Each member brings years of experience and their unique strengths to their work at CHN.
President and CEO
Robert M. Hayes has served as President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network (CHN) since 2015. CHN operates 14 federally qualified health centers in New York City providing integrated care to 85,000 patients annually.
Mr. Hayes has deep experience in leading mission-driven organizations that advocate for and deliver, both locally and nationally, 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. This included leading litigation and other advocacy campaigns to address the shortage of supportive housing for people with mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Hayes’s advocacy also forced increases in protective and preventive services for families in need.
More recently, Mr. Hayes served as President of the Medicare Rights Center, a non-profit organization supporting consumer interests in national and state debates over issues of healthcare and aging. He also 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 also 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. 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, VP of Medical Affairs and Acting Chief Medical Officer
Taisha Benjamin, M.D., is the Vice President of Medical Affairs and Acting Chief Medical Officer at Community Healthcare Network. Dr. Benjamin is a Board-Certified Pediatric Physician, with an extensive amount of years spent as a community Pediatrician, working to provide high-quality patient care that fellow providers and staff can use, in a team-based care model. She is a proven leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Dr. Benjamin completed her undergraduate degree at City University of New York in biology and her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She attended the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York – Columbia for her residency program in Pediatrics.
In her career, Dr. Benjamin has worked as a Pediatric Intensive Care Specialist, a Pediatric Ambulatory Care Doctor, as well as in administrative positions within CHN, such as the Medical Director and the Director of Pediatrics. She has also been awarded for her success as a doctor, such as the Trusted Messenger Award, the Patient’s Choice Award and America’s Most Honored Doctor.
MD, Chief of Primary Care
Kristen D. Manter, M.D., is Chief of Primary Care and the Medical Director for Sutphin Blvd Health Center. Dr. Manter is a Board-certified Family Physician with a career dedicated to care for the underserved. Prior to working at CHN she was the Director of Clinical Quality Improvement for Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, a Federally-Qualified Health Center in Brooklyn.
She completed her undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in biology and her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.
Dr. Manter has a special interest in preventive medicine, women’s health and applying quality improvement methods to chronic disease management. She believes strongly in keeping up to date with evidence-based medicine and partnering with each patient to provide culturally sensitive primary care.
Dorothy E. Farley,
LCSW-R, Vice President of Behavioral Health and 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.
Kenneth W. Meyer
SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer and 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. LinkedIn
Luis Freddy Molano
MD, Vice President of Infectious Diseases and LGBTQ Programs and Services
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 and 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, Vice President of Clinical Operations and Programs
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 Master 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.
Vice President of Development
Christine Rutkoski is the Vice President of Development at Community Healthcare Network. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College and a B.A. in Journalism and Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Christine joined CHN in 2008 as a Development Associate, earned the title of Director of Development in 2015 and was named Vice President of Development and External Affairs in 2018. Prior to working at CHN, she worked for a pediatric-focused non-profit within Bellevue Hospital. Christine has over a decade of experience in grant writing, fundraising, and communications, including the development and management of large scale public grants and innovative, privately-funded initiatives.
Vice President of Quality Management
Sharon Kaufman joined Community Healthcare Network as AVP of Quality Improvement in 2011. Although trained as a Perinatal Clinical Specialist, Sharon was recruited into the quality field. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including Manhattan Children’s Psychiatric Center, Best Care Home Care, New York Foundling Pediatric Center (later to become the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Sharon’s professional experience includes positions as a HIPAA Officer, Corporate Compliance Officer, Assistant Administrator, Team Leader, Medical Records Director, and Risk Manager. She is licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in New York State.
Since coming to CHN as the AVP of Quality Improvement, has seen the organization through successive successful Joint Commission surveys and recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.
Sharon received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing and also received Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate of Achievement from Villanova University.
Vice President of Nursing
Tamara Kee, RN, is the Vice President of Nursing at Community Healthcare Network. A Registered Nurse with fourteen years of experience in the field, she joined CHN in 2009 as the RN Manager of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Health Center in Brooklyn, New York, working her way to the positions of Associate Director of Nursing and the Director of Nursing in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Prior to joining the organization, Tamara worked at New York Presbyterian Medical Center-Queens division as a Neonatal Intensive Care Registered Nurse.
Tamara has a special interest in working with underserved populations and promoting initiatives that support patient-centered care, patient satisfaction, and access to high-quality, culturally competent care. Her unremitting dedication has earned her the Catherine Abate President’s Award in 2009—which she received for her work during the HINI outbreak—and the Manager of the Year Award for 2018. In her expanded role, she continues to demonstrate this passion through her commitment to the nursing profession, utilizing her vision of transformational leadership to educate fellow nurse leaders and develop the next generation of nurses to lead the ever-changing field in the near future.
Tamara holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Executive Leadership from Saint Xavier’s University; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Adelphi University; and a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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.
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.
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.
CDR Harlem J. Gunness,
has a long standing career in public health serving community-based organizations, hospitals, local, state and federal health departments, private industries and universities. Currently, he holds the position of Director, Public Health Program, at St. John’s University. Prior to this assignment, he was a Senior Officer with the US Public Health Service working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There, he conducted disease surveillance and epidemiological investigations on highly communicable disease like MERS-Covi, MDR-TB, SARS and the unprecedented Ebola Entry Screening Program. Dr. Gunness’ passion lies with eradicating health disparities in marginalized, hard-to–reach urban populations that are often overlooked in the public health system. He received his MPH at Hunter College and doctorate in Urban Health Systems at Rutgers University. He joined the Board in 2016.
was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Primary Care Development Corporation. After leading PCDC for over 20 years, she retired in 2015. Prior to her work there, Ms. Kotelchuck served as Vice President for Corporate Planning and Intergovernmental Relations at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. She currently serves on the board of the New York School-Based Health Foundation. Ms. Kotelchuck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College and a Master’s of Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Kathleen M. O’Neill,
Kathleen M. O’Neill is Associate General Counsel at New York Life Insurance Company. Prior to that, Ms. O’Neill served as an Associate Professor at Cornell University, a Law Clerk for the First Circuit of US Appeals Court, and an Associate at Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Ms. O’Neill received her Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College, her Juris Doctorate from New York University of School of Law and her doctorate at Harvard University.
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.
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 Unit Supervisor for the Coalition for Hispanic Family 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.
Brenda J. Merritt
is the Physician Advisor at the Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Merritt has been a member of the CHN Board since 2007.
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.