Cambridge Health Alliance is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the City Manager of Cambridge, MA. Members volunteer their time and expertise to further the mission, vision, and values of Cambridge Health Alliance.
Carol VanDeusen Lukas
Carol VanDeusen Lukas is an investigator and member of the executive team at the Center for Organization, Leadership and Management Research (COLMR) in the Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). At HSR&D she has led studies in facility integration, health systems integration, and has developed and implemented strategies to sustain and spread innovative clinical practices from the national to local level. Dr. VanDeusen Lukas is a faculty member in the Health Services Department at the Boston University School of Public Health. She has served as an assistant commissioner at both the Massachusetts Department of Medical Security and the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare. Dr. VanDeusen Lukas has a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master's degree in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Lukas resides in Cambridge.
Joshua Posner has developed affordable housing over 25 years in a wide variety of settings in New England and other parts of the United States. Mr. Posner founded Rising Tide Development LLC in 2001 to focus on the creation of new small-scale, mixed-income residential communities in Massachusetts. Prior to Rising Tide Development, Mr. Posner played a number of senior roles over 12 years at The Community Builders, a leading regional and national nonprofit developer of affordable housing. He has specialized in the construction and rehabilitation of community-based housing, the preservation of affordable housing nearing the end of its regulatory period, and the redevelopment of large-scale dilapidated public housing projects in various locations around the country. In 1998, Mr. Posner served as President of Cornerstone Housing, a private development firm focused on public housing revitalization, and from 1999 through 2000, he served as Vice President of Development for Trinity Financial, Inc. in Boston.
Mr. Posner has been engaged in a variety of community activities, including serving a Board President and Director of The Guidance Center, the largest mental health and family support social service organization in Cambridge and Somerville, Board President and Overseer of Shady Hill School in Cambridge, and in various roles for the Democratic Party.
Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government
Barbara Anthony (Cambridge) is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government where she is leading study groups and researching and writing about Massachusetts healthcare cost containment efforts. She served as Massachusetts Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation from 2009 to 2015 where she oversaw five state agencies: Banking, Insurance, Professional Licensure, Telecommunications and Cable, and the Division of Standards. Anthony, with a background in law and economics, is a well-known consumer advocate and a highly respected public interest lawyer and policy maker. Among her accomplishments, Anthony oversaw implementation of the state’s Data Security Law and regulations, kept health insurance rate increases under control, helped implement the state’s 2012 Health Care Cost Containment Law, oversaw efforts to reform the mortgage foreclosure process, initiated a financial literacy project, Project Credit Smarts, in several Massachusetts colleges, and spearheaded a campaign to empower Massachusetts healthcare consumers through price and quality transparency.
Previously, Anthony was Executive Director of Health Law Advocates, the Boston-based non-profit law firm dedicated to health care access; Regional Director of the Northeast Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission; Chief of the Public Protection Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; and Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for BayBanks, Inc. Anthony began her legal career as a Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Anthony’s expertise focuses on privacy and data security, financial services, Internet fraud, and health care.
She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, where she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law. She holds a graduate degree in economics and a bachelor of science in business administration from Northeastern University. She serves on the boards of the Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation, Cambridge Community Cable Television, the state Treasurer’s Financial Literacy Trust Fund Board and the Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School.
She regularly appears as a media commentator on consumer protection and business regulation issues.
Assistant Director for Training and Capacity Building at Health Resources in Action (HRiA)
Moacir Barbosa is the Assistant Director for Training and Capacity Building at Health Resources in Action (HRiA), formerly known as The Medical Foundation (TMF) and has been the program coordinator for the BEST initiative since the program's inception in 1999. As the coordinator of the BEST Initiative, Mo Barbosa is involved in delivery of training, provides technical assistance, participates in field building initiatives (locally, statewide, and nationally), and promotes the profession and professionalization of the field through his work on legislation, youth worker networks, partnerships with higher education, and youth conferences.
Mr. Barbosa is an active member of the Cambridge Community. He serves as the chairperson of Men of Color Health Task Force, a member of the Leadership Team for the Peaceable Schools Institute at Lesley College, and on the Board of Trustees of the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University. Mr. Barbosa has also been active member of our Committee on Public and Community Health and Cambridge Public Health sub-committee and supported Cambridge Health Alliance through its reconfiguration.
Mr. Barbosa received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and is a native of Cape Verde Islands who grew up in Cambridge, MA. He resides in Cambridge.
Maren Batalden, MD
Medical Staff Trustee, Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education for Quality and Safety, Cambridge Health Alliance
Dr. Maren Batalden is Senior Medical Director of Hospital Quality at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Director of Medical Management for the CHA Accountable Care Organization and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She came to CHA in 1994 where she has maintained an active clinical practice as a hospital-based general internist. Prior to medical school, she studied and worked in public health and brings to her clinical work a deep respect for the way in which the medical care system needs to work in partnership with others to produce health for individuals and communities. Once a high school English teacher, she continues to be an innovative educator who teaches and mentors young physicians and has received numerous teaching awards from learners at both CHA and in the medical school.
As Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education for Quality and Safety, she is committed to creating a clinical learning environment at CHA that produces both good care for patients and good learning for trainees. Her current focus lies in improving the capacity of patients, health professionals, and the health delivery system to produce better health outcomes at lower cost.
Robina Bhasin, EdM
Director of Faculty Development and Diversity at the Boston University School of Medicine
Robina Bhasin, EdM, (Somerville seat), is the Director of Faculty Development and Diversity at the Boston University School of Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Robina has a decade of experience developing, implementing and evaluating professional development programs for health and education practitioners and policy makers in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and the United States. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Assistant City Manager for Fiscal Affairs/Finance Director for the City of Cambridge
Louis DePasquale is Assistant City Manager for Fiscal Affairs/Finance Director for the City of Cambridge. In this role he is responsible for the fiscal operations of the City and provides leadership for the following functions: Budget, Personnel, Assessing, Purchasing, Treasury, Revenue and Information Technology. Prior to being promoted into this position in 2002, Mr. DePasquale served as the City's treasury analyst, budget analyst, and budget director. During his tenure, the City has enjoyed an excellent financial position and has received a triple AAA bond rating from the three major credit rating agencies. Mr. DePasquale is a member of the City's Capital Improvement Budget Committee, the Cambridge Kids' Council, the Metropolitan Mayor's Coalition Finance Committee, and the Community Preservation Act Committee (CPA). Mr. DePasquale is a life-long Cambridge resident and a graduate of Matignon High School, Boston State College, and received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University.
Director of Communications, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Madge Kaplan is a Cambridge resident who currently serves as the Director of Communications for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). In this capacity, Ms. Kaplan is responsible for developing new and innovative means for IHI to communicate the stories, leading examples of change, and policy implications emerging from the world of quality improvement-both in the US and internationally. Since May 2009, she's been the host and producer of WIHI, a free, 60-minute, online audio "talk show" from IHI, devoted to the cutting edge of quality improvement and patient safety. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. Kaplan spent 20 years as a broadcast journalist, editor, and bureau chief for public radio-must recently working as a health correspondent for National Public Radio.
Ms. Kaplan possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Brown University.
Katharine Kosinski, MD
Dr. Katharine Kosinski is a Cambridge resident who worked for CHA for more than 25 years, most recently as Chief of Pathology. Under her leadership, the CHA laboratory grew from one location to a three-site laboratory with timely and high quality services, successfully passing 13 College of American Pathologist inspections with full accreditation. During her tenure, she also served on the Joint Hospital Board, the CHA Medical Executive Committee, Patient Care Improvement Committee, Medical Quality Assurance Board, Credentials Review Committee, and the Hospital Board Quality Committee.
Mary Jane Kornacki
Mary Jane Kornacki is one of the founding partners of Amicus, a healthcare consulting company. Her special interests include leadership team dynamics and the professional satisfaction of women physicians in medical organizations. Her understanding of the principles of adult learning and behavior are reflected in the models and tools that are fundamental to Amicus’ consulting work. She has collaborated on numerous publications on physician cultures, physician morale, medical group dynamics, governance in physician organizations and service improvement in health care.
Ms. Kornacki holds a master of science in degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts where she specialized in health education and health behavior. She resides in Cambridge.
William (Bill) Lahey is a partner at Anderson & Kreiger in Cambridge where he focuses on environmental, energy, and municipal law. Prior to joining Anderson & Kreiger in 2006, he was a partner at Palmer & Dodge where he was chair of its litigation department. Bill’s clients include energy utilities, renewable energy developers, universities and major airports across the country. Bill’s international work includes drafting environmental laws for the Royal Government of Bhutan and coordinating the litigation that successfully stopped offshore oil development in Belize on behalf of Oceana, Inc. His work for Oceana in Belize won the Excellence in Pro Bono Award in 2013 from the Massachusetts Bar Association. He served as chairman of the founding board of Smith Leadership Academy Charter School in Dorchester. Bill received his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1982 and BS from the University of Wisconsin in 1978.
He served as an Access to Justice Fellow from 2015-2016, working with the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Massachusetts, an advocacy organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness, focusing on a number of matters including bail reform and assisting on legislation to expand services and insurance for mental illness. He resides in Cambridge.
Claire Laporte is an experienced trial lawyer at Foley Hoag, LLP, who has received recognition in both Chambers USA and Massachusetts SuperLawyers for her intellectual property practice. She represents clients in complex patent litigation and technology-related matters in a broad range of technical specialties including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, computer vision, and other software.
Ms. Laporte has successfully tried cases in the federal courts and in the International Trade Commission. In addition to her trial practice, Claire undertakes extensive appellate work, both in representing parties and in filing amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. She also provides strategic patent portfolio counseling services and opinions on patent-related matters.
A recognized expert in the area of intellectual property litigation, Claire is frequently called upon by legal and industry publications to contribute commentary on legal trends and outcomes.
She received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs. She clerked with Justice Ruth I. Abrams of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Ms. Laporte currently serves on the CHA Foundation and was formerly a member of CHA’s Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC). She resides in Cambridge.
Senior Vice President and COO, Brandeis University
In his role as senior vice president and chief operating officer, Steve Manos will oversee budgeting, administrative and financial functions. He also will have responsibility for the physical plant and human resources. Steve is a member of the president’s cabinet and the senior management team.
Steve served as executive vice president of Tufts University for 26 years, retiring from that post in 2007. In that position he was responsible for finances, human resources, construction, plant management, information technology, legal services, and several other areas of business operations. He also provided administrative supervision for the chief investment officer. Twice, he headed strategic planning efforts for the University.
Between graduation from college and matriculation in law school, Steve served for three years aboard an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a full lieutenant.
Following law school, after a stint as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street, he served as the chief executive officer of the Manhattan Bowery Project. Subsequently he served as a senior administrator for the Manhattan District Attorney, Cornell University Medical College, and the American Bar Association.
Steve mediates for Mediation Works, Inc., the Community Dispute Settlement Center, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Boston Bar Association. He is president of the Board of the Community Dispute Settlement Center. Steve is an arbitrator and mediator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Cambridge Health Alliance and its Finance and Audit Committees.
Steve has a B.A. in English literature from the University of Minnesota, summa cum laude, a J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, where he served as note and comment editor of the law review, and an M.P.A. from New York University. He also has a doctorate in business administration, honoris causa, from Tufts University.
Executive Director for Administration and Finance for the Chelsea Public Schools System
Gerald McCue is the Executive Director for Administration and Finance for the Chelsea Public Schools system in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In addition to the almost twenty years he has served in this position, he has also served as the Director of Financial Affairs of the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Transportation and Construction, and as the City Treasurer and Collector of Taxes for the City of Somerville, and as the City Auditor for the City of Somerville.
Mr. McCue received his Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from Bentley University and his Masters Degree in Administrative Studies with a concentration in Organizational Policy from Boston University.
Mr. McCue resides in Somerville.
Director of Investment, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC)
Kathleen McGilvray is a Somerville resident who currently serves as the Director of Investment for the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC), a non-profit specializing in the financing of affordable housing and community development throughout the Commonwealth. Ms. McGilvray manages the underwriting staff and project pipeline for MHIC. MHIC has financed numerous community health centers throughout New England, as well as the expansion of Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, using New Markets Tax Credit Financing.
Prior to MHIC, Ms. McGilvray worked as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand at which she had healthcare, bio-tech and non-profit clients, and worked for a physician practice management company at which she was responsible for conducting the financial analyses for physician practices looking to join the company. She was also Director of Financial Reporting for an internet commerce company, Fatbrain.com, which she brought through an Initial Public Offering.
Ms. McGilvray possesses a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and American Studies. Ms. McGilvray is a member of the Somerville Community Corporation Real Estate Development Advisory Committee and is currently Co-Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee of New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE).
Assistant City Manager of Human Services for the City of Cambridge
Ellen Semonoff is Assistant City Manager of Human Services for the City of Cambridge. She is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day management of the City's twenty-three million dollar Human Services Department, including child care programs, community and youth programs, substance abuse programs, services to homeless residents, workforce development programs, recreation programs, fuel assistance and summer nutrition programs, services to and programs for seniors and disabled residents. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University and her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. Ms. Semonoff resides in Cambridge.
Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Health Alliance
Patrick Wardell assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Health Alliance in March 2012. Prior to joining CHA, Mr. Wardell spent six years as the President and CEO at Hurley Medical Center, a $360 million, 463-bed teaching hospital that provides residency programs in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and radiology. In this role, Mr. Wardell reversed a seven-year cumulative loss of $34 million to a $7 million surplus in two years. He also established the Hurley Children's Hospital, constructed a $30 million state-of-the-art emergency trauma center caring for 90,000 patients annually, and introduced patient family-centered care and Six Sigma principles to Hurley Medical Center.
Mr. Wardell’s previous leadership roles include Regional Senior Vice President and Executive Director for St. Mary's Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital in New York, NY, President and CEO of the St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Paterson, New Jersey, and Group Vice President, Ambulatory and Network Management Group for the Montefiore Medical Center/The University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.
Mr. Wardell received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Union College in New York and his Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. He has served on various boards including National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH), Michigan Hospital Association, and Whaley Children's Center.
Agriculture Program Director, The Trustees of Reservations
Cathy Wirth is the Agriculture Program Director for The Trustees of Reservations. Her areas of expertise are food systems and public health, and her work has focused on sustainable agriculture, food security and food access, and childhood obesity. Prior to joining The Trustees, Cathy managed an early childhood obesity prevention initiative based at Northeastern University, and coordinated food access efforts at the Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester, including a farmers’ market, subsidized Community Supported Agriculture program, and healthy corner store initiative. She also worked with the California Institute for Rural Studies, where she conducted one of the first large-scale studies on hunger and food access among California farm workers. Earlier in her career, she implemented food access and nutrition education programming in Philadelphia schools through her work with The Food Trust, received a Fulbright Scholarship to study urban agriculture in Quito, Ecuador, and worked with organizations that support small farmers in the United States and Central America.
Ms. Wirth received her Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College with Phi Beta Kappa honors, her Master of Science in International Agricultural Development from the University of California at Davis, and was a Fulbright Scholar with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Fulbright Commission of Ecuador from 2001-2002.