Doug J. Morin
With more than 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, most of it in the healthcare industry, Doug joined CVVIM in July of 2015. A Medical Social Worker, his professional experiences include direct patient care, business development and fund development, many from senior management and leadership positions.
Maria joined CVVIM in July of 2019 in a temporary, grant-funded position to finalize and implement prior efforts to improve and increase our patient’s needs as they relate to social determinants of health. She was responsible for streamlining our assessment process, identifying community resources, and training volunteers to continue the program after funding for her position ends. Maria is a Valley resident and has her Master’s degree in Public Health. She is pursuing a medical degree to enable her to continue to serve her community.
Lesdy is a native Valley resident having grown up in Thermal and becoming a medical assistant, and later, a phlebotomist. She plans to become a nurse and wants to stay in the Coachella Valley where she feels she is “at home”. Lesdy says she is a “home body” and prefers to stay at home than to go out. She enjoys being around and with her family, and likes to bake when she has the time. Lesdy came to VIM as a volunteer initially, before becoming a medical assistant and returning for her externship. She has worked in both our front office, greeting patients and scheduling appointments, and in our back office working directly with patients and their physicians. Lesdy is now a part-time outreach worker helping to promote wellness in the community and increasing awareness of Volunteers in Medicine.
Kristina is a Certified Medical Assistant with more than 20 years of clinical and administrative experiences, most recently with a physician in their private practice. She has been employed at CVVIM since December of 2020 and is responsible for provider credentialing, relations and scheduling, patient advocacy, operations oversight and supervision of front office, back office and volunteer services.
Maribel is a Coachella Valley native and graduate of Coachella Valley High School. She is a Certified Medical Assistant and began her career at JFK Memorial Hospital when she was just 16 years old! Maribel is excited about her position at VIM because she gets to help people and the community as well. Interesting thing about Maribel, she is a volunteer fire fighter for the City of Coachella! Maribel has responsibility for the front office, dealing with the public, volunteers and patients, as well as being our Volunteer Coordinator.
After volunteering for several months to gain experience following receipt of her Medical Assistant certificate, Monica began employment with CVVIM in 2013 as a Medical Assistant. Her positive attitude, interpersonal and organization skills quickly led her to receive a promotion to Back Office Supervisor, and later, Medical Manager. Monica works closely with the Clinic providers, clinical volunteers and medical residents, and has responsibility for back office organization, medical supply ordering and supporting quality medical care. Monica is also a Certified Diabetes Trainer and facilitates our diabetes education classes, as well as other wellness training, in partnership with numerous community partners.
Gloria worked in public health with the County of Riverside for more than 20 years before becoming a volunteer at CVVIM. After retiring, Gloria knew she didn’t want to stay home when there were so many organizations and people who needed help, so with her medical background as a Medical Assistant, she became a back office volunteer in 2018. When an opportunity arose with CVVIM to work with high-risk diabetic patients to improve their health, Gloria was excited to be chosen. Now she provides care management to an average of 30 to 50 patients at any time, coordinating their health management with other staff and medical providers. Her personality is perfectly suited to offer support, encouragement and motivation to her patients, even when she has to be the firm, but caring, hand.
Mary has a diverse background in event planning, public relations, administration and management, having most recently served as the Tournament Director for the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament (Palm Springs Charities and Landmark Golf). As our Event Manager, Mary has responsibilities for our signature fundraising event, the WineLover’s Auction, as well as other events planned and in development.
Carolina Lua has been a Certified Medical Assistant since 2015 having worked for several years in a local urgent care before joining our clinical are team in the summer of 2021. Carolina works closely with our Clinical Care Coordinator and other volunteers to facilitate timely medical visits with medical residents. She works directly with patients and also interacts with medical providers, medical referrals, ancillary services and pharmacies. Carolina is a bilingual Spanish speaker and enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community!