Our Team

Kasey Harding-Wheeler
Director
Ms. Harding-Wheeler began her career at CHC as the Director of the Ryan White Program. Since then, she has taken administrative and programmatic responsibility for Healthcare for the Homeless (WYA), Hepatitis C, and TEACH–BMT Programs. She was responsible for the development & implementation of CHC’s HIV prevention and PrEP programs, providing health care services for vulnerable populations.
Marwan Haddad
Medical Director
Marwan Haddad is the Medical Director of the Center for Key Populations. He joined Community Health Center, Inc. in July 2006. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from McGill University. He completed his family medicine residency at University of Toronto and obtained his Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in Family Medicine. He is certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV specialist. He was also the recipient of the 2011 Primary Care Leadership Award presented by the Connecticut Center for Primary Care. Dr. Haddad is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Since January 2012, Dr. Haddad has led the CHC Project ECHO HIV, Hepatitis C, and Buprenorphine programs which expand the integration of these programs not only within CHC but nationwide. This model of care utilizes didactic and case-based learning via video conferences with medical providers, offering ongoing support, consultation and guidance to aid in delivering care to the HIV, Hepatitis C, and opioid using populations. Moreover, Dr. Haddad has taught and lectured at state and national conferences on HIV, Hepatitis C, medication assisted treatment and substance use management, and integrated care. He has published research on the integration of medication assisted treatment such as buprenorphine in community health centers examining both substance use as well as primary care outcomes.
Heather Barone
Case Manager
Heather Barone has been a Ryan White (RW) Part A Medical Case Manager based at the Oasis Wellness Center at Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) for over 6 years. Heather has a BA in Social Work and has twenty years of experience in the field. As a case manager, she meets monthly with individuals living with HIV who reside in Middlesex County. She serves as an advocate for her clients and assists with adherence to medication and medical appointments as well as financial help with medical bills. She works collaboratively with outside agencies to ensure clients receive the services they require to achieve and maintain independent and healthy lives.
Doug Janssen
Outreach Coordinator
Doug Janssen is the Outreach Coordinator for CHCI’s HIV and Hepatitis C programs including Prevention and Testing. He also serves as the Community liaison for all CKP initiatives.
Michael Lauro
Substance Use Counselor
Michael Lauro is the Substance Use Counselor of the Healthcare for the Homeless Program as well as for the Suboxone (Buprenorphine) Program at Community Health Center. He sees patients on an individual basis in shelters across the state and at CHC’s New Britain site. He also runs Suboxone groups. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been a substance use counselor for 3 years. He previously worked at various agencies with underserved populations in numerous capacities including HIV counseling and testing. His life’s work includes a strong social justice background-- he once organized a march with over 100,000 attendees, walking with famed labor and civil rights activist Ceasar Chavez at his side.
Angel Lopez
Angel Lopez is the HIV Counselor and Tester for the Center for Key Populations covering New London county in collaboration with Alliance for Living. Angel will be reaching out to priority populations offering free HIV and HCV Rapid Testing within Alliance for Living and in the community at large. Angel has worked for Community Health Center for almost 2 years and recently joined the Center for Key Populations where he will have an opportunity to utilize his amazing skills in reaching hard to reach populations and offering prevention services. Angel will be working in conjunction with the Outreach Coordinator and the PrEP Navigator of the Center for Key Populations with the goal of stopping the spread of HIV.
Maria Lorenzo
Medical Case Manager
Maria Lorenzo is the Medical Case Manager for the Center for Key Populations. Maria joined the Community Health Center in July 1997. Maria is bilingual- fluent in Spanish and English. Maria works closely with patients who are living with HIV by providing intervention, support, and advocacy. Maria also partners closely with outside community agencies and helps connect patients with these resources. Maria has just obtained her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Human Services and will be continuing her education with a goal to pursue her Master of Science degree with a concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership.
Jeannie McIntosh
Family Nurse Practitioner & Fellow
Jeannie McIntosh is a family nurse practitioner and a fellow with the Center for Key Populations (CKP) at Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) in Connecticut. Prior to joining the CKP team, she completed a year-long primary care residency at CHCI. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and an M.S.N. from Yale University. Jeannie’s clinical interests include infectious disease, addiction medicine, transgender care and women’s health. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in both Indonesian and Portuguese.”
Patricia Mik
Nurse Care Coordinator
Patricia Mik was a Public Health RN for a local Health Department for 25 years before coming to CHC as a clinical nurse in 2009. For the past 3 years she has been working as the nurse care coordinator for the Center for Key Populations. Some of her many responsibilities included medication adherence, patient support, and care coordination. She is now the Nurse Care Coordinator and Patient Navigator for the Hepatitis C Program.
Mirela Mujcinovic
Buprenorphine Care Coordinator
Mirela Mujcinovic is the care coordinator for the buprenorphine program covering the Eastern region (New Britain, Middletown, Enfield, New London, and Groton ) and has been with the Community Health Center since 2014. Mirela graduated from University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Health. Mirela works with both new and current patients to help connect them with buprenorphine programs as well as higher levels of care if needed.
Traci Norman
Program Director
Traci Norman currently manages and oversees the operation of the Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy/Medication Assisted Treatment programs at 12 of Community Health Center’s sites. She is committed to providing integrated care for individuals who have opiate and other substance use disorders. As Project Director of HRSA’s Substance Use Expansion grant, she works alongside her team to provide greater support for the clinical teams and patients at each site through care coordination and Behavioral Health support services. Her work on this grant also entails substance use prevention/education, as well as overdose prevention/education. Ms. Norman has worked with and advocated for individuals with substance use disorders for over six years in the public health field. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Certification in Health Education and will be pursuing her Master’s of Public Health in Fall 2018.
Erica Preston
Behavioral Health Lead: LGB & Transgender Mental Health
Erica Preston, Psy.D. is the behavioral health lead for LGB and transgender mental health care at CHC and a clinical psychologist at the New London site. She has extensive experience working with the LGBT community and specializes in working with individuals looking to explore their sexuality and gender identity, including those who are in the process of medically or socially transitioning. Dr. Preston currently runs a monthly transgender support group in New London that is open to all transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, ages 18+. Dr. Preston is also a supervisor of postdoctoral residents and a member of the Postdoctoral Resident Leadership Team at CHC.
Briana Reaves
Suboxone Care Coordinator
Briana Reaves is a care coordinator for the western region of the Suboxone (Buprenorphine) program at Community Health Center. She screens and assists patients with getting connected with primary and behavioral health treatment. She also provides support to the clinical staff by communicating and documenting patient information that pertains to their treatment plans. She is currently pursuing her MBA with a concentration in healthcare management. She has always been motivated and dedicated to helping underserved populations.
Lizbeth Vazquez
Program Assistant
Lizbeth Vazquez, RMA is the program assistant for the Center for Key Populations. She provides clinical and technical support for our providers. Lizbeth has served CHCI since 2006 and obtained her Medical Assistant Registration in 2016. Lizbeth works closely with our nurses and providers to ensure continuity and coordination for our patients. She is a very family oriented person and loves to travel.
Idiana Velez
PrEP Navigator & HIV Education Coordinator
Idiana Velez is the PrEP Navigator and HIV Education Coordinator for the Center for Key Populations. Idiana has 13 years of experience working in HIV Prevention and currently works at all the sites in assisting patients in getting started on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention by pre-assessing, registering, scheduling and assisting patients who are uninsured or underinsured in getting financial assistance. Idiana serves as a liaison between PrEP patients and providers and works closely with patients throughout the duration of treatment to assist with medication adherence and follow up appointment scheduling when necessary. Idiana also coordinates community outreach and testing events throughout the state of Connecticut in order to raise awareness on PrEP and HIV prevention. Idiana just completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree and is pursuing a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership.