Foundation Board of Directors 2017 - 2018
Philip Eastman, MD
James Meier, MD
Katherine A. Sharp
Philip Eastman, MD
James Meier, MD
Katherine A. Sharp
Business Owner, Cuvée Wine Cellars
Paul Rogerville was born in 1947 in San Francisco, California, and he has lived in San Mateo County since his family moved here 70 years ago. He currently resides in San Mateo.
Paul’s profession began with a 12-year career in banking with Wells Fargo Bank as Assistant Vice President Operations. For the next 10 years he sold multimillion‑dollar data-processing systems to financial institutions. From there he created a disaster‑recovery company for small financial institutions, which he did for two years.
Paul then took over the family construction business. Among other things, his company’s focus was on remodeling residential properties and managing several homeowner associations’ maintenance contracts.
In 2010, after 20 years as president of Pro-Construction Company, he retired to pursue his passion in winemaking and opened Cuvée Wine Cellars in San Carlos, as a semi-retirement endeavor/hobby. This came after years of making wine in conjunction with taking classes at UC Davis. Cuvée is now recognized as an award‑winning winery.
Paul is committed to and believes in giving to his community. His passion for winemaking and his winery allow him to give to various charities in San Mateo County. Paul is also currently an active member of San Mateo Rotary Club and serves on its Board of Directors.
Chief Operating Officer, Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts
Burke joined Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts as the COO in 2011. Prior to that he was the Managing Partner of a consultancy dedicated to working with organizations on growth, marketing processes, financial management, leadership development, strategic direction, and organizational effectiveness. Burke has been an integral part of Gurnick’s growth over the past number of years in the face of increased government regulation and the ever-changing healthcare environment. It was a natural evolution for Burke to bring his background and experience forward to help the San Mateo County Health Foundation. In his spare time, Burke continues to participate in one of his lifelong passions as a youth hockey coach in Northern California.
Business Owner, Supercuts
Head, Global Drug Safety & Pharmacovigilance, Zogenix, Inc.
Physician, San Mateo Medical Center
Dr. Grace DiGioia Hassid was born under the shadow of the Statue of Liberty in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her father was a physician and surgeon caring for the poor and underserved, her mother taught emotionally disturbed girls in the inner city at Public School #5. Their large Victorian home included their five children, grandchildren, cousins, friends and international students from around the globe who were welcomed and treated as family too. Dinners were homemade, delicious and never lasted less than two hours with intellectual discussions and the time it took to do the dishes! Two siblings of Dr.Grace also became physicians and the other two teachers of music and and art respectively. Caring for others in a selfless manner was taught through parental example; life was lived with gratitude and joy, the values needed for community service that matters.
Dr.Hassid serves as the Infection Control Officer for the County of San Mateo and also works as a medical consultant for the Department of Psychiatry, caring for the most vulnerable members of our society.
“I am proud to serve on the San Mateo County Health Foundation! I truly believe that health and education are the most important factors in determining quality of life anywhere in the world and we are lucky to have this group working together to lessen disparities of care here in beautiful San Mateo County. I hope others will join us and learn the joy that I have found through service to those who need it most!”
CEO, San Mateo Medical Center
Chester J. Kunnappilly, MD, is the chief executive officer of San Mateo Medical Center, the division of San Mateo County Health that oversees the public hospital and clinics serving the county. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Kunnappilly also serves San Mateo Medical Center as one of its primary care physicians.
Dr. Kunnappilly joined San Mateo Medical Center in 2002 as medical director of two of its outpatient clinics. He was named chief quality officer in 2007 and became chief medical officer in 2009. He has served as CEO since April of 2016. Prior to joining SMMC, Dr. Kunnappilly worked for Kaiser Permanente. He also served two and a half years with the United States Indian Health Service, the principal health care provider and health advocate for the federally recognized Native American tribes and Alaska Native people.
Dr. Kunnappilly received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the California Health Care Foundation’s Health Care Leadership Program and the National Association of Public Hospitals Medical Leadership Program. He sits on the boards of the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) and the California Association of Public Hospitals (CAPH).
Dr. Kunnappilly met his wife, a Bay Area native, while they were both serving with the US Indian Health Service. They and their two children enjoy outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, and fishing.