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A July 2004 report in the Washington Post revealed that nearly 25 percent of the residents of the town of Colonial Beach live at or below the federal poverty line. Nearly 33 percent and perhaps up to 40 percent of the town residents maintain no medical insurance.
There is no free clinic between Fredericksburg, Virginia and Kilmarnock, Virginia on the Northern Neck. The distance between the two municipalities is approximately 95 miles, each of which maintains a free clinic. However, residents of Colonial Beach and of surrounding Westmoreland County cannot easily receive medical care in either Fredericksburg or in Kilmarnock due to distance and these free clinics' eligibility limitations and regulations.
Another factor contributing to the need for a free clinic in Colonial Beach is the ever-growing Hispanic population. Religious leaders in the Northern Neck commonly believe that there are approximately 7,000 Hispanics that live in this section of Virginia. A significant percentage of this population is not medically insured due to illegal immigration status or lack of full-time employment status that includes health benefits. This provides the Clinic with a unique opportunity to serve a segment of the population that typically does not have access to low-cost or free health care.
The Guadalupe Free Clinic, an apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, which operates on the grounds of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, is a donor-supported, volunteer staffed free health clinic that seeks to serve the indigent, working poor and medically uninsured residents of the Town of Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County, Virginia. The Clinic is committed to providing high-quality primary medical care, referrals to medical specialists, and free pharmaceutical services for its patients. Guided by Catholic principles for health care, the Clinic seeks to assist in the total healing of all patients, regardless of ethnicity or creed.
Meet our Board of Directors
John Ryan Anderson, MD Ryan was among the first doctors to volunteer at the GFC. A staff physician at the Pratt Medical Center in Fredericksburg, Ryan makes his home in Fredericksburg, VA.
Leonard J. Fontenot Len was born, raised and educated in New Orleans, La, where he completed a B.S. in Physics from Loyola University New Orleans in 1966. Later, he completed a M.S. Public Administration from Virginia Tech (2001). Now retired, he worked for over 35 years with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA as a program manager, line manager, and strategic planner. Len has been a parishioner of St. Elizabeth/St. Anthony since 1966 and has served there in many capacities. He has been involved in the GFC's work from its inception in 2005.
Sylvia M. Fontenot Sylvia was born and raised in New Orleans, La. She married her husband Len in 1966. They moved to King George, VA where they lived for 45+ years. She was a stay home mother until the boys were in school. She worked for King George County School System for 10 years in different administrative positions. She then held the position of administrative assistant for a government contractor for 10 years. After retiring she was the bookkeeper/accountant for St. Elizabeth/St. Anthony Parish for 3 years before totally retiring. She was involved in the GFC's work from its inception in 2005 and continues to support its needs.
Walter J. Kiwall a native Pennsylvanian, Walt is the retired Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for MediCorp Health System and President of the Stafford Hospital Center. He earned undergraduate degrees from Penn State University and California University of Pennsylvania in Engineering and Business. He completed his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently owns Kiwall Business Services, a tax and accounting firm, with his daughter Regina.
Fr. Jerome A. Magat originally from Washington, DC, Father Magat is the founder of the Clinic and was its first executive director. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in 1995 and his seminary studies at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in 2002. Once the parochial vicar of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and St. Anthony of Padua Mission in Colonial Beach and King George, Virginia, respectively, he is currently Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD.
Daniel G. Muldoon, MD Dr. Muldoon not only serves on the board, he's the GFC's medical director. Originally from Bowie, MD, Dan earned his B.S. in Biology from Mt. St Mary's College in 1989 and graduated from Georgetown University's School of Medicine 1995. From there, he went on to do his residency at Ghent Family Practice in Norfolk, VA and finished in 1998.
Fr. Francis M. de Rosa Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, is the parochial administrator of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Colonial Beach, VA and of St. Anthony of Padua Mission in King George, VA. Father de Rosa prepared for the priesthood at the Athenaeum of the Holy Cross in Rome, Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC. Father de Rosa was ordained in 1997 for the Diocese of Arlington.
Thomas D. Lane, Esq a litigator and trial attorney, who focuses on civil litigation. His areas of practice include: personal injury; insurance defense; defense of constitutional officers; contract disputes; and creditors' rights. Mr. Lane graduated from The University of Virginiai in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and later graduated from The University of Virginia School of Law in 2001. He is a member of the following organizations: The Virginia Bar Association; The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; The Richmond Bar Association; and The Hanover County Bar Association. Mr. Lane is licensed to practice before all state courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia; the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia; and the Fourth Circuit.
Lance G. Carrington Mr. Carrington not only serves on the board, he's one of GFC's volunteers as a non-medical coordinator. Originally from Texas, he earned his B.A. in Public Justice in 1980 from St Mary's University, San Antonio, TX. From there, he joined the US Army and later entered Federal Service with NASA and the USPS. He recently retired as a Senior Executive after 30 years. Being a career Army Reservist/Guardsman, he volunteered for a two year activation to help the Army Criminal Investigation Division at Ft Belvoir, VA.
M. Candace Miller was the former Corporate Vice President, International Trade Compliance at BAE Systems, Inc. Throughout her four decade career, Candace was involved in the defense and aerospace community. Candace is a graduate of American University; and holds Certifications from the University of Virginia in Major Systems Acquisition and Grants Management and Georgetown University in International Trade. She has volunteered at the Clinic for several years. Currently, she resides in Annapolis, MD.
Mary C. Dube a native Virginian, completed her undergraduate degree in Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2005 and a Masters in Taxation at American University in 2010. After spending the early part of her career working for the "big four" in public accounting, Mary now works for Lockheed Martin Corporation as a manager in its state planning group.