Meet the Team
At Fox Home Health Vocational Training, we're proud to have a team of experienced and passionate healthcare professionals. Our instructors bring their real-world knowledge and expertise to the classroom, providing students with the guidance and support they need to succeed.
Cheryl Fox RN
Owner and Founder
Cheryl Fox, Registered Nurse and founder of Fox Pacific Academy was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California.
Fate brought Cheryl into nursing and it is faith that has kept her working for over 55 years. Cheryl has worked the majority of her nursing career in hospitals where she has been awarded for her service in nursing and patient care. Upon retirement after almost 35 years at the bedside with a dream she could help people stay in their homes safely, she stepped away from the hospital and started her home care business out of her car trunk in 2005 while simultaneously teaching vocational nursing at Santa Rosa Junior College. For Cheryl despite being a great teacher and expert in her craft; education was never a high priority coming from a working-class, single-income family.
Known for her innovative thinking during the pandemic Cheryl had the realization that others may have come from similar types of backgrounds and without opportunities would benefit from completing higher education. The need for healthcare providers could easily be met by those individuals who may not have the ability to pursue traditional education; from this idea, Cheryl developed Fox Home Health Vocational Training.
Lisa Lopez RN
My journey in healthcare started as a physical therapist aide at 18 and I knew the healthcare field was for me. I became a personal caregiver and CNA to put myself through college. I graduated from Humboldt State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. My experience as a nurse began in the OB department as a labor and delivery nurse but I switched to long term care and rehabilitation. Here is where I developed my supervisory, management and teaching skills. I became Director of Staff Development (DSD), the direct supervisor to the CNAs, infection control nurse, and provided the education to all staff. I obtained my Public Health Nurse (PHN) license and gained experience in home health. American Red Cross hired me to become an instructor and Program Director for their Nurse Assistant Training Program, Home Health Aide Program, Continuing Education program.
I started with Fox Home Health as Program Director and Instructor June 2021 to help start Cheryl’s Dream, educational healthcare programs for the community. As I was working on putting the programs together for state approval, Cheryl asked if I could help at the Covid Vaccination/Testing Clinic. Since I had experience with Covid testing and Bilingual in Spanish. I am thankful that I was part of team to provide this service to the community. I am blessed to be part of Fox Home Health family.
Marian Avilla-Hamann RN
Marian started as a Certified Nurses Assistant and a Home Health Aid in 1981. She worked at Warrack Hospital, Community Hospital and did Home Care for Spectrum. She earned her EMT in 1982 then worked for Brown’s and Cadel’s ambulance Service. In 1985 Marian earned her LVN License from Santa Rosa Junior College. She continued to work for Warrack, Community Hospitals and Spectrum Home Care for some time and then became a paramedic. In 1990 she challenged the RN program through New York State Excelsior Program and completed her clinicals in Long Beach California. She continued to work in this capacity for various hospitals and health centers until 2012.
She began teaching at the SRJC Medical and Nursing Assistant Program and was the coordinator for both. In addition, she taught the Certified Nurse’s Assistant courses for Red Cross until that program closed. In 2021 she joined us at Fox Home Health and helped open the Fox Home Health Vocational School where she continues to teach today.
Maggie Gondola CNA , CMA
Program Coordinator / Registrar
Maggie has been with Fox Home Health since 2009. “For the last 14 years, I’ve been able to grow with Fox Home Health and see the love and respect we have for all our co-workers, clients and now students. When we started the vocational training program I was so excited to get going- wonderful minds all working together with the common goal of helping others and our community, its a beautiful thing." Vocational training has helped Maggie to obtain work goals and have the time for her children and farm, she’s currently attending SRJC to finish her dual majors in Pre Allied Health and Natural Sciences and plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. “Everything I’ve accomplished so far wouldn’t be possible without the support of my education from my workplace”
Elena Delgado CNA
Elena Delgado has worked for Fox Home Health since graduating high school in 2019. She worked as an administrative staff at the Roseland Covid Vaccination and Testing Clinic during the Covid pandemic. Since the closing of the clinic, she has worked as a receptionist at the Fox Home Health Office. Elena successfully completed her Nurse Assistant training at the Fox Vocational School in October 2022 and is now a licensed CNA. Elena stated “I love working for Fox and I am grateful for the opportunities it has given me.”
Inna Pozi, LVN
Inna brings a smile and genuine warmth wherever she goes. Inna obtained her Vocational Nurse license in 2010 from Santa Rosa Junior College. She has a background in working in home health and local acute hospitals. Inna states, “Caring for the patients and getting their health care needs met in a professional and timely fashion” is her goal.