Board Of Directors

Darryl Odom M.P.A. (Board Chairperson)

Mr. Odom serves the Central Care Community Health Center as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.  During his tenure on the Board of Directors for Central Care Community Health Center, Mr. Odom has served in several capacities including Treasurer and Member-at-Large for the last five years.  
Mr. Odom brings to the Central Care Community Health Center’s Board of Directors a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise in organizational management. Mr. Odom is a member in good standing with the National Association of Community Health Centers and has been Certified by the National Association of Community Health Centers in Federally Qualified Community Health Center Board of Directors Policy and Governance. Mr. Odom retired from the City of Houston’s Health and Human Services Division after serving as the Administrator of the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center. While serving in this capacity, he provided the Sunnyside Community with many opportunities for enrichment such as developing a young men’s leadership program and initiating a pilot program for men’s health for the City of Houston Health Department.

Mr. Odom is nationally-trained certified board member - Click Here to View Certification    

Kendrick Gibson

Sherkesha Booker

 With a background in public accounting Sherkesha has been exposed to various industries including the non-profit sector, investment and wealth asset management. A native Houstonian and proud Alumnus of Prairie View A&M University, it was there she earned her BBA in Accounting and an MBA. Her education and work experience has allowed her to become a dynamic accounting professional with ten years of professional experience. Currently she is employed as an Accountant for Dr. John L. Green, CPA, Attorney At Law, where she is currently pursuing her certification to become Certified Public Accountant.

Karyn J. Smith (Secretary)

Karyn J. Smith is a native Houstonian. Karyn graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.Karyn has been employed by the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council for the last 16 years. 
She is currently a team leader in the membership department.Karyn has served on the National board for the Association of Girl Scout Executive staff for 6years. She has also served on the National nominating committee for the same organization for 3 years. Karyn is also a member of the NAACP.

Marvin C. Delaney (Treasurer)

Marvin C. Delaney is the second son born to Rogers Delaney and Marion Thompson Delaney. He was born October 12, 1947 in Le Compte, Louisiana. The family moved to Galveston, Texas in the 40’s, then to La Marque, Texas where Marvin attended public schools. He graduated from La Marque High in 1966.Employment with Shell Oil Co. began in October 1968. At Shell he met Georgia Gary and they wed. Three children were born to that union—Christopher 30, Demetra 28, and Michara 25.Marvin accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior at 17 years of age at Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ in Galveston, Texas. He joined South Park Baptist Church in April of 1976 and was baptized in May of 1976. His practical religious education began under the tutelage of Rev. George May where for 17 years he engaged in visitation, witnessing, and in-depth studying. He was licensed in the ministry in 1989.
Reverend Marvin C. Delaney is a member in good standing with the National Association of Community Health Centers and has been Certified by the National Association of Community Health Centers in Federally Qualified Community Health Center Board of Directors Policy and Governance. Reverend Marvin C. Delaney is the Pastor of South Park Baptist Church Located in Houston Texas

Cindy Torres

Cindy Torres was born in Pasadena, Texas the youngest of four children born to Mexican Immigrant Higinio Garcia and Mexican-American Emily Gomez. Mrs. Torres graduated from South Houston High school and attended San Jacinto College. She has been employed by ADP, one of the leading payroll companies in the nation and has made it a career for 19years. In addition to a busy professional life, Cindy has two young daughters that she is devoted to and loves teaching the value of sharing and helping others.

Edward Thompson

George Tennant

George Tennant, Jr. is an attorney in private practice located in Houston Texas. Prior to the practice of Law, George Tennant, worked as a Database Developer for MD Anderson Cancer Center and Staff Services Administrator for MHMRA of Harris County. George Tennant brings extensive public sector Information Systems management to the Central Care CHC Board of Directors.
George received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2003, later that same year he was admitted to practice by the State Bar of Texas. Prior to Law School, George received his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Arts in Psychology and Counseling Psychology from Louisiana Tech University in 1991, and 1995 respectively. 
While employed at MHMRA of Harris County, George Tennant learned HTML, SQL Server, Visual Basic and Dream weaver to personally developed the first MHMRA recruitment website in 1996.  After receiving several IT certifications, he gained extensive knowledge of LPHA credentialing and was responsible for licensure and credentialing data systems for all LPHA staff at MHMRA of Harris County.
George Tennant, Jr. is a National English Merit Award recipient 1987, Deans Merit Scholarship Recipient, South Texas College of Law, and was a distinguished employee at MHMRA of Harris County, and MD Anderson Cancer Center, George Tennant was also a member of the National Champion La. Tech Power Lifting team, and a one-time USPF National Collegiate All-American recipient.
 George Tennant, Jr. is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia, and St. James 429 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons where he is a 32nd degree active member of the organization.

Willie Nelson (Board Vice Chair)

Born in Houston, Texas, graduate of Kashmere HS. Vietnam War Vet., S/Sgt USAF, served at 86th Tactical Hospital at Ramstein AB, Germany. Earned a degree from the University of Maryland-Stuttgart. Received a degree in Nursing from Alvin College and a Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist certification from Baylor University. Was Supervisor of Nursing for the Cardiovascular and General Surgical Units and the Intensive Care Units at St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Also traveled extensively throughout US, Europe and South East Asia transporting Heart Transplant patients. Retired after 30 years of service. Began Texas Children’s Hospital as Administrative Coordinator of Nursing with focus on the specialty units, ER, PICU, Neonatology and the Infant care areas. Retired after 8 years. Presently work for Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults as the Director of the Medical/Dental clinics. Former Chair of Houston Area Immunization Coalition (aka: Immunization Coalition of Greater Houston). Member: Texas Children’s Hospital HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Steering Committee.

Marcus Spencer

Marcus D. Spencer is an Assistant County Attorney in Fort Bend County primarily focusing on real estate matters including, property acquisitions and dispositions, property development and, roadway construction projects. Marcus is also a member of the General Counsel Division of the County Attorney’s Office providing counsel to members of the Commissioners Court, Department Heads and other County Officials on matters related to local government operations such as proposed polices, county development and public services provided. Throughout his career, Marcus represented small start-up manufacturing, retail, property management, healthcare and educational businesses from consulting clients on initial entity formation to leasing matters, business operations and development. Additional representation often included pursuing or defending against claims on behalf of clients; negotiating settlements or litigating when necessary, to resolve client matters in Administrative, Consumer, Personal Injury, Real Estate and Criminal areas of law. Marcus is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas and, a former Louisiana Army National Guardsman where he served as a Carpenter/Mason, Driver and Supply Specialist for the 528th Combat Engineering Battalion earning an Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service. Marcus enjoys spending time away from the office with his wife, Sarah and two children – Alex and Haley.


Marcus Roland, MBA (President/CEO)

Marcus Roland began his Community Health Center Career at David Raines Community Health Center in Shreveport Louisiana in 1995. He started out as a staff account and was promoted through the years to Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Roland worked at Peoples Community Center in St. Louis as the Chief Accountant. Mr. Roland was recruited to Central Care Community Health center for an open Chief Financial Officer position and served in that capacity for 8 years after which Mr. Roland was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer.
During his tenure as CFO and CEO, Mr. Roland has developed grants and budgets for his organizations totaling over 55 Million dollars. Mr. Roland authored a successful response to Houston Independent School District “Convenience Clinic” plan request for proposal, which provided primary healthcare to HISD employees that earned 25k and less per year. This was a new, innovative and prototype program which now serves as a model for healthcare delivery for other school systems. Mr. Roland has also served and project manager on several health center construction projects and has developed several successful Community Block Grant Development applications which have been used to assist in community development.
Mr. Roland works with many community agencies to coordinate healthcare services to the underserved populations of the Greater Houston area. Mr. Roland is a member of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Region VI Health Equity Board, which focuses on ending health disparities and developing quality health outcomes for all people across America. Mr. Roland also provides technical assistance to other Federally Qualified Community Health Centers across the country in the areas of Software Development, Information Technology Hardware Infrastructure, Finance and Business Management. Mr. Roland also currently serves as Board Treasurer of the Partners for Community Health, which is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center controlled network in Houston Texas.

Marcus Roland -
Contact Number: 713-734-4580

La Toya Darden

Served as programs administer and grant writer for program.
Developed complete managerial outline for continued growth and success of agency Established a professional relationship and maintained communication with individual school personnel in targeted school districts. Promoted and facilitated dental prevention education programs in identified schools utilizing various marketing and promotional strategies. Maintained and sustained strong relationships between donors and the non-profit agency in return provided dental services to thousands of undeserved school children.
Under her direction as Chief Operations Officer for Central Care CHC, La Toya Darden has implemented HIV primary care and collegiate inoculation medical programs for underserved patients residing in South Central Houston and through out Houston, Texas.
She has successfully orchestrated funding through Houston Endowment for renovations for Central Care CHC main site and secured contracts from HISD for the Convenience Clinic Benefits Plan to provide Primary Preventative health care to HISD employees. In 2011 La Toya Darden was a recipient of the Johnson and Johnson Execute Healthcare Fellowship Program.
The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program is a management development program exclusively for executive directors and leaders of health centers and of other community-based health care organizations.  The program provides extensive management and leadership development at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, California. Participants engage in a rigorous but relevant curriculum that provides the requisite skills, knowledge and abilities to successfully manage and lead their organizations in a changed world for healthcare delivery. The program has graduated nearly 600 participants since its inception in 2002.
 La Toya Darden received her B.A in Psychology from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.

La Toya Darden -
Contact Number: 713-734-4580

Operations Staff

Dorothy Cummings (Compliance Officer)

Dorothy Cummings, MLS (ASCP) SC, graduate of Texas Southern University, is a health care professional, with 40+ years of clinical experience in the healthcare field; 13 years of her clinical experience are in clinical compliance.
She possesses a broad range of experience and expertise in the clinical health care field, inclusive of but not limited to regulatory standards for Joint Commission, NCQA, College of American Pathologist (CAP), HIPAA, OSHA, CDC, HRSA, National Patient Goals and FQHC Standard Operating Policies and Procedures.

Dorothy’s unique and wide-ranging skill set has enabled her to successfully hold a variety of key leadership roles, including Clinical Laboratory Chemistry Supervisor, HCHD; Manager of Front Desk/Public Relations Department, HCHD; Performance Improvement/Quality Assurance Manager, HCHD; Special Projects Coordinator, HCHD; Co-manager of Laboratory Information Systems, HCHD; Lecturer for Laboratory Clinical Chemistry Series, Baylor College of Medicine Physician’s Assistant Program; Adjunct Instructor for Clinical Chemistry, Urinalysis and Immunology/Serology,TSU; Site Surveyor for the College of American Pathologist (CAP), Compliance Officer, Central Care Community Health Center.
Her clinical experience and knowledge at the executive level,  has earned her recognition as a Clinical Subject Matter Expert in several areas of health care. 

Erica Arrezola (Site Administrator)


Virgust Dykes, PA

Mr. Dykes pleased to provide healthcare services Central Care Community Health Center. His aim is to deliver compassionate and quality healthcare to underserved and economically disadvantaged patients.

Professional Background
His clinical
training includes gastroenterology, cardiology, pediatrics, ob-gyn medicine, general surgery, occupational medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, and psychiatric medicine.

Auchaia Farley, PA

Ms. Farley’s desire is to treat patients in underserved areas. Her training enables her to relate to patients’ multiple complaints and present information to them in a manner that they understand. She is passionate about helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. Ms. Farley is fluent in Spanish. She is excited about the opportunity to build relationships with the patients at Central Care Community Health Center.

Professional Background
Ms. Farley received her Bachelor’s Degree at Pepperdine University. She obtained a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham

Renita Madu, PA-C

Ms. Madu is pleased to be involved with the care of the local community and patient’s at Community Care Health Center

Professional Background
Ms. Madu has greater than 7 years of professional/clinical experience. She worked as a research assistant with Baylor College of Medicine with the Human Genome Sequencing Project. Additional professional experience include: locum tenens at William Clark Medical Group and Elite Care Medical Clinic. Additionally, Ms. Madu was a member of CCCHC medical staff from 2008-2012; and has recently rejoined as a member of the CCCHC team after over a year of private practice.

Flora Aguirre, NP

Ms. Aguirre is pleased to provide healthcare services at Central Care Community Health Center.

Professional Background
Graduated from UTMB in 2005 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing.
Ms. Aguirre’s career spans over 11 years with a background in Adult, Pediatric and OB/GYN care.


Amir Saad, DDS

Dr. Amir Saad, born in Manitoba, Canada and raised in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Saad earned his BDS in dentistry in 2002 after graduating from Faculty of Oral and Dental Medicine, Cairo University; he finished one year of externship after that and was accepted at Indiana University School of Dentistry from which he graduated with a masters in Prosthodontics in 2008, he has been practicing dentistry since 2009 in Southeast Texas primarily in community health centers. Dr. Saad specializes in making partial/complete dentures and crown and bridge, he also has experience in surgical and periodontal procedures.
Dr. Saad enjoys playing sports such as ping pong, bowling (average over 180) and cycling at Terry Hershy Park during his leisure time with his wife and son. He also enjoys photography and is responsible for taking pictures in some of Central Care’s health fairs and social events.

Tari Egbide, RDH

Tari is a Dental hygienist at Central Care Community Health Center. She graduated from Clayton State University in Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She has 7 years experience in the Dental Field and has a passion for Dental Hygiene. She is very excited about some of the newer non-invasive therapies in dentistry and believes in including patients in the dental hygiene process to help treat their periodontal disease.
“We take the time to get to know you as a person not a number, each patient’s treatment is personalized to meet and service their needs.” Tari enjoys helping patients achieve optimum oral health through prevention as well as maintenance.

Each year she participates in various volunteering events to promote children’s dental heath as well as health fairs in the community. Tari spends her free time with her family, reading and Travelling.


Minnie Cox (Case Management)

Minnie Pearl Cox currently serves as the Case Manager Clerk at Central Care Community Health Center. She has been providing her services for 12 years.  Ms. Cox has the responsibility of building relationships with the community, multiple project planning, and patient assistance.  She has dedicated her professional life to working for the community by communicating with outside resources through collaboration and outreach programs to help those who are underserved.

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Founded: 1992
Registration: Texas
President/CEO: Marcus Roland
: LaToya Darden
Area: Houston
Locations: 4
Ownership: Non-Profit
Funding: Federal, State, Local
Service: Medical, Dental, Mental Health, Preventative Care, Family Planning, Perinatal/Pediatrics, Immunizations, Laboratory Services, Mental Health, Pharmacy, Transportation, Patient Support
Main Office: MLK, Riverside, Acres Home, Yale