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Tania M. Barber


Laura Landry, CPC-A
Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO/ President

As the President/CEO of Caring Health Center, Tania Barber leads the only federally funded (Section 330) Community Health Center in the city of Springfield.  Caring Health Center (CHC) employs 236 employees, serving 18,000 patients with over 60,000 annual visits.  CHC has five primary care sites throughout the region.  CHC offers primary care services with integrated behavioral health and substance abuse programs, dental services, pharmacy, a state-of-the-art wellness center that houses a teaching and demonstration kitchen, Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), many research, prevention and education programs, interpreting services and a Refugee Health Assessment Program, which serves the largest number of refugee and immigrant patients west of Boston.  

Joining CHC in 1996, Tania worked in various roles. She began in switchboard operations and worked her way up the ladder.  She would eventually become the Front Office Operations Manager, then Vice President of Operations, followed by Chief Operations Officer to her current role as President/CEO in 2013.

Under Tania’s leadership, the health center has increased its patient base from 14,000 to 18,000 with a goal of doubling to 28,000 patients in a five year period. In addition, the health center has increased staffing by over one hundred percent from 109 employees to 236 and growing.  Tania has also added new programs and services such as the pharmacy, behavioral health, substance abuse programming and most recently urgent care. CHC has achieved Level II Patient Centered Medical (PCMH) Home recognition through the National Committee for Quality Assurance Association of (NCQA) in the last year and a half. Tania’s goal is to continue on to achieving Level III recognition in the near future.

When Tania took the helm as CEO, she was nearing the final construction phase of a 45,000 sq. ft. facility that is currently CHC’s permanent home in downtown Springfield.  Nevertheless, Tania wore two hats; COO and CEO as she monitored the final phase of construction including; observation, progress meetings, schedule monitoring, project cost control, change order review, payment review, and documentation review. Remaining well under budget, Tania managed and designed the overall $18 million construction project working with the construction team; architect, construction management, owner’s project manager, owner’s representative in the coordination and oversight of CHC’s new state-of-the-art facility.

Tania sits on several boards including the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, the Regional Employment Board, Health New England, and Mission Church Ministries.

Tania has earned a Bachelor of Administration degree in Organizational Management from the University of Amherst University Without Walls and Master of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices from Bay Path University.

Jasmine Naylor

Executive Vice President

Jasmine Naylor joined Caring Health Center (CHC) on July 13th, 2015 after serving in corporate america for 11 years at a division of United Technologies Corporation (UTC).  Naylor has extensive expertise in commercial and government contracts, customer service, and quality.  She has managed high profile multimillion dollar contracts, assisted in recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in at risk revenue, developed process improvements and has an impeccable record of training and developing talent.  Naylor is highly motivated, a natural problem solver and extremely detail oriented.  She is also a proud INROADS alum.  Naylor holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, a Masters of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices and a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University.

Jacqueline Johnson
Chief Operations Officer

Frank Kostek

Vice President of Finance/CFO

Dr. Stephen Grund, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Grund holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Iowa State University and his M.D. from Harvard University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Hematology, and Palliative Medicine. He has served Assistant Professorships at both Albany Medical College and the University of Connecticut. Most recently, Dr. Grund was Medical Director of Oncology at Eviti of Philadelphia, a web-based decision-support company, providing peer-to-peer evaluation and consultation for non-standard patient care, requiring current detailed knowledge
of all malignancies, including rare types.

Dr. Leslie Zide, DMD

Dental Director

Dr. Zide is returning to Caring Health for a third time, having served as a staff dentist from 1978-79 and as Dental Director from 1999-2005 when she was also Director of the Springfield Oral Health Access Project. In the interim she has been Dental Director of Harbor Health Services of Dorchester, Codman Square Community Health Center, and Regional Director for Kool Smiles out of Atlanta, Georgia. She has been on the Board of Directors of Delta Dental since 2005. Dr. Zide has also served academic appointments as Clinical Instructor at both Harvard and Tufts University Schools of Dental Medicine.

Denise Wilson
Human Resources Director

Aundrea R. Paulk

Marketing Director

Board of Directors

Rashad A. Collins

Cedrian (Monique) Cross

Vice Chairperson

Linda Patton

Lindsay St. Jean   


Ayesha Ali


Jeri Baba


Ciro (Jerry) Camerota


Talia Gee


Kathi J. Jones


Ned Newhauser


Patrick I. White


Yvonne Williams