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Board of Directors

The Clinic is managed by a board of directors. At its monthly meetings, the board oversees and guides the Clinic's services, finances and policies, and also assists in obtaining funding from outside sources.

Board Members

Kent Williams, Board President, has lived on the San Juan Ridge since 1998. Prior to moving here, he worked for 20 years in the business side of healthcare as a sales manager for a major medical diagnostics company. He currently lives at Ananda Village where he works as Director of IT Services and serves on the Board of Directors of the Janaka Foundation.

Peter Van Houten, the Clinic's medical director, attends all meetings of the board of directors and serves the board as a non-voting advisor. He founded the Clinic in 1982 and was its first practitioner. Dr. Van Houten was instrumental in guiding the Clinic toward its non-profit status in 1994 and was the first president of its board of directors. He has lived at Ananda Village on the San Juan Ridge since 1978.

Secretary Dianna Malley is the outreach worker for the North San Juan Family Resource Center. She taught at Camptonville School for 20 years before retiring and tutoring for the Sylvan Learning Center in Grass Valley and then working for the Family Resource Center. She and her husband, Keith, raised three children – one birth daughter and two boys who came to them via Sierra Adoption Services. Diana enjoys crocheting, sewing, gardening, and family activities. They are the happy grandparents of two little girls.

Treasurer Steve Weber has lived at Ananda Village on the San Juan Ridge since 1985. He is a founding board member of Sierra Family Clinic, having served on the initial board for a number of years and then rejoined the board of directors in 2009. Steve has many years experience with a wide range of business operations, including a natural food store and restaurant, community market, retail clothing and gift store, publishing companies, yoga and meditation retreat, and his current position as manager Sacred Ways, a small internet retail and order fulfillment business. His experience in the nonprofit financial world came from several years of serving as chief financial officer for Ananda Church of Self-Realization. Steve’s wife, Mary manages the boutique at Ananda’s Expanding Light Yoga & Meditation retreat.

Michael Heggarty, MFT, is Nevada County's Behavioral Health Director. He has been in community mental health work for over 30 years. He moved to Nevada City from Santa Cruz in 2006 where he was the Chief of Adult Services. He also worked in a rural Tennessee mental health clinic for 8 years. He enjoys fly fishing, hiking, camping, and a very good game of chess. Michael and his wife, Karen, have a daughter Stephanie 27, and a son Joshua 32.

Naidhruva Rush has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1964 and then worked in the civil rights movement as a staff attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She later served as Director of Community Law Offices in New York City. She enjoys her current position as Editor of Clarity Magazine, an Ananda Church publication. Naidhruva has a son, Joseph, who practices law in New York City.

Jan Hamilton

Gretchen Serrata

Lael Walz

15301 Tyler Foote Rd. Nevada City, CA 95959 - Phone: 530 292-3478
Fax: 530 292-4296 - Non-secure, non-confidential email: info@sierraclinic.org