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 : Chief Financial Officer

Keith Gibson

Chief Financial Officer

kgibson@mepca.org

Keith is the Chief Financial Officer at Maine Primary Care Association, where he oversees the accounting, human resources, technology, and risk management 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. Keith enjoys sailing the Maine coast in the summer and skiing Maine's mountains in the winter.

Christopher J. Pezzullo, DO : Chief Clinical Officer

Christopher J. Pezzullo, DO

Chief Clinical Officer

cpezzullo@mepca.org

Dr. Christopher Pezzullo, DO serves as the Chief Clinical Officer 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.

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 : Chief Public Affairs Officer

Bryan Wyatt, MA

Chief Public Affairs Officer

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 : PSO Program Coordinator

Ashley Cleary

PSO Program Coordinator

acleary@mepca.org

Ashley serves as the 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 : Director of Workforce Initiatives

Emily Ferry, MSW

Director of Workforce Initiatives

eferry@mepca.org

Emily brings a background in education and nonprofit management to her role as the Director of Workforce Initiatives 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 Manager

Becky Lambert

Behavioral Health Program Manager

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 Manager. 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.

Leslie Lorentzen : Executive and Membership Services Coordinator

Leslie Lorentzen

Executive and Membership Services Coordinator

llorentzen@mepca.org

Leslie serves as the Executive & Membership Services Coordinator for the Maine Primary Care Association. She supports the CEO and other leadership members, along with ensuring membership is fully integrated across all facets of the Association’s work, and brings over 15 years of experience in customer needs assessment and communications to her position. Leslie earned a BS in Information and Library Science from the University of Maine at Augusta.

Robert “Bobby” Martin : VBP Initiatives Program Manager

Robert “Bobby” Martin

VBP Initiatives Program Manager

bmartin@mepca.org

Bobby serves as Program Manager for Value Based Payment Initiatives for MPCA. His role includes coordination with MPCA members, MaineCare, and other key stakeholders working toward payment model reform and healthcare transformation. Bobby has previously held leadership roles in pediatric behavioral health, civil rights advocacy, and Medicaid Managed Care. Throughout his career, Bobby has worked to improve healthcare quality and access for vulnerable children and families through system innovation and alignment. He is a Pacific Northwest transplant, a graduate of Boston College, and an avid home gardener.

Beth Pearce : Oral Health Program Manager

Beth Pearce

Oral Health Program Manager

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.

Jennifer Schoonover : Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Coordinator

Jennifer Schoonover

Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Coordinator

jschoonover@mepca.org

In her role as Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Coordinator, Jennifer (Jen) supports the CHCNet team on their mission “to strengthen and improve population health outcomes by leveraging health information technologies and building strong systems of care.” She has more than 20 years of medical and laboratory support experience; prior to joining MPCA, Jen worked on the west coast as a regional coordinator for a medication assisted treatment (MAT) program for substance use disorder patients. Her favorite pastimes are wildlife photography, whale watching, quilting, and decorating cookies. Jen is looking forward to working with others on the team to help improve processes and services for the communities that Maine's Community Health Centers serve.

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.

Kristen Tounzen, MPH : Clinical Quality and Safety Program Manager

Kristen Tounzen, MPH

Clinical Quality and Safety Program Manager

ktounzen@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 : Logistics and Communications Specialist

Andrea Watkins

Logistics and Communications Specialist

awatkins@mepca.org

Andrea provides direct support for the Chief Public Affairs Officer and the Policy & Communications Team. She provides administrative support for the Public Policy & Communications Committee and manages logistics for training events and MPCA special projects. Andrea develops the MPCA weekly newsletter – the MPCA Weekly Compendium,  is a member of the Annual Conference Planning Team and maintains the event registration platform. Andrea joined MPCA in 2005; in her off time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family at her summer camp, and 4-wheeling with her husband. While Andrea's primary role is supporting the Chief Public Affairs Officer, she provides assistance wherever her help is needed.

Susan Whittaker, CPC, CPMA : Training and Risk Management Program Manager

Susan Whittaker, CPC, CPMA

Training and Risk Management Program Manager

swhittaker@mepca.org

Susan’s entire career has centered around 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). Before joining MPCA in 2021, Susan provided technical assistance to Maine’s medical practices as they navigated Medicare’s Quality Payment Program. At MPCA, Susan works with the Community Health Center Network Grant (CHCNet), and with the Finance Program supporting Coding & Billing and Auditing Projects. In her off-time Susan enjoys outdoor activities, and organic gardening.