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OACHC STAFF

 
   

Randy Runyon

Title: President and CEO
E-mail: rrunyon@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 222

Profile:
Randy is the President and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC). His job is to ensure that OACHC achieves its strategic goals and objectives. Randy joined OACHC in August of 2010 and was previously the Assistant Executive Director of the Community Action Committee of Pike County. Randy Runyon has spent 35 years working with Community Health Centers and community development issues all across Ohio. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions addressing issues that affect Appalachian Ohio. Mr. Runyon has served on the OACHC Board of Directors since 2000.

 


 


 

Ashley Ballard, RN, BSN

Title: Chief Quality Officer
E-mail: aballard@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 233

Profile:
Ashley Ballard is the Chief Quality Officer. She came to OACHC as the Director of Clinical Quality in 2014 from an FQHC where she has worked as a Staff Nurse, Clinical Manager, and most recently Quality Assurance Coordinator. She has experience with Joint Commission standards and PCMH compliance.  Ashley works with the health centers on Risk Management, Quality Improvement, and Clinical Initiatives as well as provide support to the Quality Personnel. She graduated from Edison Community College with an Associate of Applied Science and Wright State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Recently she achieved NCQA PCMH Content Expert Certification for 2014 Standards.  





 

Jennifer Bowers

Title: Chief Finance Officer
E-mail: jbowers@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 225

Profile:
Jennifer has been the Director of Finance at OACHC since 2002. She oversees all financial management of the organization including developing budgets and financial policies, compliance with state and federal fiscal regulations and grant programs. Prior to working at OACHC, Jennifer worked for the Union County Health Department as a Fiscal Officer. She holds a B.S. from Franklin University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the State of Ohio.



 

 

Julie DiRossi-King

Title: Chief Operations Officer
E-mail: jdirossi@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 226

Profile:
Julie is the Chief Operations Officer. As she expands her role administratively, she continues advocate and advance OACHC’s legislative priorities at the state and federal levels. She also coordinates the association’s grassroots efforts, which allows the OACHC membership to effectively communicate with their elected representatives. Prior to joining OACHC Julie served as the Legislative Liaison for Governor Bob Taft overseeing all health and human services issues, was the legislative aide to former State Representative Merle Grace Kearns (Springfield) and also worked in the Ohio Dental Association’s legislative division. Julie has a B.A. from The Ohio State University. 


Dana Vallangeon, MD

Title: Chief Medical Officer
E-mail: dvallangeon@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 249

Profile:
Dr. Vallangeon (Dr. Dana) arrived at OACHC in the Spring of 2019 as the new Chief Medical Officer. As CMO, she assists in efforts to lead health center clinical teams to the highest levels of quality and operational efficiency. Her dual board certification in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine supports her work with the OACHC Behavioral Health and Quality teams to continue the adoption of effective Substance Use Disorder treatment throughout Ohio’s FQHCs. A former health center CEO and staff physician for over 17 years, she has also been a medical director at a free clinic and at a substance use disorder/mental health treatment facility, along with an ongoing role as adjunct medical school and Family Medicine residency faculty. She received her M.D. degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and her B.S. degree from Olivet Nazarene University.   

 

 

 


 


Ted Wymyslo, MD

 

Title: Senior Medical Advisor
E-mail: twymyslo@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 234

Profile:
Dr. Wymyslo is the Senior Medical Advisor of OACHC. He works with OACHC leadership and the member practice sites throughout Ohio to improve quality of care, control costs, enhance the workforce of our centers, and expand utilization of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care. Dr. Wymyslo is the immediate past Director of the Ohio Department of Health. He also serves at the Senior Advisor to Better Health Partnership. He has been involved statewide and nationally in the integration of public health and primary care as a method to effectively improve population health. For over 30 years he has worked as a practicing family physician, educator, practice organizer and healthcare leader. The American Medical Association,Ohio State Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and Ohio Academy of Family Physicians have recognized him for his service to healthcare and the community.



 

Shereen Bahader, BDS, MPH

Title: Oral Health Coordinator
E-mail: sbahader@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 245

Profile:
Dr. Shereen Bahader is the Oral Health Coordinator of OACHC. She coordinates HRSA’s Midwest Networks for Oral Health Integration grant. She works with OACHC leadership and member practice sites to coordinate and implement oral health quality improvement projects. Dr. Bahader graduated from Al-Quds University School of Dentistry in Palestine in 2012 with honors and practiced dentistry for 4 years after which she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 and earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration of health policy and management.  She was awarded by the Delta Omega Honorary society in public health Theta Chapter at UNC-CH for academic excellence. After graduating from UNC-CH she went back to practicing dentistry alongside working as a quality assurance consultant at a private hospital. She also continued as a part-timer doing research at the Microbiology Research Lab at Al-Quds University where she was able to publish two papers.  


 

 

 

              

Elizabeth Bradley

Title: Executive Assistant
E-mail: ebradley@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 231


Profile:
Elizabeth Bradley came to OACHC in spring 2016, as the Executive Assistant.  Several of her responsibilities include coordinating the scheduling of OACHC leadership, assisting executive leadership in completing projects, meetings and communications, and helping with any other tasks as needed.  Prior to coming to OACHC, Elizabeth retired from the Ohio Department of Health where she served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Health for the last five years.  She also worked as a medical assistant for a couple of years at a local FQHC.  Elizabeth earned her Associate of Science degree in business administration from Ohio Dominican University. 


 

Kelly Carey

Title: Director of Policy & Public Affairs
E-mail: kcarey@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 239

Profile:
Kelly Carey came to OACHC in the Spring of 2019 as Director of Policy & Public Affiars. Kelly will be involved in government affairs, public policy and external relations on behalf of OACHC. Previously, she represented clients, including OACHC, in legislative and administrative matters in the areas of health care, property and casualty insurance, workers’ compensation. Prior to that time, she served as Chief of Legislation and Communications for the Ohio BWC and has several years’ experience in the state legislature, serving as legislative aide to two state senators and a state representative. 

 

 



 


Avani Desai

Title: HCCN Program Manager
E-mail: adesai@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 242

Profile:
Avani Desai is the HCCN Program Manager. She joined the OACHC team in April 2017 as the Performance Improvement Specialist. Previously, she worked for UNC Health Care, focusing on quality improvement, patient portal enhancements, and patient engagement. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Science in Public Health in 2016, and has a BS in both Operations Management and Public Health from the University of Maryland.  



Carrie Farquhar 

Title: Director of Workforce Development
E-mail: cfarquhar@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 229

Profile:
She is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the Association’s Workforce Development Program, including administrative oversight of the Ohio Primary Care Workforce Initiative (OPCWI). Previously, she worked at the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC), focusing her efforts on the Infant Mortality Research Partnership, the LARC Curriculum Advisory Committee and the Health Professions Data Warehouse. Prior to working at the GRC, Carrie administered the state Oral Health and Tobacco Programs for the Ohio Department of Health. She has a B.S.D.H from the University of Missouri, Kansas-City and a Certificate in Public Health from AT Still University, Kirksville, Missouri. 


Marie Grady 

Title: Workforce Development Program Manager
E-mail: mgrady@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 223

Profile:
As the Workforce Manager for OPCWI, Marie manages, implements, and evaluates the Association’s Ohio Primary Care Workforce Initiative (OPCWI). Marie has 8 years of experience in healthcare and previously served as a clinical coordinator for a large nursing school. Marie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with Concentration in Management from Ohio Dominican University and her Masters in Business Administration from Franklin University.


Lauren Husein

Title: Communication & Events Coordinator
E-maillhusein@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 232

Profile:
Lauren joined OACHC in 2013 as the Office Manager and has been a part of the Communications team for the past couple years. She works on a variety of endeavors in the association from events and trainings to website management to general support for her cross-functional teammates. Lauren holds a Bachelors' of Science in Communications from Ohio University, is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), Google Analytics Certified and has been a Notary Public since 2012.


 

Susan Lawson

Title: Director of Oral Health Services
E-mail: slawson@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 228

Profile:
Susan joined OACHC in 2009 and has been managing two oral health projects during this time, the Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH) grant and the National Oral Health Innovation and Integration Network (NOHIIN) grant. She is also the co-author of the ECOH Implementation Guide. Susan is looked to both internally and externally as an oral health subject matter expert. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Keller Graduate School, she holds a degree in Education and has a Masters of Human Resource Management. Susan came to OACHC after her time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as the as a Research Studies Coordinator for Dr. Paul Casamassimo, DDS. She coordinated a large scale, multiple visit study on the effects Early Childhood Caries has on weight. This National Institutes of Health grant involved parent motivation assessment, statistics, data entry, counseling, and research protocol management.


Samantha Porter

Title: Director of Communication & Events
E-mail: sporter@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 227

Profile:
Samantha joined the OACHC team in 2013 as the Communication & Training Coordinator. She transitioned her role to the Director of Communication & Events in 2017. She is responsible for the planning, implementation, and outreach of the bi-annual OACHC conferences, in-person educational training events and webinars. Samantha is also responsible for maintaining and improving the OACHC website, as well as, overseeing the development of social media campaigns and member communications. Samantha creates OACHC's branded materials for OACHC, including but not limited to website graphics and printed materials. Additionally, she has the responsibility of managing OACHC's corporate partnerships and exhibitor opportunities. Samantha attended the University of Kentucky and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications.

 



 

Teresa Rios-Bishop

Title: Director of Membership and Development
E-mail: tbishop@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 224

Profile:
As the Director of Membership and Development, Teresa leads targeted efforts to enhance the capabilities of Ohio’s Community Health Centers through development and strategic growth opportunities, membership services, advocacy and enabling services. She is also a proud Health Center advocate; spreading her love of the community health center movement. She has a multi-disciplinary background having served in leadership roles for non-profit organizations, a multi-state parking services firm and a digital marketing agency. Teresa earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Capital University. 


Jessica Schaner

Title: Health IT Specialist
Email: jschaner@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 244

Profile:
Jessica graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and Systems (HIMS) in May of 2018. Upon graduating she received her RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) certification. The HIMS major as well as the RHIA certification go hand in hand, they both reflect her abilities to interact with all of the healthcare organizational levels such as clinical, administrative, financial, and information systems. Jessica's past experiences has provided her with more professional development in data analytics, information systems, and administrative skills.
As a Health IT Specialist at OACHC she will be the project lead for Ohio Data Integration Platform (ODIP), the data analytic tool we are implementing as well as various quality initiatives, information systems, and data analytics.


 

 

Jennifer Sharp

Title: Accounting Coordinator
E-mail: jsharp@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 241

Profile:
Jennifer joined the OACHC team in late 2016, as the Accounting Coordinator.  Her responsibilities include accounts payable and accounts receivables, and providing support to the CFO.  She also assists the Director of Communication and Events with billing, tracking and reporting of event revenues, expenses and profitability.  Jennifer has 25 years accounting experience and previously worked as Staff Accountant for a management consulting firm.


Lindsay Weaver, MPH

Title: Quality Improvement Coordinator
E-mail: lweaver@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 248

Profile:
Lindsay Weaver is the Quality Improvement Coordinator of OACHC. She specializes in state of Ohio initiatives focusing on women’s health and maternal and child health objectives. She also works on the Quality Peer Network and the Clinical Learning Collaborative. She joined in 2019 following the completion of her Master’s in Public Health from the George Washington University. Prior to joining OACHC, she volunteered at a Cincinnati-based FQHC as a patient liaison, and she interned at a rural hospital system focusing on PCMH outcomes. She graduated with a BS in Biology and a BA in French from Xavier University.

 


 

Tiffany White

Title: Behavioral Health Program Manager
E-mail: twhite@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 240

Profile:
Tiffany White is the Behavioral Health Program Manager. She came to OACHC in the summer of 2016 from an FQHC where she previously worked as a Quality Coordinator. She has experience with data management, and clinical quality improvement projects. She graduated from Case Western Reserve with her Master’s in Public Health in 2014, with a focus in Global Health, and has her Bachelors in Biology from the University of Dayton.


Vicki Wilcox

Title: Office Manager
E-mail: vwilcox@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 221

Profile:
Joining OACHC in the Spring of 2019, Vicki is our Office Manager and handles all of the property management for our office building such as working with our landscaping, security, cleaning, and maintenance contractors. Additionally, she works with our IT Support Team, Accounting Department, and Events Team to coordinate OACHC meetings and assist with our bi-annual conferences.

She earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Office Administration Technology from Columbus State Community College and has over 20 years of administrative office experience including 15 years in the public sector as an Executive Assistant. She is also a Notary Public and Certified Virtual Assistant.