Company News: FQHC Associates promotes two into top positions

FQHC Associates is proud to announce William S. Franz, Jr. and Lesa M. Peterson as Principals of the firm. Franz, formerly CFO and Executive VP/Chief Operating Officer of the Community Foundation of Collier County FL, is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of nonprofit experience. His areas of expertise include finance, accounting, operations, information technology and strategic planning.  In 2014, after holding a top position at the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida FQHC, Bill was recruited to join the firm.

“Bill and I first met as members of Greater Naples Leadership (GNL) in 2010” states Steve Weinman, President and CEO of Community Health Solutions, Inc., parent of FQHC Associates. “I was running the Healthcare Network operations at that time, and knew right away that we needed Bill on our team. It took me a whole year to recruit him.”

Peterson, recruited to the Healthcare Network to oversee the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program, rose to Director of Operations during her nine-year tenure with the company. Weinman explains “Lesa was a hands-on manager, who earned the respect of her staff through hard work and an empathetic leadership style.  We were growing so fast, but somehow Lesa managed to hit every pitch we tossed her over the wall.”

A Desert Shield/Desert Storm Army Veteran, Lesa has been honored by Gulfshore Business as a “40 Under Forty” leader and by the State of Minnesota for contributions on behalf of children. Her numerous areas of expertise include educational partnerships, medical and dental operations, compensation and program development.

In 2013, when Weinman retired from the Network after 29 years to consult full-time, the number of client relationships grew quickly. “Coming up through IT and Finance, I’ve always been hands-on” Weinman remembers. “But suddenly, here I am with all these commitments and I needed a strong, committed team to meet the demand. When I saw I needed help, I knew the people I could trust. Bill and Lesa were my go-to people at the Network, so I went to them, and the rest is history.”

In addition to their roles as Principals of FQHC Associates, Franz and Peterson are now equity owners and officers of Community Health Solutions, Inc.

Community Health Solutions, Inc., founded in 1988 as a sideline, has grown into a national healthcare consulting firm. FQHC Associates specializes in Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) programs and issues. Clients include FQHCs, hospital systems, behavioral health centers and other healthcare organizations across the country.