57 U.S. states and territories, for more than 100 organizations, including the 10 largest managed care health plans, and the US federal government. Robert completed his BA in Social Work at ASU, his Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and executive education at Harvard Business School. He’s a certified Project Management Professional, Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality and LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt.

Salina Imam

DISTRICT - 1

Salina Imam is the Community Development Coordinator with ICNA Relief. She assists and empowers underprivileged Americans through sustainable social service programs and helps to build healthy communities, strengthen families, and create opportunities for those in despair, while maintaining their dignity and advocating for their basic human needs.  Salina is very passionate about her job and has enjoyed helping her local community for over a decade.  She was born and raised in Bangladesh, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree.  Salina has lived in Chandler with her husband and son for over 25 years.

Scott Jacobson

Scott Jacobson

District - 3

Scott brings a compassion for patients and business experience to help communities access health care resources. He moved to the Arizona in the 1980s and became an advocate for the LGBTQ community. He started a group which helped allocate federal funds to combat the early outbreak and recently earned a lifetime achievement award from Let’s Get Better Together. Scott spent 12 years at APS in various roles. He ran Valley Leadership, a  program that helps emerging leaders of the community. He serves as a partner at Strategic Change Management, for non-profits with an emphasis in behavioral health and homelessness. He graduated from UT at Austin.

Joseph Larios

Joseph Larios

District - 5

Joseph is a South-Phoenix native and self-proclaimed activist with a history of speaking up and fighting for underrepresented minority populations in our community.  He graduated from ASU, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was actively involved with the Arizona American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations and co-founded the AZ Worker Rights Center, which give people tools to stand up for their rights in the workplace.  He helped form Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy, which developed community programs and municipal policy.

Liz McCarty

Liz McCarty

District - 2

Liz McCarty is a fifth-generation Arizonan and attended ASU. She owned Coldwell Banker McCarty Realty for 25 years and was the Vice-Chairman of Frontier State Bank and served on the White Mountain Association of Realtors and Arizona Association of Realtors and Foster Care Review Board of Navajo County . She held positions with the Show Low Chamber of Commerce, White Mountains Division American Heart Association and Northland Pioneer College Real Estate Advisory Committee. She’s certified as a Confidential Intermediary and works to reconnect birth parents and adoptees. Liz resides in Scottsdale with her husband and enjoys photography, gardening and cooking.

Governing Council Member Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter

District 1

Lisa Porter is a family nurse practitioner, certified emergency nurse and founder and CEO of JobDocs, a company providing software solutions to manage compliance documentation. She has years of clinical and administrative experience in healthcare and passionate about using technology to improve processes. She’s involved in education, community health, and legislative activities impacting healthcare policy. She was awarded Arizona Organization of Nurse Leaders Entrepreneur of the Year, nominated for March of Dimes Nurse of the Year and graduated from ASU and University of Phoenix. She is married with two daughters, three grandsons and loves to explore the beauty of Arizona.

Isaac Serna

Isaac Serna

District - 5

Isaac Serna honorably served in the US Navy for ten years. He is the founder and President of the Community Sports Organization in South Phoenix, providing disadvantaged youth participation in extra-curricular sports. He is a member of Laveen School District Governing Board and participated in Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee (ADOT), Maricopa County Parks/Recreation Commission, Citizens Transit Commission, Southwest Phoenix Community Center, and South Mountain YMCA Youth Sports Commission. He served on Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Ambassadors Club, Centro Adelante Campesina, National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials and Disabled American Veterans. Isaac has coached youth sports for 25 years.

Governing Council Meeting Information

The Valleywise Community Health Centers Governing Council meets once a month regarding the management and operation of the FQHC Clinics.

Governing Council meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month unless the date falls on a government-recognized holiday, in which case staff will publish a new meeting date in advance. At its discretion, the  Governing Council may call additional meetings.

While all meetings are open to the public, during a meeting, the Governing Council may decide by majority vote to authorize an executive session that will convene immediately following the vote.  By law, executive sessions are not open to the public and discussions are confidential.

Meeting Location

The Governing Council meetings are generally held at:

Valleywise Health Medical Center
2601 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Meeting Agenda

If you would like to view the meeting agenda, staff will post it at least 24 hours in advance. You can find it on this website or posted in the lobbies of the Valleywise Community Health Centers and the Valleywise Comprehensive Health Centers.

Meeting Materials

Supporting materials, if any, for agenda items, except executive session items, are available at the meeting and at the office of the Clerk of the Board. Information may be posted on this website at the Clerk’s discretion.

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