San Mateo County Health Foundation, incorporated in 1989, is a public 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting San Mateo Medical Center and county clinics.
San Mateo County Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Tax ID #94-3116070
Jacqueline Pelka is the Diagnostic Imaging Manager at San Mateo Medical Center. As a resident of San Mateo County since childhood, I have always wanted to serve my community in some sort of capacity. I was offered a student internship in high school and have worked in different positions over the course of 20 years for San Mateo County. My most recent as the manager of the diagnostic imaging department. It brings me joy to be able to work and serve a patient population that is the most vulnerable in our community. I have volunteered for the San Mateo County Health Foundation the last few years and have seen firsthand how the Foundation has provided funding for programs and equipment for San Mateo Medical Center. San Mateo Medical Center provides care for the underserved local population. This population deserves to have access to programs and preventative healthcare services to improve their quality of life. I have a passion to serve the underserved, most vulnerable population and lessen the disparities we continue to see in our community.
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.
Ann Marie Silvestri retired in March 2020 as the Dental Program Manager at San Mateo Medical Center, a position she held since April 2004. She graduated from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry (Pacific) in 1975, being 1of 3 women in a class of 130 students. In 1999, she received an MPA in Health Services Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University. Dr. Silvestri has been affiliated with San Mateo Medical Center, formerly called Chope, as a clinical dentist, since 1979. She owned a private practice in San Francisco from June 1979 until June 2008. Dr. Silvestri is adjunct faculty at both Pacific and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Dental Schools. The emphasis of her dental career has been working with the under or non-insured dental patients in the Bay Area community. She continues this passion as a member of the SMCHF Board.
Justin T. Berger is an attorney at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, where he handles high-profile cases of corporate fraud, including representing whistleblowers in qui tam actions under the federal and California False Claims Acts, individuals who have been wrongfully terminated by their employers, and consumers who have been ripped off. Justin handles complex cases across California and around the country. Prior to law school, Justin served for two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. Justin also served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Casa Cornelia Law Center, a non-profit immigration law firm in San Diego. In addition to his work with the SMCHF, Justin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Bar Association, and Berkeley Law’s Civil Justice Research Initiative. For his mentorship of newer and aspiring attorneys in the community, Justin was recently honored with the San Mateo County Bar Association Barristers Award. Justin lives in San Mateo with his wife, who works as a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department of the San Mateo County Medical Center, and son.
Nidhi Dash has been an active and passionate volunteer in her community, beginning in her high school days through today, as she and her husband work to impart that spirit to their two children. Nidhi has always loved to put her time and energy towards working within the community to help serve those in need. She has been a dedicated board member on her children’s School Parent Boards across Foster City, Burlingame and Hillsborough for the last 8 years. She has held leadership roles in various areas including membership, parent campaigns, social events, and parent relations, and currently serves as Parent Group President. She has been a member of the PARCA Auxiliary for the last three years, and served on its board for the last two years in Auction/Fundraising and Development roles. PARCA is a local non profit that works to improve lives for amazing community members who live with developmental disabilities. Prior, Nidhi worked in the Technology sector at Deloitte Consulting and DirecTV, after attending UC San Diego and receiving her MBA from Santa Clara University. In her spare time, she loves to travel with friends and family, learn about and practice mindfulness, and read interesting biographies and historical fiction.