Meet Our Team

Above all else we are passionate about children. Steadfast in our belief that it is their right to achieve optimal health, we endeavor to help solve the toughest health challenges facing children and their families today, and for the future. Our executive leadership, staff and board of directors are tireless advocates, bringing their talent, skills and expertise to create transformative change in children’s health quality.

Executive Team

Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP

President and CEO

sberns@nichq.org
617-391-2739

As President and CEO, Scott Berns applies his extensive experience working to enhance the health of children and families across academic, clinical, nonprofit and public health settings to catapult NICHQ to explore new opportunities and approaches to meeting its mission. Read his full bio >

Judith Gooding

Chief Operating Officer

jgooding@nichq.org
617-391-2706

Judith Gooding brings nearly 30 years of nonprofit management and marketing experience to the Chief Operating Officer role, where she drives the vitality of the organization through her expert leadership of strategic planning, financial management, operations, people management and marketing solutions. Read her full bio >

Joann Petrini, PhD, MPH

Chief Science Officer

jpetrini@nichq.org
617-391-2700

With over 25 years of experience working in perinatal epidemiology and public health, Joann Petrini bolsters NICHQ’s capabilities as a leader in using data-driven strategies for catalyzing change to improve children’s health in the public health space. Read her full bio >

Staff

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Camie Berardi, MPA

Project and Strategy Implementation Director

cberardi@nichq.org
617-391-2729

I believe everyone, especially children, should have access to quality healthcare and it is a true privilege to work alongside bright, talented and devoted colleagues who are working tirelessly to ensure that every child achieves optimal health.

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Matthew Biewener, MPH

Senior Digital Solutions Manager

mbiewener@nichq.org
617-391-2750

I feel privileged to work alongside such talented and passionate staff who endeavor each day to improve the systems that support the health of children and their families.

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Deanne Burns

Senior Accounting Manager

dburns@nichq.org
617-391-2698

I believe that all children deserve a fair chance to succeed in life and that NICHQ’s work helps create this opportunity. I am proud to use my financial skills and talents to support the mission and staff of this organization.

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Connie Cowley, DNP, RN, CPHQ

Improvement Advisor

ccowley@nichq.org
617-391-2753

I am passionate about improving the health of children and families. NICHQ allows me to work with like-minded people in the community and in healthcare that are also dedicated to achieving excellence through improvement.

Avery Desrosiers

Avery Desrosiers, MPH

Project Specialist

adesrosiers@nichq.org
617-391-2736

The true experts are the families with lived experience. I am energized by projects that use a health equity lens to think critically about improving the systems that create health. I appreciate that our partnerships and methodologies center on the experience of children and their caretakers to reduce disparities.

Kelly

Kelley Devlin, MPH, RD

Project Manager

kdevlin@nichq.org
617-391-2721

I am inspired by the aim of each and every project that we work on. It's incredible to work with a group of such talented colleagues and I’m proud of what we accomplish together.

Courtney

Courtney Evans Henke

Director of Development

cevanshenke@nichq.org
617-391-2745

I love working for an organization that endeavors to make sure all children have the opportunity to live a healthy life. I am inspired by the passion and expertise of my colleagues, and I am lucky to be able to support the expansion of NICHQ's impact.

Tricia

Patricia Finnerty, MSc

Associate Director of Improvement

pfinnerty@nichq.org
617-391-2741

I work at NICHQ because we are creating a culture of improvement among public health and healthcare professionals and helping to create improved systems so all children can thrive.

Caitlin Forbes

Caitlin Forbes, MA

Communications Manager

cforbes@nichq.org
617-391-2727

I'm thrilled that I get to use my skills to support a forward-thinking organization committed to children’s health. It’s easy to be energized and excited when surrounded by like-minded, mission-driven people.

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Leigh Forbush, MPH

Project Manager

lforbush@nichq.org
617-391-2763

I'm motivated by the belief that health is a human right. NICHQ works to ensure that this right  becomes a reality in the United States -- that all children have access to a nuturing home environment, healthy community and equitable health system. 

Amal Hechehouche

Amal Hechehouche

Project Specialist

ahechehouche@nichq.org
617-391-2761

Each day, I am energized by our work to support all children and families through population level efforts and partnerships. NICHQ's vital mission drives me to do my best work. I enjoy learning about quality improvement and how we can use small tests of change in any aspect of our lives to move towards a better tomorrow. 

Pat

Pat Heinrich, RN, MSN, CLE

Executive Project Director

pheinrich@nichq.org
617-686-6161

Born a preemie I was destined to work caring for and improving care for infants and families. I love coming to work in this action oriented environment.  John Kennedy said, “things do not happen things are made to happen” and at NICHQ we are a mighty force - we make it happen!

Amy Hu

Amy Hu, MBA

Accounting Analyst

ahu@nichq.org
617-391-2700

Life is a journey of pursuing happiness. Quality health is part of a happy life. As an Accounting Analyst, I will apply my knowledge to produce quality work and support colleagues and teams to achieve their goals.

Cindy

Cindy Hutter, MBA

Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy

chutter@nichq.org
617-391-2757

I thrive on finding creative ways to tackle problems and tell stories. NICHQ lets me marry those passions together with the bonus of enhancing the lives of children and families. Why would I work anywhere else?

Leah

Leah Jardine, MA

Project Manager

ljardine@nichq.org
617-391-2737

Knowing that NICHQ's work contributes to children and families achieving optimal health keeps me motivated and passionate about the work and the organization.

MJ

Meghan Johnson, MSc

Director of Programs

mjohnson@nichq.org
617-391-2748

As a public health professional and a parent, I am passionate about improving systems to ensure that every child thrives.

Krista

Kirsten Klatka, MSW

Senior Project Manager

kklatka@nichq.org
617-391-2709

I work at NICHQ because of my aspiration to improve the lives of children and families. It is great to be a part of a team that shares this passion and excitement for making our healthcare system better for all people.

Barbara

Barbara Lambiaso, MSW, MPH

Project Manager

blambiaso@nichq.org
617-391-2719

At NICHQ, I can contribute my skills to make a difference, support change and help improve the systems that directly impact the health and well-being of children and families. I am inspired by the people we collaborate with and the progress that is made each and every day.

Sherra

Sherra Lawrence

Analyst

slawrence@nichq.org
617-391-2716

I am passionate about working to improve the quality of life for ALL children and their families. Working at NICHQ gives me the opportunity to use stories and data to help create and improve programs, policies, and systems for children and families whose voices deserve to be heard.

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Zhandra Levesque, MPH

Project Director

zlevesque@nichq.org
617-391-2715

NICHQ provides me the opportunity to align my professional goals with my core values, ensuring the well being of our children, mothers and families. I am proud to work with an incredible group of talented and committed individuals who work tirelessly to ensure systems, policies and programs support our families and give every child the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

Rachel

Rachel Levine, MS

Senior Analyst

rlevine@nichq.org
617-391-2740

I am delighted to use my evaluation skills to maximize the impact of change efforts to improve health and wellbeing for infants, children, families and all people! I feel privileged to help make a difference!

Jeanne

Jeanne Lin, MPH

Analyst

jlin@nichq.org
617-391-2714

I am proud to work at an organization that always strives to find new and innovative ways to make our public health systems more equitable and improvement-focused so that we can ensure quality healthcare services and supports are being delivered to produce better health outcomes among all future generations.

Katrina

Katrina McCarty

Senior Manager, Operations

kmccarty@nichq.org
617-391-2738

Working at NICHQ aligns my heart and mind in a mission of true public service to improve the health and lives of children and families. Ensuring NICHQ's operations support and empower the amazing projects we are entrusted with is a true calling and joy. 

Emily

Emily O'Donnell, ScD, MS

Data Analyst

eodonnell@nichq.org
617-391-2734

As an epidemiologist and parent, I love using data and rigorous methods to improve the wellbeing of children and families.  I feel very lucky to be part of the NICHQ team, making a real impact on health outcomes and working with equally passionate people!

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Charles Ocitti

Senior Director of Finance

cocitti@nichq.org
617-391-2722

Health is a matter of equity, NICHQ works to bend the arc of moral universe towards social justice by working to improve the health of children. Any role in that effort is a blessing and I am proud to be part of such a team.

Amy Oppenheim

Amy Oppenheim

Development Coordinator

aoppenheim@nichq.org
617-391-2708

Helping to secure projects that positively impact children’s health, and knowing that those projects are in the hands of my passionate and expert NICHQ colleagues, keeps me coming to work every day with a smile! Also, sometimes there are bagels.

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Suzette Oyeku, MD, MPH

Medical Advisor

Aviel Peaceman

Aviel Peaceman, MPH

Project Manager

apeaceman@nichq.org
617-391-2730

I am passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of women, children, and families, especially for underserved populations across the country. Our work at NICHQ allows me to do just that by integrating quality improvement methods into public health programs. Our culture of teamwork and value for those we work with every day tops it off!

Samatha

Samatha Riley, DrPH, MPH, MS

Senior Analyst

sriley@nichq.org
617-391-2759

Knowing that what I do every day at work makes a small contribution to improve health systems and promote equitable health care access.

Heather

Heather Rogers, MPH

Project Manager

hrogers@nichq.org
617-391-2735

Being a part of the NICHQ team gives me the opportunity to learn something new everyday. From quality improvement science, to different health issues that affect our nation's children, I feel privileged to be part of a team that truly focuses on improving the health of all children and families.

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Sabrina Selk, ScD

Associate Director of Applied Research and Evaluation

sselk@nichq.org
617-391-2742

As a parent, I know how hard navigating the health care system can be, and how hard families work to advocate for our kids. I'm proud to be part of an organization working so that all children receive the care they need, and all families can have the best chance to thrive.

Emma Smizik

Emma Smizik, MPH

Associate Project Director

esmizik@nichq.org
916-692-8653

As a parent to two young boys, I understand how complex the healthcare system can be, and I want all children to have access to and receive the best possible care. I feel incredibly lucky to work for an organization committed to the health of children and their families.

Jennifer

Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Senior Director

justianov@nichq.org
617-391-2758

What excited me is learning more every day about the vast opportunities we have to impact outcomes for children and their families. It is a wonderfully rewarding week when partnerships are renewed and new relationships forged to address disparities in the health of all children. To improve one child's circumstance is to improve the life and light of our future!

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Sandra Widland, MPH

Senior Project Manager

swidland@nichq.org
617-391-2720

To provide a framework for and a lasting impact of improving children's health.

Board of Directors

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Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP

Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University


Dolores Acevedo-Garcia is Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the social determinants (e.g. residential segregation, neighborhood inequality, immigrant adaptation) of racial/ethnic inequities in health; the role of social policies (e.g. housing policies, immigrant policies) in reducing those inequities; and the health and wellbeing of children with special needs.

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Sean Gleeson, MD, MBA

Vice President of Community Health & Wellness at Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Sean Gleeson, MD, MBA, is the vice president of Community Health and Wellness for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and president for Partners for Kids, the hospital’s affiliated accountable care organization.

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Beth Hurley, MBA

Human Resources Director, Simmons College


Beth Hurley has decades of experience as a human resources professional at a variety of mission based organizations. She currently works at Simmons College on the Human Resources team. Hurley is also chair of the NICHQ board of directors.

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Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH

Founder and Principal of Altre Strategic Solutions Group


Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH, is the founder and principal of Altre Strategic Solutions Group, a strategic consulting firm focused on data-driven healthcare policy, care delivery and population health management. Previously, Johnson was the executive vice president and chief medical officer for Corizon Health; executive vice president and chief medical officer for MinSec Companies; and the vice president and chief medical officer of Temple University Health System.

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Scott O’Gorman

Consultant, The Concept Group


Scott O’Gorman most recently served as president of Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), a managed care organization committed to ensuring quality health coverage and services for underserved populations. With 15 years of experience in Massachusetts, BMCHP, under O’Gorman’s leadership, expanded that mission into New Hampshire in 2013.

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Gina Pola-Money

Director of Utah Family Voices Family to Family Health Information Center


Gina Pola-Money is the director of Utah Family Voices Family to Family Health Information Center in partnership with the Utah Parent Center. She also works with the Utah Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Utah Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental Disabilities as a family leadership director.

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Michal Regunberg

Principal at MR Associates


Michal Regunberg is an award-winning communications professional with a successful track record in public relations, government and community relations, academia and journalism. Most recently she served as senior vice president at Solomon McCown & Company where she provided senior strategic counsel to the healthcare and mission-focused clients.

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Gregory Serrao

Founder and Chairman, President and CEO Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care (Thrive)


Gregory Serrao is the founder and Chairman, President and CEO of Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care (Thrive), a provider of pediatric home care services to medically fragile children. Prior to Thrive, Serrao founded American Dental Partners, Inc. (ADPI), and served as the company's Chief Executive Officer and President and a Director for twenty years. In July, 2015, Serrao transitioned from CEO and President to Executive Chairman of ADPI and currently is Chairman of ADPI.

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Wendy Warring, JD

Senior Vice President of Network Development & Strategic Partnerships at Boston Children’s Hospital


Wendy Warring, JD, is senior vice president of Network Development and Strategic Partnerships at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for developing strategies and executing operational initiatives to strengthen relationships between Boston Children’s and primary care physicians, hospital systems, and other providers locally, regionally, and nationally.

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Joseph Wright, MD, MPH

Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine


Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, is a professor and the chairman of Pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He previously served as senior vice president for Community Affairs at Children's National Medical Center, where he provided strategic leadership for the organization’s advocacy mission, public policy positions and community partnership initiatives.