Open Cities Health Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse and committed group of volunteers. The board is responsible for overseeing the overall health and well-being of the organization. They evaluate and provide direction for the mission, vision, values, operations, finances, and policies of Open Cities Health Center.
Our board members have deep roots in the local community and over half choose Open Cities Health Center as their primary clinic. This connection to the local community allows our board members to bring a valued diversity of experiences and ideas that help us continue to improve and provide community health with a heart.
Board of Directors
Since 2016, Traci Leffner has learned how vital relationships are in a professional environment. Traci’s goal is to build positive, mutually beneficial relationships with the people she meets. She has been at Sovran, Inc for over 4 years. Prior to that she was in the construction field for over 20 years. From Cottage Grove, MN, by way of Illinois and Wisconsin state, Traci enjoys coaching sports and spending time with her husband and two daughters, as well as their wonderful pups. Experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Strong customer service skills and account management. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Business Planning, Coaching, Sales accounts, and Event Management. Strong operations professional with a Degree, Bachelor of Science focused in Business Management from University of Phoenix.
Medical Doctor. Universidad de Oriente Ciudad. Bolivar, Venezuela. February 12, 1990. (Not license in the United States) and training in the surgical area and rural medicine, and community medicine. Finished her Master in Public Health Administration. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, May 19, 2008 Medical Director: Institute of Public Health of the State of Bolivar, Type I Urban Community Clinic. Ciudad Bolívar, Edo Bolívar, Venezuela, 1996-1997, Her role providing primary care and specialty services (obstetrics, internist, surgery, family practice). The clinic provided Diagnostic, treatment, follow up and prevention of diseases services. My Focus of areas include I have been a patient advocate, worked in coordination of health, and lead Alzheimer programs targeted to the Latino community, and worked with health care professionals, residents as well as doctors, to better understand the needs of their patients, as they struggle with complex health conditions. To improve older adult quality of life through caregiver support and community resources and in-home assessment, I joined Open Cities Health Center Board in August 2016, and elected Vice chairperson in 2018. Has participated in several other Advisory Committees. Member of the Advisory Board committee Alzheimer’s Association, MN, 2007 – 2015Member of the Board of directors DREGAN Project, 2005 – 2006
Professional background: retired marketing professional with over twenty-five years experience in the healthcare industry in the areas of product and and new business development, and product management for 3M Health Care. Six years experience in Planning and Development for Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County, CAP-HC, serving vulnerable residents of Hennepin County. Effective at building and championing strong client and peer interpersonal relationships and working collaboratively across business and public sectors. Retired 2018
Paul is a program management and business operations consultant who has helped energy and utility companies develop large capital infrastructure projects for more than 15 years. He earned a Master’s degree in business from the University of Colorado, and Bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance from the University of St. Thomas. He has been a patient of OCHC since 2010 and has served as a Board member and Finance Committee member since 2018.
Dr Gabriela Vazquez is a Senior Research Investigator at Health Partners (HP) Institute and is a member of the Research Methodology Group. Gabriela earned her PhD of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota in 2007, and has two Master Degrees in Biostatistics and Demography. She has been working at HP since 2010. Her role is to design research protocols, analyze data, and contribute to disseminate findings. Focus of areas include cardiovascular epidemiology, vaccine safety during pregnancy, and comparative analysis using big data and Clinical trials. Gabriela has published more than 100 scientific papers and her most important contribution to science has been on the discussion of bias when studying maternal vaccine safety. She joined Open Cities Health Center Board in the Summer of 2018, and has participated in several other Advisory Committees. To look for her Bio follow HPI, and to consult her publications follow the link of publications.
Kee Vang works for St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health. He has been with the county since the fall of 2015 in multiple roles; starting off as an intern and currently the interim Division Manager of the Healthy Communities Division. Kee leads a team of 30 plus employees in his role. His past experiences include leadership roles with the YWCA of Minneapolis. He is passionate about serving the local community and helping individuals get access to resources. Kee obtained a Masters of Public and Non-Profit Administration from Metropolitan State University in 2019.