Board Members

Meet Our Board Members

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, meeting the community’s needs is our highest priority. We stay in-tune to those needs by keeping our board made up of at least 51% patients at our centers.

Community Healthcare Network is proud to have as part of their governing board the following outstanding professionals and community members:

Elizabeth Krob Kellner, M.P.H., J.D., Chairperson, is currently an Alumni Director of the Public Interest Law Foundation at Columbia, Inc. and a member of the Advisory Council of the Citizens’ Committee for Children. Ms. Krob Kellner is a retired litigation attorney having practiced at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Marsh & McLennan Companies.  Prior to law school, Elizabeth worked at the Center for Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s School of Public Health. She received a J.D. and M.P.H from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. She has been a member of the CHN Board since 1989, and in 2014 received the outstanding Board member award from the Community Health Center Association of New York State.

June Niklus, Vice Chairperson, is a Partner in Deloitte & Touche’s Financial Services audit practice. She is a registered CPA in NY and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs. She also serves on the board of the Cooke Center for Learning and Development and is a member of the audit committee of the Financial Women’s Association. June has a BA in government from Cornell University and an MBA in professional accounting from Fordham University.  She has been a member of the CHN Board since 1995.

Nancy L. Rapoport, Ph.D., M.P.A, Treasurer, is a retired investment banker and non-profit consultant. She had 14 years of experience in the municipal finance departments of Credit Suisse First Boston and Dillon Read developing financing strategies and structuring financings for non-profit clients before moving to financial advisory firms to work more directly with her non-profit clients. Early in her career, Nancy worked in the public and non-profit sectors, including at the Center for Health Systems at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and as Director of Health Manpower Planning at the NYC Health Services Administration.  She received her Ph.D. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, her M.P.A. from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy has been a member of the CHN board since 2000.

Eleanora Sottilaro, M.S., M.A., Secretary, currently has her own consulting practice which ensures proper processes, systems and technologies for optimal integration and precise processing for all HR functions for her diverse clients. She received a M.S. from the New School for Social Research and M.A. from Columbia Teacher’s College and BA from Rutgers College. She has been a member of the CHN Board since 2010.

Donna Anderson is a retired attorney having served as the Assistant Counsel to the Board of the New York City Board of Education. Previously, she practiced as an associate with the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green and was a teacher with the New York City Board of Education. Donna is a past president of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and her M.S.Ed. and undergraduate degrees from Brooklyn College. She has been a member of the CHN Board since 1990.

Ralph Aquila, MD is a Psychiatrist and the current Medical Director of Fountain House Inc. Dr. Aquila received the NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1999 and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. He also serves as the Chair of the Baer Reintegration Scholarships, which are given to persons with serious mental illness annually.  Dr. Aquila received his Medical Degree from the Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna and completed his residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center. He became a member of the CHN Board in 2016.

Josephine Diaz, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Social Workeroffers psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults in her private practice. Dr. Díaz specializes in trauma and culturally competent treatment. Since 2008, Dr. Diaz has worked as the High School Psychologist at the Dalton School, where she sees students and collaborates with families and faculty members. Prior to 2008, Dr. Diaz worked for over twelve years as a Head Start Federal Monitor and a Mental Health Consultant in the Northeastern region of the United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Díaz received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, her MS in Social Work at Columbia University, and her BA at Fordham University (Lincoln Center).  Dr. Diaz is a founding Board Member of The Association of Hispanic Mental Professionals and of The Hispanic Women Leaders. She has served on the Board of The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health since 2004. She has served on the Board of Community Healthcare Network since 2006.

Caroline Dorsen, Ph.D., FNP-BC is the coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at NYU College of Nursing, where she has been on the faculty for over 10 years. She provides primary care to homeless men and women at Project Renewal and does research on health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients. She received her PhD in nursing from NYU, her master’s degree in nursing from Yale University, and her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. She joined the CHN Board in 2015.

Greta Elysee is the Research Coordinator for the Division of Education Quality and Analytics (DEQA) and Manager of the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Program within the Institute for Innovations in Medical Education (IIME). Greta has more than ten years of experience working in health disparities research. Prior to joining IIME, she served as the Director of the Center Student Investigator Program within NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health. She coordinated events and learning opportunities for community partners and managed a program that provided training, outreach and research opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students. Greta is a mentor for Year Up NYC, and a volunteer interpreter for Human Rights First. She has been a member of the CHN Board since 1998.

Peter Gee is the Director of New Business Development at The Door and University Settlement. Previously, he served as Chief Program Officer at Pratt Area Community Council and Director of Housing and Community Services at Asian Americans for Equality. He has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Peter has been a member of CHN Board since 2010.

Denise Gordon is Program Supervisor at SCO of Family of Services. Denise is a committed advocate for the New York City underserved regarding access to community services, benefits, and basic needs, and has over 10 years of experience supporting individuals and families in need by connecting them to essential community services. She received her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work and her Bachelor’s degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ms. Gordon joined the Board of CHN in 2016.

Erika Lindsey is a Senior Policy Advisor for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR), working on initiatives that support the strengthening of social infrastructure and support networks in communities across the city. Previously, Erika conducted spatial analyses that informed policy recommendations for the City’s comprehensive climate resilience plan, A Stronger, More Resilient New York. As part of her flood risk outreach work, she used geospatial analyses to communicate current and future flood risk to New York City’s population, built environment and critical infrastructure. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Erika worked as a Land Use Planner for the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, taught ArcGIS to nonprofit leaders, and conducted spatial analyses for an environmental justice organization in New Delhi, India. Erika is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Sociology. She received her Master in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. She has been a member of the CHN Board since 2013.

Kristin Manzolillo is a Director within Pfizer’s Global Policy and International Public Affairs organization, where she analyzes how changes in state health care policy impact Pfizer, patients, providers, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Pfizer, Kristin worked as a consultant to health care organizations at Accenture.  Kristin received her MPH from Tufts University and also completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts. Kristin has been a member of the CHN Board since 2013.

Brenda J. Merritt, MD is the Physician Advisor at the Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Merritt has been a member of the CHN Board since 2007.

Jennifer J. Ramirez has over ten years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and outreach to NYC’s LGBTQ community. With her experience working with sex workers, young people of color, and survivors of sexual violence, she believes in utilizing a hands on approach to get people involved in important matters. Jennifer has been involved with F.I.E.R.C.E., Sex Workers Project, School of Unity and Liberation, and the Anti-Violence Project. She is passionate about working with underserved communities and has been a client of CHN for the past decade. Ms. Ramirez joined the CHN Board in 2015.

Randy P. Siller is the co-founder of Siller & Cohen, a premier family wealth advisory firm that has been providing comprehensive wealth management planning services to high net worth individuals, families, and business owners for over 25 years. Formerly a Senior Tax Manager at Touche Ross, and Senior Vice President and National Director for Private Wealth Services for Lincoln Financial Advisors/Sagemark Consulting, Randy is a frequent speaker on investment, estate and charitable planning topics and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine and other publications. He received a Master’s degree in taxation and a Bachelor’s degree with a minor in finance. Mr. Siller has been a member of the CHN Board since 2014.

CDR Harlem J. Gunness’, PhDc, MPH career started off in the field of HIV/AIDS as an HIV Coordinator at a substance abuse long-term residential alternative-to-incarceration treatment program. While providing health education, facilitating HIV positive support groups and HIV counseling and testing to ‘at-risk’ clients, Dr. Gunness went back to school and completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at Hunter College, City University of New York. His concentration was in Community Health Education. Following his MPH, CDR Gunness held many positions: HIV/AIDS Research Project Manager at a hospital, Public Health Specialist at CDC during SARS, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Representative at New York State Department of Health, Public Health Advisor at CDC, and most recently, Assistant Officer-in-Charge at CDC New York Quarantine Station where he spearheads the unprecedented Ebola Entry Screening Program. He is also a doctoral student in Rutgers University’s Urban Health System Program and recently passed his qualifying exam. Lastly, CDR Gunness’ passion lies with eradicating health disparities in marginalized, hard-to–reach, urban populations that are often overlooked in the public health system. He has active duty with the US Public Health Service and an active member of the Public Health Association of New York City.