Leadership Team Click on the names below to read each bio.
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.
Robert Block, CPA is Chief Financial Officer 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.
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 the delivery of evidence based medical standards, the medical staff recruitment and retention, and provider affairs. Dr. Channamsetty oversees 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, overseeing clinical and non-clinical affairs of Physicians and APRNs. She is responsible for ensuring Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home compliance throughout CHC. Dr. Channamsetty also served as the Vice President of the Medical Staff, and is presently the President of the Medical Staff and the Chair of the Medical Quality Improvement Committee. She is also a clinical preceptor for the APRN residency. Dr. Channamsetty works closely with the chiefs of Behavior Health, Dentistry, and Nursing to promote interprofessional care, supporting the successful integration of multiple disciplines for the team based care of patients. She works to implement multiple care delivery initiatives states wide. 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. She went on to serve as CHC’s Associate Chief Medical Officer for 1 year, prior to taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer.
Nicholas is currently a resident of Southington, CT.
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.
Leslie Gianelli is Director of PR and Communications, responsible for promoting CHC’s message and brand to a variety of audiences, including media and the public. She manages a wide portfolio of internal and external communications, including messaging, thought leadership, social media, the website, and multi-media assets.
Leslie has deep experience in health care spanning nearly 20 years and several continents. Most recently, she served as Communications Director at AmeriCares, overseeing communications initiatives in the U.S. and globally. In this capacity she promoted the work of AmeriCares Free Clinics in Southern Connecticut and emergency response activities in the U.S., Japan, Haiti, India and several other countries. With the Connecticut Hospital Association, she led industry work groups focused on public relations, fundraising, and issues of concern to patients. Previous work with Jhpiego/Johns Hopkins University and the Global Health Council gave her the opportunity to travel to more than 40 countries and regularly engage with global health experts, advocating for programs addressing maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer, malaria, and other diseases and conditions endemic to the developing world.
Leslie holds a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and is a member of the Connecticut Bar. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College cum laude with a degree in American Studies. She received the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association’s Medal of Honor and currently serves on the Association’s External Achievement Awards Committee. She is an active volunteer for U.S. Figure Skating as a member of the Judges Committee and a National Judge and Referee. Leslie is on the board of Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Skating Fund and Proud Nation, a Community Olympic Development Program, and is a past board member of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
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 Assistant to the President for Strategic Development.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.