Welcome to the Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation
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 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.
Get to Know Us
Bea Frias RN, BSN, MHA
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
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."
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.
Board Member (Advisory)
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.
Monica Merryman - Executive Director of Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB). Monica has a strong background in successful fundraising, donor stewardship, volunteer management, and staff development.
Monica has over 15 years of nonprofit experience in the Central Coast from Ventura County to Monterey County, including 10 years at the American Cancer Society and 3 years as the Executive Director at the American Heart Association. Her role at the American Cancer Society began as a fundraising volunteer and she shortly was hired as a full-time staff to execute numerous fundraising events and also manage teams of fundraising staff throughout California.
Monica is a three-year breast cancer survivor and brings that additional perspective to our work at CSCVVSB. Because of her cancer journey, she has a deep appreciation for the support CSCVVSB provides to participants living with cancer and their families.
Monica has lived in Ventura for 20 years, building many networks and valuable relationships within the community, both corporate and individual. She has 3 children and personally enjoys giving back to the community through volunteer work.
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A word from our previous students
A message from the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley
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.
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.