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Consultant / Partner

P: 509-209-9491

When he joined CLC, Peter brought with him 25 years’ health center experience, including work as Operations Manager, CFO, and CEO. He has parlayed that depth of experience and insight into training, interim leadership and direct services to health centers. Peter’s expertise includes grant writing, program compliance, CHC operations, revenue and financial management, medical billing and quality improvement. He trains FQHCs in board governance and strategic planning and facilitates their efforts toward workforce recruitment and retention. In addition, Peter has served as interim CEO and CFO for a number of migrant and community health centers. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University.

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Consultant / Partner

P: 509-226-1393

Karen’s accounting career spans 18 years and includes a breadth of experience.  Over the years her positions have included internal auditor for a large insurance company, independent auditor for a regional public accounting firm, and tax manager for a public accounting firm. This experience enables her to quickly assess system designs, strengths and weaknesses, internal control weakness and staffing qualifications.

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Joel Hughes


Following several years’ work in public accounting, Joel became the first CFO for a small community health center in Washington. Four years later he took on the CFO role in a larger health center and then served as CEO for an Idaho healthcare start-up. In 2001 Joel founded Community Link Consulting to develop administrative and business support systems that meet the complex needs of Federally Qualified Health Centers. Offering direct, industry-appropriate guidance, he helped clients improve their financial, operational and management functions – always with deep respect for each client’s unique history and community needs.

I view CLC as the go-to organization for any community health center. We have used their expertise for billing projects, grant review and other financial initiatives. Personally, I turn to CLC's leaders to help me understand complex issues and to think outside the box to solve problems.

- Steven Clark, Executive Director, Valley View Health Center, Chehalis, WA