Our Leadership

Senior Management:

Eliza Lake
Chief Executive Officer
Eliza Lake, Executive Director
Eliza has been involved with the health center since 2010, first as a board member (2010-2012) and then as the Director of Community Services and Grant Writer (2012-2014). She took over as Chief Executive Officer in July 2014. She has worked as a consultant to state governments and various non-profits in the area of long-term supports and services policy for ten years, and before that was the Director of Community Supports and Services at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, as well as a District Aide for a local State Representative. A native of Worthington, Eliza moved back to town with her husband and two children in 2009 to take over her family’s farm, on which they raise beef cattle, hay, maple sap, chickens, and, occasionally, pigs.

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Dr. Michael Purdy
Chief Clinical and Community Services Officer
Dr. Purdy received his BS in Biology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University prior to receiving his OD from The New England College of Optometry in 2003, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He joined HCHC in 2010. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Optometry for the Colorado River Service Unit, and Chief of Community Health at MCPHS school of Optometry. Michael currently serves as the Western District Chair for the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.

Frank Mertes
Chief Financial Officer
Frank has worked as a CPA with Coopers and Lybrand and earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He has completed advance course work in a master’s degree program in Intercultural Community Service, Leadership and Management, with a concentration in Sustainable Development at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT.

For the last 10 years of his work history he has held senior management positions in the not for profit and governmental sector in both the USA and various developing countries. He has also served as an adjunct professor, teaching graduate studies in MBA programs.

He is passionate about working with mission driven organizations in the not for profit health care sector. His primary focus is to ensure good stewardship of the organizations assets through the promotion of transparency and effective management practices.

Department Heads:

Kiirsten Cooper, School-Based Programs Manager

Dawn Flatt, RN, Director of Clinical Operations

Jon Liebman, ANP, Medical Director

Cynthia Magrath, Practice Manager

Bridget Rida, Human Resources Manager

Karen Rida, Billing Manager

Kim Savery, Director of Community Programs

MaryLou Stuart, DDS, Oral Health Director

Franny Huberman, MSW, LICSW, Behavioral Health Director

Board of Directors:


John Follet, MD, Chairman
Chesterfield, MA

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Nancy Brenner, Vice Chair,
Worthington, MA


Wendy Long
Huntington, MA


Lee Manchester
Chesterfield, MA

Maya Bachman
Holyoke, MA

Matt Bannister
South Hadley, MA

Alan Gaitenby
Huntington, MA

Dr. Seth Gemme
Montgomery, MA

Cheryl Hopson
Blandford, MA

Kathryn Jensen, Clerk
Cummington, MA

Kate Albright-Hanna
Huntington, MA

Deb Leonczyk, Treasurer
Huntington, MA