About Our Foundation
The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve by providing the tools, training and leadership to build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
The Foundation works to increase access to fresh, affordable food to communities and families in the region and supports healthy, strong and diverse communities via grant contributions, and donations of goods and services.
Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund is a grant and leadership initiative to make fresh, and as often as possible, local food easily accessible and affordable for more low- and middle-income families in our region.
Service & Giving supports Harvard Pilgrim employees to improve the communities in which they live and work through service and giving.
Healthy Equity focuses on ensuring that all individuals have access to quality care, enabling them to lead healthy, productive lives.
Since her arrival, Karen has focused the Foundation’s strategic initiatives on preventing childhood obesity, raising the visibility of employee giving and service, and promoting the Foundation’s expertise in cultural and linguistic competence. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Senior Vice President of Programs for The Rhode Island Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations. Karen holds degrees in sociology from Simmons College and The American University. She has also served as an elected representative to the school committee of East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Director of Grants and Initiatives
In addition to his role as Director of Grants and Initiatives, Mike is the Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund representative in New Hampshire and Eastern Massachusetts. In 2004 he helped start Harvard Pilgrim’s program for employee giving and service. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mike was Director of the Massachusetts Prevention Center in Framingham as well as Associate Director for International Programs at Boston University School of Public Health where he received his MPH. He started his career in the Peace Corps as a Nutrition and Health Volunteer in the Philippines.
Director of Giving and Service
As the Foundation’s Director of Giving and Service, Janelle manages Harvard Pilgrim's employee service and giving initiative. In this role Janelle creates, promotes and implements employee volunteer opportunities and fund-raising for charitable causes. Over the past five years, Janelle has built service and giving initiatives to help Harvard Pilgrim build healthier communities and achieve its goal of becoming a good corporate citizen. Janelle is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Boston College where she received her B.B.A in Marketing and International Business and Master of Arts in Higher Education respectively. She recently received her MBA at Simmons College.
Senior Communications Specialist
As the Senior Communications Specialist, Kim is an experienced media strategist and communicator who works to elevate the profile of the Foundation as a thought leader nationally and throughout Harvard Pilgrim’s four-state region. She manages all internal and external communications needs of the Foundation including the creation and implementation of a strategic communications plan, media relations, and all content for Foundation communication newsletters and publications. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kim was senior vice president at Montagne Communications in Manchester, N.H. Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Rhode Island.
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Senior Program Specialist
As the Foundation's Senior Program Specialist, Henny helps manage the grant portfolio for the Healthy Food Fund. In addition, he provides research and technical support to other Foundation initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Henny was Program Manager for City Year New Hampshire and was a Corps Member from August 2011 to June 2012. He earned a bachelor's degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida.
Andrea coordinates and supports Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Employee Service and Giving initiatives. She promotes volunteer opportunities and engages employees across all business areas. Andrea is also a member of Harvard Pilgrim’s Learning and Development training team. She brings her bilingual and bi-cultural interpreter skills to the table which supports the Latino Leaders in Action Employee Resource Group and Harvard Pilgrim’s Inclusion initiative. Andrea is active in numerous bilingual and multicultural activities outside of the Employee Service and Giving team. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business at Cambridge College.
Associate Program Specialist
Aaron facilitates employee engagement across the organization through Service and Giving programs, events and communication. Aaron manages the Foundation’s 9/11 Community Spirit Mini-Grant Program and supports internal and external communication for the Foundation. Previously, Aaron worked for national nonprofit Good Sports where he organized programs and donation events tied to corporate partners across the U.S. Aaron earned his Master’s of Science in Communication from Clark University in 2016.
Deborah serves as the senior administrative assistant to the President of the Foundation and provides administrative support for Foundation Board of Directors activities. Previously, Deborah was employed in the provost’s office at Brandeis University and the graduate dean’s office at Babson College. Deborah holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Wellesley College.
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.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Chair of the Board, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Mr. Carson is President of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and serves as the chair of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. He joined Harvard Pilgrim in January of 2017 as Chief Business Growth Officer. Prior to that he served as Chief Operating Officer at ConcertoHealth, President of Anthem’s Eastern Region Medicare business, Vice President of Operations at Premera Blue Cross in Washington, and Director of Operations Development at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Mintz + Hoke, Avon, CT
Mr. Knopf is the former 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.
Robert Lewis, Jr.
Founder and President, The BASE, Roxbury, MA
Mr. Lewis is a nationally recognized thought leader, public speaker and passionate advocate for urban youth. Robert’s career has included roles as President and Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Senior Vice President of City Year’s national operations and Executive Director of City Year Boston, and Vice President for Programs at the Boston Foundation. He has received Honorary Doctorate degrees in Humane Letters from Cambridge College (MA), Franklin Pierce College (NH), and William James College (MA), and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Simmons College (MA).
Michael R. Norton
Director, External Communication and Community Relations, Hannaford Supermarkets, Scarborough, 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.
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.
Senior VP, Human Resources, The Granite Group
Ms. Sponenberg is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Granite Group. She is responsible for leading all human resource functions throughout the company, which has nearly 40 locations, and over 500 employees throughout New England. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of The Holy Cross, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Framingham State University. She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified, teaches the SHRM certification course at Southern NH University and speaks on HR issues locally and nationally.