Erika Vicellio, executive Director of the Charlottesville Free Clinic, was honored with our 2012 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award on December 5 at our dinner at the Boars Head Inn. The award, underwritten by Hantzmon Wiebel, was presented by review panel chair Renée Grisham. The Free Clinic received a check for $5,000 to help them continue their work.
As Renée Grisham noted in her remarks, choosing just one person from among the outstanding finalists was extremely hard. Below is a summary of Erika Vicellio's accomplishments from her nomination.
In her nearly ten years as Executive Director of the Charlottesville Free Clinic (CFC), Erika Viccellio has successfully networked with community leaders and other health and human service partners to further the organization’s mission. Under Erika’s leadership, the CFC created the Community Dental Program, a collaborative, community-based model to help clients gain access to a network of community dentists, and expanded the existing dental program, providing more than 3,700 visits per year.
Under Erika’s leadership, the CFC launched the Physician’s Partner Network in 2009, which matches clients of the clinic to community providers willing to see patients in their own offices. This has successfully lowered the wait times for new patients to be seen. Erika has served as co-leader of the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, emphasizing coordination and collaboration to meet the different levels of mental health needs in our community. Another recent collaboration with the Women’s Initiative and Region Ten Community Services Board provides on-site and off-site counseling and mental health services. To further address dental needs, the CFC received a grant to fund its Mission of Mercy Dental Project that will bring together volunteer dentists and hygienists together for one weekend with the potential to serve 500 patients.
In 2008, Erika worked with the Department of Health to refurbish and expand existing share space at their current location. This partnership saved the community millions of dollars, while expanding both mental health and dental services. Erika’s quest for continuous improvement led to the development of a system to measure and monitor performance that has been used as a model for other Free Clinics around the state. In January of 2011, the CFC successfully underwent a voluntary accreditation process conducted by the Virginia Association of Free Clinics.
Congratulations to Erika, who wished to recognize the staff and volunteers of the Free Clinic whose teamwork and dedication to their mission are part of her successful leadership.
Posted by: Kim Connolly
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