Type: Employee

Kimberly Lezak

Dr. Lezak joined The Medical Foundation as a Scientific Officer in 2018 and works as part of a team devoted to biomedical research grant program management and grant making. She received a B.A. from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Vermont. As a Kaneb Fellow and awardee of the… Read more »

Corey H.

Corey joined HRiA in 2017 and is a Screening & Information Specialist with the MA and IL Helplines. She has prior experience working in various Boston non-profit and social service organizations. She is a certified Community Health Worker and has additional certificates in Human Services. Her work in the field has included medical case management… Read more »

Jen W.

Jen W. is a Screening & Information Specialist with the MA and IL Helplines. She is an LiCSW clinical social worker with a concentration in working with families and people with substance use disorders. She is also a Certified Community Resource Specialist. She has worked with teens and adult clients throughout the adult lifespan. She… Read more »

Cindy L.

Cindy L. is a Project Manager for the Massachusetts Substance Use and Problem Gambling Helplines operated by HRiA. She is a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Community Resource Specialist. She has over 10 years of experience working in direct service programs in the city of Boston. She has provided one-on-one services to families experiencing… Read more »

Luis B.

Luis is a Screening & Information Specialist with the MA and IL Helplines. He has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors throughout his career, and most recently was a Case Manager at Catholic Charities Laboure Center and a Recovery Coach at Casa Esperanza. In addition to his work at HRiA, he manages his… Read more »

Monika Hyatt

Monika Hyatt

Ms. Hyatt joined HRiA in 2017 as Development Manager. She has a diverse background in the nonprofit field, with experience in education and cultural resource management. Prior to joining HRiA, she worked as an economic and management consultant to nonprofit cultural institutions, contributing research and analysis to support operating strategies and feasibility studies for museums,… Read more »

Lindsey Carver

Lindsey Carver, MA

Lindsey Carver is a Senior Grants Officer with the Biomedical Research Grantmaking team. Prior to joining HRiA in 2017, she worked as a grants manager for Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administering federally-funded programs to improve public safety and public health across the state. Ms. Carver has expertise in contract and budget management, grants administration, and customer… Read more »

Amy Flynn

Ms. Flynn is a Senior Research Analyst for HRiA’s research and evaluation team. In this role, she leads data analysis efforts in the evaluation of a number of social service and health care delivery programs, such as the Si Texas program evaluation that examined integrated behavioral health models in the border communities of southern Texas…. Read more »

Lissette Blondet

Lissette Blondet

Ms. Blondet is the director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW). She has dedicated most of her professional life to supporting community health workers (CHWs) as public health professionals. In 1993, she founded the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), one of the first training and resource centers for CHWs in the country…. Read more »

Elena Bengochea

Elena Bengochea is a Senior Associate on the Policy & Practice team at HRiA. Previously, she was an intern for the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights in Providence, RI, where she directed a video production project about Hepatitis C for use by incarcerated people. As a student at Brown University, where she earned… Read more »

Meghan Guptill

Meghan Guptill, MPH

Ms. Guptill is a Senior Research Associate at HRiA, providing day-to-day project management and data collection and synthesis for a range of clients, including hospitals, city and state governments, and community-based organizations. She has experience with both qualitative and quantitative research, with a focus on working with historically under-served and hard-to-reach populations. Prior to joining… Read more »

Heather Sumba

Heather Sumba

Heather Sumba is a Senior Associate on the Strategic Planning & Organizational Effectiveness team at HRiA. Ms. Sumba has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, primarily in administration and operations supporting organizational growth. Prior to joining HRiA, Ms. Sumba was Senior Manager of International Operations at the Center for Reproductive Rights, a… Read more »

Lisa Arsenault

Lisa Arsenault, PhD

Dr. Arsenault has worked in public health program evaluation and community-based research for over 10 years. As a senior member of HRiA’s Research & Evaluation department, Dr. Arsenault designs and leads program evaluations and needs assessments with a wide range of public and private sector clients including hospitals, public health departments, school districts, nonprofits business,… Read more »

NeKeshia Jones

NeKeshia Jones

Ms. Jones is a Senior GRant Officer for HRiA’s community health grant making programs. She has experience in various public health issues, including HIV prevention, early childhood education, substance abuse prevention, Medicare quality improvement, and evaluation. She is a dedicated volunteer and supports causes that affect vulnerable communities. Ms. Jones has also supported community coalitions… Read more »

Krista Moore

Krista Moore

Krista Moore is a Manager for Staffing and Employee Relations at HRiA. Ms. Moore supports human resources and operations activities, including recruiting and new hire onboarding, as well as planning events for staff as co-chair of the organization’s Fun Committee. She has extensive experience with non-profit organizations. Before joining HRiA, she worked for many years… Read more »

Elizabeth Showalter

Elizabeth Showalter

Elizabeth Showalter is a Research Associate on the Research and Evaluation team. She is experienced in cleaning and analyzing large and small datasets, using SAS, SPSS, and R statistical programming packages. Ms. Showalter led the cleaning and analysis of complex survey data for the 2021 Statewide Assessment of Gambling and Problem Gambling in Illinois. She… Read more »

Charlene Mancusi

Ms. Mancusi is currently a Director with the Biomedical Research Grantmaking team. She originally joined HRiA in 2015 as Director of the North Shore Community Health Network, and has also served as a Program Officer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal Award Program. Her background includes over 10 years of experience… Read more »

Robert S.


Robert S. is a Screening & Information Specialist with the Helpline, and a Certified Community Resource Specialist. He began his work at HRiA as a volunteer with the Helpline in 2006. Robert shares his compassion, empathy, reliability, and professionalism with the team and Helpline callers. Before joining HRiA, he worked a number of customer service jobs.

Kelly Danckert

Kelly Danckert is a Program Manager with both the Helplines team and Training and Capacity Building team at HRiA. She manages the Vermont Helplink and facilitates training opportunities through the Community Health Training Institute and Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Process. Ms. Danckert is an experienced trainer and facilitator, with additional expertise in web development and… Read more »

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez

Ms. Rodriguez joined HRiA in 2016 as a Project Manager. She has over 10 years of experience working with youth and adults in Boston, including facilitating trainings, working in classrooms with Boston Public School teachers, and forging relationships between the Boston Police Department and community members in some of Boston’s most disenfranchised neighborhoods. Before joining HRiA,… Read more »

Melissa Wojcik

Melissa Wojcik, MBA

Ms. Wojcik joined HRiA in 2016 as Budget & Contracts Director. She has over 20 years of experience in project-based finance and operations, along with additional expertise in human resources and marketing. She has spent her entire career in the fields of medicine and healthcare, and became interested in public health after learning about quality improvement methods and how to… Read more »

Natalie Cashin

Natalie Cashin, MA

Natalie Cashin is a Senior Program Manager for the Training & Capacity Building team at HRiA. Natalie manages the Racial Equity and Leadership trainings for 18,000 City of Boston employees. In her work on this project, she developed trainings that all city employees will partake in, in addition to helping lead the onboarding of twenty… Read more »

Elizabeth Reardon

Elizabeth Reardon

Ms. Reardon has over 15 years of experience working in community-based public health programs focused on youth development, domestic and sexual violence prevention, and substance abuse prevention. She has worked as a community organizer and has experience in program development, public awareness campaign development, and qualitative evaluation.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from… Read more »

Cristina Figueroa

Ms. Figueroa joined HRiA in 2016. A graduate from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Ms. Figueroa has a strong passion for helping others, which fuels her interest in public health. She began working for HRiA as an intern for The 84 Movement, where she helped empower youth to get involved in their communities to help… Read more »

Luz Garces

Luz Garces

Ms. Garces is responsible for processing accounts payable and payroll. Before joining HRiA, she was a bookkeeper and Administration & Finance Coordinator at Child Care Resource Center, Inc. Ms. Garces earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Dominican O&M University (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).  

Julius Juuko

Julius Juuko is a Senior Fulfillment Center Manager at HRiA, providing management and oversight for the MA Health Promotion Clearinghouse. Mr. Juuko develops and sustains positive client/community relations while managing the dissemination and maintenance of a vast inventory of public health education materials. He has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University… Read more »

Tamika R. Francis

Tamika Francis

Ms. Francis is the Community Engagement Manager for the Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! (LGHB) a U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health program. She has Caribbean heritage, and has lived or worked on several islands on bilateral international development projects funded by the World Bank, USAID, and the European Union. She… Read more »

Jamiah Tappin

Jamiah Tappin

Jamiah Tappin is a Director on both the Grantmaking and Health & Racial Equity teams at HRiA. Jamiah works to strengthen neighborhood partnerships across sectors, building shared understanding of values rooted in equity and movement toward collective impact. She supports the Community Health Grantmaking team in facilitating processes and allocation of resources between Boston-based hospitals… Read more »

Keith H.

Keith H. is a Screening & Information Specialist for the MA and IL Helplines, and a Certified Community Resource Specialist. He bring his life experiences, social skills, and drive to excel at the duties that are required of him. Keith brings a consistent, reliable, professional presence to the department as well as a respectable sense… Read more »

Kathy D.

Kathy is a Screening & Information Specialist for the MA and IL Helplines. She has worked at HRiA since 2009, and has been in recovery since 1984. Prior to joining HRiA, she was the director of two residential treatment programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, a Graduate Level Certificate in Social… Read more »

Anthony A.

Anthony is a Screening & Information Specialist III with the MA and IL Helplines, with a specialization in mentorship. He is a person in recovery, dedicated to his sobriety since April 22, 2008. Before joining the Helpline, he worked with the Caspar Residential Treatment Program for several years. He is a Certified Community Resource Specialist,… Read more »

Steve Ridini

Steven Ridini, EdD

Dr. Ridini is President and CEO of HRiA. He has over 25 years of experience working in public health within the US and internationally. He has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to hospitals, health departments, health centers, and foundations on community health assessments, health improvement planning, and strategic implementation planning. Dr. Ridini also has a proven… Read more »

Brittany Chen

Brittany Chen, DrPH

Brittany Chen, DrPH, is the Vice President of Health Equity at Health Resources in Action. She has extensive expertise in policy research, analysis, and translation, community engagement and mobilization, training and facilitation, and youth development. In her role, she oversees HRiA’s internal health equity strategic planning work, and conducts health and racial equity assessment, capacity… Read more »

Kathleen Murray

Kathleen Murray

Ms. Murray is a versatile and dedicated human resources (HR) professional who believes in building and fostering a positive and supportive employee culture. She has been in the HR field for six years and has a strong background in HR systems implementation, benefits, recruiting and employee engagement. She takes pride in being involved with the organization and… Read more »

Mitzi Fennel

Mitzi Fennel, MBA

Ms. Fennel has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience at the senior level. As Chief Operating Officer at HRiA, Ms. Fennel oversees internal operations including finance, administration, human resources, and information technology. Skilled in strategic management, planning, and operational systems development, she integrates finance and operations with organizational and program goals. She holds a Master of… Read more »

Kevin Myers

Kevin Myers is a Director of Planning & Facilitation on the Strategic Planning & Organizational Effectiveness team at HRiA. Kevin has been at HRiA since 2015, serving as a Sr. Project Associate on the Policy & Practice team followed by Associate Director on the Community Health Grantmaking team. Recently, he has helped lead the strategic… Read more »

Jeremy T. Holman

Jeremy Holman

Dr. Holman has over 20 years of experience in public health, with a focus on building and sustaining effective organizations and diverse teams to accomplish public health goals. Throughout his career, he has helped stakeholders tackle complex public health challenges by developing and implementing high quality programs and solutions, building the capacity of community-based organizations to achieve… Read more »

Allyson Auerbach

Allyson Auerbach, MPH

Allyson Auerbach is a Director on the Research and Evaluation team. In this role, Allyson develops comprehensive research plans, conducts community health assessments, and evaluates the impact of health programs and policies. Allyson has significant quantitative and qualitative research experience organizing, collecting, analyzing, and reporting data for numerous assessments and evaluations, including several assessments that… Read more »

Mo Barbosa

Mo Barbosa

Mo Barbosa is a Senior Director of Community Engagement at HRiA. Prior to joining HRiA, he was Program Coordinator for the Fellowship Center in St. Louis, MO and Director of the Area 4 Youth Center in Cambridge, MA. Mo delivers training, provides technical assistance, and participates in field-building initiatives. He promotes the professionalization of the… Read more »

Amanda K. Ayers

Amanda Ayers

Amanda Ayers is a Managing Director of Strategic Planning & Organizational Effectiveness at HRiA. Ms. Ayers has been working in the field of public health for nearly 20 years, and has expertise in strategic planning, evidence-based prevention, coalition development, capacity building, and sustainability. Her work on CHA-CHIP and strategic implementation planning in several states has… Read more »