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NIMAA Appoints Elena Thomas Faulkner CEO


Middletown, Conn., Denver, Colo. November 5, 2018: The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Thomas Faulkner as its CEO. She joins NIMAA from Denver’s La Clinica Tepeyac, Inc. where she served as Chief Strategy Officer, and will be based in NIMAA’s Denver office. 

Prior to her work with La Clinica Tepeyac, Faulkner spent more than a decade with John Snow International (JSI) where she developed projects related to the health care safety net, access to care and capacity building. Previous to JSI, she held leadership positons with the Colorado Community Health Network and has worked extensively within and on issues of importance to the Latino community. She holds an MA in International Development from American University and a BA from the University of Colorado.

“Elena brings a strong record of organizational leadership, management and development. These skills, combined with a deep commitment to and passion for working alongside underserved communities, position her to lead NIMAA’s growth and fulfill its mission well into the future,” commented Tillman Farley, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Colorado’s Salud Family Health Centers who served as NIMAA’s interim CEO during the search process.

“NIMAA was designed to train medical assistants in the emerging team-based model of primary healthcare,” said Mark Masselli, President/CEO of Connecticut’s Community Health Center, Inc. and chairman of NIMAA’s board of directors. “Elena brings an outstanding skill set and commitment to the mission that will serve NIMAA and its students well as the organization continues on a steady growth trajectory across the U.S.”

NIMAA currently operates in five states, providing live and on-line instruction with formal mentoring and hands-on clinical training. Participants learn traditional skills as well as inter-professional and integrated team-based care skills from experts online, reinforced daily at the primary care clinics hosting the program.

“I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to lead NIMAA as it grows across the country, bringing an innovative and affordable medical assistant training program to students seeking careers in healthcare and facilitating the delivery of high quality team-based primary care  ” said Thomas Faulkner. “I look forward to working with the exceptional faculty and host externship organizations to build upon NIMAA’s strong record and limitless potential.”


About the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement. NIMAA is a learning institute bringing an innovative approach to medical assistant training created in partnership between Community Health Center, Inc., in Connecticut and Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado. The NIMAA program uses the latest online teaching tools with experiential learning in host clinics to train medical assistants to be effective members of the primary care team in community health centers and other high-performing healthcare organizations. For more information, visit

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