Marcia Hams (Board President) Marcia Hams has worked for more than 20 years to expand access to quality, affordable health care. Prior to her retirement in February of 2016, Marcia worked at Community Catalyst, directing prescription drug initiatives, which addressed fair pricing, deceptive marketing practices and conflicts of interest, transparency in industry relationships with providers, evidence-based prescribing and drug manufacturing safety. As the former deputy director of Health Care For All, Marcia was responsible for policy development, campaign organizing and legislative advocacy on health reform, children’s health, Medicaid, managed care and community benefits.
Post-retirement, Marcia is broadening her issue activism through leadership in the Unitarian Universalist church and its community partnership and coalition work in social justice, environmental justice and anti-racism/anti-oppression initiatives. She is her congregation’s representative to GBIO, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and works with Centro Presente on immigration issues, and with 350 Mass and a new interfaith coalition on climate change. She is excited to be able to continue her activism on health care as a member of the Health Care For All Board of Directors.
We are thrilled to welcome Peggy Johnson as a board member. Johnson is the current Chief of Psychiatry at the Commonwealth Care Alliance.
Johnson formely served as chair of psychiatry at Carney Hospital, where she led the development and operation of a clinical center of excellence in behavioral health in the Dorchester community. Previously, she worked at Boston Medical Center as vice chair of clinical services for psychiatry.
Throughout her career, Johnson has been recognized for her outstanding achievements in the field of psychiatry. In 2009, she received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from National Alliance for Mental Illness and was honored with the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Clinical Psychiatry of the Year in 2007.
As a college student, Ms. Sawyer and her family left Saigon, Vietnam, via the American Embassy rooftop in 1975, a few hours after the fall of Saigon. In addition to helping the start-up of several innovative companies (People Express Airlines, Scanning America), while raising her three children, Ms. Sawyer partnered with her husband in their humanitarian work bringing educational and medical projects to Vietnam. Every year, Ms. Sawyer travels to the highlands of Vietnam for economic development and art and cultural preservation projects among Vietnamese ethnic minorities.
As Executive Director for the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Ms. Sawyer oversees the agency’s mission to provide critical assistance to SE Asian refugees, immigrants and low-income families so that they can thrive and contribute, while helping to preserve the Southeast Asian cultural heritage in Central Massachusetts. Since 2015, her agency has also provided assistance to refugees from Iran, Iraq and Syria. During her directorship, SEAC received 2016 Katherine Forbes Erskine Award, 2016 MCPHS Community Partner Award, 2016 John Auerbach Community Leader Award, 2015 Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Excellence Award, 2015 Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Outstanding Member and 2014 Eleanor T. Hawley Human Rights Commission Award. Ms. Sawyer is a member of Governor Baker's Advisory Council For Refugees And Immigrants and Attorney General Maura Heally’s Advisory Council On New Americans.
Ms. Sawyer is a published author (Song of Saigon, Warner Books, 2003), essayist and award-winning instructor.
Lori Berry has worked in leadership positions in community health settings serving low-income people for over 40 years, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lynn Community Health Center for 21 years. Under her leadership, the health center experienced significant growth, providing affordable, accessible and comprehensive health care for over 40% of Lynn residents. The Lynn Community Health Center was the acknowledged leader in Massachusetts in developing fully integrated and accessible primary care and behavioral health services and in significantly improving access to care for people with Opiate addiction. Lori is very proud of her role in the formation of a new community health center operated Accountable Care Organization – the Community Care Cooperative (known as C3).
Lori retired in October 2017 and is very pleased to be able to serve on the Board of Health Care for All and to continue her advocacy for access to affordable and equitable health care for the most vulnerable residents of the commonwealth.
Jacqueline Coogan is the Founder and former Executive Director of The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett (JCCHCE). She has decades of experience in the Everett Public School system as both a classroom teacher and elementary Guidance Counselor. In 2011, she joined the Massachusetts PTA as their Health and Safety Chair. Ms. Coogan, a long time educator and child and family advocate, serves on the Board of Directors for the JCCHCE as well as on the Board of Directors of Health Care For All. She has been honored by Salem State College as the Outstanding Educator of the Year (2002), received the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award for Creative Leadership (2009), and the Massachusetts PTA “Commitment to Children Award (2012).
As CFO of the Forsyth Institute, Wanda Cordova (Board Treasurer) is responsible for leading the financial planning for the institute. She has more than 12 years accounting and financial management experience. In her role at the Broad Institute, where she served as Controller, she was responsible for ensuring proper internal controls, safeguarding of assets, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. Cordova worked closely with senior leadership to develop strong financial reporting in support of strategic management. Prior to joining the Broad, Wanda worked at the PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the four largest accounting firms in the country. Cordova received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Suffolk University in 2002 and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2006.
Alba N. Cruz-Davis (Clerk) is Executive Director of the Joint Committee for Children's Health Care in Everett. She also serves as a consultant to the Center for Community Health Education at Northeastern University, where she provides support to the Center's work relating to health professions diversity, health workforce development, health disparities prevention and health equity promotion. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Heller School of Social Welfare at Brandeis University.
Steve Gorrie is a practicing parliamentarian and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He serves as parliamentarian for the Nevada State Education Association, the Connecticut Education Association, the Michigan Education Association, the Norfolk County (MA) Teachers Association, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and several other unions, non-profit and professional organizations. A native of Andover, Mr. Gorrie is a graduate of Northeastern University and also earned a Masters Degree in Education from Northeastern. He is a Past President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Mr. Gorrie represents retired NEA members on the National Education Association Board of Directors.
Ann Hwang, M.D. is the director of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst, and is a visiting Fellow at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School where she teaches and contributes to research on health care policy. Ann received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and has worked as an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System. In addition to leading the Center, she continues her clinical practice in Internal Medicine, focusing her practice on care for vulnerable communities.
Associate Dean Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, directs the law school’s MPH program with Tufts University School of Medicine, as well as the Program on Health Policy and Law. In the spring of 2003, she was named a Matthews Distinguished University Professor, an award that recognizes and furthers the scholarly and creative activities of prominent Northeastern University faculty. She is also a co-editor of the law school’s SSRN online publications Human Rights and the Global Economy and the Northeastern University School of Law Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Series. Professor Parmet teaches Public Health Law, Health Law and Torts, and has published articles on public health, bioethics, discrimination, health law and AIDS law.