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.
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.
Alma supports 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.
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.
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.
As Office Coordinator, Leigh manages all front desk responsibilities and supports NICHQ's overall office operations. Prior to joining NICHQ, she worked as a teller at TD Bank. Leigh received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in Violin Performance and European History and is a member of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. She is currently working towards her Masters in Music Education at The Boston Conservatory.