Tel: (617) 422-0350
Rebecca Regan joined Capital Link in 2022 as Chief Executive Officer. She also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Center Capital Fund, Capital Link’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) lending affiliate. Ms. Regan has 25 years of experience working in community development to drive social sector change, with a background in management, strategy, leadership, finance and capital raising.
Her previous work experience includes nearly 10 years as Executive Vice President of the Housing Partnership Network in Boston, as well as serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at BlueHub Capital (formerly Boston Community Loan Fund) in Boston. As President of the Loan Fund at BlueHub Capital, she was responsible for setting strategy, hiring and managing a team of lenders and raising capital for lending. Over her expansive career focused on community development, she has raised over $400M in debt, equity, and grants for non-profit housing developers, CDFIs and social enterprises. As an executive leader she helped drive the creation of a $35M fund raised to purchase defaulted mortgages in low-income areas and work with homeowners to renegotiate their mortgage terms to allow them to stay in their homes at affordable monthly payments.
Ms. Regan holds a BS from the Boston University School of Management and an MBA from Babson College. She is located in Capital Link’s Boston office.
Tel: (832) 904-4446
Michi Bruns joined Capital Link in 2023 as Chief Administrative Officer. She is a mission-driven executive with over 30 years of experience in operations, healthcare management, small business lending, business development, strategy, and fund development.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Bruns served four years as Regional Vice President at LiftFund, a Community Development Financial Institution, focused on providing business resources and capital to small businesses. Her responsibilities included overseeing lending production, budget and financial compliance, private and public fund development, and development and implementation of entrepreneurial programs, designed to close the gender and racial wealth gap across 14 states.
Ms. Bruns has devoted over twenty-five years of her professional career to building ecosystems that foster equitable access to quality healthcare. In senior leadership and executive roles, she has led teams of administrative and management support staff, physicians in 7 specialties, and advanced practitioners, across the full healthcare continuum.
Ms. Bruns has provided strategic direction, forecasting, brand strategies, service line development, and expansions, for hospital systems, MCOs, ACOs, nursing homes, assisted living communities, home health and hospice agencies. She has been nationally recognized for her outcomes-based care delivery system models, and workflow integration.
Ms. Bruns is the Founder and former CEO of Encompass Healthcare Management, LLC, a healthcare resource organization. She serves on numerous boards and maintains strategic partnerships with national and international organizations that focus on economic development, small business development, equity, equitable healthcare access, sustainability and resilience, and disaster recovery.
Tel: (251) 293-2731
Beth Edwards joined Capital Link staff as Health Center Operations and Facilities Planner in June 2022, was promoted to Director, Project Consultants in April of 2023 then to Chief Consulting Officer in January 2024. Ms. Edwards brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience to her role at Capital Link, where she is responsible for providing technical assistance to community health centers, primary care associations (PCAs) and other related organizations, as well as assisting health centers to improve operational performance and optimize patient flow in relation to capital projects.
Prior to joining Capital Link, she worked in several FQHCs as a Director of Operations responsible for strategic planning, clinical outcomes, HRSA site visits, Board Governance, and productivity. She has worked in various medical settings including hospital, outpatient, and ambulatory care.
She received her undergraduate degree from University of Mobile, her Masters of Science in Nursing from Spring Hill College, post-masters certification from the University of South Alabama, and is currently a licensed registered nurse with certifications as a Clinical Nurse Leader and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She also has an Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) from The Center for Health Design. She is located in Irvington, Alabama.
Tel: (864) 940-2700
Kristin Allen joined Capital Link in July 2023 as the Program Coordinator for the Project Consulting Team.
Mrs. Allen has eighteen years of experience working in various outpatient healthcare settings, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), community mental health centers (CMHCs), and a corporate wellness and rehabilitation organization. She has recent experience in practice management, revenue cycle, primary care–mental/behavioral health integration, inpatient residential, various state and federal reporting requirements, and HUD housing regulations.
Kristin has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Exercise Science from Anderson University. She is located in Capital Link’s Alabama office.
Tel: (773) 800-1716
Jerusalem Getnet joined Capital Link in November 2021. She is responsible for providing technical assistance and advisory services to health center clients and their stakeholders.
Ms. Getnet has a clinical background working as a Newborn Hearing Screener at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Colorado, as well as internship experiences with various organizations such as AccessBridge and NurtureUp.
Ms. Getnet earned a masters in Healthcare Administration with an emphasis on Population Health from Colorado State University Global, and a bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, & Hearing Science with a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She also has a certificate in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Workplace and Inclusive and Ethical Leadership from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. She is located in Capital Link's Colorado office.
Dave Kleiber joined Capital Link as a Project Consultant in May 2004. He specializes in assisting health centers in structuring complex financings utilizing the New Markets Tax Credit program. He also has expertise in the behavioral health field, having served for over 10 years on the board of a community behavioral health center in Washington state, serving as a member of the Finance Committee, Treasurer, and then Chair.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Mr. Kleiber held various positions at Cascadia Revolving Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution based in the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in 1996, he was a Portfolio Manager, Senior Lender, and then Associate Director before designing and implementing Cascadia's Rural Development Investment Fund (RDIF).
Mr. Kleiber also worked in the wood products industry and as an Assistant Vice President at Rainier National Bank, Seattle, in their Corporate Banking Group. From there, he spent three years in Nepal serving in the Peace Corps and working with the World Bank and United Nations Development Program. Mr. Kleiber earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and later went on to obtain his MBA from the University of Washington. He re-located to Australia in 2014.
Amrita Melkote joined Capital Link in July 2023 as an Associate Project Consultant. Her role involves working with the Project Consultant Team, helping with creating market assessments and meeting with health centers to understand their goals.
Prior to joining Capital Link Ms. Melkote has worked as a Patient Care Coordinator and part of a Care Quality Initiative team. She has worked at Pioneer Medical Care’s gastroenterology office, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Oncology Consultants. She has experience working directly with various providers, running MD clinics, and understanding healthcare and cancer care terminology. She is proficient in using Salesforce, Epic Systems, Onco EMR, SQL server and various Microsoft applications. Amrita is super passionate about all patients having access to quality care.
Ms. Melkote received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health with a double major in Psychology at Rutgers University in May 2020. She was part of the Eta Sigma Gamma National Honorary Society, as well as Event Coordinator for the Women in Health Professions campus organization.
Gab Sauder joined Capital Link staff as Health Center Operations and Facilities Planner in December of 2023. In this role, she assists health centers undergoing capital projects, expansion or replacement pre-planning, design development, and activation phases of facility development.
She brings nearly 20 years of experience in health care to this position from a variety of settings such as hospital, ambulatory care, and mobile healthcare. Her previous roles as a clinical Nurse Practitioner in an FQHC, Senior Director of Health Center Operations, and Associate Vice President of Clinic and Community Operations provide a unique combination of experience that maximizes the impact to our clients. She has also worked in urban and rural settings, union environments, and with special populations including unhoused patients, substance use disorders, chronic mental health, and pediatrics.
She received her undergraduate and masters degree from the University of Illinois, and her doctorate in nursing from Frontier Nursing University. She is also an advanced practiced nurse and a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is located in Chicago, Illinois.
Currently, Gab serves as the Vice Chair of the national Mobile Healthcare Association board and is a co-chair of their Illinois coalition.
Tel: (617) 410-6578
Samantha Schmitt joined Capital Link as a Project Consultant in December 2022. In this role, Ms. Schmitt provides technical assistance and advisory services to health centers, assisting with market assessments, forecasting, business plans, and New Markets Tax Credit financing deals.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Schmitt consulted Fortune 500 companies on positioning and business development strategies. She also spent six years working in affordable housing and community development raising capital, identifying innovation opportunities, and building social enterprises to benefit the sector and low-income communities.
Ms. Schmitt received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University and her MBA from the University of Oxford. She is located in Capital Link’s Boston office.
Tel: (805) 544-2355
Tony Skapinsky joined the staff of Capital Link as a Project Consultant in May 2004. In this capacity, Mr. Skapinsky works directly with health centers by providing a variety of technical assistance, including market assessments, feasibility analyses, financial forecasts and business plans. Mr. Skapinsky also works with state primary care associations to provide data analysis and program development related to community health center capital projects.
Prior to Capital Link, Mr. Skapinsky worked for five years as a Business Lender for Cascadia Revolving Fund, a community development financial institution located in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Skapinsky’s background also includes a position as Deputy Director/Program Director with the Alistar Foundation, in which he oversaw several community enterprise development programs in rural Nicaragua. In the late 1980s, Mr. Skapinsky spent several years with the US Peace Corps in Costa Rica as a Cooperative Business Consultant before becoming Program Manager for USAID’s rural community facility grant program in Costa Rica.
Mr. Skapinsky received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He is located in Capital Link's California office.
Metrics & Analytics
Tel: (617) 422-0350
Jennifer Saber joined Capital Link in 2018 as the Director of Data and Information Systems and was promoted to Senior Director of Health Analytics, Programs, and System in 2022. In this role, Ms. Saber serves as a member of Capital Link's leadership team, providing guidance, developing, and overseeing the organization’s proprietary database to conduct data analyses and translate the findings to aid in addressing challenges and opportunities for the community health center industry. Ms. Saber also coordinates and oversees the organization’s information systems and guides the development of existing and new technical strategies.
Ms. Saber brings over two decades of technology, support, and management experience to Capital Link. Before joining Capital Link in 2018, Ms. Saber was Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Kaspersky Lab, leading and managing all aspects of information technology strategy, operations, infrastructure, and systems. Preceding Kaspersky Lab, Jennifer held management positions in the technology, financial, and property management industries.
Ms. Saber holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a Doctor of Business Administration (DrBA) from Walden University. She is located at Capital Link’s Boston, Massachusetts office.
Tel: (617) 422-0350
Elina Jakobson joined Capital Link in October 2014. She is responsible for developing reports and systems for Capital Link’s data warehouse. She also assists in various reporting and data needs, working closely with the Finance, Operations and Data staff.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Jakobson worked as a SQL Developer at State Street Bank and Trust Company.
Ms. Jakobson received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in physical chemistry from St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is located in Capital Link's Boston office.
Swetal Patel joined Capital Link in December 2021. She is responsible for preparing financial analyses and reports, maintaining the integrity and accuracy of Capital Link’s database systems and resources, and producing industry trend analyses, reports, and additional briefing documents.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Patel was a Health Information Management Specialist at Hallmark Health System where she maintained the accuracy, reliability, and integrity of healthcare data. Preceding Hallmark Health System, she held data analyst position at healthcare facility.
Ms. Patel received her Master of Science in Health Informatics from Purdue University. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Gujarat Technological University, India. She is located in Capital Link's Boston office.
Marketing & Communications
Meredith Obst Tzouros joined Capital Link in December 2013 as a Marketing & Communications Specialist, and was promoted to Marketing & Communications Manager in 2017. In 2019, she was promoted to Director of Marketing & Communications and to Senior Director of Marketing, Communications, and HRSA Programs in 2023. In this role, she is responsible for developing the organization's marketing and communications strategies consistent with our mission and overseeing the organization’s National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Obst Tzouros worked as a freelance marketing specialist and copywriter. Prior to that, she was Marketing Manager at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organization focused on improving patient safety and healthcare quality. She has also held marketing and communication positions at Eliza Corporation, Network Health, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Ms. Obst Tzouros received a master's degree in health communication from Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine. She is located in Capital Link's Boston office.
Natalie Jose joined Capital Link in March 2019. She is responsible for assisting in implementing the organization’s marketing strategies and developing a range of communications to support their mission.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Jose worked as a Marketing and Communications Associate and Jr. Graphic Designer for the Boston Catholic Development Services (BCDS) Office at the Archdiocese of Boston in Braintree. Prior to that, she held positions as a Multimedia Journalist for the Cambridge Chronicle Newspaper as well as Community News Editor for the Saint Albans Messenger Newspaper in Vermont.
Ms. Jose has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies and Digital Arts with a concentration in Journalism from Saint Michaels College in Vermont. She is located in Capital Link's Boston office.
Finance & Administration
Lorenda Hanieva joined Capital Link in March 2016 as the Accounting Manager; in 2018 she was promoted to Director of Finance. She is responsible for leading external annual audits, producing accurate financial statements, grants management, maintaining and updating internal financial controls, and overseeing all aspects of the accounting and human resource functions for Capital Link and Community Health Center Capital Fund.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Hanieva worked for eight years as a senior financial expert at several leading real estate and asset management firms in the Boston area.
Ms. Hanieva earned her MBA degree, focusing on corporate strategy, from Imperial College London. Ms. Hanieva also has dual degree in political science and economics from Boston College. She is located in Capital Link’s Boston office.
Sally Zhao joined Capital Link in May 2018. She is responsible for processing accounts payable, generating invoices for all revenue and monitoring accounts receivables, assisting with monthly closing and annual audits, and reconciling reimbursement reports.
Prior to joining Capital Link, Ms. Zhao worked for several years as a staff accountant for a local promotional product distributor and was responsible for a variety of accounting tasks including processing accounts payable transactions and monitoring and analyzing reports for non-recurring expenses.
Ms. Zhao holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is located in Capital Link’s Boston office.
Tel: (617) 988-2204
Chloe Bahnan joined Capital Link in January 2019 as Program Coordinator.
Prior to joining Capital Link Ms.Bahnan worked as a Credentialing Lead working with Providers and Client Relations at a Staffing Agency. She also was a Client Support Associate for both Accounting, Finance and Human Resources Contract Staffing Divisions.
Ms. Bahnan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Relations at Suffolk University.
Brandon Boyle, MBA, MPA
Tel: (617) 988-2265
Brandon Boyle joined Community Health Center Capital Fund in February 2016. He is responsible for developing and managing Capital Fund’s lending programs, which include capital-raising, underwriting, negotiating, and structuring community health center capital project loans, asset management, and compliance. Additionally, he manages Capital Link’s New Markets Tax Credit GO Zone program and Capital Fund’s tax-exempt bond program for Massachusetts health centers. As director, Mr. Boyle is directly involved in all strategy development for the Capital Fund.
Previously, Mr. Boyle served six years at Root Capital, first as Director of Lending Operations and then as Vice President of Loan Operations. He was responsible for managing an $86 million commercial loan portfolio with over 200 loans for this international loan fund. He also served four years in successive roles at Capital District Community Loan Fund—including Loan Officer, Senior Loan Officer, and Director of Lending—where he gained underwriting and loan management expertise lending to nonprofits and small businesses in the Albany, NY area. Prior experience also includes positions at Massachusetts Housing Partnership and Washington Mutual Bank, and two years of service in the Peace Corp in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Mr. Boyle holds an MBA and a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany.
Tel: (617) 988-3236
Naomi Coppola joined Community Health Center Capital Fund in June 2018. She is primarily responsible for monitoring loan portfolio payment receivables and payments, analyzing annual borrower financial statements, preparing portfolio performance reports, and tracking loan and grant reporting and compliance.
Previously, Ms. Coppola worked as a loan servicing support specialist for a credit union where she assisted with duties related to processing home equity loans and mortgage insurance. Prior to that Ms. Coppola worked for several years as a bank teller where she monitored and analyzed personal and corporate financials.
Ms. Coppola holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Tel: (617) 988-2201
Raffaela Fitzpatrick joined Community Health Center Capital Fund in August 2022. She is responsible for managing Capital Fund’s portfolio of borrowers. Raffaela received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Framingham State University in 2017. She is located in Capital Fund’s Boston Office. Previous to her position at Capfund, she wore several hats at South Middlesex Opportunity Council. At her most previous position, Raffaela opened and managed a temporary single adult shelter serving North Worcester MA. In her role as Loan Fund Administrator, she assisted small business owners and entrepreneurs with accessing capital to start or grow their businesses.
Tel: (617) 988-2234
Tim Murphy joined Community Health Center Capital Fund as a Portfolio Manager in October 2018 and was promoted to Loan Officer in June 2022. He is primarily responsible for underwriting, risk assessment, and supporting pipeline development as well as new loan origination and closings.
Prior to joining Capital Fund, Mr. Murphy was an asset manager for a mortgage lender and was responsible for loan servicing transactions, reconciling collateral property financials, and underwriting new investments. Mr. Murphy has worked as an asset manager and analyst for real estate firms in Massachusetts and Texas, and has extensive portfolio management and underwriting experience. In previous positions, he has successfully negotiated to bring portfolios to 99% leased, and analyzed market conditions to support business development and forecast opportunities.
Mr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of New Hampshire.
Will Horan joined Community Health Center Capital Fund as a Loan Officer in December 2023. Based in Boston, he is primarily responsible for underwriting, risk assessment, and supporting pipeline development as well as new loan origination and closings.
Prior to Capital Fund, Mr. Horan worked at First Republic Bank and has over 10 years of banking and residential lending experience. He was responsible for managing a loan pipeline, coordinating all aspects of the loan submission including verification of financial requirements, preparation of disclosures and coordinating with closing attorneys.