NACHC’s Quality Center QI Advisory Board

NACHC’s QI Advisory Board helps to guide the Quality Center’s strategic priorities and provide input from the field. Members of the Advisory Board represent a geographically diverse, national cross-section of health centers, primary care associations, and health center-controlled networks. Nominations for the next term of the Advisory Board are now being accepted. Submit your nomination at https://bit.ly/QC_QIAdvisoryBoardNomination.

QI Advisory Board Purpose:

To serve as the front-line voice for quality issues impacting health centers. To provide guidance and input on the direction and priorities of the Quality Center.

Term: 2 years

Composition: 14-16 members with a minimum of 75% of seats held by health center staff, including 1-2 consumer Board members. Remaining seats occupied by primary care association and health center-controlled network representatives. The Board should reflect health center diversity including, but not limited to, considerations of geographic location, size, and populations served.

2021 QI Advisory Board:

Sunil D’Cunha, MBBS, MD, FACP
Co-Chair

Chief Medical Officer
Charter Oak Community Health Center, CT

Dr. Sunil D’Cunha, MD FACP, currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Charter Oak Health Center. Dr. D’Cunha is a board-certified Internal Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. Dr. D’Cunha has over 20 years of clinical experience in community health centers in Connecticut and is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut.

Jin Nam, RN, BSN, MSN, MS
Co-Chair

Director of Practice Transformation
AllianceChicago, IL

Jin Nam worked as a registered nurse in various capacities for 18 years in hospital systems, including as a clinician, multidepartment operations leader, and in process and quality improvement. For the past five years, she has served as the Director of Transformation at AllianceChicago to support community health centers on initiatives related to quality improvement.

Cheralyn Johnson, FNP-BC, IA, MSN, RN, BSN

Quality Improvement Director
South Boston Community Health Center, MA

Cheralyn Johnson is an IHI-certified Improvement Advisor and an Epic-certified Provider Builder with over 7 years of experience serving in two Boston-area FQHCs. She currently serves as the Director of Quality Improvement and a Family Nurse Practitioner at South Boston Community Health Center. Cheralyn serves as a co-chair of the Continuous Learning and Improvement Taskforce of the Massachusetts Healthcare Patient Safety & Quality Consortium.

Cynthia Keltner, MPA

Director of Care Transformation
California Primary Care Association, CA

Cynthia J. Keltner, M.P.A. currently serves as the Director of Care Transformation for the California Primary Care Association. In this role Ms. Keltner is responsible for the implementation of the CPCA’s work on the transition to value-based care and the readiness effort to ensure clinics are successful in transforming to an Alternative Payment Methodology.

Debbie Lester, MA

Chief Quality & Social Impact Program Officer 
Urban Health Plan Inc., NY

Debbie Lester, LMSW, MS is the Chief Quality and Social Impact Program Officer at Urban Health Plan. She has worked in community health for over 30 years leading quality improvement teams and implementing patient support programs that address the social determinants of health.

Jeniqua Duncan, DO, MBA

Chief of Value-Based Care
CareSouth Carolina, Inc., SC

Dr. Jeniqua Duncan is a board-certified Family Physician and has an MBA in Healthcare Leadership. As the Chief of Value Based Care at CareSouth Carolina, Inc., she has benefited from the resources of the Quality Center and sees her involvement on the Advisory Board as a way to give back.

Joseph Panerio-Langer, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, MA

Joe Panerio-Langer MD is Chief Medical Officer at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center in Brockton Massachusetts. He has practiced primary care internal medicine in Brockton since 2009 with special interests in substance use and quality improvement.

Josephine “Josie” Jones, RN, BA, MPA

BOD Chairwoman
Signature Health, MA

Josephine Jones MPA, RN serves as Consulting Director of Behavioral Health for Lake Hospital System and as Chair of the Signature Health Board. She serves as a part of Signature Health because she believes that FQHC’s, with their focus on meeting the needs of underserved areas of the country and underserved clients, are absolutely necessary for the health of the nation. 


Kellee Farris, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
Lee County Cooperative Clinic, AR

Kellee Mitchell Farris, PhD holds a doctorate in Public Health.  Farris has been the CEO at Lee County Cooperative Clinic (LCCC) in Marianna, AR for three years. Farris has been with LCCC for 10 years, prior to becoming CEO, she worked as the Quality Improvement Coordinator.

Kim Schwartz, MA, CBC

Chief Executive Officer
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center, NC

Coming Soon

Michael “Mike” Schnake, CPA

BOD Secretary/Treasurer 
Jordan Valley Community Health Center, MO

Mike Schnake, a retired CPA, currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Jordan Valley Community Health Center (JVCHC) in Springfield, MO. Prior to joining the JVCHC Board, Mike’s professional career as a CPA spanned 33 1/2 years at BKD, LLP where he was a Partner and served as team leader for the firm’s community health center practice providing a range of specialized accounting and consulting services for health centers across the nation.

Mike Renaud, BA

Vice President of Quality & Patient Engagement
Presbyterian Medical Services, NM

Mike Renaud is the Vice President of Quality and Patient Engagement for Presbyterian Medical Services.  He has over 15 years of experience in FQHC’s and is driven by a fanatical belief in “giving our everything” for the people we serve.

Rebecca Rudd, RN, PCMH CCE, Six Sigma Lean Green Belt

Manager of Consulting Services, OSIS HCCN Grant Program Director
OSIS, OH

Rebecca Rudd is the Manager of Consulting Services and HCCN Grant Director at OSIS (HCCN). She holds an NCP for Nextgen and is a NCQA PCMH Certified Content Expert along with a Six Sigma Lean Green Belt. Prior to joining OSIS in 2013, she was employed for 14 years with an FQHC in many roles including Practice Manager and Director of Operations/QI/EHR. Her nursing background includes surgery, hospice, home care, pediatrics, family medicine, and community health.

Tracie Zeagler, RN-BSN

Director of Health Informatics and Information Management
Kinston Community Health Center, NC

Tracie Zeagler has worked at Kinston Community Health Center in Kinston, NC, for the past 7 years, starting out as a triage nurse for two years, then as the Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance Coordinator for four years. Tracie is currently the Director of Health Informatics and Information Management. She also has a clinical background in pediatrics, critical care, and post-operative care.

Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP

Chief Medical Officer
Community Health Center, Inc., CT

Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP is a board certified Family Physician and is the Chief Medical Officer of one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. As the CMO, Dr. Channamsetty focuses on patient centered care that promotes health equity though clinical excellence, research, innovation, and training.

Vija Sehgal, MD, MPH, PhD

Chief Quality Officer
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, HI

Dr. Vija Sehgal, Chief Quality Officer and Director of Pediatric Services has been a practicing pediatrician at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Oahu, Hawaii for the past 28 years. With a background in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, she oversees the Health Center’s Population Health and Community Health programs, including several School Based Health Centers.

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