Staff Stories

We are a vibrant, community-based non-profit with more than 900 employees in 35 locations across Connecticut. Our culture celebrates quality, innovation, diversity and professionalism. We foster learning and professional development, and we respect and reward meaningful contributions. Our workforce is as broad and diverse as the array of clients we serve and the programs and services we offer, and we’re bound by a passionate commitment to a common goal: to foster positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities.


“It is truly a privilege to be part of this team.”

Tina Loarte-Rodriguez, MSQAc, BSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, CPHRM
Vice President of Nursing


Ericka Gardener, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Victoria Prestileo, LCSW, program manager, Multidimensional Family Therapy


Douglas Kerr, payroll manager, Human Resources


Jennifer Cannon, APRN, Primary Nurse Practitioner


Keturah Kinch, MPA, Director, Health Center Community Engagement

Keturah Kinch, MPA, Director of Health Center Community Engagement from Wheeler Clinic on Vimeo.


A Supportive Culture and Professional Growth and Development

Dieudonnee “Deedee” Kokoszka’s role within Wheeler has been a work in progress over the span of several years. She credits the organization’s supportive culture and leadership to her professional growth and development.

A clinical trainer in Wheeler’s Human Resources Department, Deedee teaches clinicians how to document services in the organization’s electronic health record system and navigate other aspects of required documentation. She also manages the agency’s internship program.

Deedee started her career in Wheeler’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services as a clinician. She also worked as a clinician in the agency’s Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) program before transitioning into her current role.

“I’ve always felt supported by Wheeler, and I truly believe there’s always an opportunity to grow and learn and to acquire the skills I need to succeed,” said Deedee. “There are invaluable technological resources available to us, and we are consistently nurtured through training and other professional opportunities so that we can truly achieve our full potential.”



Staff News from Wheeler


Easing the Transition to Adulthood

Imagine that you are 18 years old and preparing for life as an independent adult outside of the foster care system. The prospects may be scary but made easier by a Wheeler program to help emerging adults navigate the journey.

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Wheeler Expands Number of Staff Eligible for Loan Repayment Program

Wheeler Clinic is expanding its participation in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, which offers tax-free loan repayment assistance to employees of qualified health care providers. Loan assistance recipients can each earn up to $75,000 toward student loans in exchange for a two- or three-year commitment at an NHSC-approved site.

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Diabetes Education Classes Offered

Education classes for Wheeler primary care patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes will be offered at our community health centers in Hartford and New Britain starting in December.

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