M. Suzanne Roberts, M.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer
Suzanne came to Charlotte County from St. Augustine, FL. Suzanne’s professional history includes 30+ years of experience in the field of human services and healthcare, with increasing executive management responsibilities, including national assignments with multiple honors and recognition. Suzanne received a Masters of Education degree in 1991 from the University of North Florida and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic College in 1983. Suzanne is an energetic professional with unlimited desire for growth and personal fulfillment through making a significant difference in organizations, youth and families.
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
Noreen oversees and manages all non-medical administrative and site operations, including recruitment and training of volunteers, internal organization communications, front office operations and the pharmacy patient assistance program. She assists the Executive Director in coordination with community business for functions and donations. As a part of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic since 2003, she has been the manager of the Patient Advocate Department. Noreen has been a past Board member. Her past experience in leading people, office management, and working in the volunteer environment brings energy and a steady hand to the job of directing the overall operations of the clinic.
Robert Wellins R.Ph.
Rob has served as a volunteer pharmacist at our clinic since 2007. In January of 2011 he was appointed the Pharmacy Director. Rob graduated Drew University in 1977 with a BS in Biochemistry. He then pursued a degree in pharmacy and graduated Rho Chi from the University of Connecticut in 1981. In 1992 Rob obtained his Nuclear Pharmacy license and worked for Syncor International. He moved to Port Charlotte in 1997 to open a nuclear pharmacy which he sold back to Syncor. Since 2002 Rob worked for Walgreens. Rob’s passions include cooking, BMX and his children.
David M. Klein, M.D., F.A.C.S.
A local, board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Klein has practiced in Port Charlotte since 1979 and is affiliated with the 3 local hospitals; Fawcett Memorial, Bayfront Port Charlotte and Bayfront Punta Gorda.
Along with serving on hospital committees, he has served on boards and in a volunteer capacity for many local non-profit organizations and task forces, including (to name a few) Charlotte Local Education Foundation, Charlotte County United Way, SWFL Harry Chapin Food Bank, Florida Military Heritage Museum, Charlotte County YMCA, Special Needs Shelter Task Force, Charlotte County School Board Health Advisory Task Force, and The Homeless Coalition.
Dr. Klein has been instrumental in founding many health-related organizations in the community that serve Charlotte County’s in-need population, such as Volunteer Physicians, MADD Chapter, United Way Keel Club, Tobacco Coalition, as well as the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic. The list of awards for his humanitarian efforts spans 2 decades.
Janice Chupka MMS, PA-C/L
Director of Clinical Services
As Director of Clinical Services, Janice is responsible for the operations of the Clinic. She coordinates the patient’s continuum of care and oversees that patients receive the appropriate treatment for their needs.
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
Karen Amador brings a wealth of experience to the VBA Clinic, having worked and served in senior living for the past 20 years.
Her experience with non-profits includes Council on Aging, Good Samaritan’s, American Cancer Society, and Senior Friendship’s Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, Karen was Publicity Chairman for the Arthritis Association, President of the Executive Network, an active member of Business & Professional Women, Women’s Council of Realtors, C.A.R.E., FALA and Home Health Network, Board of Directors Visually Impaired of Charlotte County and President of OCEAN (Our Charlotte Elder Affairs Network) from 2006 to 2017.
It was during these busy years that Karen first met Dr. Klein and Dr. Asperilla who, to this day, “inspire her to be a better person.” She was privileged to know VBA’s benefactor Virginia Andes while she worked at South Port Square, Virginia’s home. Retired in December 2019, she soon discovered she still wanted to be able to “give back”. What better place than the place that inspired her!
In 2020, she went from newly appointed Board Member for the VBA Clinic to the organization’s new Director of Donor Development.
Karen, a “Navy Brat”, was born in Puerto Rico and raised in North Carolina. A “preachers Kid”, she and her late husband moved to Florida in 1999. They chose Port Charlotte from the 1998 article “10 Best Small Towns to Live.” In her “spare” time Karen loves spending time with her family (4 children, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandson) and gardening.
- Carol Brown
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- Jean Greene-Blair
- Carole Giarrante
- Celeste Mercury
- Margie Marren
- Lynne Oakley