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Community Healthcare Network is lead by a team of professionals dedicated to bringing access to healthcare to people of New York City. Each member brings years of experience and leadership to their work at CHN.
Catherine M. Abate, Immediate Past President (1999-2014)
From June 1999, Catherine M. Abate served as the President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network, her latest endeavor in a career that spans several decades of public service.
Ms. Abate began her professional life as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, and eventually became Director of Training in its Criminal Defense Division. She taught criminal law and procedure and trial litigation practice to hundreds of newly hired attorneys.
In 1986, Governor Cuomo appointed Ms. Abate to the position of Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights and in 1988, to the position of Chair of the New York State Crime Victims Board. During the Dinkins administration, she served as Commissioner of both the New York City Departments of Correction and Probation.
Ms. Abate was elected as a New York State Senator in Manhattan from 1994—1998. While in the Senate, she was the ranking Democrat on the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, as well as Investigations and Government Operations Committee.
Ms. Abate is a frequent lecturer and panelist on human rights, criminal justice, health care and management/leadership. She serves on a number of Boards, to name a few: Member of New York City Commission on HIV/AIDS, Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), Alliance for Women’s Health, Medicaid Matters New York – Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY), Member of Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, Member of State Probation Commission, Member of New York City Board of Corrections, Member of Disciplinary Committee (Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department), Criminal Procedure Law Committee convened by Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, and Former Board Chair of Family Planning Advocates of New York State.
Ms. Abate graduated cum laude from Vassar College and received her law degree from Boston University Law School.
Matthew Weissman, MD, MBA, FAAP, Acting President and CEO and Chief Medical Officer & Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dr. Weissman was named Chief Medical Officer of Community Healthcare Network in June 2012. He currently oversees the quality of clinical care, recruits providers, interfaces with community groups and hospital administrators, and provides a clinical perspective when collaborating with senior management on the operations of the organization.
Dr. Weissman joined CHN from the Ryan-NENA Community Health Center, where he served as the Medical Director. Prior to Ryan-NENA, he was an attending primary care physician at a community hospital in Yonkers, NY.
Dr. Weissman received an AB in Economics from Harvard University magna cum laude and a Medical Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration in Health Management from Tufts University. He completed his residency and chief residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Weissman holds academic appointments at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and holds Courtesy Attending Physician appointments at Beth Israel Medical Center. He currently chairs the Community Health Center subcommittee of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5). His primary interests are the transition of pediatric to adult care, improving use of electronic medical records, increasing accessibility to care, and streamlining health care delivery. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.
Dorothy E. Farley, LCSW-R, Vice President of Social Services
Dorothy Farley is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) who received her master’s degree in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work. While she assumed the position of Vice President of Social Services in 1999, she began her career at CHN managing a teen program and would later become a center Social Worker. She has an extensive background in reproductive health, mental health and social services.
Martha Febuz, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Operations
Martha Febuz has more than 20 years experience working in the healthcare field. After earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Services Administration, Ms. Febuz joined CHN in 1993 as an HIV counselor. She proceeded to work her way up to Center Director of our Community League Health Center in Washington Heights where she provided leadership for five years. Ms. Febuz then took on the role of supervising clinical operations of all CHN centers as Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations. In 2010 Ms. Febuz was named Vice President of Clinical Operations. She has a MBA in Health Care Administration from Iona College.
Elizabeth Howell, MS, Vice President of Development and Public Relations
With over 20 years experience in healthcare, Elizabeth Howell has spent the last 12 working for Community Healthcare Network. Initially she joined the agency as Director of Development before taking on public relations duties to become Assistant Vice President of Development and Public Relations. In 2010 she was promoted to Vice President of Development and Public Relations and is responsible for leading all fundraising activities from the private and public sectors as well as developing the annual marketing and public relations strategy for the agency.
Beginning her career in managed care, Ms. Howell worked for hospitals in Massachusetts and New Jersey before working as a grant writer and consultant. She has a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Simmons College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College.
Kenneth W. Meyer, SPHR, Vice President of Human Resources
Ken Meyer’s career in healthcare has spanned over 30 years with the last 25 years spent in the practice of Human Resource Management. Most recently prior to joining CHN, as an employee of Aptium Oncology, Inc., he managed the Human Resources Department for the NYU Clinical Cancer Center and the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Ken is a graduate of the Herbert H. Lehman College and holds a Masters Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University/Bernard M. Baruch College. Since 2007, he has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute.
Ken is also an active member of the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Human Resources Association of New York, where he serves as the Chair of the Managers’ Forum Special Interest Group. He is also the former president of the North Riverdale Baseball League, his community’s Little League and still volunteers his time whenever he is able. Ken grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan and now resides in the Bronx with his wife and two children.
Luis Freddy Molano, MD, Vice President of Infectious Diseases and LGBTQ Programs
An advocate for quality healthcare for everyone throughout his career, Luis Freddy Molano, MD, worked as a family practitioner in South and Central America prior to joining Community Healthcare Network in 1989.
Initially a health educator at our Community League Health Center and the Bronx Health Center, Dr. Molano went on to become Center Director at our Bronx Health Center for 12 years while simultaneously acting as Project Coordinator for the Adolescent Mobile Program and HIV Testing Program.
Dr. Molano then became Associate Executive Director for Women’s Health and the HIV Prevention Programs where he started and implemented one of the most successful HIV programs that integrated HIV counseling and testing with women’s health.
As a result of his efforts he was named Assistant Vice President of HIV Programs and Services, a role he filled for six years before being named Vice President of HIV Programs and Services in 2010.
Dr. Molano is a respected voice on HIV issues, presenting at conferences including the US Conference on AIDS, Office of Population Affairs as well as State and City wide forums. He has also written and published in medical journals like the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and The W-Path (Transgender Health Forum) among others. In addition, he is a Board Member of the Family Planning Advocates of New York State; on the Board of Trustees of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA); sits on the New York City HIV Planning Council – Needs Assessment Committee and has served on the NYS Prevention Planning Group and the NYS AIDS Services Delivery Consortium and is a former member of the International AIDS Society. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Alan Wengrofsky, CPA, Vice President of Finance
Alan Wengrofsky is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for Community Healthcare Network. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of New York since 1993 and began his career with Loeb & Troper, LLC. where he specialized in not-for-profit and healthcare accounting. Prior to coming to Community Healthcare Network, Mr. Wengrofsky was the CFO of a nursing home chain with annual revenue of $500 million dollars. He currently serves as a member of the finance committee of a private school and has previously served on the board of a not-for-profit agency.