Type: Employee

Carly K. Caminiti

As a youth advocate since 2000, Ms. Caminiti has extensive experience in the field of tobacco control. While living in Spain, she worked on smoke-free policies ranging from local, campus-wide policies to national policies. She has worked for organizations such as the American Lung Association of Illinois-Greater Chicago, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and the Center… Read more »

Rose Purrelli Swensen

Rose Purrelli Swensen, MBA

Rose Swensen is a Senior Director of Strategic Planning & Organizational Effectiveness at HRiA. For over 20 years, Ms Swensen has helped a broad range of organizations, including educational institutions, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public health-focused community coalitions, achieve and sustain excellence. She is an experienced management consultant skilled in strategic planning, organizational development,… Read more »

Lisa Aslan

Lisa Aslan

Ms. Aslan is a public health professional with over 12 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs for adolescents. After completing an MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Lisa returned to New York City where she served as the Director of Special Projects overseeing HIV/AIDS services at the Ryan/Chelsea Clinton Community… Read more »

Daisy P. Ortega

Daisy Ortega

Ms. Ortega is Managing Director of Training and Capacity Building at HRiA. In this role, she works tirelessly to deliver cutting-edge capacity building programs focused on youth development, program improvement and planning, and community building and mobilization. She has expertise in the positive youth development approach, supervising youth, curriculum development, community building, conflict resolution, program… Read more »

Erika Gaitan

Erika Gaitan is a Senior Manager of Community Impact on the Health & Racial Equity team at HRiA. In her role, she collaborates with public and private partners to support the adoption of methods to increase community power in neighborhood, municipal, and state level decision-making. She has extensive experience in community based participatory research, training… Read more »

Bora Toro

Bora Toro

Ms. Toro joined HRiA in 2014 as a volunteer and now serves as Finance Coordinator for the Administration and Finance team. She has five years of experience as a statistician at the Institute of Statistics in Albania. Ms. Toro received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in European Economics Studies in February 2013. She is… Read more »

Stacey Chacker

Ms. Chacker is Project Director of several initiatives at HRiA, including the Asthma Regional Council and New England Asthma Innovation Collaborative. She is a leader on policy, advocacy, and research on environmental health/justice issues at community and governmental levels, including promoting sustainable financing for Community Health Workers. Ms. Chacker previously served as Director of Organizing at Neighborhood of Affordable… Read more »

Karen Schoneman

Karen Schoneman, MA

Karen Schoneman is a Managing Director of Health Communication at HRiA. Ms. Schoneman works with clients to develop and implement communication and marketing strategies to improve the health of a variety of populations. She has over 15 years of experience in strategic communication planning, qualitative research, creative direction, media planning, digital strategies, and content development…. Read more »

Chloe Cheung

Chloe Cheung

Chloe Cheung is a Senior Research Analyst on the Research & Evaluation team at HRiA. Her focus is on community health assessments and evaluations, specializing in quantitative data collection, analysis, and visualization. Chloe took a lead role in quantitative analysis through gathering and summarizing secondary data to programming, administering, and analyzing surveys. Prior to joining… Read more »

Valerie Polletta

Valerie Polletta

Valerie Polletta is a Managing Director of Community & Culture Transformation at HRiA. She has over 15 years of experience working in public health. She was previously a Director of Research & Evaluation, where she developed and implemented research plans to inform programs and measure impact, including conducting community health assessments and evaluation studies for… Read more »

Laurie Jo Wallace

Ms. Wallace has spent the last 27 years promoting healthy communities and healthy youth in Boston. She has expertise in peer leadership, program development, curriculum development, coalition building, youth/adult collaboration, conflict resolution, physical health and healthy eating, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention. In her role as Managing Director of Training & Capacity Building at HRiA,… Read more »

Donna Burke

Donna Burke

Donna Burke is a Director in the Strategic Planning & Organizational Effectiveness team at HRiA. Ms. Burke has extensive experience in strategic planning, training, and organizational development. At HRiA, she has facilitated processes in 10 states to develop more than 30 community health improvement, strategic, organizational development, and community benefits strategic implementation plans, addressing a… Read more »

Lina Jew

Lina Jew

Ms. Jew joined the Policy & Practice team at HRiA in 2015 as a Program Coordinator. She previously worked at the Brookline Department of Public Health, where she supported a number of community health initiatives ranging from domestic violence prevention to Lyme disease prevention. She also worked as a policy analyst at Health Canada, where she focused  on… Read more »

Thomas Harty

Thomas Harty

Tom Harty is a Senior Account Manager on the Administration & Finance team at HRiA. Mr. Harty has experience in all aspects of accounting and financial statement analysis, including the design and creation of detailed financial statement reports. In 2009, he earned a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in information technology from Bentley… Read more »

Tamaki West

Tamaki West

Ms. West is Director at HRiA and is currently leading the MA Health Promotion Clearinghouse. Since joining HRiA in 1999, Ms. West has worked on creative development, online marketing, digital and social media strategy development and implementation, and graphic design for a range of projects, including those focused on community water fluoridation, child health, substance abuse,… Read more »

Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson, PhD

Dr. Nelson has 20 years of experience developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating public health and health care programs for nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as governmental agencies. Currently, she leads evaluation and assessment projects in diverse content areas across the country. Dr. Nelson has expertise developing and building consensus around common data measures, instruments and… Read more »

Abby Atkins

Abby Atkins

Ms. Atkins has over 25 years of experience in planning and conducting community-based research and evaluation projects.  As a senior member of HRiA’s Research and Evaluation department, Ms. Atkins works with a wide range of public and private clients including hospitals, public health departments, school districts, nonprofits business and philanthropic entities. She leads diverse teams in… Read more »

Allyson Shifley

Allyson Shifley

Allyson Shifley is an Associate Director with The LEAH Project at HRiA, where she recruits and hires youth, plans and leads trainings to support high school youth, and builds and maintains relationships with community sites. She previously held internships with Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Lahey Clinic, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and Lewisham Refugee… Read more »

Lisa Wolff

Lisa Wolff, ScD

With an extensive background in community health and research methods, Dr. Wolff brings a qualitative and evidence-based rigor to HRiA’s program planning approach.  Dr. Wolff’s team has conducted over 50 community health assessments for hospitals, health departments, and community collaboratives and numerous evaluation studies on topics such as behavioral health, obesity prevention, smoking prevention, healthy… Read more »

Jennifer Cyran

Ms. Cyran is the Managing Director of Behavioral Health at HRiA. She manages the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline, the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances, and the Vermont HelpLink, overseeing a diverse team of Screening & Information Specialists, Clinicians, and other program staff, as well as the operations of Helpline contact centers and websites…. Read more »

Kathleen McCabe

Kathleen McCabe

Ms. McCabe is Managing Director of Policy & Practice at HRiA. Since 2007, Kathleen has provided both strategic leadership and technical content expertise to clients. She has led the organization’s smoke-free housing policy work, best practice research in the areas of transportation, chronic disease prevention, climate change and healthy homes, and collaborated with colleagues on strategic planning… Read more »

Chris Whyte

Mr. Whyte is the Director of Technology at HRiA. He has experience in planning, developing, and maintaining a variety of websites for both internal and external clients. He also helps staff and clients assess and introduce new technologies to achieve public health goals. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New… Read more »