Warren J. Brodine
Chief Executive Officer
Warren J. Brodine joined Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) as CEO in 2008. He manages an operating budget of more than $20 million and oversees 230 staff members, including physicians, dentists and behavioral health providers. Under Brodine’s leadership, CFHC has achieved success in many key areas – including improvements in quality management, implementation of a comprehensive electronic health record system, and establishment of the Chicago Family Health Center Foundation. He also helped the organization expand its reach by opening its fourth health center on Chicago’s East Side in 2009, and its fifth center in Chicago Lawn in 2010.
In 2011, Brodine spearheaded the opening of a dental suite at CFHC’s Chicago Lawn site three years ahead of schedule, thanks in part to a generous grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. CFHC also secured federal funds to build a replacement facility for the current antiquated Pullman site to enhance operational efficiencies and clinical effectiveness which will open in 2013. CFHC will also receive New Market Tax Credits for the project,that will revitalize the 115th street corridor between Forestville Avenue and St. Lawrence Street in the historic Pullman neighborhood.
Before joining CFHC, Brodine was Director of Healthcare Consulting for RSM McGladrey Inc., a leading business and accounting consulting firm that focuses on community health centers. He also was Director of Strategic Initiatives for Access Community Health Network in Chicago, Chief Operating Officer of the Rodgers Health Center in Kansas City, Mo., and Deputy Director of the Missouri Primary Care Association.
Brodine serves on several boards, including the Southeast Chicago Development Commission and CQuest America, the nation’s leading developer of information systems for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and a provider of other health-related information technology services. He is also an active member of the National Association of Community Health Centers, the South Side Health Collaborative and the Medical Home Network.
Brodine earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, where he also did his graduate work in education. In addition, he attended Université Laval in Québec City, Canada.
Misty Drake, MA joined Chicago Family Health Center in December 2012 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mrs. Drake has primary oversight of all health center operations including patient care, grant- and contract- funded programs and support staff. She will also interface with CFHC partner organizations including hospitals, other Federally Qualified Health Centers and funders.
Prior to joining CFHC, Mrs. Drake served as Service Line Director for Maternal and Child Health Services at Access Community Health Network integrating a service line delivery model for obstetrics, women’s health and pediatric care in more than 40 health centers. She also led efforts in NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home readiness. Mrs. Drake also worked at Lawndale Christian Health Center as Director of Health Support Services, and has international work experience assisting in the development of a human capacity partnership and health program with local community groups.
Mrs. Drake completed her Master of Arts at the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration & Health Administration and Policy and her Bachelors of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also studied Great Britain’s health care delivery system in England & Scotland.
Mrs. Drake is a life-long Chicagoan from the West Side where she still currently resides with her husband and two daughters.
Robert F. Maziarka
Chief Financial Officer
Robert Maziarka, CPA, MBA, FHFMA, joined CFHC in 2009, bringing more than 20 years of financial leadership experience to the organization. Maziarka is responsible for all financial matters, including treasury, audit, accounting, budget, financial planning and analytical functions. Working in tandem with the Chief Medical Officer, Maziarka is also responsible for nonclinical operational activities at each health-center site.
Maziarka has held several financial leadership positions, including hospital Controller and Physician-Hospital Organization Treasurer for Rush North Shore Medical Center and Corporate Director of Financial Decision Support for Genesis Health Systems in Davenport, Iowa. He also worked at Alexian Brothers Health System in Arlington Heights, Ill., as VP/Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Director of Accounting and Finance, and Director of Financial Decision Support and Medical Economics. Maziarka was CFO for Deaconess Long Term Care Inc. in Cincinnati, as well as for Access Community Health Network in Chicago.
He earned a master’s degree in Operations Management and Finance from Lewis University in Lockport, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics from Chicago State University. Maziarka is a registered certified public accountant in Illinois and is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association™. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society® and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In June 2009, CFHC welcomed Jim Socha as the organization’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO). In the role of CIO, Socha is responsible for implementing the organization’s information systems, including a new Electronic Health Records system and systems for data collection and reporting. Under his leadership, the organization has increased the use of technology for all locations, reducing their reliance on paper and increasing communications capabilities.
Socha came to CFHC with a strong background in technical support and management of IT systems. Most recently, he was the CIO and IT director at Family Christian Health Center, where one of his primary responsibilities was to implement an Enterprise Practice Management and Electronic Medical Records system. Socha was also responsible for the design, implementation and support of all technology systems and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance software. He was also an IT Manager with Standard Parking, Field Container Co. LP and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Socha is certified as a Help Desk Manager through HDI® and has completed courses
in management, marketing and general studies.
Chief Medical Officer
Carl Toren, MD, MPH, joined CFHC as Chief Medical Director in 2001. He oversees all clinical operations at the center’s five locations and manages the functions of more than 30 providers and health professionals. Toren has also been the medical consultant for Chicago’s Head Start program for more than 10 years. In this role, he provides advice for the health and disability components of the Head Start, Early Head Start and Child Care programs.
Before joining CFHC, Toren was medical director for the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. He also spent three years as a staff physician and public health supervisor at Aira Hospital in western Ethiopia for the Reformed Church in America.
Toren has an Illinois medical license and is certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He attended Northwestern University Medical School and completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He serves on the Illiana Christian High School Board in Lansing, Ill., and on the Boy Scouts of America® Board of Directors, Calumet Council. Toren has received numerous honors and awards, including the Illinois Primary Health Care Association Clinician Devotion Award in 2007.
Maria E. Vargas, a Registered Nurse, joined Chicago Family Health Center in 1993 as a Case Manager. Today, she serves as Chief Program Officer responsible for all major CFHC programs including women’s health, chronic disease, Healthy Start, Head Start and Family Case Management/Targeted Intensive Prenatal (TIP) Case Management. Previously Vargas served as director of comprehensive services managing several grant-funded programs that provide health and human services to mothers, families and children.
Before joining CFHC, Vargas was a medical surgical RN at St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago, Indiana. She received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Purdue University and will receive her BSN from Western Governor’s University in Indiana later this year (2012).
Vargas serves on several boards including the Metropolitan Family Services Community Board which she co-chairs and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Council. She also volunteers for several causes and organizations including the March of Dimes, Avon’s Walk for Cancer and Juan Diego. Vargas was also part of a mission trip to Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.
Vargas is a native of East Chicago Indiana where she currently still lives.