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.
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.
Isaac M. Machado, JD
Isaac M. Machado, JD, is an attorney with the firm, Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford, P.C. Prior to joining this firm, he served the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Massachusetts Highway Department, Boston. He was an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology and he is fluent in Portuguese. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and went on to earn his JD at Seton Hall University of Law. He is the Past President of the Board for the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers. Mr. Machado also serves as on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Portuguese Credit Union and is an Election Commissioner for the City of Somerville.
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.
David Bor, MD
Chief of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance
Dr. David Bor is Chief of Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and the Charles S. Davidson Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Since joining CHA in 1981, he has made major contributions to CHA as a clinician, teacher, and administrative leader. This has included advancing patient care by spearheading new programs for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and community-based primary care. As Chief of Medicine he has recruited outstanding primary care and specialty teams. He also co-founded both the Cambridge "Health of the City" program and the Institute for Community Health, which have focused on issues like childhood obesity, men's health, and substance abuse.
In the academic arena, Dr. Bor has worked with hundreds of young physicians, fostering an environment of learning, sharing, and innovation. These efforts have earned him the HMS Dean's Award for Community Service, the A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and membership in the HMS Academy, whose focus is excellence and innovation in medical education.
Dr. Bor's current work includes helping create a new clinical practice model for CHA, the Patient-Centered Medical Home, which will improve both patient care and reduce medical costs. This effort, key to our transformation to an Accountable Care Organization, furthers his vision that patient-centered, coordinated, high value care is not only possible, but sustainable for CHA and our communities.
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.
Executive Director, Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office
Bill Hart, an Everett resident, is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office. Mr. Hart serves as the chief advocate for the 15-college system, communicating policy initiatives and complex higher education issues to key stakeholders. Prior to assuming that role, he was the organization’s Deputy Director for five years and worked over 10 years at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, primarily as its Vice President of Communications. Active in community and municipal service, Mr. Hart recently completed a three-year term on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, is a member of the Everett and Chelsea Chambers of Commerce, and is Chair of the City of Everett Board of Assessors. He graduated from Merrimack College and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk 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.
Lucian L. Leape, MD
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health
Lucian L. Leape, MD is an Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Prior to joining the faculty at HSPH, he was Professor of Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts-New England Medical Center. Dr. Leape was a lead investigator of the Harvard Medical Practice Study and several other studies that helped start the patient safety movement. He participated in the founding of several patient safety organizations including the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. In 2006, he was named one of the 30 most influential people in health care over the past 30 years by Modern Healthcare. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Medical School, and resides in Cambridge.
Senior VP, CFO and COO, New England College of Optometry
Traci Logan is a Cambridge resident who currently serves as the Senior VP, CFO and COO, of the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. She formerly served as COO for Bentley University, where she was heavily engaged in Bentley's strategic planning, financial operations, information technology, human resources, procurement services, facilities management, public safety, and board engagement activities. Prior to becoming COO at Bentley, Ms. Logan served as the Vice Provost and Vice President for Information Technology.
Ms. Logan possesses a Master of Science in Accounting (Beta Alpha Psi honors) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Carol VanDeusen Lukas
Investigator, Member, 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)
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.
Steve Manos was instrumental in the shaping of Tufts University. Prior to his retirement in late 2007, Mr. Manos served as Tufts University's Executive Vice President for 26 years. In his capacity as Executive Vice President, Mr. Manos was responsible for many of Tufts' operational aspects, including finance, budgeting, human resources, construction, internal auditing, real estate, risk management, legal, and institutional research. Prior to Tufts, Mr. Manos served in various capacities including Assistant Executive Director of the American Bar Association, Assistant District Attorney in New York County, and Chief Executive Officer of the Manhattan Bowery Corporation.
Mr. Manos received his Master of Public Administration from New York University Graduate School of Public Administration, his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota.
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.
Deputy Director of Investment, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC)
Kathleen McGilvray is a Somerville resident who currently serves as the Deputy 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. MHIC has financed numerous community health centers, as well as the expansion of Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, using New Markets Tax Credit Financing. Ms. McGilvray has underwritten two of these healthcare-related real estate transactions, which include review of operations of the health center/hospital.
Prior to MHIC, Ms. McGilvray worked as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand at which she had healthcare clients, including Partners Health System 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 as well as reviewing managed care contracts.
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.
Paula A. Paris
Deputy Director for JFYNetWorks
Paula A. Paris is the Deputy Director for JFYNetWorks, Boston's largest workforce and career development center for youths and adults. In her capacity as Deputy Director, Ms. Paris is responsible for institutional advancement, contract compliance, strategic planning and operations for JFYNetWorks. Before joining JFYNetWorks, Ms. Paris served as Director of Development for Jobs for Youth-Boston, inc. and as Director of Development for Cambridge Friends School.
Ms. Paris also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University's School of Community Economic Development.
Ms. Paris is the Development Committee Chair for the Cambridge Historical Society and is a member of the Alumni Board of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Ms. Paris received her Master of Management in Human Services from the Heller School and her Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Hartford's Hartt College of Music.
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.
Maxwell D. Solet
Member of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC, Boston
Maxwell D. Solet is a member of the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC, in Boston. He joined the firm in 1979. Mr. Solet has served as chairman of the Tax Section of the Boston Bar Association. He is currently chairman of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Bond Attorneys Workshop of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has served as a board member, secretary, and currently vice-president of the Cambridge Historical Society.
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD
Vice President and Principal Associate in the Health Division at Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, is a Vice President and Principal Associate in the Health Division at Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge. She previously was the Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She is the president of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Walker is an Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health at Boston University and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. She earned her doctorate and masters in human development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
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.
Project Manager, Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
Ms. Wirth currently serves as the Project Manager for the Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures program in Boston, Massachusetts. In her position, she manages a multi-faceted early childhood obesity prevention program which targets multiple childhood environments including home, preschool, and community. She serves as the primary liaison for community and funding partners, keeping them apprised of program progress, collecting and acting upon feedback and leading regular partner meetings throughout the year. She is also very involved in the program’s grant funded research. Prior to becoming Project Manager for Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, Ms. Wirth was the Healthy Food Access Coordinator for the Bowdoin Street Health Center, a Research Manager for the California Institute for Rural Studies in Davis, California, Project Coordinator with the Food Trust in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and also served as a household manager for a private household in Weston, MA.
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.