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Executive Leadership Team
Dr. Lee Francis joined Erie Family Health Centers in 1991 and has served as President and CEO since 2007. Dr. Francis is charged with enacting Erie’s strategic vision of serving as a national leader in the provision of community-based health care.
Amy Valukas joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2003 and served as Vice President of Patient Support Services from 2012 to 2016. Ms. Valukas ensures that Erie is focused on performance outcomes and the achievement of long- and short-term goals within its strategic plan, while adhering to the organization’s mission, vision and values.
As Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Caroline Hoke works closely with the Executive Leadership Team, providers and staff to continue to enhance Erie’s medical services, improve processes, and strengthen relationships with hospital partners.
David Bruce joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Bruce is responsible for leading the development of Erie Family Health Centers’ financial strategy and for the success of its financial operations.
Vicki Whildin provides executive oversight for Erie’s Humboldt Park, Foster Avenue, Helping Hands, and Waukegan health centers, as well as Erie’s Oral Health program and our Patient Access (call) Center. She is also responsible for the success of Erie’s Process Improvement, Referral and Health Information Management departments.
Dr. Nicole Kazee joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2017 and serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. In this role, Dr. Kazee helps ensure the sustainability of Erie’s mission by leading the development of strategic goals and plans. She also provides oversight for managed care, marketing and communications, community engagement, and government relations.
Melissa Hilton joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2012 and leads its fundraising efforts as Vice President, Development and Executive Director, Erie Family Health Foundation. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and executing strategies to expand governmental and philanthropic support to advance Erie’s mission.
Josef Felger joined Erie Family Health Centers’ Executive Leadership Team as Vice President, Health Information Technology (HIT) in September 2018. He leads the organization’s technology infrastructure, electronic medical records and business intelligence teams, also overseeing relationships with key HIT partners, such as Erie’s founding stake in AllianceChicago.
Valeria Stokes, EdD joined Erie in 2019 as Vice President, Human Resources. In this role, Stokes drives strategy for employee recruitment and retention, training and development, performance management, and compensation practices to support Erie’s rapidly growing team.