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Tania M. Barber

President/CEO

As the President/CEO of Caring Health Center, Tania M. Barber leads the only federally funded (Section 330) Community Health Center in the city of Springfield.  Caring Health Center (CHC) employs 236 employees, serving 28,000 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 doubled its patient base from 14,000to 28,000 patients in a four 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 urgent care. CHC has achieved Level II Patient Centered Medical (PCMH) Home recognition through the National Committee for Quality Assurance Association of (NCQA). Tania’s goal is to achieve a 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 project manager 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.


Recognized as a Servant Leader, who has compassion for people, Tania serves as a full time pastor and founder of Living Water Global Ministries. Springfield, MA, established in 2011.  She sits on several boards including the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Regional Employment Board, Health New England, Bay Path University, and Be Healthy Partnership Plan Joint Operating Committee.  Tania also serves as a Corporator for  Florence Savings Bank.


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

As the Executive Administrative Assistant, Laura E. Landry plays a critical role in supporting the work of Caring Health Center by aiding the President and CEO, Tania M. Barber. Landry has phenomenal customer service experience and superb communication skills that allow her to effectively complete any task she is given.


Landry is passionate about health equity and is committed to improving patient and employee lives.


Landry holds an Associates of Science in Medical Billing and Coding from Springfield Technical Community College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Health Services Administration from Bay Path University.  Landry is excited to expand her knowledge and expertise so she can continue to positively impact her community and further the mission of Caring Health Center.



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

Jacqueline Johnson is the Chief Operations Officer at Caring Health Center since 2011. Jacqueline joined the health center in 2008, bringing over ten years of prior experience in the non-profit management sector.

 

Since completing her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College and graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jacqueline has held various leadership roles for over ten years, driving strategies and policies to improve operational quality at Caring Health Center. In 2017, Jacqueline began working as a part-time Adjunct Faculty at Baypath University providing guidance to women so that they too, can enrich our communities. During her professional career, Jacqueline served as a Board Member to several non-profits in Western Massachusetts. Jacqueline serves on BayPath University Advisory Council and Mental Health Association Board of Directors. Most recently, Jacqueline, was honored by BusinessWest as a member of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Her professionalism and dedication is an inspiration to all.

 

Jacqueline is passionate about the intersectionality of race, class, and education. Rooted in her operational approach, Jacqueline has cultivated her mission to prioritize social justice and activism within her communities to promote educational opportunity, community leadership, sustainability and health equity.


Frank Kostek

Vice President of Finance/CFO

Frank J. Kostek is the Vice President of Finance/CFO who manages the finances for Caring Health Center, Inc. Frank has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts. Frank has been the CFO at the health center for 7 years. He has worked at numerous area nonprofit agencies over his 40 year career in Finance. Frank has worked through some very interesting situations. He has built a financial department from scratch when a fire completely destroyed the administrative office. Frank has worked through the Tornado that struck and destroyed the Main Clinic at Caring health in 2011. Frank has twice taken on the roll of Acting CEO for 6 months to help agencies continue to operate while trying to fill their top positions. Frank has helped agencies with mergers, expansions, building projects, and near bankruptcy. Each time the nonprofit agencies came out financially stronger than before.


Frank has high morale standards and is very dedicated to the work he does. Frank finds working for nonprofits to be very rewarding. Although he does not deliver direct care to clients or patients, Frank feels he is contributing to patient care, by helping make each nonprofit he has worked at stronger financially so they can continue to care for some of the most needy populations in Western Mass. Frank believes that if you have a job to do, you should do it to the best of your ability and if you can help improve the life of someone less fortunate why doing that, even better.  



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.



Lucila Bruno, DMD

Dental Director

Dr. Bruno received her D.D.S. from Federal University of Ceara, Brazil where she tutored and did volunteer work with Operation Smile for children with facial malformations. After a year of general practice in Brazil she attended Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine on scholarship where she received her Doctor of Science as well as a year of post-doctorate work in Oral Biology leading to a research associate position. She then attended New York University, College of Dentistry for a D.D.S. to enable her licensure in the U.S. She comes to Caring Health after two years of general practice in the Boston area.



Cristina Huebner Torres

Vice President-Research, Population Health and Public Health Programs (RPH).

Cristina Huebner Torres has worked at Caring Health Center since 2007. Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of Research and Wellness (2007-2017) and as Vice President (2013-2015). She is currently completing her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). Cristina holds a master’s degree in Somatic Studies from New York University and bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College.


Cristina brings 18-years experience in mixed-method community-based public health research and programming. She serves as site Principal Investigator of the current National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded study and was Project Director on prior NIH-funded research studies. Key aims of her work are to track and address the social determinants of health (SDoH) and health disparities in the patient population served and to develop multi-level social/environmental approaches aimed at achieving health equity. Findings from population health management (e.g., Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)), continuous quality improvement and community-engaged research inform the development of action-oriented, culturally appropriate, translational intervention and dissemination. For example, in response to high rates of food insecurity and barriers to chronic disease prevention and management among the CHC patient population, Cristina collaboratively developed and has sustained the Wellness Center. Under her leadership, the health center has recently established an award-winning, fully integrated Community Health Worker program to provide clinical-community linkages to patients to address social determinants of health. In addition to these developments, Cristina has been a successful grant-writer throughout her tenure at CHC leading to the development of additional services and resources uniquely tailored to be responsive to emerging patient needs. For instance, CHC has an integrated behavioral health department with staffing and innovative programming to meet the culturally and linguistically diverse needs of refugee and immigrant individuals and families and to support patients navigating multiple chronic comorbidities.


Cristina is a member of multiple local boards and (Massachusetts Public Health Association, Partners for a Healthier Community, Project ACCCES, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (SPHHS). She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents research findings and practice improvements at local forums and national conferences.



Denise Wilson
Human Resources Director

Denise A. Wilson leads the human resource, payroll and credentialing functions at Caring Health Center.  

Denise believes that employees are the greatest asset in any organization and knows that satisfied, engaged employees will function to their highest potential leading to success of the organization.  She believes that everyone, regardless of position or title must be treated with respect and that every position has value and worth.


From her early years, Denise knew that she wanted to work with people which resulted in her first job as a teacher.  She has since worked with vulnerable populations through the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program, and was instrumental in establishing the Springfield South WIC Program in 1997.  During her tenure with the WIC program she mentored and coached many individuals to further their education and continues to do so in her current position.  


Denise is certified as a Competent Professional, SHRM-CP, through the Society for Human Resources Management, and as a Professional in Human Resources, PHR, through the HR Certification Institute. She also holds a Master’s in Business Administration, MBA, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, BSBA, with a Human Resource concentration from American International College.



Krystal Grimes

Corporate Compliance Officer

Krystal M. Grimes began working as a Registration Coordinator here at the Caring Health Center in 2009, before joining the Human Resources team and Corporate Compliance Assistant in 2012.  


Krystal’s passion lies in assisting employees in reaching their fullest potential and recognizing the value they have within.  With nearly 10 years’ total experience, her broad knowledge includes benefits, compensation, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisition and management. Krystal is committed to employee development and employee engagement, as together they can drive the success of any business.  

She recently transitioned to the position of Corporate Compliance Officer here at Caring Health Center.


Krystal along with the Board of Directors and members of Senior Management, will function collaboratively to ensure that Caring Health Center remains in compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations.  


Krystal earned her Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from Holyoke Community College and Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Bay Path University.  Krystal is also a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).



Aundréa R. Paulk

Marketing Director

Aundrea joined Caring Health Center in August 2016 as the Director of Marketing. Her responsibilities include developing marketing and communications strategies that strengthen Caring Health's position as the leading federally qualified health center in Western Massachusetts.


She is responsible for marketing, branding and business development efforts of the Center.  In addition she manages and oversees media relations, advertising, events and corporate sponsorships.


Aundrea has more than 10 years of experience in the marketing industry. Prior to joining Caring Health Center, Aundrea provided strategic guidance and produced online, print and marketing and collateral materials for a wide range of clients.


Aundrea’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She is a highly motivated marketing professional with an excellent performance record and reputation for dedication, teamwork, and a “roll-up-your-sleeves” work ethic. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.


Aundrea graduated from Bay Path University where she received a bachelor's degree in Business.
She lives in Springfield with her husband, their two children and one feisty dog.




Board of Directors




Cedrian (Monique) Cross

Vice Chairperson



Linda Patton
Secretary/Clerk



Lindsay St. Jean   

Treasurer



Ayesha Ali

Member-at-Large



Jeri Baba

Member-at-Large



Ciro (Jerry) Camerota

Member-at-Large



Talia Gee

Member-at-Large



Kathi J. Jones

Member-at-Large



Ned Newhauser

Member-at-Large


Patrick I. White

Member-at-Large


Yvonne Williams
mber-at-Large

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Rashad A. Collins
Chairperson

Monique Cross-Smith

Vice Chairperson

Linda Patton
Secretary/Clerk

Lindsay St. Jean   

Treasurer

Ayesha Ali

Member-at-Large

Jeri Baba

Member-at-Large

Ciro (Jerry) Camerota

Member-at-Large

Talia Gee

Member-at-Large



 






Kathi J. Jones

Member-at-Large

Patrick I. White

Member-at-Large

Yvonne Williams
Member-at-Large