“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 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 Quinegbaug 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. 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.
Community Health Outreach Coordinator
Gina Lopez, BA, coordinates outreach efforts and relationships with new and existing partners, creating opportunities for the residents of New London and Windham counties to interact with Eastern AHEC.
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.
Gina has maintained a relationship with Eastern AHEC for seven years, starting out as Youth Health Service Corps member in high school, then a Collegiate Health Service Corps member in college, and serving as an AmeriCorps member for the last two years. She is passionate about healthcare equity and is excited to continue her life’s work here at Eastern AHEC.
Language Services Coordinator
Hector Gonzalez, came to the United States at the age of 12. Only speaking Spanish, Gonzalez and his four brothers began their education in Windham. Meeting many new people, adapting to many new, diverse cultures and learning the English language directed Gonzalez to where he is today, Eastern AHEC’s Language Coordinator.
Gonzalez attended Eastern Connecticut State University– the first in his family to go to college–and received a Bachelor’s Degree. He began his career through the Windham Public Schools as Coordinator for “The Before/After School Program” at the Windham Center elementary schools. In March 2014, Gonzalez was hired as the Community Outreach Worker for Eastern AHEC, Inc. until becoming Language Services Coordinator.
Gonzalez is grateful for this opportunity and strives to achieve and accomplish Eastern AHEC’s mission, and is dedicated to assist the communities in learning health centered careers and services.