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Executive Team

Executive Leadership Team

Eleace Sawyers, MPA, MAcc, CPPB, CHC
President & Chief Executive Officer

Eleace Sawyers, MPA, MAcc, CPPB, CHC joined Care Alliance Health Center as President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2017. As the leader of the organization, Ms. Sawyers oversees 120 staff members, across six (6) community health clinics operating in Cleveland, Ohio. Under Eleace’s supervision, Care Alliance will continue to provide comprehensive primary health care services to 14,000 patients annually.

Ms. Sawyers came to Care Alliance with over 14 years of Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) experience. She is an inspired executive with a history of success in strategic planning, program design, operations management, and regulatory affairs. With expertise providing visionary and hands-on leadership in rapidly changing, highly regulated industries, she offers experience in increasing revenue, driving efficiency, conducting high-value negotiations and improving regulatory policy and contract compliance.

Since 2002, Ms. Sawyers served in extremely versatile and influential positions for Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc., a multi-site, not-for-profit, FQHC organization formerly known as Economic Opportunity Family Health Center, Inc. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Sawyers functioned as Manager of Corporate Affairs / Internal Auditor. Following that, she served as Director of Corporate Affairs, a multifaceted position that relied on her unique ability to oversee multiple departments and operations to optimize financial resources for the Corporate Affairs Division of Jessie Trice. By 2007, Ms. Sawyers was named Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Planning and Business Development in addition to performing as Chief Compliance Officer.

While at Jessie Trice, Ms. Sawyers had the opportunity to showcase her versatile knowledge and accessible leadership style by spearheading major initiatives to boost financial, clinical, and operational excellence for the agency and foundation. She not only dramatically expanded income sources and cut costs, but also oversaw several large-scale construction and renovation projects while there. Ms. Sawyers was responsible for securing a $4 million general obligation bond grant to support the development of a 22,500 square-foot, two-story corporate capital development project. She also created and expanded the capital-giving program and pioneered other revenue-generating strategies such as the annual Patient Toy Drive (“Santa’s Workshop”), which helped to improve visibility and community awareness.

Before joining Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc., Ms. Sawyers functioned as Senior Auditor for the Office of the State Auditor in Jackson, Mississippi. Leveraging advanced training and early-career roles in accounting and business administration, she performed independent financial, federal, and state compliance audits for state and local government agencies.

Ms. Sawyers has a passion for learning and is energized by new challenges. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a not-for-profit focus. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University and Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration from Millsaps College. She is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. She is the proud recipient of numerous awards including: the 2016 Community Development Leadership and Supporter Award (Diaspora Arts Coalition), the 2014 Florida Association of Community Health Center (FACHC) Partnership Award, and the 2007 Role Model of Excellence Award.

Anthony A. Felici, CPA, MBA
Director of Finance

Anthony A. Felici, CPA, MBA joined Care Alliance Health Center in 2017 as Director of Finance. Mr. Felici plans to continue providing Care Alliance with the highest levels of financial governance and stewardship.

Mr. Felici has almost 20 years of diverse health care leadership and management experience. His background includes financial, operational, and strategic expertise gained at agencies ranging from start-ups to large health care organizations. Mr. Felici brings a depth of experience in for-profit and non-profit sectors, having worked in both industries. In previous positions, Mr. Felici served as controller, CFO, consultant, and interim CEO.

Anthony, or Tony, as he is more often known, is a Certified Public Accountant (active). He received a Masters of Business Administration in Finance degree from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting degree from The Ohio State University.

Todd Wagner, MD, MPH
Medical Director

Todd Wagner, MD, MPH earned his medical degree from University of North Dakota, and a completed his family medicine residency training at University Hospitals, where he served as Chief Resident. He also holds a Master in Public Health from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Wagner joined Care Alliance Health Center in July 2012, and enjoys caring for patients of all ages.



Dr. Mahalaha HeadshotSuparna Argekar Mahalaha, DDS, MPH
Dental Director

Suparna Argekar Mahalaha, DDS, MPH earned her dental degree from Case Western Reserve University, and completed her general practice residency at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. She also holds a Master in Public Health from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Mahalaha joined Care Alliance Health Center in January of 2009 as a full time Dental Provider. Serving on the dental team for over eight years now, Dr. Mahalaha has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of Care Alliance’s dental practice. Dr. Mahalaha enjoys caring for patients of all ages, however, she has a special interest in dental care for geriatric patients. In addition to working at Care Alliance, Dr. Mahalaha also serves as a faculty member and instructor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

Terrie Carter, DM, MBA
Director of Development

Terrie Carter, DM, MBA joined Care Alliance Health Center as Director of Development in 2018.   Dr. Carter has over 15 years’ experience in marketing and communications managing brand management, digital media, eCommerce, media relations, UI/UX, social media and alternative channel development for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.  She earned a BS in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland, Master of Science (Technology) and a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctoral degree from the University of Maryland.

Gladys Opong-Tetteh, Ed.S, M.Ed
Human Resources Director

Gladys Opong-Tetteh, Ed.S, M.Ed., joined the Care Alliance Executive team with over a total of 35 years in  diversified experiences, including twelve years at the preeminent Miami-Dade County’s federally qualified community healthcare centers, (FQHC), her responsibilities include Area Director of Human Resources, Team builder in Operational Management, Customer Service Training and Development, and Transportation Services. Ms. Tetteh is an advocate fanatic who coordinates intervention services with Staff, Patients and Guests Relations. She further identifies related problems via staff, patient and guest data to work in collaboration with Administrators, Physicians, and Staff for effective resolutions.  She monitors and coordinates practice activities ensuring that staff, patients and guests receive efficient and effective services.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Winneba, Ghana, Master of Education and Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership and Human Relations Management from Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama. Presently she is a Ph.D. candidate working on her dissertation on Patient Advocacy from the School of Health Sciences, at Walden University.


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