M. Suzanne Roberts, M.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to becoming the CEO of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, Suzanne’s professional experience included numerous senior appointments with VisionQuest as National Director of Evidence Based Services, State Director of Behavioral Health Services, which included the programmatic administration of Department of Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Programs and Chief Administrator for a 42-bed Child Welfare Group Home Program. Additional Professional experiences include Regional Program Director for North Florida Mental Health Center, Executive Director for Bridges of America in St. Petersburg, FL, and Assistant Director of Residential DJJ program for Eckerd Youth Alternatives.
Director of Operations
Dr. Vance Wright-Browne
Volunteer Medical director
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, she completed her medical training at University of the West Indies. Dr. Wright-Browne completed her residency at University of Connecticut, and her Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
She is a Board-Certified Internist, Hematologist and Oncologist. She was the first member of what is now the Port Charlotte Group of Florida Cancer Specialist.
Dr. Wright-Browne and her husband, Edward, moved to Port Charlotte in 1996. They have 3 daughters. She enjoys growing orchids, running, music and preserving the Natural Environment.
She brings a wealth of knowledge to VBA as our Volunteer Medical Director.
Janice Chupka MMS, PA-C/L
Director of Clinical Services
Many patients don’t come to the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic until they are very ill so this can be a daunting task.
She works directly with the Pharmacist when alternative medications are needed for specific treatments. Janice also oversees the nurses, the Wellness Program, the Nurse Navigator and the training/internship of residents, student nurses, APRN’s and PA’s. Janice coordinates the Hepatitis C Program making sure the patients complete the appropriate protocol, as well as oversees the Breast Health Directive.
Janice came to Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic in 2017, having recently moved from Virginia Beach, Va. She and her husband, Dr. Paul Chupka (Medical Site Director of Inpatient Services for Envision and CMO of Englewood Hospital) were looking for volunteer opportunities. She heard about the VBA Clinic and truly believed in the mission. When she was interviewed, instead of a volunteer position, she was hired as the Clinical Services Director. She was a perfect fit for the position!
Janice graduated with her Masters in Medical Science from Emory University (Atlanta, Ga) and has been a practicing Physician Assistant for over 25 years. She and her husband live in downtown Punta Gorda with their 3 lovely children, Blake (away at college) and teenage twins, Makayla and Jacob. They all lead very active lives.
Director of Donor Development
Barbara joined the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic as the Director of Donor Development. Her decades of experience in business development, sales, and marketing provide her the skills necessary to nourish and expand the vision of the clinic serving the residents of Charlotte County with access to quality health care. Everything she has been involved with, from serving in the Air Force, climbing the corporate ladder as an officer for Equifax/Certegy, and CUNA Mutual Group, along with her building and operating multiple businesses on the island of Roatan, Honduras the past 15+ years position her well.
Barbara is originally from Wisconsin where her two favorite people reside, her son Nathan, and granddaughter Fiona. Also, near and dear to her is her pup Sierce which translates to “my heart”. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and is a certified Kundalini yoga instructor having earned her certification at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India.
Director of Pharmacy
Upon graduation Valeria Fogel worked as a staff pharmacist in community pharmacy for 25 years. During her career Dr. Fogel provided numerous clinical services, including immunization administration and medication therapy management services.
She joined Virginia B. Andes pharmacy as a volunteer pharmacist and was very excited to receive an offer to join the team as the Director of Pharmacy. She looks forward to utilizing her new role to give back to the community that has given her so much and help those in need.
Dr. Fogel was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her husband is also an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, and they have two children together. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, cook, take long walks by the beach and practice qigong.