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.
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Announcement

As of April 5, 2024, Marcia Denine has retired from her full-time position as a primary care provider at Island Health Care. Marcia's dedication and compassionate care have touched many lives here at Island Health Care. While she will be stepping away from her full-time role, her journey with us continues in a new, specialized capacity focusing on weight management care starting mid-May. You can read Marcia's letter to her patients here.

Clinical Team

Judy Jones

DNP, FNP-BC

Accepting New Patients

Dr. Jones is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her DNP, MS, and BS degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently, she is the Director of the MSN/FNP program at Roseman University of Health Sciences and holds a faculty appointment. Over her career, she has provided primary care to adults and children. Her expertise includes public health in underserved populations, correctional health, and behavioral health. Through her training and extensive experience her practice integrates primary care with behavioral health for those individuals who live with chronic diseases including substance use disorder and mental health disorders. As a Public Health Nurse Leader, Judy is passionate about the impact that social justice and health equity have on health care delivery.
Katharine Barnes

MD

Accepting New Patients

Dr. Barnes joined the Island Health Care team in September of 2023 as a women’s health care specialist, providing women’s primary care as well as gynecologic services. Dr. Barnes is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she earned her M.D. degree. She completed her internship and residency in Ob/Gyn at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard affiliated program before entering practice as a generalist Ob/Gyn at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Barnes lives up island with her husband and three children.
Aldino P. Maggiulli

DMD, Dental Director

Dr. Maggiulli began his dental career early. He worked as a technician at Eastern Dental Laboratory, while attending college. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John Fisher University in 1987, majoring in cell biology and chemistry. He moved to Massachusetts to attend Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. While there, he did rotations in oral surgery and anesthesiology at Boston City Hospital. His externship, in 1990, was done at the VA Hospital in Togus Maine. Dr. Maggiulli graduated from Boston University in 1991 earning his D.M.D. He pursued more hospital experience at The Genesee Hospital in New York. His work there earned him a General Practice Residency Certificate in 1992, focusing on head and neck trauma. He became a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in 1997 and received the Masters of AGD in 2016. He is a Fellow and Masters in the American Dental Implant Association. Dr. Maggiulli belongs to numerous professional organizations including The Massachusetts Dental Society, The Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He’s been in private practice in the Washington D.C. area for over three decades. Dr. Maggiulli now has a role as Boston University’s dental externship preceptor on Martha’s Vineyard. He lives full time on Martha’s Vineyard, and serves as Island Health Care’s Dental Director at 1 Mariner’s Landing. When he isn’t treating patients, you’ll find him at the airport. Dr. Maggiulli is also a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor and rated to fly the BE 300. He is also the author and illustrator of the Children’s book “The Story of George The Fly” dedicated to his granddaughters.

Jenna DelSapio

PPCNP-BC

Accepting New Patients Ages 3-19

Jenna is a board certified Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from the north shore of Massachusetts. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and taught Spanish and Italian at The Newman School in Boston prior to obtaining her MSN from Yale. Jenna completed an advanced practice provider fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital, then worked as a PNP in the Orthopedics department at SCH, caring for kids in the inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department settings. Jenna moved to Martha’s Vineyard in February 2023 with her fiancé. She looks forward to returning to her primary care roots, picking up some Portuguese, and exploring all the island has to offer.
Karen Gauvin

FNP

Accepting New Patients

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.
Megan Landeck

FNP

Accepting New Patients

Susan McSweeney

FNP

Not Accepting New Patients

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.
James Aram

MD

Accepting New Patients

Dr. Aram is originally from upstate New York where he took care of generations of families in a traditional private practice setting. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received his M.D. degree. He did his internship and residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Syracuse New York prior to establishing his practice. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. His practice was recognized for utilizing consumer-oriented health programs like the Patient Centered Medical Home, CMS sponsored CPC+, along with Enhanced Primary Care to improve performance metrics and outcomes using health information technology and data analytics. He is married with two sons.

Thomas Coye

RN, Clinical Supervisor

Thomas graduated from Salem State with his BSN in 2018 and has been living and working on the Vineyard for almost three years. In his clinical experience, Tom has excelled in many areas including Medsurg, Rehabilitation, Hospice and Palliative Care. Tom has a kind and gentle spirit that puts patients and families at ease. Tom also teaches at Yoga on the Vine in Edgartown. In his free time he loves to fish, hike and travel with his fiancé. His long term goals include continuing his education to improve his ability to care for and educate the community where he is looking to build a family of his own.
Karen Dumont

RN, Patient Care Manager

Karen brings 49 years of nursing experience to the team at IHC. She graduated from Northern Essex Community College in 1972. She moved to the Island in 1980 with family and managed Misty Meadows horse farm while still working as a nurse. Her love of horses continues to this day with her own horse. Karen worked as an emergency room nurse and she was certified in that field. For many years she worked as a nursing supervisor at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Her other expertise is in management and she was a supervisor at a rehab center in Weymouth. Karen left the island for seven years to work at Boston City Hospital before returning to the Island the raise her daughter. Although she tried retirement, Karen has returned to nursing to continue contributing the community.

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.
Frank Lovewell

RN

Amelia Hambrecht

RN

Amelia first came to the Island as a summer resident in the late 70’s. She never missed a summer, and has been living here year-round since 2010. She’s a former educator, a writer, a photographer, and since 2015, a nurse. She has traveled the world caring for patients in various settings. She is excited to set her cap in the community she loves focusing on the Public Health of the Island.
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.
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.
Karlyn Hill

Lead Medical Assistant

Karlyn joined Island Health Care in 2019 as a Medical Records Associate and then transitioned into her current role as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, which is her passion. She is a graduate of Lehman College (CUNY) where she earned a certification as a Clinical Medical Assistant. She also earned a certification as a Home Health Aide at Partners In Care (VSNY) and worked in this field for four years, caring for the elderly in private homes and assisted living. She volunteered at Part of the Solution (POTS) New York where the homeless and less fortunate were served hot meals daily. Karlyn strives to provide quality care for patients and foster a great relationship with the team.
Taynara Goncalves

Medical Assistant

Taynara Goncalves was born in Brazil and moved to the Vineyard when she was three years old. Recently, she graduated from Gordon College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a pre-medicine concentration and plans on furthering her career in the health field. As an undergraduate, Taynara dedicated her time volunteering at an assisted living residence for patients with Alzheimer’s. She also worked as a Cell Structure and Function Laboratory teacher’s assistant. Taynara is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to give back to her community through her work at Island Health Care.
Riley Jackson

Medical Assistant

Riley was born on Martha’s Vineyard and after a brief period of living off the island she returned permanently in 2013. She previously worked as a pharmacy clerk for many years before becoming a medical assistant at Island Health Care. In her free time she enjoys photography and spending time in nature.

Kimberly Marques

Medical Assistant

Kimberly comes to Island Health Care from the Health Assisting program at MVRHS and has completed the Massachusetts Nursing Assisting course, which includes 75 hours of classroom instruction and 21 hours of clinical. Kimberly is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and plans to further her education to become an RN.

Public Health Team

Alexis Babaian

Population Health Specialist

Alexis has been visiting the Island since her childhood and holds fond memories of gathering with cousins on South Beach. Originally from Worcester, MA, Alexis blends her early lived experiences connecting immigrant communities and minority populations with food access and affordable housing with her academic training in equitable global food systems and nutrition policy. Alexis holds a dual Bachelor’s of Arts and Science in International Affairs and Economics from Northeastern University and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition and Food Policy from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition. She is also a member of the Food is Medicine MA Research Task Force and has collaborated on advocacy and research efforts with the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School. On Island, Alexis has worked on food access and nutrition education programming with the Island Grown Initiative and now focuses her efforts on public health resilience and efficiency as a Population Health Specialist with the Inter-Island Public Health Collaborative.

Haley Dolan

Public Health Equity Specialist

Haley grew up outside of Boston and spent her summers on the Island. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2019 where she studied Biology and Spanish. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked in medical research labs, different healthcare settings, and as an elementary school Spanish teacher. This is where she developed a passion for community health, teaching, and helping others. After finishing school, her love of adventure took her to Madagascar where she worked as an English teacher for the Peace Corps. She is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to serve the Island community!

Jeanne Shumrak

Food Equity Registered Dietician

Jeanne is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, boasting a wealth of clinical experience in acute care and rehabilitation environments. Beyond her clinical work, Jeanne has leveraged her expertise as a consultant, leading educational classes on a wide array of nutrition-related subjects. These include weight management, diabetes, cardiac disease, renal disease, health education, food equity management, among others. Throughout her career, Jeanne has worked extensively with ALS patients, ventilator-dependent patients, and a variety of medically compromised patients requiring feeding tubes, total parenteral nutrition, and end-of-life care. Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Drexel University, complemented by a Master of Science Degree in Education from Simmons University. Jeanne and her husband Peter have been proud homeowners in Martha’s Vineyard for over 30 years. The couple is blessed with two children, two grandchildren, and a rescued Labrador, Sunshine.

Nina Zimmerman

Population Health and Health Equity Intern

Nina grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, and has spent her summers and non-school time on Martha’s Vineyard, where her grandparents and extended family live. Currently a rising junior at Tulane University, she is studying French and Environmental Studies on a pre-med track. Nina has a deep love and appreciation for the Island and its people, and she is excited to learn and contribute to Island Health Care’s mission of serving the community.

Behavioral Health Team

David Beckmann

MD, MPH, Supervising Psychiatrist

Dr. Beckman received his MD and MPH from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. Dr. Beckmann currently is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He is triple Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine.

 

Judy Merion

MD, Psychiatrist

Dr. Merion split her 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, Dr. Merion 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.
Alex McCall

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Alex joined IHC’s behavioral health team in June 2023. Alex received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley College and has been working as a mental health counselor at High Point Outpatient Treatment Center in Plymouth, MA since 2019. Prior to becoming an LMHC, Alex was the co-founder and president of a successful non-profit which guided families and individuals on cultural exchange travel experiences that encouraged cultural understanding and self-exploration to Peru and Africa. Alex is a long-time summer resident of the Vineyard.

Patient Access Team

Julia Santos

Medical 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.
Allison Luduvino De Oliveira

Medical Interpreter

Rebecca Flanders-Clements

Patient Access 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.
Ashley Cardoso

Patient Access Representative

Ashley joined Island Health Care part time in October 2023 through the MVRHS work study program. She was born on the island but lived out of the country for about 6 years before returning in 2018. She is fluent in both Portuguese and English.
Leo Leoncio

Patient Access Representative

Julia Peters

Patient Access Representative

Julia was born in Boston as a triplet and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. Upon graduating high school in 2017, she went on to Cambridge University of Nursing in Delray Beach, Florida where she received her Phlebotomy license in 2018. After living in Delray Beach for a short period Julia found herself in Orlando working for Orlando Health Neuroscience & Rehabilitation Centers as a Patient Access Representative. A couple of year’s passed and Julia missed home and the beaches she loves so much she decided to move back. Julia joined Island Health Care in January of 2024.

Pollyana Belo Sanchez

Patient Access Representative

Pollyana, originally from Brazil, moved to the United States at the age of 12. She completed her education in New York, where she established her career as both a Real Estate Agent and an Esthetician. Five months ago, Pollyana made the decision to relocate to Martha’s Vineyard, drawn by her love for the island and the presence of her family members in the area. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in nature and staying active through regular workouts.
Mary-Beth Pate

Lead Referral Coordinator

Mary-Beth joined Island Health Care in August 2020 after working as the Referral Coordinator, Medical Records Technician, and Receptionist at Vineyard Medical Care walk-in clinic for close to 4 years. With her understanding of the complexity of medical records and referrals, Mary-Beth is an invaluable member of the patient support services team. Mary Beth was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, and she and her husband raised four kids of their own in West Tisbury.
Lindsey Mercier

Referral Coordinator

Lindsey joined IHC in September 2022. She was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard and has two daughters. She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Edgartown Water Department. Lindsey works remotely from Maine, where she recently moved with her husband.

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.
Tracy Figueroa

Medical Records Clerk

Tracy was born on the Island and returned to live permanently with her three children in 2007. She worked as a pharmacy technician for over ten years before starting at Island Health Care in 2018 as a part time associate in the front office. Tracy now works full time in the medical records department and is cross-trained to assist in other areas including referrals and the front office. Tracy’s experience in the field, knowledge of how the various departments at IHC work together to deliver patient-centered care, and love for the field of healthcare make her the perfect the fit for the Island Health Care team.
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 a recent recipient of a Doctorate of Social Work from USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work; and earned a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from UMass Boston’s School of Global Inclusion & Social Development in 2018; previously, Brian graduated with a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. 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, and was awarded a Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship in both 2016 and 2019.
Benita Griffin-Dobel

Lead Community Health Worker / Peer Recovery Coach

Benita Griffin-Dobel was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa; she has been a year-round resident since 2015. Benita is trained in Recovery Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, and Nurturing Families techniques. She has published works focusing on abstract mental illness storytelling and teenage motherhood. Benita is an advocate for mental health, substance use disorder, and domestic violence awareness.

Abigail Willoughby

Community Health Worker

Abby was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. She graduated from MVRHS in 2015. After graduation she attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. There she received her bachelors in social work. Through an internship she was able to work closely with children and their families facing many different behavioral health diagnoses. She worked with these families to implement care plans that focused on learning coping skills, emotional regulation and basic living skills. Abby works remotely from Alabama where she has lived for the past 8 years.
Allison Searle

Revenue Cycle / Human Resources Manager

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.
Alicia Engley

Revenue Cycle / Human Resources Coordinator

Alicia was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. She lived in Palm Bay, Florida for 17 years working as a Medical Secretary. She currently lives in Tennessee and is very active in the community, volunteering at the Benton County animal shelter and is a board member of PAWS.
Declan McBride

Facilities Manager

Declan McBride returned to the United States from Surrey, England to study Sociology at Wittenberg University, where his senior thesis focused on institutional racism surrounding Ohio Election Law. After college, Declan moved to Martha’s Vineyard where he partnered with his grandfather, Sheldon Hackney and Patricia Sullivan, both southern historians, to research and write the autobiography of C. Vann Woodward. Soon thereafter, Declan joined with Barney Zeitz, a local artist specializing in stainless steel sculptures and stained glass windows. While the duties varied, it mainly consisted of restoring crumbling church windows to their original beauty. Declan also served two years for Americorps in Birmingham, Alabama. During his service, he provided free tax preparation for low and middle income families and individuals and was a Debate Coach for the Speakfirst Debate team, a group of elite students from Birmingham city schools, which competed across the Southern states.

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.
James Wolff

MD, Chief Medical Officer

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.
Deborah Noble

RN, MSN, Chief Clinical Officer

Deborah is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of healthcare experience. A 1985 graduate of Bristol Community College, Deborah has furthered her education throughout her career, earning a BSN from Chamberlain University and an MSN in Community Health Nursing from Liberty University. She began her career as an ER nurse and is also experienced in post-acute care, including short term rehabilitation, long term care, and home health care. Most recently she was a member of the leadership team at Southcoast Health, holding positions in quality and safety and clinical management for Southcoast Physicians Group. In 2021 Deborah was honored by Southcoast with the Eagle Leadership award as “Leader of the Year” in recognition of her management of the Central Clinical Support Team in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Deborah has recently relocated to Edgartown, fulfilling a lifelong dream of living and working on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard where she has spent many years visiting family and friends. She loves spending time with her family, especially her three daughters and four grandchildren, and also enjoys reading, nature hikes, music, and travel. Deborah is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the team at IHC serving the healthcare needs of the island community.

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 Public Health Officer

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 a member of the Dukes County Health Council (DCHC) and Co-Chair of the Data Committee of the DCHC. 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.
Joan Menard

Chief Data & Information Officer

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.
Shimmy Mehta

Chief Financial Officer

Shimmy Mehta has been a visitor to Martha’s Vineyard since 2008 and recently moved to Edgartown full time with his family. His background includes managing global audit and consulting engagements for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Chief Financial Officer roles for technology startups focused on cybersecurity and digital storytelling. Shimmy also founded a children’s charity that helps busy people grant birthday and holiday wishes to children living with chronic illnesses all over the world and is thrilled to bring his passion and experience in helping others to Island Health Care to support the community.
Lucy Hackney-Burns

Chief Operating Officer

Lucy was born and raised on the Island before attending the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a concentration in Healthcare Systems and Policy. During her time at Penn, she interned in the Value Institute Learning Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital as well as the Office of Safety and Medical Operations and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Analytics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She joined the Island Health Care team as a Regulatory Analyst in 2019 before moving to Chicago to work on the System Clinical Performance Improvement team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In September 2020, Lucy came back to IHC in the role of Operations Manager before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in April 2021. Lucy is passionate about helping Islanders access high quality health care services at IHC.

TestMV COVID-19 Test Site Team

Donna McElroy

Lead Clinical Observer

Donna’s father was in the army so she frequently moved throughout the United States while she was growing up.  This sparked a passion for traveling and exploring, which led her to join the Peace Corps in 1976. Donna spent the next two years in Brazil with the Peace Corps before working at a Project HOPE land base in northeastern Brazil. After returning to the U.S., she worked as an RN both in Oncology and with Hospice. In 2007, she again worked with Project HOPE in the Marshall Islands, which rekindled her love of traveling. Upon returning to the states, she became a Travel Nurse, which is how she first came to Martha’s Vineyard. After leaving Martha’s Vineyard in 2016, she realized that the Island’s beauty and charm were as much in the hearts of the Islanders as in the forests and on the beaches. Being terribly homesick for Martha’s Vineyard, she was finally able to return in 2019, and one year later was hired by IHC to work at the COVID-19 test site.  Donna has never enjoyed any job as much as this one and is grateful to work with such a positive and supportive team. Donna is especially grateful to work under the leadership of Owen Burns, who’s work ethic, positive attitude, and genuine care for the Test Site team and entire Island community create a team culture that she is thankful to be a part of.