COMMUNITY HEALTH ORGANIZERS

The CT InCK Community Health Organizer (CHO) team was specifically selected to include experts from maternal health, nutrition, housing, education, substance use, family engagement, immigration, and the justice system. Our team works together with our community partners to provide the best care and access to resources for your family.

Leslie Brown

Leslie is a proud Latina mother whose expertise is caring for the mamas and babies through nutrition and compassionate care. She served the families of New Haven as a WIC Nutritionist and Certified Lactation Counselor for 6 years. Her bilingual skills and love of cultures has been pivotal in connecting with families from a wide range of backgrounds. 

Fun Fact: Leslie loves dance and animals, her black cat’s name is Loki Bagheera Binx Brown.

Alice Corrigan

Alice is a proud and busy sports mom. When she isn’t cooking for the entire team, you may find her cheering for her kids on the football or lacrosse sidelines. Alice is a graduate from the University of Hawaii where she obtained her BA in Psychology and Sociology. She began her career at Clifford Beers three years ago as a Case Manager. Prior to that she spent 16 years in the educational system enriching the lives of children. Alice has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Alice strives to create balance within the education system to promote equity and equality in the classroom.

Fun Fact: Alice was raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

Ken Okwuosa

Ken is an immigrant from Nigeria who relocated to the United States in 1989, and found his home in Connecticut. Ken has over 30 years of experience working with individuals who are involved with and affected by the Criminal Justice System as well as the mental health and behavioral health system in the New Haven community. He is a graduate of Springfield College, Mass., and holds dual BScs degree in Human Services and Criminal Justice. He served as a Juvenile Detention Officer for the New Haven Juvenile Detention Center and a Probation Officer for the Office of Adult Probation. He went on to be the Director of the My Father, My Son Mentoring Program in Hamden and has been heavily involved in the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Network where he dedicated his time to mentoring and supporting youth and families who have been affected by the criminal justice system. Ken continues to work in the community to reduce barriers to wellness and improve overall quality of life for New Haven residents.

Luz M. Ramos-Ortega

Luz has worked with the community in the field of mental health for 18 years, 9 of those at Clifford Beers. She is trained in the Wraparound process and in Mediation. Luz attended the New Haven Citizens academy, she has trained as a YMCA facilitator for the diabetes prevention program and is also a New Haven Health Leaders Alumni.  She is a firm believer that change begins within yourself and practices that by getting involved in the community, helping those that are more vulnerable and working with them to make this world a better place.  As a resident of The Hill neighborhood in New Haven, Luz’s goal is to help make the community safe and for its residents to thrive.
Fun Fact: Luz loves music and dance and is not afraid to show her silly side.

Maritza Spell

Maritza is a mother, neighbor, and advocate. For more than three decades, she has lived and raised her family here in New Haven and has thrived as a Latina woman. She uses her bilingual skills to advocate and support families in her community. She is determined to work hard and collaborate with community partners to create an equitable education and health system. 

Fun Fact: Maritza loves to snack on Now & Later candy, especially cherry.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Jennifer Richmond

Vice President of Population Health, InCK Project Director

Jennifer began working at Clifford Beers in 2000 as a clinical social worker for outpatient and mobile crisis services. She has worn many different hats at Clifford Beers, always advocating for children and families. After 17 years at Clifford Beers she went on to work on the planning of Connecticut’s Health Information Exchange at the Office of Health Strategy and then in compliance and privacy for a large hospital. In 2020, she returned to Clifford Beers as the Vice President of Population Health and serves as the Project Director for the CT InCK initiative. Jen believes in the strength of community and is proud to work for an organization that is so devoted to making a positive impact on the populations we serve.

Kitty Foley Tyrol

Director, Training and Resources

As the Director of Training and Resources, Kitty began working with the CT InCK team at Clifford Beers in 2020. In this role, she leads the training and professional development components of the CT InCK model; onboarding team members, identifying key learning components in the design process, and managing training and trainers during pre-implementation. Kitty continues to build a learning collaborative environment for CT InCK providers and Intensive Care Coordinators to implement the model over the next five years. Kitty also serves the Anti Racist Practices initiative at Clifford Beers and is committed to integrating best practices across the organization.

Mikaela “Kia” Honhongva

Vice President, Data Operations

Mikaela is an indigenous data leader who has worked at Clifford Beers since 2010 in various data and evaluation capacities. In her current role with CT InCK at Clifford Beers, Mikaela leads efforts in performance measures, needs conversation development, and the integration of administrative data sources to make information available for actionable insights. In addition, Mikaela leads evaluation and analysis efforts in order to ensure data and reporting are accurate, available, and relevant.

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Whitney Jordan

Project Manager

Whitney Jordan, CT InCK’s Project Manager, has been with the team since Fall 2021. In her role, Whitney oversees the planning, implementation and tracking of the CT InCK program. Whitney holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. Born and raised in New Haven, Whitney is excited to continue giving back to the community where she was raised.

Manuel “Manny” Rivera

InCK Program Manager of Community Engagement

Originally a Native of Puerto Rico, Manny joins CT InCK after serving our military workforce for roughly 20 years in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard. Manny holds a B.A. in Urban Economics and Public Policy from Quinnipiac University. Manny is excited to work on such an impactful initiative that aims to help members and families, who have been systemically left behind, effectively and efficiently navigate their personal health journeys with confidence and dignity.