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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work


Want to learn more about who's doing what at MPCA? You can jump to a specific team by clicking on the links below:

 

Executive Team


Dennis Litos, MHA, FACHE
Interim Chief Executive Officer
517.827.0880

  • Advocacy and legislative affairs
  • Strategic planning
  • Governance and bylaws
  • Board and member relations
  • Michigan Community Health Network relations
  

Phillip Bergquist

Health Center Operations Officer

  • Health center operations, training, and enabling services
  • Alternative payment methodologies
 
 

Amber Desgranges, MPH, CED

Grant Program Officer

517.827.0462

  • MPCA program oversight
  • Strategic planning
  • Grant oversight
  

Matt Herwaldt, CMA

Chief Financial Officer

517.381.8003

  • Financial reporting
  • Accounting, finance, and budgeting
  • Contract Administration
  

Nancy Sting, MSA, SHRM-CP

Human Resources/Compliance Officer

517.381.8004

  • Human resources administration
  • Recruiting
  • Training and development
  
Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer
517.827.0887

  • Medical oversight, expertise, and leadership
  • Directs Michigan Quality Improvement Network (MQIN)
  • Chief Medical Officer Network engagement and support
  • Health information technology and interoperability
  • Clinical strategy development and implementation
  • Promotes clinical integration, internally and externally


 

Clinical Quality

 

Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
517.827.0887

  • Medical oversight, expertise, and leadership
  • Directs Michigan Quality Improvement Network (MQIN)
  • Chief Medical Officer Network engagement and support
  • Health information technology and interoperability
  • Clinical strategy development and implementation
  • Promotes clinical integration, internally and externally
  

Debra Kristy

Health Information Technology Specialist

517.827.0476 

  • Supports MQIN deliverables
  • Leads monthly EHR user groups
  • Liaises with health centers and EHR vendors
  • Helps health centers promote interoperability
  • Helps health centers gather attestation data
  • Connects health centers and Health Information Exchanges
 

 

 

Grants and Programs

 

Amber Desgranges, MPH, CED

Grant Program Officer

517.827.0462

  • Alternative payment methodologies
  • MPCA program oversight
  • Strategic planning
  • Grant oversight
  

Prashanti Boinapally, MD, MSc

Data Analytics and Evaluation Manager

517.827.0882

  • Data analytics and evaluation
 

Jackie Chandler, MS

Integrated Health Program Manager

517.827.0888

  • Coordinates support for the WISEWOMAN Program
  • Serves as program lead for MI Care Team heath homes
  • Provides program oversight for Collaborative Care and Project SPIRIT
  • Offers training and technical assistance for HIV prevention, Homeless Health, LGBTQ, and Migrant Health Networks
  

Kelly Feenstra

Program Coordinator

517.827.0467

  • Provides program support and reporting\
  • Supports cancer and asthma programs
  • Helps maintain peer networks and coordinate meeting and training logistics 
  

Smriti "Simmi" D. Isaac, MA, MHA, PCMH-CCE, CHCEF

Associate Director of Operational Excellence

517.827.0471

  • Process and quality improvement guidance and support
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice transformation 
  • Michigan Community Health Network (MCHN) quality focus for maximizing reimbursements and shared savings
  
 

Janelle Murray, MPH
Associate Director of Integrated Health
517.827.0874

  • Substance use disorder services
  • Behavioral health integration
  • Training and technical assistance for integrated health programs
  
Lindsay Sailor

Integrated Health Program Manager

517.827.0889

  • Maternal, child, and infant health
  • Pharmacy services support
  • Oral health


 

Health Center Operations and Training


Phillip Bergquist

Health Center Operations Officer

  • Health center operations, training, and enabling services
  

Dawne Velianoff, LMSW, MUP

Director of Operations

517.827.0875

  • Provides financial and program oversight to the Operations, Training, and Programs team
  • Cultivates stakeholder relationships to support MPCA and member growth
  • Leads network discussions and training
  
 Chelena Bell

Workforce and Operations Specialist

517.827.0876

  • Serves as program lead for workforce development activities
  • Provides technical assistance to health centers on workforce development, recruiting, and loan repayment programs
  • Coordinates support for emergency management/preparedness
  • Ensures compliance with CMS regulations impacting health centers
  

Kelsea Frazier

Billing and Operations Specialist

517.827.0465

  • Helps resolve billing issues
  • Provides proactive and responsive technical support and training for health center operations
  • Serves as the expert on medical coding and billing
  

Martha Schlesinger, MBA, MUP

AmeriCorps Program Consultant

517.827.0878

  • Manages all work associated with the AmeriCorps planning grant

 

 

Health Information Technology and Data Services 

 

Rob Pazdan, MBA
Chief Information Officer
517.827.0481

  • Strategic planning, development, evaluation, and coordination of MPCA's information and technology systems, including VirtualCHC Health Information Technology coordination with MQIN
  
 

Dave Hickman

Information Technology Manager

517.827.0486

  • Manages VirtualCHC
  • Provides data center and office network oversight
  
 

Dustin Barber

System Administrator II

517.827.0483

  • Systems and network administration
  • System monitoring
  • Customer support
  
 

Daniel Dawkins

System Administrator II

517.827.0488

  • Systems and network administration
  • Systems monitoring
  • Customer support
  
 

Cheryl Gildner

Clinical Data Manager

517.827.0870

  • Manages statewide integrated data system
  • Provides direction and daily management of MPCA's data assets
  
 

Mike Gleason

System Administrator III

517.827.0482

  • New system design
  • Systems and network administration and monitoring
  • Customer support
  
 

Colin VanDusen

System Administrator I

517.827.0487

  • Systems and network administration
  • System monitoring
  • Customer support
  

 

 

 

Member Services

 

Tom Kochheiser, CAE
Director of Member Services
517.827.0873

  • Responsible for management of all membership activities, including board and membership meetings
  • Strategic planning for membership and sponsorship growth
  • Leads Member Services team
  
 

Jen Anderson

Associate Director of Communications

517.827.0473

  • Oversees internal and external communications
  • Leads grassroots advocacy efforts and strategic communications
  • Provides policy support
  • Coordinates design and production for print materials
  • Manages Communications Network
  • Manages social media
  
 

Derek Commey

Training and Education Specialist

517.827.0871

  • Training, conference, and event coordination and registration
  • Webinar coordination, hosting, and registration
  
 

Barb Lincoln

Training and Education Manager

517.853.1062

  • Training, conference, and event planning
  • Webinar hosting

 

 

MPCA Finance and Operations

 

Matt Herwaldt, CMA

Chief Financial Officer

517.381.8003

  • Financial reporting
  • Accounting, finance, and budgeting
  • Contract administration
  
 

Rob Pazdan

Chief Information Officer

517.827.0481

  • Strategic planning, development, evaluation, and coordination of MPCA's information and technology systems, including VirtualCHC Health Information Technology coordination with MQIN
  
 

Katie Nearpass

Accounting Assistant

517.827.0478

  • Accounting
  • Payables and receivables
  
 

Kelli Rockwell

Accounting and Contract Specialist

517.827.0881

  • Contracts processing and tracking
  • Accounts receivable
  • Collections
  
 

Erin Rogers

Office Administrator

517.827.0469

  • Office operations
  • Building maintenance oversight
  • Program support
  
 

Kristin Seyfert

Administrative Assistant

517.381.8000

  • Supports MPCA staff
  • Customer service

 

 

 

Policy and Government Affairs

 

David Newman, MPA
Associate Director of Policy and Government Affairs
517.827.0884

  • Health policy analysis and government affairs support
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