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

Administrative Assistant to the Chair

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

 

Karen Fullerton, MEd, RD

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

 

Kristie Hubbard, PhD, MPH, RD

Post Doctoral Scholar, ChildObesity180

Education:  PhD, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University; MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine; Registered Dietitian; Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Previous experience:  Research Project Manager, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Dietitian, Cambridge Health Alliance; Health Coach, Center for Community-Based Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Clinical Dietitian, All Children’s Hospital

 

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

 

Su Pak

Marketing Associate, Active Schools Acceleration Project

Education: BA, Communications and Political Science with Public Law emphasis, University of California San Diego

Previous experience: Brand Marketing Manager, Nickelodeon Games, Ad Production & Promotions Manager, Disney Online, Project Manager, Dailey & Associates Advertising

 

Emily Rak, MS

Senior Project Coordinator, 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

 

Hayden Ross, MS

Program Design Associate, Active Schools Acceleration Project

Education: MS, Sports Administration, University of New Mexico; BS Physical Education, University of New Mexico

Previous Experience: Program manager, Alliance for a Healthier Generation; leader, physical education design for teachers, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV; former president, Nevada Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; appointed member, the Nevada Fitness and Wellness Council

 

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

 

Katie Smith, MPH

Researcher

Education: MPH, concentration in Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham; BS, Nutrition Science, University of Alabama

Previous experience: Program coordinator, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Emergency Medicine Research Division

 

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