Board of Directors
Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers' staff: supporting health centers as preferred providers to sustain the mission of quality, affordable health care for all.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cheri Rinehart provides strategic direction to the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) in representing the more than 300 federally qualified health center (FQHC), RHC and like mission provider sites across the commonwealth and the more than 800,000 people who count on them for care. Prior to joining PACHC, she served as vice president of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. She is an RN and licensed NHA. She was one of 20 nurses selected nationwide annually as an RWJ Executive Nurse Fellow, is a graduate of the RULE Leadership Program at Penn State and is a summa cum laude graduate of Bloomsburg University. Cheri serves on the boards of the National Association of Community Health Centers, Central Penn College and the American Trauma Society, and on the national FQHC advisory boards of UnitedHealthcare and AmeriHealth Caritas. A long-standing organ and tissue donation advocate, she is a gubernatorial appointee on the PA Organ Donation Advisory Committee, which she chaired for two terms. She is a recipient of the PA Rural Health Leader of the Year award, the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine award, and other recognitions.
Chief Operations/Financial Officer
Julie joined the PACHC team in December 2015 as the Director of Finance & Business Development and was promoted to CFO in May of 2019. Julie oversees PACHC's financial operations as well as supports our health centers with financial technical assistance as needed. Julie has 16 years of experience in non-profit community health finance and served for four years as the CFO of Lancaster Health Centers prior to joining PACHC. Julie has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from York College of Pennsylvania.
Manager, Clinical & Quality Improvement
Director of Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center
Judd is the Director of the Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center. The Career Center helps community health centers, rural health clinics and other healthcare organizations recruit and retain physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other primary care providers. Judd also is involved in branding and communications functions at PACHC. Judd has been working in healthcare since 1986, predominantly in areas of public relations, marketing, communications, provider relations, and recruitment. Prior to joining the Career Center in March 2014, Judd was Director of Marketing Communications at the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Healthcare Workforce Specialist
Gillian will focus her work on helping Community Health Centers train, recruit and retain paraprofessionals including medical assistants, dental assistants, and community health workers. Gillian has a background in community health, having previously worked in HIV/AIDS services at Hamilton Health Center. She was even a presenter at the PACHC Annual Conference about 10 years ago. Gillian is well known in Harrisburg for her networking efforts. She is an author and motivational speaker. Gillian has a bachelor's degree in Health Care Management and is currently enrolled at Drexel University to obtain a master's degree. Gillian is a Harrisburg native and understands the barriers to filling entry level positions in healthcare.
Algernon A. Williams, Ph.D.
Recruitment Coordinator PA Primary Care Career Center
Andrea C Flowers
Director, Operations & Programs
Andrea joined PACHC in November 2020 as the Director of Operations and Programs. Her role at PACHC is to provide guidance and operational assistance to health center staff. She will collaborate on the management of various grants, special initiatives and projects. Andrea is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University having majored in Health Policy and Administration. Prior to coming to PACHC, she has worked within a local health system managing a non-clinical department and staff. Her work focused on program development, compliance, recruitment and retention. She served as Education Chair for the Pennsylvania Society of Directors of Volunteer Services. Her additional work experience includes practice management and physician residency programs.
Director of Policy & Partnership
Eric joined PACHC in January of 2020. Eric works with the PACHC team, membership, NACHC, and the state government relations contractor to develop and implement the Association’s advocacy, legislative, regulatory and policy agenda on the state and federal levels. Build and sustain relationships necessary to support community health centers. Eric has more than 20 years of experience in health care advocacy and communications including excellent planning, organizing, legislative analysis and management skills.
Events & Communication Manager
As the Events and Communication Manager, Amanda manages the association’s events by identifying, assembling and organizing event items; developing event schedules and assignments to delegate activities covering all activities. Her communication responsibilities include event advertising including graphics design; communications and media outreach; overseeing association Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn Accounts; and preparing media statements and interview responses. As PACHC’s communications manager, she ensures the association brand and message are maintained in all communications through the creation of unique print materials including brochures, advocacy campaigns and branding infographics. Amanda manages PACHC’s webpage, PACHC’s association management system, the PACHC coordinated statewide FQHC marketing campaign, and the communications peer networking group. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
Manager of Finance
David joined PACHC in August of 2022. In his position as Manager of Finance, he supports the Chief Financial Officer in managing the financial activities of the association, budgeting and reporting. Prior to joining PACHC, he served has a Staff Accountant in the insurance and automotive industry. David has a BS in Accounting from Slippery Rock University.
Manager, Member Relations & Human Resources
Andrea joined PACHC in November of 2019. She both supports PACHC internally through human resources and benefits management and coordination well as coordination and development of member benefits. Andrea manages our annual Trade Show and is the contact person for PACHC's expedited enrollment and licensure services. Prior to joining PACHC, Andrea was a Human Resource Manager and served 110 employees and managers. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management.
Amy Lynn Williams
Program Specialist for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder
Amy recently joined PACHC in November of 2018 as the Program Specialist for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder. She is responsible for promoting, supporting and facilitating the integration of behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD) services in community health centers in Pennsylvania. Amy will also serve as a consultant to health center clinical providers and staff by providing and/or coordinating training and technical assistance related to the full scope of behavioral health and substance use disorder operations. Amy has a clinical background in both mental health and substance use disorder as well as programming experience at a higher education level. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a Masters in Counseling and College Student Personnel.
Public Health Program Specialist
Erin Babe joined PACHC in 2022 as the Public Health Program Specialist. Erin has a master’s degree in public health from Drexel University and most recently worked at Montgomery County Office of Public Health on the COVID-19 response team. She has experience in disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations related to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, has led COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy projects, and managed the COVID-19 contact tracing program. She is passionate about infection prevention and control and is in the process of studying for the CIC exam to become a certified infection preventionist. Erin brings a public health perspective to the integrated model of care and hopes to further promote health equity across Pennsylvania.
Tia N. Whitaker
Statewide Director, Outreach & Enrollment
Tia N. Whitaker, Statewide Director, Outreach & Enrollment for the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC), serves as the lead navigator for health center-based inreach, enabling services, outreach and enrollment. Tia coordinates education, training and opportunities for networking to address challenges and identify best practices for certified application counselors (CACs) and navigators employed by Community Health Centers and like-mission providers in rural and urban underserved areas of the state. She works with key local, state and federal partner organizations to optimize the impact of a “community of Community Health Centers” approach to enrollment assistance to offer more people the security of health insurance coverage. In addition, she evaluates outreach and enrollment effectiveness through data and reporting. Prior to joining the PACHC team, Tia was the manager for Member Outreach at AmeriHealth Caritas (formally Mercy) Health Plan in Harrisburg, PA. Tia is the Vice President of the Central Pennsylvania Coalition United to Fight Cancer, (CATALYST), a board member for Victory Outreach Fellowship Church Harrisburg and The Danny Lansanah Tackling Success Foundation. Tia received her Associates Degree in Human Resources and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Pennsylvania College.
Insurance Enrollment & Administrative Support Associate
Carmen joined PACHC in January 2022 as an Insurance Enrollment & Administrative Support Associate. Her role at PACHC is to help with outreach and enrollment and to provide staff members with help for clerical tasks. She will collaborate with management on special initiatives and projects. Prior to coming to PACHC, she was employed by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency working in the Public Loan Forgiveness program. Her work focused on providing loan servicing to student borrowers from around the country. She served as a Loan Forgiveness case worker which would help with determining loan forgiveness through the federal program.
Operational Excellence Support & Navigator Associate
Mary joined PACHC in February of 2017. In her position as the Accounting & Administrative Assistant, she supports the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger entries and various other accounting tasks. In addition, Mary provides administrative support throughout the PACHC office, including support with the Association Management Software (AMS) and weekly newsletter. Prior to joining PACHC, she served as a Senior Finance Specialist at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for 14 years. Mary has a Business Management degree from Penn State University.
Operational Excellence Support Associate
Patti Griggs, PACHC’s Executive Assistant, has been with the association for 24 years. Patti assists PACHC staff with clerical and administrative needs, travel and meeting coordination; her position includes statewide referral of the uninsured and underinsured, assisting with PACHC events, and purchasing.
PACHC Board of Directors
Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers is represented by a 15-member Board of Directors. Our board is comprised of Pennsylvania Community Health Center chief executive officers from across the state. The CEOs bring a wide array of expertise to the board including: financial, clinical, policy & regulation, administrative, and human resources.
Alisa Maria Jones
Alisa Jones is President and CEO of La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) FQHC in Kennett Square, PA. Alisa’s passion for health care began at a young age when she was growing up in San Diego, CA. Her family was among the many in the community who didn't have access to health insurance; she and her family were able to get access to health care through a local Community Health Center FQHC. This experience helped to inspire Alisa to pursue a healthcare profession. Alisa brings her extensive background and experience in health services administration to her role, with a strong focus on public health and community health centers. She was the Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Delaware Health Department prior to joining LCH. Alisa lives in Southern Chester County with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her 15 year-old son. In her free time, Alisa loves to kayak and travel. She has a goal of getting to all fifty states and has only a handful to go. Union Community Care - Water Street
Richard Rinehart, MPA
Rich Rinehart served 16 years as Cornerstone Care's Chief of Operations and Development prior to his tenure as CEO. Rich's background includes community organizing and a number of senior positions in the public and non-profit sectors comprising a broad range of health and human services and organizational and community development. He holds a Masters of Public Administration .with a certification in Management of Non-profit Organizations from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Rich resides in Washington, PA with his wife Charlene, a fourth grade school teacher. Rich and Charlene have two sons, the youngest of which is a PSU student whose older brother is a PSU grad working in DC. Cornerstone Care, Inc.
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Glendale Area Medical Association, Inc.
Raji Jayakrishnan has served as Executive Director of Community Health Clinic, Inc. FQHC in New Kensington, PA since 2010. Raji earned her Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has a Master in Applied Microbiology from the Bharathiar University, India. Prior to accepting her current position at Community Health Clinic, Inc. FQHC, Raji was a Practice Manager at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In addition, she has several years of experience as a Research Specialist in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Biological Sciences, and Pharmacy. Raji is a recipient of the Rosa Park Humanitarian Award. She has resided in Pittsburgh since 2002. Community Health Clinic
Past Chair & Nominating Committee Chair
Frederick Jackson has a broad based background in rural healthcare management and finance. He served for 19 years as the CFO of the Barnes Kasson Health System, managing the system’s hospital and Community Health Center corporations. He served as Executive Director of B-K Health Center; the system’s Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), for 4 years and has been in his current position as Executive Director of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers FQHC since November 2007. Since that time he has grown WMCHC from 4 providers and 23 employees to over 70 providers and 300 employees across 14 sites in 8 communities in the lakes region of the Poconos (Wayne, Pike and upper Lackawanna counties). His finance background includes extensive experience in cost reporting, swing bed development, home health, skilled nursing, and Critical Access Hospital transition. He has worked to integrate services in order to maximize efficiencies in a rural environment. He has expertise in FQHC collaboration, development, expansion, and extensive knowledge and experience in the practical implementation of the FTCA. He has served in a consulting capacity for physician/hospital mergers and FQHC expansion projects. His HRSA Grant experience includes the authoring and managing of FQHC 330 grants, successful expansion initiatives, the funding of IDS and IT network development grants and several capital grant expansions. A former licensed nursing home administrator, he is the past president of the NEPA-HFMA Chapter, past president of the local Tri County Mental Health Agency, and member of several other community boards. He has served as board president of the Community Integrated Service Network of Pennsylvania (CISNP), a network of PA FQHCs. He has served as a National Health Service Corps interviewer and was an elected chairman of the Harmony Township supervisors for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers
Clinical Services Committee Chair
Legislative, Regulatory & Policy Committee Chair
Bridgette McGivern is the CEO of Community Health and Dental Care FQHC in Pottstown, PA, where she works to ensure that the mission of her health center is advanced and maintained. Bridgette holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and received her Master of Business Administration degree from Thomas College. After graduating from college, Bridgette launched her professional career, first with United Cerebral Palsy, then with the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office, the Sheriff's Department, Children & Youth, and ultimately with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where she served in the Department of Health. In 2003, Bridgette moved to Newport, Maine where she was hired as CFO at her first FQHC. She excelled and exceeded the board's expectations and was promoted to CEO. In 2008, Bridgette relocated to Turner Falls, Massachusetts as CEO of the Community Health Center of Franklin County. Under extremely challenging circumstances, Bridgette and the health center board of directors were successful in saving and sustaining the health center. In September 2010, Bridgette returned to Pennsylvania to begin her tenure as CEO of Community Health & Dental Care. Community Health & Dental Care, Inc.
Program Committee Chair
Keystone Rural Health Consortia, Inc.
Value in Membership Committee Chair
Joseph H Hollander
Workforce Committee Chair
Scranton Primary Health Care Center, Inc.
Board Member at Large
Mary Kargbo joined the Berks Community Health Center FQHC on October 1, 2012. Mary has 39 years of experience in health care, most as a senior hospital executive. She has an extensive experience working with underserved and uninsured populations. As Chief Operating Officer at Medina Memorial Health Care System, she worked with the local rural health center to provide care to the uninsured. This included partnering with them for community events and education through the hospital’s outreach program. She also worked with the incoming Amish population to do the same. Following 18 years with this $32 million organization, she moved to Sheehan Memorial Hospital, an inner city hospital, to serve as President/CEO serving mostly the uninsured and underinsured of the city of Buffalo. There she collaborated with many organizations, third party payers, and agencies to provide outreach services and education to the population. Mary has served on a number of not-for-profit boards over the past 21 years. She has been recognized and awarded as a community leader several times. Berks Community Health Center
A. Scott McNeal, DO
Board Member at Large
Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc.
Board Member at Large
Barry R. Niccolai, Centerville Clinics, Inc. Barry R. Niccolai has been with Centerville Clinics, Inc. for 8 1/2 years, initially as assistant executive director. Niccolai has served as executive director for the past 5 years. Barry joined the Centerville Team after a 31 year career as an administrator at California University of Pennsylvania in several positions including Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. He was a recipient of the 2007 Suzanne S. Brown Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Council of Senior Student Affairs Officers Barry holds a BS in Finance from Waynesburg University and a MS in Community/Agency Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania. Centerville expanded services to two new sites (Washington City Mission and Donora) as well as purchased and renovated a new facility in Connellsville, PA. During his tenure, the clinics have secured several outside grants totaling $1,500,000 to expand and improve facilities and services. Centerville received a perfect score on its 2020 Operational Site Visit conducted by the US Health Resources and Services Administration. Along with Centerville’s medical director they have established collaborate working relationships with the 5 hospitals in the service area and developed partnerships with several organizations in our region including the American Heart Association, Washington County Drug and Alcohol Commission (partnered to start a Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) substance abuse program), the Washington City Mission and the PA Medical Society. Niccolai has been active with the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers and has worked with 9 Pittsburgh area FQHC’s to form the Three Rivers Alliance of Community Health Centers, a working group to coordinate and collaborate to improve medical and other services to the most vulnerable in Southwestern PA. Operationally, he established the Pandemic Response Committee in March of 2020. This committee, comprised of organization stakeholders at all levels of the clinics, has met weekly and guided Centerville through the COVID-19 pandemic. Sub-committees that meet weekly include the Infectious Disease Response Committee, Supply Chain Committee and TeleHealth Committee. Centerville was an early adopter of COVID-19 testing and has administered over 18,000 vaccines. Outside of Centerville, Niccolai has served for over 30 years as a member and current president of the California Area School District Board of Education, and serves on the steering committee of the Mon Valley Career and Technical Center. He is also a retired member and past president of the California Volunteer Fire Department and a board member of the Center in the Woods (senior center) in California. In January of 2020 Niccolai was nominated by Governor Wolf and confirmed by the Pa State Senate to serve on the Council of Trustees of California University of Pennsylvania. Centerville Clinics, Inc.
Craig Ulmer, BSMIS
Board Member at Large
Craig Ulmer was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Net (CHN) in 2018. Mr. Ulmer has been employed with Community Health Net since 1992. He has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Penn State University. Mr. Ulmer has performed various tasks within the organization prior to his role of CEO. He has served in the position of CIO and COO, programmer/analyst, systems analyst, data analyst, database administrator, team leader, project manager, consultant, and MIS manager. He oversaw Community Health Net’s Technology and Communications Departments as well as security systems. He also has clinical expertise that he brings to the organization and utilizes daily. His experience and knowledge of CHN is truly a valuable asset. Mr. Ulmer has been instrumental towards establishing, renewing and building collaborations with various organizations within the community that share the same vision of “Transforming Community Health in the Lake Erie Region.” He has established a solid team who have set a firm foundation on which to move forward in a positive, progressive and transformative motion so we can offer and provide our patients with quality medical, dental and vision care as well recently adding behavioral health services and substance use disorder services. Mr. Ulmer has been instrumental in carrying out the Mission of CHN, “To improve the quality of life in our region by providing professional healthcare services with compassion, respect and dignity to all.” Community Health Net
Executive PACHC Staff
Cheri Rinehart provides strategic direction to the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) in representing the more than 300 federally qualified health center (FQHC), RHC and like mission provider sites across the commonwealth and the more than 800,000 people who count on them for care. Prior to joining PACHC, she served as vice president of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. She is an RN and licensed NHA. She was one of 20 nurses selected nationwide annually as an RWJ Executive Nurse Fellow, is a graduate of the RULE Leadership Program at Penn State and is a summa cum laude graduate of Bloomsburg University. Cheri serves on the boards of the National Association of Community Health Centers, Central Penn College and the American Trauma Society, and on the national FQHC advisory boards of UnitedHealthcare and AmeriHealth Caritas. A long-standing organ and tissue donation advocate, she is a gubernatorial appointee on the PA Organ Donation Advisory Committee, which she chaired for two terms. She is a recipient of the PA Rural Health Leader of the Year award, the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine award, and other recognitions. Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers