Staff

Nancy L. Heaton,

President and Chief Executive Officer

Nancy has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) since February 2004.  In this role, Nancy oversees FCH’s grantmaking, policy advancement, and communications. She brings to the role a deep knowledge of health care systems, health education, and the unique challenges and opportunities experienced by small place-based nonprofits. Before joining the foundation, she served as the Executive Director of the Northwestern Connecticut AIDS Project for 12 years, an HIV/AIDS service organization serving Litchfield County, CT.  

A committed advocate, Nancy’s early career took her to California and the Philippines, as a health educator and director of an orphanage. In California, Nancy worked alongside refugee Vietnamese and Cambodian parents and families to develop outreach and parent education programs and created of the first HIV/AIDS education and prevention program for the Mexican American population in Santa Clara County. In the Philippines, Nancy directed the field operations for the International Alliance for Children, an organization based in both Connecticut and Manila. In her capacity, she managed a home for abandoned, orphaned, and neglected children with a variety of physical and emotional problems. 

Nancy has served on various regional and statewide commissions and consortiums over the past 30 years and is currently a Member of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, Equity & Opportunity.  From 2022-2023 she served on the State of Connecticut’s Certificate of Need (CON) Taskforce, which was directed to study and make recommendations to the Office of Health Strategy to improve the state’s CON process; a critical regulatory process between the state and healthcare providers that are seeking to make major changes.  

Nancy received a certification in non-profit management from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from San Jose State University, and a BA in Government and Law from Lafayette College. She is a long-term member of the American Public Health Association. 

 

Natashea Winters,

Director of Programs & Learning

As Director of Programs and Learning, Natashea identifies strategies and develops initiatives that align with the foundation’s mission and facilitates the foundation’s efforts to proactively measure, assess, and learn from its work.   

Prior to joining the Foundation for Community Health in 2018, Natashea served various local and national nonprofits in roles that encompassed program management, coalition building, and evaluation to develop and scale social service and public health programs. Most recently Natashea worked at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, where she managed a portfolio of funds and worked closely with many of the organization’s advisory committees. Before this, she served as a Programs Consultant for Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit focused on expanding access to fresh produce. In this role, Natashea supported the organization’s evaluation efforts and provided technical assistance to grantees and clients, from troubleshooting data collection to launching multi-year evaluation efforts. 

Combining her interests in equity, evaluation, and community-based strategies, Natashea feels very fortunate to focus her professional efforts on the social sector that serves the foundation’s region. 

Natashea is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BA in philosophy and women’s studies. She received her MSW from Boston University School of Social work with a concentration in social administration and planning and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management. In 2022, Natashea was selected by Grantmakers in Health for the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. 

Cathy Glasner,

Operations Lead

You will meet Cathy when you call or visit FCH. She supports all activities and functions at the foundation as Operations Lead. 

Cathy joined the FCH staff in November 2017 after having worked as Office Manager for Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation for several years. Before her work for BTCF, Cathy worked in for profit businesses in administrative, management and sales roles. 

Cathy is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business with a bachelor's degree in business administration concentrating in marketing and human resource management. 

Cathy, her husband, and numerous pets are longtime residents of Litchfield County.