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LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

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KAREN WOOD, RD

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Karen was born and raised in the metro Detroit area where she continues to live. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Michigan State University. Karen is a Registered Dietitian, with a passion for serving the underserved of our community. Most of her 30 year career has been working in public health, 20 of which has been working at Community Health Center’s in multiple roles. She is a 2018 Graduate of The National Association of Community Health Center’s CEO Institute. She participated in the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care and Clinical Directors Network’s Clinical Leadership Academy. In 2021, Karen completed the Health Care Executive Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Karen serves on multiple non-profit Boards, committees, coalitions, and is the Vice-President of Families Against Narcotics. She is on a journey to promote community collaborations to promote quality access to care for all.  

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Michelle Pezzotti

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Michelle is a highly experienced professional with a background in finance, accounting, human resources and business management. After earning her BA degree in accounting from Michigan State University, she worked for a short time in the auto industry before co-founding her first construction company at the age of 23. She expanded her love of construction by opening a kitchen and bath design firm, a construction consulting company and extended into real estate development.  In the early 2000s, Michelle used her entrepreneurial expertise to join a start-up nanotechnology manufacturing company, and what started as a three-person team evolved into a company with 3 facilities and over 125 employees, sold its product worldwide, and was poised to go public.  In 2014 Michelle decided to work in the nonprofit sector, because it is a fulfilling intersection of her passion for profit-based finance and her passion for mission based organizations – and has remained there ever since, serving as CFO for several Michigan nonprofits.  Michelle also serves as the Board Treasurer of the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor. Apart from her professional pursuits, Michelle enjoys hiking, dancing, practicing yoga and attending live concerts and Broadway musicals.

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Scott Cheney, MA, MS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Scott joined the MyCare team July of 2023. Prior to his position with MyCare, Scott was a Director of a FQHC for the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Scott is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a MS in Healthcare Administration as well as John’s Hopkins University with a MA in Museum Studies. A native of Wyoming, Scott joined the healthcare field in 2014 working with Title X and reproductive health and then expanded into community health centers. Throughout his career in Wyoming, Scott has had the opportunity to work with numerous non-profit agencies, health clinics, and community-based organizations throughout the mountain west and he is eager to bring his experience to communities of Michigan. Scott’s areas of expertise include program management and compliance, healthcare operations, quality improvement, and change management.

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Ashley Walters

DIRECTOR OF QUALITY & COMPLIANCE

Ashley has a strong background in healthcare quality management. With a decade of experience, she has successfully established and overseen performance activities in healthcare organizations, ensuring ethical, corporate, and regulatory compliance. Her skills encompass a range of areas including policy writing, process improvement, electronic medical record systems, and software proficiency. Her hands-on experience in managing quality programs, responding to surveys, and overseeing compliance requirements, such as STAR Ratings and Patient Surveys, reflects her strong grasp of quality assurance in healthcare settings. Additionally, her roles have involved coordinating education and training initiatives, contributing to EMR implementation projects, and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams.

 

Residing in Royal Oak, Ashley makes the most of the vibrant downtown scene, enjoying everything from the Farmers Market to the summer music events in the park. Her two dogs are lovingly named after Detroit athletes, Prince Miguel and Megatron-Maggie. She identifies with Ravenclaw House at Hogwarts and imagines herself hailing from the Westeros House Targaryen!

 

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HEATHER SCIFORD

DIRECTOR OF GRANTS MANAGEMENT & SPECIAL PROJECTS

Heather embraces a passion for population health that has spanned more than 20 years and reached across the country. She was first introduced to the mission of eliminating health disparities in underserved and diverse communities while working within the Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) department at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Since this time, Heather has been serving community health centers in various capacities throughout Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, New York and Michigan.  Her areas of expertise include: clinical operations, organizational development, FQHC compliance, program management, quality improvement, value-based contract negotiation, proposal writing and project funding. Heather is accomplished in managing the complexities of both operations and finances related to non-profit and government guidelines. In addition, Heather is a creative artist who enjoys art fairs and music festivals. While small town living has brought harmony and balance to her life, Heather enjoys traveling near and far on solo adventures or with family and friends.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

PRESIDENT | Honorable Alyia Hakim
VICE PRESIDENT | David Clayton
SECRETARY | Susan Doherty
 TREASURER 
| Teresa Thienel 

BOARD MEMBERS

Loretta Brownlee                         Honorable Ryan Zemke   
Philesha Gough                           Tim Johnson

Lisa Montalto                               Teresa Thienel 

Kyle McKee                                  Samantha Villareal
           

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