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The People of LCHC

At Lynn Community Health Center, our teams are passionate about removing barriers to care for our patients. Over half of LCHC’s 650+ staff live in Lynn, and over half of our board members receive care through one or more of our services. We work closely with over 100 community partner organizations in Lynn. This collaborative commitment, combined with the support of our donors and our Board, enables us to provide high-quality care to everyone in our neighborhoods.

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Our Leadership Team

We believe in dedicated, forward-thinking leadership that is grounded in our local community. Together, our senior leadership team’s diverse experiences and strategic problem-solving steadily guides our organization into the future of community health.

Dr Kiame Mahaniah
Chief Executive Officer

Kiame Mahaniah, MD, MBA

Inspired by a childhood divided between a war-affected third world country (the Congo) and a high performing first world one (Switzerland), as well as parents intimately involved in rural development NGOs, Dr. Kiame Mahaniah brings a deep passion for social justice and the fight against inequities to his work as CEO at the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, Massachusetts. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia as a National Health Service Corps scholar and has been working in federally qualified community health centers ever since. He was the 2012-2013 Massachusetts Academy of Family Medicine Physician of the Year and holds an appointment at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Mahaniah’s clinical interests lie in teaching and integrating opioid addiction treatment into primary care and behavioral health. His leadership journey is anchored in lean improvement and deep respect for the employees’ dignity.
Ryan Sullivan
Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan holds more than 20 years of experience in healthcare. Previously Ryan held positions within Massachusetts General Hospital that included planning and opening new buildings, director-level financial management, and, most recently, as the Administrative Director for their Center for Genomic Medicine, requiring comprehensive responsibilities encompassing strategic and financial management, human resources, compliance, safety, facilities, and operational leadership. He is also a Family Nurse Practitioner who continues his clinical practice at Lynn Community Health Center. Ryan earned his BS in Biochemistry from Merrimack College, an MBA from Suffolk University, MS in Nursing from Boston College, and an MS in Clinical Operations from Harvard Medical School.
Kim Eng
Chief Operating Officer

Kimberly Eng

Kimberly Eng is the Chief Operating Officer of Lynn Community Health Center. She is proud to serve an organization that is recognized as a leader in developing new initiatives that result in high-impact, low cost healthcare. Kimberly is a trained industrial engineer and has worked in a number of industries including healthcare, manufacturing and construction design. She participated as an early pioneer of lean in healthcare for a large complex healthcare organization, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Over the last ten years, Kimberly has led numerous continuous improvement initiatives in order to improve patient access, quality, and cost. As part of the spread of lean philosophy, Kimberly has co-facilitated the development and delivery of lean training for senior leaders and provided coaching support and technical expertise post-training in the U.S., Australia, and Egypt.
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Chief Medical Officer

Geoff Pechinsky, MD

Dr. Geoffrey Pechinsky received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. After training at the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, he served in the Navy for eight years. His last duty station was in Rota, Spain, where he was the Director of Primary Care services. This experience inspired him to continue his growth of physician leadership and teaching, and he subsequently was a faculty member at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency program for several years before returning to Greater Lawrence Family Health Center as the Medical Director of the residency site. Dr. Pechinsky is passionate about working in underserved communities and expanding health services to people who have faced barriers to care.
Carlos Cappas
Chief Behavioral Health Officer

Carlos F. Cappas, PsyD, MBA

Carlos Cappas is the Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Lynn Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in the Greater Boston region. Dr. Cappas has implemented behavioral health integration programs at FQHCs and has led initiatives focused on integrated care and population health both in adult and pediatric primary care settings. He continues his work by further developing LCHC’s Behavioral Health services through clinical and operational integration, expansion of telewellness services and workforce development. Carlos received his doctoral degree from Ponce Health Sciences University in Ponce, Puerto Rico and is a graduate of UMass Medical School’s Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology in Primary Care. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from UMass Boston.
Kathy Duggan
Chief Human Resources Officer

Kathy Duggan

Kathy Duggan is the Chief Human Resources Officer. Kathy joined Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) in February 2020, right before the COVID pandemic began. She is responsible for Staffing, Compensation and Benefits, Employee and Union Relations, Performance Management, Organization Design and Employee Development. As part of the Staffing function, Kathy and the HR team implement the Credentialing and Privileging Policy at LCHC in conjunction with Executive Management in the Medical and Behavioral Health functions.
Before joining LCHC, Kathy worked for Insight Performance, consulting on HR issues for small to medium sized companies. It was in this role that she was exposed to the community health field and was attracted to continuing her career serving those that are most in need of our services.
Prior to Insight Performance, Kathy worked for General Electric. She started in the Aviation Business Segment and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility as a Recruiter, HR Business Partner, HR Manager and as the HR Compliance Leader for Aviation. She supported engineering, manufacturing, sales, support, finance, IT and marketing functions. In 2011 she was promoted to the corporate level as the Fair Employment Practices Leader. In this role she oversaw the development and support of over 300 Affirmative Action Plans, supported compensation with equity analyses, published a weekly HR Risk Bytes column and was responsible for ensuring that the HR team complied with global privacy laws. In addition, she ran the HR Risk Management program for HR and promoted Diversity and Inclusion events throughout GE’s businesses.
Kathy is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Elena Freydin
Chief Compliance Officer

Elena Freydin, DNP

Dr. Elena L. Freydin has been working at Lynn Community Health Center in several clinical, administrative and leadership positions since 2004. Elena was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to the United States when she was 13 years old. Trained as an adult nurse practitioner, Elena received a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, and Masters of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from MGH Institute of Health Professions. In addition to her leadership and clinical responsibilities, Elena is an adjunct faculty at Salem State University Graduate School of Nursing. She is passionate about improving healthcare access in underserved communities, and providing care with dignity and respect.
Kim MacLeod
Executive Director of Finance

Kim MacLeod

Kim MacLeod joined the health center in 1985 as an Accounting Supervisor, and has been CFO since September 1998. She leads, manages and directs all financial activities for the health center and building financing corporations. In her roles as CFO and as the staff lead for the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, Kim aligns LCHC’s mission with its operating budget. Her diligent oversight of billable visits, federal funding and grant opportunities allows LCHC to truly provide quality care regardless of ability to pay.
Meaghen Hamill
Senior Director of External Relations and Strategic Communications

Meaghen Hamill

Meaghen Hamill is the Senior Director of External Relations and Strategic Communication for Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) since March of 2022. She is responsible for supporting the Chief Executive Officer with managing and building external relationships including liaising between LCHC and community and government partners; assisting with streamlining and alignment of internal communications; and elevating LCHC’s mission, vision, values and goals both internally and within the greater Lynn community. Meaghen’s role as a member of the Senior Leadership team also includes LCHC Board of Directors relations; overseeing the Marketing and Communications, Development, and Grants Departments; and coordinating a significant and always varying set of large and small interdependent initiatives.
Prior to joining Lynn Community Health Center, Meaghen’s career focused on policy and community relations in the public sector. She held a variety of strategic leadership positions representing the City of Lynn and the 3rd Essex District in the State Legislature and Mayor’s Office, including as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Jared Nicholson and his team during their transition into office at the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022. Her comprehensive knowledge of the office’s extensive responsibilities and of the City of Lynn (diverse population of 100,000 people) were honed during her time as the prior administration’s Chief of Staff, serving directly as a trusted advisor of Mayor Emeritus Tom McGee.
As former Mayor McGee’s Chief of Staff, Meaghen worked closely with LCHC during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and specifically as LCHC’s operational partner within the City of Lynn to launch and maintain a Mass Vaccination Site during 2021. That partnership revealed to her LCHC’s foundation as a social justice institution that strives to ensure equitable care in the City of Lynn, and upon completion of her prior role, Meaghen sought an opportunity to join LCHC in furthering this mission.
Meaghen is a lifelong Lynn resident and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Communications from Boston University.
Clare Hayes
Director of Development

Clare Hayes

Clare Hayes is the Director of Development at Lynn Community Health Center. A graduate of Regis College, Clare initially pursued a career in secondary education. While raising her family she had the opportunity to sit on a variety of boards, both large and small.
Clare joined the staff of LCHC in 2008 when the health center was expanding its Development Office in preparation for a Capital Campaign. It became clear to Clare that LCHC was a well-kept secret in the Lynn Community. It has been a core goal of hers to raise LCHC’s profile in the community. She has worked to let people know of its mission, the depth, breadth, expertise of its staff, and its growth as an anchor institution in downtown Lynn
When the successful Campaign concluded Clare remained on staff expanding her role. She accepted her present position in 2015. Today she is excited to be part of the 50+1 Anniversary Celebration of this venerable institution.
An avid boater, Clare can be found in season on the waters off the coast of Massachusetts.

Our Board of Directors

Just as each patient is unique, so is every community. To ensure that we are responding directly to the needs of those we serve, more than half of Lynn Community Health Center’s Board of Directors are active patients and all live or work in our community. They not only provide direct consumer feedback, but give voice to our diverse community.

Drew Russo

Drew Russo

Board Member - Vice President

Eliud Alcala

Eliud Alcala

Board Member

Florance Guerrier

Florance Guerrier

Board Member - Secretary

Kirirath AJ Saing

Kirirath “AJ” Saing

Board Member - President

Laura Gallant

Laura Gallant

Board Member

Lisa Carbone

Lisa Carbone

Board Member - Treasurer

LCHC BOD Placeholder

Lori Vinci

Board Member

LCHC BOD Placeholder

Norris Guscott

Board Member

LCHC BOD Placeholder

Rachel Pohl

Board Member

LCHC BOD Placeholder

Sunil Gulab

Board Member

LCHC BOD Placeholder

Sean Lobdell

Board Member

Vicky Pulos

Vicky Pulos

Board Member

Sunil Gulab

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Lori Vinci

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Natasha Soolkin

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Norris Guscott

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Edward Besozzi

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Rachel Pohl

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Sean Lobdell

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Laura Gallant

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Frances Martinez

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Florance Guerrier

Board Member

Flo Guerrier MSN RN has been a member of the LCHC Board of Directors since 2016. Flo was first introduced to LCHC when she worked at the front desk of LCHC Dental Office during nursing school.

Jobeth Williams

Board Member

All the way from the sunny coast of Los Angeles, California, Jobeth has come to the north shore and made it her home. She attended Salem State University where she studied Media and Communication. Currently, Jobeth works for The Procopio Companies, a locally based real estate development firm. She serves on the board of The Lynn Community Health Center as well as The Affordable Housing Associates of Lynn. Driven by her passions for development and public health, Jobeth continues to be an active and dedicated member of the community.

Marilyn Smith

Board Member

Born in Yorkshire, England, Marilyn received a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University of Oxford, England. She worked as a Math teacher until moving to the US with her husband, Raymond, in 1974.

Marilyn held positions as a research associate at both UC San Francisco and Harvard School of Public Health before returning to the UK in 1978 where she taught for two years in Cardiff, Wales, UK, followed by two years in Miami, Florida.

Upon moving to Marblehead where she put down roots with her husband and two children, Marilyn spent the following years volunteering in various schools in town, holding several leadership positions, and ardently supporting public education. In addition, she held leadership positions at Old North Church, including Chair of the Board of Trustees, and most recently served on the Festival Chorus Committee. Singing in the choir is a favorite activity for Marilyn.

In 1992 Marylin joined the LCHC Development Committee. From there she joined the Board, and served most recently as Chair of the Development Committee. Marilyn also serves on the Board of Element Care.

Marilyn and her husband greatly enjoy traveling the United States and internationally.

Drew Russo

Board Member

A Lynn native, Drew Russo currently serves as Personnel Director for the City of Lynn, where he’s been charged with growing a modern Human Resources department that best serves the municipality and its nearly 700 employees. Previously, Drew served four years as Executive Director of the Lynn Museum/LynnArts organization, directed in-district operations for former U.S. Representative John Tierney, managed then-State Senator Thomas McGee’s successful campaign for re-election in 2010, and served as Assistant Director of Advancement at St. Mary’s High School, whose campus is located in the heart of downtown Lynn. After graduating St. Michael’s College, he served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working as a case manager in Detroit, Michigan. Drew lives in Lynn with his wife Patricia Ridge and is a proud patient and board member of the Lynn Community Health Center.

Nelson Woodfork

Board Member – Interim President

Nelson was born in Cambridge and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he became a leader at a young age, elected President of his Senior High School Class. He went on to attend Hamilton College in New York and then joined the Peace Corps where he trained in Hawaii and served in the Philippines. After returning home from the Peace Corps, Nelson followed in his father’s footsteps by attending Boston University and receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Nelson is married with four children, three sons and one daughter, two of whom are adopted. He has dedicated his life’s work for 40+ years to improving child welfare both for the state (Department of Social Services) and in the private sector. Currently, Nelson enjoys driving the elderly to medical appointments, and serving on several boards including LCHC.

Lisa Carbone

Board Member

Lisa Carbone is a long-time resident of the North Shore, where she is an active in a number of community, civic and non-profit organizations.

Lisa is a member of the Lynn Community Health Center Board of Directors where she serves on the Finance Committee and Chairs the Audit Committee. She has served as Past Chairperson of the North Shore Cancer Walk, on the Cancer Walk/Gourmet Gala Advisory Committee, and as a member of the North Shore Medical Center’s Board of Overseers. She has also previously served as Chairperson and Trustee of Marian Court College, Vice President and Director of North Shore Elder Services, President and Director of the Swampscott Rotary Club, and board member of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to serving on the LCHC Board, Lisa is a Trustee at Mass General Brigham-Salem Hospital, where she is a member of the Development Committee, a Trustee of North Shore Physician’s Group, and serves as a Corporator of Massachusetts General Brigham. Ms. Carbone is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Lisa has spent her career in banking with over thirty years in various leadership roles at Eastern Bank, and most recently at Salem Five as Senior Vice President, Director of Cash Management & Commercial Services. She has been acknowledged with a variety of sales and service awards and she is a past recipient of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from Babson College and is a graduate of the Retail Banking School at the University of Virginia.

Although she originally hails from Rhode Island, Lisa has made the North Shore home since graduating from college. She and her fiancé, Robert Ginsberg, live in Swampscott.

Ron Mendes

Board Member – Treasurer

Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts to a Portuguese-American immigrant family, Ron received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Denver, Denver, CO in 1990, and a Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2005. Ron has been a licensed Attorney at Law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since June 2006 and has largely worked in public service in several capacities. Currently he is serving as City Treasurer/Collector for the City of Newton, Massachusetts and has been in this role since 2021. His responsibilities include leading all financial and cash operations of municipal government. He is certified as a Massachusetts Municipal Treasurer and a Massachusetts Certified Public Procurement Official. Ron has also served in various volunteer capacities, including as board member & treasurer for the Lynn Community Health Center, a past board member of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, and a past Associate Member of the Lynn Zoning Board of Appeals.

Kirirath Saing (“AJ”)

Board Member – Secretary

Kirirath Saing is a Multicultural Program Specialist for Element Care which is a non-profit, healthcare organization with a simple mission: to help people live safely and comfortably in their homes and their communities for as long as they can, keeping their stays in hospitals and nursing facilities as minimal as possible. Element Care provides complete health care to eligible people through the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

Eliud Alcala

Board Member

Eliud Alcala was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Eliud moved to Massachusetts to obtain employment in the Hospitality Industry, North of Boston. Aside from the Hospitality Industry, Eliud worked in Human Services as a Human Resources Generalist as well as a Live-In Staff member for a non-profit organization that assists individuals with intellectual distress in the North Shore. After nearly a decade working in the non-profit sector, Eliud returned to his roots in Hospitality as Human Resource Manager for a Hilton Hotel, in Danvers, MA In 2015, Eliud joined the Massachusetts Executive Office of Workforce Development as a Business Engagement Professional serving Business in the North Shore. Eliud has completed his degrees in Masters and Doctorate in Family Counseling.

Victoria Pulos

Board Member

Victoria Pulos is a senior health law attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), a nonprofit statewide legal services support center committed to promoting social and economic justice through advocacy, education, and legal action. Her work concentrates on assuring immigrants, people with disabilities, and other low-income people access to health care through policy advocacy, community education, technical support, and litigation. Her publications include a MassHealth Advocacy Guide and articles on Massachusetts’ health reform law. Prior to joining MLRI she managed children’s health work at Families USA in Washington D.C and before that practiced poverty law at New Hampshire Legal Assistance. She received both her law degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.

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