Executive Team

Executive Team

Our executive team is made up of committed, talented individuals who believe in our vision to bring quality, affordable healthcare to our communities.

Eleace Sawyers, MAcc, MPA, CHC

Chief Executive Officer

Eleace is an accomplished healthcare executive with over 19 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Eleace is the Chief Executive Officer for Community Health Partnership of Illinois (“CHP”). As CEO, she oversees an interdisciplinary staff, providing primary preventative healthcare for six (6) health centers from more than seven counties throughout Illinois.

She is the proud recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 Who’s Who in Black Cleveland “Game Changer” award, 2016 Community Development Leadership and Supporter Award (Diaspora Arts Coalition), the 2014 Florida Association of Community Health Centers Partnership Award, and 2012 South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Caribbean Americans Award.  

Eleace serves on many community and professional boards. She is a graduate of Florida International University, where she earned a master’s degree in public administration. She also holds a master’s degree in accountancy from Millsaps College, located in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a certified member of the Health Care Compliance Association and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Pitamber Persaud, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Persaud has more than 16 years with Community Health Partnership of Illinois (“CHP”) working part-time as a board-certified internal medicine physician. In 2020, Dr. Persaud accepted the role of Medical Director, directly supervising medical, clinical and behavioral health services.

Dr. Matthew S. Daugherty, DDS

Dental Director

Daria Sztaba, MAcc, B.A.

Finance Director

Daria Sztaba is an experienced Director of Finance with a demonstrated history of working in the not-for-profit healthcare and government relations industry. Daria earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Purdue University. Daria brings over 18 years of comprehensive not-for-profit experience in financial reporting, grants management, budgeting and accounting operations. She has more than five years of experience working for Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Chicago area.

Jina Ramirez, B.A.

Operations Director

Jina Ramirez is the Operations Director at CHP. Jina has worked with CHP since 2005 in various roles, including Clinic Director, Regional Outreach Coordinator, HIV/STI Test Counselor, Migrant Health Advocate and Promotores de Salud Program Coordinator.

Heather A. Reffett, MPA, CPM

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Heather leads CHP’s strategic initiatives. She is a Certified Public Manager with distinction in municipal management, and she has expertise serving as a consultant to county leadership. Heather holds a Master of Public Administration degree from George Mason University with a concentration in state and local government.

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