Community Memorial Healthcare System is proud to welcome two new members to the Board of Trustees, Celina L. Zacarias and Miranda Margetts. Both women bring extensive professional experience in healthcare, business, and the law to the CMHS Board.
Zacarias, of Oxnard, is the Senior Director of Community and Government Relations for California State University Channel Islands. The daughter of migrant farmworkers, Zacarias was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was three years old. She graduated from UCSB with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish Literature and Hispanic Civilization.
Zacarias has 25 years of business experience having previously worked for GMAC Mortgage, Wells Fargo and the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation in Ventura. Zacarias has been a keynote speaker locally and nationally on topics such as homeownership and real estate fraud. She is active in all the Ventura County Chambers of Commerce and has been honored with numerous local leadership awards. In 2011, Zacarias was one of 40 participants selected from throughout the United States by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference which allowed her to engage with top senior leaders at the Pentagon and at military commands throughout the country.
Margetts, of Ojai, works for Montana State University, primarily remotely, as a Public and Environmental Health Research Associate and an online Instructor. She also hold a Research Affiliate appointment with the Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Yale School of Medicine. Margetts earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science earlier this year from Montana State University, where she also previously earned a Master’s degree in Health and Human Development. She further holds a law degree from the Australian National University in Australia.
Previously, Margetts worked for the Australian Digital Health Agency in Sydney, as a lawyer and policy advisor. She briefed the agency’s management team on in-house legal corporate and health privacy and compliance matters, as well as helped to identify and manage medical-legal risks related to the implementation of an electronic health record system. Margetts also engaged with Australian medical care insurers, health care regulators and professional medical colleges’ clinical advisory boards, to manage clinical legal risks. Prior to that, as an attorney and policy advisor for the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Margetts managed the development of Australia’s National Consensus Framework for Rural Maternity Services to support quality maternity services in rural areas.
Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, the Centers for Family Health, and various outpatient centers serving communities located within Ventura County, California.