About AmeriCares Free Clinics
The mission of the AmeriCares Free Clinics is to provide quality health care to low-income, uninsured patients in a setting where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.
AmeriCares founder Bob Macauley opened our first clinic in 1994 to expand access to care for the working poor. Over the years, our program has grown to become the largest free clinic network in the state with four locations serving 3,000 patients annually. Today, our clinics in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford are a lifeline for low-income uninsured residents from across Fairfield County.
We care for patients with diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other chronic conditions, as well as provide treatment for minor injuries and sudden illnesses like the flu. Without our services, many would rely on emergency rooms for primary care services – or worse – delay care until they have a medical emergency. Over the years, 26,000 of our neighbors in need have received more than $65 million in free health care services.
Supported by local philanthropy, our clinics are an example of a community coming together to help patients in need.
Our clinics are staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, interpreters and administrative help, and draw on the resources of community hospitals, laboratories, specialists and pharmacies to ensure comprehensive outpatient care. Patients receive essential prescription medications at little or no charge through Patient Assistance Programs, donated medicines and our relationships with local pharmacies.
AmeriCares Free Clinics is a member of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Karen Gottlieb is the Executive Director of AmeriCares Free Clinics where she oversees and directs all activities including training, fundraising, program development and recruitment of staff and volunteers.
Terri McCartney, Associate Director
Mary Balkun, Manager, Clinics Administration
Lorraine Larkin, Associate, Volunteer Services
Laura Galusha, Data Manager
AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury
Dina Valenti, Clinic Director
Judy Hottle, Assistant Director
Anne Darby, Nurse Practitioner
Mary Beth Fessler, Nurse Practitioner
John Weggeman, Administrative Assistant
Christine Regan, Administrative Assistant
Karen Johnstone, Administrative Assistant
Katherine Kinasewicz, Administrative Assistant
Sonia Kieras, Staff Nurse
Bob Macauley AmeriCares Free Clinic of Norwalk
Barbara McCabe, Clinic Director
Linda Russell, Assistant Director
Gail Banigan, Patient Care Coordinator
Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport
Cathy Sheehan, Clinic Director
Karina Rodriguez, Patient Care Coordinator
Diana Lindahl, Nurse Practitioner
AmeriCares Free Clinic of Stamford
Muguette Maignan, Clinic Director
Saleska Quesada, Patient Care Coordinator
Julie Hetherington, Nurse Practitioner
Charles Jones, Bus Driver
Alma Jane (Leila) Macauley
Co-founder and Vice Chairman, AmeriCares Foundation
Mrs. Macauley is the Co-founder and Vice Chairman of AmeriCares. She is Executive Director of Friends of Children, a nonprofit foundation promoting the well-being of orphaned, abandoned, sick and injured children around the world, and a founding director of Covenant House in Florida and Good Counsel in New York and New Jersey. Mrs. Macauley received her M.A. from the University of Miami in Guidance and Counseling.
Michael J. Nyenhuis
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael J. Nyenhuis joined AmeriCares in 2014 as its President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he leads a global organization with partners in 90 countries and an annual budget of approximately $500 million. He oversees offices in the U.S., India, Haiti, Japan, Sri Lanka, along with a network of free health clinics in AmeriCares home state of Connecticut and the AmeriCares Family Clinic in El Salvador. Previously, Nyenhuis was with global nonprofit MAP International since 1995, serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2014. A native of Minnesota, Nyenhuis holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
Chairman of the Board, AmeriCares Foundation Former Managing Director, Deloitte
Mr. Leamon joined the AmeriCares board in 2005 and was elected Chairman in 2015. He retired from the Deloitte network in 2012 as Global Managing Director responsible for client and market-facing programs. Mr. Leamon held a variety of other leadership roles over the years including Managing Partner of the Deloitte U.S. tax practice. Mr. Leamon graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.B.A. in accounting.
Carol B. Bauer
Former Chairman, Norwalk Hospital Board of Trustees
Ms. Bauer joined the AmeriCares board in 2002. She currently serves as a chaplain at Norwalk Hospital, where she served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2001. She previously taught physically and mentally handicapped children and has lectured in French history. Ms. Bauer has also served on the boards of The United Way, the American Heart Association, the Honey Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Connecticut and the Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. Ms. Bauer received a B.A. from Harris Teachers College and attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Executive Director, AmeriCares Free Clinics
Karen joined AmeriCares in 1994 and started the organization’s first free clinic in Norwalk, Conn., to meet the growing health care needs of the state’s uninsured. She was named Executive Director of AmeriCares Free Clinics in 1996. Under her leadership, AmeriCares opened three additional clinics in the state. Over the years, the program has provided more than 23,000 patients with comprehensive care including medications, lab work and diagnostic testing.
Karen oversees and directs all activities of the AmeriCares Free Clinics including training, fundraising, program development and recruitment of staff and volunteers. She also develops the strategic vision and plan for overall growth and development.
An expert on the uninsured, Karen serves on the board of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics. She earned a nursing degree from Russell Sage College as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.
C. Dean Maglaris
CEO, Cytogel Pharma, LLC
Mr. Maglaris joined the AmeriCares board in 2004 and served as Chairman from 2011 to 2015 and Lead Director from 2007 to 2011. He is the CEO of Cytogel Pharma, LLC, a bio-pharmaceutical development company. He retired from Pfizer Inc. after 33 years where he held executive leadership positions in marketing and general management. These included Group Vice President, U. S. Pharmaceutical Marketing, Vice President Worldwide Marketing and Business Development - Medical Devices and Vice President and General Manager National Healthcare Operations Division. He has also worked as a health care consultant, advising companies on business development, strategic planning, marketing and management. Mr. Maglaris is a past trustee of the New Canaan Country School and past Chairman of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. He has a B.S. from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Stephen Winter, M.D
Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Norwalk Hospital; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University
Dr. Winter joined the AmeriCares board in 2003. He is Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Norwalk Hospital and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Winter has received numerous awards for his contributions to medicine and international relief work, including the American Thoracic Society’s 2010 Public Service Award and the 2009 American College of Chest Physicians’ D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Award. He earned a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, a M.S. in Systems Analysis and Synthesis from Stanford University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from University of Illinois. He completed a residency in internal medicine at The New York Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering and a fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The AmeriCares Free Clinics were established in 1994 to serve the medical needs of the working poor. We are a 501 (c)(3) organization, separate but affiliated with AmeriCares Foundation.