Elena Thomas Faulkner
Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Faulkner is the CEO of NIMAA. She brings a strong record of organizational leadership, management and development to the role, along with a deep commitment to and passion for working alongside underserved communities. Thomas Faulkner was previously the Chief Strategy Officer for Denver's La Clinica Tepeyac, Inc. Prior to her work at La Clinica Tepeyac, Thomas Faulkner spent more than a decade with John Snow International (JSI), where she developed projects related to the health care safety net, access to care and capacity building. Previous to JSI, she held leadership positions with the Colorado Community Health Network and has worked extensively within and on issues of importance to the Latino community. She holds an MA in International Development from American University and a BA from the University of Colorado.
Blankson is the chief nursing officer for Community Health Center, Inc., overseeing diverse nursing services across the CHC network, including primary care, healthcare for the homeless, and school-based health services. AS CNO, she oversees the quality and expansion of nursing services, the development of nursing policy, and continuing nurse education. Blankson also works collaboratively to ensure Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home compliance throughout CHC. Blankson earned her MSN at Yale University and joined CHC as a family nurse practitioner shortly after graduation. She has served as the on-site medical director of the New London county sites, the vice president of the medical staff, the chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and as a preceptor for CHC’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. She completed her DNP education at Johns Hopkins University. Blankson is certified and holds professional membership in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Brogdon, M.Ed., began her work with Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado in 2012. She designed and implemented the Salud Career Development Program for front-line staff and established the Salud Institute for Health Center Careers. In her previous 11 years with the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Brogdon served as project coordinator for several grants with the U.S. Department of Education. She spent five years as professor with the School of Education and Human Development graduate program at the University of Colorado Denver. Brogdon has four years of experience consulting and instructional coaching for the Colorado Department of Education.
Curriculum Director and Instructor
Klos is the curriculum director and instructor for NIMAA. Before joining the NIMAA team Susan worked as an instructor of medical assisting at Porter and Chester Institute in Chicopee, MA. Susan’s field experience as a medical assistant includes 15 years as a medical assistant working for Gales Ferry Medical Group in Gales Ferry, CT and the Joslin Diabetes and Endocrinology Center in New London, CT. Susan earned her medical assisting certificate from Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute, her associate’s degree in general studies from Gateway Community College and her bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Connecticut.
Mark Splaine, MD, MS
Splaine is a consultant at Community Health Center, Inc.'s Weitzman Institute with responsibility for contributing to and helping to coordinate all its educational activities. This involves work with faculty, program managers, and students. In addition, Splaine is leading the development of Weitzman’s portfolio of online educational offerings. Before joining CHC, Splaine worked as an independent consultant in healthcare quality education and measurement for EduHealth LLC as its managing director. Prior to that role, he was an associate professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Splaine has been a teacher of health professionals for over 20 years. He is professionally trained as a general internal medicine physician and practiced primary care for 16 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard College, his master's degree from Dartmouth Medical School, and his master's degree in the evaluative clinical sciences from Dartmouth College.
Hynes is Communications and Technology Manager for NIMAA. He first started programming computers in the late '60s has been active in online communities and education since the 1970s. He helped write social media software for Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential bid. He joined Community Health Center, Inc in 2010 where he works as a Communications Manager for Community Health Center. He is currently working on a Masters of Divinity degree at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
Robert Block, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Robert Block, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer of Community Health Center, Inc. In this role, Bob is responsible for all CHC financial operations, revenue cycle, supply chain, payroll and treasury services.
Bob brings over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, and operations. He previously served as Vice President of Finance at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Chief Financial Officer of the Jewish Home for the Aged, Chief Administrative Officer at the APT Foundation, Director of Finance at American Medical Response, Manager: Budget and Finance at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and CEO of The AuctionBlocks (a company he founded and ran for ten years).
Bob obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania. Bob was Controller of a behavioral health research group (Center for the Study of Adult Development, later Integra Inc.) during his final four years at Penn. He subsequently earned his CPA license at Arthur Young and Company (currently Ernst & Young).
Bob is an avid skier and golfer, as well as an antique collector. He has written eight books for Schiffer Publishing Ltd. and appeared on numerous radio and television programs including Martha Stuart Living and Storage Wars.
Vice President and General Counsel
Nicole Lake is Community Health Center, Inc.'s first Vice President and General Counsel. Nicole brings outstanding credentials and experience to the role. Her career spans over 10 years of diverse legal experience.
Most recently, Nicole served as Associate General Counsel to the Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Previously she has served as an attorney for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, Greater Hartford Legal Aid and the National Labor Relations Board in New York City. She has also worked as an Assistant Director at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Nicole holds a BA from the University of Iowa, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard, and earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. She is a board member of the Capitol Child Development Center, a frequent volunteer with local and statewide political campaigns, and the yoga instructor for a high school football team.
Heath is an instructor for NIMAA. Before joining the NIMAA team Tiffany worked as a Curriculum Developer, Educational Supervisor, and Instructor for the Administrative Health Specialist and Medical Assisting programs at Porter and Chester Institute in Chicopee, MA for over 10 years. Tiffany’s field experience as a Medical Assistant includes Trauma Urgent Care and Primary Care. She is also a Certified CPR Training Center Faculty that trains the trainers for the American Heart Association. She is also still working in the field as a traveling Medical Assistant for Quality Patient Centered Services that provide care for our military personnel. Previously Tiffany was an examination proctor for the American Association of Medical Assistants, American Medical Technologist, and National Healthcare Association as well as a Subject Matter Expert and Co-Author for Medical Assisting text books. Tiffany earned her Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting Degree from Springfield Technical Community College while also getting her certificate in Medical Records Management and Billing and Coding.
Throughout Tami Bonnett-Admi's career in both small and large companies, she has worked alongside and led phenomenal teams to build, roll out, iterate and grow a vast array of products and services. She's never served in a role that existed prior to her taking it on and loves nothing more than laying the groundwork, strategy and tactical plan to build new products, processes, teams and solutions. She lives her professional life through a few trite but true tenets: you do more and better business with people you like; a happy customer always pays off in spades; and contribute like you own the place, even if you don't. It is the latter that led her to founding 3GEM Consulting.
Tami has spent her career working with K12, Higher Ed, Corporate, Government and Non-Profit clients to design, build and implement complex learning, product and professional services solutions. Prior to starting 3GEM Consulting, Tami served as the VP of Learning at Knowledge to Practice (K2P), a medical education start-up, where she led the development, roll-out and continuous improvement of all K2P learning products offered in partnership with the Mayo Clinic. Prior to K2P, she headed the Learning Technology Solutions business unit at Sevatec, Inc., leading a large team that provided content management, human capital and learning solutions to more than 20 government agencies. She also built the Consulting team at Moodlerooms (acquired by Blackboard), the largest Moodle partner in the world, where she built a breadth of professional service offerings, including instructional design and course development, custom digital product customization, training, consulting, and more.
Tami is passionate about working with start-ups and small organizations, helping them identify and develop the technology, processes, teams and frameworks needed to grow and scale.
Carolina manages national accreditation and state compliance for NIMAA. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in learning technology and has worked in higher-education administration since her days as a university student. For the past ten years, she has focused her work in the vocational-education sector, working with allied-health programs at nationally and regionally accredited colleges and universities. Prior to joining NIMAA, Carolina worked for six years at an ABHES-accredited college offering allied-health education throughout the United States. She oversaw state and Title IX compliance, as well as curriculum compliance with ABHES standards. In addition to educational regulatory matters, her areas of interest include distance learning, particularly Transactional Distance Theory, which focuses on the use of technology and its effects on the delivery of education.