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    Rishi Patel
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Dr. Rishi Patel is a highly academically prepared pharmaceutical professional holding a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology from University of Florida. Dr. Patel has over 14 years of experience and expertise in pharmacy services manage... read more
    Deborah Hawkes
    Executive Vice President
    Chief Operating Officer

    Dr. Deborah Hawkes is a Behaviorist who has devoted her career to evolving the culture and people within organizations. She brings to CAN over 20 years of experience in the healthcare, government, and technology sectors.
    She is dedicated to creating, managing, and executing the strategy and proce... read more

    Mary Lifland
    Executive Vice President
    Financial Services
    Chief Financial Officer

    Prior to joining CAN Community Health, Lifland was an associate with Cavanaugh & Co. Certified Public Accountants for over 10 years specializing in audits of Nonprofit Organizations and Common Interest Realty Associations. She acquired her CPA license in 2014 and joined CAN soon after as Directo... read more

    Hemali Joshi
    Senior Vice President
    Chief Data Officer

    Hemali is a healthcare professional that holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (from Toledo University) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Geographical Information Systems (from The Ohio State University) studying population health. She brings to CAN approximately 10 years of experience working with large hosp... read more

    M. Maximillion Wilson
    Senior Vice President Governmental Affairs
    A native of Florida, Dr. M. Maximillion Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Florida in 1990. He was awarded a graduate assistantship in sociology at Western Illinois University, were he received his Master of Arts degree in 1992. He returned to UF in 1994 to begin work on his Ph.D. in Sociology (2000). While at UF he held te... read more
    Katy Wendel
    Senior Vice President
    Clinical Services
    Chief Clinical Officer

    Katy Wendel is a Registered Nurse with 15 years of clinical, leadership, and project management experience. Much of this practice has been working with non-profit organizations in the areas of emergency medicine and behavioral health prior to joining CAN Community Health in November of 2014 when she and ... read more

    Rogelio Capote
    Senior Vice President
    Marketing & Community Relations
    Chief Communications Officer

    Rogelio (Roger) Capote has over 16 years of experience in award-winning non-profit experiential marketing, community engagement, operational oversight, and business development. Roger is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Community Relations and Chief Communications Offi... read more

    John T. Acevedo
    Vice President Education & Program Services
    With over 20 years’ experience in HIV prevention work, John brings both a personal passion and professional expertise to CAN. Fueled by witnessing family members overtaken by HIV, John set out to make a difference in the community fighting both stigma and disparities among those living with HIV. As the VP of Education and Program Services at CAN Community heal... read more
    Shannon DiPalmo
    Vice President Community Engagement
    Shannon DiPalmo originates from the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and beholds her Masters in Social Enterprise Administration (MSW) with specializations in international studies and global health from Columbia University. She has always been passionate about the difference that community-based grassroots partnerships and project management can make in communities. Shannon... read more
    Brett McNeal
    Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

    Brett McNeal is a native Minnesotan who received his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience has concentrated on fraud and abuse issues in the healthcare industry, including, without limitation, the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the False ... read more

    Clark Woodruff
    Vice President of Information Technology

    Clark Woodruff joined the CAN Community Health leadership team in 2021, filling the key role of Vice President of Information Technology.  He brings in over 25 years of IT experience in Healthcare, Insurance and Manufacturing. He is a native of Connecticut and recently relocated to Florida. In his role, Cla... read more

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