Crystal Graham obtained an Associate Degree in Human Services from Gateway Community College and plans to further her education in the Social Work field. Over the past nine years Crystal has had the pleasure of delivering excellent patient care service in the Smilow Cancer Hospital and has connected with so many wonderful people. These experiences have inspired her to continue to reach out and help people in the very same communities that she grew up in. Her dream is to someday start her own non-profit organization for the youth that focuses on discovering and developing artistic talent.
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.
Lisa Ortega was born and raised in South Texas and moved to New Haven in June of 2017 to join her wife who is a graduate student at Yale School of Nursing. She is a Certified Community Health Worker and worked for Methodist Healthcare Ministries as a Community Health Worker in San Antonio, Texas for four years. In that role, she worked with uninsured, low-income and underserved populations in South Texas using the Asset Based Community Development approach to engage and empower community residents for positive impact. She is a co-founder of LezRideSA, a non-profit in San Antonio that fundraises for LGBTQIA youth and provides free social bike rides and community exercise classes for our LGBTQIA community and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing with our two dogs, reading, going to the movies and of course working to make the world a better place through activism and service.
Nydia Roldan comes to PA-NH from the New Haven Health Department as a committed Case Manager with 17 years of experience in the field. She has provided case management and support to high risk, multicultural clients and patients, connecting them to various resources in the city of New Haven. Nydia is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is a very proud mother of two children and in her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking and spending quality time with her family.
Sarah Sahib, Joined Project Access in May, 2018 as a Community Health Worker. Previous to joining the Project Access team, she worked with the immigrant and refugee population in New Haven, CT helping them become self-sufficient in their new journey. She earned her Master Degree in Women’s Studies and has been an advocate for refugee women in the community. Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending her free time with family and friends.
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.
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.
Giselle Carlotta-McDonald joined PA-NH as a Patient Navigator in February 2011. A native of Argentina, Giselle graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology Community Clinical Counseling. Giselle has coached volleyball at UNH, as well as at the middle and high school levels, and been a professional player. Most recently, she served as the School Manager of a New Haven Charter School, where she oversaw parent outreach and assisted immigrant families in advocating for the educational needs of their children. Giselle recently completed training at the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute and is looking forward to her one-year anniversary at PA-NH.
Luz holds an Associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut and is a May 2017 Bachelor’s candidate in General Psychology from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. She intends to pursue graduate studies in the same area there with a focus and passion in domestic violence (victims, batterers and family alike). Luz has worked in private sector health care with physicians as well as with non-profit agencies assisting patients and their families health care channels they need through language services. In her free time she enjoys all types of culture ranging from theatre to art, spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, and working out.
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.
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.
Karen Jazwinski joined PA-NH in August, 2015, as a Patient Survey Interviewer. Karen was born and raised in Peru, and came to Connecticut in 1999. She holds a BS degree in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, and is currently pursuing her MPH from the same institution. Karen and her husband have two sons, along with a Peruvian hairless dog brought to Connecticut from her native country.
Lindsey Greene-Upshaw has joined Project Access as our Special Projects Consultant managing our new mHealth initiative and health insurance literacy trainings. Lindsey is no stranger to PA-NH or the work that we do. She has most recently worked with Yale New Haven Health System as a Planner and has experience from her work with a Project access program in Texas.
Mildred “Millie” earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Bridgeport. She has worked as a Case Manager for a non-profit organization for the past 10 years to provide intensive in-home services to families in need in the greater Bridgeport area. Millie is a proud mother of 3 beautiful children. She enjoys listening to music, dancing, exercising/running, as well as spending time with family and friends. She is very happy to be a part of Project Access as she continues to follow her passion of helping those in need.
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.
Jahaira Martinez-Alicea joined Project Access as a Temporary hire in November 2015, and then through Yale New Haven Hospital full time in March 2016. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for six years before joining the Non-Profit sector. Jahaira is excited to contribute to the community with the services that are provided from Project Access. Her spare time she is spent heavily with her church community, her husband and children. She also enjoys traveling and supporting her son’s athletic activities.