Board Members

The District Board’s primary responsibilities are to safeguard the health interests of the community, to provide responsible stewardship of the taxpayers’ assets, and to ensure the District’s economic well-being. The Board takes this duty seriously and works hard to identify, promote and support a multitude of health care programs that benefit the residents of the District. Additionally, as lessor of the Mill-Peninsula Medical Center, the Board ensures the economic well-being of the District and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center.


Lawrence W. Cappel, Ph.D.


Chair, Peninsula Health Care District Board

Began service by appointment: June 2009 (Replaced Sue Smith)
Elected first full term: November 2010
Term expires: December 2021

Occupation: Founder and current President and CEO of Pacific Health Alliance.

Community Affiliations: Founder and current Board Member on the Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation, Board Member of the Colon Cancer Alliance, Founder of the Peninsula Striders Track Club, past member and President of the St. Dunstan Catholic School Advisory Board, Track Coach at St. Dunstan Catholic School, Assistant Track Coach at Mills High School, and member of the Peninsula Health Care District’s Long Term Planning Committee.

Education: BA Sociology/Physical Education, Humboldt State University; MA Physical Education, Humboldt State University; Ph.D. Community Health Services, University of Utah; Post-Doctoral studies in Health Care Marketing and Ambulatory Care, University of Washington

Most recent Ethics Training Certificate


Frank R. Pagliaro, Esq.

Secretary, Peninsula Health Care District Board

Began service: December 2016
Term expires: December 2020

Occupation: Partner, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley

Community Affiliations: Bond Oversight Committee for the Community College District, American Bar Association (ABA), Defense Research Institute (DRI), International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), New York State Bar Association

Education: B.A., University of Vermont, 1963; The Hague Academy of International Law, 1965; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1967

Most recent Ethics Training Certificate


r_navarro2Rick Navarro, M.D.

Director, Peninsula Health Care District Board

Began service: December 2004
Elected first full term: December 2004
Term expires: December 2020

Occupation: Physician

Community Affiliations: California Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society

Education: B.S. Microbiology, University of Notre Dame ; M.D. Stanford University School of Medicine; Anesthesia Residency UCSF; Intensive Care Fellowship UCSF

Most recent Ethics Training Certificate


h_galliganHelen C. Galligan, R.N.

Vice-Chair, Peninsula Health Care District Board

Began service by appointment: February 2006 (Replaced Lola Thompson)
Elected first full term: November 2006
Term expires: December 2021

Occupation: Retired: Previous nursing experience includes Staff Nurse, Mid-Peninsula Endoscopy Center (specialty: surgical center), work in ICU/CCU, Neuro stepdown unit, and Cardiac Rehab (at Mills and Peninsula hospital for 12 years).

Community Affiliations: Assists at various activities within local schools and church.

Education: B.S. Nursing, Northern Illinois University (1980); Diploma in Nursing, St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing (Springfield, IL 1978)

Most recent Ethics Training Certificate


Dennis Zell, Esq.

DSZ Picture BWDirector, Peninsula Health Care District Board

Began service by appointment: December 2013 (Replaced Joe Goethals)
Elected first full term: November 2014
Term expires: December 2021

Occupation: Attorney, Hoge Fenton

Community Affiliations: American Business Trial Lawyers Association; San Mateo County Bar Association; Judge Pro Tempore San Mateo County Superior Court; Member and Past President, Burlingame Rotary Club; Coach, Youth Soccer and Baseball Teams; Coach of High School Mock Trial Teams; Board of Burlingame High School Alumni Association.

Education: B.A. Political Science, University of California Los Angeles; Juris Doctorate, Golden Gate University; International Law Summer Program, University of Minnesota, Uppsala, Sweden

Most recent Ethics Training Certificate

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