CruzMed Foundation

To help people and our community be
healthier, safe, and resilient

CruzMed Foundation, Inc.

Dr. John Walther, Emergency Medicine, Watsonville

CruzMed Foundation

CruzMed Foundation is a collaborative community and physician-led 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation formed under the direction and support of the Santa Cruz County Medical Society.  Project funding is derived from the medical community, private donors, businesses and foundations.

If you would like to be involved, volunteer, or donate, please call (831) 479-7226.


To help people and our community be healthier, safe, and resilient, and serve as a leader in fostering and supporting careers in medicine.

To fulfill it's mission, CruzMed acts as a bridge linking physicians and other medical and public health professionals to the community through the works of the foundation. We work in collaboration with our partners to support the improvement of health for all who live, work and play in our county.


The CruzMed Foundation pursues the following goals to ensure the accomplishment of its mission.

Pipeline - Fostering youth interest and engagement in medicine and health sciences.
Preparedness - Supporting Physician engagement in the Medical Reserve Corps and American Red Cross.
Public Health - Community collaborations that support healthy eating and active living in Santa Cruz County.

Projects of the CruzMed Foundation

  • Physician Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Let's Go Central Coast & 5210+ Santa Cruz
  • Disaster Docs
  • Community Outreach - RotaCare Santa Cruz, UCSC MESA Day (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)
  • Mentoring/Shadowing Opportunities for youth and young adults

Board of Directors (BOD)

Christopher O'Grady MD
Pajaro Valley Medical Clinic

Jack Watson, MD
Kaiser Watsonville

Past President
Jeannine Rodems, MD
Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care

Vice President
To be appointed

Caroline Berger
Health Sciences Intern Coord., UCSC

Donna J. Odryna
Chief Executive Officer, SCCMS|CMF

BOD Meets Bi-Monthly beginning January.

Community Council

Shelly Barker, MS, RD, CDE
Manager, Health Improvement Partnership

Caroline Berger
Health Sciences Intern Coord., UCSC

Henry J. Franscioni, Jr.
Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor

Patsy Gasca
Disaster Services Mngr, American Red Cross

Marlene Mirassou, MD
Retired Psyhiatrist

Donna J. Odryna
Chief Executive Officer, SCCMS|CMF


Joydip Bhattacharya, DO
Founding President

David McNutt, MD
Founding Secretary

David South, MD
Founding Treasurer

Willie Elliott-McCrae
Founding Director

Donna Odryna
Founding Director