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 National Free Clinic Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in October of 2014. 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 an Executive Board Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, and a Board Member of the California Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. She sits on the Ventura County Community Transformational Leadership Team, Ventura County Together, and 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 is currently leading the clinic in transitioning to a new electronic health records system and making sure volunteers are trained and happy with the new system so they want to keep volunteering. Charlyn also serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the clinic setting up screening and education events, and coordinated WFC’s ACA Covered California Outreach and Education events and was responsible for all required activities. Charlyn recently graduated from California State University of Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration. During this time Charlyn realized her passion was 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.

Veronica Ramirez, C.H.E.S.

TEEN PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Veronica Ramirez is a professional health educator who graduated for Cal State Long Beach. Previously she worked for Ventura County’s Public Health Department before taking on the coordination of the Teen Training Program and Community Health Outreach Program’s at Westminster Free Clinic. Veronica is bi-lingual.

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.