Resignation of Cheryl Johnson, CEO of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center

For further information, contact Rich Gantenbein, Chair of the Board, 707-495-0428 or

It is with regret that the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center announces the resignation of Cheryl Johnson, CEO of SVCHC. Her last day will be December 31, 2016.

Since joining the SVCHC four years ago, Ms. Johnson has brought the health center back from a difficult cash situation and put it on firm financial footing by working with community donors and expanding the clientele from 6,000 to 7,500 patients. She acquired the land for the new health center, helped raise the necessary funds and oversaw the building of the new center at 19270 Sonoma Highway in 2014. Ms. Johnson created the new Dental Service and is in the process of bringing a pharmacy in house by September 2016.

Under her tenure, Ms. Johnson started or brought in other services to assist SVCHC clients. These include the co-location of WIC within the Center, retinopathy services, Sure Touch (an innovative, no radiation approach to breast examination), classes and groups such as lactation support and the Teen Group. With the support of her amazing staff, Ms. Johnson started the transition of the patient care model to a team based approach.

Ms. Johnson implemented Electronic Health Records (EHR) and brought forth other changes to keep SVCHC in compliance with the ever changing medical regulations of the US and California.

“We have marveled at Cheryl’s consistent and steady improvements of SVCHC, her attention to detail and responsiveness to the changes in health care that seem to come every week. We are losing a leader,” said Rich Gantenbein, Pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and Chair of the Board. “We will have a difficult time finding someone else of equal talent.”

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center is a federally qualified health center whose mission is to provide accessible, quality health care to those who need it, especially the underserved. The center provides primary, prenatal, behavioral health and dental care as well as other ancillary services. In 2015, the Center saw 7,000 people who generated over 33,000 visits.