Welcome to the Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation

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Our Mission

The Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation (SCVWF), formed in 2005 is a public benefit nonprofit corporation which serves the communities of Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru and unincorporated areas of the Santa Clara Valley.  It is dedicated to optimizing the health in the Santa Clara Valley communities through collaborative community partnerships, outreach health education, improving access to health services, health screening, student scholarships, summer internship opportunities and supporting healthcare systems


Our Vision

Our vision is a healthier community and fostering future healthcare leaders from within the Santa Clara Valley. The Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation (SCVWF), shares the belief of community partnerships and a collaborative approach to improve health and wellness; as well as providing and supporting educational opportunities and resources for students.

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What We Do

Meaningful Work. Unforgettable Experiences.

Dr. Samuel Edward’s Summer Healthcare Internship Program (SHIP)

SHIP is a six-week summer program where high school students residing in the Santa Clara Valley are given the opportunity to learn from healthcare professionals in hospital and clinic environments. This program was started in 2012 and has continued to build character, emphasize values, provide learning opportunities and motivation which assists in solidifying future goals in healthcare.

Dr. Alan M. Peterson Scholarship for Healthcare Education

This scholarship was initiated in 2009 in honor of Dr. Allen M. Peterson, a respected and loved physician in the Santa Clara Valley. This renewable and annual scholarship is available to students who reside in Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru and will be pursuing higher education in healthcare related fields.

Support Santa Paula Hospital

The Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation supports Santa Paula Hospital and a broader range of healthcare initiatives in the Santa Clara Valley.  The foundation has invested donations from the communities served into acquisition of capital equipment for the Santa Paula Hospital, totaling over $800,000.00 since 2006.   Supporting the hospital aligns with the Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation’s mission of strengthening healthcare access and promoting a healthy community.

Collaborate With Community Leaders

We have financially supported the Boys and Girls Club to produce face shields for the medical community. We have further been able to provide personal protective equipment and food for the club to create a safe environment.
We are also actively collaborating with Santa Paula and Fillmore School Districts to support health care education.

Health Fairs

We participate in community outreach, raising health awareness, education and health services to the under served residents of the community.

We promote health access through health screening, educational information, referral information and distribution of fresh produce.

Donate Today

Give back to your community and help us continue our mission. With your donation, together we can make a difference in health, education and wellness in our Santa Clara Valley community.

Board Members

Get to Know Us


Gloria Camarillo

Executive Director

Gloria Camarillo is a self-made entrepreneur that had to overcome many obstacles when she was child. She was born in Santa Paula but her parents decided to move to Mexico soon after. She attended elementary school in Mexico through the end of third grade. Returning back to Santa Paula was difficult for her because English was a second language and classes required a lot of effort. These events in her early life set a foundation for who she is today.  Over a span of 20 years in various industries such as medical aesthetics, non-profits, manufacturing, and healthcare, Gloria has sharpened her administrative skills and acquired diverse professional experience in the process.

Gloria Camarillo has served as the Executive Director for the Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation since 2012. Vast industry experience has allowed her to make and maintain community connections to develop and expand programs throughout her leadership.  Gloria has assisted in advancing the Foundation’s mission to provide internship programs and scholarships for the youth of Santa Clara Valley. Her passion to help youth succeed is reflected on the on-going mentorship that continues after the students graduate and move on to college. Gloria genuinely believes when there is support from schools (teachers, counselors, support staff), community leaders, and parents, youth have a better chance to succeed in anything they choose to do.


Bea Frias RN, BSN, MHA

Vice President

Bea Frias has a medical background which includes over 40 years of health care experience.  As a Registered Nurse working in the private sector, the Ventura County Medical Center/Santa Paula Hospital and Moorpark College Nursing faculty.

As a Health Care provider and community advocate Bea, has focused on providing quality patient care, investing in our future health care leaders by providing educational/learning opportunities for the youth of our community and striving to contribute to a healthy community through outreach education.

Bea Frias has a Masters degree in Health Care Administration, Bachelors of Science Nursing, Registered Nurse and Public Health Nursing Licensure.

Community Outreach Activities:

  • Established Diabetes Family Support Network: Presented a Latino Lecture series for the ADA

  • Christmas Wish for Needy Families

  • Mentor “Samuel Edward’s Summer Internship Program (SHIP)

  • Mentor ROP Santa Paula High School

  • Mentor Dr. Robert Serro’s Summer Program

  • Senior Health Fair Santa Paula … Fillmore Health Fair

  • Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation Board member

  • Santa Clara Valley Community Care Collaborative

The mission of the Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation and Bea’s core values closely align … community health, education and opportunities for the youth, our future leaders.


Christine Johnston MD

Board Member

Dr. Christine Johnston is a family practice physician in Santa Paula.  She has been practicing in the Santa Clara Valley for 25 years.  Her current practice (at Clinicas de Camino Real) serves patients including low income patients and farm workers.
"I joined the SCVWF to help bring resources and opportunities to our community.  Access to healthy foods, vaccines, and health screening is important to the health of our community.  Our internship and scholarship programs help students explore opportunities in healthcare, and provide financial support for educational programs needed to enter these professions. Together we can make a difference."

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Tracey Shoop

Board Member

Tracey Shoop has worked within the Healthcare Industry for over 17 years and is currently the Physician Liaison Manager for the Community Memorial Health System. Tracey works very closely with over 700 physicians throughout Ventura County as well as many members of the Healthcare Industry in creating a collaborative relationship between all.  Tracey received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in Business Management and Economics in 1987.  Tracey has been a board member for over 10 years and is the proud mother of three grown sons .  In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, golfing, skiing and traveling.


Cynthia Jordan

Board Member

Since she was a teenager, Cindy Jordan has worked in healthcare.  She started working in the kitchen at the local nursing home and now over 30 + years later has worked as a Nursing Home Administrator since 2009.  Cindy was born at Santa Paula Hospital and was raised and still lives in Santa Paula with her family.  She joined the Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation Board in 2013.  Cindy often sees people after a health crisis and during their recovery.  She likes the idea of the health education the Foundation provides to citizens of all ages in the Santa Clara Valley which will hopefully help them avoid a future health issues.

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Ari Larson

Board Member

Fillmore City Council Member Ari Larson is the 2020 Fillmore Citizen of the Year. She serves on the VCAAA Advisory Board representing Fillmore and works with other volunteers at the Fillmore Active Adult Center Meals on Wheels program. Ari is immediate past president of Rotary Club of Fillmore, as well as the District Director 1 for the Soroptimist Camino Real Region, overseeing the cities of Fillmore, Santa Paula, Camarillo, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. She is actively involved with the Fillmore High School Interact Club as one of the advisers. She is past president and currently on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley representing youth in the Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula area. 


Lupe Barrozo

Board Member

Lupe Barrozo is currently a Community Liaison with Buena Vista Hospice, but she has been in healthcare for over 20 years.  She enjoys being a resource to our Community and helping those who need support along with their family for end of life services.  Lupe has been on the Board for the SCV Wellness Foundation since 2013.  The Foundation supports her goals of being a resource for the Santa Clara Valley which includes her hometown of Santa Paula where she was born, raised and still lives with her family.