CHP Management Team
Susan Bauer, MA, MPH
Phone: (312) 795-0000 x 222
Susan Bauer has been a part of CHP since 1979, when it was the Health Project of the Illinois Migrant Council (IMC). She began her career in migrant health as a Family Planning Counselor and Head Educator at IMC’s Clinic in Rochelle, Illinois. For most of her career, Ms. Bauer was engaged in new program development for CHP, including school and Head Start-based health and dental programs, numerous community-driven research projects aimed at reducing occupational health risks to agricultural workers, and her proudest accomplishment, the integration of community health workers (Promotores de Salud) into CHP’s service delivery system. Ms. Bauer has served as CHP’s Executive Director since 2004, following the retirement of CHP’s founding Executive Director, James Laughlin.
Irma Urrutia-Potter, MD
Phone: (312) 795-0000 x 302
Dr. Urrutia joined CHP as the Medical Director in the beginning of 2016. Born and raised in Mexico City, where she attended the School of Medicine at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), she has been an Illinois resident since the mid-1990s. Before coming to Illinois she underwent post-doctorate training in cancer prevention and epidemiology at the University of Arizona Cancer Center and taught as a professor at Monterrey Tech in Mexico City. Since her move to this state, she has been a resident in Family Medicine at Cook County Hospital, performed clinical research at Northwestern Hospital, and maintained a solo medical practice. Speaking about her new role as CHP’s Medical Director, Dr. Urrutia says: “It is a great honor to serve the population that we provide medical services to. Every day I come to work with the goal to make a difference in someone’s life by improving their overall health and by taking the necessary steps to prevent disease.”
Debra Morrissette, DDS, CHC
Director of Oral Health Services & Compliance Officer
Phone: (312) 795-0000 x 230
Debra Morrissette is the Director of Oral Health Services and the Compliance Officer at Community Health Partnership of Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Healthcare Corporate Compliance from George Washington University. Dr. Morrissette is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, and Health Care Compliance Association, among others. Her areas of interest and expertise include community and public health, improving oral health access for children and adults, preventive dentistry, periodontal health, school-based dental services, health care compliance, emergency preparedness, and the privacy and protection of health information. She also enjoys travelling and playing tennis.
Nicolas Garcia, BA, MBA
Director of Finance
Phone: (312) 795-0000 x 223
Nicolas Garcia began as an accountant for Community Health Partnership of Illinois in August of 2000 and was promoted to Director of Finance in 2004. As the Director of Finance, Nicolas oversees the fiscal operations of CHP and participates in budget development and long-term financial planning. Nicolas has 15 years of nonprofit finance experience. He began his accounting career in 1990 working for a manufacturing company, where he worked for 10 years as the accounting manager. Nicolas holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Accounting, and an Associate’s degree in computer science. Nicolas is an active member of the IPHCA Finance Directors Professional Staff Section.
Director of Revenue Cycle Management
Phone: (312) 795-0000 x 229
Debbie Nusbaum joined Community Health Partnership of Illinois as the Director of Revenue Cycle Management at the beginning of 2016, and has worked in the revenue cycle arena for over 30 years. She has experience in practice-based and hospital-based physician billing for a multitude of specialties, along with ambulatory surgical centers and provider-based billing for hospitals.
Jina Ramirez, BA
Director of Operations
Phone: (312) 795-0000 x 225
Jina Ramirez is the Director of Operations for Community Health Partnership of Illinois. Since 2000, Ms. Ramirez has worked with CHP in various roles including Regional Outreach Coordinator, HIV/STI Test Counselor, Migrant Health Advocate, Promotores de Salud Program Coordinator, Clinic Director, and, since April of 2005, Director of Operations. Jina is a strong advocate for access to services for the uninsured and the agricultural worker community, and works daily to improve and increase the quality and range of services CHP provides.
Barbara Sacco, BA, PHR
Director of Human Resources
Phone: (312) 795-0000 x 224
Barbara Sacco is a Human Resources and Organizational Management Professional with over twenty years of experience. She has worked for several multi-national organizations, providing hands-on human resources services as well as managing recruitment, on-boarding, coaching, and training activities. Barbara holds a BA in Organizational Leadership from North Park University, Chicago, and an Associate Degree in Business Administration. She is also a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and has experience in conflict resolution, mediation, and facilitation. Barbara and her husband Michael live on the north side of Chicago and are both active in their community, volunteering with various peace and social justice-focused programs.