Staff

Heather Angstrom, MS

Project Manager, Communications

Education: MS, Health Communication, Tufts University School of Medicine; BA, Studio Art and Women’s Studies, Colgate University

Previous experience: Program coordinator, Water: Systems, Science, and Society graduate research and education program; program coordinator, Tufts Institute of the Environment

 

Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD

Research Associate

Education: PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University; BA, Psychology and French, Bucknell University

Previous experience: Graduate research assistant; post-doctoral scholar, Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Childhood Obesity Research

 

Peter Bakun, BS

Senior Statistical Programmer

 

Lisa Burgin, BFA

Program Coordinator, ChildObesity180

Education: BFA, Theatre Performance, minor in Women’s Studies, Salem State University

Previous experience: Senior administrative assistant, Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Essential Care Program; founding partner, manager and performer in a multi award- winning theatre company

 

Lauren DeViney, MEd

Project Administrator, Active Schools Acceleration Project

Education: MEd Health Education, Boston University; BA Cultural Anthropology, The George Washington University; RYT 200, Back Bay Yoga

Previous Experience: Health Teacher, Waltham High School; Client Relations Manager, Aperian Global; Client Relations Specialist, Free Range Studios

 

Anna Marie Finley, MA

Senior Project Coordinator, Healthy Kids Out of School

Education: MA, Health Communication, Emerson College

Previous experience: Communications, marketing and operations, Health Leads; Communications and community outreach, Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc; writer, The Advisory Board Company.

 

Karen Fullerton, MEd, RD

Senior Regional Project Coordinator, Healthy Kids Out of School

Education: MEd, Tufts University; BS, Dietetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison; RD

Previous experience: Research coordinator, Vitality and Vigor for Elders Project, John Hancock Research Center, Tufts University; nutrition services director, Minuteman Elder Services; instructor, team leader, and community volunteer

 

Diane Gonsalves, MS, MPH

Regional Project Coordinator, Healthy Kids Out of School

Education: MS, Nutritional Epidemiology, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine; BS, Biology, Villanova University

Previous experience: Epidemiologist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

 

Megan Halmo, MPH, MSW

Project Manager, Healthy Kids Out of School - National

Education: MPH, Community Health Sciences, Boston University; MSW, Clinical Practice, Boston University; BA, Psychology, University of Michigan

Previous experience: Direct behavioral health care and case management in community-based non-profit settings; higher education research and administration

 

Julianne Heck, BA

Sustainability Manager

Education: BA, Interdisciplinary Creative Studies, Hofstra University; MA candidate, United Nations-mandated University for Peace (San Jose', Costa Rica)

Previous experience: Grant writer, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; development associate, several nonprofit organizations; assistant, Taconic Capital; capacity development intern, United Nations Development Programme; intern, local organic

 

Julia Bloom Herzog, MPH

Director, Office of Program Management

Education: MPH, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University; BS, Psychology, Xavier University

Previous experience:  Project manager, Creating Healthy, Active and Nurturing Growing-up Environments (CHANGE) Study, Tufts University; research associate, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; founding staff member, ChildObesity180

 

Alyssa Koomas, MPH, MS, RD

Regional Project Manager, Healthy Kids Out of School

Education: MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine; MS, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; BS, Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley

Previous Experience: Community-based participatory research; public health nutrition programming

 

Nicole Lanoue, MA

Grants and Finance Administrator

Education: MA, International Law and Human Rights, United Nations-mandated University for Peace, (San Jose', Costa Rica); BA, French, College of the Holy Cross

Previous experience: Nonprofit development; AmeriCorps member, central Illinois

 

Vanessa Lynskey, MPH

Program Manager, ChildObesity180 and the Restaurant Initiative

Education: BA, Community Health and American Studies, Tufts University; MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine

Previous experience: Program coordinator, Children in Balance, John Hancock Research Center, Tufts University; founding staff member, ChildObesity180

 

Nesly Metayer, PhD, MPA

Senior Manager, Community Engagement

Education: PhD, University of Paris-Sorbonne; MPA, National School of Administration, International Institute of Public Administration (Paris); MS, Sociology, Caen  University (Caen, France); BS, Business Administration, National Institute of Management and International Relations, University of Haiti; Graduate Diploma in Public Enterprises, National School of Administration (Paris); executive doctoral candidate, Wheatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Previous experience: Director of community planning, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, commissioner’s office; project manager, Reach 2010, Center for Community Health Education and Research;  project manager, Live Well, John Hancock Research Center, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

 

Elizabeth Nahar, MBA, MSW

Director of Sustainability

Education: MBA, Boston College; MSW, Boston College; BA, Anthropology, University of Michigan

Previous Experience: Managed childhood obesity prevention programs; New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Children in Balance, Tufts University; developed mission-based organizations relating to health/education

 

Erin Quinn, BA

Administrative Assistant

Education: BS, History, double minor in Secondary Education and Black Studies, Fairfield University

Previous experience: Administrative support, Robert Half International; high school social studies teacher

 

Emily Rak, MS

Project Manager, Active Schools Acceleration Project

Education: MS, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; BA, Anthropology, University of Vermont

Previous experience: Internships, Boston Children’s Hospital Center on Media and Child Health, Cape Cod Life magazine

 

Shanti Sharma, PhD

Senior Researcher

Education: PhD, Biochemistry, University of Bristol, England; BSc, Biochemistry, University of Bristol, England

Previous experience: Managing editor of a Neurobiology of Aging, University of Rochester Medical Center; course director, Scientific Communication Workshop, program administrator, PhD program in Translational Biomedical Science, research navigator, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Rochester

 

Nate Whitman, MA

Director, Active Schools Acceleration Project

Education:  MA, Sociology and Organizations, Stanford University; BA, Human Biology, Stanford University  

Previous experience:  Vice president of strategy, Live Nation Entertainment; national director, Cycling and Endurance, Life Time Fitness, Inc.; vice president, strategy and business development, Sony Pictures Entertainment / GSN; associate, Digital Investments, Liberty Media Corp.; associate consultant, The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

 

Joelle Zaslow, BS

Grants and Finance Coordinator

Education: BS, Communication Studies, Emerson College. Working toward MS, Health Communication, Tufts University School of Medicine

Previous experience: Grant writer, Appalachian Mountain Club