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Leadership Team
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Anderson, Daren—Chief Quality Officer
Dr. Daren Anderson is VP/Chief Quality Officer of Community Health Center, Inc. In this role, Dr. Anderson is responsible for ensuring that CHC delivers the highest possible quality of care to its patients, developing a strong quality improvement infrastructure across CHC, promoting research and development, and supporting CHC’s mission to become a nationally-recognized center of world-class healthcare.

Previously, Dr. Anderson has served as Director of Primary Care for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Center, Inc., and a consultant in the field of disease management, and a primary care provider at the Community Health Center of New Britain.

Dr. Anderson obtained his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is a board-certified general internist.

Dr. Andersons researches, lectures and writes extensively in the areas of disease management, self management/behavior change, implementation science, and health services research. He has published articles in several top-tier peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Diabetes Spectrum. He is the 2010 recipient of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Hamolsky Award for his research on disease management for diabetes in a community health center.

Blankson, Mary—APRN, Chief Nursing Officer
Mary Blankson APRN is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Community Health Center, Inc., overseeing diverse nursing services across the CHC network, including primary care, health care for the homeless, and school based health services. As CNO she ensures the quality and expansion of nursing services, the development of nursing policy, and continuing nurse education. Mary also works collaboratively to ensure Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home compliance throughout CHC.

Building upon her service in various missions organizations, Mary continued to develop her passion for meeting the needs of the underserved by earning her MSN at Yale University in 2005. Mary joined CHC as a family nurse practitioner shortly after graduation. While at CHC, Mary has served as the On-Site Medical Director of the New London County Sites, the Vice President of the Medical Staff, the Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and has served as a preceptor for CHC’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. She is currently in her final year of her DNP education at Johns Hopkins University with an intended graduation date of May 2015. Mary is certified and holds professional membership in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

While in New London as a primary care provider, Mary was the New London County Project ECHO HIV/HCV representative. Her passion to support the management of hepatitis C within the primary care setting is what promoted her choosing her DNP capstone entitled: “Increasing Identification and Treatment Referral of Individuals with Hepatitis C (HCV) in the Primary Care Setting Through Clinical Dashboards.” She continues to support various other quality improvement projects throughout the agency to increase the visibility of nursing’s contribution to the Medical Home.

Block, Robert —CPA, Chief Financial Officer (interim)

Robert Block, CPA is Chief Financial Officer (interim) and Controller of Community Health Center, Inc. In this role, Bob is responsible for all CHC financial operations, revenue cycle, supply chain, payroll and treasury services.

Bob brings over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting and operations, previously having served as Vice President Finance at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Chief Financial Officer of the Jewish Home for the Aged, Chief Administrative Officer at the APT Foundation, Director of Finance at American Medical Response, Manager-Budget and Finance at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and CEO of The AuctionBlocks (a company he founded and ran for ten years).

Bob obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania. Bob was Controller of a behavioral health research group (Center for the Study of Adult Development, later Integra Inc.) during his final four years at Penn. He subsequently earned his CPA license at Arthur Young and Company (currently Ernst & Young).

Bob is an avid skier and golfer, as well as antique collector. He has written eight books for Schiffer Publishing Ltd. and appeared on numerous radio and television programs including Martha Stuart Living and Storage Wars.

Channamsetty, Veena—MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Veena Channamsetty is the Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Center Inc. In this role, she is responsible for the clinical leadership of a large staff of medical providers and caregivers for the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center. She is responsible for medical staff recruitment, retention, and provider affairs. She is responsible for the oversight of the clinical and non-clinical training orientation, training and onboarding for all new CHC medical providers. With the vision of a stable and solid medical staff, Dr. Channamsetty coordinates clinical care with provider professional interests, promoting provider wellbeing and work life balance. She works directly with the Chief Medical Officer in overseeing clinical and non-clinical affairs of Physicians and APRNs. She is also a clinical preceptor for the APRN resident and sees patients weekly. Dr. Channamsetty received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean and her Family Practice Residency from Central Maine Medical Center. Dr. Channamsetty is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Channamsetty worked at both private and hospital based practices prior to beginning her career at the Community Health Center in 2007, in Meriden CT. She served as the On-site Medical Director for the Meriden and Waterbury sites for 4 years, during which she medically managed her full patient panel and directly supervised the Physicians and APRNs both clinically and administratively.

Ciaburri, Nicholas—Director of Business Intelligence
Nicholas Ciaburri is the Director of Business Intelligence at Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC). He has been with CHC since 2011 and leads a team that has developed a business intelligence dashboard and reporting platform for the organization. The team delivers actionable data to CHC’s providers and leadership so that they can efficiently provide the highest quality of care possible. He also provides data to support the organization’s quality improvement and research initiatives. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University.

Nicholas is currently a resident of Southington, CT.

Coleman, Beverly—Vice President of Human Resources
Beverly Coleman joined CHC in September 2014 as the Vice President of Human Resources. In this role, Beverly has overall responsibilities for the Human Resources operations which includes: Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, HRIS and Learning & Organizational Development.

Before joining CHC, Beverly most recently served as the Vice President of Administration for both Rushford and Natchaug Hospital at Hartford Healthcare, overseeing the organizations support services functions which included: Admissions & Registration, Customer Service, Business Development & Referral Relations, H3W, Facilities, Dietary and Transportation. Beverly also served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer for Rushford Center during her tenure. Prior to her work at Hartford Healthcare, Beverly served as the Director of Human Resources at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky where she was instrumental in developing the organizations online performance appraisal and reward & recognition programming. She has also held various leadership positions at Sara Lee, American Commercial Lines and The Fund for the Arts.

Beverly holds a Master’s and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kentucky.

Crockett-Washington, Heather—Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Crockett received her undergraduate degree from Whitman College and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2008. She completed a General Practice Residency at Miami Valley Hospital which is a level one trauma center in Dayton, OH. After working as dental director at Corrections Medical Center and as an associate in private practice, she completed her Masters in Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health. While at Yale Dr. Crockett completed an externship with the CT Dept of Public Health and served as the Head Start Program Coordinator for the “Every Smile Counts” Surveillance program. In 2012 she joined Community Health Center Inc. as a general dentist and was promoted to Chief Dental Officer for the agency in February 2014. Currently Community Health Center Inc. has seven fixed dental clinics throughout the state of CT operating 44 dental chairs, and operates over 100 mobile dental delivery sites.
Dr. Crockett continues a general dentistry practice at the Middletown site. She has a faculty appointment at the University of Connecticut School of Dentistry and participates in clinical supervision of AEGD residents. She is a graduate of the CT Health Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship program and currently serves on the policy advisory committee for the Donaghue Foundation. Dr. Crockett remains active in dental public health both locally and abroad.
Gordon, Adele—Director of Fairfield County Sites
Adele Gordon,  a graduate of Boston University  began her career as a Speech and Hearing therapist in the Stratford, CT School System and worked for many years in non-profit agencies, such as the Kennedy Center and the Rehabilitation Center in Bridgeport and ARI in Stamford.

A long standing advocate for public education, Adele served on the Stamford Board of Education for ten years, two years as its president;  and also as president of the Connecticut Association of Boards Of Education.

She  is a founding member of The Connecticut Association of Children With Learning Disabilities (CACLD), the Stamford Public Education Foundation.  Over the years she has served on many boards and commissions, including: Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford Partnership, ARI, Red Cross, Literacy Volunteers, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and the Stamford Police Commission.

As a natural transition from education and social service, Adele became a partner in a unique  company called The Training Connection that improved women’s self esteem and helped them to become self sufficient. It was through her efforts to get dental care for Training Connection  clients, that she realized the absence of dental providers for low income people.

In 1999 she led a group of committed community people to open a dental clinic, The Dental Center of Stamford. The mission of the Dental Center was to provide high quality cost effective oral health care  and to ensure that patients were treated with dignity and respect. She first served as the chair of the Board of Directors and subsequently became the executive director. The Board of Directors determined that CHC was an organization that would continue the mission and philosophy of the Dental Center and joined CHC in  November, 2005.

Adele became Faifield County Site Director when Norwalk Smiles opened in 2006 and the Danbury Community Health Center opened in 2008. She continues to promote and provide health care for CHC as the Fairfield County Site Director.

Gorski, Raymond—Facility Director
Raymond Gorski, Facility Director brings 30 plus years of experience in construction, property management and facilities management to CHC. Ray has demonstrated success across different lines of business from industrial to commercial facilities care. Ray has overseen over 2 million square feet of property over his career. Ray has been licensed Electrical contractor for 35 years and hold various facilities certifications. When Ray is not overseeing the construction, renovation and maintenance of the CHC facilities he spends time at Cape Cod, playing golf and routing for the Packers and Yankee’s.
Guggenheim, David—Psy.D., Associate Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Dr. Guggenheim earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his M.A. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Guggenheim’s graduate studies focused primarily on work with underserved children and families and he has conducted clinical research in family therapy with same-sex couple headed households. Dr. Guggenheim has built his career at the Community Health Center Inc., beginning with the company as a post-doctoral psychology resident. After obtaining licensure as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Guggenheim oversaw the rapid expansion of behavioral health services at CHC’s Fairfield County sites. As part of his agency's mission, Dr. Guggenheim is committed to training the next generation of healthcare providers and has worked with a team of professionals to develop a multi-site post-doctoral residency program in primary care. He is trained as a coach in Dartmouth Clinical Microsystems approach to performance improvement and works closely with Weitzman Institute in Project ECHO for patients experiencing chronic pain, patients prescribed buprenorphine and child and adolescent clinical care improvement projects. Dr. Guggenheim is a member of the American Psychological Association, including APA’s Division 38 for Health Psychology and the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. In addition to his role at CHC, Dr. Guggenheim serves as Associate Faculty at Post University teaching courses in addictions counseling and has recently earned clinical faculty appointment at Quinnipiac University’s School of Medicine where he will be mentoring students conducting behavioral health primary care research.
Highsmith-Francis, Yvette—Vice President, Eastern Region
Yvette is the Director of Community Health Center, Inc. Hartford and New Haven County Sites. In this capacity she oversees CHC of New Britain, Enfield, Bristol, Waterbury, and Meriden, where she is committed to eliminating racial and ethnic health care disparities. Yvette looks forward to ensuring that the community’s underserved populations continue to have access to quality medical, dental, mental health and school-based services.

Yvette has done extensive work in the area of HIV/AIDS, providing services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS for over fifteen years.

Yvette is a fellow with Connecticut Health Foundation’s 2009 Class of the Health Leadership Fellows Program. Yvette has been the recipient of many awards including: the Mayor’s Award, presented by Hartford’s Mayor Eddie Perez for her work as co-chair of the Ryan White Title I Planning Council, a citation from Meriden’s Mayor Mark Benigni for her work in educating the community on the importance of HIV testing, the 2005 Meriden-Wallingford NAACP Community Service Award for Health, and a community service award from the Miriam Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Yvette was a Martin Luther King Scholar at Long Island University and received her Master’s Degree in Management from Cambridge College. Yvette was recently selected to participate in the Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive program at UCLA.

Hylan, Jane E. —MPH, CHES, Director of School-Based Services
Managing more than 20 programs statewide, Jane enjoys the opportunity this position offers to oversee programs and staff that deliver barrier-free, comprehensive primary, dental and behavioral health care to students in a variety of Connecticut communities.

Hylan began her career in the human service field. For more than 20 years, she served as a member of the administrative team for an agency that supports people with developmental and physical disabilities. After completing her Master’s degree, Jane served as residential director at a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed adolescents and taught middle school students at risk for failure.

Hylan earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Salem State College in Salem, Mass., and a Master’s in public health from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Kearney, Timothy—Ph. D., Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Dr. Kearney earned his BA with a combined major in Psychology and Spanish Literature at Yale University and pursued graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his MA (Theology) from the Graduate School of Theology and his Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) from the Graduate School of Psychology. He has also completed the post graduate Primary Care Behavioral Health training program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. He is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut, New York, and California.

He joined the Community Health Center behavioral health staff in 1998. He is the author of Caring for Sexually Abused Children: A Handbook for Families and Churches (Intervarsity Press, 2001). In addition to administrative and clinical leadership of the Behavioral Health programs at CHC, Dr. Kearney supervises and trains postdoctoral psychology residents, co-leads psychotherapy groups with students and younger staff to train them in the provision of child group therapy, and provides direct client care with the clinical focus of providing care to children and adolescents and their families, especially those impacted by medical illness, trauma, and abuse.

Landsberg, David—Vice President of Human Resources
David Landsberg joined CHC in November 2010 as the Vice President of Human Resources. David oversees all HR department operations and is involved in strategic planning to educate and engage current and future employees in CHC’s culture, brand, values and business priorities. He also currently serves as the chair of the State of Connecticut Insurance and Risk Management Purchasing Board.

David was a consultant to CHC’s board of directors and senior management team from 2000 and 2010. Before coming to CHC, he was the principal at PSL Consulting, a leading human resources consulting firm that has worked with several healthcare organizations, colleges and universities, as well as for-profit businesses. Previously, David was the director of human resources and risk management for Wesleyan University. In that role, he drove effective recruitment campaigns to staff an executive management team and redesigned all employee benefits programs. David has also served as human resources director at Schlumberger, Ltd., a large Fortune 500 multi-national corporation, where he integrated job roles and compensation programs to help managers develop and retain highly-committed teams during times of transition.

Mayer, Paul—Vice President Communications and Marketing
Paul Mayer is the Director of Communications and Creative Services at Community Health Center, Inc. In this capacity he overseas all public relations and new media initiatives including the development of marketing and promotional materials.

Paul Mayer previously was Executive Director of the Central Regional Tourism District of Connecticut – the DMO (destination marketing organization) for 65 cities and towns and home of River Valley/Connecticut and Greater New Haven/Connecticut.

An Award-winning television/film producer and award-winning still photographer, Mayer produced the Tourism District’s marketing videos that are distributed to group tour operators, travel agents and travel writers worldwide. His year-long “Airstreaming Connecticut’s River Valley” promotion campaign received the NCDO Destiny Award top prize for Special Projects in 2008. He also has been honored with 12 Telly Awards, 2 Communicator Awards, 3 Aegis Awards, a Vision Award, a Flame Award and the Governor’s Tourism Award. He recently was awarded the Founders Award by the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Mayer has extensive experience in creative direction for many ad agencies in the Northeast and has worked on campaigns for Toyota and Prada. He also has written music and jingles for radio and TV and is skilled on the piano and guitar.

He was a consultant to the former National Music Foundation in Lenox, Mass., which supported the Museum of American Music. Mayer spent three years at Sonalysts Studios in Waterford, Conn. as Senior Vice President of Production. Previously, he was Director of Marketing and Media Relations and a producer for Arnold/Levin Productions, Inc. in Boston, worked as a Field Producer for Entertainment Tonight, and produced special projects for MTV and HBO Pictures.

Mayer served on the National Council of Destination Organization’s (NCDO) Board of Directors for three years and is a past chair of the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA’s) Education Committee.

A former member of the Boards of Directors of the Bushnell Park Foundation, the Old State House, and the Co-Chair of the Tourism Subcommittee of the Springfield-Hartford Economic Partnership Committee. He recently was elected to Board of Directors of the Connecticut Lodging Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Heritage Foundation.

Melendez-Cooper, Alejandro—Director of New London and Groton Sites
Born in Peru and living in the Unites states since 1989, Alejandro Melendez-Cooper brings rich experience and deep insight to his every undertaking.

With a background in Arts, Education and Business he has held leadership positions at Centro de la Comunidad, Connecticut College, and Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP). He has served on numerous organization’s Board of Directors, founded The America Project Partnership as well as The Hispanic Alliance.

Alejandro has diverse experience in the development of entrepreneurial business and an intense interest in negotiation, communication and conflict management. He has extensive training in Family reunification and preservation. He is currently applying his many skills as the Director of the Community Health Center of Groton and New London. In his spare time he enjoys painting and cooking for his family and friends.

Taylor, Amy —Vice President Western Region
Amy Taylor is the Vice President of the Community Health Center, Inc.’s Western Region, which includes mobile, school based and fixed sites in Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury, Meriden, Bristol and Waterbury. Amy joined CHC in 2011 because of her belief in promoting the health and wellness of all people, including those typically marginalized and disenfranchised from health care. At CHC, Amy has been actively involved in the daily operations of the practices, with a focus on making improvements in workflows and processes to enhance patient experience and improve health outcomes. As a Dartmouth-trained Microsystems coach, she has worked with teams on a variety of projects, including Stamford Medical Care Coordination, Norwalk Medical Tablet Implementation, and WYA Enhancement of Patient-Centered Medical Home Principles. Recognizing that the social determinants of health play a significant role in the wellness of a community, Amy is engaged with many local and regional associations that aim to improve the social and economic conditions of the cities within the Western Region. Amy graduated from Bowdoin College as a James Bowdoin Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa and is a Geiger Gibson Capstone Fellow from George Washington Unversity.
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