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.
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.
BPHC Program Managerhcolcord@mepca.org
As BPHC Program Manager, Hillary is responsible for the day to day oversight and management of MPCA’s BPHC Cooperative Agreement. In addition to BPHC oversight, Hillary works on projects related to Health Equity and Trauma-Informed Care. Prior to her position at MPCA, Hillary worked for a decade in low-barrier homeless services, focusing on Housing First interventions for chronically homeless adults with co-occurring disorders and chronic health conditions. Hillary has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Human Services from Suffolk University.
Workforce Program Managereferry@mepca.org
Emily brings a background in education and nonprofit management to her role as the Workforce Program Manager at Maine Primary Care Association. Coming to Maine from Chicago, Emily has built her professional experience through the field of adult and childhood education as well as neighborhood campaigns and community wellness projects. Emily believes in the importance of cultivating learning environments within the professional workplace that are based on accessibility and professional development. Emily received her undergraduate degree in education from Marquette University and graduated with her Masters in Social work from the University of Illinois, Jane Addams College of Social Work with a concentration in organization and community practice.
Marge Kilkelly, MS CED
Policy Program Managermkilkelly@mepca.org
Marge is a public policy strategist and passionate advocate for the people and communities of rural Maine. She has directed nonprofits including Head Start, domestic violence programs, and advocacy groups; as well as worked in all levels of government, serving 16 years in the Maine Legislature, four years as a town selectman and most recently six years in DC as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Angus King Jr. Kilkelly has a MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She was an Eisenhower Fellow in Central Europe studying rural economic development on the cusp of EU integration; a New England Rural Leaders fellow; a Brooks Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and graduate of the New England Farm Bureau leadership academy. Kilkelly and her husband, Joseph Murray, live in Dresden on Dragonfly Cove Farm, where they raise meat goats, poultry and pigs for local markets.
Sarah Morrill, RN, BSN, HNB-BC
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.
Michael Pancook, MPA
CHCNet Program Coordinatormpancook@mepca.org
As CHCNet Program Coordinator, Michael collaborates with Community Health Center Network members to identify opportunities where technology and data can strengthen centers’ efforts to serve their communities. After earning a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he has worked with publicly-funded health programs for over a decade, focusing on data analysis, payment models, and performance measurement. Michael is motivated by learning how to develop systems that work for patients and for providers. In his off hours, he kayaks around Maine with his wife and reads about American history with his orange tabbies, Finn McCool and Fergus mac Rossa.
CHCNet Program Managergparent@mepca.org
As HCCN Program Manager, Greg supports the Maine Primary Care Association and its member Community Health Center Network to improve the use of technology and data in day-to-day operations through technical assistance, training and quality improvement support. Greg’s background includes direct service, program management and program development in state-level public health and non-profit organizations. Greg earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Health Informatics from the University of New England. Greg has a passion for leveraging technology to address the health needs of communities and is excited to promote new technology solutions that improve care across Maine.
Oral Health Coordinatorbpearce@mepca.org
Beth brings to her position nearly 20 years of medical and dental experience. Prior to joining MPCA, Beth gained more than 7 ½ years of dental experience starting first as the Provider Relations Specialist with Dental and FQHC policies at Maine's Medicaid program (MaineCare). She then moved on to serve as EPSDT Coordinator with MaineCare, focusing on preventive health for children, which included a strong focus on oral health. Most recently, Beth spent the past 3 ½ years with a non-profit dental organization managing two of their five office locations. Beth's passion lies in program coordination and collaborating with others to improve oral health access, services and reimbursement. She is excited to continue her work in this area in support of Maine's Community Health Centers and the patients they serve.
Sharon Stanley, MPA, CPC
Finance Program Managersstanley@mepca.org
Sharon serves as the Financial Program Manager. Prior to joining our staff, Sharon worked for the Department of Health and Human Services in many roles for the past 11 years, most recently as the Acting Director of Rate Setting. Sharon has her MBA from Thomas College and is also a Certified Professional Coder and a member of the American Association of Professional Coders. Sharon loves cooking, campfires, and road trips with friends. Sharon’s primary roles are to assist members with navigating a changing healthcare environment, developing business processes and financial planning, and exploring alternative payment models.
Susan Whittaker, CPC, CPMA
Quality Improvement Program Managerswhittaker@mepca.org
Susan’s 25 years of experience in medical services delivery and has earned her a comprehensive knowledge of health center operations. She has worked as a medical assistant, medical accounts manager and practice manager before becoming a coding and compliance specialist earning her certified professional coder (CPC) and certified medical record auditor (CPMA) credentials from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Susan spent the last four years providing technical assistance to Maine’s medical practices as they navigated Medicare’s Quality Payment Program and helping them implement quality improvement projects while maximizing revenues. Susan has a special interest in rural health and looks forward to supporting the rural healthcare providers of Maine. In her off-time Susan enjoys outdoor activities, and organic gardening.
Executive Assistant to the CEO/Special Projects 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.
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.
Training and Communications Specialistawatkins@mepca.org
Andrea provides direct support for the Director of Policy & Communications and works with the Policy Team. She provides administrative support for the Public Policy & Communications Committee, Opioid Work Group, and Maine Immunization Coalition. Andrea also provides administrative support for Training Events and Training & Technical Assistance (T/TA) work, as well as oversees all logistics regarding MPCA’s face-2-face and online events plus maintains the event registration platform. Andrea joined MPCA in 2005; in her off time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family at her summer camp, and 4-wheeling with her husband. Andrea's primary roles are supporting the Director of Policy & Communications, providing administrative support for committees, Training Events and T/TA work, and wherever else her help is needed.