Board Chair

Rodrigo Silva has a degree in veterinary medicine and a master’s degree in public health. He has 30 years experience working in public administration and public health, developing and administering government and non-profit organizations and programs at the local, national and international levels.

Nonetheless, some of Dr. Silva’s most cherished times are those spent in some of the poorest areas of Mexico, as a young public health veterinarian working with the campesinos (small farm owners), treating and vaccinating their livestock and working animals, improving the sanitation infrastructure of the villages and providing education on the best use of food animals for some of the families living in the most remote and underserved areas of that country.

Dr. Silva serves as Adjunct Professor for the University of Arizona, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and as Executive for Programs for Healthy LifeStars, a non-profit organization dedicated to fight childhood obesity. An avid outdoorsman, he spends his free time hiking and camping. He enjoys charcoal drawing, painting with pastel and oil, and woodcarving.

Dr. Silva’s work on elementary school curriculum materials focusing on public health and animals obtained the Arizona Public Health Association Hemmy Award in 1999. He was induced in the Alpha Nu Chapter of the Delta Omega National Public Health Honorary Society in 2004.

Dr. Silva is a family man who loves to spend time with his wife Dana, their children Jessica and Rodrigo, their son in law Leo, and their four grandchildren: Alyssa, Tyler, Mya and Alex. Animals could not fail to be in his life, Dr. Silva and his wife share their home with five dogs “Winston”, “Farah”, “Ilo”, “Koko” and “Tilly”. With the exception of Tilly who came to the Silva’s with her name, all the others have names that mean “joy”.


Much of my life has been influenced by loved ones who have brain based disorders.  At a fairly young age my mother began having concerning mood and behavior changes.  Our family sought help from a number of physicians but nothing seemed to help.  It was not until years later we learned that she had been suffering from a rare progressive dementia.   As a Psychiatrist at a major teaching hospital I thoroughly enjoy work with young residents and offering our patients the best evidence based therapies we can provide.   The thing however that I want most  to teach these young doctors is the importance to thoroughness and compassion when treating individuals with brain based illnesses.  I was attracted to Life well because of the wonderful services they have offered this community for decades particularly in the area sof housing, rehabilitation, vocational preparation and community integration.


Mark is a retired certified public accountant.  Before recently retiring, he was a principal with Miller, Allen & Co., P.C. for more than thirty years.  Mark was appointed to a five year term on the Arizona State Board of Accountancy by the Governor, and served as its president, treasurer and secretary.  Mark was Chairman of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, and also served as the Society’s treasurer.  Mark was honored as a life member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Mark has served as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Governing Council, and currently serves as chair of the Nonprofit and Governmental Sub-group of the Institute’s Technical Standards Subcommittee. In addition to his professional activities, Mark is also active in community service where he has served on the board of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations.  Mark currently serves as the treasurer of the Desert Botanical Garden, treasurer of Lifewell Behavioral Wellness, and is on the board of directors of the Desert Botanical Garden Foundation, Institute of Mental Health Research, and Epicenter.  Mark also serves on the audit committee of the American Public Garden Association, Maricopa County Community College District, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.  Mark is a native of Phoenix and a graduate of the University of Arizona.