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Meet the Board
KCC is extremely proud of our Board of Directors. Board members come from a variety of backgrounds.
The mission of Kevin's Community Center is to provide free health care to persons over the age of 18 who are uninsured or underinsured and have limited financial resources
Overview and History of KCC
Kevin’s Community Center, Inc. (KCC), was founded in 2002 by Dr. Z. Michael Taweh in memory of his son, Kevin to address the health care crisis in Connecticut for uninsured and under insured residents ages 18 years and older. Dr. Taweh led a community-wide, grass roots effort spanning religious, state, municipal, medical and financial sectors to facilitate the founding of KCC and to address these critical health care needs. Although many were surprised this type of service was needed in Newtown, a needs assessment findings revealed approximately 3,800 uninsured adults in Newtown alone were eligible for services; a number that continues to rise each year.
KCC is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization governed by an eight-member Board of Directors. Dr. Z. Michael Taweh is the current President.
Our vision is to provide high quality, comprehensive health care in accordance with our mission statement to those eligible for services in the towns served by the Newtown Health District. From the beginning, that vision has included the goal of building an independent facility to house the clinic services, as well as allow us to:
- Increase our capacity to serve more patients
- Increase our outreach in educational programs and professional dialogue by having a designated classroom and conference center
- Make available a library for health information
- Make available an outreach support center
By doing so, we at Kevin’s Community Center can improve the health and enrich the lives of those most in need in our community.
Kevin's Community Center
25 Commerce Road
Newtown, CT 06740
Hours of Operation: Wednesdays 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meet the Board of Directors
Dr. Z. Michael Taweh
Dr. Michael Taweh resides in Newtown and has been a primary care physician since 1999 and now maintains his medical practice as Comprehensive Medical Care of Danbury. Dr. Taweh is Founder, President and Medical Director of Kevin’s Community Center. Dr. Taweh has a particular interest in the nonprofit health care sector and works towards health care reforms for affordable healthcare for all Americans. He was presented the prestigious 2004 Dr. Melville G. Magida Award sponsored annually by the Fairfield County Medical Association and the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Foundation. The award recognizes a young physician who has shown a notable capacity for patient treatment and care, and a special sensitivity to patient-physician relationships.
Mr. George Taweh resides in Plainville, CT, and is a Certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has more than 12 years of construction management experience in the medical construction field and industrial, commercial and high rise buildings. Mr. Taweh holds several engineering degrees including a Masters degree. He is currently a candidate for an MBA degree and the author of a book entitled “The Dialysis Project Management Guide.”
Dr. Pitkoff spent the first decade of his career in the New York City High School division as a special education teacher and assistant principal. He came to Connecticut in 1988 and has served as Principal of New Britain High School, Assistant Superintendent of the Hamden Public Schools, Superintendent of Schools in Region #10, Superintendent of Schools in Newtown and currently serves as the Executive Director of Cooperative Educational Services, the Regional Educational Service Center for lower Fairfield County, where he has been since 2007.
Dr. Pitkoff serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations. He is also a Connecticut Justice of the Peace and a Past President of the Connecticut Association of Public Schools.
Paula Woodhouse Assistant Vice President is the Small Business Lending Sales Leader for Newtown Savings Bank. Paula has been with Newtown Savings Bank since May 2004 and has held various position in Commercial Banking for over 30 years. Paula most recently held the position of Treasurer for the Southern CT chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and also was the chairperson in 2013 and 2014 for the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk were she raised almost $40,000 for the organization. Paula also is a frequent presenter for the US SBA’s workshops for small business owners in Newtown CT where she discusses financing options for small business owners. She currently resides in Oxford CT with her husband Bryan. Paula and her husband Bryan have 3 adult children.
Dr. Della Schmid
Dr. Schmid resides in Sandy Hook and has been in private practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic for over 20 years. Dr. Schmid owns Colonial Chiropractic Centre in Newtown. In 2011 Dr. Schmid received the Newtown Business of the Year award from the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. Dr. Schmid holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Human Biology from the National University of Health Sciences and the other in Physical Education from Ithaca College. In addition to her Doctorate degree from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL, she holds a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics from the University of Delaware. She has earned 300 postdoctoral hours toward board eligibility as a Chiropractic Orthopedic specialist. Dr. Schmid is a former adjunct University instructor in diagnostic imaging, State of CT EMT, consultant at a New Haven subacute HIV/AIDS hospital called Leeway, and Research Fellow at the National College of Chiropractic. She has co-chaired the annual Newtown Health and Safety Fair since its inception in 1993 and is a member of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and various Chiropractic associations, and the Newtown Public Schools Wellness Committee. She is a past Board member of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and past President of the Newtown Business and Professional Women’s Club. She has volunteered on the medical staff of the NYC Marathon and Nutmeg Games.
Dr. Susan Belanger
Dr. Susan Belanger resides in Newtown and is a licensed psychologist in independent practice. Dr.Belanger holds Masters of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Applied Developmental Psychology with a Specialization in Neuropsychology and has been practicing, publishing, and presenting in the field of child welfare and mental health with children, adolescents, and their families for over 20 years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc., a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. She formerly worked with Community Health Center, Inc., providing mental health counseling to children and their families, as well as the Department of Children and Families providing assessments to children entering the foster care system. Dr. Belanger has served on several local and national advisory boards, including Middletown CT’s Multi-Interdisciplinary Team and New York City’s Council of Family and Child Care Agencies (COFCCA) Managed Health Care Task Force, collecting data aimed at improving the delivery of quality medical and mental health services to children in foster care in New York City. Dr. Belanger has also served as an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College which is part of the City University of New York.
Mr. Ronan is a nonprofit executive, attorney and parishioner at St. Rose. He has a long record of service in his church and on the boards of several area charities. He continues to advise numerous nonprofit organizations on a range of topics including start-up, tax exemption, governance, funding and generosity. He led the state certification effort for Samaritan Health Center, Danbury’s only free pediatric clinic and currently sits on its board. Mr. Ronan’s diverse career in business and the law includes consulting for Fortune 500 companies, contract negotiation, administration and claims settlement for Perkin-Elmer (now Goodrich) on the NASA Hubble Space Telescope program and sales and management for nationally-awarded golf club fitters, Performance ClubWorks. Mr. Ronan currently serves as Stewardship Director and Secretary, at Jericho Partnership, Inc. the largest social services organization serving the poor and needy of Danbury, through a collaboration of churches, ministry partners and private foundations working together in the areas of education, healthcare, housing, counseling and evangelism.Evan Pitkoff received his Bachelor of Science in psychology and health science from Brooklyn College, aster of Arts in learning disabilities from New York University, a second Master of Arts in educational administration from New York University, and a Doctor of Education in educational administration from Columbia University.
Andrew Urbanski began his career at Morgan Stanley in 2007, is an 8-year Investment Committee member and emeritus member of the Board of Directors for one of the largest and most respected eldercare facilities in the country, Masonicare (501c3) of Connecticut, and the Eastern Region Treasurer for the Metropolitan Opera National Council in New York City. In addition to his work as a financial advisor and portfolio manager, Andrew continues to develop and maintain residential real estate in 5 U.S. states and 3 other countries.
Kevin's Community Center
25 Commerce Road
Newtown, CT 06740
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Welcome Message From Our President
Because of your generous support I am happy to report to you that KCC is continuing to meet the needs of our many patients. We continue to be humbled by the growing needs and complexity of the medical services that our patients require. We have seen some remarkable turn arounds of patients who were living with longstanding untreated and undiagnosed conditions like gout, severe hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, breast cancer and HIV. Our work on behalf of these patients is only possible because of your commitment to our clinic. Whether you are one of our specialists, medical suppliers, vendors, or general supporters; and whether you represent a company, a service organization or agency, or are a private citizen, please understand that everything you do for KCC helps us serve the needs of these patients. On behalf of our volunteers, staff and patients, please accept my sincere personal gratitude for all you have done on our behalf.
Very Truly Yours,
Z. Michael Taweh, MD
President, Medical Director
Meet Our Clinic Director
As the KCC Clinic Director it is my privilege to be part of such an organization. The need for free health care is great and very real. Some patients stated that they never thought they would find themselves without health insurance, or have health insurance with a very high deductible. Our center offers a solution, provides answers to questions that have been worrisome, and close monitoring for chronic medical problems and acute illnesses. Most importantly, it offers hope. I cannot thank our volunteers and network of referral specialists enough. Our center would not be what it is today without them. Such outstanding community support has had an immeasurable impact on so many patients’ lives.
Mary Nielson, DNP, APRN-BC