Katherine McKenzie, MD, FACP is a faculty member at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and the director of the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine (YCAM). Dr. McKenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology at the University of Colorado. She received her medical degree from Boston University and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at University Hospital in Boston. She has been board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1995.
She has practiced at Yale Internal Medicine Associates and at the Yale Primary Care Center for over 20 years. She teaches undergraduates, medical students and residents at Yale, and is an attending physician in the Yale Refugee Clinic. She has an interest in caring for underserved patients and advocating for social justice.
Dr. McKenzie has been the director of the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine since 2007. She performs medical forensic evaluations and testifies in court as an expert witness for asylum seekers referred by law schools, human rights organizations, and immigration attorneys. She has trained clinicians nationally to perform medical examinations of asylum seekers and has written reviews, clinical cases and opinion pieces on asylum medicine in publications including the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the British Medical Journal, the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Time and CNN.
She was given the Leonard B. Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine at Yale, the Faculty Award for Achievement in Clinical Care by the Department of Medicine and has been named a “Top Doctor” for many years by Connecticut magazine.
Dr. Ellis has an active clinical practice in New Haven, CT and is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He co-founded Waterbury Project Access located in Waterbury CT in 2004 which has donated over $3 million in patient care services to date.
In 2010, Dr. Ellis and several colleagues from the New Haven County Medical Association, Yale-Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Hospital of St. Raphael, and Yale-New Haven Hospitals launched Project Access-New Haven. The goal is to improve access to high quality health care for low-income, uninsured persons living in our community by utilizing volunteer physician specialists, patient navigators, and community and pharmaceutical resources. We expect that this coordinated system of medical care will improve our capacity to implement health care reform.
Dr. Ellis served as a member of the board of Physician Innovation Network and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Communities Joined in Action.
Bob Serow has spent his entire career working to further the missions of nonprofit organizations through advancing their capacity in governance and fundraising. He is founder and principal of the firm RLS Consulting and also serves as consultant for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. For select clients, Bob may serve as senior counsel under the aegis of LAPA Fundraising.
Through experiences gained in his career, Bob provides counsel in the areas of capacity building, fundraising, governance, leadership development and organizational management. Specialized areas include capital campaigns, organizational assessments, major and planned gift strategies, case development, new donor development, strategic business plans, board retreats, executive coaching, and staff mentoring. Further, Bob may serve as interim senior-level manager for clients during periods of staffing transition.
Prior to founding RLS Consulting, Bob served as chief development officer for a number of distinguished institutions, including Yale-New Haven Hospital, New York University Hospitals, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, American Heart Association Heritage Affiliate, Hospital for Joint Diseases, Calvary Hospital and the Community Renewal Team (of Greater Hartford).
Bob is a highly regarded teacher, having presented on a myriad of topics at national, regional and local conferences. He has also served as adjunct faculty at University of New Haven.
Bob’s career is distinguished by leadership in Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP), where he has held both National and Chapter leadership positions. Of note, Bob served on the boards of National AFP and the National AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, was president of AFP Greater New York Chapter and chaired Fund Raising Day in New York, the nation’s largest and premier single day conference for fund raising professionals.
David Newton is currently President of Elm Advisors, LLC, which he founded in September 2007. Elm Advisors provides consulting services to not for profit institutions focused on real estate development, property acquisition and leasing, as well as on facilities management strategy.
Prior to Elm Advisors, from 2002 to 2007, he served as the Associate Vice President and Director of University Properties at Yale University. In this capacity, he was responsible for the management of the University’s commercial real estate portfolio in New Haven, CT., comprised of 85 retail establishments and 500 residential units encompassing more than 1,000,000 square feet. Responsibilities included development and acquisition strategy, property management, retail leasing, and capital improvements.
From 1998 until 2002, he served as Executive Vice President of Aramark Education Services, an international facilities management company serving not for profit institutions. At Aramark, he was responsible for business strategy and marketing, as well for integration of new business acquisitions.
He joined Aramark after its acquisition of the Facilities Resource Management Co. (FRM) which Newton cofounded in 1977. As FRM’s President and Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for directing the firm’s operating, technical and capital project divisions providing facilities management and technical support to colleges, universities, schools, hospitals and municipal governments throughout the United States. FRM developed a variety of innovative strategies to assist these institutions in reducing costs through effective use of resources including energy, labor and capital. FRM served more than 100 clients including Columbia University, Barnard College, Brown University, Vassar College, Southern Methodist University, Florida State Hospital, the State of New York, the public school systems in Sarasota, Florida and Providence, Rhode Island, and private independent schools including Milton Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall School, Phillips Academy, Andover.
Newton has served on a variety of not for profit boards in New Haven including the Hospital of St. Raphael, the Arts Council, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, and the New Haven Road Race. He served as a Trustee of the Hopkins School for 20 years and as Chair of the Board for 7 years. He currently serves as Trustee and member of the Executive Committee, Long Wharf Theatre; member of the Board of Directors of the Elm Shakespeare Co, Project Access and the Connecticut Health Foundation. For profit Boards include Bloomsburg Mills and Preferred Compounding.
Newton earned a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He resides in New Haven CT.
Dr. Arlis-Mayor is one of the founding members of Project Access New Haven. She is currently President of the Board of Directors. She has also served as secretary and treasurer of the organization. She is a Family Medicine physician with specialty training in Primary Care Sports Medicine. She currently works in private practice at Center for Orthopaedics in Sports Medicine and with the Yale Health Plan Student Health and Athletic Medicine.
She received her BA in Psychology from Yale College and her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College. In 1995, Dr Arlis-Mayor returned to the New Haven area. She joined Guilford Family Practice where she practiced Family Medicine. She continued her teaching affiliations with University of Connecticut Medical School as an Assistant Clinical Professor and with the Hospital of Saint Raphael Internal Medicine Residency as Clinical Faculty and volunteered in the Adult Primary Care Center at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. She left private practice in 2005 to become Medical Director of the Primary Care and Specialty Clinics at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. Her goal in this position was to bring patient centered, high quality and accessible healthcare to the underserved population of New Haven. In 2008, her role expanded to include Medical Director of the SRH Faculty Practice Plan. In 2012, this group merged with Yale New Haven Hospital system and Dr Arlis-Mayor returned to private practice.
Dr Arlis-Mayor also serves on the Connecticut State Medical Society Committee on Medical Aspects of Sports Medicine. She is also a member of the New Haven County Medical Association Board of Governors. She continues to be a strong public advocate for youth sports safety and is team physician for Yale varsity athletes, Hillhouse High School, Wilbur Cross High School, West Haven High School and Hyde High School. She is a medical consultant to University of New Haven Sports Medicine Program.
Jordan Arovas is senior vice president and manager of specialty banking at Webster Bank. His banking experience includes work with specialized industries such as health care practices, law firms, nonprofits and property management firms. He works with clients across New England and New York to provide financial service solutions to help maximize client’s day-to-day operations. Arovas has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in finance from Sacred Heart University.
Dr. Paul Fortgang is a graduate of the University of Rochester, in 1975, and Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1980. He then completed two years of General Surgery residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, followed by an Otolaryngology Residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore in the Bronx. Dr. Fortgang then completed a six-month fellowship in facial plastic surgery through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery before joining a private practice in New Jersey. He relocated to New Haven in 1987 and joined the Southern New England Ear, Nose, and Throat practice.
Dr. Fortgang has an academic appointment in the Department of Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine and is involved in teaching residents and students. He became interested in organized medicine over the past ten years while serving on the Board of the New Haven County Medical Association, where he eventually became an officer and President (from 2007-2008). He is very interested in health care reform and the problems of the uninsured. He joined the steering committee that was set up to implement PA-NH in August, 2008, and was eventually was named the first President of the PA-NH Board of Directors. He has enjoyed working with his colleagues to see this program implemented.
Dr. Fortgang also has a strong interest in medical malpractice and Tort reform, and served on a joint committee of the County Medical and Bar associations to help improve communication between physicians and attorneys from 2007-2008.
Mario Garcia is the director of population health planning for the health care innovation grant awarded to Connecticut by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the leadership of the Department of Public Health (DPH), Dr. Garcia is responsible for building innovative community health capabilities to improve overall health outcomes among state residents.
Through the last 15 years, Dr. Garcia has worked in the Connecticut’s public health sector, initially as a DPH program manager of statewide initiatives for chronic disease prevention and control, and afterwards as Health Director for the City of New Haven.
Dr. Garcia previously worked as consultant in several health reform projects in Latin America, and earlier in his career, implemented community based prevention programs and delivered humanitarian medical relief as a country director for Doctors Without Borders in five different countries.
Dr. Garcia is a trained physician who, after obtaining a Master’s in Community Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, devoted his entire career to the practice of public health. Dr. Garcia is also a graduate from the Master’s program at the Yale School of Public Health where he concentrated in Health Policy and Administration
Dr. Ramon Gonzalez is a 32-year career board certified Radiologist serving patients through private practice, hospital appointments, education, and volunteerism.
Dr. Gonzalez currently serves as the Director of the Radiologist Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University, where he also serves as an Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Physician Assistant, Diagnostic Imaging and Diagnostic Sonography programs.
Barbara B. Lindsay is a New Haven lawyer who represents nonprofit organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, the Advisory Board of Loaves and Fishes (a program of the Episcopal Church of
St. Paul and St. James), the Legal and Tax Panel of The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and the Exempt Organizations Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. She served as a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School from 1992 to 2016 (Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, Advanced Nonprofit Organizations Clinic and the Law of Nonprofit Organizations). A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Barbara is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, J.D., New York University School of Law, LL.M (Taxation), and Radcliffe College, A.B. (magna cum laude) and is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.
Angela Mattie, JD (Esq.), MPH, is the chair and l professor, Quinnipiac University (QU), School of Business, department of healthcare management and organizational leadership, director of the long-term care certificate program and holds an appointment at the QU’s Frank H. Netter MD Medical School.
Angela serves on several boards, among them: the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s Hospital, Qualidigm and the Regional Advisory Committee of The Connecticut Chapter of The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Angela is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty/Advisor Award from CT ACHE and the 2013 Center of Excellence in Teaching Award from Quinnipiac University. Most recently, Angela was selected for the 2017 LeapFrog Bruce Bradley Fellowship.
Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Angela served on the executive staff for an acute care hospital, was employed by Anthem, Inc. in the Office of Medical Policy and began her career at the Connecticut Hospital Association. In 2000-2001 Angela was selected for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. She served as a health policy fellow for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Ms. Mattie received her Master’s Degree in Public Health, (M.P.H.) with distinction from Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) at the University Of Connecticut School of Law, and an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University. Angela is a proud mother of a MSW student.
Mikki Meadows-Oliver is an Associate Clinical Professor and Coordinator of Global Nursing Education Programs at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Prior to joining the UConn School of Nursing, Mikki was an Associate Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is a past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Mikki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and Master’s degrees from the Yale University School of Nursing (MSN) and the Yale University School of Public Health (MPH). Her PhD is from the University Connecticut School of Nursing.
Erica Spatz, MD, MHS is a co-founder and Board member of Project Access-New Haven. Erica arrived in New Haven in 2008 to begin her fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Through a class called, Community Based Participatory Research, Erica had the opportunity to study the local health care system, meeting with directors of health care organizations, city officials, and advocacy groups throughout New Haven. It became clear that access to care was limited for people with no insurance, despite being in a city dense with hospitals and providers. She helped to forge partnerships with other physicians, community health centers, health-related organizations and foundations to build widespread support for Project Access.
Erica has a longstanding commitment to community health. She grew up in the New York City public school system and was awarded a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University by the Posse Foundation, Inc – based on her leadership ability. She continually acknowledges Posse as being one of the most influential forces in her life – serving as a model for how to cultivate potential, build successful relationships, create community and stimulate leadership. At Vanderbilt she studied Human and Organizational Development and took a strong interest in community health. Following college, she studied medicine at Ben Gurion University through a collaborative program with Columbia University that aimed to train leaders in global health. During her fourth year she spent 3 months in Kenya working in local healthcare clinics before returning to the Bronx, NY where she trained in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Erica embraced Montefiore’s philosophical and practical approach to community healthcare, providing comprehensive and quality care to the residents of the Bronx.
Following her fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Erica returned to clinical training to become a general cardiology. She is now on faculty in the section of cardiovascular medicine as part of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. Her main interests are population health, including access to care and health disparities, as well as developing the science and tools to support patient-centered, high quality medical decision making.
Doctor Wolfson is a graduate of the Columbia College of Arts and Sciences, then the New York University School of Medicine. He had his Internal medicine training at the Downstate University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts General Hospital, and his Cardiology training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He then served in the United States Air Force as a Staff Cardiologist at the Wilford Hall USAF Hospital, before joining the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine in 1970. In 1977 he founded Cardiology Associates of New Haven upon going into private practice and subsequently served as President of the Medical Staff of the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has since been President of the New Haven County Medical Association, Councilor of the Connecticut State Medical Society, and Vice President of the New Haven Community Medical Group. And he is proud to have been one of the founders, and current Board Member, of Project Access-New Haven.