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    Board of Directors

    Jackie Rogers-Chairwoman
    Jackie Rogers has been a Co-Chair of CAN’s gala CANDance for over 10 years and is actively involved in the Sarasota community, working professionally as a producer and marketing consultant nationwide.... read more
    Bob Trisolini Vice-Chairman
    Bob Trisolini, resides on Longboat Key and has worked with CAN for the past 16 years. He was the founder and CEO of The West Bank Creative, a Business Theater Agency in the NYC area, with his husband Bob Nosal. Bob has had the privilege of working with Sammy Davis Jr., Howie Mandell, Rita Rudner, David Brenner, Beth Fowler, and the cast of many Broadway shows, while directing and producing corporate events. He was Associate Producer... read more
    Robert D. Nosal-Secretary
    Bob Nosal of Longboat Key is thrilled to be on the board for CAN. He has been involved with their fundraising campaigns especially CANDance for the past fourteen years. He has worked on numerous shows over the years with his husband Bob Trisolini. Their work consisted of creating The West Bank Creative, a Business Theater Agency in the NYC area. Bob worked on major projects for Walt Disney Entertainment, Celebrity Cruise Lines and B... read more
    Anthony J. Becich-Treasurer
    Anthony J. Becich has been an accounting and management professional for over 25 years. He is currently the Finance and General Manager for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and has been employed there since 2008. Anthony is originally from Chicago and has lived in the Sarasota area since 1998.... read more
    Dr. Stephen Covert-Assistant Treasurer
    Dr. Stephen Covert proudly serves as the principal at Pine View School, as is an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Florida.  He and his wife, Cara, a teacher with Sarasota County Schools, are parents to four wonderful Pine View students.  As an educator for over 30 years, Dr. Covert is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of his students, and in the community he serves.... read more
    Reinaldo Arroyo, M.D.-Assistant Secretary
    Dr. Reinaldo Arroyo is an internist in Sarasota, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System. He received his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 25 years.... read more
    Thomas A. D’Eletto, MD
    Thomas A. D’Eletto is a medical and business professional with experience in clinical medicine, pharmaceutical drug development and medical affairs. Dr. D’Eletto is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases; he has also maintained a hospital-based inpatient and outpatient practice in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical medicine. He has held the position of assistant professor of medicine and was ... read more
    Meadow Walker
    Meadow Walker has worked with community agencies and faith communities with the purpose to educate and help meet the needs of the community since a young adult. Meadow has eighteen years of counseling experience working with co-occurring clients to help them explore and process their disease of addiction and mental health issues holistically. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Counseling – Emphasis: P... read more
    Derrick DeSilva, MD
    Dr. Derrick DeSilva has been seeing patients for the past 31 years as a Dr. of Internal Medicine.  His focus has always been in bring together Eastern and Western medicine and giving his patients “The Best of Both Worlds”. For the past 15+ years his passion has been in the field of Anti-Aging or Optimal Aging medicine as he like to call it. His five points of wellness includes, the food we eat, bio-identical hormones, our activ... read more
    Michael Cuffage
    Originally from the Washington DC area, Michael has been a resident of Sarasota county since 1982. Michael lives with his wife on Duck Key in south Sarasota County and enjoys spending his leisure time with his 7 grandchildren. Michael is retired and had successful careers in the Finance/Accounting, Information Systems, Medical, Not-For-Profit, and Sales industries. Michael’s last position before retiring was as the President and ... read more
    J. Marlon Pittman
    Marlon's experience and expertise in the medical and pharmaceutical industries has been clearly demonstrated throughout his past 30 years of work. Among his many accomplishments is the creation of new strategies for CAN Community Health to increase penetration into Southern and Western States, such as Clinics, Pharmacies & Government entities including the CDC. Marlon can communicate clearly with subject matter experts in 340B p... read more

    Executive Team

    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
    Dr. Laura Armas-Kolostroubis
    Senior Vice President
    Medical Services
    Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Laura Armas-Kolostroubis is a General Internal Medicine specialist who has devoted her career to providing care, educating providers, and conducting research on HIV. She brings to CAN over 20 years of experience in the public, private, and academic settings.

    She is passionate about patient-cente... read more

    Rogelio Capote
    Senior Vice President
    Marketing & Communications
    Chief Communications Officer

    Roger brings to CAN 15 years of experience of award-winning philanthropic experiential marketing and community development, as well as operational oversight and business development. He previously served as Senior Director of Special Projects at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, overseein... 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

    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

    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
    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
    Brett McNeal
    Vice President of Legal Affairs

    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 Claims Act... 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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