Marian Regional Medical Foundation Announces Appointment of New Board Members

Three new board members join the Marian Foundation’s Board

SANTA MARIA, October 16, 2017 – The Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Foundation is honored to continue its great leadership tradition with the appointment of three new board members and new Foundation Board officers.

Joining the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors are Mario Juarez, esq., Paul Parker, MD, and Tim Ritchie.

Mario Juarez, esq.: Mario is a Santa Maria native and is a practicing attorney, specializing in business law and litigation, real estate, and estate planning. He earned a bachelor of arts in law and society from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. Mario is also an estate planning instructor through the Allan Hancock Community Education program.

Paul Parker, MD: Dr. Parker is a pediatric hospitalist at Marian Regional Medical Center. He earned his undergraduate degree in biological science at the University of Southern California and completed his medical training at the University of California’s Davis School of Medicine.

Tim Ritchie: Tim is the General Manager of Home Motors Cadillac/Chevrolet in Santa Maria. As a local business leader, Tim has a wealth of experience in the local business community ranging from his time on the Board of Directors at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Commission.

The Executive Committee Officers who will lead the Board of Directors are

Michael Galloway, Chair, George Murphy, Vice-Chair, Jason Diani, Secretary/Treasurer, and Denise Valente, Immediate Past Chair.

As Chair, Michael Galloway, CPA, brings a wealth of financial experience and community knowledge.  Mike is a past president of Rotary, sits on the St. Joseph High School Endowment Committee, and on the Finance Council of Saint Louis de Montfort Church, and is a past President of the Allan Hancock College Foundation.

“The Marian Foundation is honored to have strong Board leadership and these three new Foundation Board members will certainly be great advocates for our organization,” explains Jessa A. Brooks, Vice President of Philanthropy. “They have demonstrated a passion for the mission of Marian and their commitment to the Santa Maria community will make them outstanding ambassadors in furthering the Foundation’s work to advance Marian programs and services.”

The Fiscal Year 2018 Foundation Board of Directors officers will serve through June 2018. For more information about the recent MRMC Foundation Board appointments, please call the MRMC Foundation at 805.739.3595.

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is a technologically advanced, 191-bed facility that provides safe, quality care to the communities it serves.  Marian has been a recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for four consecutive years, and was also named among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care by Healthgrades. Marian is designated a STEMI Receiving Center in Santa Barbara County, and is designated a Level III Trauma Center by Santa Barbara County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency. The facility has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for advanced, comprehensive care for stroke patients. Our cancer care program is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, and is one of only three programs between Los Angeles and San Francisco to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award. The campus houses the most comprehensive perinatology/ neonatology program on the Central Coast, providing specialized care to the tiniest of patients. Marian is a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA, and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at

Mario Juarez, New Board Member
Paul Parker, New Board Member