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Louise Cohen, MPH, Chief Executive Officer

Phone: 212-437-3917Email: Louise Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), a not-for-profit community development financial institution dedicated to expanding and strengthening the primary care safety net in the United States. PCDC provides capital and technical assistance to a wide variety of primary care providers, and advocates for improved and increased primary care access, capacity, quality, reimbursement, and capital resources in order to improve health outcomes, create healthier communities, increase health equity, and reduce overall health care system costs. Prior to assuming leadership of PCDC, she was Vice President for Public Health Programs at Public Health Solutions in New York City (2011-2015), where she oversaw a variety of programs to improve community health through food access and nutrition, women’s reproductive health, tobacco control, and child development. Ms. Cohen held successive leadership positions at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) from 1998-2011, including as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement. Among her accomplishments at DOHMH, Ms. Cohen led the development and execution of Take Care New York, New York City’s first comprehensive health policy agenda. She also oversaw the Primary Care Information Project, which brought a public health and prevention-oriented ambulatory care electronic health record system to more than 2,500 primary care providers. Before her tenure at DOHMH, Ms. Cohen was Director of the Park Slope Family Health Center (now part of the NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers network). She served on PCDC’s Board of Directors from 2011 until she became CEO.

Michael Rosen, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 212-437-3946Email: Michael is responsible for PCDC’s financial and administrative operations, including investments, compliance, and risk management, as well as developing and implementing strategic directions with the CEO, Board of Directors, and the leadership team. Michael joined PCDC in 2006, bringing 20 years of experience in nonprofit finance, operations, management information systems and administration. Prior to his role at PCDC, Michael served as Chief Financial Officer to Louise Wise Services, the Fund for the City of New York, and the Citizen's Committee for New York City. In addition, he has served as an advisor to nonprofits on various operational and financial issues and been a volunteer at several nonprofit organizations. Michael has a BA in Liberal Arts from the New School for Social Research and is a Board member of Spence-Chapin Services to Families.

Riley Moreen, Special Assistant to the CEO

Phone: 212-437-3916Email: Riley supports the functions of the executive office through research and analysis, drafting, editing and producing documents, presentations, literature reviews and briefing papers; administrative work including scheduling and expense reporting; Board management; and special project management. He has previous experience in a variety of health care settings including hands-on clinical work at Therapeutic Associates, policy analysis at Spokane Regional Health District, and operations at CHAS health. Riley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science from Whitworth University and will receive his Master of Science in Health Policy and Economics from Cornell University at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Performance Improvement

Avital Havusha, Managing Director

Phone: 212-437-3911Email: Avital Havusha leads and directs PCDC’s Performance Improvement Practice, overseeing strategy, project execution and quality, operations, and business development for PCDC’s three main capacity building and technical assistance program areas. Before joining PCDC in 2017, Avital was the Deputy Director of Programs at Public Health Solutions, overseeing large-scale health and human service programs in the areas of food and nutrition, reproductive health care, maternal child health, and health care access and quality. She set strategic and operational goals, monitored program performance, built partnerships, and developed and implemented new programs in response to emerging health care issues. Prior to PHS, she was the Policy Director for the Bureau of Health Planning in the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), where she played a lead role in coordinating the DOHMH’s response to federal and state health care reform implementation and was a member of the leadership team that developed the Take Care New York policy agenda. Avital has also held roles at Yale University’s School of Public Health, managing a National Institute of Health research study, and at an anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, managing a network of grant-funded emergency food programs. She received her Master in Public Health degree with a concentration in health policy and administration from Yale University and her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Denise Anderson, Senior Program Manager

Phone: 212-437-3971Email: Denise Anderson, Senior Program Manager, works in performance improvement. Ms. Anderson currently oversees the three-year “Sustainable Strategies for RWHAP Community Organizations” national training and technical assistance program, funded through a $900K HRSA cooperative agreement to build new business models for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program community organizations. Denise also works on practice transformation/operations, care coordination, high-impact HIV prevention and other special projects as requested. She holds a bachelor's of science in human ecology with a concentration in dietetics from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She received her master’s in public health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health in 2007. She is a third year doctoral student in the joint (Rutgers/NJIT) PhD program in Urban Systems, Urban Health Track. Ms. Anderson most recently became a National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Certified Content Expert (CCE). Denise has taught Human Resources Administration and Strategic Planning as an Adjunct Instructor at Rutgers, School of Public Affairs and Administration and is currently Adjunct Faculty at William Paterson University (WPU), School of Public Health, teaching Disparities in Health. She has over 10 years’ experience in public health, specifically as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in HIV/AIDS to include care and treatment, education, and prevention. She is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Prevention Specialist (PHPS) fellow, class of 2008. Ms. Anderson most recent position prior to joining PCDC was as Project Director, Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP)/Population Management at a hospital in Newark, N.J.

Nicki Andrews, Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3930Email: Nicki joined PCDC in 2017 and provides PCMH consulting services. She has more than six years' experience working in health care, most recently in care coordination. Before joining PCDC, Nicki worked for Mount Sinai Hospital as a Director of Wellness for their Viva program and as a consultant for the Department of Health where she developed behavioral health and quality improvement trainings. Nicki has also worked in mental health, HIV prevention, and as a diabetes educator. She holds a Master’s of Public Health from Downstate Medical Center in New York City.

Michael Bell, Administrative Associate

Phone: 212-437-3948Email: Michael, who provides overall support to the Performance Improvement team, has an extensive background in customer service and inventory control. He brings vast knowledge of the energy industry, having served as an Inventory Analyst at Star Gas for four years before joining PCDC in 2017.

Maia Bhirud Morse, MPH, CPC, Senior Program Manager

Phone: 212-437-3913Email: Maia is an expert coach and facilitator for practices aiming to achieve Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) transformation and access improvement. Maia leads PCDC’s school-based health center program including transformation and recognition support for centers seeking School-Based Medical Home (SMBH) recognition. During her years at PCDC, Maia has led numerous medium- and large-scale performance improvement projects with individual practice groups and multiple Performing Provider Systems in New York State. Prior to joining PCDC, Maia worked as the Site Manager at Norwalk Community Health Center, where she managed daily operations and provided departmental oversight throughout the Center. Maia is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and NCQA PCMH Certified Content Expert (CEC). Maia received her bachelor’s degree from University of Richmond, and her master's degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Henrietta Croswell, Program Director

Phone: 212-437-3938Email: Henrietta joined PCDC in August 2012 and brings more than 15 years of management experience in the areas of project management, health care operations, training and behavioral health management. As a Senior Program Manager, Henrietta provides overall management and support around the CDC-funded High Impact Prevention (HIP) in Health Care program which also includes direct HIV prevention training and technical assistance to health care organizations across the country. Along with the Program Director, Henrietta provides direct oversight and support to the day to day management of HIP in Health Care team members and partners who works directly with our program. In addition, Henrietta works on and leads projects on the Patient-Centered Model Home and Care Management teams. Her enthusiastic and efficient work style is a testament to her long-standing commitment to community and public health. Henrietta has a bachelor’s of arts in psychology and a master's of public health in community health education from Hunter College in New York City. Henrietta is also certified as NCQA PCMH Content Expert Facilitator and is an active member in local community and serves as a volunteer American Sign Language Interpreter.

Andrew A. Ellis, Administrative Associate

Phone: 212-437-3961Email: Andrew Ellis provides administrative and operational support to the Performance Improvement team, bringing over thirteen years' experience in for-profit and non-profit industries, focused on optimizing operations. Andrew graduated from The University of Technology in Kingston Jamaica with a Bachelor's of Business Administration with a focus in operations and production management.

Amy Goodman, LCSW, Senior Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3964Email: Amy Goodman, LCSW, Senior Project Manager has been with the Performance Improvement Practice at PCDC since 2015. Amy is a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certified content expert who develops PCMH training tools for PCDC staff, clients, and medical residency programs, and supports practices to facilitate progress toward defined goals and timelines. She analyzes current practice workflows, policies, and data to advise practices on opportunities for improvement. Additionally, Amy leads the client behavioral health integration efforts by assessing access and capacity and identifying areas for improved collaboration. For over 20 years, she has worked in non-profit health care settings serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, having most recently served as a practice manager at YAI Premier HealthCare in Manhattan. YAI Premier HealthCare provides multi-specialty medical, dental, mental health, and rehabilitative services. Amy has also been successful with the development and implementation of the NextGen EHR training curriculum across the five YAI Premier HealthCare centers. As coordinator of rehabilitative services at AHRC, Amy led a team of physical, occupational, and speech therapists who provided care within seven outpatient clinical and day program settings. Other areas of expertise include developing coping strategies and peer support for children and adults, providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, psychosocial evaluations, and care management. Amy received her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and her master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Brandon A. Harrison, Senior Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3954Email: Brandon is a Project Manager and Trainer on the High Impact Prevention (HIP) in Health Care team at PCDC. As Project Manager, Brandon is is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to health care organizations across the country. He has served in leadership positions implementing HIV prevention, and sexual health programs across the country, in communities most impacted by health disparities. Brandon recently implemented and supervised one of the nation’s largest PrEP Programs based in New York City. Throughout Brandon’s career, he has been diligent in raising awareness to issues such as stigma, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ issues, violence, sex work and other issues affecting vulnerable communities. Brandon remains a leader, supporter, and role model inspiring others to continue their resilience.

Deborah Johnson Ingram, Senior Director

Phone: 212-437-3935Email: Deborah joined PCDC in 2010 and brings a strong background in quality improvement to PCDC's Performance Improvement team. As Senior Director, Deborah leads our team of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) facilitators. Her team has led more than 200 practices to achieve NCQA PCMH recognition. Deborah also provides consulting on PCMH sustainability planning and implementation, ambulatory care practice operations, and efficiency improvements for primary care practices, FQHCs, and hospital systems. Deborah provides training on Meaningful Use and Physician Quality Reporting System attestation in addition to coding for PCMH quality. Prior to joining PCDC, Deborah worked for IPRO, the New York State Quality Improvement Organization, as a Senior Clinical Practice Advisor. Deborah is a certified as NCQA PCMH Content Expert and has more than six years of experience in facilitating electronic health records implementation. Deborah received a BA in sociology from New York University, her Advanced Certificate in Public Health at SUNY Downstate, and her MPH in epidemiology.

Dane Ligoure, Director of Operations

Phone: 212-437-3926Email: Dane joined PCDC in April 2003 and oversees the complete portfolio of operational, financial, and administrative activities for the Performance Improvement Practice. He oversees the operations and administration of all projects within the Performance Improvement Department, including scope negotiations, staffing allocations, project management, invoicing, reporting, and communications. Additionally, Dane is an active participant in strategic planning activities, including financial planning, marketing strategy, product and service development, and business operations growth and development. Prior to joining PCDC, Dane was Program Manager for the CUNY Aviation Institute where he played an integral role in developing the first Aviation studies program at the University. Dane received his MBA from Baruch College, CUNY and his MA in organizational communication and development from Ball State University.

Judy Lipshutz, MSW, RN, Senior Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3912Email: Judy Lipshutz joined the PCDC team in 2017 as a Senior Project Manager with the High Impact Prevention (HIP) in Health Care team. She is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to health care organizations across the country. For more than 20 years, Ms. Lipshutz was instrumental in developing and implementing innovative reproductive health programs at the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University. She was integrally involved in program development, health care provider training for multi-disciplinary professionals, and curriculum development. She is dedicated to the promotion of reproductive rights, HIV treatment and prevention services, contraceptive choice, and school and community-based health services. Ms. Lipshutz has also worked as a consultant to many reproductive health care organizations throughout New York City.

Yael S. Lipton, MPH, MCHES, Training and Curriculum Development Specialist

Phone: 212-437-3949Email: Yael is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist who works part-time as a Lead trainer and Curriculum Development Specialist at PCDC. Yael is a part of the Care Coordination team where she leads the creation of the Care Coordination training curriculum. She also is a lead trainer and travels all over the United States facilitating training for Care Coordination programs and staff. Yael conceptualizes and creates these trainings, using adult learning principles, and interactive methods. Yael has been creating, directing, and evaluating health education programming for over 15 years and has worked and consulted for a variety of public health organization. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta and a bachelors of arts in history from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.

Sarahjane Rath, MPH, CHES, Trainer & Curriculum Development Specialist

Phone: 212-437-3972Email: Sarahjane works as a Curriculum Development and Training Specialist at PCDC, both on the Care and Coordination team and on the HIP in Health Care team. For Care and Coordination, Sarahjane develops curriculum to address specific needs for the care and coordination serving community. She trains medical residents and all health care workers in state of the science curriculum. On the HIP in Health Care team, she provides trainings in the CDC's effective behavioral interventions and works with health care organizations to maximize their potential in HIV testing, prevention with HIV positive persons, and prevention in high-risk behavioral HIV negative persons. She has worked in the field of HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health for over 18 years. She holds a master’s degree in public health from Rutgers University, Newark, and a bachelor's in Community Health Education.

Angelo Marciano, MHA, CPC, PCMH CCE, Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3945Email: Angelo joined PCDC’s Performance Improvement team in June of 2016. As a Project Manager, he facilitates PCMH transformation by primary care practices and leads PCDC's NYS Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) facilitation program as well as assisting primary care practices with Meaningful Use and Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Before joining PCDC, Angelo served as the quality manager for a large primary care practice in Brooklyn and Queens. Angelo received a BS in health policy and management from Providence College and a masters degree in health administration from Columbia University.

Oscar Marquez, Senior Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3921Email: Oscar Marquez joined the CDC-funded HIV prevention capacity-building assistance program (CBA) at PCDC in 2017, providing training and technical assistance to support the delivery of HIV prevention services within primary care. Mr. Marquez leads the development of various capacity building resources such as training curricula, webinars, and other tools. Mr. Marquez has worked in the HIV prevention field since 2002. Before joining PCDC, he worked for over four years at a Los Angeles-based health care organization, implementing direct client prevention services such as Prevention Case Management (CRCS), HIV testing and counseling, Group Level Interventions, Individual Level Interventions, and Recruitment. Prior to that, Mr. Marquez worked at Shared Action at APLA Health, a nationally recognized CBA program, where he oversaw the development, implementation, and quality assurance of distance-learning technologies (e.g., website and online trainings).

Kimberly Mirabella, Senior Project Coordinator

Phone: 212-437-3931Email: Kimberly joined PCDC in 2006, providing support to the Performance Improvement team. She has played a key role on many projects in the areas of marketing and customer service, increasing revenue, patient-centered medical home, emergency preparedness and health information technology. Most recently, Kimberly has joined the HIP in Health Care team, focusing her efforts in the areas of HIV testing and prevention. She especially enjoys working on the development of Learning Communities, bringing health center staff together to work on common goals in improving their HIV services.

Chaim Shmulewitz, Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3960Email: Chaim joined PCDC in 2015 as a Project Coordinator on the Performance Improvement team, bringing over four years of nonprofit experience. Chaim's work concentrates on marketing, patient-centered medical home, emergency preparedness, care coordination, HIV prevention, and providing general administrative support. Prior to joining PCDC, Chaim was the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Association of American Law Schools, with administrative duties and responsibility for research, analysis, and data projects. He holds a BA in government from IDC Herzilya and an MA in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Anuja Solanki, Project Manager

Phone: 212-437-3965Email: Anuja joined PCDC in 2017 as part of the Performance Improvement team, bringing with her over six years in quality incentive knowledge. Anuja is currently responsible for helping practices across the tristate area in meeting patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and sustaining their recognition. She has a proven track record in making submissions audit-proof, by using customized templates and consistency in training. In addition to PCMH, she also works on New York State’s Advanced Primary Care (APC) model, Healthfirst Access Improvement project, and the One City Health Practice Transformation project. Before joining PCDC, Anuja was a Project Manager for one of New Jersey’s largest healthcare companies, responsible for Meaningful Use/MACRA, PQRS, and PCMH. Anuja holds a Bachelors in Biology from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

R.M. Stineman, Director of Government and Institutional Support

Phone: 212-437-3923Email: Stine joined PCDC in 2017, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in consulting and nonprofit management. As a consultant to HRSA and CDC, he conducted administrative audits of underperforming clinical programs and mentored them toward improvement — and continues as a proposal reviewer for both agencies. His consulting work for nonprofit organizations includes filling chief executive roles during critical transitions, program creation and improvement, grants and contracts acquisition, board development and governance, and strategic planning. Stine was Director of Planning for HIV care and prevention for two major US metropolitan areas — Kansas City and then Philadelphia — heading up rebuilding efforts for both. In the 1990s, he led a disability research and implementation organization affiliated with the University of Kansas and served on numerous boards and commissions, including the President’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities. He has presented more than 100 workshops, seminars, and training sessions at state, national, and international conferences for professionals in disabilities and special education, public health and HIV/AIDS, cultural humility, strategic planning, and grant writing/making. Stine holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications/Rhetorical Criticism from the University of Kansas.

Capital Investment

Anne Dyjak, Managing Director

Phone: 212-437-3920Email: Anne Dyjak serves as PCDC’s Managing Director, responsible for leading the Capital Investment group. Anne is responsible for the establishment and implementation of PCDC’s strategy for increasing the access to capital in communities to achieve health equity. She oversees all facets of PCDC’s national lending practice, including program development, capitalization, business development, credit, and risk management. Anne joined PCDC in 2014 following a 30-year career in financial services, most recently with Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), where she was Chief Investment Officer, Chief Credit Officer, and Vice President. Prior to joining NFF, she was the Northeast region Chief Operations Officer for the Special Asset division at Wachovia Bank, where she was responsible for the oversight of a $600 million portfolio of commercial business and commercial real estate loans. She has extensive experience in community development, consumer and commercial credit, financial analysis, management, strategic planning, risk management, and organizational development. She received her BS in economics from Rutgers University, and is active in community service, serving as Chair of the Lenders Coalition for Community Health Centers and on the Advisory Board for Boston Community Loan Fund.

William O’Brien, Chief Lending Officer

Phone: 212-437-3950Email: In 2011, Bill O’Brien joined PCDC as its Chief Lending Officer, responsible for managing the Capital Investment team’s efforts to help providers expand and transform their practices through traditional and structured financing. As CLO, Bill continues a 25-year career of developing financial solutions that help clients reach their goals. Prior to joining PCDC in 2011, Bill was Senior Vice President at IKB Capital Corporation, where he held several roles including SVP and Chief Credit Officer, managing nearly $2.0 billion of loans, including $200 million of healthcare investments. In this capacity he helped structure financing packages for hospitals, long-term care facilities and physician-owned practices. Prior to this he was Vice President at Fortis Bank, where he managed the firm’s Structured Finance activities, developing new products, including helping to develop the first national healthcare receivable securitization program in the Netherlands. Earlier positions included relationship management positions at Banca CRT, Credit Lyonnais and other financial institutions. Bill received a BA (Philosophy) from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, an MA (Philosophy) from New York University, an MBA (Finance) from Manhattan College, as well as post-graduate Executive Leadership Development training at Cornell University. He is formally credit trained and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the New York Institute of Credit, and the Global Association of Risk. Bill is a member of the New Markets Advisory Board for the Low Income Investment Fund.

Gita Rao, Chief Credit Officer

Phone: 212-437-3959Email: Since joining PCDC in 2015, Gita Rao has served as Chief Credit Officer, primarily responsible for working with her colleagues to originate debt and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments in community health care providers and performing outreach and ongoing relationship management with health care providers through the term of the investment. Gita’s primary focus is to ensure careful and informed investment underwriting, monitoring, administration, and reporting, all in support of expanding quality primary care in underserved communities. Gita has more than 15 years of experience in community development finance, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship. She has worked with community development finance institutions, impact investing intermediaries, and foundations to underwrite and monitor loans, Program Related Investments, and New Market Tax Credit investments, as well as perform research and analysis on the community development and impact investing marketplace. Gita holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College.

Michaele Evans, Loan Officer

Phone: 212-437-3943Email: Joining PCDC in 2014, Michaele Evans serves as an Associate on the Capital Investment team, where she underwrites loans and NMTC transactions. Michaele works closely with health centers to analyze their operational and financial performance, thereby ensuring a sustainable investment and building a long-standing relationship with the client. Michaele comes to PCDC most immediately from Deutsche Bank, where she helped originate and execute equity and debt transactions for the bank’s healthcare investment banking group. Prior to DB, she worked with a number of non-profit organizations in NYC and Atlanta, including the East River Development Alliance and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Michaele received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Management and Organization from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

Reema Fakih, Director

Phone: 212-437-3919Email: Since 2009, Reema Fakih has served as a Director on the Capital Investment team, responsible for business development, loan underwriting and managing the closing process for PCDC’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) and non-NMTC transactions. Reema led the development of PCDC’s NMTC program and compliance processes, and continues to work with PCDC’s borrowers to develop financing solutions that best serve their capital needs. In her role, she uses her experience to inform deal structuring, to maximize community impact, identify potential risks and efficiently manage transaction closings. Prior to PCDC, Reema worked at Merrill Lynch Community Development Company, where she was responsible for deployment and compliance of over $200 million in NMTC allocation. During her time at Merrill Lynch, Reema also served as the asset manager for a community lending portfolio of $450 million; her clientele included leading national CDFIs, affordable housing developers, and small business loan funds. Reema also previously held lending and advisory services positions at Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national CDFI. Reema received her BA and MA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Mumbai and her MPA from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

Lori Glass, Director, New York State

Phone: 212-437-3966Email: As the Director for New York State, Lori Glass' activities are focused on leading the effort to expand and sustain community-based health care services throughout the state of New York. Lori brings extensive lending and community development experience, having most recently created and launched a new CDFI in Virginia, Appalachian Community Capital, where she served as President and CEO. She was a director at Reinvestment Fund (a well-regarded CDFI partner of PCDC) and led early stage development of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (a public-private partnership). She also opened their Washington, DC office and led business development activities for three years. Lori has also held positions with the CDFI Fund and JP Morgan Chase, and sat on the boards of the NMTC Coalition, OFN, and National Housing Trust Community Development Fund.

Nancy Lager, Director

Phone: 212-437-3922Email: Since joining PCDC in 1999, Nancy has advised health centers nationwide on project development and financing, underwriting loans to promote all stages of facility development. Over the past two years, she has helped finance site acquisition and construction financing for health center projects in NY, PA, WI, CA, and KY. Nancy also administers PCDC’s contract with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, managing HRSA’s Loan Guarantee Portfolio and underwriting new Health Center Loan Guarantees. While at PCDC, Nancy has also assisted in the development and management of capital grant programs for organizations in California and Washington, D.C. and for the New York State Department of Health, including overseeing grantee-selection and reporting and award disbursement. She has been a member of the Center for Health Design’s Promising Practices Advisory Committee, supporting the development of evidence-based health center design practices and resources. She has presented at a number of conferences on health center development and funding. Nancy Lager has more than 25 years of experience in expanding low income communities’ access to health care. Early in her career, she was an administrator at three New York City hospitals, where her day-to-day focus was on service/facility expansion and strategic planning. Nancy holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Sherinda Robinson, Portfolio Manager

Phone: 212-437-3974Email: Joining PCDC in 2016, Sherinda Robinson serves as the Portfolio Manager on the Capital Investment team. Sherinda is responsible for the day to day management of the portfolio of loans after closing which includes client relationship management and on site customer visits. She is also responsible for construction monitoring, financial analysis of quarterly and annual financial statements and reporting compliance. Sherinda comes to PCDC from Capital Impact Partners where she managed a complex portfolio of relationships in affordable housing, health care, healthy food and education sectors throughout the United States. Sherinda received her Master of Arts from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College.

Johvanna Sampson, Senior Loan Officer

Phone: 212-437-3932Email: Johvanna Sampson joined PCDC in October 2016 as a Senior Loan Officer, underwriting loans, New Markets Tax Credit, and Bond transactions, and developing relationships with community health centers nationally. Prior to joining PCDC, Johvanna spent 15 years in banking, with experience in retail, commercial lending, financial analysis, and most recently as a Community Reinvestment Act Mortgage Loan Officer in New York City. Johvanna is passionate about community development and has partnered with housing agencies and nonprofit organizations in Louisiana and New York City to provide financial literacy and first-time home buyer education, and secure down payment assistance through state and federal grant programs. Prior experience includes serving as the AVP of Mortgage Lending and Community Outreach at Red River Bank in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While serving as a commercial loan underwriter at Regions Bank, Johvanna managed a portfolio of more than $250 million in loans related to the oil and gas, transportation, and medical industries. Johvanna received her B.S. in finance from Louisiana State University and her MBA from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Robert McDermott, Portfolio Administrator

Phone: 212-437-3934Email: Robert McDermott joined PCDC in 2017 and serves as the Portfolio Administrator on the Capital Investment team. Robert is responsible for the day-to-day management of PCDC’s loan portfolio. In this role he assists the Loan Officers and other staff with PCDC’s new loan servicing software and loan compliance relationship management. He also works closely with the Finance team to service our ever-growing loan portfolio while ensuring the accuracy of our loan portfolio’s data. Robert received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marist College and has over 20 years of experience in banking.

Advocacy and Communications

Patrick Kwan, Senior Director, Advocacy and Communications

Phone: 212-437-3927Email: Patrick Kwan is Senior Director of Advocacy and Communications for the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), a national nonprofit organization and a U.S. Treasury-certified community development financial institution dedicated to building and strengthening the nation’s primary care infrastructure. At PCDC, he combines his passion for advocacy with his background in public health and community development to help build healthier, more equitable communities. Patrick leads PCDC’s policy and communications team to advocate for expanding and increasing primary care access and investments to build health equity, improve health outcomes, and lower health care costs. Prior to joining PCDC, he expanded smoke-free housing and other model tobacco control policies as Director of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions. A Chinatown NYC native, Patrick led award-winning media campaigns for the historic neighborhood on behalf of The September 11th Fund, NYC & Company, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation as well as served as Communications & Development Director for the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation. He also worked in animal protection as the national Director of Grassroots Organizing and New York State Director for The Humane Society of the United States and in human rights and corporate accountability as a Field Organizer for Amnesty International USA.

Sasha Albohm, Director of Federal Affairs

Phone: 212-437-3937Email: A specialist in federal health policy, Sasha serves as Director of Federal Affairs at PCDC, working with the CEO on strategic initiatives and project management, as well as directing all organizational policy and advocacy efforts. Sasha joined PCDC after seven years in Washington D.C., most recently serving as a Legislative Assistant for Senators Bill Nelson and Senator John F. Kerry. Throughout her time in the Senate, she worked on legislation impacting Medicaid and Medicare, including the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and on Senator Kerry’s team for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee). Prior, Sasha represented domestic and global health clients at the Glover Park Group, including advocating for affordability and access provisions ultimately included in the health reform law. A native of Brooklyn, Sasha has a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Williams College.

Eric Riley, Director of Communications

Phone: 212-437-3928Email: Eric is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to PCDC in all areas of communication, from message development to content creation. He brings nearly 20 years of expertise in writing/editing (news, features, op-eds, ad copy, etc.), editorial planning, crisis communications, media relations, digital/social strategy, and executive counsel. Prior to joining PCDC in 2017, Eric worked for more than a decade in higher education, where he oversaw internal/external communications at New York University, Brooklyn Law School, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. As the chief speechwriter for three university presidents, he composed remarks for major events featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and UN Secretary-General candidates, among others. Earlier he wrote for various outreach campaigns (HIV awareness, homeless health, anti-smoking) at the New York City Department of Health. Eric also led national marketing campaigns at WGBH Boston, writing for “NOVA,” “This Old House,” “The Victory Garden,” and other flagship PBS series. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and his master’s degree in higher education administration from New York University.

Allegra Cafarchio, Communications Manager

Phone: 212-437-3929Email: Allegra is responsible for supporting and growing PCDC’s communications outreach, social media strategy, and organizational branding. Before joining the PCDC team in 2017, she spent her career in nonprofit communications. She previously overhauled and created a new social media strategy at Idealist, led branding and marketing outreach efforts at Workforce Opportunity Services, and blogged on behalf of charity: water. Allegra graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Italian. After college she spent a year and a half teaching English in South Korea where she studied Korean and earned her black belt in hapkido.

Akiko Ono Mueller, MSc, Data and Digital Strategy Manager

Phone: (212)437-3956Email: Akiko builds, runs, and maintains a digital marketing platform where Salesforce, Pardot, and the PCDC website are seamlessly integrated for consistent and efficient business development. She also implemented Salesforce as a hub for digital transformation. Before joining PCDC in 2018, she spent her career at various global IT organizations developing new business through multiple marketing channels, including digital. She also worked as the International Marketing Director at a global education hub in Songdo, South Korea. Akiko received her Master of Science from New York University. She was born and raised in Tokyo and speaks Japanese and English, very rusty French, and some Korean and German.


Laura L. Leale, Chief Development Officer

Phone: 212-437-3933Email: Laura joined PCDC in 2012 with nearly 30 years' service in the non-profit sector and currently serves as Chief Development Officer, overseeing all fundraising initiatives, including events and individual, corporate and foundation giving. Prior to joining PCDC, Laura served as Vice President of Development and Fundraising at the Lupus Foundation of America, where she oversaw several revenue generating efforts, including major gifts, annual giving, institutional giving and special events. Previously, Laura has served as the Director of Development for the Public Library of Science(PLoS), the National Director of Development for the Alliance for Lupus Research, and she has also worked as the Director of Development for EngenderHealth and the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. Laura has participated as a presenter in NYU’s Summer Institute and School of Continuing Education for special events marketing and public relations, as well as the New School International Development Program. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Women in Development. She is a Gibbs College Graduate.

Margo Gold, Development Administrative Assistant

Phone: 212-437-3947Email: Margo was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. While still in high school, she was a staffer on Capitol Hill, working for her local congressman. She later attended The College of William and Mary, where she majored in Neuroscience and Chemistry. At the height of the recession in '09, she packed a suitcase and a backpack, hopped on a bus and moved to New York. In the years since, she has created a busy life, worked at Healthfirst in Network Management and Ancillary Services and established herself within a few social circles. This spring marks her third season as a member of a NYC Pinball League Team (note: she claims that she's actually really good at Pinball).

Kate Suhr, Manager, Corporate Sponsorships and Special Events

Phone: 212-437-3936Email: Kate Suhr joined PCDC in October 2016 as the Manager of Corporate Sponsorships and Special Events. She currently oversees the planning and execution of our Corporate Circle and all fundraising events, including the Founders Reception, Innovation Circle, and Annual Spring Gala. Prior to PCDC, Kate was the Manager of Volunteer Operations at God’s Love We Deliver, managing their corporate volunteer program. Previously, she has worked in other development positions at the YMCA of Greater New York and Thirteen/WNET. Kate is a graduate of Boston University, where she majored in Art History and Public Relations.

Evaluation and Analytics

Mary M. Ford, MS, Director, Evaluation and Analytics

Phone: 212-437-3942Email: Mary joined PCDC in 2017 as the Director of Evaluation and Analytics, leading projects that evaluate the impact of PCDC’s work, examine access measures around primary care, and further research on primary care and population health outcomes. Mary has previously worked in both public and private health care research, geo-spatial analysis, and program evaluation. She holds a Master of Science degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Texas Health Science Center and a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in Houston.

Kirsten Weisbeck, MPH, Health Research Analyst

Phone: 212-437-3952Email: Kirsten joined PCDC’s Evaluation and Analytics team in 2017, supporting projects to evaluate PCDC’s national impact, and to research both primary care accessibility measures and related population health outcomes. Kirsten earned her master’s degree with a concentration in epidemiology at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. After graduating from SUNY Downstate in May 2018, Kirsten continued researching psychosocial and behavioral determinants of health, community effects of incarceration, and of course, access to primary care.

Finance and Administration

Amy Barnett, Director of Administration

Phone: 212-437-3914Email: Amy is responsible for ensuring that PCDC is operating efficiently and effectively; setting strategic human resource and administrative direction; and supporting and sustaining a progressive, dynamic, collaborative, and team-spirited organizational culture. She joined PCDC in 2017 after more than 25 years of strategically building and growing organizational infrastructure capacity in a wide range of New York City and Rockland County, New York nonprofit organizations, both as a staff leader and consultant. Most recently she served as the Managing Director of Human Resources and Staff Development with the Women’s Prison Association; previously she provided legal and management consulting for more than a dozen years in employment/human resources, corporate governance, government regulation compliance, risk management and fiscal sponsorship. She has served as the executive director of a family support center in Rockland County, as the Assistant Director of Administrative Services/Director of Incubator Program with the Fund for the City of New York, and as the Associate Director of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. Amy has a BA in women studies from San Francisco State University and a JD from New York University School of Law.
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Susana Vasquez-Lopez, Office Manager

Phone: 212-437-3957Email: Susana joined PCDC in August 2018 and works as the Office Manager. She is responsible for providing IT support, general administrative matters, and facilities management. Prior to joining PCDC, she served as the Operations Manager at DP Charter High School located in Harlem. Susana graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Italian Language and Literature and a minor in Communications.

Jae Leung, Director of Finance

Phone: 212-437-3940Email: Jae joined PCDC in 2006, and has extensive nonprofit accounting and financial management experience. As Director of Finance, Jae oversees PCDC’s finance department including implementation of policies, procedures, and controls; preparation of budgets, financial statements, and operating reports; and managing government contracts and grants. Most recently, Jae was the Director of Finance for Citizens Committee for New York City. Jae received her BA in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Natalie Mitchell, Accountant/Analyst

Phone: 212-437-3953Email: Natalie joined PCDC in May 2014, and brings with her more than 13 years of nonprofit and corporate accounting experience. She provides loan servicing and audit preparation for PCDC’s New Market Tax Credit program and loan portfolio. Previously, Natalie worked as Accountant at the NY Hall of Science and Project Accountant on several European Union Funded Projects in the Caribbean. Natalie received her bachelor of accounting from Oxford Brookes University; she is also a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds a masters in project management from the University of International Corporation.

Lemuel Richards, Accountant

Phone: 212-437-3924Email: Lemuel joined PCDC's finance team in February 2015 and brings eight years of nonprofit accounting experience. He is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and general accounting support. Prior to PCDC, he worked as a budget analyst at New York Hall of Science and an expenditure accountant at Amnesty International USA. Lemuel has a bachelor’s of science in accounting and economics from City University of New York Queens College.

Gabriel Estevez, Accountant

Phone: 212-437-3975Email: Gabriel manages the day-to-day accounting work for PCDC including accounts payable, expense reports, AMEX reconciliations, credit cards processing, accounts receivable, and other accounting assignments. Before coming to PCDC, he worked most recently as an accountant at NonProfit Fiscal Management, a consulting firm that provides financial and business advisory services to nonprofit organizations. While in that role, Gabriel worked closely with seven clients supporting their accounting functions, grant managements, and audit preparations.

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