The Eastern AHEC, Inc. staff consists of a very talented, well diverse and professional group of individuals who aim to deliver quality services that influence the community in a positive and meaningful manner.
Maritza Bond, MPH, Executive Director
Maritza Bond, MPH is the Executive Director of Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), Inc. In this role, Bond provides leadership to bring educators, health care professionals, and community leaders together regionally and statewide to ensure health care access and enhance the workforce in Connecticut. Specifically, Maritza helps to determine the educational needs of health care providers, supports development of curriculum frameworks for youth, college students, and adult learners. At Eastern AHEC, Maritza also leads efforts to recruiting minorities and nontraditional students into health care careers.
Prior to joining Eastern AHEC, Bond coordinated several grant project initiatives at the Naugatuck Valley Health District, including the Immunization Action Program (IAP). Bonds responsibilities have included management and implementation of Connecticut’s immunization program on a community level as well as facilitating continuing education and professional development for health professionals. Bond was recently awarded the Health Equity Super Star award from the Connecticut Health Foundation for efforts and contribution in Connecticut, was the 2015 Health Rural Health Leadership Fellow. In 2012, Bond was featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine where they showcased contributions towards Community efforts. In addition, Bond has received recognition from organizations such as, the Connecticut Department of Public Health in 2006 for being the most improved Immunization Program in the city of Bridgeport, the International Medical Interpreter Association for her years of contribution towards promoting language access in 2011.
Bond is currently a Commissioner for the Permanent Status of Women (PCSW), board member at Generations Family Health Center, Executive Officer for the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership (CMHP) and serves as the Equity and Access Council member for the Stare Innovation Model Initiative. Bond has also served on the board of the Naugatuck Valley Project, a local grass root organization, is the 2008 CT Health Foundation Leadership Fellow as well served on various committees statewide.
Bond holds a Masters in Public Health with an MPA certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Connecticut. She earned a B.S. in Public Health with a specialty in health promotion from Southern Connecticut.
Cherie Poirier, MBA, Development Coordinator
Cherie Poirier, MBA is the Development Coordinator for Eastern CT Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), Inc. Poirier provides support for EAHEC’s successful Youth Health Service Corp, Collegiate Health Service Corp, and the Medical Interpreter Program. Prior to EAHEC, Poirier worked n 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 Quinegbaug Valley Community College and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Walden University with a minor 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. Additionally, as a survivor of epilepsy, Poirier is a strong supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
Poirier has been a strong advocate for collaboration on many levels and has provided presentation to seniors regarding Medicare prescription plans, courses on grant writing, and volunteers in her community. Her background and passion meld well with EAHEC’s Guiding Values and Mission.
Hector Gonzalez, Language Services Coordinator
Hector Gonzalez migrated from Mexico in 1998 to the United States when he was only 12 years old. His family decided to move to the United States so their children can have a better life and enhance their education. Only speaking Spanish and knowing a limited amount of words in English, Gonzalez and his four brothers began their education in America for the first time. It was difficult for Gonzalez to adapt to the new culture, meeting people from so many places was something different. It took him a few years to start learning the English language.
Gonzalez began his work experience at the age of 16 years old. After graduating from Windham High School, Gonzalez continued his education by attending Eastern Connecticut State University, becoming the first member of his family to go to college and receive a college degree. He wanted to open doors for his brothers and set an example.
Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2008 and would like to pursue a Master’s degree in Education.
Gonzalez began his career employed by Windham Public Schools as the Coordinator for The Before/After School Program assigned at the Windham Center elementary schools.
In March 2014, Gonzalez was hired as the Community Outreach Worker for Eastern AHEC, Inc. and currently upholds the title of Language Services Coordinator. Gonzalez is grateful for this opportunity, strives to achieve and to accomplish Eastern AHEC’s mission, but most importantly is dedicated to assist the community in learning about Eastern AHEC, Inc.
Gina Lopez, Community Health Service Coordinator
Gina Lopez, BA is Eastern AHEC’s Community Health Outreach Coordinators. SheÂ strengthensÂ relationships with new and existing partners, creating opportunities for the residents of New London and Windham counties and provides support to current programs.
Lopez grew up in Eastern CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 with a bachelors in Psychology, making her the first in her family to graduate from college. Â GinaÂ relationship with Eastern AHEC, Inc.Â began seven years ago, firstÂ as a Youth Health Service Corps member in high school, then a Collegiate Health Service Corps member in college, thenÂ an AmeriCorpsÂ Coordinator. Â She is passionate about healthcare equity and is excited to continue her life’s work here at Eastern AHEC, Inc.