Rutgers Project ECHO Team

Kathy Dodsworth-Rugani
Executive Director

Dr. Kathy Dodsworth-Rugani, leads the Rutgers Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare
Outcomes) Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS)Telehealth Program. Project
ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education, training and care management that empowers frontline
providers to manage complex illnesses and enables people to receive more specialized treatment in
their local communities.

Prior to joining RWJMS, Dr. Dodsworth served as the Chief Operating Officer of Robert Wood Johnson
(RWJ) Partners, the Accountable Care Organization formed by Rutgers University and RWJ Barnabas
Health and led the development and operations of the system-wide ACO, creating a high-quality patientcentered
care delivery network of providers, hospitals, and community services. Prior to joining RWJ
Partners, Dr. Dodsworth held positions as: the Executive Director at Vanguard Medical Group,
responsible for operations and strategic growth programs; the Senior Partner of the IBM, Patient-
Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Consulting Practice responsible for national and international consulting
on patient-centered care; and the Vice President of Innovation at HealthTeamWorks, where she
consulted with healthcare systems on patient-centered care delivery redesign, process improvement and
engaging communities and healthcare systems in integration activities to advance population-based
patient-centered healthcare.

Dr. Dodsworth holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

“The real question is: who has the responsibility to uphold human rights? The answer to that is everyone.” Madeleine Albright

Sean Cuddihy
Program Coordinator

Sean Cuddihy is the Program Coordinator for the Project Firstline (PFL) and Community Health Workers (CHW) ECHO clinics. Joining the ECHO team at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sean has discovered a passion for helping the most vulnerable members of the community. In his current role, Sean works directly with participants and hub team members to bridge the virtual gap. Outside of clinics, Sean helps manage Rutgers Project ECHO’s website and social media pages.

Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emerson College in December of 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Media Arts Production.

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” Audre Lorde

Amy Fisher
Program Administrator

Amy Fisher is a Program Administrator at Rutgers Project ECHO, managing the Project Firstline Infectious Disease Training ECHO and the Maternal Health Innovation ECHO Series. She joins the team with over 10 years of experience working in the Healthcare Industry. In her current role, she supports the creation and delivery of program content and supports efforts in identifying and securing opportunities to sustain and grow the Rutgers Project ECHO Program.

Amy graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor in Business Management and graduated Valedictorian from Seton Hall with a Masters of Healthcare Administration.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

Ashley Figueroa
Program Administrator

Ashley Figueroa is the Program Administrator for the Maternal Child Health – Opioid Use Disorder ECHO, Community Health Workers ECHO and the Adverse Childhood Experiences ECHO. Ashley has been with Rutgers Project ECHO for over three years and has been with Rutgers University for 7 years with experience in healthcare administration and medical education.

Ashley graduated with her Masters degree in Public Administration from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Ashley’s passion for Public Health and addressing Social Determinants of Health comes from personal experience and her commitment to improve the health and well being of individuals and communities in New Jersey.

“Life itself is a privilege. But to live life to the fullest – Well, that is a choice.”  Andy Andrews 

Theresa Hughes
Program Coordinator

Theresa Hughes is the Program Coordinator for the Maternal Health Innovation, Substance Use Disorder and the Maternal Child Health – Opioid Use Disorder ECHO series. Theresa has worked in the medical industry for 20+ years, gaining experience in healthcare administration, sales, and project management. In her current role assists ECHO Program Administrators, Hub members, and participants.

“Don’t be upset by the results you didn’t get with the work you didn’t do.”  Inky Johnson

Ruben Nanez
Program Administrator

Ruben Nanez is the lead Program Administrator for the Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Substance Exposed Infants (NAS-SEI) ECHO clinics. Ruben’s passion for mental health and substance use disorders comes from his desire to help end the stigma and the barriers to mental health care.

Ruben has been with Rutgers Project for over two years and enjoys the challenges and rewards of launching new ECHO programs. Ruben enjoys spending time with his spouse and newborn daughter exploring New Jersey and the surrounding states.

A quote that has helped Ruben through his daughter’s infant stage is:

“Don’t worry about the sleep you don’t get; enjoy the sleep you do get.” Miguel A. Garcia

Brian Reid
Assistant Director

Brian Reid is the Assistant Director for Telehealth and Analytics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS.)  He has over 15 years of experience in business and healthcare analytics and currently manages data analytics for the Project ECHO program.  He previously administered a pilot electronic consultation (eConsult) program and worked with leadership to manage the deployment of Doxy.Me telemedicine program to over 600 clinicians at Rutgers.   Prior to that, his hands-on, results-oriented approach helped the RWJBH ACO to earn approx. $5 million in MSSP shared savings and attain quality metrics scores in the 90th percentile.

Brian has a Master’s degree in Health Administration, a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Salesforce Administrator (SFA.) He is passionate about addressing the needs of underserved communities and reducing healthcare disparities.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou