Donna L. Torrisi, MSN, CRNP, FAAN, Network Executive Director

Donna L. Torrisi graduated from Villanova University with a B.S.N. in 1972. She received her M.S.N. in 1976 from the University of Pennsylvania as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In 1991 she co-wrote and then received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to provide health care to residents of public housing. Today that program has grown to five sites serving over 18,000 patients with a budget of over 16 million dollars. The sites have been recipients of multiple awards including the HRSA National Models that Work Award and the Smith Kline Beecham Community Impact Award. Ms. Torrisi received the Villanova University Leadership in Nursing award, the University of Pennsylvania Lillian Brunner Sholstis award for Excellence in Nursing Practice, the Pennsylvania Nurses Association Leadership award for Innovative Practice, and the National Alliance for Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing, Practitioner of the Year Award. Donna was a key leader in the state of Pennsylvania in an effort that culminated in legislative change redefining primary care provider to include nurse practitioners. She has published and lectured on the nurse- managed model and on integrating behavioral health into primary care. She is a founding member and the first chairperson of the National Nursing Centers Consortium. She also co-wrote the book “Community and Nurse Managed Health Centers, Getting them Started and Keeping them Going,” published in May 2005. Donna is a 2005 graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship Program. She was recently designated an Edge Runner with the American Academy of Nursing and in 2012 was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Donna continues her clinical practice, regularly seeing patients at the Family Practice and Counseling Network.

Awards

  • Awarded Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing, October 2012.
  • Edge Runner recognition, AmericanAcademy of Nursing, March 2011.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Pennsylvania/Penn Nursing Science, May 2010.
  • National Alliance for Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing,
  • Practitioner of the Year Award, November 2003.
  • Monroe E. Trout – Certificate of Merit, 1998.
  • Smith Klein Beecham Community Impact Award, 1997.
  • Models That Work, US Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA, 1996.
  • Primary Care Achievement Award, Honorable Mention, Pew Charitable Trust, 1995.
  • Villanova University Leadership in Nursing Practice and Health Care Delivery, 1995.
  • Lillian Brunner Alumnae Award, The University of Pennsylvania, May 1993.
  • Search for Excellence, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, March 1993.
  • Health Strategy Network, Outstanding Clinical Practice, March 1993

Emily Nichols, MPH, Director of Operations

Emily Nichols’ career has focused on Philadelphia-based federally qualified health centers in a variety of roles centering on patient care, health outcomes, quality improvement and patient-centered medical home recognition. She holds a BA in Public Health – Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a MPH from Emory University with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences. In 2010, Emily became the Center Director of The Health Annex, FPCN’s health center in Southwest Philadelphia. In February 2013, Emily transitioned to the Director of Operations for FPCN.

Rebecca Bixby, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Director of Primary Care, Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Bixby stepped into the role of Director of Primary Care for FPCN as of July 2016, transitioning from her role as Director of Quality improvement.  Rebecca plans to continue to lead FPCN as a regional model  of care for clinical quality and nurse-managed, trauma-informed care with a multidisciplinary approach.  Previously, Rebecca worked as Medical Director at LCH, Clinical Director at Nurses Now International, and a medical-surgical staff nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  Her clinical interests include womens’ health, diabetic management, and adolescent health.  Rebecca is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Frank M Torrisi DDS, MBA, Dental Department Director, Dentist

Dr.  Torrisi completed his dental training at New York University, followed by a General Practice Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania.  He has worked in Philadelphia as a practicing dentist for over 40 years at hospital dental programs and on the faculty at both Penn and Temple dental schools. He received an MBA in Healthcare management from Temple University in 1991. He joined FPCN in 2004 and was involved with the inception of the dental department at Eleventh Street, Health Annex and Abbottsford Falls. He sees patients at all three sites and is the FPCN Dental Director. Dr. Torrisi is married and has three grown children and four grandchildren. He lives in Philadelphia. Dr. Torrisi sees patients at all three FPCN dental sites.

Jessica Wilson, Director of Financial Operations

Jessica has over 20 years of experience as a non-profit Financial Manager. Jessica received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a dual Master’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration on Health and Medical Services Management and in Long Term Care Administration from Widener University.  Post-graduation, Jessica worked briefly for Sunrise Assisted Living in Woodbury New Jersey before getting hired as the Administrator for the Adult Community Care Program in the Division of Services for the Elderly and Disabled in the Department of Health and Human Services for the State of Delaware. While at the State, Jessica oversaw daily operations for four Case Management teams working to transfer and maintain the institutionalized elderly in a community setting. Eventually, Jessica went on to work as Director of Finance for Generations Home Care, Delaware HIV Consortium, Delaware Guidance Services. At FPCN, Jessica oversees all of the Financial Operations including Billing, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Revenue Cycle Management, practice management systems maintenance as well as third party payor contracts management. Being the Director of Finance in an organization that is dedicated to serving the disenfranchised is her passion. Jessica lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and her two children. She loves the outdoors, volunteers for Ronald McDonald House and enjoys vacationing in faraway places. Jessica is a member of various community service organizations and is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church located in Wilmington, Delaware.

Carolyn Truesdale, Ph.D. Psychotherapist, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health

Carolyn Truesdale, Ph.D., Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in the field of mental health. She earned a doctorate degree from the Fielding Institute and a Master’s degree from Hahnemann University. She specializes in working with children, adolescents and families, and provides treatment for behavior problems, trauma, abuse, depression, attention deficit, stress management, and anxiety, within the context of the family system and community supports. Carolyn helps children and families foster their resilience and use their strengths and resources to work through the traumas they have experienced and successfully cope with life challenges. For over ten years, Carolyn has been dedicated to the development and oversight of the behavioral health department at Family Practice and Counseling Network, which has grown from a staff of five to the current team of over twenty expert clinicians and support staff, who provide excellent, person-centered care at locations across Philadelphia.

Mary Carol Campbell, L.C.S.W, Psychotherapist, Assistant Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health

Mary Carol Campbell, L.C.S.W. has been working as an Adult Behavioral Health Therapist for over ten years in a variety of healthcare settings. Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work. Ms. Campbell has had advanced training in trauma recovery, is bilingual and provides psychotherapy services in Spanish. Ms. Campbell values the holistic approach to wellness provided by Family Practice and Counseling Network. Ms. Campbell has worked at FPCN since 2008 and is the Associate Director of the Outpatient Behavioral Health Department.

Cindy Sullivan, MBA, Budget Manager

Cindy was hired as the Budget Manager for Family Practice and Counseling Network in February 2013. Prior to that time, she was the Senior Business Manager for the medical books division of Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, a subsidiary of international publishing company Wolters Kluwer. She received a BS from Boston University and her MBA from Temple University. For the past five years, Cindy has been the Treasurer of her homeowner association and volunteered for several years at the Philadelphia branch of the Center for Literacy, working with adults to improve their reading and comprehension skills.

Patricia Gerrity, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University

Dr. Patricia Gerrity presently serves as Associate Dean for Community Programs at Drexel University’s College of Nursing & Health Professions. She focused her career on providing access to healthcare for underserved populations through the advancement of nurse-managed health centers. Nationally known for her work in promoting health in diverse urban communities, she received more than $15 million in grants from local, state and federal sources, including HRSA, the PA State Department of Health, the Independence Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition to improving the health status of community residents, the 11th Street center serves as a site for research, education and practice for the college’s faculty and students.  

Dr. Gerrity completed a prestigious three-year fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program where she conducted a leadership project to expand the health center into a healthy living center with a strong community-based health promotion component. From 1998-2000 she served as a fellow at the International Center for Health Leadership Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she explored the redirection of health professions education and health services through academic- community partnerships for health.

Roberta Waite, EdD, APRN, CNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University

Roberta Waite is a Professor at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University which operates in partnership with the Family Practice & Counseling Network. She also holds a secondary appointment as a Professor in the Health Systems and Science, Research Department in CNHP, Drexel University.  Roberta has been a nurse for the past 28 years holding clinical, academic, research, and administrative roles. Her scholarship and research centers on behavioral health concerns, specifically adult ADHD, psychological trauma, and depression and their effects on health outcomes as well as promoting prevention/early intervention efforts among the affected population. Dr. Waite’s educational research focuses on leadership development of students in the health professions while concurrently fostering critical consciousness using a social justice lens. She holds degrees from Widener University (BSN and EdD in higher education administration leadership) and the University of Pennsylvania (MSN in adult psychiatric mental health nursing). Dr. Waite also completed a two year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing in the Center for Health Disparities focusing on Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families. Dr. Waite is a Macy Faculty Scholar and a fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, editorial boards, has served as a Director on many Boards, and currently serves as a Board of Director for both corporate Trinity Health (which serves people in 21 states with 82 hospitals; 89 continuing care facilities, home health, and hospice programs) and the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders’ (APSARD).

Ben Beck-Coon, JD, MSW, Center Director at Abbottsford-Falls Family Practice & Counseling

Ben’s background is in social work, law, and healthcare. He obtained his M.S.W. from Loyola University Chicago in 2004 and spent time doing clinical work and general education with vulnerable youth ages 12-16 in the Chicago public school system. He went on to get a law degree from Temple University and for five years was a staff attorney at the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, where he provided a range of free legal services to low-income people with disabilities in Philadelphia and led the development of multiple medical-legal partnerships with health centers and hospitals in the city. During that time, he received a fellowship from the Independence Foundation to help FPCN start the first nurse-managed medical-legal partnership in the country, which continues to provide our patients with onsite access to free legal representation on issues like food insecurity, partner violence, and housing. Ben transitioned from law and joined the FPCN team in May 2015 as Center Director of Abbottsford Falls Family Practice and Counseling, where he leads operations and continues to use his experience with integrated models of care to help improve the variety and quality of care for those we serve.

Stacey Carpenter, Psy.D.

Stacey is a Licensed Psychologist and the Director of Integrated Behavioral Health for Family Practice and Counseling Network (FPCN).  Dr. Carpenter obtained her doctoral degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has experience working within medical settings providing brief therapy to adults and children with various diagnoses.  During her fellowship, she was a mental health consultant who conducted social-emotional groups with preschoolers, parent skills training for the parents, and provided therapy for parents and children.  Dr. Carpenter has a certificate in Infant Mental Health from Chatham University. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Arcadia within the Infant-Toddler Graduate Certificate program and taught at Cabrini College for eight years in the psychology department.  Dr. Carpenter is a founding member and current President of the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health (PA-AIMH) which is a non-profit, state-wide organization that assists in educating and connecting providers who work with children (ages 0-5yo) and their families.  For the last seven years she has organized PA-AIMH’s annual conferences that has grown to about 300 participants and includes nationally recognized keynotes and local expert speakers.  Dr. Carpenter is dedicated to educating communities and providers on trauma informed care and improving the social-emotional development among children and families.

Stacia K. Wilkins, LPC, Operations Director at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University

Stacia K. Wilkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 11 years of clinical experience providing mental health counseling in a variety of settings.  Stacia has worked in inpatient psychiatric settings, outpatient community health, residential treatment centers, as well as community based programs in the New York City Metropolitan area.  In these settings, she has had the privilege of working with diverse people groups who have struggled with mental illness, homelessness, trauma, addictions, gang violence, and juvenile delinquency.  Stacia has a unique specialty in counseling survivors of sexual abuse, particularly women. Her focal interests are on the psycho-spiritual needs of women as well as organizational development.  She is a graduate of Delaware State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  Stacia then received a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling as well as a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary both in Nyack, New York.  Stacia is currently in pursuit of a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology to further enhance her clinical and administrative adeptness as a leader and practitioner.

Patrick Oleskey, MSW, Health Annex Center Director

Born and raised in Western New York, Patrick received his B.A. in History from Amherst College and an M.S.W. from New York University. He has spent the majority of his career working in Child Welfare and Behavioral Health in the greater New York City and Philadelphia regions. Prior to coming to the Family Practice and Counseling Network, Patrick was the Senior Director for Community Programs at Presbyterian Children’s Village in Southwest Philadelphia. Throughout his career Patrick has utilized and trained the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care. In his role as the Center Director at the Health Annex, Patrick will look to share his experience providing trauma informed care and promote preventative and community health initiatives in Southwest Philadelphia. Patrick was named a United Way Non-Profit Emerging Leader in 2011 and currently serves on the steering committee for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Parent Child Interaction Therapy initiative.