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Michael Kotzen

President/CEO, MBA, FACHE

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Gene Rodgers

Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development, MSW

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Richard Edwards

Senior Vice President of Operations for I/DD Services, MS

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Laura Fortier

Chief Human Resources Officer, MBA

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Jennifer Vogt

Senior Vice President of Operations for Home Care Services, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

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Tina Cruz

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, JD, MSN, RN

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Michael Vallejo

Chief Information Officer, MS

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Michael Kotzen

President/CEO, MBA, FACHE

Michael is the President of Community Based Care, LLC (“CBC”) and is also a member of CBC’s Board of Directors.

Michael is responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategy of CBC while ensuring the delivery of the highest quality service to CBC’s clients and families. Michael is driven to expand CBC’s reach so that more clients can benefit from CBC’s promise of customer focus, commitment to quality and dedication to its well- trained, outstanding staff.

Michael brings more than twenty-five years of diverse healthcare leadership experience. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University and a MBA from St. Joseph’s University. Michael is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Gene Rodgers

Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development, MSW

Gene Rodgers is the Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development of
Community Based Care (CBC), as well as a member of the CBC Board of Directors.

Mr. Rodgers provides the overall strategy for the agency as well as focuses on marketing, business development, rapid growth, and managing multiple acquisitions through the closings.

Mr. Rodgers leads the marketing and business development teams in North Carolina and surrounding southeast states. He is personally involved in the acquisitions from identifying a target, to valuation and all the way through to closing working with financial and legal professionals and executing the deal.

Mr. Rodgers has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UNC- Wilmington, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a veteran in the field of behavioral health and, more specifically, services for the Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled (I/DD). Since 1992, Mr. Rodgers has risen to progressively higher executive level positions in the industry.

Since 2000, Mr. Rodgers has been specifically focused on business development in the I/DD and Behavioral Health private provider space through both organic and acquisitive growth strategies.

Richard Edwards

Senior Vice President of Operations for I/DD Services, MS

Richard Edwards is the Senior Vice President of Operations for I/DD Services for Community Based Care (CBC).

Richard Edwards joined CBC in early 2017 with over twenty years’ experience in behavioral healthcare in North Carolina. Over his career, Richard has worked in and overseen a wide range of facility-based and community-based programs and settings, serving people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and mental health challenges. Areas of special interest include program operations, quality management, and process improvement.

In addition to his work in the non-profit and for-profit service sectors, Richard has worked as a consultant reviewer for a national accreditation agency, done public policy work on behalf of provider associations, and is an active volunteer in his local community.

Laura Fortier

Chief Human Resources Officer, MBA

Laura Fortier is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Community Based Care (CBC).

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Laura is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of Human Resources including leadership development, workforce planning, talent management and planning, compensation and benefits and employee relations. Laura provides strategic leadership to HR ensuring alignment of strategies with the mission, vision and values of the Community Based Care family of providers.

Prior to joining CBC, Laura has served in HR in a number of leadership capacities during her career including healthcare, distribution and non-profit organizations.

Laura earned both her Bachelor of Science in Management and Master of Business Administration from North Carolina State University.

Jennifer Vogt

Senior Vice President of Operations for Home Care Services, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

Jennifer Vogt is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Home Care Services.

Jennifer is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan for all Home Care Services across CB Homecare and its affiliates.  CB Homecare aims to achieve the highest possible level of service for all customers:  clients, families, case managers and the community.  Jennifer strives to expand the CB Homecare footprint across state lines in order to provide care to more clients in need while staying in their homes.

Jennifer joined Community Based Care, LLC in 2021.  Jennifer has more than twenty years of leadership experience in the Home and Community Based sector.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.  Jennifer is a Board Certified Registered Nurse.

Tina Cruz

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, JD, MSN, RN

Tina Cruz is the Chief Quality and Compliance Officer for Community Based Care.

 

Celestina (Tina) Cruz is responsible for ensuring the highest level of quality and compliance across CBC and CBHomecare.   Tina leads quality improvement initiatives, develops plans to ensure regulatory compliance and leads the development of training programs for our team across CBC.

Prior to joining CBC she was the Chief Nursing Officer for a large multi-state home health company. She previously served as their VP of Clinical Services as well as the Chief Compliance Officer. Tina holds her BSN and MSN from Seattle University and she obtained her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and was admitted to practice in New York state. 

Michael Vallejo

Chief Information Officer, MS

Michael Vallejo is the Chief Information Officer of
Community Based Care (CBC).

 

Michael is responsible for developing and implementing the technology strategy for CBC which enables our caregivers to most efficiently achieve our mission to support the best health and fullest lives for the people we serve.

Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, focusing on innovation and process improvement.  His experience has included several sectors such as manufacturing, state and federal government, but more than half of his career has been in healthcare.  Prior to Community Based Care he was the CIO at Care Hospice, one of the fastest growing hospice providers in the country.

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