Meet Your Directors and CEO
Virginia Hall, RN
Retired Registered Nurse Virginia Hall was elected to the Board in November 2016, finishing first in a field of six candidates. A nursing school graduate of Grossmont College (1978), Virginia worked in healthcare from 1973 to 2004. Her nursing background includes working in several local hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics, and research facilities. She has participated on research boards, presented at several national nursing conferences, and has been published in medical publications. Since 2003, Virginia has worked in real estate and has been active in the community of Santee, including serving as 2016 president of the Santee Chamber of Commerce. Her husband, Ronn, has served as a member of the Santee City Council since November 2014.
Robert “Bob” Ayres
Robert “Bob” Ayres is a retired banking executive with 48 years of experience in both public and private-sector banking and construction financing and management. He joined the GHD board in September 2010 to fill a vacancy, and was then elected to two four-year terms in 2012 and 2016. He has served on the GHD board as chair of the GHD Proposition G General Obligation Bond Committee, Finance/Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Legal/Legislative Committee. Prior to joining the Board, Ayres served on the GHD Proposition G Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), which oversees the District’s $247 million bond measure approved by voters to modernize Grossmont Hospital. He is a resident of El Cajon and is a graduate of San Diego State University and Southern Methodist University’s Graduate School of Banking. Bob and wife Elaine have been married since 1966, and have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Gloria A. Chadwick, RN
A second generation San Diegan and resident of East County since 1964, Gloria Chadwick, R.N., has served on the Board since 1998. She was the first woman to be elected to the board in 22 years. In 2000, she was the first woman ever to serve as Board President. She was reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. She retired in 2008 as a retired psychiatric nurse after a 44-year career in the healthcare profession. She has served as a member of the Legislative Committee of the Association of California Healthcare Districts.
A Registered Ophthalmic Dispenser, Michael A. Emerson, FNAO, RDO, is certified by the State Board of Medical Quality Assurance of the California Medical Board, and has owned Hart Optical Company of La Mesa since 1987. He was appointed to the GHD Board in May 2008, and was elected to a four-year term in November 2008 and reelected in November 2012 and 2016. Prior to joining the GHD board, he served on the Grossmont Hospital Corporate Board beginning in March 2007. He has served on the GHD board as chair of the GHD Proposition G General Obligation Bond Committee, Finance/Audit Committee, and Government Relations Committee. Emerson also has served in numerous offices at both the local and state levels as a member of the La Mesa Kiwanis Club and the La Mesa Optimist Club. He served as Lieutenant Governor of the California South District of Optimist International. He also is currently serving on the board of the California Special Districts Association, San Diego chapter. A firm proponent of continuing education, Emerson has completed Advanced Government Finance at the University of Wisconsin School of Business in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Special District Leadership and Management Certification Program offered by the California Special District Association and Local Government Institute. He also has served as a volunteer martial arts instructor at the YMCA Davis facility in La Mesa. Mr. Emerson served for two years in the U.S. Army, including at the Optometry Clinic at Irwin Army Hospital in Ft. Riley, Kansas.
Randy Lenac, with executive management experience in administration, finance and program development and strategy, joined the GHD board in July 2014 to fill a vacancy and was later elected to a four-year term in November 2014 and again in 2018. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975 to 2002, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. After his military career, he transitioned to healthcare as an executive with Southern Indian Health Council in Alpine. Since 2011, he has served on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC), a non-profit entity that oversees the management and operation of Grosssmont Hospital under a lease with Sharp HealthCare. He currently serves as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee for GHC, and is a member of Finance Committee for Sharp HealthCare. A resident of Campo, Lenac is a cattle rancher who operates Big Springs Ranch. He earned a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in business administration (with honors) from Webster University of St. Louis.
Barry Jantz was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2004, after serving as a community relations consultant, managing the District’s annual grants program. His prior experience includes financial services manager of the Facilities Development Department at Kaiser Permanente and as district chief of staff to California Assemblyman Jay La Suer. Jantz was a member of the La Mesa City Council from 1990 to 2006, and currently serves on the boards of the East County Economic Development Council, East County Chamber of Commerce and San Diego County Taxpayers Educational Foundation. His educational background includes journalism and political science at Grossmont College and San Diego State University. In his years as CEO of the District, Jantz led the effort to complete over $260 million in Proposition G improvements at Grossmont Hospital, as well as a successful 2014 ballot measure to continue the lease of the hospital to Sharp HealthCare until 2051.