Chris Shea :: Chief Executive Officer
For over twenty years, Chris Shea has directed Cherry Health’s growth to become Michigan’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center. Cherry Health’s services have been significantly expanded to include underserved people throughout Western Michigan and other parts of the State. Under Shea’s leadership, a program of integrated care was introduced so that medical, behavioral health, oral health and other services could be seamlessly joined to improve the quality of care for patients.
Shea has spent his entire career within the field of health care for underserved populations including directing Blackstone Valley Community Health Care in Rhode Island, East Jordan Family Health Center, and Regional Lakes Health Care (a consortium of rural hospitals).
Shea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Urban Planning with a concentration in Social and Health Services from Wayne State University.
Shea has been president or vice president of the Michigan Primary Care Association, the Rhode Island Health Care Association, New England Community Health Association, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (HMO), on the faculty of Brown University School of Biology and Medicine, a board member of the National Network for Oral Health Access and a presenter for the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Tasha Blackmon :: President
Tasha Blackmon is a dynamic participatory leader with more than 20 years of experience in business operations. Blackmon is responsible for providing administrative and operational oversight to Cherry Health, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Michigan. She has led numerous development projects, as well as large scale renovations and expansion projects during her 12-year tenure with Cherry Health.
Blackmon serves on multiple local, state and national committees. She currently participates in the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Committee on Health Center Excellence and the Finance Committee, Varnum’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council, Michigan Community Health Network’s Operations Committee, MSU Greater Grand Rapids Black Alumni Association’s Executive Board, West Michigan’s AHRQ Committee and Children’s Assessment Center Nominating Committee.
Blackmon has volunteered with many organizations; she is a philanthropist and eager volunteer who seeks opportunities to give back to the community.
Linda Constantino :: Chief Financial Officer
Constantino received a B.B.A. from Western Michigan University. She began her career at Ernst & Young and earned her CPA license. Before joining Cherry Health, Constantino worked nearly 10 years for Pension and Group Services, Inc in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She began as a controller and was promoted to Vice President of Finance for that firm. Constantino began at Cherry Health as an Accountant and was promoted to Finance and Human Resources Manager and then to Finance Director. She has also been a member of the Michigan Primary Care Association Budget and Finance Committee since 2008, and has served as the Treasurer and Board Member of Kent Health Plan since 2010. She currently serves on the Board of Michigan Blood, a nonprofit agency who supplies a large portion of the donated blood products to hospitals and others in Michigan. In 2012 Constantino received the YMCA Women of Achievement Award, and she was the MiBiz 2013 CFO of the Year Award runner up.
Cheryl Goodell :: Chief Human Resource Development Officer
Goodell received her B.S.B.A. from Aquinas College with a concentration in Human Resource Management and holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and Human Resources from Central Michigan University. Goodell recently joined Cherry Health after working in Florida for one of HCA’s acute care facilities as the Vice President of Human Resources. Goodell is a native of Michigan and recently returned to continue her career in human resource leadership and reestablish her involvement in the community. Goodell is an active member of AHRM (Greater Grand Rapids Association of Human Resource Management) and a member of the Aquinas College Career Advisory Board.
Leslie Pelkey, MD :: Associate Chief Medical Officer/Internal Medicine
Dr. Pelkey received her Medical Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan and her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She began her career working in a Community Health Center in Virginia and eventually moved to Michigan to continue her work as an Internal Medicine Doctor. She has been with Cherry Health and our community for a number of years. In addition to being Associate Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pelkey continues to be a practicing internist at Heart of the City Health Center Adult Medicine.
Thomas Platt, MD :: Chief Medical Officer/Internal Medicine
Dr. Platt received his Medical Doctor Degree from Brown University and also completed his Internal Medicine specialty training at a Brown University affiliated hospital. He began his career working in a Community Health Center in Rhode Island. He has worked in a staff model HMO as a full time internist. He has extensive administrative experience, including serving as Chief Medical Officer for two Managed Care Organizations. In addition to being Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Platt continues to be a practicing internist at Heart of the City Health Center Adult Medicine and Durham Clinic.
Mike Reagan :: Chief External Relations Officer
Reagan joined Cherry Health in October 2011. Prior to the merger of Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance (Proaction) into Cherry Health, he had served as Proaction’s CEO since 1991. Proaction was a statewide non-profit health care organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan that provided substance abuse and mental health treatment and prevention services. Previously, he was Vice President of Operations of Proaction from 1989 to 1990. Reagan holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University. He has served as President of the Michigan Association of Licensed Substance Abuse Organizations (ALSAO), from 2001 to 2006. He is an Executive Board member of the Provider Alliance and Treasurer of the national trade association, the State Associations of Addiction Services and chair of its practice committee. He is currently chairperson of the Mental Health Association of Michigan and a board member of Partners in Crisis, and Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS). Since 1981, Reagan has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Health and Human Services, Physicians Assistants and Social Work Schools at Western Michigan University; and since 2001, Adjunct Professor, College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University.
Trish Roels, DDS :: Chief Oral Health Officer
Dr. Roels graduated in 1987 from Indiana University School of Dentistry. She practiced as an associate for one year in northern Indiana, and then spent time in private practice in Dayton, Ohio. In 1990, Dr. Roels moved to Grand Rapids and began with Cherry Health as a general dentist. She became the dental director, splitting her time between patient care and administrative work in 1994. In October 2011 after Cherry Health merged with Touchstone innovare and Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance, she was promoted to Chief Oral Health Officer with most of her time devoted to administrative duties. Under her leadership, the Cherry Health dental practices have grown from a single dental practice to the largest provider of dental services for low income patients in Michigan. Dr. Roels also provides clinical leadership for Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry dental students who rotate under her supervision at Cherry Health. She has been an alternate delegate to the Michigan House of delegates since 2011. Dr. Roels was appointed to the Michigan Board of Dentistry/NERB examiner in August 2013 and represents the Board of Dentistry on the Controlled Substance Advisory Commission for the State of Michigan. In the fall of 2014 Dr. Roels was inducted into the American College of Dentists, and she is also a member of the Michigan Primary Care Association. Most recently she was appointed President-elect on the board of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition starting her official term in fall 2018.
Julie Tatko :: Chief Operations Officer
Tatko is the Chief Operations Officer for Cherry Health responsible for administrative and operational oversite of the organization, specifically with regard to medical and behavioral health programming. In her previous role as the Director of Operations & Enabling Services at Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), Tatko was responsible for the training and technical supports to Michigan’s Health Centers in the areas of finance, billing and operations, as well as workforce and community development. Tatko also directed MPCA’s Michigan Health Endowment Fund initiative that addresses the social determinants of health through supporting community health workers and Health Center patient care teams across Michigan.
Tatko received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish at Wheaton College and her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has experience in serving immigrant communities in the areas of outreach, education, health policy and advocacy. She also has expertise in the construction, implementation, and assessment of grant programs in non-profit and educational institutions.