About Us 




The federal Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program was established in 1973 as a way to encourage medical schools to increase the number of students and residents trained in rural communities. The AHEC Program is housed in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Connecticut AHEC Program was established in 1995 by the Connecticut General Assembly and received initial federal funding in 1997. The program is based at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington and implemented by regional AHECs with offices in Waterbury, Hartford, Bridgeport, Willimantic & Norwich.

Our Mission

to recruit, train, and retain health professionals from diverse backgrounds to serve marginalized communities in Connecticut and to attain the highest level of health and well being.

Meet Our Team

We are a team dedicated to enriching our local communities, and we are proud to spend our days serving and honoring the Eastern Connecticut region and its people, our neighbors. 

Michele Scott
Michele ScottExecutive Director
Cherie Poirier
Cherie PoirierDevelopment Coordinator
Alyssa McClain
Alyssa McClainCommunity Health Outreach Coordinator
Katerine Cuzco
Katerine CuzcoAmeriCorps Member 
YHSC Coordinator
Natalie Crino
Natalie CrinoAmeriCorps Member 
CHSC Coordinator
Francesca Pavia
Francesca PaviaAmeriCorps Member 
CBET Coordinator
Justyna Poznanski
Justyna PoznanskiProgram & Training Coordinator
Randi Matzenbacher
Randi MatzenbacherAmeriCorps Member 
CBET Coordinator

Board of Directors 


Stephen Smith, MD, MPH
Board Chairman
Physician, Community Health Center, Inc.
Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine,
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Laurie Herring
Board Vice-Chairwoman
Chief Operations and Quality Officer
The Arc Eastern Connecticut

Matthew Pearson
Board Secretary
Tribal Council Secretary
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Robert Guertin
Board Treasurer
Accounting Resources, Inc.

Stephanye Clarke
Program Officer
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Setu Vora, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Lisa Hageman, RN, MSN
Regional Director Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Backus Hospital, Hartford Health Care

Scott Kadey
Chief Information Officer
The Arc Eastern Connecticut