Cynthia is the founding director of Island Health Inc., serving as its Executive Director since 2002, and appointed in 2015 by the Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer. Her background in public service and management includes over 27 years as an elected official in the Town of West Tisbury where she is currently in her 19th year as a member of the Board of Selectmen. She served as that town’s full-time elected Treasurer from 1986-2003. Cynthia became interested in health care and community health planning through her membership on the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s Board of Directors from 1990–1996. She served as that Board’s chair, and went on to chair the Dukes County Health Council from 1998-2002, and again from 2004-2008. She founded Island Health Care, Massachusetts’ first Rural Health Clinic, in 2004 and led the organization to its present designation as a Federally-Qualified Community Health Center.
Judy Jones, DNP, FNP, Chief Medical Officer
Judy is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Medical Director at IHC. She earned her DNP, MS and BS degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has served as instructor there, as well as an assistant professor at UMass-Worcester. Her expertise includes public health in underserved populations, correctional health, HIV care and infectious disease. Over her career, she has provided primary care to adults and children, as well as rehabilitative and detoxification services. A certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) as well as Public Health Nurse Leader, Judy is passionate about the impact that social justice and health equity have on health care delivery.
Susan McSweeney, FNP
Sue graduated from University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2000 and moved to Hawaii where she practiced in a family/urgent care office and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Hawaii Pacific University. She has Vineyard roots, and in May of 2015 when Island Health Care expanded into evening and all-day Saturday hours, she left one island for another to join the IHC provider staff.
Carol Forgione, ACNP
Carol is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and clinical specialist with an extensive experience in acute and urgent care as well as primary care. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing and received her advanced degree as an ACNP in 1998. Prior to graduation in 1998 Carol’s specialty was in Critical Care at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie Maryland for 21 years. Having visited Martha’s Vineyard in 1976 she returned in 2001 to make this her home with her husband.Carol practiced at Vineyard Medical Services for 14 years and helped establish island Health Care in 2004. She served a dual role as clinical director in both facilities until 2014. Subsequently Carol returned to Island Health Care as a member of the Health Care Team to focus on providing primary care to the island population. She finds great joy in the population for whom she cares. Carol is a well-established Wash-a-Shore Vineyarder.
Marcia Denine, WHNP
Marcia earned her certification as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner from Harbor UCLA in 2005, and her MSN, Ed from Western Governors University, Salt Lake, UT. She is also a certified diabetic foot care nurse as well as certified trainer in integrated chronic care. Marcia has worked in various Island outpatient clinical settings, including as a Nurse Practitioner at Vineyard Medical Care providing urgent walk-in care, well care and chronic disease management. She also worked as a visiting nurse case manager and mentored new RN staff at Vineyard Nursing Association. IHC welcomes her to the clinical staff beginning in May 2016.
Leslie Goldstein, MD, Collaborating Physician
Les Goldstein graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1979, where he also completed his Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Nephrology in 1984. He was an Attending Clinical Nephrologist from 1984 to 2015 and President of the Samaritan Hospital (Troy, NY) Medical Staff in 1995. Les has also served as Medical Director of Rubin Dialysis Center, Chairperson of Rensselaer County (NY) Academy of Medicine, and received numerous fellowships and awards. He joined the Island Health Care clinical team as a Collaborating Physician early in 2015. Les and his wife Carol, a cardiologist, have been long-time seasonal Vineyard residents and recently moved to the Island full time.
Gregory Culley, MD, Collaborating Physician
Gregory Culley received an A.B. with honors in biology from Lafayette College in 1960 and was awarded his M.D. by Yale University in 1965, with a year spent as a visiting research fellow in pathology at Cambridge (U.K.). He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota, serving as Chief Resident in his last year. He was a Major in the United States Air Force and Chief of Pediatrics at Torrejon Air Base, Spain. Moving to an underserved area in Kentucky, he founded and arranged continued funding for a model rural maternal and child project, an early adaptor of “the medical home” for children. He moved to the University of Louisville, where he accepted joint appointments in pediatrics and family practice and became the Associate Dean for Primary Care. From 2011 until July 2015 he served as Vice-President for Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer at the Family Health Center of Worcester. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for South End Community Health Center in Boston. Greg joins IHC as a Collaborating Pediatrician with our Nurse Practitioner provider staff.
George Cohn, MD, Psychiatrist
A practicing psychiatrist for over 50 years, George volunteered his services to Island Health Care in 2007 and has been seeing patients a few hours each week ever since. A graduate of Dartmouth in 1946 and the Hahnemann (Drexel) University School of Medicine in 1950, George’s long career has included fellowships and teaching positions at Yale University, New Haven, CT. He and his wife Sally are long-time residents of Edgartown. Staff and patients at the health center thank him for his service to our health center and the community.
Judy Merion, MD, Psychiatrist
Judy and her husband have split their time between New York and the Vineyard for some years, moving to the Island full-time in 2014. While still commuting between Scarsdale and the Island, Judy offered to volunteer her services at IHC in 2012 and sees health center patients one morning a week. She practices general, child and adolescent psychiatry, has taught and supervised psychiatric residents and fellows, provided psychiatric crisis intervention services, receiving her medical degree with honors in Psychiatry and Pediatrics from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA. IHC is extremely grateful to her for the gift of her services to our patients.
Michael Savoy, RN Patient Care Manager
Mike is a US Army veteran, former non-commissioned officer and combat medic with assignments in Texas, Germany, Egypt and Korea, earning the esteemed Army Expert Field Medical Badge in 1988. He has worked as an RN since 1996, with a BSN from UMass-Boston. He has worked in a wide variety of settings—Walpole State Prison, MV Hospital ER, Haiti with Partners in Health after the earthquake, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston (present in the ED during the 2013 Marathon bombings), to name a few. Mike has also been a union leader for 3,000 nurses at the Brigham, on the Board of Directors for the 23,000-member Mass. Nurses Association, and a state delegate to the 200,000-member National Nurses United. He brings his experience and leadership back to the Island as the RN Patient Care Manager to support IHC in the delivery of the very best care, in the very best environment, for all of our patients and families.
Gretchen Mayher, RN Patient Care Manager
Gretchen is a graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing and Simmons College in Boston. She has worked in a variety of health care settings on Martha’s Vineyard since 1986, including the Council on Aging, Vineyard Medical Care, Vineyard Nursing Association, and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Island Health Care welcomed Gretchen to the team in March, 2016.
Julia Santos, Referral Coordinator & Interpreter
Julia came to the Vineyard in 2007 on a three-month vacation and never left. She has previously worked as a Certified Nursing Aide and became interested in medical interpreting through her church, which paid for her training and certification. Julia has been with Island Health Care since 2008.
Lynn Weber, Medical Intepreter
Lynn’s 28 years in health care includes nutritional consulting for Santa Monica Health care, Emergency Medical Technician for the Vineyard’s up-Island Tri-Town Ambulance Service, and public health education volunteer work in numerous Spanish-speaking countries. An interpreter for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and for the Island public schools, Lynn speaks five languages. She began working at Island Health Care in 2006 as a certified medical interpreter in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Vani Cortez, Medical Interpreter
Vani moved to the Vineyard from Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1998. She is a trained, certified medical interpreter, with a degree in business administration. She is also a trained health access specialist. Vani “loves interpreting for our Brazilian community” at IHC.
Lila Fischer, RN, Public Health Nurse
Lila is Island Health Care’s public health nurse, conducting outreach and education in all six island towns. Lila received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at University of Massachusetts in 2017. She is happy to be caring for the island community in which she was born and raised. Before becoming a RN, Lila worked as a certified professional midwife, providing care to families on Island and abroad, in both Mexico and Uganda. She studied Midwifery at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, Texas.
Rebecca Flanders-Clements, Patient Support Services Manager
Becky joined Island Health Care in February 2016 after working as a receptionist and Office Manager at Vineyard Medical Services walk-in clinic for close to ten years. Her experience handling patients’ questions and concerns, and her familiarity with referrals, insurance requirements and electronic health records has allowed her to join the health center patient support team without missing a beat. Born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, with two children and husband Albert, Becky embodies the Island spirit.
Priya Esposito, Electronic Health Records Data Manager
Priya joined the Island Health Care staff in January of 2015 as a Medical Records Clerk, assuming the management of medical records during the transition from paper to electronic health records. Priya became an EHR Data Manager in May 2018, assuming responsibility of data reporting and also support of the administrative team when needed.
Dilcelia Guimaraes, Lead Referral Coordinator
Dilcelia—Di to her friends and coworkers—joined Island Health Care in 2012. She has worked as a medical interpreter, medical assistant, and practice office associate, gladly filling in wherever she is needed. Di now leads referral coordination for our patients, acting as liaison among the practitioners, patients, specialists, other facilities and insurance providers to secure appointments and reimbursement for services. She is a key member of the patient care team and follows each referral from start to finish.
Shawn Scherer, Outreach/Enrollment Specialist
Shawn is a Certified Insurance Navigator who works at both Island Health Care and the Vineyard Health Care Access Program in Oak Bluffs, assisting clients in enrolling and maintaining affordable health insurance coverage. She also manages the health center’s Sliding Fee Discount Program. Shawn is passionate about her work, opening paths to access and services for many who have previously been denied the care they need.
Kathleen Samways, DPT PT, Chief Quality Officer and Enabling Services
Kathleen is a long-time ally and advocate for public health, health promotion and inclusion. She is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, earned a Master of Arts with specialization in Adult Education from the University of Rhode Island and became a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Simmons College in Boston. Kathleen was the Clinical Director of the Vineyard Nursing Association, and is a past Associate Dukes County Commissioner for Disability Affairs. She has been a member of the Dukes County Health Council and a volunteer for the Healthy Aging Task Force. Kathleen is a master trainer for the evidence-based programs of Matter of Balance and Powerful Tools for Caregivers and facilitator for My Life My Health, the chronic disease self-management. She joined the Island Health Care team in October of 2015, and lives in Edgartown with her husband John.
Matthew Stackpole, President, Board of Directors
Matthew, a native of Nantucket island, is a long-time resident of West Tisbury on the Vineyard, where he and his wife Martha raised their family. Matthew has served as the Director of Development and Public Relations for the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (MVH), president of the MVH Foundation, and has also held senior positions at the Polly Hill Arboretum and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. From 2008 to 2014, he served as Ship’s Historian and Major Gifts Officer for the Charles W. Morgan restoration project in Mystic, CT, where he grew up on the grounds of Mystic Seaport when his father was Curator. Matthew joined the IHC Board of Directors—of which consumers (health center patients) comprise the majority of members under federal health center requirements—in January 2015, providing enthusiastic and committed leadership to our new Federally-Qualified Community Health Center.
Brian Morris, Mental Health / Substance Use Disorder Access Coordinator
A transplanted New Yorker, Brian is first and foremost an active and grateful member of the Martha's Vineyard recovery community. He is also a recent recipient of a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from UMass Boston's School of Global Inclusion and Social Development; previously, Brian earned his BA in Sociology from Princeton University. In his prior role as Supervisor of the Recovery Coaching program at Martha's Vineyard Community Services, Brian was instrumental in successfully implementing and executing the Vineyard's MOU arrangement with three off-island treatment facilities whereby Island residents are granted timely access to medically supervised detoxification treatment. In his new capacity at Island Health Care, he will seek to better advocate for those disenfranchised Island populations with substance use disorders and/or mental health issues. Brian is also a Certified Peer Recovery Coach, and was awarded a Martha's Vineyard Vision Fellowship in 2016.
Chantellee Britton, Practice Office Associate
Chantellee hails from the island of Jamaica. She has been living on Martha’s Vineyard Island since 2016. Chantellee first joined the Island Healthcare team as a Practice Office Associate in August 2016 and left in August 2017. In 2018 she returned to her position as a Practice Office Associate and is passionate about her work as a patient support staff.
Mary Jane Nevin, Referral Coordinator
Mary Jane Nevin returned to Martha’s Vineyard in 2017 after a 15-year stint in Boston. She worked for the last 8 years at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in the Patient Access Services Department, where she helped patients get the services they needed. Upon her return to the island, Mary joined IHC as an Office Associate & now works in the Referral Department. From her years in the city, she understands the many overwhelming challenges patients sometimes experience when trying to navigate Boston’s busy streets while trying to get to their appointments on time. Mary is knowledgeable about the same services offered closer to home and enjoys advocating for each patient—helping them access the services they need in a timely, organized manner. She has recently built a new home and is now living in Chilmark.
Dianne Fernstrom, Medical Assistant
A well-travelled and adventurous spirit who has lived in Rhode Island, Idaho, and northwest Florida, Dianne and her partner Joe moved from Rhode Island to Martha’s Vineyard in September 2018, and she has been a Certified Medical Assistant with Island Health Care since December 2018. Along with her CMA certification from Pensacola State College in Florida, Dianne also has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Idaho. Dianne has been a Certified Medical Assistant for six years and recently worked her dream medical assistant job in cardiology and loves working with people of all walks of life.
Evet Hall, Medical Assistant
Evet migrated from Jamaica and has been living on Martha’s Vineyard for over twenty years. She has worked in health care, including at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Windemere Rehabilitation Inc., for approximately twelve years. Evet studied at UMA and has been a Certified Medical Assistant at Island Health Care since June 2016. She has a passion for patient care and enjoys working with the patients at the health center.