Each member brings years of experience and their unique strengths to their work at CHN.
Each member brings years of experience and their unique strengths to their work at CHN.
President and CEO
Robert Hayes (Bob) was named President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network in December 2014.
Mr. Hayes has deep experience in leading mission-driven organizations locally and nationally, both advocating for and delivering direct services to people in need. Mr. Hayes founded and led the National and New York Coalitions for the Homeless, winning the nation’s first right to shelter court ruling and battling to remedy many of the upstream causes of homelessness including the shortage of supportive housing for people with mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and families in need of protective and preventive services. He has served as the president of the Medicare Rights Center, a non-profit organization supporting consumer interests in national and state debates over issues of healthcare and aging.
Most recently, Mr. Hayes oversaw consumer protection for more than two million Americans with Medicare as the senior vice president for health quality at Universal American Corp. Mr. Hayes has practiced law with firms in New York and Maine, including Sullivan & Cromwell and O’Melveny & Myers.
Mr. Hayes has an unwavering commitment to social justice and issues of equity. Mr. Hayes is a staunch advocate for healthcare, behavioral health care, housing, food and income support. He is a MacArthur Foundation fellow and has been awarded honorary degrees by 11 colleges and universities. Mr. Hayes is a graduate of Georgetown University and the New York University School of Law.
MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs
Umbereen. S. Nehal, MD, MPH is Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs of Community Healthcare Network. She received her education at the Harvard School of Public Health and Aga Khan University Medical College and trained at the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Nehal served as Associate Medical Director of MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, providing leadership on medical affairs, payment reform models, and population health initiatives, including clinical leadership for DSRIP, a $1.8b new investment from CMS to support implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Massachusetts. She was clinical lead on the development and implementation of gender reassignment surgery policy for Massachusetts, the third state in the nation to mandate this coverage.
As co-chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Addressing Disparities and Improving Health Systems advisory panel, Dr. Nehal informs national funding priorities. Dr. Nehal served as district representative for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and state director for the Massachusetts chapter of Doctors for America. She has co-authored state and national curricula on the patient-centered medical home and care coordination.
Dr. Nehal is an invited stakeholder on minority health for the White House, HHS, CMS, and NIH. Her national policy leadership on faith-based community health engagement and insurance enrollment won recognition from President Obama. Dr. Nehal was named “Top Voice: Healthcare” and a “Top Female Voice” by LinkedIn.
MPH, Chief of Staff
Elana R. Berman is the Chief of Staff at Community Healthcare Network. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Elana was formerly the Associate Vice President of Member Advocacy at Universal American where she revamped the Appeals and Grievances Department, managing acquisitions of new businesses from a compliance perspective. She also served as the Director of Client Programs at the Medicare Rights Center and as the Director of Volunteer services at Hudson River Community Healthcare.
She has 20 years of experience in the field of healthcare working for providers, community based organizations and healthcare payers.
Elana’s professional background includes working on issues of social and economic justice, non-profit management, and strategic development. She also teaches Health Policy classes at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Elana is bilingual in Spanish and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica.
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 extensive experience in coordinated care delivery and social services.
In her time at CHN, Ms. Farley has overseen the successful transition of the organization’s COBRA Case Management Program from a fledging one team service in the Bronx to one of the largest COBRA CFP Programs in the state.
This award-winning program enabled CHN to successfully transition to a New York State Health Home Lead in Brooklyn & Queens. Ms. Farley also oversaw the integration of the Article 31 Licensed Behavioral Health and Social Services program, which allows patients to receive their medical, behavioral and social services all in the same clinic. She currently sits on the Integration of Care Committee as a voting member of the HIV Health & Human Services Planning Council of New York City.
SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer
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. LinkedIn
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. LinkedIn
CPA, Chief Financial Officer/Vice President
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.
JD, General Counsel
David Gross, JD, is the General Counsel at Community Healthcare Network and oversees all legal operations of the organization. With over a decade of experience in healthcare policy, David was the former VP; Compliance Officer and Regulatory Counsel at Universal American Corporation, where he developed new compliance programs for each of UAM’s Medicaid lines of business as well as provided ongoing legal and regulatory support to Medicaid and ACO operations.
He also worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Division of Mental Hygiene on behavioral health issues and as a health care attorney with several national law firms. He received his JD from New York University Law School where he graduated cum laude and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Emory University.
DrPH, MHA, AVP of Community Health & Clinical Operations
Susan Yee joined Community Healthcare Network as the Associate Vice President of Community Health and Clinical Operations in November 2016. Susan is a public health practitioner and healthcare administrator with over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, operations and process improvement, organizational development, program implementation and evaluation.
Prior to assuming her current role at CHN, Susan served as the Director of Quality Improvement and Strategy at New York University School of Medicine. She was also the Associate Director of Programs and Services at the Charles B Wang Community Health Center and the Deputy Director of Clinical Systems Improvement Unit at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Additionally, she has worked as an independent consultant for numerous non-profits in New York City.
Susan holds a Masters in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Policy from the University of Washington and Doctorate in Public Health from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Her interest is focused on reducing health disparities, improving childhood and adolescent health and advancing the field of dissemination and implementation research.
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:
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.
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.
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.
is private practice social worker who offers psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults, with a specialty in traumatology. Since 2008, Dr. Diaz works as the Upper School Psychologist at the Dalton School. Prior to this, Dr. Diaz worked for twelve years as a Federal monitor and a mental health consultant for Head Start Programs in the Northeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico. Dr. Diaz is a founding board member of The Association of Hispanic Mental Professionals and of The Hispanic Women Leaders. She is also on the Board of The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health since 2004. She received Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, her MS in Social Work at Columbia University, and her BA at Fordham University. She has served on the Board of Community Healthcare Network since 2006.
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.
is the Assistant Officer-in-Charge at CDC New York Quarantine Station spearheading the unprecedented Ebola Entry Screening Program. Harlem’s 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. He provided health education, facilitated HIV positive support groups and HIV counseling and testing to ‘at-risk’ clients. Mr. Gunness held many positions, such as 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, and Public Health Advisor at CDC. CDR Gunness’ passion lies with eradicating health disparities in marginalized, hard-to–reach urban populations that are often overlooked in the public health system. Harlem is a doctoral student and Rutgers University’s Urban Health System Program and has recently passed his qualifying exam. He received his MPH, with a concentration in Community Health Education, at Hunter College, City College of New York. He joined the Board in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
is the Physician Advisor at the Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Merritt has been a member of the CHN Board since 2007.
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.