Health director to resign

08/02/2012

Rafael Gomez, executive director of the Coastal Health Alliance (CHA), has announced he will resign from the position at the end of this year in order to spend more time with his family. He and his wife, Andreina, are expecting their second child in November. “It has been a privilege serving the residents of West Marin alongside committed and talented colleagues. I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished and am optimistic that the success will continue,” he wrote in his resignation letter. Mr. Gomez joined CHA two years ago, and worked to streamline operations and expand services. His efforts included adding bilingual behavioral health, cardiology and nutrition services. The organization’s founder and medical director, Mike Witte, said that when Mr. Gomez was hired in 2010 from among 77 applicants, “it was clear that [he] was a very special candidate. We have not been disappointed… He will leave as a fine leader and as a friend.” Board president Diane Wara said CHA was in the process of looking for a replacement who would further strengthen the programs. “We look forward to new opportunity and further growth to best serve our communities,” she said in a statement. The CHA operates bilingual medical clinics in Point Reyes Station, Stinson Beach and Bolinas.