LEADERSHIP

 

Darcy Shargo, MFA : Chief Executive Officer

Darcy Shargo, MFA

Chief Executive Officer

dshargo@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.

Hillary Colcord : Chief of Staff

Hillary Colcord

Chief of Staff

hcolcord@mepca.org

As MPCA's Chief of Staff (COS), Hillary assists the CEO and Impact Team in providing leadership and oversight for day-to-day functions and supports the MPCA team in developing and implementing a trauma-informed operational strategy/system. She helps develop approaches that help MPCA meet our organizational goals that support Maine's Community Health Centers. Hillary joined MPCA in 2019 and prior to holding the COS role, held Program Manager roles focused on Health Equity and managing MPCA's cooperative agreement from HRSA. Prior to joining MPCA, Hillary worked in low-barrier homeless services in Cumberland County, focusing primarily on Housing First interventions for people experiencing chronic homelessness. She 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.

Keith Gibson : Director of Finance and Operations

Keith Gibson

Director of Finance and Operations

kgibson@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.

Christopher J. Pezzullo, DO : Clinical Director

Christopher J. Pezzullo, DO

Clinical Director

cpezzullo@mepca.org

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.

Sharon Stanley, MBA, CPC, CPB : Director of Operations Improvement

Sharon Stanley, MBA, CPC, CPB

Director of Operations Improvement

sstanley@mepca.org

Sharon serves as the Director of Operations Improvement. 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 and IT processes, financial planning, and exploring alternative payment models.

Lisa Tapert, MPH : Chief Program Officer

Lisa Tapert, MPH

Chief Program Officer

ltapert@mepca.org

Lisa joins MPCA after 7 years as Executive Director then CEO of the Maine Mobile Health Program, Maine’s federally qualified health center (FQHC) dedicated to providing mobile health care and services to Maine’s agricultural workers and seafood processors. Her primary role is driving programmatic direction and improvement toward strategic objectives. She will also focus on building strategic partnerships, program evaluation, fundraising, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to working at MMHP, she was Vice President, Global Access Programs for Axios International, a health care consulting firm based in Paris, France, where she managed the agency’s Asia offices. Lisa has over 30 years of global public health leadership and senior management experience including organizational strategic planning and implementation, program development and execution, monitoring and evaluation, leadership development and financial management. She received her Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health, from the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Oberlin College and has worked in 20 different countries around the globe.

Bryan Wyatt, MA : Director of Policy & Communications

Bryan Wyatt, MA

Director of Policy & Communications

bwyatt@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.

 

 

PROGRAM STAFF

 

Ashley Cleary : MePCA PSO Program Coordinator

Ashley Cleary

MePCA PSO Program Coordinator

acleary@mepca.org

Ashley serves as the MePCA PSO Program Coordinator, providing support to the PSO Director and staff. She assists with data collection, research, and other administrative duties. Prior to this, Ashley was a Program Assistant with a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). Ashley graduated from Thomas College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. She has two girls who are very involved in basketball, softball and dance, and her favorite pastime is gathering with family and friends.

Megan Cross : Program Coordinator

Megan Cross

Program Coordinator

mcross@mepca.org

As Program Coordinator, Megan provides administrative and operational support for BPHC and all program staff. She previously worked as Executive Assistant at a large home health and behavioral health agency that focused on rural and underserved areas of Maine. Prior to that Megan spent several years working in the insurance industry, focusing mainly on Quality Management. Megan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington.

Emily Ferry, MSW : Workforce Program Manager

Emily Ferry, MSW

Workforce Program Manager

eferry@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.

Lisa Frost : Staff Accountant

Lisa Frost

Staff Accountant

lfrost@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. 

Hannah Hudson, MA : Policy & Communications Manager

Hannah Hudson, MA

Policy & Communications Manager

hhudson@mepca.org

Hannah joined Maine Primary Care Association in 2021 and is responsible for supporting the organization’s public policy and communications initiatives and building the capacity of MPCA’s members to advocate effectively for their mission. She previously worked in Washington, DC, as a policy staffer for Maine Senator Susan M. Collins, leading efforts on global health and international trade. Prior to that, she was a consultant at The Cohen Group, a strategic business advisory firm founded by former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Maine Senator William S. Cohen. Hannah earned a BA in International Affairs and a MA in Global Policy from the University of Maine.

Becky Lambert : Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

Becky Lambert

Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

blambert@mepca.org

Becky brings a background in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Trauma-Informed Care, social and behavioral health, health education, and public health program planning to her role as Behavioral Health Program Coordinator. Her education and experience have focused on the social determinants of health, health equity, and the importance of every individual in every community having the opportunity to reach their highest health and well-being potential. Becky has a degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Public Health from Southern New Hampshire University. In her spare time, she loves to hike all the beautiful mountains that surround where she lives, and also enjoys a daily run, yoga, paddle boarding, fishing and loves a good political or historical book.

Michael Pancook, MPA : CHCNet Program Manager

Michael Pancook, MPA

CHCNet Program Manager

mpancook@mepca.org

As CHCNet Program Manager, 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.

Beth Pearce : Oral Health Coordinator

Beth Pearce

Oral Health Coordinator

bpearce@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.

Kristen Tounzen, MPH : Clinical Quality and Safety Program Manager

Kristen Tounzen, MPH

Clinical Quality and Safety Program Manager

kkilcollins@mepca.org

Kristen brings to her position 11 years of medical experience as a laboratory technician as well as several years of experience working in public health. Throughout her school career she has obtained degrees in Public Health, Criminal Justice, Medical Laboratory Science and Pre-medical Biology, the most recent of which was a Master’s in Public Health, from the University of New England. As part of the MPCA team, Kristen’s main focus is working on several grants and programs, including the Colorectal Cancer Screening grant, the BOLD grant and PSO program, amongst other work. Kristen lives in Waterville with her husband Noah and they enjoy traveling, hiking and spending time with their pets.

Andrea Watkins : Training and Communications Specialist

Andrea Watkins

Training and Communications Specialist

awatkins@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.

Susan Whittaker, CPC, CPMA : Quality Improvement Program Manager

Susan Whittaker, CPC, CPMA

Quality Improvement Program Manager

swhittaker@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.