We are called to follow Christ by loving and serving our neighbors through comprehensive, quality healthcare. Our vision is the healing and restoration of homeless and underserved communities.

Meet Our Executive Team

  • Bettina Lewis – Interim CEO
    Bettina Lewis – Interim CEO

    Bettina Lewis joined the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers in 2006 as the Executive Assistant to the President & Chief Executive Officer. Her diverse skills and background are a true asset for accomplishing the goals and objective of expanding LACHC’s programs and services to address the needs of the community. Bettina holds a Master of Business Administration and Certification in Health Care Management. She loves reading, spending time with her family and being an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

  • Lelenia  Ramirez – Interim COO
    Lelenia  Ramirez – Interim COO

    Lelenia  Ramirez became Interim COO September 15, 2022. Lelenia has over 15 years of health care and leadership experience within Federally Qualified Health Centers. During her tenure at East Valley Community Health Center, she worked in various roles, including Chief Operating Officer, Director of Operations, Compliance and Privacy Officer, Clinic Manager, and HIV Prevention Program Manager. Lelenia earned a Master of Health Administration from the University of La Verne and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. Lelenia is alumni of the Center for Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco, Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Program, and earned her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

  • Steve Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer
    Steve Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer

    Stephen Kennedy became the Chief Financial Officer of Los Angeles Christian Health Centers in September 2019 after serving on LACHC’s Board of Directors for 10 years, including three years as Chairperson.  Stephen has worked for 30 years in accounting and financial management positions with public accounting, manufacturing, higher education, and homeless services organizations in Milwaukee, New York and Los Angeles.  Most recently, he served for 13 years as Sr. VP & Chief Financial Officer of the Los Angeles Mission in downtown skid row.

    In 1986, Stephen was licensed as a CPA in Wisconsin.  He earned his Bachelor of Business Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin, MBA from Columbia University, and Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.   For the past ten years, Stephen has also served as Assisting Priest at St. David's Anglican Church in Burbank and currently participates on the Executive Committee of the Diocese of Western Anglicans.  Stephen enjoys sports, reading, movies, theater, spending time with family and friends, and serving in God’s Kingdom.

  • Teresa Antelo, MPH, Director of Grants Management
    Teresa Antelo, MPH, Director of Grants Management

    Ms. Antelo joined the LACHC team as the Director of Development in June of 2011 and is currently the Director of Grants Management. She was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, completed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, and received her Masters in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health. Throughout her educational and professional career, Ms. Antelo has been drawn to work with organizations dedicated to the health and mental well-being of vulnerable populations. Her previous work experience includes Contra Costa County Department of Public Health, NexCare Collaborative, and Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley. She has a strong background in program/project management and evaluation and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 16 years.

  • Renee Smith — Director of Advancement
    Renee Smith — Director of Advancement

    Renee joined the LACHC team in the fall of 2014 and shares more than 20-years’ experience in fundraising, communications and public relations. She is responsible for fundraising activities and events targeting individuals and corporate sponsors.  Renee also handles all LACHC owned media, publications and press inquiries. Renee will complete a Master’s in Public Relations from California Baptist University soon and holds a B.A in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in Washington D.C. She is a wife, mother and active President of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  She is also a member of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.  She considers her work in fundraising and public relations a critical ministry supporting God’s work.

  • Shannon Fernando, RN, BS MSN-FNP – Chief Innovations Officer
    Shannon Fernando, RN, BS MSN-FNP – Chief Innovations Officer

    Shannon Fernando is a California board-certified family nurse practitioner. She joined LACHC in July 2013 and currently serves as the Chief Innovations Officer (previously as the Associate Clinical Director). As CIO, Shannon oversees and manages special clinical programs, including the street medicine teams and Hepatitis C treatment programs, Whole Person Care and clinic-wide advocacy efforts. Shannon also engages in direct patient care and assists the CMO in running the medical department, recruiting Advanced Practice Providers, managing the medical provider schedule and education, and serving as the liaison with the operations department to improve medical care flow at all sites, and supervising the Clinical Satellite Site Lead clinicians and providers. She is also the founder and president of Alabaster Mobile Clinic (a non-profit organization which provides health services and health education to impoverished rural and urban communities in Africa); and founder and chair of the LA County HCV Provider Work Group in collaboration with the Community Clinic Association of LA County.

  • Cheryl Barnes — Director of Human Resources
    Cheryl Barnes — Director of Human Resources

    Cheryl Barnes transferred from the HR Dept of the LA Mission in 2008 to become the Director of Human Resources at LACHC.  Cheryl has 14 years of HR experience and is an active member of HR organizations PIHRA and SHRM.

    Cheryl grew up in Long Beach, CA.  She graduated from Holy Innocents elementary and St. Anthony’s High School.  She received a B.A. and  M.A. from Cal State University Long Beach. She obtained her JD from Western State University of Law in Fullerton and graduated from Angelus Bible Institute in L.A.

    Cheryl’s son and his wife have blessed her with two granddaughters Aveline 3 ½ years old and Katarina 3 months old.

    Cheryl is an avid reader and spends her free time playing with her grandchildren.

Our History

LACHC Timeline


HIV-AIDS Prevention Services

Annie Calvo

Medical services, started by the Los Angeles Mission, served as the forerunner to LACHC. The initial services included HIV-AIDS prevention services administered by registered nurses.


Our First Home

Joshua House

We gain a home: a single-room “crack-house” hotel built in 1913. Joshua House Clinic becomes licensed to offer medical, dental and chiropractic care.


Inaugural Foot Washing & Foot Care Event

Annual Foot Washing Event

We wash the feet of more than 200 homeless individuals at the inaugural Foot Washing and Foot Care event to offer minor podiatric care. Our guests and volunteers embrace the experience enthusiastically, spurring us to schedule two events annually.


We Separate from Los Angeles Mission

LACHC Separate from LA Mission

We separate from Los Angeles Mission to focus solely on the provision of health care and earn Federally Qualified Health Center Designation. With new federal funding available, we’re able to expand clinic services to meet the enormous needs in our community.


Medical Outreach Program

Medical Outreach

Joshua House pilots an innovative medical outreach program. Medical providers equipped with suitcases of medications and supplies deliver full medical services to people trying to survive at numerous shelters, waiting at drop-in centers and living on street corners.


Behavioral Health & Social Work Services


We introduce behavioral health and social work services at Joshua House Clinic and launch optometry services run by volunteers using generous donations of equipment and glasses.


New Name: Los Angeles Christian Health Centers

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The clinic takes on the name of Los Angeles Christian Health Centers. With federal funding awarded to our medical outreach program, three full-time provider teams begin to serve nine sites in Skid Row, Boyle Heights, and Watts.


Pico Aliso Clinic Opens

Pico Aliso Community Clinic

LACHC opens Pico Aliso Clinic on 4th Street in Boyle Heights, providing pediatric and adult services to the Pico Gardens and Aliso Courts public housing projects, as well as the Dolores Mission Guadalupe Homeless Project and the surrounding community.


Behavioral Health Program Expands

Behavioral Health

LACHC launches electronic health records at all clinic sites. Our behavioral health program expands as Joshua House Clinic and Pico Aliso become training sites for graduate students in psychology as well as marriage and family therapy.


Two New LACHC Sites


LACHC expands behavioral health integration again. We collaborate with Exodus Recovery to start up two integrated medical-mental health teams operating at three sites as well as on the streets. An alliance with mental health organization Telecare Inc. leads to the opening of two LACHC sites serving individuals with severe mental illness, including state parolees.


Pico Aliso Clinic Becomes a Patient Centered Medical Home

NCQA Patient Centered Home

LACHC’s Pico Aliso Clinic receives Patient Centered Medical Home designation from the National Center for Quality Assurance.


New Dental Clinic

New Dental Clinic Ribbon Cutting

LACHC serves nearly 10,000 individuals during more than 45,000 medical, dental, and mental health encounters. New Dental Clinic for children and adults debuts at LACHC’s Pico Aliso Clinic.


LACHC Expands

Joshua House Grows

With increasing demand for care at Joshua House Clinic – and the facility bursting at the seams – LACHC moves its administrative offices off site. This allows for the creation of six new medical exam rooms, three new mental health and social work rooms, one additional dental operatory and an insurance enrollment office.


Construction Begins on Joshua House

New Joshua House Under Construction

Construction begins on the new Joshua House Clinic, nearly tripling the size of our flagship medical facility.

Partnership is Key

Partnership is a vital part of our innovative approach. Delivering our best to patients requires an eclectic assembly of organizations and individuals. Academic partners, satellite clinic site hosts, community non-profits, coalitions, funders, contributors and volunteer health professionals are the vital to our effectiveness.

Board of Directors

Stacey V. Bolden-Bowers, M.B.A., Esq.

T. Sukari Finley

John Hong, M.D., M.B.A.

Wayne Aoki, Ph.D.

Edward Lee, M.D., M.P.H.

Scott Reid, MBA

Pastor Jody Romero

Linda Trelles

Kim Mealy

Peggy Pleasant

Kendall Simmonds

Academic Affiliations

Academic Partnerships provide an opportunity to expose health professional trainees to the world of community-based health care. We teach students and residents from the following programs:

A.T. Still University- School of Osteopathic Medicine
Azuza Pacific University-School of Nursing
California Baptist University-Physician Assistant Program
California State University, Long Beach-Nurse Practitioner Program
California State University, Los Angeles-Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good
California State University, Los Angeles-EPIC: Educational Participation in Communities
California State University, Los Angeles-Nurse Practitioner Program
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Charles R. Drew University (CDU/UCLA Partnership)-Physician Program
Christian Community Health Fellowship
Glendale Adventist-Family Residency Program
Keck School of Medicine USC
Loma Linda University
Mount Saint Mary’s School of Nursing
Resurrection Health Family Medicine Residency
Samuel Merritt University-Nurse Practitioner Program
Samuel Merritt University-Physician Assistant Program
South University
St. Mary’s School
Stanford University-Foothill De Anza CC
Touro University
Touro University, Nevada-School of Physician Assistant Studies
Trevecca Nazarene University
UCLA School of Medicine
UCLA School of Nursing
United States University
USC Primary Care Physician Assistant Program
USC School of Medicine
USC School of Pharmacy
USC School of Social Work
Walden University
Western University Dental School
Western University Physician Assistant School
Western University School of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program

Coalition Memberships

  • cchf dot org
  • host2
  • nationalhealth
  • lacpc
  • ca primary care

Service Partners

  • gateways hospital
  • los angeles mission
  • midnight
  • host6
  • Dolores2
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  • images


  • cedars
  • healthservices
  • kaiser
  • la care
  • national breast cancer
  • unihealth
  • rose hills tiny

Capital Funders

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  • rose hills tiny
  • noinc-news
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LACHC is committed to financial transparency. Here you will find several years’ worth of financial disclosures. If you have questions about these statements, don’t hesitate to contact us.