Leadership Team

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Charlie Mandile

Executive Director
mandile.charlie@healthfindersmn.org

Charlie provides strategic direction and leadership to HealthFinders Collaborative. A Minnesota native, he has extensive experience working in healthcare administration, and with community organizations and families in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and now Rice County. He has studied public health systems around the world, lived in Mexico and Chile, and is fluent in Spanish. He received his Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota where he studied policy and administration and community health promotion. He currently serves as board chair of Northfield Hospital and Clinics, a member of the Statewide Innovation Model Practice Transformation Workgroup, and several local coalitions. At HFC, he continues to be passionate about engaging communities in their health, and rethinking primary care to be more responsive to local needs.
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Daisey Sanchez

Director of Operations

sanchez.daisey@healthfindersmn.org

Daisey runs the daily operations of HealthFinders Clinics. Her Responsibilities include volunteer scheduling, staff management and office organizations. Previous to HFC, Daisey managed Adult Foster Care group homes and served as a Spanish interpreter for Rice County Social Services and the City of Faribault. Daisey believes her biggest reward from working at HFC, is the ability to give back to the same community that she grew up in.
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Emily Carroll

Director of Clinical Care and Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
carroll.emily@healthfindersmn.org

Emily provides primary care and operates the teen health and Diabetes Program. She has a nursing degree from Johns Hopkins, Maryland and her CNP from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to moving to Northfield in 2009, Emily worked at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Emily has expressed that working at Healthfinders is her “dream job.”

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Abdullahi Abdigaani

Community Health Coordinator
abdigaani.abdullahi@healthfindersmn.org

Abdullahi advances organizational partnership in support of community-based health initiatives, oversees and help develop community-based health education services, including chronic disease management, and a healthy lifestyle, and promotes mental health initiatives among vulnerable communities in Rice County. He has a background in health and hunger outreach, community engagement and collaboration, needs-based assessments, emergency relief, and have practiced in clinical laboratory science here in the United States. Abdullahi has a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of South Dakota and an undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. At Healthfinders Collaborative, Abdullahi’s primary focus is to promote health literacy, by having the community to participate in their own healthcare actively. Abdullahi is quite passionate about health equity and believes in the fundamental principle of healthcare being a human right.

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Candy Taylor

Director of Advancement
taylor.candy@healthfindersmn.org

Candy is HealthFinders’ Director of Advancement. As part of the group that helped start HealthFinders 15 years ago, she has always been passionate about the work HealthFinders does. Now, she acts as the link between HealthFinders and its partners, donors, and volunteers. Previously the Executive Director of Northfield’s United Way and the Director of Community Engagement for Northfield Shares, Candy has extensive experience with development in the Northfield community and loves to fundraise!

Staff

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Herlen Barcenas

Patient Advocate
barcenas.herlen@healthfindersmn.org

Herlen is a Patient Advocate at HealthFinders. She provides a variety of services, including scheduling appointments, reminding patients of appointments, interpreting for Spanish-speaking patients, and, as an official navigator for MNsure, helping patients apply for insurance. Herlen is thrilled to help the Rice County community through her work and says she, “treats every patient as if they were her family” in order to ensure the best care possible. Her care and commitment to community has strengthened the feeling of community at HFC, such that it almost borders on family.

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Jenny Berge

Advanced Dental Therapist (ADT, RDH)
berge.jenny@healthfindersmn.org

Jenny is our Advanced Dental Therapist. Prior to moving to the Faribault area, Jenny served at Apple Tree Dental Clinic, a non-profit in Rochester, MN where she helped patients of all ages, including patients with special needs.  She received her BS in Dental Hygiene at Minnesota State University in Mankato, and earned her MA in Advanced Dental Therapy at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN.  Jenny worked previously at a Safety-Net Community Dental Clinic, known as Good Samaritan Clinic, where she helped patients with urgent dental pain.  Jenny enjoys working at HealthFinders because “it is a very friendly work environment” and she is able to help people.
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Renae Blome

Dental Clinic Coordinator and Dental Hygienist (RDH)
blome.renae@healthfindersmn.org

Renae is our collaborative Dental Hygienist (RDH). She directs the dental clinic operations, and provides primary dental care at our Faribault Clinic location and also works with patients for Rice County Public Health. She graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Dental Hygiene Degree and Rochester Community/Technical College with a Dental Assisting degree. Renae started her own non-profit 8 years ago to provide free dental services to underserved children prior to coming to HealthFinders. She is passionate about helping others in the community. She feels “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted!”
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Bisharo Farah

Community Health Worker
farah.bisharo@healthfindersmn.org

Bisharo is our new Somali Community Health Worker. She supports patients in achieving their health and wellness goals across clinical and community settings, while providing direct family advocacy to the Somali community. Her overall mission is to advocate for and empower patients, especially Somali female patients to better manage their health and wellness and advocate for themselves. She grew up in Faribault and hopes to make a difference in her community through her new position. She hopes to bridge the healthcare gap between patients, providers, and the community.

Ulises Rodela

Patient Advocate
rodela.ulises@healthfindersmn.org

Ulises is one of the new Patient Advocates at HealthFinders. He provides support in different areas of the clinic including, interpreting for the Latinx community, scheduling patients, and as an official MNsure navigator, assists individuals through the process of applying. He loves that fact that he can help his community in many different ways. Ulises is honored to form a part of the HealthFinders community!

Abdifatah Ibrahim

Patient Advocate
ibrahim.abdifatah@healthfindersmn.org

In his roles at Healthfinders Collaboration, Abdifatah serves as a patient advocate, community organizer, and Somali interpreter. As a community organizer and patient advocate, Abdifatah goes out to reach his community and engages conversations in health lifestyle choices, social activities, assess community needs and brings those conversations and assessments back to our discussion table, where our dedicated Community Engagement team looks for a solution to each need. In addition, Abdifatah is a certified MNsure navigator and assists our patients and other Minnesotans enrolling in health insurance. Before coming to HealthFinders, he worked with Faribault Public Schools as a community educator and with Faribault Diversity Coalition, a non-governmental organization that gives variety of services to the Faribault community, specially to immigrant families. Abdifatah received BS degree in biology with emphasis in microbiology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Abdifatah believes that “We all need help. Together, we are strong. Alone, we are weak”

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Edith Inamagua

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
inamagua.edith@healthfindersmn.org

Edith wears many hats at HealthFinders. Her main job is receptionist at the Faribault clinic where she directs patients to appropriate parties and provides clerical support to the admitting staff. As patients leave the clinic, Edith makes sure that their needs have been met and connects them with medical, dental and advocacy services. Edith also provides interpretation services to Spanish speakers and is a certified MNsure navigator, aiding patients in enrollment into health plans through MNsure.  She really enjoys the satisfaction she feels when she returns home from a day at work, having been able to help lessen the burden of many patients in the community.

 

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Clarita Kell

Youth Health Educator
kell.clarita@healthfindersmn.org

Clarita leads HealthFinders’ after-school programming for middle school and high school students through the Comadres/Compadres Youth Program in Northfield and the Teen Outreach Program in Faribault. The Comadres/Compadres program focuses on topics of healthy relationships and healthy decision-making. Through parent sessions, the program engages parents in conversations about adolescent health issues and communication strategies. TOP engages students in community service and promotes values and sense of purpose. Clarita offers a unique connection to the Latino community, having worked in various capacities with the Northfield community for many years. She earned her B.S. in Psychology in Fall 2017 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University.

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Maritza Navarro

Care Coordinator
navarro.maritza@healthfindersmn.org

Maritza is our Care Coordinator.  She assists, and connects patients to various resources. Maritza previously worked at Life-Work Planning Center, a women-oriented, non-profit organization. Maritza has always been interested in working with the community to help improve the health of the its members. She enjoys working 'in the community, for the community, and with the community.' HealthFinders provides an opportunity for her to fulfill this goal!

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Kim Pozuelos

Youth Development Facilitator
pozuelos.kim@healthfindersmn.org

Kim co-facilitates the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) at Faribault middle and high school. She engages parents in current school affairs, and provides parents with education about the services HFC offers. During her studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, she volunteered as a mediator in a Spanish Department program called Language Buddies where students were paired with Spanish-speaking families. This program allowed both parties to learn foreign language skills and cultural differences. It was through this program that Kim discovered her interest in working closely with Latino families! As a bilingual speaker, she enjoys using her language skills to communicate with families, get to know the students, and help them succeed through the teen outreach program.

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Raquel Rendon

Community Health Worker
rendon.raquel@healthfindersmn.org

Raquel is one of our Community Health Workers.  She supports patients in achieving their health and wellness goals across clinical and community settings, while providing direct family advocacy to the Latino community.  Her overall mission is to advocate for and empower patients, to better manage their health and wellness. She brings strong healthcare experience, working in a multi-cultural background.  She has lived in Faribault for over 20 years and loves the community.  She hopes to bridge the healthcare gap between patients, providers, and the community.
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Fausto Rodela

Dental Program Assistant
rodela.fausto@healthfindersmn.org

Fausto is our Dental Program Assistant. He provides support to our dental providers and clinic operations, translates for the Latino community, assists with diverse technical needs, and is ready to help wherever and whenever around the clinic. He brings a radiant, positive attitude to HFC and loves to help all.

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Crystal Ruiz

Dental Program Assistant
ruiz.crystal@healthfindersmn.org

Crystal is our Dental Program Assistant. She provides support to our dental providers and clinic operations, translates for the Latino community ( a skill she has used since she was a child), assists with diverse technical needs, and is ready to help wherever and whenever around the clinic. Crystal believes in helping those in need and loves being a part of the HealthFinders team!

Wendy Sara

Advancement Associate

sara.wendy@healthfindersmn.org

Wendy serves as HealthFinders Advancement Associate. A Faribault native, Wendy received her B.A. in Chicanx/Latinx Ethnic Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Wendy believes in empowering underserved communities and patient advocacy. Prior to working with HFC, Wendy was a community organizer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She is excited to continue working with a passionate and driven group of people.

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Kevin Skrip

MESA Coordinator
skrip.kevin@healthfindersmn.org

Kevin is Healthfinders' MESA Program Coordinator.  He has a degree in Biology from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Prior to working at HFC, he volunteered at the local food shelf, and for HFC's Pura Vida Program. He enjoys working with the youth and being out in the community.
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Michelle Ortiz

Mental Health Therapist
ortiz.michelle@healthfindersmn.org

Michelle completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with concentrations of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODA) and Eating Disorders (ED) at University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie, WI. She received her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies with concentrations of Substance abuse and Addictions with a certification in Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Michelle has been in the field sine 2015 working in varies locations providing mental health services such as: day treatment facilities (level 1 and level 3), school-based, home-based, and outpatient services. Michelle provides individual therapy in English and Spanish to children, adolescents, and adults. She has been licensed through the State of Minnesota as of mid- 2019. She has extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. Michelle provides outpatient counseling in Northfield, Faribault, and school-based mental health counseling in Faribault High School.