December 26, 2008 (La Mesa) — The five-member board
of directors for the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that
supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego's East
County, has elected its board officers for 2009. Elected unanimously were Jim
Stieringer as president, Gloria Chadwick as vice president and Deborah McElravy
as secretary. Stieringer appointed board member Michael Emerson to serve as
Stieringer has served on the board since1992. He previously served as board
president in 1996, 1997 and 2008. A La Mesa resident since 1979, Stieringer
is a retired government defense contractor.
Chadwick has served on the board since 1998, when she became the first woman
to be elected to the board in 22 years. A second generation San Diegan and
resident of El Cajon's Dehesa Valley since 1975, Chadwick, a registered nurse,
recently retired after a 44-year career of working in the healthcare profession.
McElravy has served on the board from 2000 to 2004, and was appointed to fill
a vacant seat in December 2006. An East County resident since 1974, McElravy
is a pharmacy manager at Costco Wholesale in La Mesa.
Emerson has served on the board since 2008, when he was appointed to fill
a vacant seat. Emerson owns Hart Optical Company, and has lived in La
Mesa since 1992. He is a Registered Dispensing Optician (RDO), a Fellow of
the National Academy of Opticianry (FNAO), an American Board Certified Optician
(ABO) and is certified by the State Board of Medical Quality Assurance of the
California Medical Board.
In the recent general election, Stieringer, McElravy and Emerson were elected
to four-year terms. Also recently elected is the newest member of the GHD board,
Dr. Michael Long of La Mesa, who was elected to a two-year term. Long, an El
Cajon resident, is a retired neurologist who practiced for 40 years locally
as an active member of the medical staff at Grossmont Hospital.
The Grossmont Healthcare District's board meetings are regularly held on the
first Monday and third Friday of each month at the District Conference Center,
9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The public is invited to attend. For more information
about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.