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Foundation Board of Directors

Eric H. Schultz
President and CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Chairman of the Board, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Mr. Schultz is President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a full-service health benefits company serving members throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. He currently serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans (MAHP), Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, The New England Council, Boston Chamber of Commerce and serves as Chair of the Board of Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Mr. Schultz holds an MBA in Health Care Leadership from Yale University’s School of Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut.


Heidi M. Brooks
Chief Operating Officer, Schott Foundation for Public Education, Cambridge, MA

Ms. Brooks is Chief Operating Officer of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, a Cambridge-based national foundation dedicated to achieving fully resourced, quality PreK-12 public education. Ms. Brooks holds a B.A. from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Martin D. Cohen
President and CEO, MetroWestCommunity Health Care Foundation, Framingham, MA

Mr. Cohen is the president/CEO of MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation, a community philanthropy serving the unment health care needs of the MetroWest area of Boston. Mr. Cohen is on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry and serves on the board of advisors of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation.


Lisa DeSisto
CEO, MaineToday Media, Portland, ME

Ms. DeSisto has been the CEO at MaineToday Media and Publisher of the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal, and Morning Sentinel since November 2012. She serves on the board of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Communications.


Marianne E. Felice, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Dr. Marianne E. Felice is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Physician-in-Chief of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Felice graduated summa cum laude from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA and received her medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine.


Len Fishman
Director, Gerontology Institute, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA

Mr. Fishman is director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston, the research, policy and consulting arm of UMB’s gerontology program. He was previously CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife. Mr. Fishman served in the cabinet of NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman as commissioner of the Department of Health. He has practiced health care law in NJ and PA.


Nancy L. Garrabrants
Former Associate Dean, Center for Agriculture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Ms. Garrabrants is the former associate dean of the Center for Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was responsible for the Nutrition Education and 4-H Youth Development Programs. She was previously director and assistant dean of the Stockbridge School at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is an award-winning education professional with 32 years of in-depth expertise in agriculture from the business, academic and youth development sectors.


Chris Knopf
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Mintz + Hoke

Mr. Knopf is a principal owner of Mintz + Hoke, an integrated marketing communications agency in Avon, CT. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Connecticut Forum, and the Connecticut liaison of the Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter.


Josh Kraft
Nicholas President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Boston, MA

Mr. Kraft is the Founding Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea. Concurrently, he manages community relations as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the New England Patriots Foundation. He is an alumnus of Williams College with a Master of Arts degree in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Michael R. Norton
Director, External Communication and Community Relations, Hannaford Supermarkets, ME

Mr. Norton joined Hannaford in 2005 as Manager, Internal Communication and in 2008 was promoted to his current role as Director, External Communication and Community Relations. Previously, he was appointed Director of Public and Media Relations for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, he served as Public Relations Director for Unum Corporation and as a reporter with the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram and the St. Cloud Times. Mr. Norton holds a B.A. in Journalism/Political Science from the University of Minnesota.


Joseph F. O’Donnell, MD
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH

Dr. O’Donnell chairs the advisory group for the Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery and Education Program and is dedicated to helping that group produce evidence-based, replicable materials to lessen the impact of substance use/abuse. He directs the NH-VT Schweitzer Fellowships, and was the force behind the Urban Scholars Program, the DMS Advocacy Network, and numerous community service efforts. In 2008, he was named Senior Fellow of the C. Everett Koop Institute. Dr. O’Donnell graduated from Harvard College in 1969 and attended Dartmouth Medical School for his first two years of medical school. He finished medical school in 1973, with his M.D. from Harvard.


Cathleen A. Schmidt
Executive Director and CEO, McLane Middleton, Manchester, NH

Ms. Schmidt is Executive Director and CEO of McLane Middleton, where she oversees the operational, financial, marketing and human resource functions of the firm. She previously served as President and CEO at Citizens Bank, where she was responsible for overseeing 108 branches in NH and VT. Ms. Schmidt has served on the Boards of New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Manchester Economic Development Corporation, and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. She holds a B.S. in economics and psychology from Boston College.


Lauren A. Smith, MD, MPH
Managing Director, FSG, Boston, MA

Dr. Smith is Managing Director of FSG and co-leader of FSG’s US Health focus area. She is a public health leader with extensive experience in health care delivery, management, and policy relevant research. Most recently, she served as the senior strategic advisor for the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network. Prior to that, she served as both the medical director and then the interim commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Dr. Smith earned an A.B. from Harvard College, M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.