The founder and acting director of Health Partnership, Arlie earned her nursing degree in 1974 and practiced in a variety of settings including hospitals, out-patient care and special education. After 20 years, major shifts in the healthcare system were changing the quality and delivery of care. Arlie saw firsthand how families were struggling to understand these changes and access the care they needed. The concept of Faith Community Nursing was familiar to Arlie and she realized this type of program addressed the very healthcare challenges that families were facing. With a sense of calling that was rooted in her own Christian faith, Health Partnership was launched in 1998.
ARLIE ANKERBERG, RN, BS
Marilyn received a BS in Public Health Nursing in 1973. She served as a school nurse with the Anaheim City School District for 20 years and there found that many children lacked the support systems they needed for physical, emotional and spiritual health. She experienced satisfaction in advocating for those children and their families. In 2004, she joined Health Partnership’s staff as a Faith Community Nurse, where she uses her experience and skills to advocate for the health and wellbeing of the broader community. Marilyn has served on the Board of Directors for Shelter’s Right Hand, auxiliary to Women and Children’s Crisis Center, since 2003.
Faith Community Nurse
MARILYN GROVE, RN, BSN
Heather earned her Associates Degree from Cypress College in 2005. Soon after, she became a full-time mom and devoted herself to that important role while volunteering in the community. In 2011, Heather started a thriving home-based business where she successfully led a team of 20 women. Joining the Health Partnership team in 2012, Heather serves as Program Administrator, which gives her the opportunity to blend her organization skills with her love for people. Among the areas she coordinates are Blood Pressure Screenings, Blood Drives, our Volunteer Program and office management. Heather’s experiences with Health Partnership have given her a front row seat to see the needs in our community and the support that Health Partnership provides.
Bill received a Master of Divinity at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN and a Doctorate in Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Dr. Ankerberg has served as pastor for churches in the Midwest and Southern California over the last 48 years. He currently serves as Pastor of Global Development at Journey of Faith in Manhattan Beach, CA, is Director of Operations for Converge Southwest and Director of Nordic Baltic Initiative for Converge Worldwide. He has served on the Board of Directors for Converge Worldwide, Bethel University and the Whittier Public Library Foundation. Bill is an ex-officio member of Health Partnership’s Board of Directors and has served since 2001.
After working more than 30 years as a Registered Nurse in bedside care, case management and as a health educator, Donell transitioned to the academic setting. She is currently the Associate Director and a full time faculty member in the nursing program at Biola University. Donell also teaches internationally on topics related to Communication, Conflict Navigation, Team Building, Self-Care, Resilience and Burnout and has presented and published the findings from related research. Donell has served on Health Partnership’s Board of Directors since 2014.
In 1980, Ellen co-founded Tice, Salter and Alger Insurance Agency in Whittier, CA. She was the first women to serve on the board of directors for Independent Insurance Agents of California. After the 1978 Whittier earthquake, Ellen successfully appealed in front of the California Assembly for state disaster relief funding. Ellen was a founding member of the SKILLS Foundation in Whittier, a non-profit learning program for drug prevention. Ellen served as President of Soroptimist International of Whittier in 1987. Now retired, Ellen finds great meaning in her volunteer role as a financial mentor for Imagine Whittier, which provides support for previously homeless families. Ellen has served on Health Partnership’s Board of Directors since 2014.
Dr. Gonzalez has practiced Family Medicine since 1985. He currently serves ad Medical Director for Family Care Specialists (FCS) Medical Corporation, which serves approximately 60,000 patients, many of whom are low-income families and/or uninsured patients from the communities of Los Angeles, Montebello and Highland Park, California. Dr. Gonzalez serves on the Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Family Medicine Residency Program at White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in the Department of Family Practice. He is also active in other areas of service for Young Life, Youth Ministry Friend, Urban Youth Workers Institute Team Physician, El Rancho High School, Varsity Football, Pico Rivera, CA, and Board Member at Whittier Area Community Church. Dr. Gonzalez has served as secretary for Health Partnership since 2011.
HECTOR GONZALEZ, MD
After high school, Bill enlisted in the US Naval Air Reserve and served a tour of duty in Viet Nam. He holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and Accounting. He has served as General Manager and President of Yocum Business Furniture, American Business Furniture, and Chief Financial Officer of CSI Electrical Contractors, Inc. He has served on the board of directors for Alhambra Friends Church, Quake Meadow Camp, and Whittier Area Community Church. He has served the community in various leadership and coaching roles with school events and youth sporting leagues. Recently retired, Bill is doing business consulting, enjoying hobbies, and spending time with family. He joined Health Partnership’s Board of Directors as treasurer in 2015.
Linda’s career as an educator spans 48 years and includes teaching and administration positions in the Whittier area. A creative leader, Linda has been honored with several awards over her career in education. Among them are Lowell Joint Teacher of the Year, one of 12 LA County Teachers of the Year and Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. In her current position as principal at Rancho Starbuck Intermediate school in La Habra, CA, Linda created an award winning school newspaper/journalism class and a student motivation program called, REACH. Linda has served on Health Partnership’s Board of Directors since 2013.