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H. Duane Taylor - Chief Executive Officer
Duane has over 15 years of professional experience in health care financing, operations, health policy/legislative strategy, management, and health informatics. He holds a master's degree in Public Policy and a master's certificate in Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Financing from the University of Chicago. He also has a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Health Law from the American University's School of Law. Mr. Taylor is currently pursuing his doctorate in Public Health at George Washington University. His responsibilities include the management of daily operations, management of finances, and supporting the Legislative, Strategic, Finance and Bioterrorism committees. Mr. Taylor will be providing technical assistance in the areas of: Fiscal Management, Business Plan Development, Fiscal Indicators, Leadership, Board Governance, Corporate Compliance/Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness.


Judy Lapinski, PharmD - Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Lapinski comes to MACHC with 18 years of healthcare experience including administrative oversight, clinical operations, financial management, pharmacy, 340b program management, project management, cost reduction strategies, quality improvement, program building, personnel development, team building, and strategies for improved patient experience. Dr. Lapinski most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for one of the larger FQHCs in Maryland.   Her oversight led to growth and advancements in the medical, pharmacy, dental, case management, and central operations departments.  In the COO role, she worked closely with other members of the executive leadership to further the mission of the organization. Dr. Lapinski’s passion for serving people, particularly the underserved, drives her enthusiasm and dedication to the mission of MACHC.  She remains committed to be a supportive part of the work and missions of our nation’s community health centers. Judy is administratively responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of MACHC and will provide Technical Assistance to MACHC’s membership.  


Deitra Bell - Membership Services and Meetings
Deitra has over 21 years of professional experience relating to membership and meetings management and working with community health centers. Prior to joining MACHC, Deitra served as the Assistant to the Executive Vice President and to the Membership Manager at the National Association of Community Health Centers. She received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration in March 1982 from Duff’s Business School. Deitra is responsible for the development and coordination of membership recruitment and retention programs, the coordination and management of meetings, training sessions and seminars of the Association, the coordination of the Resource Center, surveying our membership on the various technical assistance and trainings that MACHC will offer and then compiling the information in order to provide feedback to the membership. Additionally, Deitra provides administrative support to the CEO 


Monique Alexander - Office Manager
Monique attended Sanford Brown Institute in Landover, MD, which is where she obtained her certification as a Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Monique has 10+ years of administrative support experience, which she has worked for several non-profit organizations over the years. She has a pleasant and inspiring attitude towards the work MACHC provides. As the Office Manager, she is primarily responsible for payroll, accounts payable/receivable, human resources, website management, advocacy, oversees the Association’s fiscal draw down schedule, maintains the financial and operational progress reports for the association to the Bureau, and maintains the supplies and upkeep of the office. Additionally, Monique provides administrative support to the COO.

Shannon Boyer - Operations Manager
Shannon comes to MACHC with 5 years of administrative health care support experience. Prior to joining MACHC, Shannon provided administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer in one of the larger FQHC’s in Maryland. Shannon completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management in 2008.  Since the completion of her degree, Shannon has worked in operations management field both in and out of the health care arena. By combining her experiences and education Shannon has been committed to serving the under privileged and underserved populations. At MACHC, Shannon is responsible for operations policies and procedure, communication platform management handling website management, act as a community liaison, and represent MACHC membership at state, local, and federal meetings.



Aneeqa Chowdhury, MPHPrograms & Community Development Manager/ Senior Analyst
Aneeqa Chowdhury brings an unique blend of professional experiences working with community development and health policy. Aneeqa received her BA in Psychology in 2008 from the University of Maryland College Park and her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Communications and Marketing at the School of Health and Human Services at The George Washington University in 2011. Her public health interests include improving health outcomes among underserved women and children, increasing health literacy skills, and reducing health disparities. Aneeqa will be responsible for the marketing and communication for the Association as well as the membership. In addition, Aneeqa will be managing all National and State based ACA efforts as well as provide Technical Assistance in the area of Emergency Preparedness. She is also responsible for the leadership and management of Community Development including projects and programs that provide direct support to Community Health Center growth and expansion related activities. She oversees activities pertaining the assessment and analysis of health care needs, the identification of goals, objectives, and priorities and the implementation of strategies for addressing identified problems. This includes programs and projects related to research, data collection and analysis, capital planning, health center growth and expansion, and quality improvement. Other responsibilities include managing assigned staff, identifying and supporting community health center growth and expansion projects, identifying funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals and providing programmatic input for the development of legislation.


John Andrew Young, MPH - Community Development Analyst
John Andrew has worked with a wide array of agencies that deliver whole-person healthcare services to vulnerable populations. He brings quality improvement, cost-effectiveness analysis, capacity building, and advocacy experiences to MACHC. John Andrew received his BA in Political Science in 2012 from the Birmingham-Southern College and his MPH with a concentration in Quantitative Policy Analysis in 2015 from the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His public health interests include improving health outcomes among people experiencing homelessness and providing communities with the tools needed to develop policies that support population health efforts. With MACHC, John Andrew is responsible for conducting external analysis for community health centers, helping centers with New Access Points and grant applications, and conducting environmental assessments for Maryland and Delaware communities.


Bernadette Johnson, MHA - Director of External Affairs
Bernadette brings over 12 years of administrative health care experience to MACHC. She has extensive experience in provider relations, contract negotiations, strategic planning and consensus building. She holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. She was a fellow with the American Association of Health Plans in Washington DC, now known as America’s Health Plans. In her capacity as Director of External Affairs and Program Services she is responsible for providing technical assistance to health centers on developing comprehensive business plans, operational plans and execution of these business tools. She will also be working with our Chief Operating Officer to provide ongoing emergency preparedness training and technical assistance to our health centers. Additionally, she will promote marketing campaigns to establish and maintain linkages with community organizations, public and private entities, and related groups to foster better working relationships and to seek opportunities for collaboration and information exchange.


Judy Lichty-Hess, MPH - Director of Clinical Projects
Judy Lichty-Hess has worked in the health care field with hospitals, health departments at the local, state and federal levels, businesses, faith communities, non-profits and schools for over 25 years.  She has experience in quality improvement, program planning, operations, public and community health, community coalition building, grant development and management, fund raising, strategic planning, community needs assessment, health enterprise zone and population health. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University in California.  Major initiatives that she managed include employee and flu shot campaigns, cancer programs that include screening events, low-income breast cancer programs, cardiovascular disease programs, implementation of an outpatient diabetes program, youth health, development of a lactation support and wellness programs for internal and external employees.  Judy is responsible for support with grants, clinical initiatives and program planning.

Betsy Wheeler - Delaware Liason
WAMS serves as the Delaware liaison for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC). In this role Ms. Wheeler provides membership services, advocacy, systems development consulting, ambulatory operations consulting, and policy analysis related to the provision of primary care in MACHC’s Delaware member sites. Ms. Wheeler possesses over twenty five years of experience in healthcare service delivery administration in private, public and medical education organizations, established stakeholder relationships, and a local business infrastructure. Her work has specialized in access to care and services, particularly for vulnerable populations, through systems development, revenue generation, program expansion, coalition building, and advocacy. As a small business, Ms. Wheeler provides facilitation and management services for meetings, coalitions, committees, and events as well as grant-writing including strategy development, partner recruitment, writing, and budgeting.
Since WAMS was formed in 1997, Ms. Wheeler has written over $60 million in grants and fundraising for healthcare organizations, and has provided grant-writing, consulting and management services to the formation of community health centers/new access points, expanded onsite mental/behavioral health and oral health services, insurance outreach and enrollment campaigns, community, individual, and family health education, safety net programs and volunteer physician networks, substance abuse prevention/treatment programs, care coordination and health navigation programs for the low-income uninsured, at risk children, and those with chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, and infant mortality, and start-up of statewide Consortiums, and non-profit organizations. Ms. Wheeler has extensive experience in supporting initiatives or coalitions that require the formation of governance structure and/or the use of subcommittees/workgroups for the purposes of implementing action-oriented agendas. This includes, but is not limited to, the development of mission, vision, strategy (business plans), the recruitment of key-stakeholders, drafting of bylaws, and ultimately ongoing staffing support (meeting facilitation, documentation, administrative follow-up, materials development, work-plan management, vendor acquisition and management), fund development, and promotion.

Abid Jamil, BS - Public Health Intern
Abid Jamil is a public health intern at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2014 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He plans to pursue a career in medicine in the future. In addition to his work at MACHC, he is an avid basketball and soccer fan. He resides in Columbia, Maryland with his family.