Chief Officers & Senior Staff


Hatches PhotoBarrett Hatches
Chief Executive Officer

Barrett Hatches joined Chicago Family Health Center in February 2014. He manages an operating budget of more than $20 million and oversees more than 200 staff members including physicians, dentists, administrative, clinical and support staff across five health center sites. He oversaw the expansion of services at CFHC resulting from a new state-of-the-art healthcare facility in Pullman, and the recent Affordable Care Act opportunities which include expansion of Medicaid and enrollment in the health insurance marketplace.

Prior to joining CFHC, Mr. Hatches served as president and founder of WillCo Management Group LLC in Kansas City, MO developing solutions enhancing communications, interactions and integration of energy in the utility industry. He also served as Executive Consultant for Hatches Consulting, LLC in Kansas City, MO where he helped clients harness leading strategic solutions to ensure organizational success.  Mr. Hatches also served as President and Principal Owner of BHMM Energy Services in Indianapolis, IN.

Mr. Hatches has extensive experience in community health having served as CEO and Chief Operating Officer at Swope Community Enterprises for almost a decade. Like CFHC, Swope Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the greater Kansas City area providing primary health, outreach and behavioral health to the underserved living below the poverty level.

Mr. Hatches received his Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Jackson MS, an M.A. in business from Webster University in Kansas City, MO and his B.A. in Political Science also from Jackson State University in Jackson MS.


Dee LaGioia, BSN RN CNBA
Chief Operations Officer

Dee LaGioia joined CFHC as Chief Operating Officer in October 2014. In this role, Ms. LaGioia has primary oversight of health center operations including patient care, grant- and contracted-funded programs, as well as overseeing program and support staff. She is also responsible for interfacing with all CFHC partner organizations such as hospitals, community and government agencies, other Federally Qualified Health Centers and funders.

She has more than 36 years of medicine and community health experience and holds a BS in Nursing. Ms. LaGioia has a proven track record in operations and leadership, businesses and financial acumen and familiarity with health care accreditation programs. Most recently, she spent 14 years at Access Community Health Network. Since July of 2007, Ms. LaGioia managed the largest health center in the Access system while serving as Regional Operations Manager.  Additionally, was responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to other health centers within the region including budgeting/fiscal management, employee relations, coaching, performance management and staff development.

Zakeya (ZiZi) Atia
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Zakeya (ZiZi) Atia joined CFHC as Interim Chief Financial Officer in November 2014. Ms. Atia is responsible for all financial matters, including revenue cycle, treasury, audit, grants management, accounting, budget, financial planning, internal controls, and analytical functions. Prior to joining CFHC, she was a self-employed consultant specializing in providing assistance to FQHC organizations in all the areas specified above.

Mrs. Atia also served as Chief Financial Officer and Controller at Erie Family Health Centers, another FQHC in Chicago for 11 years, prior to being a consultant. She posses a passion for community health and the mission of FQHCs, and she makes helping such organizations her top priority.

In addition to her experience and knowledge in FQHC processes, she had held several key positions in different industries at New Court Financial/CIT Group in Indianapolis, IN where for 5 years she served as Manager of Cash Operations and Accounts Receivable; Senior Portfolio Accountant; and Senior Cash Accountant. Ms. Atia also worked as a Patient Accounts Manager at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Inc. also in Indianapolis.

She received her BS in Commerce and Economics with a major in Accounting from Cairo University in Egypt and an MBA from Governors State University in Park Forest, IL.


Senior Staff

20150218 John Carey 2946John Carey
Sr. Director of Practice Management

John Carey was appointed Sr. Director of Practice Management at Chicago Family Health Center in 2015. He spearheads and supports the organization’s Information Technology, Human Resources, Credentialing and Physician Recruitment areas. He has more than 12 years experience in operations management, employee retention and recruitment, FQHC management, Meaningful Use, Patient Centered Medical Home, data modeling and analysis as well as health informatics and electronic health records. Before joining CFHC, Mr. Carey served nine years at VNA Health Care, an FQHC in Aurora, IL. He held several positions there including Provider Contracting and Privileging Administrator; VP of Medial Staff Relations; Compliance Officer; VP of Support Services and Director of Business Development.

He also held positions at Shepherd Medical Products in Carol Stream, IL and Moore Corporation in Lake Forest, IL. Mr. Carey has an MBA in Finance from Illinois Institute of Technology and BA with a double major in Economics and Business Administration from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. He is a member of Rotary International and a community volunteer at the West Suburban Food Pantry, St. Scholastica Parish and the Naperville Exchange Club.

Frances Tham, DDS
Dental Director

Dr. Tham joined CFHC in November of 1985. He provides leadership for the implementation of dental services and oversees all dental operations at the center’s four dental care facilities which include South Chicago, Pullman, East Side and Chicago Lawn. Dr. Tham is responsible for recruitment and staffing of dental personnel and manages the funtions of the dentists and dental hygienists.