Mark Masselli is president, chief executive officer and founder of Community Health Center Inc., Connecticut’s largest and most comprehensive provider of medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare services for the uninsured and underserved.

A Middletown, Conn. native, Mark Masselli founded CHC in 1972 with a group of community activists.  The organization, which began as a free dental clinic in a second-floor, walk-up apartment in downtown Middletown, currently provides comprehensive primary care services to more than 130,000 patients at 200 sites across Connecticut.

Committed to the belief that health care is a right not a privilege, Masselli has been instrumental in building CHC into a healthcare network that meets the highest quality standards and is an innovator in the development and delivery of primary care to special populations in the state and around the nation.

He has played an important leadership role in the development of many health and human services initiatives in Middletown, including New Horizons Battered Women’s Shelter and the Nehemiah Housing Corporation, which helps provide affordable supportive housing to the homeless.

As a member of the state Council of Medical Assistance Program Oversight, Mark Masselli collaborates with legislators and other stakeholders on the development of Connecticut’s Medicaid Managed Care program.

Masselli is also involved in international health and human rights issues, working in Tibet, Nepal, India and South Africa.

He was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Wesleyan University in 2009 for his work in the healthcare field.