Board Of Directors

Kate Hickner

Board Chair

Kate Hickner
Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC

Shannon Fogarty Jerse

Vice Chair

Shannon Fogarty Jerse
St. Vincent Charity Hospital

Jennifer Demmerle

Treasurer

Jennifer Demmerle, CPA, MBA
Cuyahoga Community College

Lolita M. McDavid

Secretary

Lolita M. McDavid, MD, MPA, FAAP
University Hospitals

Bruce Johns

Member at Large

Bruce Johns

Members

Linda Brown
Milda Chmieliauskaite, DMD, MPH, Case Western Reserve University
Michael G. Evans, CPA
Leah D. Hudnall, Ohio Climate Justice Fund
Chris A. Mundorf, Better Health Partnership
LiAyn Okress, RN
Jill Marie Paulsen, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Renee Tramble-Richard, Cuyahoga Community College
Aarti Vakharia, NNV, LLC

Executive Team

Claude L. Jones, DO, MPH, MSc

Claude L. Jones, DO, MPH, MSc

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jones was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Care Alliance Health Center in January of 2020. Most recently, he served as Chief Medical Officer of Care Alliance and will retain that title. In this role, he provided executive oversight and leadership in developing strategic focus in social determinants of health and health equity, strengthening public-private partnerships, increased connection between public health and clinical medicine, and implementing an outcomes-driven approach to program policy and development.

Suparna A. Mahalaha, DDS, MPH

Suparna A. Mahalaha, DDS, MPH

Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Suparna Argekar Mahalaha earned her dental degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her general practice residency at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. She holds a Master’s 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 eleven 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 serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. She is also a Clinical Director with the Special Smiles division of the Special Olympics.

Doris Williams

Doris Williams

Chief Operating Officer

o Doris Williams joined Care Alliance in 2018 with more than ten years of experience implementing, interpreting, and assuring compliance with clinical regulator and accreditation standards. Since joining Care Alliance she has served in multiple roles including Vice President of Nursing and Director of Nursing. Ms. Williams was recently promoted and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer where she provides leadership, management, and vision for the health center to ensure all procedures and systems are in place for effective growth and sustainability.

Angela Anderson

Vice President, Human Resources

Anthony Felici, CPA, MBA

Anthony Felici, CPA, MBA

Vice President, Finance

Anthony Felici joined Care Alliance in 2017 with almost 20 years of diverse health care leadership and management experiences. 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 experiences in the 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 Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from The Ohio State University.

Lisa Wheeler-Cooper

Lisa Wheeler-Cooper

Vice President, Development and Marketing

Lisa Wheeler-Cooper joined Care Alliance as the Vice President of Marketing and Development in February 2021. She has more nearly 25 years of marketing and communications experience. Prior to joining Care Alliance, she served as the Vice President of Health Strategies for the American Heart Association where she developed innovative communications and marketing strategies to support community-based initiatives that were centered on health equity and social determinants of health. Lisa is a graduate of Kent State University and completed the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program at Cornell University.