Agnes was born in Costa Rica but lived in many places as her father’s job transferred him to various countries during her childhood. She moved to the United States as a young adult and almost immediately joined Community Reach of Montgomery County, first as a volunteer, then as staff.
Agnes has worked for over 28 years to help Community Reach serve the most vulnerable in Rockville and Montgomery County. She was instrumental in starting the organization’s Health Care Initiative in 2003, which was the pre-curser to MKHC. MKHC opened under Agnes’ watch as Executive Director of Community Reach. Her understanding of various Latino cultures, and her knowledge of both Rockville and Montgomery County make her a fierce advocate for our constituents.
Some of the comments that have made Agnes the most proud are the many times a new patient will say how impressed they are with MKHC, that it looks like the office of a medical practice that treats those with money and health insurance. She feels an immense sense of pride when MKHC treats someone with a life-threatening condition and, through our health care partners and government, can get the patient the life-saving care s/he needs.
ANGELINE LAZARUS, M.D.
Dr. Angeline Lazarus is a pulmonologist who became the Medical Director in 2022. Previous to this position, Dr. Lazarus served on the Board of MKHC, and also the Reach Board for many years. She graduated from Madras University in Madurai, India before emmigrating to the U.S. where she completed her internship and residency, joined the United States Navy, and completed her fellowship in pulmonary and critical medicine at the National Naval Medical Center. After leaving the Navy at the rank of Captain, Dr. Lazarus continued academic practice at Walter Reed. She retired in 2019 and now practices as a volunteer physician. She is a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) at Bethesda, MD and continues to be active in teaching. Dr. Lazarus received the Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher award from the American College of Physicians (ACP), James Leonard Teaching Excellence award from USUHS, and other teaching awards. She received her Mastership by the ACP.
LESLIE BOYLAN PhD, CRNP
Primary Care Provider
Leslie has cared for patients in clinics and private practice, in family medicine, rheumatology, urgent care, internal medicine, and student health. She has held university faculty and administrative positions including program director, associate dean, and dean. Leslie has a long publishing history of peer-reviewed scholarly articles and books. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing. She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Policy, and Ethics.
SANDY GALVIN, LPN
Sandy has served as MKHC’s nurse since September, 2017. She brings over 40+ years of nursing experience including urgent care, pediatrics, critical care, and family practice. Sandy became a nurse because she enjoys direct patient contact and care. MKHC is the place she wants to be because “Caring for those who have a hard time accessing quality health care makes me feel that I am making an even bigger difference in my community than I did working as a nurse in a standard medical office. And you know we become nurses because we want to care for our community. So I must be making a Huge difference now!”
In November, 2018, Magda joined MKHC as a medical assistant. Her gentle touch and fluent Spanish makes the pinch of the needle drawing blood more comfortable for our patients. Originally from Chile, Magda understands the cultural differences encountered by people who are new to the U.S. She is able to help explain what is about to happen so those differences are not as scary.
At MKHC, Magda says “I am able to help patients who come from a background similar to mine. Most people seeking medical care because something doesn’t feel right are anxious. When you do not have insurance or money to pay for care, and in addition you come from a community where families take care of each other, and almost everyone is family, coming to a new place is really scary. I try to make that connection so our patients don’t feel like everyone is a stranger.”
Carmen is an experienced administrative healthcare professional who has worked in various positions of health care outreach and partner relations. As Clinic Manager, she leads the administrative staff and serves as the liaison to the medical staff. Carmen develops relationships with partner organizations to provide the most comprehensive health services to MKHC patients. Her work with the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program will benefit the Diabetes Center that MKHC is developing. Previous to coming to MKHC, Carmen worked for Adventist Healthcare, a partner in MKHC’s mission to care for the medically underserved
Carmen is fluent in English and Spanish, and has volunteered as a healthcare translator and interpreter. She holds an MBA in Management as well as a Masters in Economic Theory.
Patient Eligibility Coordinator and Grant Reporting Assistant
Teresita has worked for Community Reach of Montgomery County for almost 20 years, the last 10 at MKHC. In that time, she has been involved in just about every aspect of MKHC administration: health education, patient flow, electronic medical record management, front desk, and now, eligibility coordination and grant reporting. As one of the first faces patients see, she patiently guides them through the first visit. As about 75% of MKHC patients speak Spanish as their first language, Teresita’s fluency in both Spanish and English make communication much easier and patients feel safe and cared for.
Talking about her work at MKHC, Teresita says “Having watched family and friends struggle with finding quality health care, I make it my priority that patients feel cared for and listened to from the moment they walk through our doors. Guiding patients through the eligibility process allows me to connect with them in a meaningful way and show them I care about their wellbeing.”
Front Desk Manager and Specialty Care Referral Coordinator
Deanna has worked in the administration of Montgomery Cares clinics since 2012. She has helped guide patients through the process of enrollment, provided referrals and information to specialists, and worked closely with partners like Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Recently the representative of one of our partners described how much she enjoyed working with Deanna. She knew Deanna’s goal was always to provide the most efficient and quality care to the patients she served. She is knowledgeable, warm, and incredibly adept at finding ways around the red tape that is part of so many of the programs that help those with little means.
When asked why she chose a position at MKHC, Deanna stated, “Growing up in West Virginia, I saw firsthand how difficult it can be to get one’s health needs addressed when you don’t have the funds, the insurance, or the experience to be your own advocate. I like being an advocate for our patients and helping them understand how to work through the system.”
Medicaid Billing Assistant
Jody worked for MKHC's parent organization, Community Reach of Montgomery County for almost 20 years, and served as the Director of Finance before retiring in 2015. Although she enjoyed having more free time and the ability to visit family on the West Coast more frequently, Jody missed the connection to the organization. She now works part-time at MKHC handling the complicated tasks of billing for Medicaid and Medicare, and following up on payment of those invoices.
In addition to working part-time at MKHC, Jody continues to provide help as a volunteer to Reach and attends almost every event held by the organization or any of our programs.
A volunteer herself, Andy chose to serve as our Volunteer Supervisor on the one weekday she does not work at her paid position in public health. She is one of our longest continually serving volunteers, and is considered an integral part of our staff. Anyone who wants to volunteer at MKHC, and any volunteer needs MKHC has are directed to Andy. She talks with both staff and potential volunteers to make sure anyone who is on boarded fills an MKHC need and also is fulfilling their reason for giving their time. Andy became aware of Community Reach through her faith community and the work we do together in December Holiday Giving.
Why does Andy spend her day off at MKHC? She says working here “keeps me in closer contact and provides a better understanding of who is directly affected by the work I do in public health. Making a good connection between volunteer and Clinic need provides an immediate sense of accomplishment and a result that can be seen very quickly.”