Ben King, Chair
Ben volunteered at the local homeless shelter, the Emergency Residence Project, in his hometown in Iowa as a kid, at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose as an undergraduate, and at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center in New York City before returning to the Bay Area. Today, Ben is working on his Masters of Public Policy (MPP) at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy with a focus on healthcare and the social determinants of health. Although Ben is not a Berkeley Free Clinic volunteer, he is an active member in an organization long-supported by the BFC, Berkeley Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (NEED). At NEED, Ben assists with volunteer recruitment and runs mobile syringe distribution sites where community members can access syringes, hygiene and wound care kits, socks, condoms, and a variety of harm reduction supplies. Related to his studies, Ben works for the Physician-in-Charge of Kaiser Permanente’s Vallejo Hospital on a project designed to improve care for KP’s Medi-Cal members. After finishing his MPP, Ben will go to medical school at New York University. He is interested in hospital and clinic-level policy aimed at increasing the cost effectiveness of our healthcare system and improving care for low income individuals and communities.
Kay Lucas, Vice Chair
Kay came to the Berkeley Free Clinic after already having become a nurse. At the clinic, she joined the HIV Prevention Services program, which offers counseling, testing, and linkage-to-care. Kay has helped maintain the program over the years and has helped train and mentor new volunteers. Kay has been the Vice-Chair of the BFC Board of Directors for several years, helping to run our meetings and communicate between the board and the general body of the clinic. She has managed the recruitment and onboarding of all of our board members who have come onto the board during her tenure. Outside of the clinic Kay works as a palliative care nurse with Kaiser Permanente, assisting patients with terminal health conditions in the final stages of their lives.
Jonathon Marley, Treasurer
Jon has worked extensively with underserved communities in the East Bay. Since graduating from Stanford with a degree in Human Biology and Harvard with a Masters in Public Health, Jon has been passionate about the intersection between health and human rights, and carries that passion into their role as a member of the Information and Resources Collective (IRC) at the Berkeley Free Clinic. Prior to joining the IRC, Jon was Associate Director of Development at the Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley, directed the Teen Clinic and HIV Program at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, and interned at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. They currently work as Senior Development Officer at the East Bay Community Law Center. They helped to start the International Campaign to Free Geronimo Pratt, New Village Community Public Charter School of the East Bay, and the Anti-Bias Curriculum Project. Jon is a member of the Anti-Policing Health Worker Cohort of Oakland Power Projects, serves on the board of the People’s Life Fund, and is a former Commissioner for the City of Berkeley’s Peace & Justice Commission.
Scott Carroll, MPH, Board Member
Scott grew up in Berkeley and came to the BFC as a client in 1993 - an encounter which inspired him to become a clinic volunteer the following week. His volunteering led to membership in ACT-UP Golden Gate and community advisory boards for HIV prevention research with the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and the SFDPH HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the 90’s, two institutions where he ended up working as well. His BFC training and experience led to work coordinating programs with AVAC and Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC, the Pan American Social Marketing Organization in Guatemala and Belize, Population Services International in Mexico, and CDC funded programs with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and La Clínica in Oakland. Currently, he coordinates efforts to find a future home for the BFC and teaches physical exam skills to medical students in California and Nevada with Project Prepare. In addition to program development, management, and fundraising, Scott also has a background in media production.
Finn Black, Board Member
Finn worked in HIV testing before coming to California and has been involved with HIV Prevention Services at the Berkeley Free Clinic since October 2015, serving as an HIV Peer Advocate. As a peer advocate, Finn provides emotional support and patient navigation services to BFC clients who test positive for HIV. Finn is also passionate about harm reduction and street-based medicine and helps coordinate outreach services to people experiencing homelessness and to outdoor sex workers. Finn has run outreach efforts to encampments throughout Berkeley and Oakland, including Berkeley’s winter shelter. Finn holds a master's degree in geography from San Francisco State University, where their work focused on the impact of gentrification on people living with HIV in San Francisco.
Jolie Goodman-Leibof, Board Member
Jolie is a general dentist who graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry and did her residency at the University of New Mexico. A California native, Jolie moved to the Bay Area to attend the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate studies. Her career path in dentistry started while at Berkeley when she began volunteering at the Berkeley Free Clinic as a Dental Assistant, then became Coordinator of the BFC Dental Section. As Dental Coordinator she reinvigorated the section, recruiting scores of new dental assistant volunteers and many dental professionals. While at UCSF she stayed in touch with the BFC and continued to help the clinic with its material donation outreach at the California Dental Association conventions in Northern and Southern California. After graduating from dental school, she returned to the BFC as a dentist, and now serves on the Board of Directors. Jolie finds herself constantly coming back to the Berkeley Free Clinic, each time more involved, because she is committed to helping address access to oral health care and empowering clients to reach higher healthcare objectives.
Ned Henry, PhD, Board Member
Ned grew up in Seattle and went to school in Massachusetts prior to his arrival in the Bay Area in 2008 for graduate school. On the side, he did adult performance and sex work and was very grateful to find the free health services of the BFC when he originally came to the clinic as a client. In 2014, when he found himself with some free time, he decided to get involved with the clinic as a volunteer. Ned quickly found that he really liked the community created by the clinic and encountered volunteers who were very supportive and cared a lot about the clients and each other. The collective structure and harm reduction ethos was refreshing. Ned has used his expertise in technology to help transition the clinic from a paper records system to a modern, dynamic electronic health records system and to improve the clinic’s wifi and technology infrastructure. He set up the clinic’s current donor management system and has run community fundraising events on his own. His work has inspired him to see a future working on writing accessible software to help nonprofits and community-based organizations like the clinic.
Trina Johnson, M.Sc, MHRS, Board Member
Trina says that her seven-plus years as a member of the Hepatitis section and her work managing a transitional house for homeless adults, allowed her a first-hand opportunity to see the gaps in services for marginalized groups affected by mental health conditions, homelessness, addiction, and other co-occurring. This, along with her work as a certified Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist in Alameda County, and as a Certified Enrollment Assistor, in Napa county enrolling hundreds of families into free and low- cost health insurance programs inspired her current graduate program in health services research. She credits the clinic with inspiring her to dedicate her career towards shifting the paradigm in traditional healthcare settings so that more people can have access to the kind of care provided at the BFC, thereby building a healthier community for us all. Her work at the BFC has gone beyond direct client services to include fundraising, in-kind gift solicitation, and the facilitation of the design and implementation of our health services evaluation survey.
Rohen Sukkawala, Board Member
Rohen is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley’s Hass School of Business and a volunteer in the Dental Section at the BFC. He brings to the Board his interest in serving the community and his interest in the fiscal stability and financial organization of our clinic, with the goal of ensuring not only the longevity of our mission and values, but also the high quality of services we strive to provide. Throughout high school, Rohen volunteered as a dental assistant with Give Kids a Smile, Texas, and traveled to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala on medical missions as a dental and surgical assistant. In volunteering with the Dental Section, Rohen has seen the confidence that a healthy smile can inspire and how this increased confidence directly translates into an expansion of personal opportunities for our clients. At BFC, he also maintains dental equipment, coordinates ordering of supplies, takes X-rays, and provides chair-side assisting primarily on extractions and restorative dental cases. After graduation, Rohen plans to study dentistry and continue to provide community service dentistry as part of his professional practice.
Noel Lamour, Board Member
Noel initially came to the BFC as a client and found that they appreciated the unique way the clinic provides healthcare compared to most institutions. At the clinic, and in their life, Noel enjoys problem solving around structural issues and improving access to resources for members of the community.