Meet Our Board Of Directors
Serving on our Board of Directors means being a part of our Mountain Park family. It means being active in and around our community. Our board is a working board, and is made up of individuals with varying backgrounds, all dedicated to our mission of serving our community. We value the diverse perspectives our board members bring to the decisions we make together. Learn more about our individual board members below.
Dr. Lindor joined the board to help give people the equal opportunity at a healthy life.
Dr. Keith Lindor
Arizona State University
Member since: 2018
As a physician, it has always been important for me to surround myself with like-minded people. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in how to best serve and improve the health of my patients. I found out about Mountain Park through a colleague in 2009 and since I have in some way been involved with the organization. In my eyes, Mountain Park has always been a team-oriented and forward-thinking organization that focuses on giving people an equal opportunity at a healthy life.
I have worked in various capacities as a gastroenterologist and educator at Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. After 7 years as the dean of the Mayo Medical School at Rochester, Minn., my wife and I moved to Arizona. I was given the opportunity to join ASU as an executive vice provost. Three months into my new role, College of Health Solutions was created and I became the founding dean helping develop the School of Science of Healthcare Delivery. Currently, I work in the provost office as a senior advisor helping coordinate ASU's health-related activities and trying to serve as a bridge between ASU and the community, improving health.
In the early 80s, my wife and I wanted to break away from the constant cycle of school and thought to leave the east coast. We learned that the Indian Health Services in Southern Arizona had two openings, so we jumped at the chance to relocate for a year. After our flight, as we were driving through Tucson we felt like we landed on the moon. Coming from North Carolina, where it's lush and green, it was a shock seeing the desert so vast and brown. We called Arizona our home, our son was even born here and later, my daughter came to ASU to do a dual medical and law degree that the university was offering. Having that early experience is what made moving to Arizona easier.
My wife Noralane, who was a medical geneticist at Mayo Clinic (recently retired), and I met in med school in 1975. We have two children and three grandchildren. Our son lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his son and my daughter is here in Arizona with her husband, daughter and son. We really enjoy spending time with the grandchildren, gardening and landscaping.
Khalil (right) with Lina Ali, Somali Case Manager visit after a presentation Khalil gave at our Maryvale Clinic.
It is so hard finding a medical home where you feel respected and valued. I became a patient at Mountain Park in 2013 and I remember how scary it felt to walk into the clinic for the first time after my incarceration. You never know how people are going to receive you, but from the start, the staff was so welcoming and helpful. It made the experience a lot easier. Mountain Park has a great family feel; they don’t just talk about treating their patients well, they’re actually doing it.
When I joined the Board of Directors, I knew that I would bring my personal and professional experience to Mountain Park. As the Community Partnership Coordinator for the ACLU of Arizona, I have a deep connection with our community. I always want to be on the front line advocating for social justice issues. One of the biggest battles I’m always fighting is stigmas against people who have been incarcerated and advocating for a fair re-entry. When people think about diversity and inclusion, they tend to think about race and ethnicity. What they forget is that diversity and inclusion also include people who have spent time in prison.
I’m co-owner of a small screen-printing business called Certified Printing. I enjoy art and music and landscaping. Backyard remodeling fascinates me. I think a backyard should be their first retreat where a person can go after a long day, so I spend a lot of time making sure my backyard is the perfect getaway.
Junior Achievement of Arizona
Member since: 2020
I am a fourth generation Arizonian, but I grew up all over the county. I came back to Arizona in 1990 and I love living here with my husband and our three rescue dogs. My hobby is volunteering. I have been involved in many different organizations, so picking a favorite cause is really difficult for me. My passions include healthcare and serving people, so I love being involved with Mountain Park
I first learned about Mountain Park Health Center’s incredible work when I was working as an administrator at Mayo Clinic. Mountain Park started working with Mayo on breast cancer and mammography efforts. From there, I joined the board for the first time and am a returning board member. I’m on the finance committee and work with the grants we receive as well as strategic planning to make sure funds are being used efficiently.
I love the mission here at Mountain Park! Providing our community with affordable, quality care is so essential to our everyday lives. I believe everyone deserves to have access to care. If you don’t have your health, how can you even think about raising a family or getting an education? Healthcare is critical to people surviving and thriving.
My hope is that Mountain Park will continue to be a leader in helping improve the health conditions of our community.
Ahmed (Middle Right) with his family.
Arizona State University
Member since: 2020
I have been a Mountain Park patient for as long as I can remember. My parents brought me to see Dr. Carter when I was still little and from the first moment, I knew this was a great place to be. I knew at the age of 6 that I could trust him, and our relationship developed over the years. I’ve never been in a place where I feel as comfortable and open with the medical Care Team.
I became involved in the Mountain Park board thanks to Dr. Carter. He approached me one day and encouraged me to apply, telling me I would be a great fit for the organization. I like helping people and believe I have the ability to bring a younger perspective and view to the organization.
I am a student at ASU, studying Criminology and Criminal Justice. I one day hope to be a defense attorney. There is so much injustice in the courtroom, and a lot of it is tied to diversity and inequality, and I want to be a part of the change.
I have four siblings; I’m the middle child and I love spending time with my family. When I’m not studying, I enjoy nature, especially fishing and traveling. I think Hawaii has been one of my favorite places to visit and I hope to soon travel to Bora Bora or Bali. I also love sports, anything from boxing to basketball and football.
A Tucson native, I was raised to have a heart of service in a Rotary Family. My mother used community service activities to teach me life lessons through firsthand experiences. I completed my bachelor's at the University of Arizona, focusing on business and my passion for singing. When I received my Bachelor’s in Business, I moved to Phoenix to pursue my MBA.
I was introduced to Mountain Park by one of our current board members, while we served together at a local Rotary Club. In my previous occupation, I served as the CFO for a state-wide nonprofit called Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services. This increased my awareness of the need for access to healthcare and my love that Mountain Park welcomes patients of all ages with open arms. Passionate about health and wellness, I believe in starting with oneself, but having a support system is also critical, and Mountain Park excels as a community leader.
Always active and keeping family first, my family and I took up the friendly, fast growing sport of Pickleball in 2018. This sport has a special place in my heart as it opened the door for me to meet my fiancé and his adorable son. Now involved in consulting with my fiancé, we primarily focus on large commercial restorations.
I hope to continue seeing the world through the lens of peace and service, making people laugh along the way and leaving people and places better than I find them.
Dr. Omar A. Escontrías
I was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with my mother when I was 6-years old.
We lived in Tucson until 2010 when I moved up to Phoenix after obtaining my master's of public health in epidemiology to work as an infectious disease epidemiologist. I have a long history of working in public health government as well as nonprofits. I have worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). After obtaining my doctorate in public health policy and management, I moved to Washington, D.C. to work in public policy for the American Dental Education Association.
In the past, I’ve worked very closely with Federally Qualified Health Centers like Mountain Park on ways to improve chronic disease management and social determinants of health. I am passionate about helping communities manage diabetes, as I oversaw this initiative for the ADHS. A colleague who is a current board member told me about Mountain Park and the work it conducts with patients with diabetes and the importance of prevention and education. Diabetes prevention is very important to me. At age 25, I was diagnosed with prediabetes and I wanted to make a change in communities outside my professional career, so I became a Zumba fitness instructor. I love it because I get to inspire people through health and fitness. I’m always told, “I don’t have any rhythm,” but I tell my students it’s not about the choreography, it’s about having fun and letting go of whatever stressors you might have in your life right now.
I want to improve the health of our communities and I strongly believe everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. I look forward in helping Mountain Park take a bigger role in policy and advocacy changes.
I first got involved with Mountain Park Health Center when the organization hosted College Night at the Maryvale Clinic. I got the opportunity to present about my financial aid that evening. I loved the people I presented it to and wanted to continue working with Mountain Park to improve the community. I grew up in Maryvale and have seen the disparities firsthand.
I have a lot of knowledge of what the healthcare system looks like for kids from low-income families, especially those living with chronic conditions. I am pre-diabetic and have thyroid conditions myself and I know it can be hard to find an affordable, quality healthcare provider. I want to make an impact on the healthcare sytem. My hope is that Mountain Park can provide everyone a comprehensive prevention program that focuses on healthy eating and education for high school students while improving literacy to prevent healthcare barriers.
Family is huge to me and I like to spend as much time with them as possible. I also love music and going to concerts.
I am an Arizona native and have lived in the City of Tempe for approximately 15 years. I started my career as an educator in the public school system with degrees in elementary and special education from Arizona State University.
After receiving my master’s in social work from Arizona State, I began working as a Crisis Intervention Specialist for CARE 7. The move into social work was the beginning of my career as a Victim Advocate and Victim Services Coordinator. I then moved into my current role of Sr. Social Services Coordinator for CARE 7 where I support the Youth Specialist program.
My professional experience has led me to better understanding systems and that partnerships and collaboration are vital in ensuring we meet the needs of our communities.
I am a first-generation graduate in my family. My parents immigrated from Mexico and Honduras and proudly raised eight children in Arizona, of which I am the oldest. I currently live in the City of Tempe with my fiancé and two pups. We love to travel, do outdoor fun, and spend time with our loved ones.
I was born in Mumbai, India, and immigrated to Canada when I was 6 years old. I was raised in Toronto and started school as an English Language Learner, and years later completed my undergraduate degree in finance and went on to get an MBA. I am also a Six Sigma Black Belt in process improvement.
My career in finance has provided opportunities for me to work in different industries including oil and gas, consumer packaged goods, and media. I currently work at an energy solutions company that provides efficient and smart energy management technology across multiple states.
At Mountain Park, I will work closely with the Chief Financial Officer, Kyle Munson, and hope to apply my knowledge in finance to help the organization to continue to grow and serve more people. Everyone should have the same access to health care and Mountain Park is helping make that happen.
I married my wife in 1996, and soon after, my career brought me to the United States. I have two daughters and enjoy going on family vacations. My Canadian roots have given me a great love for hockey. When not watching it on television, I like to play hockey.
I am excited to be part of the Mountain Park board to ensure equal access to affordable health care for all.
I am a big believer in the partnerships of individual responsibility, providers that keep you healthy, and the community in which you live in. I have always been drawn to organizations that understand this connection which I is why am glad to be a part of Mountain Park.
Early in my career, I had the opportunity to travel to Venezuela where I realized that public health was the right career path for me. While there, I was able to experience the great things that can happen when physicians work with members of the community to make impactful changes related to health. I am originally from Texas, but as a child, we traveled a lot because my father was in the Air Force. Like many families, my parents had a huge influence on me. My dad always taught me to listen to everyone because there is a lot that can be learned from other people’s experiences. My mom encouraged me to find a career I loved and regardless of the job, to do it to the best of my ability because work ethic is a reflection of myself and my family. I’ve tried to always live my life with this in mind.
I have been married to my incredible husband for 40 years and together we have a daughter who lives in Portland. In my spare time, I like to hike, read, spend time with my dog—an Australian Shepherd—and I’m learning how to play golf.
I found out about Mountain Park from a family friend who was a long-time board member here. I knew Mountain Park would be a perfect fit for me because of the diversity both in the employees and the patients. It’s amazing to me how patient-centered Mountain Park is and how the organization focuses on breaking down barriers to healthcare, and I wanted to be a part of that.
Currently I work for a government affairs firm doing international business consulting. As a Latina, I come to Mountain Park with a knowledge of the Spanish language, as well as expertise in government policy at the federal, state and local level. I have a journalism background, so writing and communicating with people comes with ease. As an Arizona native I really understand the needs of the community.
I come from a huge family. My mom is one of five and my dad, one of nine children. I have many aunts, uncles and cousins and I love spending time with all of them. When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy staying active and cooking. I’m a huge foodie! I travel a lot both in the U.S. and internationally, and love exploring the unknown. One of my favorite cities I’ve traveled to is Buenos Aires, Argentina—but don’t tell that to my Chilean friends (I lived in Santiago, Chile, for almost a year and a half, and Chile and Argentina have friendly competition…in just about everything).
Dulce with her children visiting Chichén Itzá, Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.
I have always had an interest in public health. For nine years I worked for Chicanos Por La Causa as the health and nutrition coordinator. That is where my relationship with Mountain Park began. I started referring families to the Baseline Clinic. The relationship between Chicanos Por La Causa and Mountain Park enhanced and I was able to help keep children healthy. When I found out about everything that Mountain Park offers and all the locations in the valley, I was shocked and fell in love with the organization because of its integration of WIC, behavioral health, and registered dietitians. I decided to join the Mountain Park board of directors because I have always felt the need to be connected to the community and Mountain Park is a perfect example of family and community.
Currently, I work as a professor at Grand Canyon University. I love teaching and being able to be innovative with the curriculum and what I teach students. Also, I am a student myself and am working on my doctorate of public health with an emphasis on maternal child health. Early childhood development has always been another passion of mine. I believe that you have to start young to make the best decisions that will influence your life as an adult.
When I am not working or studying, Eva and Emiliano—my two children—keep me busy and on my toes.
I am an Arizona native and grew up in Tucson where my passion for community health started. My experience working as a Community Health Worker (CHW) piqued my interest in public health practice. I completed graduate school in 2017 with a master's in Public Health and have worked at the Arizona Department of Health Services since 2014. My interests include CHW workforce development, awareness, and sustainability. In my current role at ADHS, I oversee clinical quality management for providers offering care and supportive services for people living with HIV across Arizona. Over the last several years of working in state government, I have most enjoyed transforming federal direction to community action.
I have experienced firsthand the wonderful services, facilities, and healthcare teams Mountain Park provides in my experience as a patient. As a board member, I look forward to spreading the mission and guiding principles of Mountain Park, especially in elevating voices, pursuing excellence, and challenging the ordinary. I am thankful to contribute to Mountain Park’s role in ensuring that everyone in the communities we serve continues to receive quality, affordable healthcare.
Anthony (right) accepting a food donation from our pediatrician Dr. Woods.
I grew up in a neighborhood that was diverse, both ethnically and spiritually. My family is Italian and my parents taught me that it didn’t matter what your ethnic heritage, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, if someone needed help, you helped. I follow this mantra to this day. My parents worked hard—two jobs—and tried to instill in my brother and me that by working hard and helping others, you will make a difference anywhere you go.
Serving on the Board of Directors is important to me because working with the staff at Mountain Park has shown me what a difference the organization makes in the community. From serving free breakfast and lunch in the summer, to encouraging a healthy lifestyle, they go beyond traditional healthcare.
My wife and I have been married for more than 30 years. We have a Pitbull/Boxer mix named Louie. I am a small business owner of a picture framing business. I’m a huge advocate for independent and locally owned businesses. In my free time, when I’m not working, I really enjoy playing ice hockey, riding my motorcycle, and collecting various sports memorabilia.
I heart Arizona! I am a third-generation Arizonan who is happiest when I am with family and friends under the desert sky (maybe a little less happy in July and August).
When I’m not working as a lawyer at Mayo Clinic, hanging out with my near-perfect husband, or reading a book, I travel. There are so many cool places to see and so little time.
I’ve been a Mountain Park board member since 2017. I was recruited by a colleague who I respect and admire. He spoke highly of Mountain Park’s mission and values, which confirmed what I had heard from my Mayo Clinic colleagues.
The opportunity to serve on the board came at a time when affordable healthcare in the U.S. was under attack, and I wanted to do something -- which brings me to my passion. I have been a healthcare attorney for over 20 years, and I have seen our healthcare system from many angles – as a business advisor, a lawyer, a family member of a patient, and a patient myself.
I firmly believe that healthcare is a human right and should be accessible to everyone. It should be of good quality and available where and when needed. Mountain Park puts that belief into action. It is a privilege to part of this organization. Mountain Park provides hope for what is possible.
Darren (2nd from right), a local police officer, with his wife and the Temptations at Child Help Ball.
Phoenix Police Department
Member since: 2016
I have worked in law enforcement since 1993. As the Commander of the Phoenix Police Department’s Black Mountain Precinct, I am responsible for patrol operations servicing approximately 250,000 residents, of the northern portion of the City of Phoenix. I bring a unique perspective when addressing certain issues within the communities Mountain Park serves.
I am married with five children, and one of my greatest passions is music. I also have a love/hate relationship with golf, depending on how the day on the course goes. I thoroughly enjoy serving on the Mountain Park board. I have learned over the years that Mountain Park has a heart of service, and a standard of excellence in providing that service to our community.