Nancy L. Heaton,

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Heaton has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) since February, 2004.  Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Northwestern Connecticut AIDS Project, an HIV/AIDS service organization serving Litchfield County.  In 1991-1992 she worked with the Southeast Asian Family Empowerment Project in Chelsea, Massachusetts, as a community prevention specialist.  There, she developed outreach and parent education programs for Vietnamese and Cambodian families in the greater Boston area.  From 1987-1990 Ms. Heaton served as project coordinator at the Health Education and Training Center in San Jose, where she developed and implemented the first AIDS/HIV education and prevention project for the Latino community of Santa Clara County.  She also coordinated a training project for Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants. 

In early 1987 she served as a health educator at the San Jose Day Nursery in San Jose while completing a graduate student internship.  From 1982-1985 Ms. Heaton worked for the International Alliance for Children, an organization based in both Connecticut and the Philippines, serving as the director of field operations in Manila.  In that capacity, she managed a home for abandoned, orphaned and neglected children with a variety of physical and emotional problems.  Ms. Heaton served as chair of the Litchfield County HIV Care Consortium and as a member of the statewide HIV Care Consortium.  She is currently a member of the American Public Health Association and a Member of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors. 

Ms. Heaton received certification in non-profit management from the University of Connecticut in 1998 and an AIDS Educator Certificate from the Connecticut Department of Public Health in 1993.  She received a Masters of Public Health in Community Health Education from San Jose State University in 1988 and a BA in Government and Law from Lafayette College in 1982.

Gertrude O’Sullivan,

Director of Communications and Special Programs

Ms. O’Sullivan has worked in the fields of public relations, publicity, general business administration and film and video production for all of her professional life.  She began as the Administrator of Advertising for Pepsi Cola International, where her responsibilities included serving as comptroller for all of the company’s marketing departments. 

Since moving to Litchfield County in 1979, she has brought this experience to the non-profit world, helping health and human service agencies conduct projects, promote their services and produce educational and promotional videos. She takes particular pride in the fact that the results of three of her needs assessment projects focusing on seniors were used as catalysts in establishing a senior center in one community and a community center in another.  As a video producer, Ms. O’Sullivan is a Northeast Regional Emmy nominee and a recipient of a Telly and an Aurora Award (in the field of education) for the film Exposed: The Continuing Story of AIDS. 

Ms. O’Sullivan has been with the Foundation for Community Health since January of 2006.  She is a 2013 Athena Award Honoree and was recently honored by the New York State Association for Rural Health with the Outstanding Rural Health Program award for her contribution with the initiation and development of the Scrubs Club Pathways to Health Careers program.

She currently serves as President Elect on the board of the New England Rural Health RoundTable and is a member of the board of the New York State Association of Rural Health. She has previously served on boards of numerous organizations, including the Special Olympics, CT AIDS Bike Tour, American Cancer Society, Northwest CT Transit District and the Western CT Area Agency on Aging.

Natashea Winters,

Program Officer

As program officer, Natashea identifies strategies and works in partnership with prospective and current grantees to develop initiatives that align with the foundation’s goals, strategies, and programs.

 Prior to joining the Foundation for Community Health, Natashea served various local and national nonprofits in roles that encompassed program management, coalition building, and evaluation to develop and scale social service and public health programs. Most recently Natashea worked at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, where she managed a portfolio of funds and worked closely with many of the organization’s advisory committees. Before this, she served as a Programs Consultant for Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit focused on expanding affordable access to fresh produce. In this role, Natashea supported the organization’s evaluation efforts and provided technical assistance to grantees and clients, from troubleshooting data collection to launching multi-year evaluation efforts.

 Combining her interests in equity, evaluation and community-based strategies, Natashea feels very fortunate to focus her professional efforts on supporting public health and social service organizations in our region that work to cultivate measurable and sustainable impact.

 Natashea has a Master in Social Work and a Master in Public Health from Boston University and a bachelor’s from the University of New Hampshire.

Cathy Glasner,

Office and Grants Manager

Cathy joined the FCH staff in November 2017 after having worked as Office Manager for Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation for several years. Before her work for BTCF, Cathy worked in for profit businesses in administrative, management and sales roles.

Cathy is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business with a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing and Human Resource Management.

As a resident of Litchfield County, Cathy feels “Working for a healthier community” fulfills her purpose.

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