Darcy Shargo, MFA
Chief Executive Officerdshargo@mepca.org
Darcy Shargo serves as the CEO of the Maine Primary Care Association. In this role she provides the vision, direction and leadership for the organization. She also supports programmatic development and reporting efforts. Included among her responsibilities in running the organization, are leading all state and federal policy priority setting with the Board and focusing on building collaborative and strategic relationships with state and federal partners, as well as other key stakeholders. Prior to her role as CEO, Darcy served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Maine Primary Care Association, where she has been for a total of eleven years. Prior to this role, Darcy was a Health Policy Advocate for Consumers for Affordable Healthcare providing research and analysis and was the Executive Director of a crisis services agency. Darcy has her BS from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA and her Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. She graduated from the Hanley Health Leadership Development Program in 2010.
Director of Finance and Operationskgibson@mepca.org
Keith Gibson serves as the Director of Finance and Operations, but he wears many hats. Keith oversees the day-to-day operations and finances of the PCA as well as being responsible for a variety of areas far removed from the finance and administrative functions. Prior to joining our staff, Keith was a former consultant and small business owner and earned his B.S. in Aviation Business Management from Daniel Webster College. He has a private pilot’s license and is an avid sailor and skier. Keith’s primary roles are financial, operational and HR administration, but states his biggest responsibility at the PCA is to be a cheerleader and advocate for the important work that the program staff is doing every day to champion and maximize the value of Maine’s statewide community health center network for the health and well-being of all Maine people.
Maureen O’Connor, MA
Director of Resource & Member Developmentmoconnor@mepca.org
Maureen brings to her position a broad range of expertise in positioning non-profits for successful grant seeking and strategic program development. She draws from 25 years of consulting with diverse nonprofits on grant development and strategic planning (including work with associations and with health initiatives for under-served populations), as well as senior staff experience as the Director of Development for a mid-size multi-service agency and as the inaugural Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for a large, multi-site organization. Maureen also served as President of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits, spearheading that organization’s efforts to increase value to a membership ranging from new to seasoned consultants. Maureen's primary roles are identifying funding opportunities, developing compelling funding requests, building value to members, and working to position MPCA and its members as innovators of national significance in primary care.
Christopher J. Pezzullo, DO
Dr. Christopher Pezzullo, DO serves as the Clinical Director for the Maine Primary Care Association, supporting the clinical integration, health equity and quality improvement programs. Prior to this role, Chris served as the Chief Medical Officer for MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program. Chris has a BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University in New York, and a medical degree from the University of New England in Biddeford. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Maine Medical Center in 1996. He graduated from the Hanley Health Leadership Development Program in 2010.
Director of Learning and Change Managementltuttle@mepca.org
Lisa brings over 25 years of experience improving public health and health care systems including leading large health care transformation initiatives such as the Maine Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot and Maine Health Home and Behavioral Health Home Learning Collaboratives. She creates, facilitates, develops and executes strategies to ensure accomplishment of Maine Primary Care Association’s strategic goals, guiding principles, and excellence in program delivery for MPCA staff and members. Her past experience includes development and management of major public health informatics solutions including Maine’s first Integrated Public Health Information System and Office of Public Health Informatics, improving disease detection and response and advancing public health emergency preparedness systems. Most recently, Lisa originated and led the Northern New England Project ECHO Network to bring the Project ECHO telehealth educational model to health and community practitioners throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in order to expand the quality of rural health care across the region. Lisa received her MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health completed the Hanley Health Leadership Development program and ECHO Institute Immersion training.
Bryan Wyatt, MA
Director of Policy & Communicationsbwyatt@mepca.org
Bryan is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of internal and external communications that promote agency awareness, education and public relations efforts. In addition, Bryan provides direct support on state and federal policy priorities working in tandem with the agency and its members. Bryan brings to his position more than 20 years of experience in public relations, strategic communications, crisis management and issues advocacy, having represented a diverse portfolio of clients including Fortune 500 companies, industry associations and nonprofit organizations. He earned a BS in Government from Liberty University and a MA in Political Management from George Washington University. Bryan’s primary roles are Public Policy, Communications, Media Relations, Social Media Marketing and Training & Technical Assistance Development.
Health Equity Program Managerhcolcord@mepca.org
Hillary brings to her position years of experience providing direct services, program development and program management for people experiencing chronic homelessness, substance use disorder and mental illness. Her work at MPCA will focus on outreach and enrollment, social determinants of health, and supporting health centers in addressing the opioid crisis, among other health equity initiatives. Hillary has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Human Services from Suffolk University. Hillary is passionate about trauma-informed care and creative solutions to overcoming the barriers that health centers and their patients experience.
Kalie Hess, MPH
Policy Program Managerkhess@mepca.org
Kalie manages a variety of initiatives focused on oral health, public health, patient engagement, outreach and enrollment, and social determinants of health. She also supports developing systematic solutions to the barriers health centers and their patients experience by representing health center interests on statewide policy and public health groups. Previously, Kalie worked with community health coalitions on a local level and as part of a training and technical support team for community health coalitions at the state level. Kalie received her Bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Maine and her Master of Public Health from the University at Albany. Kalie’s primary roles are working with our Federally Qualified Health Centers and community and state partners to foster collaboration and systems change along with advocating for improvements to health policy that promote enhanced access to care.
Sarah Morrill, RN, BSN, HNB-BC
Quality Improvement Program Managersmorrill@mepca.org
Sarah brings to her position years of experience as an RN in hospital and outpatient settings, most recently as an oncology nurse navigator for the past 7 years. Her work at MPCA will include ongoing support of clinical QI, support of PCMH/NCQA work, and support of HCCN where IT and QI projects intersect. Sarah earned a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and a BSN in Nursing from University of Southern Maine in Portland. She also holds a professional certification in Holistic Nursing. She shares with us that her greatest motivation is promoting wellness and supporting quality of life, in spite of barriers to care.
Heidi brings to her position a wealth of knowledge and years of experience having worked in a variety of fields as an Office Manager, Administrative and Executive Assistant. At MPCA, Heidi is responsible for assisting on a number of committees, providing administrative support, gathering and providing information, scheduling meetings, etc. Heidi’s primary role is supporting the CEO and serving as a day-to-day point of contact for association members.
Quality Improvement Program Coordinatorgcummings@mepca.org
Greta is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of MPCA’s system to track grant opportunities and grant reporting requirements. She provides administrative support to the Senior Director of Programs & Innovation, Director of Quality Improvement & Innovation and the Quality Improvement Team, as well as the Director of Resource & Membership Development. Greta's primary role is supporting the QI/HCCN Programs and assisting with Grants Management.
Accounting & Human Resources Coordinatorlfrost@mepca.org
Lisa performs various accounting and human resources functions on behalf of the organization, and she assists the Director of Finance and Operations with other business, financial and administrative affairs. Her previous work experience includes bookkeeping, municipal government administration, and human resources. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Maine. Lisa’s primary role is performing finance office & HR functions.
Training and Communications Specialistawatkins@mepca.org
Andrea oversees the office IT and phone systems, and is the lead on all logistics regarding MPCA’s face-2-face and online events. She maintains the event registration platforms, and provides administrative support for Training & Technical Assistance work and Training Events. Andrea joined MPCA in 2005, shortly before she graduated from Kennebec Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (AAS), Computer Applications Technology. Andrea's primary roles are Supporting Training Events, Maintaining Event Registration Platforms, and Supporting Training & Technical Assistance Work.