Executive Team and Staff
Lexi Abel, MPH
Lexi is a Project Manager working on several of NICHQ’s obesity related projects. Prior to joining NICHQ, Lexi earned an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in Sociology from Grinnell College. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica and worked with International Planned Parenthood Federation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Shikha Anand, MD, MPH
Director of Strategic Alliances and Initiatives and Obesity Program Director
Dr. Anand is a pediatrician with expertise in obesity and the Patient-Centered Medical Home. For 5 years, she served as the Pediatric Director at a Federally Qualified Health Center, where she created a multi-disciplinary primary care obesity clinic. She cofounded the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program to bring fresh produce to low income families.
Julius Anastasio, MS
Julius is an Analyst in the Applied Research and Evaluation department. In his role at NICHQ, he is currently focused on evaluation for the Collaborate for Healthy Weight, Best Fed Beginnings and Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) projects. Julius has a background in developing and implementing public and community health interventions. He holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University and a MS in Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University, with a specialization in early intervention.
Hillary Anderson, MPH
Project Manager II
Hillary is a Project Manager II on the Massachusetts CORD Project, Mass in Motion Kids, and other NICHQ obesity projects. Hillary joined NICHQ in 2008 as a Project Coordinator on the Improving Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (ISC) projects. She completed her MPH in International Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Community Health from Brown University.
Bob R. Bower, MBA, CPA
Director of Finance
Bob has more than thirty years experience working for nonprofit organizations, primarily in colleges. At NICHQ, he is responsible for all aspects of the financial management; including budgeting, financial reporting, cash flow, billing, and grant and contract management. Bob is active in his church and is also the Treasurer of Ecclesia Ministries.
Project Manager for IT
As the Project Manager for IT, David is responsible for IT systems management from start to finish. Before joining NICHQ, he was an ESL Teacher at the New England School of English (NESE) and also served in the Peace Corps as an IT Teacher. David was a Project Manager at Fusion Productions and also at Auragen Communications. He received his BFA in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY.
Ariella Camera, MA
Ariella is a Project Manager for the Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems (IHSIS) project. Previously she was a Project Manager at Boston Rising and a Health Science Specialist at the Veterans Affairs New England Healthcare System. Ariella is a MA Degree Candidate in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She also has her BS in Biobehavioral Health and Neuroscience from The Pennsylvania State University.
Alma is a Project Coordinator supporting the Texas breastfeeding project. Prior to joining NICHQ, she served as an intern in the Reproductive Health and Research Department of the World Health Organization. Alma received her BA in Economics and Anthropology from Washington University. She is currently a candidate in the Master's of International Healthcare Management, Economics, and Policy program at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy.
Emily Clermont, MPH
Senior Project Manager
Emily is a Senior Project Manager on the WISCH projects: the Sickle Cell Disease Prevention and Treatment Demonstration Program and the Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Program. Prior to joining NICHQ, she worked at Children’s Hospital Boston. Emily is a graduate of Stonehill College. She completed her MPH in Epidemiology and received a certificate in Leadership and Management from Boston University School of Public Health.
Senior Accounting Manager for Projects
David supports NICHQ's financial department and focuses specifically on project finances. Prior to joining NICHQ, he served as Assistant Director of Financial Operations at The Wilderness Society in Washington, DC. David has also worked with Rogersons Communities, Vertical Communications, The Trust for Public Land, and SeaBeam Instruments.
Sarah is a Project Manager on the Best Fed Beginnings Learning Collaborative. Before joining NICHQ, Sarah was a program assistant at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, where she majored in Political Science and minored in French.
Julie Eisen, MA
Online Community Coordinator
Julie is an Online Community Coordinator. She is responsible for building virtual communities on the Collaborate for Healthy Weight project, managing NICHQ's social media, and creating content for NICHQ's newsletter. Previously, Julie worked at Policy Studies, Inc. as a Research Assistant. She holds a BS in Biology & Media/Communication from Muhlenberg College and an MA in Health Communication from Emerson College/Tufts University School of Medicine.
Project Manager for Marketing Systems
Erin supports NICHQ's marketing, communication, and technology operations. She is responsible for managing the marketing systems and technologies that enable the effective and reliable flow of information to NICHQ’s various audiences and supporters. Prior to joining NICHQ, Erin worked at Children’s Hospital Boston as the assistant to the Chief of the Immunology Division. She holds a BA in English/Creative Writing and Drama from Kenyon College.
Leigh Elliott is our Office Coordinator. Prior to NICHQ she worked as a teller at TD Bank. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in Violin Performance and European History. She is also a current member of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.
Karen Sautter Errichetti, MPH
Director of Digital Services and Technology
Karen leads the management and implementation of technologies and digital services at NICHQ. She also designs and conducts evaluations of NICHQ’s quality improvement programming. She is currently leading the evaluation of NICHQ’s Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) project. Karen also leads information technology projects for NICHQ, including its web-based data collection system, the Improvement Lab. Karen is serving her second term as an elected member of the North Reading School Committee. Karen holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College and an MPH in Epidemiology from Yale University. She is completing a dissertation on school-based bullying for Boston University’s DrPH program in maternal and child health.