Executive Team

San Ysidro Health’s Accomplished Executive Team

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Kevin L. Mattson
President & Chief Executive Officer

Kevin has more than 35 years of leadership experience in the healthcare field.  He is proud to serve in his capacity as CEO, and is committed to the mission of the San Ysidro Health. Ensuring quality healthcare for those that need it has always been part of his career. Since joining San Ysidro Health in 2000 he has been an instrumental part of the organization’s growth and success. He served as Senior Vice-President prior to his promotion to CEO and was responsible for various operational responsibilities focused on organizational quality and financial sustainability. His healthcare experience includes financial and operational positions with Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals, multi-specialty medical groups, independent practice associations and management service organizations.

Kevin served as chairman of the board of Health Center Partners of Southern California and currently serves on the California Primary Care Association Board (chair of their Finance committee) and the CalPACE Board. He is a member the Healthcare Financial Managers Association and Medical Group Managers Association. Kevin earned his BA in Business Administration and Accounting from Chadron State College.

Veronica Dela Rosa, M.B.A.
Executive Vice President of Operations

As Executive Vice President of Operations for San Ysidro Health, Veronica Dela Rosa leads the organization with key oversight of Clinic Operations, Information Technology, Population Health and Performance Excellence, Compliance, Human Resources, and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

With over 25 years of healthcare experience, Veronica spent 20 years as a health care administrator for Kaiser Permanente where she oversaw the medical group’s Primary Care Services Division focusing on quality, access and innovative health care delivery services to over 600,000+ patients.

Veronica has a special place in her heart for San Ysidro Health. In the summer of 1984 and while in high school, she entered the organization as a volunteer. Thereafter, she was hired as a receptionist, and for the next 11 years her continual growth and development ensued as she prepared to become a healthcare leader and executive.

In both her career and community involvement, Veronica has a long history of advocating for: women’s health, social justice and health equity.  She has helped shape multiple non-profit organizations as a board member, and continues that work today.


Maria Carriedo-Ceniceros, M.D.
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Maria Carriedo-Ceniceros has over nine years of experience as a Family Medicine Physician within community health center settings, including four years of Clinic Lead experience and two years of Family Medicine Department Head experience.  Dr. Carriedo-Ceniceros graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego – School of Medicine in 2000.  Dr. Carriedo-Ceniceros has been a Member of San Ysidro Women’s Club since 2009, serving as an Executive Board Member and as its Treasurer, as well as continuing to contribute her time as a Faculty Mentor for UCSD Medical Students.

Donna Eddings
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Donna Eddings, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Training and Development, and Program Development and Evaluation. She is passionate about employee engagement, employee training and development and diversity and inclusion. She joined San Ysidro Health in 2010 as the Assistant Director of Human Resources and in 2013 was promoted to Director of Staffing and Training. Prior to working at San Ysidro Health, Donna worked for an FQHC in northern California as their Chief Human Resource Officer where she oversaw all HR functions including: Talent Acquisition, Benefits and Compensation, Employee Relations, and Training and Development. Her professional experience includes working in corporate, government, education and non-profit sectors. In addition, Donna is a member of the Association of Talent Development and Society of Human Resource Management. She has two nationally recognized, professional certifications: SHRM-SCP and SPHR-CA. Donna received her Bachelor’s degree in Management from National-Louis University.

Brian Wallace
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Brian Wallace serves as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for San Ysidro Health and has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and business management. He joined San Ysidro Health in 2014 as the Director of Finance and Controller and in 2019 was promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining San Ysidro Health, Brian served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer at Memphis Health Center where he led financial operations, strategic planning and statutory reporting for the Center and prepared operational, capital, staffing and program budgets. In addition he also previously served as the founding Director of Finance and Operations at the Memphis College Preparatory Elementary School and Senior Operations Manager at TLS, Inc.

Brian received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance as well as a Master’s in Business Administration Degree from the University of Memphis.

Ana R. Melgoza, M.P.A.
Vice President of External Affairs

Ana R. Melgoza, MPA, is Vice President of External Affairs for  San Ysidro Health (SYHealth). Ms. Melgoza created the External Affairs department in response to the continual funding threats at the state and federal level.  Throughout her 15 year tenure at SYHealth, she has had the opportunity to oversee government relations/advocacy, public/private/non-profit partnerships, private fund development, outreach, social media, media relations and corporate communications.

Prior to her role at SYHealth, Ms. Melgoza was the Senior Health Program Officer for the Medtronic Foundation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, directing the Eliminating Health Disparities grant making portfolio.  While at Medtronic, she was selected for the prestigious National Urban Fellows Program, earning her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Baruch School of Public Affairs in New York City.  Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri,  Ms. Melgoza and her 6 siblings and parents received care throughout their childhood at Samuel U. Rodgers Health, and in appreciation of this investment, Ms. Melgoza served as Director of the Rodgers Health Board early in her career.

Today, Ms. Melgoza serves as Commissioner for Healthy Chula Vista Advisory Commission where she was the inaugural chair and still a member.  She also serves as a member  for the San Diego Union Tribune Community Advisory Board and previously the South County Economic Development Council Board. Ms. Melgoza is an alumna of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute and a graduate of LEAD San Diego.  She was recognized in 2015 by State Senator Ben Hueso as Woman of the Year, 40th District and in 2016 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher as Woman of the Year, 80th District and in 2019 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber, For Outstanding Service to the Community in Health in the 79th District during Hispanic American Heritage Month.

Alicia Rodriguez, M.B.A.

Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer

Alicia Rodriguez has more than 10 years of technical project management & systems implementation experience, and has spent the past several years leading initiatives in the healthcare IT industry.  She currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for San Ysidro Health.  Prior to joining San Ysidro Health, Alicia Rodriguez served as the Director of IT and Technical Project Manager for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  She has also served in similar roles for California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and was the Co-Founder of ARCH Technologies, where she managed IT activities for Windows-based clients.  Alicia Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of La Verne, and later earned her Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Leadership and Change Management from Pepperdine University.

Vernita Todd, MBA, FACHE
Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Vernita Todd has been a leader in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years and joined San Ysidro Health as its Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Her responsibilities include the development and execution of strategy related to organizational planning, mergers and acquisitions, business development and marketing. She is in charge of developing, communicating and implementing strategic initiatives for San Ysidro Health including the organization’s strategic plan.

Vernita has spent the last 14 years promoting access for underserved families through the community health center movement. Prior to joining San Ysidro Health, Vernita was the Chief Experience Officer (CXO) for Health Center Partners of Southern California where she represented policy and regulatory concerns of 17 primary care organizations to state and federal elected officials – ensuring that SoCal health centers had a voice at the table in emerging policy and regulatory discussions. Vernita began her health center career as the CEO of Heart City Health Center in northern Indiana in 2005.

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Terry E. Whitaker
Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

Terry Whitaker has worked in the healthcare field for 21 years, managing multiple clinic sites and assuring high-quality, primary healthcare services to low-income, medically underserved residents in San Diego County.  His service to San Ysidro Health began in 1998 as Director of Resource Development.  In 2005, Terry moved into his current role as Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of San Ysidro Health’s network of primary care clinics, as well as a providing leadership over a multitude of special programs and services.  Specifically, his responsibilities include the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of ongoing activities and efforts, as well as various new programs and services.

Prior to joining San Ysidro Health, Terry served in a leadership capacity at Community Health Centers of Nevada.  He has been recognized for excellence in developing, implementing and supervising innovative healthcare programs and services. Terry holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Indiana University, as well as having proudly served as an officer in The United States Army and as a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer prior to entering the healthcare field.

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