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President and CEO

Sue Curfman joined COMTREA as its second Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. Since becoming CEO, she has focused on increasing health care access and integration of services for the vulnerable populations of Jefferson County. She strives to be a servant leader, and is an advocate for community health and the patients they serve. 

Curfman attended California State University Fullerton, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's in Communication Disorders. Her initial entry into healthcare was as a Speech Pathologist in a hospital and private practice setting, and quickly transitioned into operational and administrative management. She has pursued additional training in Six Sigma with certifications in Case Management and Quality Management. Curfman serves on numerous boards and committees, including Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA), Missouri Health Plus (MHP), Jefferson County Coalition to End Homelessness, and Pony Bird.

Curfman and her husband, Ken, have three adult children and seven grandchildren with another due in November 2018. Her hobbies include marathon running, art journaling, and card making. She has participated in more than 100 marathons and half-marathons. She loves the outdoors. One item on her bucket list was to backpack the Grand Canyon, which she did in 2014! She says “I saw such beautiful sights and natural wonders. It was amazing.”

Chief Operations Officer

Lisa Rothweiler became the Chief Operating Officer for COMTREA in 2018 after twenty years of providing operational support managing departments, projects and personnel. Rothweiler manages the daily operations of COMTREA with the oversight of facilities, dietary, IT, communications, office administration, and marketing.  She is involved at the state level with many initiatives that have stemmed from legislation changes over the years.

Rothweiler and her husband are lifelong residents of Jefferson County.  She has two grown children and two grandchildren, and enjoys time away at the lake.  

Chief Financial Officer

Amy Rhodes joined COMTREA in March 2007 as the Accounting Manager and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in July 2008.  Rhodes has over 25 years' of financial accounting experience.  She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Missouri Baptist University with a Master's in Business Administration. 

Rhodes and her husband, Randall are lifetime residents of Jefferson County and have three children and two grandchildren. She is very involved with several on-line support groups for Nemaline Myopathy, grieving parents and military parents. Rhodes is a past member of the Jefferson County Developmental Disability Resource Board and a member of Rose of Sharon Full Gospel Temple.   

Chief Behavioral Health Officer

Margo Pigg has been with COMTREA for over thirty years. Ms Pigg began her career in 1987 with crisis call coverage, followed by direct care as a Therapist, Community Support Specialist, Case Manager, and other roles providing individual/family counseling, assessments, mediation, crisis intervention, and psychosocial rehabilitation services. She has served as Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Director and Vice President, Adult Behavioral Health.

Ms Pigg served as the Director of Behavioral Health at Mercy Jefferson (previously under the name of Jefferson Memorial Hospital) for their inpatient and outpatient unit during 2004-2005. Following that role, in August 2005, she returned to the Agency as the Executive Vice President of Adult Behavioral Health. Ms Pigg continued in that role until 2017, when she was moved into the role of Chief Behavioral Health Officer for all adult and youth behavioral health services and psychiatry at COMTREA.

Ms Pigg earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 1987 at Mizzou, a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in counseling in 1991 from UMSL, and an MBA in 2013 from Missouri Baptist University. She has her license as a professional counselor (LPC/1994) in the State of Missouri, is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and has years of experience working with integrated care and co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use disorders). Ms Pigg has held memberships on many committees for years within the State of Missouri including the Behavioral Health Response (BHR), Behavioral Health Network (BHN), MO Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, CommCare, and the Missouri State Committee for Professional Counselors (Gov. Nixon appointed and served from 2011-2017). Ms Pigg is a board chair currently with Developmental Disability Advocates (formerly Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board).

Director of Telepsychiatry 

Dr. C.J. Jos joined COMTREA in January 2009 as the Behavioral Health Medical Director, and now holds the position as Director of Telepsychiatry. He received his MD from India, and neurology and psychiatry training from the University of Leeds, England and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He joined the VA Medical Center St. Louis in 1979 and retired in 2008 as the Chief of Psychiatry.

Dr. Jos has been a faculty member at St. Louis University (SLU) since 1979, and is currently a professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is the recipient of best teacher award from SLU, and authored several scientific articles along with three books.

Director of Oral Health

Courtney Garland, DMD is passionate for providing care to underserved areas, which stemmed from being raised in a rural area in East Tennessee near the Appalachian Mountains. Growing up in this area, she was exposed to the difficulties residents faced finding affordable dental care. During that time, she gained experience working with children in her mother’s preschool classes. She still returns each year to teach preschoolers about oral health and hygiene techniques. Garland continued to work extensively in underserved areas throughout dental school. Her three external clinical rotations were in underserved areas.

Since coming to COMTREA in 2014, she has worked in both community health centers and the school-based dental clinics. She has participated in the State of Missouri's preventive screening program and mobile outreach events in the county’s schools. In April 2018, Dr. Garland moved into the Director of Oral Health role providing the leadership for the mobile and clinic programs.

Vice President of Quality Care

Patty Vanek joined COMTREA in October 2012, and transitioned into Vice President of Quality Care in 2018. Vanek has over thirty years of experience working in the primary care clinical setting. Eighteen years have been working in a rural health center, followed by working at COMTREA, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Vanek seeks to assure and improve the desired health outcomes and overall satisfaction of individuals served by continuously monitoring COMTREA’s service delivery approach and the correlation between the levels of improved health services.

Vanek graduated from Jefferson College with her Registered Nurse degree. Vanek and her husband, John, have been residents of Jefferson County since 1989. She is active in her community and feels privileged to work for an agency that gives so much back to local residents. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, and anything that includes activities with her beloved dogs.

Vice President of Community Services

Cindy Vessell has worked for COMTREA since 1991. As Vice President of Community Services, she works with managers, directors, staff, and volunteers of COMTREA’s grant-funded service programs. Programs include the School Liaison program with integration in behavioral health, the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri, Tails with Tales canine therapy program, and A Safe Place domestic violence shelter. Prior to her current position, Vessel held multiple roles within the Agency including Vice President/Clinical Director of Children and Youth Services and Vice President/Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center. 

Vessell has a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomat. She is a member of the board for the Children’s Advocacy Center, and serves on the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board, which is a senate confirmed appointment.  

Vice President of Fundraising and Development

Kim Elbl came to COMTREA in 2014 with 25 years of marketing and fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. Elbl is leading COMTREA’s capital campaign to raise funds for Mary’s House of Hope at A Safe Place transitional housing project for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence.

Elbl is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration emphasizing in marketing and sales. She is active in the community, serving as 2017/2018 President of the Festus/Crystal City Rotary Club and as a member with the Twin City Optimist Club. Elbl is married with two daughters, and enjoys time away fishing with her girls.

VP of Human Resources

Donna Harris-Brekel came to COMTREA in 2016 from the Missouri Department of Mental Health, where she served for over eight years as Human Resources Director for three psychiatric hospitals in the St. Louis Metro Area. A native of Georgia, she began her education at the University of Georgia, then earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from Lindenwood University, where she was named Outstanding Continuing Education Student. A former Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, her experience includes over ten years in the senior living industry and over ten years in human resources.

Harris-Brekel is married with two grown children and two grandsons. She is active in her community and is an avid gardener, reader, writer, painter, and loves to fish. She is honored to be a part of COMTREA and is excited about its growth and success.  

Vice President of Corporate Compliance and Quality Management

Katy Murray has spent over twenty years administering policies at COMTREA. She serves as the Vice President of Corporate Compliance and Quality Management and COMTREA’s HIPAA Privacy Officer. Facing challenging accreditations, recognitions, and re-certification is daily work at COMTREA. Murray fully acknowledges that it is the providers and support staff that enable COMTREA to be recognized for its excellence in serving the underserved and community.

Murray began her career as a teacher with a Bachelor of Science from Concordia Teachers College in 1970. Teaching was interrupted by three years of active duty in Germany. In 1978, she received a Master of Science in Psychology and Organizational Development at Southern Illinois University. While a reservist, Murray worked at Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in North St. Louis. She has spent over 40 years in the service of others. 

Executive Manager

Lisa Wigger joined COMTREA in 2017 as the Assistant for the CEO and Liaison to the Board of Directors. In 2018, her role evolved to Executive Manager, where she manages special projects and focuses on governance. She is responsible for stakeholder surveys, the annual report, United Way reporting, and assisting with HRSA requirements. 

Wigger graduated from the University of Missouri, and has previous experience in administration, marketing, and human resources, With her diverse experience, she is able to focus on a variety of projects. Wigger currently represents COMTREA in the community at several of the area chambers and serves as a board member on the Jefferson County Growth Association.  In addition, she is involved in the community, school district, and Hoops for Hope.

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