Ariella Tilsen

Interim Chief Executive Officer

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Ariella Tilsen, M.A. has taken the helm at People’s Center for the second time to serve as Interim CEO during our current search. She brings deep experience working with several Minnesota Federally-Qualified Community Health Centers. In addition to her past service as People’s Center’s Interim CEO, Ariella has served as Interim Associate Executive Director (2014) and Interim Mental Health Director (2017) for Community-University Health Care Center.

Her work also extends to other health-related and community-based NGOs and organizations working locally, nationally and globally. She is part of the community faculty for the Global Health in Local Context course through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Global and Health Social Responsibility, and adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University in its Master’s in Organizational Leadership program.

Ariella is a strategic change consultant, facilitator, conflict resolver, and leadership coach whose work crosses sectors, cultures, and generations. She is also the founder and President of Vital Edge Consulting, a Minneapolis-based, values-driven and culturally responsive consulting firm focused on creating lasting organizational and community change.


Board Of Directors

Ann Rogers, Chair


Malini Wright, Treasurer


Chandra Torgerson

Lynn Lederman


Mohamed Mohamed


Ebyan Abdulle





Sara Theophilos, MA

chief operating officer

Sara Theophilos is the Chief Operating Officer of People’s Center Clinics & Services.  In her role, Sara oversees the day to day operations of the organization including Facilities, Compliance, and Human Resources. Sara has worked for small and large companies including Fortune 500 companies and brings over 15 years of experience in Human Resources Management and Operations.  She has MA in Organizational Leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a BS in Chemistry from the College of the Ozarks.  

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Dr. Bruce McCarthy

Chief clinical Officer

Dr. McCarthy is an internist who has served in a number of leadership roles to advance health care delivery in innovative ways, centered around putting the patient’s and family’s needs first. He recently served as President, Physician Division for Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee since 2010. Prior to that, he held the role of Chief Medical Officer at Allina Medical Clinic in Minnesota. Additionally, he has served in several clinical leadership roles at Henry Ford Medical Group along with an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. 

A native of Detroit Michigan, Dr. McCarthy received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed an internal medicine residency in Boston at Tufts Medical Center and a fellowship in general internal medicine at Boston University where he also earned a master’s degree in Public Health. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications and has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several externally-funded research projects. 


Dr. Raul Noriega, MPH-PHI

Director of Billing and Health Information Technology

Raul has been working with community health centers in the Twin Cities since 2004, and brings with him extensive experience in operations, management, analysis and technology, as well as a solid grounding in medicine. Raul grew up in California and studied medicine at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, graduating in 1999. He worked as a Family Practice Physician for four years in Guadalajara, before moving back to the USA. His passion for community medicine and working with immigrant and underserved populations led him to work with Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Twin Cities, where he has served in a number of senior positions including Medical Operations Director and Chief Operating Officer. Raul has a Master of Public Health with a major in Public Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota.


Noel Switzer

Dental Clinic Supervisor

Noel has more than 22 years of experience in dentistry and has been with People’s Center since they acquired Family Dental Care in October 2010. Noel brings a wealth of experience, having held a variety of positions within dental clinics, including managing the implementation of a billing system and coordinating schools externship programs. Just prior to her role at People’s Center, she held a Scheduling Manager position at Park Dental for six years. She was promoted as our Dental Clinic Supervisor in the spring of 2015 and now oversees the day to day operation of the clinic.

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Bobbi-Jo Moujid, LICSW

Behavioral Health Program Manager

Bobbi-Jo has over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations of various racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who struggle with serious persistent mental illness. She has extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and EMDR. Bobbi-Jo has been responsible for designing and implementing mental health departments and clinical supervision of students and staff. Bobbi-Jo is an LPC and LPCC certified clinical supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work and Multicultural studies from the University of Minnesota.


Dr. Jokho Farah

Director of Quality and Population Health

Dr. Jokho Farah has over eight years experience in healthcare management, policy and public health. She trained as a general surgeon but developed a passion for primary care and quality improvement. Dr. Farah is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating strategic initiatives focused on eliminating health disparities and improving population health. Using data analytics and predictive modeling capabilities, she establishes integrated approaches to care management that support the alignment and integration of services across the continuum of care for priority populations. 

Before joining People's Center, Dr. Farah spent three years working with another safety net clinic, initially managing the Clinical Quality Improvement Program, and then as Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance. Prior to that, she spent time actively involved in international health, medical missions and humanitarian work in Dubai and Tunisia

Dr. Farah also sits on several committees such as the Twin Cities Board of American Heart Association, Minnesota Department of Health's Somali Public Health Advisors Committee , Minnesota Department of Health's Health Equity Advisory and Leadership (HEAL) Council.