DeAnn is inspired by the knowledge that she is making a difference in peoples’ lives by helping them get healthcare they could not access anywhere else. Although every day is different, everything she does revolves around building relationships both inside and outside the Coalition to ensure people in DuPage County are taken care of. DeAnn likes to spend as much time outdoors as possible either with coffee, her family or both if she is lucky. Her family of 5 and two puppies keep her busy and laughing.
Charito is positive, flexible and enjoys being busy. She is successful in helping clients navigate the maze of healthcare because she takes time to get to know them well and is an educator at heart. Charito is especially passionate about woman’s health because typically women put their own health needs after the needs of others. On Sunday morning you will find Charito at church likely followed by a trip to Ann Taylor.
Vanessa starts her day with a cup of coffee, then follows up with her office duties such as making sure the office is organized and running efficiently. Vanessa provides front line customer service and primary support for her co-workers and assists in any way she can. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 3 years and always ensures kind and friendly reception. She is inspired by her coworkers’ compassionate care to every Access DuPage member. Vanessa likes to spend her free time volunteering at her local animal shelter, or you can find her at a museum or listening to live music.
Karen relishes the opportunity to connect people and organizations to the Coalition’s mission. She firmly believes that there should be no correlation between income and access to high-quality health care and is proud of the role she plays in opening the doors to a healthier community. Karen is often laughing, socializing and figuring out ways to avoid cooking dinner.
As a registered nurse, Nancy is passionate about high-quality healthcare for all in our community. Motivated by her caring nature, Nancy works deliberately to coordinate patient care; achieving a safe and effective specialty care experience. Being a part of a team that positively impacts many lives, further supports Nancy’s desire to enhance patient care. When not at work, you can find Nancy spending time with her very large family and four-legged friends or enjoying some retail therapy.
If you are familiar with the DuPage Health Coalition, you are familiar with Denise. Compassionate, considerate and empathetic she has been with DHC for 15 years and has performed a variety of roles. She is currently the program manager for our Dispensary of Hope and as the name indicates she loves that her role gives her the chance to provide hope to some of our county’s most vulnerable. Outside of work Denise enjoys taking her puppy Max to the park, being with her family and is known as the ultimate hockey mom.
Kara knows she is blessed to work in a community like DuPage, with hundreds of organizations working together, anticipating and adapting to a changing landscape. A history working in small nonprofits and large health systems helps her to understand the assets the community can apply to reducing healthcare barriers, and the challenges patients face connecting to the care they need. Over 14 years at a small nonprofit, she has also become an expert lightbulb changer. Kara maintains balance exploring the forest preserves with two-legged and four-legged friends, visiting the French Market for culinary inspiration, and curling up with a good book.
Gale is dependable, hardworking, and organized, all necessary traits to keep all of the paper that passes across her desk in order. Gale is an avid quilter and enjoys road trips with her friends to visit quilt shops as well as time spent with her grandchildren. Her coworkers know that the way to her heart is with a good muffin.
Patty begins her morning with a friendly “Hi ”to her teammates and that upbeat attitude remains throughout the day as she tackles enrollment applications. Patty appreciates the opportunity to use her organizational skills to develop systems that work best for her and approaches everything with a caring heart. Patty has a houseful of boys and delights in spending time at their ballgames, playing in the park and cuddling. Patty has been with Access DuPage since 2002, and that experience serves our patients very well, every day.
One thing that makes Miguel so effective is the conscientious way he assists both community members and our entire staff. Miguel is compassionate and genuinely enjoys helping people, and it shows in each of his interactions. When not at work, Miguel regularly plays soccer and basketball and is happiest spending time with his friends and family.
Marina started as an intern and her determination was apparent from the beginning; so we asked her to join us permanently! She appreciates the flexibility of her role and loves that she has worked with Silver Access from its inception – a program that she is passionate about and would like to see continue to grow. Marina comes from a very close-knit family with whom she enjoys spending time with. That, however, does not keep her from spending lazy Sundays napping.
Lily works with our Silver Access Coordinator on our premium assistant programs and collecting data to create a more streamlined process for our members to gain access to healthcare in an efficient way. She enjoys learning from her coworkers and learning more about healthcare. Lily received her BA in Mathematics from the University of Iowa and is interested in pursing public policy in the future. Outside of work, you can find Lily watching Netflix or spending time with her friends or family.
Sam is passionate about making healthcare and healthcare information more accessible for low-income, uninsured DuPage residents. He is tasked with expanding online marketing, creating new print materials, and supporting fundraising activities. Sam received a BA in Cognitive Science from Case Western Reserve University and is interested in pursuing medicine in the future. Outside of work, you can typically find Sam biking, watching Netflix, or spending time with friends and family.
Alisha serves as the Health Equity Outreach Coordinator for the DuPage Health Coalition (DHC). Originally from Naperville, IL, she recently graduated from Northwestern University with her B.A. in Biological Sciences and Global Health Studies. While in college, she discovered her passion for global and public health and is very excited to help increase health equity and access in the community she calls home! Outside of work, you can find her baking, finding new places to satisfy her love for coffee or reading up on her next travel destination.