Leadership 2018-06-22T02:51:47+00:00

Introducing Allison Bernier, LICSW, QMHP

Allison Bernier, LICSW, QMHP is the Vice President of the Central Community Health Partnership. Prior to joining Central CHP, Ms. Bernier served as Director of Care Integration for the largest community mental health provider in Rhode Island. She holds a Master’s degree in social work, and has completed the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program.

As the Vice President of Central CHP, Ms. Bernier leads a team of Nurses, Clinicians, Care Managers, Recovery Coaches and Care Coordinators.

Carl Baniszewski, MA, Referral Coordinator

Carl Baniszewski comes to the Central Community Health Partnership from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission where he served as a Program Officer providing technical assistance and oversight for a portfolio of strategic investments in healthcare entities seeking to achieve ACO readiness, preparing for alternative payment models, and embarking on innovative transformations of healthcare service delivery. Carl has an extensive social work background including work in the areas of housing and homelessness, mental health, and corrections.

Carl has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mercyhurst University and a Master’s degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University.

Christine Brienza, MSW, Quality Manager

Christine Brienza joined the Central Community Health Partnership from Elder Services of Berkshire County, where she served as the Quality Assurance Supervisor, responsible for monitoring program performance, adhering to funder reporting requirements, and creating and implementing agency-wide quality improvement initiatives. Her background includes experience working within CBFS services, the international Clubhouse model, and as a facilitator and trainer for Inclusivity Workshops.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Clark University, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work and certificates in Human Services Management and Gerontology from Boston University.

Tracey L. Emond-Parkin R.N., B.S.N., Senior Nurse Manager, CCHP

Tracey comes to the Central Community Health Partnership with 23 years of nursing experience, 18 years in behavioral health nursing. She began her career as a charge nurse at Providence House Nursing Home, then transitioned to Clinton Hospital’s Geriatric Medical Psychiatric Unit where she was the senior charge nurse working with older patients with both medical and behavioral health issues. She then worked as part of the leadership team for The University of Massachusetts Medical School Intensive Residential Treatment Program (IRTP), where she managed the nursing department in caring for adolescents with behavioral health issues who required long term residential care. She also worked for McKesson Corp. as a care manager, working with MBHP’s PCC plan, assisting members to focus on health and wellness goals and positive outcomes of their health. Prior to coming to CCHP, Tracey was the Director of Nursing for YOU, Inc. as well as a Clinical Leader at Tara Vista Behavioral Health Center.

Tracey received an associate’s degree from Quinsigamond Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University both in Nursing Science.

Tracey resides in Worcester with her family and is a licensed foster parent with the Department of Children and Families.

Jennifer MacNeill, LTSS Senior Care Manager CCHP

Jennifer began her career at Alternatives 17 years ago. Initially hired as a counselor in a residential program, she grew through the ranks – first as a Program Coordinator and later as a Program Developer. Most recently, Jennifer led an initiative to transition individuals from group homes into Shared Living homes. This successful project provided opportunities for individuals to live in supportive homes selected to meet their particular needs and interests. She has experience working with individuals with disabilities with a variety of support needs, ranging from substance use issues to cognitive limitations to complex medical conditions.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has consistently worked to facilitate the development of real relationships between individuals served and other members of their community. She has witnessed the mutual benefits of these relationships for both individuals served and community members. Jennifer has also played an instrumental role in coordinating community-wide events in which individuals served have valued roles.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. John’s University. She is the recipient of the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award and Alternatives’ Leadership Award. She strives to help people live good lives.

Jonida Duque, MHA, LADC, CADC, Senior Clinical Care Manager CCHP

Jonida Duque came to the Central Community Health Partnership as a Contract Manager from Fallon Health where she was responsible for analysis, evaluation, negotiation, and implementation of ancillary contracts such as community partners, the health plan’s behavioral health vendor, aging services access point, independent living centers, fiscal intermediaries, adult foster care, group adult foster care, adult day health and durable medical equipment. During this time, Jonida worked closely with the OneCare, SCO, and PACE populations. Jonida began her career in Human Services as a Detox Counselor for adolescents and adults. Jonida pursued her passion to help individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders by serving as the Senior Navigator for a OneCare programs where she coordinated care for dual eligible members and provided oversight of the ER Initiative ensuring positive performance on pre-determined quality of care measures.

Jonida has earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Worcester State University, two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Health Education from Worcester State College, and achieved her Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) from Westfield State University.