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. 

She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Special Olympics, CT AIDS Bike Tour, American Cancer Society, Northwest Transit, and the Area Agency on Aging.

Jessica Wilcox,

Office and Grants Manager

Ms. Wilcox joined the FCH Staff in March of 2015.  She had spent the previous 15 years in the automotive industry, holding both Office Manager and Service Manager positions. Prior to that, she was the Group Sales Manager for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in Pennsylvania. 

Ms. Wilcox holds a B.A. from Geneva College in Broadcast Communications and an Associates Degree from NCCC in Early Childhood Education.

A lifelong resident of Litchfield County, she is pleased with the opportunity to apply her education and experiences to this new forum of working for a healthier community.

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