Darcey Cobbs-Lomax, MBA, MPH, joined Project Access as the Executive Director in May 2012. Her background includes a BA, French and Finance from Florida State University, an MBA from Georgia State University, and an MPH from Walden University.
Darcey is a native of southern Connecticut (Bridgeport). Her career has balanced between the public sector, municipal government and healthcare, with a focused on community health, quality of care and health outcomes for various populations. Darcey served previously in the Mayoral appointed position of Director of Elderly Services for the City of New Haven, as the Ambulatory Care Manager for the Infectious Disease Clinic at Harlem Hospital Center and most recently as the Research Manager/Manager of Business Operations for the Yale/Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. In addition to her academic, management and research background, Darcey brings to Project Access a genuine interest in the mission of the organization and desire for increased/improved access to care for all.
Giselle Carlotta-McDonald joined Project Access-New Haven as the first full-time Bilingual Patient Navigator in February 2011 and currently holds the position of Program Supervisor. Giselle oversees the team of Patient Navigators and Community Health Workers and promotes a coach approach to leadership and team building.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Giselle graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is pursuing her MBA from Albertus Magnus College with a concentration in Leadership. Before joining Project Access, she served as the School Manager for a New Haven Charter School, where she helped start-up a new school and oversaw the school operations, as well as assisted immigrant families in advocating for the educational needs of their children. Giselle completed her Patient Navigation training at the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in New York in 2011, and has been an instructor at the Gateway Community College Patient Navigation Certification program since 2012.
Giselle is thrilled to continue to support the growth and the mission of the organization, as well as the community.
Damaris joined Project Access in October 2015. She has a Bachelors degree in Spanish from Southern Connecticut State University. She has worked with the low income, uninsured, and underserved populations of Central and Southern Connecticut for over 12 years in a variety of roles. Access to specialty health care has always been a prominent barrier for this population and she looks forward to working with Project Access to fulfill the mission of increasing medical care and services for underserved patients. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, and is very active in her local school community and youth athletics in New Haven.
Ma’Glinda K. Williamson-Ager, RN, MBA, joined Project Access of New Haven in August 2015 serving in the Clinical Leadership Role of Registered Nurse Patient Navigator. Ma’Glinda’s educational background includes a BA in Science and Nursing from Quinnipiac University, an MSM and MBA from Albertus Magnus College.
Ma’Glinda is an enthusiastic healthcare professional with an extensive career background in patient care and quality assurance. Ma’Glinda has collaborated with Healthcare Professionals and Leaders in the Acute, Sub-Acute, Home Health Care, and Community Health Organizations to ensure quality care, access to care, and high quality patient care outcomes. Through team-building, networking, and managerial skills, Ma’Glinda continues to passionately dedicate her mission and goal to proactively implement supportive measures and strategies to improve and promote the highest level of quality care for all patients.
Lauren Kelley joined Project Access-New Haven in August 2011 as the Director of Research and Evaluation. She holds Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied social work administration, planning and policy, and public/nonprofit management, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Haverford College.
Most recently, Lauren completed a Presidential Management Fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Northeast Program Evaluation Center, where she worked on the evaluation of a national supported housing program for homeless veterans. Lauren has also worked in several areas of healthcare research, including addiction psychiatry and pulmonary and critical care medicine. While in graduate school, Lauren worked with the United Way of Greater Richmond’s Department of Research and Evaluation, where she assisted local nonprofits with their program evaluation efforts. She also volunteered with a local physician group that was developing a Project Access program in Richmond. She is thrilled to be working with PA-NH and overseeing the organization’s exciting research and evaluation efforts.
Jacqueline Sanchez joined Project Access in January 2014 as a Patient Navigator. Jacqueline graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Jackie went on to work with inner city children and families in the greater Hartford area. She focused on connecting the families with community connections for basic needs. In 2011, Jackie expanded on her passion of working with children and families and started working for an adolescent support center in the Norwalk/ Stamford area specializing in providing adolescents with various therapeutic interventions. Jackie’s main mission is to continue providing support to people within the community.
Solanlly Canas joined Project Access in May 2018 as a Patient Navigator. She graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor degree in Education and International Studies. She has worked with children and families at a non-profit mental health clinic as a care coordinator. Solanlly is passionate about supporting communities to create healthy and inclusive networks. She would like to pursue graduate studies to further her education in Psychology with a focus on immigrant communities. In her free time she enjoys theatre, hiking, and dancing.
Juan Carmona has been a Patient Navigator with PA-NH since July 2012. He is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University where he received a Masters of Science Degree in Sociology. Throughout his time in this organization, Juan has found ways to complement his education with the mission of Project Access in helping the underserved of New Haven. Representing his Alma Mater, Juan has presented papers concerning the reluctance of Hispanics to seek health services, and the social conditions that may predict the relationships of patients and their medical providers. Juan has also assisted in a pilot research study at PA-NH looking at Medicaid-enrolled high utilizers of the emergency department, and has collaborated on manuscripts and other conference presentations. With a dedicated focus on social research and health outcomes, Juan is determined to see that patients at PA-NH become trained to navigate themselves once their time with Project Access has come to an end.