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Our Staff

Our Public Health Service Teams

HVHD is organized into three Public Health Service Teams. 

Operations Team

Joe Kmetz

Acting Director | 203.264.9616

Jennifer Luis

Office Manager | 203.264.9616 x122
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.

Kariny Silva, MPH

Public Health Preparedness and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator | 203.264.9616

Kariny Silva earned a BS in Health Promotion Studies from Western Connecticut State University. She also earned a Master’s in Public Health, concentrating in Global Health from the University of Bridgeport. Kariny has worked closely with her community during the COVID-19 pandemic by conducting contact tracing, educating the community on how to take proper precautions during the pandemic, and coordinating numerous COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout the state of CT. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and trying new restaurants in her free time. 

Jennifer Brellis

Public Health Client Specialist | 203.264.9616

Jennifer brings with her more than 20 years experience in customer service and public relations.
Having graduated from Branford Hall Career Institute as a Certified Medical Biller and Coding
Specialist her background is mostly consistent with administrative billing and financial services,
holding positions in primary care, behavioral health, ambulatory surgery and specialty offices.

As a Health Client Specialist, Jennifer is empathetic and understanding to the unique health and
social issues within the community. Her other passions include cooking, refurbishing furnishings
and camping with her family.

Lisha Rana

Public Health Client Specialist | 203.264.9616

Lisha is majoring in Health Promotion and Exercise Science, with a concentration on Community Health, at Western Connecticut State University. Lisha is passionate about assisting people in the community to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Megan McClintock, MS

Public Health Preparedness and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator | 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, MPH

Public Health Communications Coordinator | 203.264.9616 x108

Ruth Quattro earned a BA in Communication Studies and minors in Community Health Education and Marketing from Western Connecticut State University. She also earned 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 | 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 | 203.264.9616 x124
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 | 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.

Community Health Team

Heidi Bettcher, RN, BSN

Community Health Nursing Supervisor | 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) | 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.

Sophie Khieu, RN, BSN

Vaccine Immunizer | 203.264.9616 x107

Sophie Khieu has been a Registered Nurse for over 10 years. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2011. Sophie has held numerous healthcare positions in various settings, including, hospitals, schools, homecare, medical offices, and most recently, public health. She enjoys singing, working in her garden, and traveling. She lives in New Milford with her husband, three children, and dog.

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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