She was selected for the post by the UHPP Board of Directors after a lengthy search process, and upon the retirement of Patricia McGeown who served in that position for eighteen years.
Hegan brings a unique and deep background to her new position. Her educational background combines studies in sociology and Fine Arts and includes a B.A. from Hartwick College, and an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University at Albany. Her previous employment includes serving as Membership Coordinator and Benefits Administrator for the Albany/Schenectady League of Arts, and in Human Resources for The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. She has served as a Board member for many community agencies including Troy Public Library, Sponsor a Scholar, and the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center (now The Pride Center).
Ms. Hegan was first employed at UHPP in 2006 as Vice President for Human Resources and then as Senior Vice President for Operations. In this capacity, she was been responsible for overseeing Human Resources, Facilities, Patient/Customer Service, IT and Finance. Her accomplishments in recent years included facilitating the agency’s move to its new Albany health center and administrative offices at 855 Central Avenue; the initiation and oversight of risk management programs; and the expansion of new IT solutions.
According to Deborah Zamer, Chair of the UHPP Board of Directors, "Chelly has continuously impressed us with her thoughtful vision and thorough knowledge of the challenges that could lie ahead for Planned Parenthood. Her understanding of health care delivery, emerging technologies and agency operations is unmatched. But above all else, it is Chelly's infectious passion for the mission of UHPP that has cemented the Board's unanimous opinion that she was the right choice to lead UHPP into the future."
McGeown also expressed enthusiasm for the decision. "The agency faces some significant challenges, from continued attacks on our funding base to the need for readiness to address community needs under a rapidly changing health care system. Chelly has demonstrated the knowledge and leadership to meet these challenges and to take our organization into the future."