The Board of Directors of VIP Community Services Inc., a Bronx-based non-profit providing comprehensive medical, behavioral health, housing, and shelter services to the borough, is proud to announce the appointment of Debbian Fletcher-Blake as the agency’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Fletcher-Blake has served as VIP’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) and interim CEO during the last seven months, building on a successful 25-year career as a medical provider and administrator in the nonprofit sector.
“Debbian is an accomplished leader with an incredible record of working with underserved populations. We are excited for the future of VIP under her leadership. Debbian is unique in her ability to translate vision and strategy into impressive execution, bringing together teams and processes to drive results. She has an incredible ability to inspire, energize, and connect with employees, partners, patients, and community leaders. Debbian’s vision, strategy, and execution track record is exactly what VIP needs as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting,” said Amanda Parsons, the new Chair of VIP’s Board of Directors.
Fletcher-Blake holds policy and leadership development roles with several state and national membership organizations where she advocates for elimination of disparities in health care. She has served on several boards including Providers for Health Care for the Homeless, Community Roots Charter School, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities (BPHC), Bronx Accountable Health Care Network Home Health (BAHN), and Health Care Advisory Board UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Leadership Program. She will join the Board of Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) later this month.
Prior to joining VIP Community Services, Fletcher-Blake served as COO at the Morris Heights Health Center, Assistant Executive Director at Care for the Homeless, Clinical Director at the Institute for Family Health, and Research Scientist and Adjunct Instructor at New York University.
Fletcher-Blake holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from Pace University, and post-graduate certificates in Health Information Technology from the University of Colorado and Executive Leadership from UCLA.