Our Staff

Our Public Health Service Teams

HVHD is organized into three Public Health Service Teams. 

Operations Team

Lisa Morrissey, MPH

Director of Health
inbox@hvhd.us | 203.264.9616

Lisa Michelle Morrissey has a Masters of Public Health from New York Medical College and has worked in public health for over 10 years. In her capacity as the Director of Health, Lisa is tasked with supervising administration, grants, preparedness, operations as well as the community health and environmental programs of the Housatonic Valley Health District. She works to ensure the provision of high quality public health services, expanding clinical programs, as well as implementing and advocating for policies that best serve the district’s residents. Lisa is passionate about infectious disease epidemiology and environmental health science. Lisa is also an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University where she teaches Epidemiology and Environmental and Global Health courses in the Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX) Department.

Marvalee Washington-Allen, MS

Public Health Operations Manager
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Marvalee, Public Health Operations Manager is originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. She migrated to the United States, where she lived in Long Island N.Y. After completing high school, she moved on to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Mass Communications from the University of Bridgeport; she further obtained a Masters Degree in the field of Counseling from the same institution. As the Operations manager she supports the Director of Health primarily focusing on project management, research and maintaining the district’s relationships with external stakeholders. Marvalee has a passion for helping others, making a difference in society and serving the community. When not serving the community she enjoys spending quality family time and also visiting new places.

Jennifer Luis

Office Manager
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Jennifer Luis has been working in office management for over 20 years and has worked for the Town of New Milford for five years. As the Office Manager, Jennifer is in charge of ensuring smooth office operations and functions, such as payroll, reports, employee benefits, staff scheduling, accounts receivable, accounts payable and tracking purchases. As well as ensuring the staff has all the updated procedures and policies for Public Health Care and Environmental. Additionally, Jennifer runs the administration side of the clinics and works diligently to provide quality customer service to the community.

Robin Luca, MA

Grants Coordinator
Robin Lucas serves as Grant Program Coordinator. She brings 15 years of public health experience to the Team, having served as the District’s emergency response coordinator and Medical Reserve Corps Unit Leader. Robin secures grant monies to support the District’s community health initiatives from a broad range of partners and stakeholders. She is passionate about the delivery of Healthy Living workshops throughout Western CT, maintaining a Matter of Balance falls prevention Master Trainer certification, along with licensure to deliver Stanford University’s Diabetes and Chronic Pain Self-Management workshops.

Megan McClintock, MS

Public Health Preparedness and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
hvmrc@hvhd.us | 203.264.9161 x106
Megan McClintock is the Public Health Preparedness and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator. She received her bachelors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology and a masters degree in Emergency Management from the University of New Haven. Megan brings real-world pandemic response to the team and strives to make a lasting impact in the communities HVHD serves. Highlights of her experience include creating a FEMA Independent Study 100 course in the analogy of a wedding and creating outreach models to better gain feedback from volunteers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her cat, and being outdoors.

Ruth Quattro

Public Health Communications Coordinator
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Ruth Quattro earned a BA in Communication Studies and minors in Community Health Education and Marketing from Western Connecticut State University. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health, specifically in Community Health Education, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ruth creates education materials to distribute to the public, communicates with stakeholders about proper public health practices, identifies health related issues and creates plans to address those needs, and produces educational reports about health issues, such as COVID-19.

Environmental Health Team

Joe Kmetz

Chief Sanitarian
eht@hvhd.us | 203.264.9616 x103

Joe received his public health degree in the spring of 1993 from southern Connecticut state university and he interned at Naugatuck valley health district from January of 1993 to June of 1993. Joe working as a Registered Sanitarian for 28 years. At the end of 1993, Joe was certified in food inspections, phase 1 and phase 2 of subsurface sewage and then became a registered sanitarian in the spring of 1994.

Lisa Yu, MHA

Sanitarian II
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Lisa has been in the Public Health Industry since graduating from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Public Health. During her last months prior to graduation, she interned with the Connecticut Department of Public Health within the Food Protection Program for 6 months, which then peaked her interest in the Environmental Health field to becoming a Sanitarian. After her undergraduate, she soon received her Masters in Health Administration with Louisiana State University. Lisa started her Public Health career with the Brookfield Health Department and has worked with them for 7 years until joining the Housatonic Valley Health District. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys traveling and has been to 17 countries so far and counting. Her biggest enjoyment is learning new cultures and discovering new interesting cuisines from different countries.

AJ Cresci

Sanitarian I
eht@hvhd.us | 203.264.9616 x123

AJ Cresci attended Brookfield High School and holds a Bachelors of Science in Recreation and Sports Management from Coastal Carolina University. He joins the HVHD as a Sanitarian primarily working with septic systems and environmental health. His duties include conducting plan reviews, septic inspections, and site visits to ensure safe and quality work is performed.

AJ is also certified to inspect daycare facilities, pools, and lead complaints.
AJ joined the Housatonic Valley Health District with previous experience from the Danbury Health Department. He was a Danbury Health Inspector where he worked in environmental health. He was also responsible for housing complaint inspections, and conducting food service inspections. During the COVID-19 pandemic he conducted emergency management training and assisted with enforcement of sector rules.

Xavier Bennett

Public Health Inspector
Xavier Bennett graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelors degree in Public Health. Xavier then went on to expand upon his knowledge of environmental health as he successfully completed the Environmental Health Training Program co-sponsored by the Southern Connecticut State University Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Xavier has interned at the East Shore Health department as well as working with the Bridgeport Health Department. He has experience with food inspections, septic, nuisance complaints, and clinical. He loves to hangout in New York City on the weekends and is a huge fan of Floyd Mayweather and Tom Brady.

Community Health Team

Heidi Bettcher, RN, BSN

Community Health Nursing Supervisor
cht@hvhd.us | 203.264.9616 x101

Heidi Bettcher earned a BS in Nursing from Western Connecticut State University and has been a practicing nurse for 20 years, specializing in pediatrics. Heidi has held various nursing positions, which include her position as a home care case manager and community health coordinator.  She has worked for medical offices, hospitals, schools, and homecare nursing agencies. 

As the Community Health Nursing Supervisor, Heidi is in charge of clinical operations, which includes overseeing vaccine clinics, manages clinical personnel, monitors infectious disease cases, establishes community relationships with local health care providers, and plans and conducts a range of community health programs and screenings.  In Heidi’s spare time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, which includes four children, and traveling.

Emily Gomes, RN, BSN

Community Health Educator II (RN)
cht@hvhd.us | 203.264.9616 x107
Emily Gomes graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Western Connecticut State University. The majority of her nursing experience has been in Maternity, NICU and pediatrics. Emily’s interest in public health began during the pandemic. She started giving COVID vaccines and learning about the needs of the community and the role of the public health nurse. Emily looks forward to continuing to learn and grow within this field.

Susana Lopes, LPN

Public Health Nurse
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Susana has been an LPN since 2012 and has worked in outpatient medical and pediatric offices as well as long term care facilities. Besides her experience working hands-on with patients in a clinical setting, she has worked with an accountable care organization helping medical practices around CT to become part of a clinically integrated network.
Susana is fluent in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish) which has been extremely helpful to her in helping to understand patients’ needs and communicate with those who are non-English speaking. Although Susana’s main passion is nursing, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family on her days off.

Daniel Sibio

Medical Biller
Daniel received his Medical Coding Certification from Westchester Community College in 2021 and has previously worked as an accountant for Westchester Community.

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