Calaveras Enterprise’s GM joins the health care board

Talibah Al-Rafiq was sworn in to fill a vacancy on the Mark Twain Health Care District Board of Directors on Wednesday.

Talibah Al-Rafiq of Valley Springs was sworn in as the newest member of the Mark Twain Health Care District board on Wednesday, at the Mark Twain Health Care District classrooms.

Al-Rafiq brings more than 30-years of business, management and leadership experience to the board through her time as a local business owner and general manager of the Calaveras Enterprise. She also brings over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector promoting and advancing community services and programs.

“My management experience and understanding of compliance in a regulated environment enables me to bring a full management perspective to the Mark Twain Health Care District board,” said Al-Rafiq. “I am honored to serve; to manage functions; provide accurate, secure, transparent and accessible information to the community; and provide professional services as outlined in the bylaws.”

Al-Rafiq is no stranger to board interactions.

In conjunction with her new role on the health care board, she’s also a member of the 39th District Agricultural Association, a past president of Calaveras Grown, a member of the Farm Bureau and Farm Services Central Committee and a former president of the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce.

Al-Rafiq will fill the vacancy left by Dr. Randy Smart after vacating his board seat to take on the district’s executive director position.

“The health care district is really excited that Ms. Al-Rafiq is going to join our team,” said Smart. “Her health care background, business experience and Valley Springs perspective will be a welcome addition to the many projects we are managing.”

The Mark Twain Health Care District oversees support and education of health care needs in Calaveras County.

Al-Rafiq has lived in Calaveras County for 29 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and the Fellow, Life Management Institute designation (FLMI) from the University of California, Berkeley.

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