Chief Executive Officer
Angela Clabon, the Chief Executive Officer of CareSTL Health has nearly 40 years of healthcare experience. Mrs. Clabon has always been very passionate about the North St. Louis Community. She started her journey in the health care movement as the Registration Clerk of People’s Health Center, the Director of Revenue for Grace Hill Health Center, the Chief Financial Officer for Hopewell Center and Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers to the Chief Executive Officer of CareSTL Health.
A native of Saint Louis, Clabon obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. She obtained her Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Webster University.
A member of the Zeta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Clabon “lives for the blue and will die for the gold!” She is passionate about being an advocate for healthcare equity for the voiceless. Clabon serves as a Board Member for Missouri Primary Care Association, Missouri Health Plus, St. Louis Integrated Health Network, St. Louis Regional Health Commission, Harris Stowe University Advisory Board, Top Ladies of Distinction-Cardinal Chapter and the Network Nine Advisory Board. Additionally, she is the Chairperson of several committees and an active member of several organizations including the NAACP, NABA and the Urban League.
Articles featuring Ms. Clabon:
A Conversation with CareSTL Health CEO Angela Clabon – STLMag.com
CareSTL Health Breaks Ground on New HQ – The St. Louis American
Still Working on the Vaccination and Antidote to Racism – The St. Louis American
Derrick J. Melton
Chief Operating Officer
Derrick joined our team March 14, 2022, as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Derrick comes to CareSTL Health from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, where he served as the Sr. Director of Clinic Operations for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Co-Chair for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. Prior to Washington University School of Medicine Mr. Melton was the Director of Ambulatory Operations for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) located in Jackson, MS. In both previous positions Mr. Melton oversaw financial and clinical operations and merged both academic medical center best practices with strategic industry trends.
Mr. Melton also has experience in the private sector, where he worked as an administrator for community health systems managing their clinical operations, financials, improved recruiting and training models, and enhanced day-to-day workflows and clinic efficiencies.
Derrick is Six Sigma green-belt certified and holds a bachelor of science in health and exercise science, a masters in health services administration, and an executive master’s in business administration. With his extensive health care operations and management experience, we look forward to his leadership at CareSTL Health.
Joining Derrick in St. Louis are his wife, Lashay, and their three children, ages 19, 12 and 5. We look forward to Derrick and his family joining both our CareSTL Health and St. Louis communities.
Chief Financial Officer
Damon Braggs was the Business Director in Cardiology at Washington University. In Damon’s role as Business Director, he provided financial management of the division in planning and developing operations, capital and personnel budgets, and staffing models. His role also included oversight of administrative responsibilities in patient billing, grant administration, purchasing, and payroll.
Before joining Washington University, Damon had over 20 years at St. Louis University as a Departmental Administrative in various departments spanning Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Internal Auditing Services. Damon is a highly experienced professional with a proven record of providing exceptional customer service to clients and internal staff in an academic and healthcare environment. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.
Damon holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Accounting) and an MBA from St. Louis University. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri. Damon enjoys biking, hiking, and tutoring in his free time and is a part-time dance instructor.
Dr. Hari Nallapaneni
Chief Medical Officer
Dr.Hari Nallapaneni is originally from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. He completed his medical school at Guntur Medical College. He also did his MBA from Andrews University, Michigan. After graduation he had worked in the Caribbean for 10 yrs. Later he came to USA and did his Residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Louis University and Cardiology at University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Since graduation he has been working in the FQHC. His passion to help the underserved is inspired by his mother Mrs. Samrajyam Nallapaneni, who had been a lifelong advocate for serving the socioeconomically challenged especially those suffering from healthcare disparities. Since the unfortunate sudden demise of her, her son Dr. Nallapaneni has took her aspirations as his guidance and has been working and fighting for total quality health care for our most underserved patient population.
Dr.Nallapaneni sees patients once a week at 5471 Dr.Martin Luther King Drive.
Chief Information Officer
Renee is a young, talented Chief Information Officer who has been recognized as a Healthcare Hero for her wealth of knowledge in the business. Her 15 years of healthcare experience allows her to quickly assess barriers, challenges and provide solutions. Renee previously worked as a User Support Analyst in the Physician Billing/Information Services at Washington University School of Medicine. Renee’s experience allows her the ability to foresee future obstacles and make early adjustments. It is not uncommon for department managers to consult with her for guidance and direction on specific issues.
Renee is a proud graduate of Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. She holds master degrees in Health Administration and Business Administration from Webster University. Renee is an active member of several organizations including Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Zeta Sigma Chapter where she is the Corresponding Secretary.
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Pamela Meanes is an accomplished Attorney. Meanes was a partner in the law firm of Thompson Coburn where she represented clients in the areas of health care, personnel, land use, eminent domain and employment. She represented such clients as the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Saint Mary’s Hospital, McLeod U.S.A., Energizer Battery, Metro Transit, Monsanto, East St. Louis Children’s Mission, and St. Louis Women’s Healthcare.
Meanes is a former president of the National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of predominately African American attorneys and judges with more than 65,000 members. She is also past president of Mound City Bar Association. Her service to professional and civic organizations includes her current position as chair of the NAACP St. Louis County Branch’s Legal Redress committee and vice president of the Mound City Bar Foundation. She is a former co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Legal Service Project. Meanes has also served on the board of directors of MERS Goodwill, Greater East St. Louis Community Fund, Inc., and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
Carol Henley, DDS
Chief Dental Officer
A native of Kansas City, Kansas Dr. Carol Henley has been with CareSTL Health for more than 20 years. Dr. Henley has practiced dentistry for 30 plus years and now serves as the Chief Dental Officer at CareSTL Health Centers. Dr. Henley is a member of numerous dental affiliations including, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Women Dentists, to name a few. She is widely known for her work in dentistry and has been the recipient of several awards including the 2002 Annie Malone Woman Advocate Honoree, the 2004 Mother of the Year Award from (TLOP) Top Ladies of Distinction and the 2015 Salute to Excellence in Healthcare. A fitness guru, Dr. Henley received the 2007 EZ Bodyz EZ-Gear, Best Biceps, and Total Body Awards.
Dr. Henley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Benedictine College and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri Kansas City. In her spare time Dr. Henley enjoys spending quality time with her two wonderful daughters: Cara and Carly.
Michelle Grimes, DNP
Chief Nursing Officer
Dr. Michelle Grimes is a doctoral-prepared board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Michelle has been a nurse for over 30 years. She graduated from Chamberlain University in 2017 with a terminal Doctoral degree in Advanced Clinical Practice Leadership and the University of Missouri St. Louis with her Master’s in Nursing with a certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2014. Michelle also holds an MBA from Fontbonne University.
Michelle has worked several jobs as a nurse practitioner in addition to over 35 years in other nursing specialties in a nursing role as well as a managerial role and currently works as the Chief Nursing Officer for CareSTL Health which sees over 25 thousand patients a year. She is the first Chief Nursing Office for CareSTL Health. Michelle’s area covers not just nursing for four clinical sites but also Case Management, Health Home, Nutrition and Education and training for all patients and staff.
Michelle is a wife, mother of three children and grandmother of nine. When not caring for patients, she is spending time with family, her church as a First Lady and traveling.
Chief Marketing and Development Officer
Ruth brings a diverse portfolio and impressive experience to CareSTL Health. She has served several non-profit organizations with more than 25 years of experience.
Formerly the CEO of Connections to Success, Ruth has also served as the Chief Development Officer for the Little Bit Foundation, Chief Marketing & Development Officer for Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, and Director of Public Information & Partnerships with the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, both in Kansas City Missouri.
Recently appointed as the new Commissioner of St. Louis County Port Authority by County Executor Sam Page, Ruth also serves as a board member of the St. Louis Area Food Bank, a graduate of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis, class of 2022, Ivy Foundation Board of Directors, a former member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, awarded membership in the prestigious organization “Executive Connections,” Women’s Leadership & Charmaine Chapman Society of United Way, a member of Beyond Housing Women’s Leadership Network and has been asked to write a chapter in the new book Deconstructing GRIT entitled “Intention” to be launched in January 2024. Ruth is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Omicron Eta Omega Chapter, in St. Louis, MO.
Ruth lives in Florissant, MO, with her husband, Reginald Lee, owner of D. Laniger Transportation, and son Bryce Terrell. Ruth also has a daughter Danielle Coleman, an attorney residing in Ann Arbor, MI, and a son, Hamilton Terrell III, who resides in Kansas City, Mo. Ruth holds a BA in Communications from UMKC and an Executive MBA from Rockhurst University.