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Community Health | Leadership & Staff


Boston Children's Hospital relies on two leadership groups, the Board Committee for Community Health and the Community Advisory Board, to assist the Office of Community Health in implementing the hospital's community mission.

Board Committee for Community Health

Winston Henderson, JD, chair of the Board Committee for Community Service and Current Member of the Board of Trustees, Nano Terra Inc.

Mary McGeown, vice chair of the Board Committee, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Dick Argys, Boston Children's Chief Culture Officer and Chief Administrative Officer
Kevin Churchwell, MD, Boston Children's President and CEO
Ruth Ellen Fitch, JD, Attorney
Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH,  Robert A. Knox Professor, School of Public Health, Boston University
Robert Gittens, Cambridge Family & Children’s Service
Steven Gortmaker, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health
Jana Karp, Med, Executive Director, Boston Youth Sanctuary
Celeste Lee, Brandeis University
May Vaughn, chair of the Community Advisory Board
Shari Nethersole, MD, Boston Children's Executive Director for Community Health
Wendy A. Watson, formerly of State Street Bank
Michael Widmer, formerly of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
Lisa S. Wieland, Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Port Authority
Gregory J. Young, MD, Pediatric Physician's Organization at Boston Children's


Community Advisory Board

May Vaughn, chair of the Community Advisory Board, Roxbury Resident, and Director of Youth, Family, and Community Engagement at Roxbury Tenants of Harvard Association

Kris Anderson, Fenway Community Development Corporation
Jill Carter, EdM, MA, Boston Public Schools
Yi Chin Chen, Friends of the Children-Boston
Lauren Dewey - Platt, Fenway Resident
Patricia Flaherty, Mission Hill Resident
Juan Lopez, Jamaica Plain Resident
Anne McHugh, MS, Child, Adolescent and Family Health Bureau, Boston Public Health Commission
Carol Miranda, JP Tree of Life: Arbol de Vida
Shari Nethersole, MD, Boston Children's Executive Director for Community Health
Margaret M. Noce, Jamaica Plain Coalition: Tree of Life/Arbol de Vida
Alexandra Oliver-Dávila, Sociedad Latina
Andrea Swain, Yawkey Club of Roxbury
Catherine Vuky, South Cove Community Health Center


The Office of Community Health is responsible for understanding current and emerging community-identified health needs and how to best address those needs by bringing together hospital and community-based resources.

Shari Nethersole, MD
Executive Director for Community Health

Tara Agrawal, PhD
Director of Community Investment

Urmi Bhaumik, MBBS, MS, Sc.D
Evaluation Manager

Ayesha Cammaerts, MBA
Senior Manager of Community Programs

Jessica Clement
Project Manager

Jennifer Fine, MPA
Senior Manager of Communications and Projects

Faye Holder-Niles, MD, MPH
Medical Director for Community Primary Care

Debbie Lay, MPH
Project Manager of Community Health Initiatives 

Marisa Otis, MPH
Community Health Program Coordinator

Rebeckah Orsatti
Business Operations Administrator

John Riordan, MCRP
Director of Community Relations and Partnerships

Stacy Walker, MBA
Director of Community Health Planning and Engagement


The Office of Community Health brings together hospital and community resources to address health disparities, improve health outcomes, and promote health equity. This role includes:

  • working with community partners to support families and address the social determinants of health
  • understanding the greatest health and non-health concerns for families in our local community and identifying the best ways for the hospital to address those issues
  • coordinating and stewarding resources to implement programs and efforts in the areas of mental and behavioral health, obesity, asthma, and early childhood
  • building capacity and strengthening relationships with Boston community health centers
  • leveraging partnerships with key community and city organizations including the Boston Public SchoolsBoston Public Health Commission, and other local groups
  • supporting Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot in its efforts to care for children and families, as well as those living in the surrounding community
  • implementing community programs and services from across the hospital to address community needs
  • communicating and reporting about the hospital's community health efforts and partnerships
  • influencing policy and practice to improve care and support for children and families
  • overseeing the hospital’s investment in community-based programs and efforts to improve child health through its Determination of Need (DoN) Community Health Initiative Process


The commitment and compassion with which we care for all children and families is matched only by the pioneering spirit of discovery and innovation that drives us to think differently, to find answers, and to build a better tomorrow for children everywhere.

Kevin B. Churchwell, President and CEO

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