Meet Our Team

Lisa Safaeinili, M.P.H.

Executive Director

Lisa Safaeinili, M.P.H., has experience working with public and private non-profits agencies since 1988. She has a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in Pre-Medical Studies, is a Registered Dietitian, and has a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley.

Lisa is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and noted trainer at the state, county, and local levels. Most recently, she spoke at the 15th Annual World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular disease in November 2017. She has been instrumental in starting a variety of programs including a countywide health and safety program for Cooperative Extension through Cornell University in New York. She also founded the S.A.R.T. International Victimization Prevention Program through Federal Stop Violence Against Women funds and was recognized by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno for this model program. Her work has been featured both locally and nationally, including federal publications like Promising Practices for the Get A Grip Teen Healthy Communities / Alcohol Prevention Program she developed for the State of Iowa, and a social norms project called “Filling the Media Gap,” which she began in the 1990’s for universities in Iowa. Lisa has written, developed, and managed grants of over $10 million for various non-profit organizations.

Prior to moving to California in August 1997, Lisa taught a senior-level non-profit management and health promotion course at Iowa State University. She developed and implemented statewide public health projects involving college-age and high school youth for 7 years. Lisa also served as the Manager of Safety and Health for the University. Her first job in Iowa was Director of Public Relations and Marketing for McFarland Medical Center.

Since 2002, Lisa has been the Executive Director of Westminster Free Clinic. She has been able to grow the organization from serving the needs of 500 homeless patients to serving the health needs of over 7000 uninsured working poor and homeless families of East Ventura County each year. She has grown the student volunteer program from 7 high school students each year to over 80 high school Interns (more than 50% are low-income and bi-lingual). She worked to develop the exclusive 2-year training program at the Clinic, which allows local high school students to serve their community, develop transferrable job skills, and consider careers in healthcare.

In addition to growing the many free medical services offered by the Clinic, since 2002 Lisa has spearheaded many programs and services, and encouraged many successful corporate partnerships, making WFC a Community Health Center that is able to offer other life enriching services, all supporting individuals and families at the Clinic. Her focus has also been on making environments where Clinic patients live healthier and make healthier lifestyle choices. Lisa is a huge proponent of empowering youth and adults of low-income, uninsured families, and offering them the tools and skills to give back and help inspire others in their local community.

Lisa is the president of the California Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. She is also vice-chair of the Community Health Center for the Ventura County Board of Directors. She sits on the Ventura County Community Transformation Leadership Team and the First 5 Ventura County Advisory Committee.

Charlyn Gutierrez

CLINIC MANAGER

Charlyn organizes over 300 volunteers to bring the most enjoyable experience to all who help the clinic and its clients. She also serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the clinic, setting up screening and education events. She coordinated WFC’s ACA Covered California Outreach and Education events and was responsible for all required activities in 2013 and 2014. Charlyn is also responsible for leading WFC’s Friends Board, a working board responsible for the clinic’s fundraising and marketing strategies, as well as responsible for volunteer appreciation events. She has lead the clinic in transitioning to a new electronic health records system and is responsible for all data management.

Charlyn graduated from California State University of Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration in 2013. Charlyn is currently back at CSUN and working to attain a Masters degree in Health Administration.

Charlyn’s passion is to help those in need in her community. While interning at a local hospital, she helped market and promote mammograms for women and in turn contributed to achieving the World Guinness record for most mammograms in one day. She was also involved in organizing the Second World Lifestyle Festival at One Generation Senior Center who was voted the Best Non-profit Organization by the Daily News in Los Angeles for 2012 and 2013.

Esperanza Gonzalez, C.N.A.

CASE MANAGER

Raised in Ventura County Fillmore, Esperanza Gonzalez has worked for Ventura County Human Services Agency for the past 16 years. She has a BA in Psychology and Master of Arts in Organizational Management. She has managed the CalFresh, Medi-Cal and CalWORKs public programs. Esperanza is bi-lingual.

Alicia Rincon, RN

TEEN PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Alicia Rincon received her Nursing degree from Moorpark College and is currently working on her BSN. Her passion is not only to help and support her patients in their most fragile times, but also to empower them with knowledge, health literacy and engagement to improve and prevent chronic conditions such, heart disease or diabetes, so they not only become advocates for their own health, but also for their family and community’s wellbeing.

Alicia started volunteering at Wesminster Free Clinic in 2010, served on the clinic’s unpaid governing board of directors for two years, and has been the Diabetic Clinic Coordinator since 2016. During this time, patients in the diabetic clinic have reduced their glucose levels, as well as have learned about healthy lifestyles. Alicia helped kick off the Corazones Sanos (Healthy Hearts) Program funded by AstraZeneca; she provided health education, inspired participants to make life-style changes and helped with administrative and organizational tasks necessary to implement the program for over 200 participants.

Alicia has recently taken over the Teen Program where she trains and educates over 90 high school student interns to be part of the medical team and advocates for heart health in the community. Alicia’s goal in life is to live fully and intensively while making a difference to those people around her, including patients, family, and friends.

Westminster Community Care Center proudly serves the East Ventura County area, including Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Camarillo, and Fillmore.