Our Team

The Island Health Care team is talented, diverse, and dedicated to delivering the highest-quality care in a friendly, professional manner. To learn more about the people at Island Health Care, click a category below, or scroll down.
Announcement

Announcement

As of May 29, 2020, Judy Jones has moved on from the Island Health Care team and family. Good bye and thank you, Judy, and good luck in your next chapter! We will take very good care of your patients!

Clinical Team

Barbara Colocino

MSN, FNP-C

Barbara earned her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner while living in upstate New York. After moving to Cape Cod, she attended graduate school at Framingham State University and obtained a master’s degree in nursing education. This enabled her to combine her love for teaching with her dedication to providing primary care to patients in under-served areas. Barbara finds working with the Island Health Care staff in meeting the health care needs of patients professionally and personally rewarding.
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.
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.
Karen Gauvin

Nurse Practitioner

Karen entered the healthcare field in 2014 after years as a results-oriented, skilled professional with a supervisory background and experience in management and bookkeeping. Having completed the BSN program at Regis College in Weston, MA in 2014, she continued her education, and became a licensed Nurse Practitioner in 2019. While passionate about her work, thanks to her business background, she brings a level-headedness and professionalism to her role at IHC.
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.
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.
James Wolff

MD, Collaborating Physician

Dr. Wolff is an Associate Professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) where he teaches Planning and Managing Maternal and Child Health Program in Low Resource Settings, Improving Health Outcomes Using Mobile Technologies, Program Design for Global Health, and Making Programs Work: Program Implementation for Global Health. Dr. Wolff was the co-director for a BUSPH partnership with the Public Health Foundation of India and the Indian Council for Medical Research for faculty development. He was also the Co-PI for a CDC funded faculty and curriculum development partnership with Muhimbili University School of Allied Health Sciences and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Improvement. Dr. Wolff is the co-founder of collaborate.health.bu.edu created to advance practice-based teaching for public health. Dr. Wolff is a former Senior Fellow at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) where he worked for over thirty years. At MSH Dr. Wolff assisted both public and private sector health and family planning organizations in countries throughout the world to improve their management. He has been a consultant with USAID, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and a number of private organizations. Dr. Wolff’s areas of interest include use of information technologies for education, maternal and child health, emergency medicine, leadership and management. In addition to his management work and teaching, Dr. Wolff is a practicing physician board certified in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine. In 2007 he received the Community Clinician of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society. In 2013 he received the Norman A Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching from Boston University School of Public Health. In 2018, Dr. Wolff received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Boston University’s highest award for teaching.
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.
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.
Gretchen Mayher

RN, Patient Care Manager

Gretchen spent her first twenty Augusts vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard from Cleveland, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard permanently in 1986. Highlights of Gretchen’s nursing employment opportunities on MV include 19 years at MVCS Visiting Nurse Service, Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, a prior stint at Island Health Care, Vineyard Nursing Association, Vineyard Medical Care, and the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging. An additional memorable employment opportunity was learning about flowers at Donaroma’s Nursery. Gretchen is a graduate of Beloit College (BA, Religious Studies), Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing (RN), and Simmons College (MSN). IHC welcomed back Gretchen in March 2016, where she is a proud member of the clinical team.
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.
Lori Perry

RN, Patient Care Manager

Lori joined Island Health Care as a Public Health Nurse in 2019. Previously, she worked as an RN and Patient Care Coordinator/Clinical Director at the Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, as well as an RN at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Lori also has extensive experience as a volunteer, including with The Compassionate Friends, an organization helping families struggling with grief and loss, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In her free time, Lori enjoys photography, hiking, and dogs.
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.
Karlyn Hill

Medical Assistant

La'Shona Robinson

Medical Assistant / Health Coach

Prior to joining Island Health Care in 2019, La’Shona worked as an on-demand Certified Nursing Assistant at several health care facilities in Charleston, SC. She received her CNA degree from the Sandpiper Nursing Program in Charleston in 1992. La’Shona is a dedicated and capable CNA who excels at team collaboration, patient relations, and the delivery of empathetic care.

Patient Support Team

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 Interpreter

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 Intepreter

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.
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.
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.
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 & Social Development; previously, Brian earned his BA in Sociology from Princeton University. Before coming to Island Health Care, he was Supervisor of the Recovery Coach program at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Here at IHC, he advocates for those disenfranchised Island populations with substance use disorders and/or mental health issues. Brian is also a Certified Peer Recovery Coach, a Community Health Worker and was awarded a Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship in both 2016 and 2019. He will commence working on his doctoral degree at USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in May of 2021.

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.
David Grant

Community Health Worker / Peer Recovery Coach

David, an Allied Healthcare professional since 2004, has experience in elder care, rehabilitation, and long-term critical care. Before moving to the island, he worked as a Healthcare Technician for Denver Health and Hospital and at both the Denver County Jail and the Denver Detention Center. David has long been committed to providing client-centered care across a broad-based population. And as a Recovery Coach / Community Health Worker at Island Health Care, he will strive to provide the best mental health and recovery support for the residents of Martha’s Vineyard.
Josh Stallings

Community Health Worker / Peer Recovery Coach

Josh moved back to Martha’s Vineyard in 2019 from Los Angeles after having attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He graduated from MVRHS in 2011 and feels grateful to live on the island again with his wife and son. As an active member of the island’s recovery community and graduate of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, he is following his calling to help others in recovery.
Krista Sullivan

Community Health Worker / Peer Recovery Coach

Krista Sullivan was born and raised in Connecticut. After graduating High School, her adventurous spirit led her to the West Coast for a number of years before her heart called her back East to be closer to home. Family on the island has allowed her to visit for many years, but she finally made the decision to call the community her own in 2017. Krista has a passion for creativity and a real appreciation for the artistic culture that the island embodies. She finds purpose and joy in helping others, and hopes to make a difference in her own community through her new role at Island Health Care.
Allison Searle

Practice Office Associate

Allison joined Island Health Care in April 2019 after returning to Martha’s Vineyard, where she was born and raised. She was an office manager for a residential group home in Florida for last 9 years. With her administrative background she has been a perfect fit for the health center patient support team.
Tamara Morillo

Patient Support Services

Tracy Rose

Patient Support Services

Isadora Brito

Practice Office Assistant

Leo Leoncio

Practice Office Assistant

Management Team

Cynthia Mitchell

CEO

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 30 years as an elected official in the Town of West Tisbury where she is currently in her 22nd 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.
Gayle Poggi

RN, Chief Quality Officer

Gayle is a Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager/Patient Safety Professional with 20+ years’ experience in the healthcare quality field. Prior to joining Island Health Care in 2019, she served for 14 years as Patient Safety Manager and Director of Case Management at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, where she was responsible for the hospital’s quality data initiatives, regulatory reporting, and its Social Services Department. Gayle has received numerous awards and certifications during her career, including three Partners in Excellence Awards—one in 2005, and two in 2012.
Kathleen Samways

DPT PT, Chief Clinical Officer & 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 is Co-Chair of the Data Committee of the Dukes County Health Council. 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 program. She joined the Island Health Care team in October of 2015, and lives in Edgartown with her husband John.
Joan Menard

Chief Information Officer / Project Manager

Joan Menard combines decades of experience in technology, project management, and facilitating process improvement with healthcare, focusing for the past several years on Federally Qualified Health Centers. Joan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a minor in computer science and went on to complete a Master of Science in information systems.