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Dr. Sarah Fatland joined the VCC team in 2020 as the Chief Medical Officer for the organization. Her drive to work as a physician began at age 5, inspired by the work of her grandfather. After completing her medical training in 2011, she had the opportunity to practice the full spectrum of family medicine in a rural community- inpatient, outpatient, prenatal, Emergency Room, and more.
After relocating to New Zealand in 2014, she spent two years working in a family medicine clinic there. This experience helped shape Dr. Fatland’s outlook on health and healthcare systems and delivery. It was in this environment that she really began to understand the important role the community plays in its overall health. This new outlook drove her desire to work in an Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), like VCC, upon returning to the United States. She believes strongly that the care that FQHCs are able to deliver, alongside the Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) model, is the best delivery system of healthcare. Working in this arrangement allows her to work closely with patients to better understand their needs, their health goals, and to provide accurate information so those patient goals might be achieved.
Dr. Fatland is passionate about the whole person and how the various systems integrate to contribute to health, making Family Medicine the best fit for her as a physician. She believes that it is important to understand that patients all have very individual health goals, and that listening and understanding those goals is what is going to develop the best plan for achieving them. She also believes that patient needs are best served through proper education and resources, and works closely with her patients to help them achieve health success through compassionate care.
Dr. Cornille joined the VCC team because she really enjoys being part of something larger than herself. She’s also committed to helping those in need and being a part of serving the community. As a dentist at VCC, Dr. Cornille educates patients on their dental health in addition to providing multi-disciplinary care under one roof with other medical providers. Dr. Cornille also has a wide range of teaching, writing and speaking experience as well as community volunteerism.
She was named Chief Dental Officer at VCC in 2020. Dr. Cornille has been nothing short of amazing in her time here as Dental Director, and has made great strides in improving not only the oral health care that we give our patients, but the way we work together across departments to provide a holistic health experience for each person we serve.
Dr. Cornille is a member of the National Network of Oral Health Access and is Board Certified.
Steven Gil joined VCC in 2008 because he wanted to be part of an organization focused on helping underserved patients.
As the Chief Information Officer at VCC, Mr. Gil oversees all IT operations including the support and maintenance of hardware and applications, as well as adapting new technical solutions. He played a key role in VCC’s implementation of the Electronic Health Records System and the migration from legacy to the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system. He designed and managed the VCC fiber optic cable system to enable better speed and reliability between various VCC sites.
Nannette Stamm joined the VCC team in 2004 because of our commitment to ensuring that not only every patient is healthy, but also that the broader community is healthy. Ms. Stamm took a brief leave of absence in 2008 to work in Bolivia, using her fluency in Spanish to oversee five comprehensive health ministries in Cochabamba. She’s also worked as a Comprehensive Perinatal Health Worker in addition to completing research at the Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research at UC Berkley, where she completed her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on Maternal and Child Health.
At VCC, Ms. Stamm is responsible for directing and supervising community and in-house health promotion and education programs. She also oversees program contract monitoring, evaluation activities, and staff supervision of the Health Promotion Center. Ms. Stamm’s program focus includes youth development, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, migrant services, HIV/AIDS services, general VCC outreach, and maternal and child health. In addition, she oversees the grant development for the entire organization. Ms. Stamm is inspired by knowing that, every day she comes to work, she’s helping to make positive changes in the lives of people, especially those who need it most.
Dorothy Lujan joined the VCC team in 1983 because she was committed to working in health care and working with underserved communities. She also wanted to work with like-minded individuals seeking to improve the health care of the community. Ms. Lujan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) with extensive experience in community health and women’s health. In 2008, the County of San Diego named Ms. Lujan “Public Health Champion.”
At VCC Ms. Lujan is responsible for compliance and ensuring that we’re following the required rules and regulations so we can continue to provide services to our patients. She also works with patients and staff to improve health care outcomes to create a healthier community. Ms. Lujan helped VCC achieve Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) accreditation and, in her over thirty years with VCC, has taken pleasure in watching the growth and development of the clinic and the expansion of services. Seeing the difference we make in people’s lives because of our programs and services also inspires Ms. Lujan.
Michele Lambert joined the VCC team in 2005, out of a desire to put her corporate knowledge base and skillset to work for a service-based organization. She holds an MBA from San Diego State University and has maintained positions in the service and manufacturing industries as CFO and Vice President Finance/Controller. Her strong skills in all facets of finance, accounting, business strategy, and human resources management make her a vital member of the VCC team. Ms. Lambert’s achievements at VCC include assisting the organization to become the first Community Health Center in San Diego to implement Electronic Health Records as well as securing one of only 80 National Facility Improvement Grants under the Federal Recovery Act Program.
At VCC, Ms. Lambert oversees finance, accounting, billing and facilities for our five-site, healthcare organization. She works with the CEO to set the organization’s financial goals and direction, and ensures accurate financial reporting and governmental compliance. She’s inspired in her work with VCC by being able to help those who may not have the resources to access the services that some of us take for granted. Ms. Lambert believes that, despite one’s background, all people should be treated with the same level of respect and have access to the same high level of care.
Betsy Heightman joined the VCC team in 1995 because she wanted to be part of creating a healthy community for all. Ms. Heightman has over thirty years of experience as a Paralegal, Administrative Director and Development Director. In 2014 she was a graduate of the “Leadership North County” program at CSUSM, which focuses on developing leaders who will serve as catalysts in building a stronger region. In her tenure with VCC, she has run a successful Capital Campaign that exceeded its fundraising goal, implemented our first Gala, which also exceeded its fundraising goal, and established an organization-wide Endowment Campaign.
As our Chief Development Officer, Ms. Heightman is responsible for the design and implementation of comprehensive fundraising for our regional, five-site nonprofit. She also develops and implements strategic approaches for our annual fund solicitation, major gift acquisition and renewal, and corporate and foundation relations. Ms. Heightman is committed to helping VCC grow its valuable services and programs through the donations made by philanthropic individuals and businesses.
Carol Camarda joined the VCC team in 2005 after working in the for-profit arena for over twenty-five years. She wanted to become a part of a non-profit organization where she could help make a positive impact on our community. As a certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Ms. Camarda has been a Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Human Resources for four multi-million dollar national corporations in the health care arena. With a career spanning three decades, she has experience in start-up entrepreneurial environments through mature organizations, including acquisitions and mergers.
As our Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. Camarda leads the development and execution of the Human Resources strategic plan to support business strategies while promoting a unified organizational culture. She also creates and implements recruitment and selection processes and provides leadership to the HR team with a strong focus on organizational efficacy and patient satisfaction. Ms. Camarda is inspired by how our efforts positively affect those in need and is rewarded by the sense of community that’s created amongst staff as we help others.
Fernando Sañudo joined the VCC team in 1988 as a Health Educator, and in his nearly thirty years with the organization, he’s held additional positions as Project Coordinator, Health Program Center Director and Clinic Administrator. His wide range of expertise with the clinic includes program research, design and evaluation, as well as extensive experience in community outreach and education. He has been an Independent Consultant for both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a professional grant reviewer, and Project Concern International in the area of program design and evaluation. Mr. Sañudo is also adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego (USD) and teaches Design and Evaluation for the Masters Program in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership. Mr. Sañudo has co-authored several chapters in books and professional journals regarding HIV-prevention and in 2008, he was named the “Health Champion of the Year” for Molina.
As CEO for VCC, Mr. Sañudo leads an executive team of nine members, in addition to a staff of over 500 employees, in addition to over 100 volunteers. Working with the Board of Directors, Mr. Sañudo provides oversight to all aspects of VCC’s operations and liaisons with local and regional government on important health care advocacy issues. He’s been inspired by watching VCC grow over the course of his three decades with the organization, and seeing the impact that a functional community clinic model can have on overall community health.