NAHCs Executive Leadership Team
Martin Waukazoo (Lakota)
Native American Health Center CEO
Raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, Martin Waukazoo, is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Lakota Tribe, and graduated from Black Hills State University before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area. Martin Waukazoo is married to Helen Waukazoo, CEO of The Friendship House. Martin Waukazoo is NAHC’s current Chief Executive Officer, and has been serving as the head of the organization since 1983. Under its current leadership, NAHC has grown to become an organization with an annual operating budget of $22 million (FY 2010).
Ana M. O'Connor
Native American Health Center COO
Ana holds a Law degree, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Master’s of Science in Counseling. She is responsible for leading our continuous quality improvement efforts related to operations, efficiency, services and ensuring the financial health of our agency. She is in support of NAHC’s transition through health care reform, lead the integration of services, enhance our competitive edge and guide our success into the future.
Dr. Joseph Marquis
Native American Health Center CMO
Dr. Joseph Marquis is of the Ohlone, Navajo Nations and descendent of the San Buena Ventura Band of Chumash Mission Indians. Dr. Marquis holds a medical degree (Doctor of Medicine) from Albany Medical College and an MA in Molecular and Microbiology from San Jose State. As CMO, he represents NAHC’s clinical departments on an executive level, driving high quality patient-centered care and supports a holistic and cooperative environment. In collaboration with NAHC’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) Dr. Marquis will strive to improve access and quality of care provided to NAHC’s members. He will provide administrative oversight of the integration of NAHC’s medical, dental, and behavioral health programs; and will collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to move NAHC toward Patient Centered Medical Home certification and agency Accreditation. Dr. Marquis comes to NAHC from the Indian Health Service, where he served as Medical Director and Internal Medicine Physician at the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center.
Native American Health Center CFO
Alan Wong joined NAHC as its CFO in March 2014. Alan comes to NAHC with over 25 years of diverse management experience including for profit and non-profit healthcare, private equity, brokerage and real estate development. Prior to relocating back to California, Alan was a senior executive at the largest community healthcare clinic (FQHC) in the state of Nevada, overseeing their accounting and billing departments. Alan is passionate about the overall role Community Health Clinics provide within a community and is excited about partnering up with the Leadership Team on the stewardship of this fantastic agency while furthering its mission. Alan is energetic, has a good sense of humor, is a former youth wrestling coach, and a fan of amateur sports. Alan has been married 23 years and has two children. In his down time, he enjoys watching redbox movies with his teenage daughter. Alan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Natalie Aguilera (Choctaw)
Native American Health Center
Director of Human Resources
Natalie is an enrolled member of the Oklahoma Choctaw Tribe. She received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 2000 and she obtained her Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certification in 2008. Natalie has been at NAHC since 2005 and her role as Human Resources Director is to provide leadership in developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of NAHC. Natalie is inspired by her Grandmother Alice Carnes who came to Oakland from Oklahoma and dedicated much of her life to serving the community through her work at the Intertribal Friendship House. As Director of Human Resources at NAHC, Natalie hopes to serve the Native community and through service and dedication, make sure services are available for future generations.
Charlene Harrison (Pomo, Navajo, Walker River Paiute)
Native American Health Center AEO
Charlene is Pomo, Navajo, Paiute, and is an enrolled member of the Walker River Paiute. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis on non-profit management. Her education coupled with her knowledge derived from growing up within the very community we serve will be extremely valuable in her new leadership role. As AEO she will support the Chief Executive Officer in ensuring the strategic goals and objectives of the organization are met. She will also will have a highly collaborative working relationship with NAHC’s executive level management team.