The Culpeper Free Clinic has a new leader.
Tammy LaGraffe, a veteran health-care worker hailing from Syracuse, N.Y., has joined the community clinic as its director.
LaGraffe is excited to join the clinic and have the opportunity to give back to the Culpeper community, which welcomed her and her family when they arrived here in 2018, according to Karen Boushie, spokeswoman for Culpeper’s Powell Wellness Foundation.
The nonprofit foundation governs the clinic, which typically serves people without health insurance, many of whom haven’t seen a doctor in years, if ever.
Since she moved to Culpeper, LaGraffe had been employed with the Health Department as a public health nurse supervisor.
Prior to moving to Culpeper, LaGraffe lived in Pennsylvania for 10 years. During that period, she was director of a health-care quality unit that serves people with disabilities.
Her husband, Jim, is executive director of Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services. They have a son, Simon, and two dogs, Sophie and Alice.
To her new role, LaGraffe brings years of experience working in women’s health, behavioral health and community-based wellness programs.
She began her career as a registered nurse in Syracuse, N.Y.