About Us

In 1994 an Everett elementary school educator saw a growing need for health care access for Everett's children.  Through her efforts and those of Everett's Board of Health, a group of concerned educators, school administrators, hospital administrators, civic and government leaders, health care professionals, Health Care for All staff and parents gathered together to form the Joint Committee for Children's Health Care in Everett.  The Committee is a true partnership.  It’s unique partnership and commitment has helped hundreds of Everett's children gain access to health care insurance coverage and become more aware of health issues affecting them.  The Committee has also served as a model of Everett's spirit, cooperation and leadership. Today the JCCHCE has helped people from over 80 communities in Massachusetts gain access to affordable health coverage.


PRESIDENT- Michael Nicastro, Retired East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
VICE PRESIDENT - Annetta Kelley, Director Special Education, School Dept. City of Everett
TREASURER- Jackie Coogan

Jackie M. Coogan, former President and founder of the JCCHCE, presently on the faculty at Bunker Hill Community College; Deborah Kneeland-Keegan,  Executive Director For Kids Only After School Program; Bob Marra, Cambridge Health Alliance, Committee for Jobs Not Jails; and Kevin O’Donnell, City of Everett


NICOLE GRAFFAM ~ Executive Director
Nicole  began work with the Joint Committee March 2010 as an office intern, helping with all aspects of the organization’s work.  By virtue of her enthusiastic, efficient, accurate work and capacity for learning on her feet, she was promoted to her current position.   

RITA ESPINOZA ~ Outreach Coordinator 
RITA  began work with the Joint Committee May 2010.   She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has studied to be a medical assistant.  She has also been a member of  AmeriCorps Health Crew for ROCA, Inc. for which she did health outreach and education in Revere, Lynn and Chelsea.

SANDRA MARTINS, R.N.  ~ Tri-Lingual Outreach Specialist  Sandra began work with the Joint Committee January 2010.  She also works full-time as a nurse at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.  A native of Brazil and a U. S. citizen, she is tri-lingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

MAUREEN BARSTOW ~ Database Manager
Maureen joined the JCCHCE in 2006 and is responsible for all documentation of outreach and enrollment activities in the computerized database, as well as follow-up outreach to new and renewing applicants for health insurance through the Massachusetts Connector.  She has 34 years of experience in education as a business and computer education teacher.  

GAYLE BARSTOW ~  Database Assistant Manager
Gayle joined our staff in 2013. She processes, maintains and tracks all enrollment records and documentation in the database.  She assists with the research and follows-up on questions and concerns related to enrollments.  She also assists with the preparation of all reports.   Our assistant data specialist also works to track our clients in case management and to assure our data is accurate in all areas of reporting to the Massachusetts Connector and our grantors. 

Sr. ELISETE SIGNOR ~ Health Advisor, Scalabrini Center
SISTER ELISETE works primarily with the Portuguese and Latino Communities.  She joined the Joint Committee as a Volunteer Health Advisor in 2006.  She has worked at St. Anthony’s parish in Everett and the Scalabrini Center since 2000. Sr. Elisete speaks English, Portuguese,  Spanish and Italian and is an ACA Navigator.

ASHLEY CHELLO ~ Ashley has recently joined us as an administrative assistant at the JCCHCE. Apart from working at the Joint Committee, she is a nursing school student, and will be graduating in December. She previously worked as an legal assistant at a law firm in the Boston area.

CONNIE PAGAN ~ In April, 2017 Connie jointed the JCCHCE. She is an administrative assistant/Parent Liaison.  Previously she was employed for many years as a Case Manager/Addictions counselor for S.M.O.C  in Framingham. She also has many years of experience in business management.

MIRIAN ANDRADE ~ Outreach Specialist
Mirian began working with the Joint Committee in October 2013.  She is responsible for working with Sr. Elisete to conduct outreach to the Portuguese and Spanish speaking community of Everett and its surrounding communities.  Mirian is tri-lingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

CLARETE MINE ~ Clarete works with Sr. Elisete Signor at the Scalabrini Center in assisting clients whose first language is Portuguese and are in need of health care for themselves or their families. 

MONICA ULYSSE ~ Health Advisor, ACA Navigator MONICA  works primarily with the Haitian Community.  She joined the Joint Committee at the time as a Volunteer Health Advisor in 2007.  She has worked as a Certified Nurses Aide for over 10 years.  She is an incredible resource for the Haitian community in particular and Everett community in general.  

JOSEE GENTY ~ Josee has recently joined us as a Volunteer who speaks
Haitian/Creole.  She is a Certified CAC and a Community representative.

Office Volunteers

KUBA  In an effort to gain valuable input from Everett's parents, the Joint Committee formed a parent advisory council in the spring of 1997.  The Council, known as the K.U.B.A. (Kids United By Awareness) develops awareness campaigns, organizes fund raisers, and serves as the Joint Committee's link to the parents of public and private school-age children.  New community members are always welcomed.

JCCHCE     484 BROADWAY, EVERETT, MA      617-394-2414                                                               © JCCHCE 2017