“Your one job as an Indian person is to be able to lay on your deathbed and say, ‘I left something for my community that wasn’t there when I came, and I left my community in a better place than I found it’” -jessie little doe (Mashpee Wampanoag)
Michele joined the Eastern AHEC team as Executive Director in 2017. Scott has worked with the Eastern AHEC family since its implementation of the Teen Health Information Literacy Program that received national recognition. Prior to joining Eastern AHEC, Michele was the Community Development Strategist for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN). She serves on the Board of Directors of The Arc of New London County as well as the Board of Directors for Health Equity Solutions, Inc. She is a proud alumna of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund and serves on the Columbia University Alumni Representative Committee. She is the co-founder of the Native American Alumni Association for Columbia University. Michele is a member of the Ledyard Safe Teen Coalition and Ledyard’s Juvenile Review Board. Michele serves as a board member for MPTN’s Business Development Company, LLC. Michele is an active member of the Norwich Rotary Club.
Michele received her B.A in Psychology and American Studies from Columbia University, her M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University. She was selected as a Leaders in Action Fellow through the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut in 2015. She resides on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation with her family.
Cherie PoirierDevelopment Coordinator
Cherie Poirier, MBA, provides support for Eastern AHEC’s successful Youth Health Service Corp, Collegiate Health Service Corp, and the Medical Interpreter Program. Prior to Eastern AHEC, Poirier worked in the field of higher education for fundraising events, scholarships, and grant funding. She also has a background with independent pharmacy operations and patient care services.Poirier was born and raised in Killingly, CT and is now a resident of the neighboring rural town, Brooklyn. Poirier earned her Associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Quinebaug Valley Community College and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Walden University with a minor in project management. Presently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Generations Family Health Center and Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse and is part of HealthQuest’s Leadership Team. Her background and passion meld well with EAHEC’s Guiding Values and Mission.
Thejaswini Vivek, BE
Thejaswini Vivek, BE, joined the Eastern AHEC team in 2018 as the Program Assistant. She has a strong zeal for spreading healthcare awareness and introducing new practices that will empower the community. With a background in technology and backend system data management, Thejaswini will strengthen Eastern AHEC’s health technology systems and programming.
Thejaswini was born and raised in India and is now a resident of Manchester, CT. Thejaswini earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering from Rajeev Institute of Technology. She worked as a CRM developer/specialist in Dubai before moving to the United States.
Eastern AHEC is excited to have Thejaswini on board for development, engineering, outreach and community service. Her professional background and passion are an asset to Eastern AHEC’s mission—to recruit, train, and retain health professionals from diverse backgrounds to serve Connecticut’s marginalized communities and attain the highest level of health and wellbeing.
Community Health Outreach Coordinator
Alyssa McClain coordinates Eastern AHEC’s outreach efforts, strengthens relationships with new and existing partners and creates opportunities for the residents of New London and Windham counties. One such initiative is our Interprofessional Education (IPE) free health clinics offered at multiple sites in Windham and New London counties. She is also a CPR/AED/FA Certified Trainer through the American Red Cross and provides QPR trainings.
As a strong advocate for health, Alyssa brings people ages 8 to 80 toward more fun and active lifestyles through dance fitness instruction. Prior to joining the team here, she has worked in youth programs within the Groton Public School System.
Born and raised in Groton, CT, Alyssa’s passion is in women’s health and social justice. She recently earned her Bachelors from Southern Connecticut State University, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women’s Studies.