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

 

Peter Bakun, BS

Senior Statistical Programmer

Education: BS, Biology, University of Massachusetts

Previous experience: Programmer/Analyst, Nutritional Epidemiology, USDA/Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University

 

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 Manager, 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

 

Megan Halmo, MPH, MSW

Project Manager, Healthy Kids Out of School

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

 

Daniel Hatfield, PhD, MS

Postdoctoral Fellow, Program Development and Evaluation - Active Schools Acceleration Project

Education: PhD, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, and MS, Nutrition Communication, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; AB, English Language and Literature, Princeton University

Previous experience: Instructor of English and athletics coach, Episcopal High School (VA) and the McCallie School (TN); Research Consultant/Associate Director, the Corporate Executive Board Company (CEB)

 

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

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

 

Sarah Lange, BS

Project Coordinator, Active Schools Acceleration Project

Education: BS, Kinesiology and Physical Education - Exercise Science, University of Maine

Previous experience: Fitness internship, Green Mountain at Fox Run

 

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

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

 

Emilia Matthews, MPH

Senior Program Coordinator, Research & Evaluation

Education: MPH, Environmental Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health; BS, Psychology, Northeastern University

Previous experience: Graduate Research Assistant/Data Analyst, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

 

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

Strategic Partnerships Specialist, 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
 

 

Daniel J. Schultz, MS

Project Administrator, Active Schools Acceleration Project

Education: MS, Community Health with an emphasis in Sustainable Food Systems, Montana State University; BS Human Biology with an emphasis in Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Previous Experience: Service Member, FoodCorps; Policy & Communications Intern, USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion; Contributor, Huffington Post; Nutrition Educator, Wellspring Camps

 

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
 

Eleanor T. Shonkoff, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Education: PhD, Preventive Medicine, Health Behavior Research, University of Southern California; MA, Social Psychology, Wake Forest University; BA Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Georgia

Previous experience: National Institutes of Health cancer prevention predoctoral fellow, Graduate teaching assistant, University of Southern California
 

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

Senior Project Coordinator, the Restaurant Initiative

Education: MS Health Communication Candidate, 2015, Tufts University School of Medicine; BS, Communication Studies, Emerson College

Previous experience: Grant writer, Appalachian Mountain Club