Opioid Challenge Summit and Hack-a-thon Mentor and Speaker Biographies

Mentor Bios

Michael botticelli, Director, White House National Drug Control Policy

Michael Botticelli was sworn in as Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House on February 11, 2015, after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate. He joined the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as Deputy Director in November 2012 and later served as Acting Director.

As Director of National Drug Control Policy, Mr. Botticelli leads the Obama Administration’s drug policy efforts, which are based on a balanced public health and public safety approach. The Administration has advanced historic drug policy reforms and innovations in prevention, criminal justice, treatment, and recovery.

In response to the national opioid epidemic, Mr. Botticelli has coordinated actions across the Federal government to reduce prescription drug abuse, heroin use and related overdoses. These include supporting community-based prevention efforts; educating prescribers and the public about preventing prescription drug abuse; expanding use of the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone by law enforcement and other first responders; and increasing access to medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services to help individuals sustain their recovery from opioid use disorders.

Mr. Botticelli has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder for more than 26 years. He has encouraged the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders, which often keeps individuals from seeking and receiving treatment.

Mr. Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans affected by substance use disorders. Prior to joining ONDCP, he served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He also forged strong partnerships with local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies; state and local health and human service agencies; and stakeholder groups to guide and implement evidence-based programs.

Mr. Botticelli has served in a variety of leadership roles for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. He was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.  He has also co-authored many peer-reviewed articles that have significantly contributed to the field.

Born in Upstate New York, Mr. Botticelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College and a Master of Education degree from St. Lawrence University.

Charlie Baker, Governor, State of Massachusetts

Charlie Baker was inaugurated on January 8th, 2015 as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Elected in November of 2014 on a platform of making Massachusetts great for everyone, Governor Baker’s arrival in the Corner Office continues a long, successful career in both the private sector and public service where he has worked hard to put the people of Massachusetts first.

Governor Baker is committed to making Massachusetts a truly great place to live, work, start a business and raise a family. As Governor, he has pledged to work toward a growing economy with family-sustaining jobs; ensure that schools across the Commonwealth provide opportunity for every child regardless of zip code; and make Beacon Hill a true partner with our local governments to create safer and thriving communities across Massachusetts.

Over the course of his career, Governor Baker has been a highly successful leader of complex organizations in business and in government. As a cabinet secretary under Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, Baker helped lead efforts to reform and modernize state government. During his time as Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Baker turned a company on the brink of bankruptcy into the nation’s highest ranked health care provider for six straight years.

As a member of the Weld and Cellucci Administrations in the 1990s, Baker helped turn a billion-dollar deficit into a surplus, create a half million jobs, and enact an ambitious education reform agenda. First asked to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services in 1992, Baker led efforts make Massachusetts’ social service system more humane, cost-effective and responsive to the needs of the Commonwealth’s residents. In 1994, Baker was appointed Secretary of Administration and Finance, overseeing a number of cost-saving reforms, modernizing state government and making it more efficient. Governor Baker was recognized for his leadership and innovation by the National Governors’ Association in 1998 who rewarded him with the Distinguished Service Award.

As Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from 1999 to 2009, Baker led the company out of receivership to become the top healthcare plan in the country for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness. During Baker’s tenure, Harvard Pilgrim was named one of Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places To Work” for seven years in a row.

Raised in Needham, Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Governor Baker and his wife, Lauren, have been heavily involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors. They live in Swampscott, and have three children: Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.

Chris Herren, Founder, The Herren Project

As reported by numerous media outlets, Chris has struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He attends meetings daily to support his substance free lifestyle and often speaks before groups trying to overcome addiction to share his experiences and road to sobriety.

In June of 2009, Chris celebrated 1 year of sobriety and took the next step in his career to launch a basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc. Since the summer of 2009 Chris has trained hundreds of basketball players including some of the top basketball prospects in New England.

Off the court he continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. In May of 2011 his memoir, Basketball Junkie written with Bill Reynolds, was released followed by the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary, UnGuarded, directed by Jonathan Hock.

Chris is the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction and to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse. In 2012 The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.

Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation.

Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She most recently served as a Vice President at Google, first leading New Business Development — where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years — and later serving as a VP in the leadership team at Google[x] — where she co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative and worked on a range of other projects. During her tenure she led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa, and also served as GM of Google.org during its engineering transition, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Engine, and increased employee engagement.

Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web, where the team broke through many barriers and partnered closely with AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, and other major web players. Megan was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.

Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback.  

Megan has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master’s thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.

Marylou Sudders, Secretary, Health and Human Services, State of Massachusetts

Appointed as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015, Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $19.4 billion state budget with 22,000 dedicated public servants, and oversees critical services that touch one in four residents of the Commonwealth. Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has dedicated her life to public service and to some of our most vulnerable citizens. She has been a public official, provider executive, advocate and college professor.

She was the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003, championing significant legislative reforms including insurance parity, fundamental patient rights and the first children’s mental health commission. In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) for her behavioral health expertise; she remains on this important Commission in her capacity as Secretary.

For almost ten years, she headed the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, promoting the rights and well-being of some 24,000 children and families. Just prior to her appointment as Secretary, Sudders was an associate professor and Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Sudders has served on many charitable boards throughout her career, including the Pine Street Inn, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Secretary Sudders’ talent and dedication has been recognized multiple times. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and was named Social Worker of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was also nationally recognized with the Knee-Whitman Outstanding Achievement for Health & Mental Health Policy from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.

Geren Stone, Program Director, Global Medicine Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Geren Stone completed his Internal Medicine/Primary Care residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Following residency, Dr. Stone served as Interim Ambulatory Chief Resident at MGH before getting a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Stone then worked with Indiana University as the Medicine Team Liaison for the AMPATH program (Academic Model for the Provision of Healthcare) in Eldoret, Kenya.  In that role, he coordinated the experiences of visiting medical students and residents while also holding teaching and clinical responsibilities as a Visiting Lecturer for Moi University. Moreover, during that time, he worked closely with the leadership of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to examine various indicators of quality of care on the medical wards and to create systems for continual improvement.

Originally from Atlanta, Dr. Stone received a Bachelor degree in Sociology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He then spent a year working in Tajikistan working with physicians providing training in family medicine and caring for TB patients in the prison system.  After that experience, he returned to earn his Medical Degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Ultimately, his interest is engaging disparities and the systems that generate them.  He returned to MGH as the Global Primary Care (GPC) program director with a desire to work and think creatively in building mutually beneficial partnerships locally and globally that train leaders, allow for cutting edge innovation and research, and ultimately impact the health of communities.  Working as a primary care provider for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, he hopes to model a career engaging vulnerable populations locally and globally.

Elizabeth Bailey, Director, CAMTech, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health

In 2012, Ms. Elizabeth Bailey joined MGH as the Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech), which catalyzes and accelerates medical technology innovation to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to MGH, Ms. Bailey spent over a decade as an investment partner at Commons Capital, an impact venture capital fund that invests in early-stage technology companies. Ms. Bailey managed the fund’s health care and education portfolios, and she led the fund’s global health initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a strong advocate for leveraging private sector solutions to generate sustainable and widespread public health impact. Ms. Bailey earned a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA from Brown University.

Ann R. Klee, President, GE Foundation

Ann R. Klee is the President of the GE Foundation. Prior to her position, she was the  Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety at General Electric Company in Fairfield, Connecticut, where she led the company’s global environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs and was responsible for ensuring that GE’s global operations comply with applicable EHS laws and regulations, managing the Company’s environmental litigation, supporting Ecomagination, and advising GE business leaders on environmental and energy policy issues.

Ms. Klee has 25 years of experience in the area of environmental and energy law and policy, having served in private practice for over ten years, in various federal Government roles, and most recently at GE. From 2004 to 2006, Ann was General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is also the former Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and served as the Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI).

Prior to joining GE in 2008, Ms. Klee was a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Environment & Natural Resources Group in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Klee is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, and her B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1983. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Park Foundation, the Keystone Center and as a Corporate Advisor to the National Transportation Policy Project.  
Ms. Klee and her husband divide their time between their home in Weston, Connecticut, and their farm in Shenandoah Valley with their dogs and a herd of cows.

Joanne Peterson, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Learn to Cope Inc.

Joanne Peterson is Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network established in 2004. Her journey started as a young girl growing up with siblings who experienced issues with mental illness and addiction. Years later, when she discovered that her own son’s experimentation with prescription drugs had led to a heroin addiction, she was motivated and empowered to use her voice to bring about change. Organically and without this in her plan, Ms. Peterson started Learn to Cope as a way to offer families the kind of support, education, resources, and hope that would have benefitted her family. Today, her son is in long-term recovery.

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Learn to Cope collaborates with communities across Massachusetts to spread messages of prevention, education, awareness, and advocacy. With nearly 7,600 members on a private online forum and 22 chapters throughout the state of Massachusetts an additional chapter in Florida, the group offers families unique support from their peers. Through collaboration with the state health department, Learn to Cope became the first parent network in the country to provide the overdose-reversal medication naloxone to family members at all Learn to Cope meetings. Today, 80 of the 200 Learn to Cope facilitators are trained and certified to provide LTC families with overdose education and nasal naloxone kits at each chapter. Through Learn to Cope, families who attend meetings receive training and the lifesaving medication to reverse a loved one’s opioid overdose. Since December 2011, LTC members have successfully reversed 50 opioid overdoses in their homes.

Learn to Cope has been recognized both locally and nationally by Time Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Renew magazine, A&E’s Intervention, NPR Radio and Wasted Youth series. Learn to Cope has also been recognized on WCVB-ABC’s Boston Chronicle and later participated in a documentary for the Emmy winning current televisions OxyContin Express that aired in May 2011. Ms. Peterson and Learn to Cope members were also guests on the Katie Couric Show.

Ms. Peterson has been called upon by high-level government officials, law enforcement, and educators to assist in their efforts to combat the opioid misuse epidemic. Ms. Peterson has testified numerous times at the Massachusetts State House, at the FDA and in Congress in Washington D.C. Ms. Peterson continues to work tirelessly with Massachusetts former Governor Deval Patrick and present Governor Charlie Baker’s administration, as well as Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Ms. Peterson is on the advisory board for Recovery Research Institute- Massachusetts General Hospital, is on the expert panel for Brandeis University and is on the panel for the Norfolk and Plymouth County District Attorney’s Drug task forces.  In January 2015, Ms. Peterson was Senator Markey’s guest at the Whitehouse State of the Union Address and in May 2015, Ms. Peterson was recognized for her work where she was presented an Advocate for Action award by Michael Botticelli, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Most recently, Ms. Peterson participated in a community forum on substance abuse alongside former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Sarah Wakeman, Medical Director, MGH Substance Use Disorder Initiative

Sarah Wakeman, M.D. is the Medical Director of MGH Substance Use Disorder Initiative. Sarah also practices in the Adult Medicine Department of the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. Following her residency at Mass General she served as a chief resident in medicine at MGH. She also completed the Chief Resident Immersion Training in Addiction Medicine through Boston University. Sarah is the author of many peer-reviewed articles on substance use disorders and incarceration.

Colleen Labelle, BSN, RN-BC, CARN,  Program Director, BU Office Based Opioid Treatment Buprenorphine Program

Colleen Labelle is the Program Director at the Boston University Office Based Opioid Treatment Buprenorphine Program (OBOT). The OBOT Program serves over 450 patients in the Boston Medical Center (BMC) outpatient General Medicine practice.  OBOT provides consult and services to BMC’s Family Medicine, Infectious Disease, Psychiatry, Homeless, and Obstetrics departments.  Additionally, OBOT provides training and technical support to 14 community health centers in the State of Massachusetts that are also funded by this grant.

Colleen’s specializations include Addictions Certification, Pain Certification and training and technical support office based practice with buprenorphine using nurse care managers. She attended St. Elizabeth School of Nursing (RN) in Brighton, MA and earned a BSN from Grand Canyon University. Colleen has received several awards, including the 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award: Modern Healthcare IntNSA Management, and she was named the 2015 MVP General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. She is serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of Registration in Nursing (MA) and the Governor’s Opioid Working Group.

Emma Stanton, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Beacon Health Options

Dr. Emma Stanton is Associate Chief Medical Officer for Beacon Health Options. Dr. Stanton leads clinical strategy and works closely with Beacon’s corporate strategy, product innovation and marketing teams. Originally from London, England, Dr. Stanton pioneered Beacon’s international expansion to the United Kingdom in 2011. From 2010 – 2011, she was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, and is now a senior associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, where she researched the value-based approach to healthcare delivery. Nominated as one of Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) most inspirational women in health and also one of the HSJ Top Innovators in England’s National Health Service, Dr. Stanton holds an executive MBA from Imperial College, London; a MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists; and a Bachelor of Medicine from Southampton University, England. Her publications include Clinical Leadership: Bridging the Divide (Quay Books, 2009) and MBA for Medics (Radcliffe, 2010).

Colleen Barry, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research

Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P. is a Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research. Professor Barry conducts policy analysis and political communication research with a focus on vulnerable populations and often-stigmatized health conditions including mental illness, substance use and obesity. Much of her current research involves examining the implications of various aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on persons with mental illness or substance use disorders. She has also led studies examining public opinion and political persuasion in the context of childhood obesity, mental illness and gun policy. She teaches courses in health policy and in public opinion research. Professor Barry received her Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and her masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Monica Bharel, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Monica Bharel, MD, most recently served as Medical Director at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in Boston, MA.  She is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center. Her areas of interest include preventive health care and chronic disease management for underserved populations through system-based improvements. Her areas of research have included cervical cancer screening in homeless women, treatment of alcohol use among homeless women, hepatitis C in vulnerable populations and medical resident education.  Dr. Bharel received her medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1994 and in 1998, completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center.

David Barash, Executive Director, Global Health Portfolio, Chief Medical Officer, GE Foundation

David M. Barash, M.D. is the Executive Director of the Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer for the GE Foundation.  At the GE Foundation, Developing Health initiatives are approached with the belief that simple interventions are often the answer to some of healthcare’s most complex problems.

Dr. Barash is a practicing emergency medicine physician with more than 30 years’ experience.  He has focused a great deal on understanding how new technologies can be commercialized and delivered to effectively close the gap between brainstorm and bedside.

Prior to joining the GE Foundation, Dr. Barash was Chief Medical Officer of Life Care Solutions and Executive Medical Director of Health Care Services for GE Healthcare.  He was also Founder and President of Concord Healthcare Strategies, where he provided strategic and operational expertise to medical technology investors and development stage medical technology companies.

He received his Bachelor of Arts and his Medical Degree with Honors from Cornell University, and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, an inventor of pending patents and an author of several clinical publications.

Jeffrey Samet, Professor of Medicine, Chief of General Internal Medicine, Boston University and Boston Medical Center

Dr. Samet is a Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine Boston Medical Center.  He also serves as Medical Director of Addictions Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Support Services at the Boston Public Health Commission.

Dr. Samet’s research has focused on linkage of substance abuse treatment and primary medical care; addressing substance abuse issues in the primary care setting; the impact of alcohol and drug use in HIV-infected persons, the delay in establishing primary medical care for HIV infection; and HIV prevention strategies in Eastern Europe.  He is the Principal Investigator on several current NIAAA and NIDA-funded studies.  He is an internist and has been a primary care physician since 1983.

Jack Kelly, Founder and CEO of iRecover

Jack Kelly grew up in Charlestown MA, a neighborhood of Boston and graduated from Matignon high school. During his time at Matignon Jack struggled with an addiction to the pain killer OxyContin as a result of a shoulder injury.

At 22, Jack entered into full recovery and joined the Ironworkers, Local 7. In 2006, former Mayor Thomas Menino appointed Jack as his neighborhood coordinator for Charlestown, where he served for over 5 years helping residents of Charlestown gain access to varied city services.

During his tenure, Jack was elected as a delegate to the Democratic national convention in Denver with 92% of the vote and voted for President Obama for the nomination of the Democratic Party.

After successfully serving the people of Charlestown at City Hall, Jack took a position with Mass General Hospital where he was in charge of developing and managing a grant to reduce rates of HIV, Hepatitis C and STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) in high risk communities. After a year of implementing needed innovative reforms in testing policies to serve high risk communities and helping reduce rates, Jack decided to run for an At-Large seat on the Boston City Council.

As a result of the historic nature of the Boston Mayoral race, twelve people qualified on the ballot for Mayor and nineteen for City Council At-Large. Jack was one of eight, out of the original nineteen who made it to the finals.

Ultimately Jack failed to secure a seat, but garnered over 23 thousand votes city-wide, while also being endorsed by the Boston Globe and Planned Parenthood.

Currently, Jack has formed a team of software developers to create a mobile App called iRecover to help those in recovery find meetings and other services related to addiction relying on data and science. In addition, Jack is a senior advisor to Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone and is a senior advisor for the Suffolk District Attorney’s office helping create a Youth Advisory Council.

Monica Valdes-Lupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, joined the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) as Executive Director in February 2016. Among other public health priorities, she is committed to preventing and treating substance abuse, strengthening the city’s partnerships with healthcare organizations, and advancing health equity for all Bostonians.  

As the Executive Director of the BPHC, the city’s health department, Ms. Valdes Lupi manages a $162M budget and leads 1,100 employees. In addition to operating a broad range of public health programs, the BPHC includes Boston Emergency Medical Services, school-based health centers, several substance abuse treatment facilities, and the largest homeless services program in New England.  In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Valdes Lupi serves as the key advisor to Mayor Walsh on health issues and continues to build innovative partnerships across city agencies to leverage strategic opportunities for housing, economic development, transportation, education and environmental policies to positively impact the health of all Boston residents.  

Prior to joining BPHC, Ms. Valdes Lupi served as the Chief Program Officer for the Health Systems Transformation team at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).  In this role, she led initiatives in the following programmatic areas: health equity, public health integration with primary care, Medicaid/Public Health Partnerships, public health informatics, and state health policy. Through this diverse portfolio, she led her team in strengthening the technical assistance and capacity building services provided to state and territorial health officials, senior deputies, and their leadership teams.

Ms. Valdes Lupi also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) before joining ASTHO. She supported Commissioner John Auerbach by leading the day-to-day operations of an agency with a budget of nearly $1B with 3,100 employees that included four public health hospitals, several regulatory bodies, and numerous programmatic divisions that addressed chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse services, environmental health, tobacco control, maternal, child and adolescent health, and emergency preparedness.

Ms. Valdes Lupi also served as the Chief of Staff for Commissioner Auerbach at the Boston Public Health Commission where she worked for more than six years. She managed the City’s campaign to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and oversaw the distribution of nearly $2 million in grants aimed at improving the health for Boston’s most vulnerable residents.  

Ms. Valdes Lupi worked previously at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers as a policy analyst where she coordinated the activities for the Boston Conference of Community Health Centers. She received her JD from the Dickinson School of Law, her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College.     

Jody Rich, Director, Brown University Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights

Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and a practicing Infectious Disease Specialist since 1994 at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center providing clinical care for over 22 years, and at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections caring for prisoners with HIV infection and working in the correctional setting doing research. He has published close to 190 peer-reviewed publications, predominantly in the overlap between infectious diseases, addictions and incarceration. He is the Director and Co-founder of The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital (www.prisonerhealth.org).  He is also a Co-Founder of the nationwide Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) collaboration in HIV in corrections (CFAR/CHIC) initiative. Dr. Rich has advocated for public health policy changes to improve the health of people with addiction, including improving legal access to sterile syringes and increasing drug treatment for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations. He is Principal Investigator of three R01 grants and a K24 grant all focused on incarcerated populations. His primary field and area of specialization and expertise is in the overlap between infectious diseases and illicit substance use, the treatment and prevention of HIV infection, and the care and prevention of disease in addicted and incarcerated individuals. He has served as an expert for the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and many others. He has been appointed by RI Governor, Gina Raimondo, to the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force Expert Team, selected to advise the task force and formulate a strategic plan to address addiction and stop overdose in Rhode Island. The RI Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force was created to propose a strategic plan that puts forth the most impactful initiatives in the areas of prevention of opioid addiction, reversal of opioid overdose, treatment of opioid addiction, and recovery to reduce addiction and stop overdose death in Rhode Island. Their efforts are targeted at identifying the components for prevention, treatment, reversal, and recovery that will ‘shift the epidemic curve’ of overdose deaths.

Brian Larkin, Lieutenant Detective, Boston Police Department Drug Control Unit

Lieutenant Detective Brian Larkin is a member of the Boston Police Department Drug Control Unit. 

Leo Beletsky, Professor, Northeastern School of Law

Professor Beletsky holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences. His expertise is on the use of law to advance public health. He utilizes empirical and theoretical approaches to analyze how legal mechanisms can help curb substance abuse, prevent the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases and improve patient care. By highlighting discrepancies between black letter law and its real-world implementation, he also examines the relationship between police practices, public health outcomes and human rights of vulnerable groups. Professor Beletsky communicates this work to legal, scientific and mainstream audiences, including as a contributor to The Huffington Post.

Throughout his career, Professor Beletsky has applied his skills and expertise in service to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations, including UNAIDS, US Department of Justice, the City of New York and the Open Society Foundations. This involvement has focused on legal reform and programmatic efforts to better align law and policing with community health. His commitment to translating lessons learned between domestic and international settings has informed a portfolio of projects across the Americas (US and Mexico), Central and East Asia (China, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan) and Eastern Europe (Russia and Ukraine).

Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Professor Beletsky was on the faculty of the Division of Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he retains an adjunct appointment. He received his undergraduate training in geography from Vassar College and Oxford University, a master’s in public health from Brown University, his law degree from Temple University School of Law, and his post-doctoral training at the Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Katrina Armstrong,  Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine

Katrina A. Armstrong, MD is the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital. She is an internationally recognized investigator in medical decision making, quality of care, and cancer prevention and outcomes, an award winning teacher, and a practicing primary care physician. She has served on multiple advisory panels for academic and federal organizations and has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Institute of Medicine. Prior to coming to Mass General, she was the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Director of the Abramson Cancer Center and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Maia Szalavitz, Journalist and Author of “The Unbroken Brain”

Maia Szalavitz is a journalist and author who specializes in mental health coverage, with a particular focus on addictions, drug policy, neuroscience and media criticism of reporting on these issues. Her personal experience as a former cocaine and heroin addict—and her extensive knowledge of the scientific literature on addictions and drug policy—brings a unique perspective to her work.

Her most recent book, co-written with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, is The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing (Basic, 2007). The book explores how trauma affects the developing brain and why love is the most important ingredient in recovery.

She is also the author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids (Riverhead, 2006). It serves as the first book-length expose of widespread abuse in largely unregulated teen “tough love” programs and boot camps. Szalavitz’s work has helped spur increased activism and legislative attention to the plight of thousands of teens held in these programs.

She is co-author, with Dr. Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D. of the University of Pennsylvania, of Recovery Options: The Complete Guide: How You and Your Loved Ones Can Understand and Treat Alcohol and Other Drug Problems (John S. Wiley, 2000). This is the first evidence-based consumer guide to addiction treatment; most other books on this subject press a particular approach to addiction and recovery (usually 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous) rather than looking at the data. It also includes both positive and negative perspectives from addicts on treatment.

Alexander Walley, Medical Director, Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Alexander Y. Walley, M.D., M.Sc., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a general internist and addiction medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center.  He is the director of the Boston University Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, which trains addiction medicine specialist physicians. He is the director of Inpatient Addiction Consult Service at Boston Medical Center. He does clinical and research-related work on the medical complications of substance use, specifically HIV and overdose.  He provides primary care and office-based addiction treatment for patients with HIV at Boston Medical Center and methadone maintenance treatment at Community Substance Abuse Centers. He is the medical director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program. Since 2007, the MDPH program has trained over 44,000 people in Massachusetts’s communities, including people who use opioids, people in recovery, and their social networks.

Sarah MackinProgram Manager, AHOPE Needle Exchange Program

Sarah is the Program Manager at AHOPE Needle Exchange Program.

Jessie Gaeta, Chief Medical Officer, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program

Jessie M. Gaeta, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, supervising the medical practice of BHCHP’s physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. She most recently served as the medical director for BHCHP’s Barbara McInnis House medical respite program from 2009-2015. Dr. Gaeta has strong clinical interests in respite care, medical education, and supportive housing. Her work in our respite program focused on designing systems that promote quality health care, collaborating with local hospitals, and improving end-of-life care for homeless persons.

Dr. Gaeta recently helped design a supportive housing program for the highest utilizers of Boston Medical Center’s Emergency Room and has led BHCHP’s efforts in responding to the substance use disorder crisis. Dr. Gaeta earned her medical degree at University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Traci Green, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, BU School of Medicine

Dr. Green is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on drug abuse, addiction, and injury. Specifically, the areas in which she is most interested and to which she has contributed include the intersecting worlds of HIV infection and drug abuse, non-medical use of prescription drugs, corrections health, drug policy, and opioid overdose prevention and intervention. She earned a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University and a PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University where she was both a Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS pre-doctoral fellow and an individual Kirschstein-National Research Services Award pre-doctoral fellow. She helped design the ASI-MV®, a real-time illicit and prescription drug abuse surveillance system developed by Inflexxion, Inc., and has actively sought to test its applicability and validity. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University where she is Deputy Director of the Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Center. She also holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Green helped co-found Prescribetoprevent.org and chairs the Rhode Island Drug Overdose Prevention and Rescue Coalition for the Rhode Island Department of Health. Her research is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Tufts/Lifespan/Brown Center for AIDS Research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Paul Bowman, Certified Methadone/Buprenorphine Advocate, National Alliance Medication Assisted Recovery

For 28 years, Paul  has been a state social worker and is going on 9 years in recovery on Suboxone. Paul has been a licensed horse and carriage driver for four years. Paul is also a board member of Great Dane Club of America Chapter, Director NAMA Recovery.

James Gessner, President, Massachusetts Medical Society

James S. Gessner, M.D. is a physician with Anesthesia Associates of Massachusetts, one of New England’s largest private practice anesthesiology groups serving major academic and medical centers throughout the Northeast.

Board-certified in anesthesiology and pediatrics, he holds appointments in anesthesiology at the New England Baptist Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Mount Auburn Hospital.

A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1982, he has served the organization in a variety of capacities, most recently as President-Elect and Vice President, respectively, over the last two years. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006 and the Society’s governing body, its House of Delegates, since 2003. He chaired the Committee on Finance for nine years, from 2005-2014 and has been a member of the Committees on Administration and Management, Strategic Planning, Legislation, Bylaws, and Member Services. From 2001-2003, he was president of the Norfolk District Medical Society.

Dr. Gessner has long been active with anesthesia specialty societies, holding several leadership positions. He is a past president of the New England Society of Anesthesiologists and currently serves as its Secretary-Treasurer. From 1994-1995, he was president of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, and he continues his service with that organization as a Government Officer and member of its Judicial Committee. On the national level, he was a Massachusetts delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists from 1984-2009.

A cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bowdoin College with an A.B., Dr. Gessner received a B.M.S. from Dartmouth Medical School in 1970 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1972. He completed residencies in pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital and in anesthesiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1981.

Dr. Gessner has also served long tenures on several key hospital committees. From 1986-1996, he was a member of the Risk Management Committee in the Department of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School; from 1986-1995, he was Chairman of the Bioethics Committee at New England Deaconess Hospital; and from 1993-2013, he was a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Faulkner Hospital.

Since 2000, he has been an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center, and was a Clinical Instructor in Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School from 1979-1998.

Miriam Komarony, Director, Project Echo

Dr. Miriam Komaromy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Project ECHO. She oversees ECHO’s Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry programs, Complex Care program, and Community Health Worker programs.

Until 2012, Dr. Komaromy served as the Medical Director for Turquoise Lodge Hospital, an addiction treatment hospital funded by the State of New Mexico. She is a board certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine, and was trained at UCSF, where she also served on the faculty for a number of years.

Dr. Komaromy is President-elect of the NM Society of Addiction Medicine, and serves on the national Medical Education Council of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She speaks nationally on the ECHO model and on issues related to addiction policy and treatment. She practices outpatient addiction medicine.

Peter Friedmann, MD, MPH, DFASAM, FACP,  Associate Dean of Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate

Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, DFASAM, FACP is Chief Research Officer and Regional Associate Dean for Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate. He has been a primary care and addiction medicine clinician, and NIDA-funded investigator for over 20 years. Dr. Friedmann has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles on the organization of addiction treatment services, treatment process and outcomes, and the role of the physicians in the care of patients with substance use disorders. Dr. Friedmann is a Director on the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), Associate Editor of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and past president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). He was previously Professor of Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he was the founding director of the Brown/Rhode Island Hospital Fellowship in Addiction Medicine.

Daniel Karlin, Chief Medical Officer, Column Health

Dan is the clinical leader of Column Health. He is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, and clinical informatics with a long history of working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. In the neuropharmaceutical sector he focuses on early stage clinical drug development with a focus on novel data and analysis driven strategies, while in clinical medicine he continues to provide care, and teach clinical skills and quality improvement. He has invented and contributed to the creation of several medical devices.

Anna Newman, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Column Health

Anna Newman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with an extensive history working with individuals enduring a vast array of psychiatric and substance abuse issues in both outpatient and hospital settings. Currently, she is working at Column Health, an outpatient addiction treatment center in Arlington providing medication management and medication assisted treatment (Vivitrol) for clients with alcohol and opioid use. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Northeastern University. Additionally, Anna is a part-time lecturer and member of the clinical faculty at Northeastern University’s School of Nursing.

Emily Lindemer, PhD Candidate, Harvard-MIT HST Program

Emily is a PhD candidate in the Health Sciences & Technology joint program between MIT and Harvard Medical School. Her technical training is in computer science and she has completed one of two clinical internships at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, where she works directly with patients and has a specific focus on mental health and its contribution to acute physical conditions. Her research uses neuroimaging to study structural and functional brain changes that occur in aging as well as the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In April 2016 she entered the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack with an idea to help restructure social environments for individuals with heroin addiction. Her team won Best Mental Health Hack from Pfizer with their solution — an app called Hey,Charlie that works to help individuals restore healthy, recovery-oriented relationships and move away from unhealthy and detrimental relationships. They are now starting efficacy trials with partnerships with local outpatient addiction treatment facilities. In addition to Hey,Charlie and her academic pursuits, Emily is an active advocate for women in STEM and teaches a weekly coding club for middle school and high school girls called Girls Who Code. She is also the Executive Co-Chair of Graduate Women at MIT, which is an organization dedicated to the professional and academic development of graduate women. She is an avid yoga practitioner, loves to draw, and is on a mission to see every National Park in America with her husband.

Juhan Sonin, Creative Director, MIT, Goinvo

Juhan specializes in software design and system engineering. He operates, and is the Director of, Involution Studios. He has worked at Apple, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and MITRE. Juhan co-founded Invo Boston in 2009 and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently lectures at MIT.

Dawn Williamson, Addiction Specialist, Emergency Department, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dawn Williamson is an Advanced Practice Nurse for Addictions Consultation in the Emergency Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Williamson responds to the treatment needs of both individuals and families with addiction and mental health issues in the emergency setting. As part of her responsibilities, she provides training and supervision of the clinical staff, develops and implements policies relating to patient care, and provides assistance with establishing treatment plans.

Ms. Williamson received her BSN from the University of Massachusetts and her Masters in Science in Adult Mental Health Nursing from Northeastern University. She is Board Certified as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She is also a Certified Advanced Practice Addictions Registered Nurse. With twenty-eight years of nursing experience she has practiced in both the public and private sector prior to coming to The Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ms. Williamson is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and helped author position statements for the association on Medical Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients and on Substance Abuse and the Emergency Care Setting. She is a member of the ENA’s national committee for Emergency Department Psychiatric Care. She also belongs to the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She has given numerous presentations on addiction treatment. She authored the chapter on alcohol intoxication and withdrawal states for Sheehy’s Manual of Emergency Care, as well as, the module on substance abuse for Mosby’s eLearning course, Handling Psychiatric Emergencies.

Jessica Magidson, Instructor and Staff Psychologist, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Jessica Magidson is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the Department of Psychiatry, with appointments in the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry and the Behavioral Medicine Service. Her clinical research has focused on developing and evaluating brief behavioral interventions to address substance use and co-occurring physical and mental health comorbidities. She has clinical and research experience evaluating paraprofessional and peer delivery of evidence-based behavioral interventions for substance use disorders. She is currently funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to evaluate a lay counselor-delivered substance use intervention to be delivered in HIV primary care in South Africa. She has been the Principal Investigator of two prior NIDA grants and has published 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the area of substance use, substance use treatment, and co-occurring physical and mental health conditions. She has also clinical experience delivering, supervising, and training cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness interventions for substance use, depression, and medication adherence.

Laura Kehoe, MD, MPH, Assistant Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Kehoe is an Assistant Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. At Massachusetts General Hospital, she is the Medical Director of the Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic, and urgent care, “on demand,” transitional addiction program, and an attending physician on the inpatient Addiction Consult Team (ACT). In addition, she is the co-chair of the hospital-wide Substance Use Disorder Education Committee, where she works with other team members to expand evidence-based treatment of patients with addiction, and is actively involved in resident physician training. Outside of MGH, she treats patients at Right Turn, a multidisciplinary residential and outpatient addiction treatment program in Watertown, MA. Additionally, for several years, she was the Medical Director of Baycove Treatment Center for Opioid Addiction Methadone program. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Brad Greenstein, CEO, New England Center for Addiction Medicine (Recovery Centers of America)

Mr. Greenstein has over 17 years of experience in the behavioral health industry with a focus on leadership, operations, reimbursement strategies, and business development. He has extensive experience with startup organizations, multi-state systems, and program development/new business line expansions.   Mr. Greenstein currently serves as the CEO of RCA Danvers,)., a start-up organization with plans to open eight (8) full-service behavioral health campuses in the northeast corridor between 2015-2016, including two (2) in the New England Region. Prior to RCA, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Spectrum Health Systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare system with operations in eight states, $52M in annual revenue and 1,100 employees.   Mr. Greenstein has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center and was involved with the initial startup team which developed the nationally recognized substance abuse treatment agency.   He has served on the board of a number of community and national non-profit agencies including Foundation for Recovery, Inc., PACT Coalition for Safe and Drug Free Communities, and was appointed by the State of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to serve on the State of Nevada Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council along with the State of Nevada Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Advisory Board.

Robert Forman, Director of Policy and Science, Alkermes

As Senior Director of Policy and Science for Alkermes, Inc., Dr. Forman’s primary responsibility is working with elected officials and their staff on addiction and mental health policy.

Dr. Forman is an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Alkermes, Bob held dual appointments on the Psychiatry faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine; and the Treatment Research Institute. Dr. Forman’s NIDA funded research has included treatment quality improvement, therapeutic alliance, illicit drug websites, and medication clinical trials. Dr. Forman has published over 60 scientific and professional articles, chapters and books.  In addition to his academic career, Dr. Forman opened and managed over 20 addiction treatment programs in a wide range of clinical settings. Dr. Forman chaired two Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocols: Outpatient Treatment: Clinical Considerations and Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment. Forman has been a consultant to the White House, NBA Players Association, Aetna and other organizations.

Bryan Ranger, Graduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Bryan Ranger is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD candidate in Medical Engineering/Medical Physics in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, and holds an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. His graduate research focuses on developing ultrasound limb imaging technology to facilitate the design and fabrication of prosthetic interfaces. Bryan is also an instructor at the MIT D-Lab where he co-teaches ‘Prosthetics for the Developing World’, a team member of MIT Hacking Medicine, a resident tutor in Currier House at Harvard College, and is a co-founder of the MIT Cost-effective Healthcare Initiative. Bryan has a long-standing interest in international development and cost-effective healthcare innovation, having worked on global health initiatives in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, India, the WHO, and USAID.

Joan Quinlan, Vice President, Community Health, Massachusetts General Hospital

Joan Quinlan, MPA Vice President for Community Health Massachusetts General Hospital Joan Quinlan is the Vice President for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has also led the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement since 1995. She is a graduate of Boston College and the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she received a Masters of Public Administration. In her current capacity, Ms. Quinlan leads the hospital’s efforts to fully integrate community health into all of its missions including patient care, teaching and research, and to engage with local underserved communities to address challenging community-identified public health problems. She is the hospital co-lead for the Substance Use Disorders Initiative, the leading clinical initiative of MGH’s most recent strategic plan. The need for this initiative, which focuses on the opioid epidemic, was identified through Community Health Needs Assessment, conducted by CCHI and now required by the Affordable Care Act. From 1990 to 1995 she was the Administrative Director for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. She was also the Advisor on Women’s Issues to Governor Michael Dukakis and the Executive Director of 9to5, the Organization for Women’s Office Workers. She is the Co-Vice Chair of Health Resources in Action, a local non-profit. Under Ms. Quinlan’s leadership, MGH won the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2011 and the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service from the American Hospital Association.

Maia Szalavitz, Journalist, Author

Maia Szalavitz is a neuroscience journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction and author or co-author of six other books. She writes for major publications including TIME, the New York Times, Scientific American Mind, the Washington Post, VICE and Pacific Standard.

Lynn Black, Physician Director, Massachusetts General Hospital

Lynn Black, MD, MPH is on the clinical staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. At MGH, she is a Physician Director for Network Development and Integration. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the International Medical and Surgical Response Team for the National Disaster Medical System. While Chair of the Board of Directors for Last Mile Health in Liberia, she helped lead the organization’s Ebola response while working with the Liberian government to bring healthcare to those in the most remote areas. Her international work has included projects involving access to care, disaster response, refugee health, maternal-child health, and gender-based violence in Africa, Haiti and Micronesia. She also serves on the Massachusetts General Hospital Ethics Committee and as an evaluator for asylum seekers with Physicians for Human Rights.

Leslie Aldrich, Associate Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement

Leslie Aldrich is Associate Director for the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement. She is a native of Boston and received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. Ms. Aldrich started at the Center in 1999 as Manager of Evaluation and Research and then became Director of this work in 2006. As CCHI’s Associate Director, Leslie brings her expertise to communities in and around Boston to help them evaluate, conduct assessments and strategically address their health needs. She helps communities identify their resources and works with hospital and MGH healthcare center staff to improve care for Mass General Hospital’s most vulnerable patients.

Mark Eisenberg, Director of Community Based Training, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Eisenberg is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Harvard Medical School. He performed his clinical training in primary care internal medicine at the University of Rochester and followed this with an infectious disease fellowship at Stanford. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an internist at MGH-Charlestown Health Care Center where his practice consists of primary care, HIV/AIDS care and treatment of substance use disorders. He has been intimately involved with the community’s efforts to combat opioid use disorder and prevent opioid overdose deaths. He is Director of Community Based Training for the internal medicine residency program at MGH and is actively involved in teaching Harvard medical students and medical residents From an international health perspective, he has participated in HIV teaching and training in Vietnam in 2004, in Tanzania in July, 2005 in 2007 in Durban, S. Africa 2006 and 2007 and in Uganda in 2009 and 2010. Among numerous teaching awards, Dr Eisenberg was the winner of the MGH Primary Care Teaching Award in 1995 and 2010, the MGH Department of Medicine Ambulatory Teaching Award in 2011 and the Charles McCabe Award for excellence in teaching at HMS in 2015.

Jessica Moreno, Clinical Pharmacist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Jessica is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Northeastern University with a clinical practice site at Massachusetts General Hospital where she is clinical pharmacist on the Addictions Consult Team and in the outpatient Bridge Clinic. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Michigan. Prior to her current position, Jessica completed a post-doctoral industry fellowship at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, a pharmacy practice residency at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Ann Arbor, MI, and a psychiatric pharmacy residency at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Madison, WI.

Kim Chase, Global Economist, GE Corporate

Kim recently joined GE as a Global Economist. Boston native. She received her bachelor’s in math/economics from Brandeis University and a Master’s in International Economics and Finance from The International Business School at Brandeis.

Thomas Ward, Detective Lieutenant, Brookline Police

Thomas has been in law Enforcement for 34 years and is the current lieutenant of Detectives and SRT Team Commander. 

Thomas Sullivan, Chief Privacy and Strategic Officer, Dr.First.com, Inc.

Thomas E. Sullivan, M.D is a board-certified specialist in cardiology and internal medicine with over 40 years of clinical practice. He currently works for DrFirst, an ePrescribing and Medication Management company in Rockville, MD. Dr. Sullivan’s expertise in the application of information technology to health care has helped to create an international standard (ASTM) for the exchange of medical record information called the Continuity of Care Record (CCR). With AMA, he was founding chair of their e-Medicine Advisory Committee, worked with the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, represented the AMA and helped create the Physician EHR Coalition and is past chair of the AMA Council on Medical Service. Dr. Sullivan is the physician author of the TEPR Clinical Documentation Challenge. He received the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s annual “Investing in Information” award and the Essex County Medical Society “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2010. He gave Congressional testimony on the impact and value of e-prescribing, and since 2004 has been on the senior management team at DrFirst. DrFirst has been a national pioneer in DEA sanctioned e-prescribing of controlled substances. He is also helping the US Dept. of Commerce as the current Chair of the Healthcare Industry Committee that deals with emerging strategies for “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.” Recently he has been teaching physicians and healthcare stakeholders through webinars and in person lectures about laws, regulations and technical aids in combating the Opioid epidemic. Dr. Sullivan is a past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and was an associate medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for 11 years. He recently completed his 10 year membership on the Mass Medical Society Committee on Publications, overseeing the New England Journal of Medicine and other publications, and is active on the Committee on Information Technology. He is a past chair of the Confidentiality and Security Steering Committee at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and is a past chair of Tobacco Free Massachusetts. Dr. Sullivan graduated from Holy Cross College with an AB in French, having spent a year at the Sorbonne. Pre-med studies were pursued at Harvard and Columbia, and he received his MD from Jefferson in Philadelphia. Dr. Sullivan pursued his Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at St Vincent’s in New York and Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. He also served in the US Navy as LCDR at the Naval Hospital in Boston/Chelsea during the Vietnam era.

Mary Sebert, RN, MPH, International Nurse Program Manager, Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health

Mary Sebert, RN, MPH is the International Nurse Program Manager of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. Previously, Ms. Sebert worked in Mbarara, Uganda as a Global Heath Service Partnership volunteer, a partnership program between Seed Global Health and the United States Peace Corps. In Uganda, she worked at Mbarara University of Science and Technology as an instructor in the nursing program. She also served as a mentor in leadership for the nursing faculty. Additionally, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where she worked in the development of Non-Governmental Organizations, specifically those with health issues. Ms. Sebert is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of clinical education and managerial experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from South Dakota State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Sarah Mackin, MPH, Program Director, AHOPE Needle Exchange

Sarah Mackin, MPH is the Director of Harm Reduction Services for the Boston Public Health Commission since 2012 and she oversees Massachusetts’ oldest and largest Needle Exchange Program, AHOPE, a program where she began as an outreach worker in 2010 and which currently serves 7,000 people annually. She has over a decade of experience in the fields of substance use, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and drug user health, and her work in public health has taken her throughout Central and South America, as well as Vietnam. She received a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College with a focus in Sociology and she completed her master’s degree in health policy from Boston University School of Public Health in 2014.

Mitra Ahadpour, Director of Division of Pharmacologic Therapies at SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Dr. Mitra Ahadpour, MD, DABAM, is a licensed primary care physician, board certified in Addiction Medicine, with over 10 years of providing medical care in Maryland. She is a Medical Officer in the Division of Pharmacologic Therapies at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. During Dr. Ahadpour’s tenure at the National Institutes of Health, she developed strategic plans, policies and goals to eliminate health disparities. Clinical intervention points across the lifespan were identified to reduce substance use and detect mental illness in the health disparate population, and evidence-based guidelines were assessed to improve preventive health services. In private practice, she contributed to legislation making Maryland smoke-free and, as chair of Montgomery County Medical Society’s Community Service Programs, created and launched a tobacco awareness in middle schools. She attained her MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her primary care residency was completed at the George Washington University Hospital.

Danielle Tarino, Public Health Analyst, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Danielle Tarino is a Public Health Analyst for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She works on the SAMHSA Health Information Technology team on privacy and security of electronic health records and focuses on innovative health IT solutions for people in recovery and those in treatment for substance use disorders. Danielle also works on a myriad of youth in recovery issues and projects. Prior to her work at SAMHSA, Danielle was the Resident Advisor of the Rutgers Recovery House at Rutgers University and sat on the steering committee that founded a large non-profit organization for young people in recovery. In 2012, she was featured in the documentary on the American recovery movement, The Anonymous People. Danielle holds a Bachelor’s from Rutgers College (Class of ’11) and is currently working towards Master’s at Georgetown University.

Jennifer Jorden, Vice President, MassVentures

Jennifer is a venture capitalist focused on early-stage and seed investment in Massachusetts high-technology companies. As Vice President of MassVentures, her most recent investments center on enterprise, big data, and the intersection of biology and IT, and include companies such as Curoverse, Ginkgo Bioworks, and MachineMetrics.

Jennifer has been a member of the Golden Seeds angel investor network, provided startup mentoring for entrepreneurs through Springboard and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and served as Entrepreneurship Lead for the MIT Accelerating Information Technology Innovation program sponsored by Google in Cali, Colombia, where she led 30 young entrepreneurs in a six-week lean startup program to form ten new mobile technology companies.

Previously, Jennifer served as Corporate Vice President of Investor Relations at Cadence Design Systems and spent 10 years as a Senior Vice President and Senior Equity Research Analyst with Black & Company through its acquisition by Wells Fargo Securities. She is a black belt in the Indonesian Martial Art of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen and holds the title Mas Goeroe. Jennifer earned an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College.

Miguel Fontes Jr., Substance Abuse community Health Worker, Brookline Neighborhood Health Center

Mr. Fontes is an experienced detox clinician with degree in Bachelor of Social Work . Mr. Fontes is employed as a Substance Abuse Community Health Worker for Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Multi-lingual and experienced in working with multiple cultures as well as clinical settings.

Christina DeMurEngineer

Christina is a healthcare executive with more than 25-years of extensive experience. She most recently was at Draeger Medical Systems (based in Andover) and spent the last 5.5 years as the VP of R&D for the patient monitoring and systems portfolio (including telemetry, bedside monitoring and central stations). She began her career in Boston as a clinical engineer in the Operating Room first at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (4 years) then at Tufts/New England Medical Center (6 years). Her deep clinical and design/development experience gives her insight into understanding and translating end user problems and challenges into product realization opportunities.

Kevin Woghiren, Technology Risk Leader, Current, powered by GE

Kevin Woghiren is the Technology Risk Leader at Current, powered by GE. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, concentrating on Networks and Security, from Loyola University, and also studied abroad at The Beijing Center in China. He also completed post-graduate research and studies at Peking University in China in 2011. Kevin was born in Nigeria and raised in Boston.

Maryanne Frangules, Executive Director, Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery

Maryanne is the Executive Director at the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) , which she helped form (MOAR) in 1991. Since then Maryanne  works to organize the recovery community, educate policymakers and the general public and demonstrate that recovery is working in the Commonwealth. Maryanne is a member of the MA Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention and is in long term recovery since 1981.

Grace Sweeney, Magyar, Bogle, and O’Hara LLP 

Grace’s practice focuses on the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, and plant breeders’ rights, and the enforcement of those rights in both U.S. and Canadian litigation.

Her practice also extends to general corporate and commercial matters. She has advised on both domestic and cross-border corporate and intellectual property transactions, involving matters such as corporate organization and agreements, commercial transactions, joint ventures, and early- to late-stage financing.

Grace is a B.Sc. (Hons) candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Toronto, and is working towards certification as a registered patent agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has experience conducting patentability searches, as well as assisting with the drafting and prosecution of patent applications.

Prior to Magyar, Bogle & O’Hara LLP, Grace worked in university-based technology transfer, as well as with the Hospital for Sick Children and a litigation boutique. She has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, including chemical, electrical, and biomedical engineering, pharmaceuticals and natural health products, agriculture and viticulture, and the oil and gas and alternative energy sectors.

In her spare time, Grace acts as counsel to MIT’s Sloan School of Management in its various initiatives to commercialize early-stage cancer research. She is an avid distance runner and has competed in the Boston and Chicago marathons.

Haywood Fennell, Outreach Substance Abuse Educator, Tri-Ad Veterans League

Haywood Fennell was an addict with 20 years of sobriety. Mr. Fennell is a graduate of UMass Boston and the Founder of Tri-Ad Veterans League, a Veterans Advocacy community based organization.

Gerald Brynes, Lead Quality Management Specialist, GE Aviation

Mr. Brynes has been an employee of the General Electric Company for over 35 years in various roles: All-Around Machinist, Foreman, Manufacturing Engineer, Weld Specialist, Production Control Specialist, Value Process Engineer & Quality Leader. He has experienced opioid addiction on a personal level as a parent of an addict. He has attended Learn2Cope meetings for over (18) months and The Family Restored meetings for (2) months with his wife, and has developed a deep understanding of this illness that he is very interested in sharing with others. 

David Selden, Program Director, Lahey Health Behavioral Services

David R. Selden, LICSW has been involved with the management and provision of behavioral health services for over 40 years as a clinician, administrator, executive level manager and consultant.

He is currently Director of the Cape Ann Adult Behavioral Learning Center, a Day Program in the Lahey Health Behavioral Services system, President of Enterprise Health Solutions, a consulting practice specializing in organizational development and training for mental health and substance use programs; maintains a private clinical practice in Salem, Massachusetts and teaches in the Department of Psychology and the School of Social Work at Salem State University.

Scott Weiner, Director, Brigham Comprehensive Opioid Response and Education (B-CORE) Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM is an Attending Emergency Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Health Policy Research Translation, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Weiner completed his residency training at the Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and subsequently his MPH degree at Harvard School of Public Health. He is an executive board member of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians. He is the Director of B-CORE: The Brigham Comprehensive Opioid Response and Education Program. He is the Assistant Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research focuses on technological innovations that improve the care of ED patients presenting with pain, including usage and optimization of online prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and tablet-based screening tools.

A Carl, Process Innovation Leader, Entrepreneur, GE Aviation

Al joined GE Aviation in 2013 as an operations leader and has since concentrated his energy on coaching, mentoring, process improvement, and teaching. He volunteers his time as part of the GE Foundation’s Developing Health U.S. (DHUS) program by providing training and mentoring to Boston area community health centers. Prior to GE, Al gained 20 years of learning in the semiconductor industry leading various services organizations while maintaining a focus on service design and delivery as well as continuous improvement. Al is an entrepreneur, both in thinking and in practice and has coached and mentored aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses in the skills and thinking necessary for business success. He is an advocate of entrepreneurial thought and action as well as lean startup concepts. Al received his Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University and his MBA from Babson College.

Marisa Caliri, Manufacturing Programs Leader, GE Aviation

Marisa is a Manufacturing Programs Leader for GE Aviation where she is responsible for the project management of new product introduction for aircraft engines. Prior to this position, she held various roles in the Environmental Health and Safety function within GE manufacturing. She supports the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA through the GE Foundation’s Developing Health initiative. Marisa holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a MSPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, MD MPH FAAFP, GlobGlobal HEalth & Hygiene Solutions LLC

Uma V.A. Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP Dr. Dhanabalan is a highly respected physician trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Diplomate Certified in Cannabis Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of Newark, New Jersey, Family Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Her Master’s in Public Health, Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency and Fellowship in heavy metals at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received the Resident Research Award from the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine for her research project: “Occupational & Environmental Exposure to Lead in South India.” She has worked for Kimberly Clark as Regional Medical Director for Asia Pacific. She founded Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC in 2006 with a mission to promote wellness and prevent illness. She worked for the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington, the largest and most complex cleanup projects in the world. Where plutonium was manufactured for the first nuclear bomb detonated in Japan.

Dr. Dhanabalan practice at Uplifting Health and Wellness, in Natick, MA is dedicated to educating, embracing, empowering her patients and promoting cannabis as a treatment option for Total Health Care. She is actively involved in educating the public and health care providers about cannabis as a plant medicine. Dr Dhanabalan states “Cannabis is not an entrance drug, it is an exit drug from pharmaceuticals and narcotics.”

Jeffrey Roy, State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives  

In 2012,  Rep. Roy was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 10th Norfolk District. He was re-elected in 2014 and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Committee on Ethics. He also serves as a member of the Committees on Judiciary, Labor and Workforce Development, and Ways and Means. In 2011, he was elected to the Town Council in the Franklin, Massachusetts, where he served for two years. Rep. Roy is a   a 1986 cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where he received his undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1983, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Bates Student newspaper. In addition, he  received an engineering training at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1979 to 1981 and one year of legal training at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
He now works at Roy Law in Franklin, Massachusetts, a law firm primarily devoted to the representation of injured persons, and specializes in product liability cases, automobile accidents, construction accidents, and other work-related injuries. He has represented clients at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts and has appeared in cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Superior Court, the Federal District Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Rhode Island Superior Court, Colorado Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a  member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Massachusetts Bar Association, and also serves on the Board of Incorporators for the Hockomock Area YMCA.  

Brian Eilert, RNUnited States Army

Brian is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a former Registered Nurse certified in Psychiatric Nursing. He worked with some of the state’s most challenging dually diagnosed clients. He has extensive experience working with and extensive personal experience with opioid addiction. Brian currently participates in a Suboxone program and enjoys 18 months of sober living as a result.

Naomi Alson, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts

Naomi Alson has been licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicinc and the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture to practice acupuncture since 1999  and Chinese herbal medicine since 2000. She  holds a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine and has special training in acupuncture for the cancer patient from  Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.  She has a private practice at Lee Family Practice in the Berkshires, works for Berkshire Medical Center at their cancer center, and co founded a low cost acupuncture clinic in Pittsfield,  Massachusetts. She owned a retail and wholesale herb shop for twenty three years in Lenox, Ma. She has taught herbal medicine courses for many years.  

Cynthia Soma-Hernandez, Politician, Get Out the Poor People Vote

Ms. Hernandez is a politician working with numerous organizations, including Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Upward Bound She served as a National Delegate for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and is a Bilingual Award Winning Innovative Program Developer. Her interests include  politics, education and prison reform, Cannibis Not Opioids, water sports, art and movement arts.

Abeezer Tapia, Global Health of Business Development, MC10

Abeezer Tapia is an entrepreneur who is passionate about improving public health by leveraging his background in healthcare and technology. He has vast experience in commercialization and development of new technologies, with an emphasis on product adoption. He currently serves as the Global Head of Business Development for MC10, where he works with partners on expanding the HealthTech wearable sensor and cloud-analytic landscape for novel medical applications.

Prior to MC10, Abeezer served on the Executive Management team as VP of Marketing and Strategic Sales at Embrace Innovations, a Khosla-backed HealthTech venture based in Bangalore, India, that creates health solutions for low-income populations in emerging markets. Prior to that Abeezer held several international management and sales roles at Medtronic, the world’s leading medical device manufacturer. There he focused on how to get medical products to the greatest number of patients in need around the world. Abeezer started his business career in the technology field at Advanced Micro Devices. He has also held engineering roles at Qualcomm and Tellabs. Abeezer holds an Computer and Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Abeezer Tapia, Global Health of Business Development, MC10

Abeezer Tapia is an entrepreneur who is passionate about improving public health by leveraging his background in healthcare and technology. He has vast experience in commercialization and development of new technologies, with an emphasis on product adoption. He currently serves as the Global Head of Business Development for MC10, where he works with partners on expanding the HealthTech wearable sensor and cloud-analytic landscape for novel medical applications.

Prior to MC10, Abeezer served on the Executive Management team as VP of Marketing and Strategic Sales at Embrace Innovations, a Khosla-backed HealthTech venture based in Bangalore, India, that creates health solutions for low-income populations in emerging markets. Prior to that Abeezer held several international management and sales roles at Medtronic, the world’s leading medical device manufacturer. There he focused on how to get medical products to the greatest number of patients in need around the world. Abeezer started his business career in the technology field at Advanced Micro Devices. He has also held engineering roles at Qualcomm and Tellabs. Abeezer holds an Computer and Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Jessie M. Gaeta, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Jessie M. Gaeta, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where she has practiced Internal Medicine since 2002. She oversees the clinical practice of this unique community health center that serves 12,000 people annually across dozens of clinical sites including homeless shelters, the street, and one of the first medical respite programs in the country. Dually board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Gaeta graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in 1998, trained in Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, and served as Chief Resident in 2002. Her work with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance to implement a statewide Housing First model was supported by the Physician Advocacy Fellowship of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from 2005-2007. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gaeta has a long history of advocating for the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. She has been published and spoken widely on the intersection of homelessness and health and she directs BHCHP’s Institute for Research, Quality, and Policy in Homeless Health. She has led BHCHP’s efforts to respond to the opioid overdose crisis, which has been magnified among people experiencing homelessness in Boston. Her passions include ending homelessness and bending the curve on overdose deaths.

Dr. Kristian Olson, (Clinical)Medical Director, CAMTech, Massachusetts General Global Health; Clinician Educator, Internist and Pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital Kristian Olson is the Medical Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech).

He is both a Pediatrician and Internist and serves as a Clinician Educator at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He has` worked in Darfur, Indonesia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and India, is a serial innovator and one of the architects of the CAMTech Innovation platform. He completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of British Columbia, medical school at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his residency training in the Combined Harvard Medicine and Pediatrics Program. He trained in the Masters of Public Health program at the University of Sydney as a US Fulbright Scholar and completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003. In 2009, he was named to the Scientific American Top 10 Honor Roll as an individual who has demonstrated leadership in applying new technologies and biomedical discoveries for the benefit of humanity.

Alexis Steel, Program Manager, CAMTech, Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health

Ms. Alexis Steel is CAMTech’s Program Manager and is responsible for all pre- and post award management of the CAMTech grants and contracts throughout Uganda, India and the US. In addition, Ms. Steel manages the CAMTech Innovation Award Program and CAMTech Launch Award Program. Prior to joining CAMTech, Ms. Steel worked in post award grants management and with the legal team at the Partners Healthcare Corporate Office. Ms. Steel has also worked with numerous nonprofit organizations focusing on women and children both locally and globally including working with several alternative education programs and domestic violence organizations. Her primary focus has been in global health and education reform across Central and South America. Ms. Steel graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Trent University with a double major in Global Studies and Culture Studies with a focus on Latin America.

Amy Wachler, Marketing and Communications Manager, CAMTech, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health

Amy is the Marketing and Communications Manager at CAMTech,  where she leads the administration, organization and communications strategy for all events sponsored by CAMTech in the U.S., and partners with international CAMTech staff for events that occur at international sites, including India and Uganda. She manages the internal and external communications and marketing activities associated with each event and is responsible for implementation of all on-going CAMTech social media campaigns and media outreach. Amy is an avid traveler, studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France and has spent time in Spain, Portugal and Northern Africa.

Harsha Kalidindi, CAMTech Innovation Platform Manager, CAMTech, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health

Harsha Kalidindi is Program Manager for the CAMTech Innovation Platform (CIP), where he manages the day-to-day operations and activities associated with the site. He is deeply interested in solving healthcare problems using his background in engineering and technology. Previously, Harsha was a technology and operations consultant at i2 Technologies, where he advised large global companies in healthcare and electronics industries on operational improvement. He has also helped Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI)- a research institution, with strategic and operational planning as a Graduate Fellow. Harsha holds a Bachelors in Biotechnology (Minor: Biomedical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College.

Molly Ward, Project Manager, CAMTech, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health

Molly Ward is a Project Manger for CAMTech. Molly leads the organization of all events, helps manage international travel, and assists with various administrative tasks. Prior to her role as a Project Manager, Molly worked as a Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for CAMTech. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications.

Sara Mian-McCarthy, Project Manager, Global Medicine Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health

Before joining Mass General Global Health, Sara spent two years living in Washington, DC working in communications and advocacy unit at the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. There she helped to develop materials, plan international conferences, and draft grants for the organizations various stakeholders including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, and USAID. Sara has also lived in Accra, Ghana where she worked at the West African AIDS Foundation implementing a nutritional assistance program for HIV- positive expectant mothers. More recently she worked in Port au Prince, Haiti with FHADIMAC-the only clinic in Haiti specifically focused on diabetes care-conducting data analysis and helping to streamline and strengthen their health infrastructure.

Sara graduated from New York University with a B.A in International Health and from the Boston University School of Public Health with a M.P.H in International Health, specifically focusing on non-communicable diseases and monitoring and evaluation. While at BU she worked at Boston Medical Center as a Research Assistant.

Jessica KenneyProgram Manager, Global Medicine Program

 Jessica Kenney is the Program Manager for the Global Primary Care Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to joining the Center for Global Health, she provided immigration services to Partners-affiliated hospitals as a Senior Advisor in the International Office, and was an Account Manager for two Boston based marketing agencies, Arnold Worldwide and AMP Agency.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health from Boston University.  During her MPH program, she worked as part of a field team in Kenya to evaluate the Community Health Worker component of the Community Health Strategy in partnership with the Ministry of Health, and she also co-created a tablet-based CommCare HQ mHealth application for Companeros Eñ Salud to assist medical residents with the active case finding of chronic disease in Chiapas, Mexico.  Jessica is dedicated improving access to health care globally and promoting international collaboration.