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Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors

Under the guidance of our Board of Advisors, MACHW works tirelessly on behalf of the estimated 3000+Community Health Workers in the state.

Jaime Berberena, CHW, City of New Bedford Health Department, New Bedford*
Brenda Evans, Longstanding Board Member, Springfield
John Gatto, Vice President for Community Health, JRI Health, Boston
Sharon Henderson, Marketing and Communication Director, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Worcester
Gail Hirsch, Founding Member, and Co-Director, Office of Community Health Workers, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston
Peggy Hogarty, Program Director, CHEC, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston
Lorenza Holt, Executive Director, Boston Association for Childbirth Education, Boston*
Rose Kakoza, Assistant Medical Director, The Phyllis Jen Center for Primary Care, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston
Omar Irizarry, Assistant. Director, CBHI/ CSA, Director of FS&T Services, Gandara, Springfield*
Ramon Medina, CHW Supervisor, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Worcester*
Shawn Matthews, Program Coordinator, Project ME, Whittier Street Community Health Center, Boston*
Kerry Mello, Community Benefits Manager, Southcoast Health, New Bedford
Niem Nay-Kret, CHW, Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell*
Jeannette Rodriguez, CHW, Caring Health Center, Springfield*
Rainelle Walker-White, Associate Director, Mobile Family Van, Harvard Medical School, Boston*

*Currently working as or worked within the past 6 years as a CHW

About Our Board of Advisors

The Advisory Board has 13 members and each member serves a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years. The Advisory Board meets 6 times per year. Three of these meetings are face to face and take place in Worcester and 3 meetings held over the phone. In addition, Advisory Board members sometimes attend workgroups to address specific issues between meetings.

Consider Serving on Our Board of Advisors

Each year, MACHW adds new Advisory Board members at the Annual Meeting. Selection of new Advisory Board members will be done by MACHW staff and existing Advisory Board members according to established criteria. Please contact Lissette Blondet at lbondet@hria.org to be considered as a candidate.

The Board of Advisors has 13 members and each member serves a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years. The Advisory Board meets 6 times per year. In addition, Advisory Board members join Work Groups to address specific issues between meetings.