Community Health Center Directors and Staff
Eugenia Millender, PhD, RN, MS, PMHFNP-BC, CDE
Director and Assistant Professor
Eugenia Millender is a board certified psychiatric and mental health family nurse practitioner and a nationally Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). She graduated with a Bachelor’s, Master of Science degree in nursing education and her PhD from FAU. She earned a post-graduate certificate in psychiatry and mental health from Rush University. Eugenia’s research focus is on Health Equity that includes: the impact of social determinants on mental and physical well-being of underserved populations; Developing and enhancing Community Health Care Systems and developing Community Based Interprofessional Practice. In addition, she has a joint appointment with FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (Primary) and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine (affiliate). Her prior experience includes over 10 years as a critical care nurse and six years in the Army. Eugenia is fluent in English and Spanish.
Lewis Green, M.D.
Dr. Green has worked with the FAU Community Health Center since 2011 as the Medical Director. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1975 and worked in Family Practice in the states of Florida and Georgia before retiring from full time private practice in 2001. Dr. Green is passionate about helping the uninsured and underserved receive quality health care. With that vision, he served on numerous community boards as a Director and Chairman to ensure the voice of patients are heard to understand what matters most to them, and develop solutions to reduce health inequities. Dr. Green works closely with the Director and Nurse Practitioners as he brings his medical expertise to the Center as a Collaborating Physician and Medical Director. Dr. Green is also affiliate faculty at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Clinical Biomedical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine both at Florida Atlantic University. He enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren while volunteering for the veteran hospital a few times a month.
Shaunita Ervin , MBA
Finance and Budget Coordinator
Shaunita Ervin earned her BS in Finance from East Carolina University, and MBA in Healthcare Management from Fayetteville State University. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of Finance and Administration at East Carolina University. Shaunita brings her financial expertise to the FAU Community Health Center after working for two and half years in the Florida Atlantic University Research Accounting office. As Finance Coordinator, she is responsible for leading overall financial strategy as well as manages aspects of financial operations in collaboration with director. She providers support through grant management and clinical activities by proposing, implementing, and administering various sources of funding. Shaunita also manages the Center’s human resources related functions.
Jessica Sodek, MSN, ARNP-BC, CDE
Jessica Sodek, ARNP, completed her Masters of Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). Her clinical interest includes diabetes care and nutrition with an affinity for health promotion and disease prevention. As the Clinical Director, she is responsible for leading overall clinical strategy as well as manages aspects of clinical operations with director. Jessica’s experience includes over 12 years in acute care, pediatric oncology and nursing management in an outpatient clinical setting. In addition, she serves as clinical preceptor for health professional students. Jessica is fluent in English and Spanish.
Carlos Poveda, MHA
Clinical Programs Coordinator
Carlos Poveda holds a Bachelor’s Biological Sciences and Masters in Health Administration and from Florida Atlantic University. His interest’s includes health policy advocacy as it relates to underserved and uninsured diverse populations. As the clinical program coordinator, he is responsible for management of outreach programs outcomes, insurance contracting, quality improvement, and community engagement. Carlos is responsible for Grant oversight that includes detailed reporting of measurable outcomes that reflect increase access to quality and cost-effectiveness health care.
Julia Gorman is the Office Manager for the Community Health Care Center at Westgate. Her past experience includes Assistant to the Activities Director for Independent and Assisted Living Facility as well as owned and operated a successful family business. She started with the clinic after completing a Medical Assistant Certification and was promoted to Office Manager in 2012. Julia is currently enrolled in an Insurance, Billing and Coding Certification Program. She oversees the day to day operations of the clinic, supervises and evaluates staff, coordinates outside referrals, and business operations.
Helen C. Romanacce, MSW,
Coordinator, Social Services
Helen Romanacce’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Aging Certificate from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Inter-American University in San Juan, PR. She is a Florida Registered Clinical Social Work Intern and Field Instructor for FAU School of Social Work. In addition, she serves as clinical preceptor for health professional students s, as part of the FAU Community Health Center’s Interprofessional community engagement training experience. She will begin graduate studies at the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in the fall with a concentration on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Helen has an eight-year track record in the non-profit industry providing services for the underserved population and has been with FAU since 2008. She is b-lingual in English and Spanish.
Patricia Dittman, PhD, RN, CDE
Health Care Outcomes Coordinator and
Certified Diabetes Educator
Patricia Dittman holds a PhD and MSN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University and is also a nationally Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). Patricia’s research focus is on the Impact of Attitude and Empowerment as Predictors of Diabetes Self-management. She is an adjunct professor with FAU’s Christine E. Lynne College of Nursing and Nova Southeastern Universities’ College of Nursing. Her Nursing Administrative experience includes 17 years in acute care and 10 years in an academic setting. Currently she is a Magnet appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) evaluating hospital facilities for Magnet status.. Patricia provides coordinated care with a focus on -population health through; monitoring, evaluating and navigating the health care system for ensure quality care that is personalized to each person’s need to improve health outcomes. In addition, she serves as clinical preceptor for health professional students.
Daryl Hobbs, MS, ARNP-BC, CDE
Family Nurse Practitioner
Daryl Hobbs is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is board certified in family practice. She graduated with a Master of Science degree in nursing from FAU. Daryl is a clinician and a natioanlly Certified Diabetes Educator currently practicing at the FAU Community Health Center. In addition, she serves as clinical preceptor for health professional students. Her prior experience includes over 19 years in the capacity of supervisor and practitioner at a medical clinic in Haiti. Daryl is fluent in English and Haitian Creole.
Andra Opalinski, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, NC-BC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor
Andra Opalinski is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She graduated with a Master of Science degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Florida and her PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Andra’s research focus is on health promotion for the child and family, health promotion and health outcomes for persons experiencing homelessness, faith community nursing and effectiveness of nurse coaching. Her prior experience includes over 5 years of in-patient pediatric care and over 15 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has experience in school based health working to improve both health outcomes and educational outcomes through supporting health.
Michael joined the FAU Community Health Center in 2014, initially as a volunteer, and commenced as a Medical Assistant in 2015. He works at the front desk ensuring patient intake, registration, check in/out procedures are all carried out at a first class level. Michael has been training in patient care, and enjoys his interaction with patients as he measures their vitals and records their information in preparation for the Nurse Practitioner’s appointment. Michael carries out many patient responsibilities such as: assisting with examinations, medication preparation, lab work, and nursing as directed by the Health Care Provider on duty. Michael is fluent in English and Spanish.
Silvia started with FAU’s Community Health Center as a Medical Assistant Internship, following her internship she volunteered for three months and was employed full time as a Medical Assistant. Silvia is a licensed Pharmacy Technician, and Medical Assistant Phlebotomy Certified. She supports the front office, clinic operations and serves as our center’s first assistant care coordinator. Silvia is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Executive Assistant to Dr. Millender
Lesley brings to the FAU Community Health Center many years of administrative experience working in the corporate world, and faith based organizations, as Executive Assistant to CEOs worldwide. She has a heart for the needy and is pleased to have the opportunity to be making a difference with her skill base assisting Dr. Millender and the CHC team succeed in every way possible. Lesley is an artist and sculptor and is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Director, Technology Support Services
Jony Singh oversees the administration and maintenance of computer stations and software for the FAU Community Health Center. This includes serving as a focal point for all inter-office IT-related matters and managing software licenses, troubleshooting, systems and server backups, archiving, security and disaster recovery. Jony ensures that the Community Health Center’s IT assets and patient confidentiality are maintained responsibly, and preserves the highest level of security.
Student Engagement Coordinator
Derminga started as a volunteer in 2011 at the Diabetes Education and Research Center. She has worked with the Community Health Center team on administrative coordination of student engagement, grant proposals and various media publications. Derminga is a Master Trainer in Team STEPPS, which is the interprofessional training program utilized by CHC staff, students and partnering organizations.
Sean Mohammed is currently Dr. Eugenia Millender’s Research Assistant for the Community Health Center at Westgate. His past includes, becoming a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University, and gaining research experience as a Directed Independent Study student while enrolled as an undergraduate. Sean started with the clinic in June of 2016. His duties include collecting and analyzing data for academic research, preparing monthly reports to identify trends within the Community Health Center, and supporting the leadership data mining for funding opportunities. He also works closely with the College of Nursing Statistician and the Director of the Community Health Center.
Florence commenced as Diabetes & Hypertension Community Liaison and Team Leader for the FAU Community Health Center Outreach Team in August 2014. Florence has over 30 years’ experience in the medical industry, and is a Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomist, Behavioral Assistant and Medical Assistant. Florence has worked alongside our partners for many years, and enjoys expanding the FAU Community Health Center’s community engagement in the West Palm Beach region to improve the health of its citizens.
Medical Assistant – Outreach Team
Annie has been employed by the FAU Community Health Center since August 2015 with the Outreach Team. She has been a Nursing Assistant for over 5 years and Nurse Companion for those with Dementia for over 15 years. She is also a registered Phlebotomist and HIV Counselor. Annie works with team members and students as they provide health screenings for the community.
Fabianka De Jesus Rosa
Fabianka has been employed by the FAU Community Health Center's Outreach Team since August 2014. Fabianka is a CNA, Phlebotomy technician, Electrocardiograph aide, Med Tech and HIV Counselor. Fabianka works with the Outreach Team members and on the front desk inside the Health Center alongside our Providers. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. In her free time Fabianka enjoys spending time with the family, visiting the beach, cooking, and reading.
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1650 Osceola Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
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