| Guadalupe Free Clinic
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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.
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 he is in Post – Graduate studies in Moral Theology at the Lateran University in Rome.
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.
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.
Greg Dilick is a native Pennsylvanian who enlisted the Navy in 1962. He served on several Navy cruisers and training commands during and after the Vietnam War. Retiring from the Navy in 1987 after 25 years, Greg worked as a contractor supporting the Naval Surface Warfare Center, retiring from Northrop Grumman after 20 years. He was a volunteer at the Guadalupe Free Clinic and was later appointed as the Executive Director for 10 years. Greg and his wife Jackie continue to volunteer at the Clinic.
Rosario “Rosie” Carrington, who’s family is originally from Puerto Rico, is the Clinic’s Administrative Coordinator, and has been an Interpreter volunteer with the Clinic for almost 10 years, recently assuming her new position in July 2017. Rosie has a BA in Education, specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) from the University of Houston. She has been a Teacher at St William of York Catholic School in Stafford, Virginia, since 2003, and continues their part time teaching Latin.
Lance Carrington, from South Texas, is the Clinic’s Executive Director, and has been a volunteer at the Clinic for almost 10 years, recently assuming his new position in July 2017. Lance has a BA in Criminal Justice from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Lance retired from NASA and the USPS as a Senior Executive Service (SES) member. Lance is also a retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer Four (P), spending time on active duty, the Reserves and the National Guard. Lance has over 35 years with the Federal Government and Military, and brings a wealth of experience to the Clinic.
Jackie Dilick Jackie was born and raised in New Bedford, PA. She married her husband Greg in 1969. She was a stay at home mother raising five children, including homeschooling her youngest daughter. Jackie taught in the CCD program for 20 years, including five years as the Program Director at St. Anthony of Padua in King George. As the “nest” was emptied, Jackie began volunteering at the Clinic, where she has been the Administrative Coordinator until her retirement in 2017. She continues to volunteer at the Clinic while serving as a member of the Board of Directors.