We are fortunate to have an experienced, skilled and diverse leadership committed to the work of the Schwartz Center and ensuring the compassionate experience in healthcare.
Ellen R. Cohen, MSW, Founder
Mark E. Reynolds, Chair
Jean-Paul A. Rebillard, Vice Chair and Treasurer
President, MedPro Specialty, MedPro Group
Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP, FACP
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Henry Ford Health System
Medical Director, Care Experience, Henry Ford Health System
Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinician Educator FTA, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer, AONL
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, AHA
Michael L. Blau, ex officio
Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
Managing Director, Northeast Healthcare Practice Leader, Marsh McLennan
Kerry A. Flynn
Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Vertex
Ann-Ellen Hornidge, Esq.
Board Chair, Beth Israel Lahey Health System
President, Camp Harbor View Foundation; Chief of Staff, Connors Family Office
Jo Frances Meyer
Director, Puddingstone Consulting
Joyce A. Murphy
2019 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Harvard University
Britain Nicholson, MD
Senior Vice President for Development, Massachusetts General Hospital
Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP
Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, CVS MinuteClinic
Vice President, CVS Health
Partner, MTS Health Partners LP
Charlotte Yeh, MD, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer, AARP
Owner and Founder, From The Ground Up
Betsy Pingree Frawley
Member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Giovsky and Popeo
Charlie D. Baker
Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Mimi Bartholomay, RN, MSN
Peter A. Biagetti
Member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Giovsky and Popeo
M. Lynn Buttolph, MD, PhD
Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal, Beacon Communities
Robert K. Coughlin
Managing Director, Life Sciences, JLL
Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, MPP
Ruth Kilduff, RN
Partner, Ropes & Gray
Thomas Lynch, MD
James Roosevelt, Jr.
Counsel, Verrill & Dana
Eric Schwartz, MD
Rev. Judith Swahnberg
Executive Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Senior Consultant, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
Senior Policy Advisor, Alston & Bird, LLP
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare’s Leadership Council is composed of members who recognize the importance of compassionate care as a critical issue, are committed to the work of the Schwartz Center, and are willing and able to take an active role in the organization.
Michael L. Blau
Retired Partner, Foley and Lardner
Kerry A. Flynn
Vice President, Chief IP Counsel, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Retired President and CEO, South Shore Hospital
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, UMass Dartmouth
Richard C. Bane
Wendy K. Cohen, LICSW
Social Worker, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Peggy Crawford, PhD
Jon DuBois, MD
Cancer Services, Hematology, Oncology, Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke
Michael Goldberg, MD
Scholar in Residence, The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
Chief Operating Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Partner, Pierce & Mandell, P.C.
Pamela Mann, MSSA
Interfaith Chaplain, Out Patient Palliative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Vice President, Government Affairs, McDermott, Quilty & Miller LLP
Vice President, Quality Assurance, Benchmark Senior Living
Terry Stancin, PhD, ABPP
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Psychology, MetroHealth
Bessie Manley Szum, RN, MPA/HA, NE-BC
Director Of Patient Safety, CRICO
VP, Government Affairs and Policy, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Jeanie Ungerleider, LICSW
Director of Psychological Services, Boston IVF
Lawrence Vernaglia, Partner
Foley and Lardner LLP
Former President, Kryptonite Corporation
Since joining the Schwartz Center in 2007, Elizabeth has held a number of positions in development, communications and programming. She is responsible for leading the organization’s strategy, managing the day-to-day operations, and developing new programs and services to meet the needs of our growing membership. In addition, she oversees all corporate and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center, Elizabeth managed large-scale fundraising initiatives for clients including the Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day and the LIVESTRONG Challenge in 19 cities across the country.
Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Merrimack College and an executive education certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard Business School.
Beth Lown has been interested in empathy, compassion, collaboration and relational and communication skills since beginning medical school four decades ago. This interest has deepened over her many years of clinical practice, and as a health professional educator and researcher. She has been an active participant in many national organizations dedicated to improving these attributes and skills.
She is the chief medical officer of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the relationships among patients, families and clinicians and advancing compassionate health care. In this role she develops and implements programs, curricula and research. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally about empathy, compassion and communication, and teaches these attributes and skills to health professionals across the continuum of learning.
She has also served as president and board member of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. This service included organizing collaborative relationships and conferences with the European Academy on Communication in Healthcare. She has served on several test materials development and standard setting committees, task forces and consulting teams for Clinical/Communication Skills for the National Board of Medical Examiners and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (Step 2 of the USMLE).
Dr. Lown is associate professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and director of Faculty Development at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA. She has co-led several fellowships in medical education for faculty within the Harvard Medical School system, and is the director of the only longitudinal interprofessional fellowship in health professional education in the Harvard Medical School system.
Jessica manages all aspects of fundraising for The Schwartz Center, including individual major giving, foundation and corporate support. Prior to joining The Schwartz Center, Jessica was an independent fundraising consultant, serving non-profit clients across a variety of industries. Prior to that, Jessica led fundraising as Director of Development for Charles River School in Dover, MA and as Executive Director of Care 2 Communities, a social enterprise providing low-cost, financially sustainable primary care clinics for poor communities overseas. Before her non-profit work, Jessica worked in strategy and marketing roles at Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda). Jessica received an A.B. cum laude in Medical Anthropology from Harvard University in 1993 and an MBA from The Wharton School in 1999. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board for The Bellforge Arts Center in Medfield, MA. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, cooking, reading and singing with her rock band, Offside.
Michele is responsible for providing executive level assistance to the Schwartz Center executive team; acting as the liaison to the Board of Directors. In addition, Michele provides general office management and support to her colleagues at the Schwartz Center.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center in 2017 Michele was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Performance Excellence, Quality and Patient Relations at South Shore Hospital for over a decade. Michele also served as the senior staff liaison to South Shore Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.
Michele is a graduate of Curry College, Milton, MA, where she earned a bachelor degree in Business Management/Administration with a minor in Human Resources Management.
Sheri is responsible for the management of the Schwartz Center membership and member programs including the operations of program activities, member communications and special projects.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center in 2013, Sheri managed and coordinated volunteers and assisted in the growth and enhancement of volunteer programs and initiatives at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She also served as the marketing director for the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau in California. In addition to her work at the Schwartz Center, Sheri has volunteered with the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Project Sunshine at Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Charlestown, and served on the Communications Committee and Analytics Team for the American Marketing Association’s Boston Chapter.
Sheri is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Julie Collier recently joined the Schwartz Center as the senior director of programs. She is a psychologist with extensive clinical expertise working with children and families living with chronic and life-threatening illness. She spent 30 years at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, serving in a variety of clinical roles, and was co-chair of the hospital ethics committee for 20 years. Julie went on to launch the Office of Professional Fulfillment & Resilience at Stanford Children’s which offers programs and resources to support the well-being of all team members. In addition to developing trauma-informed resources to mitigate clinician distress, she was instrumental in developing an organization-wide wellness survey and directed a support team to address threatening behavior directed toward staff.
Julie’s experience leading Schwartz Rounds and implementing Stress First Aid at Stanford Children’s informs her understanding of the critical value that the Schwartz Center brings to healthcare organizations.
Tarik joined the Schwartz Center in 2022 and is responsible for accounting and financial reporting for the Schwartz Center.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center, Tarik was responsible for accounting in Boston area life science consultancy firms.
Tarik is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston where he earned a bachelor’s degree in management with a concentration in accountancy. Tarik is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.
Jennifer joined the Schwartz Center in 2018 as a member of the development team. In 2020, she transitioned to our membership team where she currently manages our membership and events data.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center, Jen worked at Brown Brothers Harriman she served as an operations specialist on the data control team for the securities lending services department.
Jen is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Health: Science, Society and Policy with a minor in French and Francophone studies.
Lee Ann Franklin joined the Schwartz Center as a Member Experience Advisor, driven by her deep commitment to the Center’s mission of compassionate healthcare. She is based in Kansas City, Missouri. With a background as a board-certified chaplain, a certified health ethics consultant, mindfulness practitioner, and grief specialist, she spent over a decade tending to the emotional, spiritual, and ethical needs of staff, patients, and families in hospital and hospice settings. Her commitment to the Schwartz Center’s mission was evident through her passionate facilitation of Schwartz Rounds in her most recent setting, a county hospital and level-one trauma center. There, she also led a team of chaplains, co-chaired the hospital ethics committee, and helped create the Care for the Caregiver Committee with the mission of supporting the well-being of healthcare workers. She also was a frequent speaker and workshop leader on topics including Resilience, Well-Being, and Grief.
Lee Ann holds a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology and an MBA degree from the University of Kansas. Her diverse background, encompassing healthcare and a previous creative leadership position at Hallmark Cards, Inc., along with her published work on grief and loss, reflect her multifaceted dedication to advancing the Schwartz Center’s mission for compassionate healthcare.
Michael J. Goldberg, MD, is the Scholar in Residence at The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare.
He is also a member of the Skeletal Health Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Vice-Chair of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in Seattle.
Dr. Goldberg’s major clinical interests are in the diagnosis and management of children with syndromes, complex birth defects, and skeletal dysplasias; and measuring the outcomes and functional performance of children undergoing orthopaedic treatments. He is a past president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; has held leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has been recognized with honorary memberships in the pediatric orthopaedic societies of Brazil and Italy (the first American to receive such an honor).
The majority of his professional career was spent in Boston where he was the Henry H. Banks Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics; and currently Professor Emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine; as well as past-Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Tufts Medical Center.
Dr. Goldberg has lectured widely both nationally and internationally; authored more than 70 peer reviewed scientific articles, and the single author textbook: The Dysmorphic Child: An Orthopaedic Perspective. He has participated in the development of outcomes instruments, performance measures, evidence based guidelines and quality initiatives for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; the American Medical Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics and government agencies with the goal to answer the questions “Are we helping? and How do we know?”
He served on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery and as chair of the AAOS Evidence Based Practice Committee and the AAOS Guideline Oversight Committee. He is a team member of initiatives designed to reduce medical errors, improve workforce well-being, promote young faculty research, and create a culture of compassion at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is the facilitator for Schwartz Rounds at Seattle Children’s.
Dr. Goldberg has served as a member and chair of the Board of Directors of The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, the oldest and one of the largest child welfare agencies in the United States, and also served on the Board of Directors of Camp Korey in Mount Vernon, Washington, a camp for children with life altering medical conditions.
Husam joined the Schwartz Center in 2023 as part of the membership team and is responsible for supporting and sustaining our member relationships.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center, Husam worked as a project coordinator and data analyst.
Husam earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Al Azhar University in Palestine, where he received extensive experience as a pharmacist before he earned his Master of Public Health from Al Quds University in East Jerusalem and served as a project coordinator at the Palestinian Ministry of Health. He earned a Master of Science in Global Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Casey Kudesia is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and is excited to work with healthcare organizations to lead Schwartz Rounds. Casey comes to the Schwartz Center with a background in education, training and organizational leadership.
She started her career as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles with Teach for America, where she also finished her Master’s in Education at Loyola Marymount University. After returning home to Boston and teaching high school science at an alternative high school, Casey transitioned to staff training and organizational development at Planned Parenthood. She has over a decade of experience partnering with care providers and leadership to improve the patient and employee experience.
Casey holds a certificate in Organizational Leadership, and she believes that when compassion is a fundamental value of leadership and care providers, patients and employees will all thrive.
Angelina joined the Schwartz Center as the Member Experience Manager in 2021. Angelina is responsible for managing the membership lifecycle and supporting member relationships, recognition programs and member communications. Angelina has a background in non-profit operations, customer service and has a desire to use her experience to make a positive impact in the healthcare space.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center, she worked at the Boston Public Library Fund as the Development Associate and later as the Development Operations Manager. She also spent time as the Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager at Beacon Hill Village, serving older adults in Boston. Before moving to the Boston area, she spent five years at the Cincinnati Art Museum overseeing the visitor experience.
Angelina graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Arts in art history and from Georgetown College with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art.
Jessica joined The Schwartz Center in 2023 as the Director of Individual Giving. In this role, Jessica manages all Annual Fund activities and assists donors in identifying and fulfilling support for organizational needs.
Jessica comes to The Schwartz Center with over 20 years of fundraising experience. Prior to joining Schwartz, she served as Director of Individual Giving at the National Psoriasis Foundation where she managed all Annual Fund activities. During her career, she has also held the roles of Annual Fund Manager at the Cape Symphony and Conservatory and Fundraising Data Segmentation Manager at the International Fund for Animal Welfare. In these roles, Jessica has implemented processes to enhance donor experiences, upgraded donation platforms to streamline online and recurring giving and acquired and developed impactful corporate sponsorship relationships.
Jessica is a graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. In her spare time, Jessica can be found at a hockey rink, lacrosse field or basketball court cheering on her two sons or enjoying time with her family and mini goldendoodle Ella in their hometown on Cape Cod. Jessica understands the challenges that healthcare providers face each day and is driven to support the mission of the Schwartz Center.
Christina is responsible for coordinating the Schwartz Center’s communications strategy and implementation.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center in 2011, she served as a professional development coordinator at the Boston law firm of Mintz Levin and as a professional networks assistant at Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Christina has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston College.
Melissa joined the Schwartz Center in 2018 and is responsible for implementing all Schwartz Center events and managing event related corporate fundraising. She also manages the Schwartz Center’s internship program and social media presence.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center, Melissa worked at One Mission, a pediatric cancer foundation and served in various development roles there for six years. In addition to her work at the Schwartz Center, Melissa has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor and served as a co-chair of the Red Shoe Society, their young professionals board.
Melissa is a graduate of Endicott College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and yoga. Melissa and her husband reside in the Boston area.
Leah Rybarczyk joined the Schwartz Center team as a Member Experience Advisor in 2021 and is based in Los Angeles. Leah comes to the Schwartz Center with a background in medical social work and program development. Previously, she worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/MacDonald Women’s Hospital. Leah received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, before returning to her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, to earn her master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University. Leah is committed to supporting the well-being of healthcare providers and is deeply aligned with the Schwartz Center’s mission to keep compassion at the heart of healthcare.
Elizabeth joined the Schwartz Center as the Member Outreach Manager in 2023. She manages the membership pathway and provides ongoing support for prospective Schwartz Center members.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center, Elizabeth worked in admissions for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she managed the undergraduate recruitment process for applicants in the Northeast. She also spent four years managing corporate partnerships for Family Reach, where she fundraised to address the financial burden caused by cancer.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Based in California, Kathy trains and orients new Schwartz Center members, provides program support to current members, and conducts outreach in the Western Region. She has long recognized and is passionate about the importance of compassion in health care.
In the early years of her career, Kathy acquired a thorough knowledge in oncology and medical nursing. With the strength of this clinical focus, she made a natural move into home health nursing and patient care coordination, eventually becoming the director of a hospital-based home health agency.
Kathy spent 14 years as a senior sales executive with Per-Se Technologies/ATWORK Corporation, the standard in resource management software for many years. Her education, nursing background and health care business acumen helped her earn top producer recognition.
Prior to moving back to her nursing roots, Kathy worked for the Cerner Corporation, initially selling, then supporting the Cerner Clairvia clinically-driven workforce management and patient flow applications. With a desire to improve patient care, Kathy joined Press Ganey Associates as a patient experience advisor collaborating with client organizations to positively impact the patient experience and achieve sustainable results.
After attending the University of California, Davis, Kathy graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and holds a public health nursing certificate. She is a member of The Greater San Francisco Chapter of the Association of California Nurse Leaders.
Kathy lives with her husband and their Alaskan Malamute dog, working from her Truckee home office in the Sierra Nevada mountains. She is a supporter of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, Sierra Senior Services and the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe.
Nicole joined the Schwartz Center in 2023 as part of the development team and is responsible for managing the donor database, reporting and gift processing.
Prior to joining the Schwartz Center, Nicole worked at Salem Hospital for 10 years managing the donor database, communications, and development operations.
Nicole received an associate degree from Johnson & Wales University and a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University.
Laurie manages the oversight and integration of all the Schwartz Center’s database platforms, making sure that all departments have access to accurate information to support our work. Formerly, she managed our donor information systems.
Before joining the Schwartz Center, Laurie created print and online public health publications at New England SERVE and the Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs, coordinated communications at the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union (now the Crittenton Women’s Union), and taught English in corporate Japan.
Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in English and linguistics from Binghamton University, and completed master’s-level coursework in writing and publishing at Emerson College.
Peter joins us from Partners Healthcare Finance where he has held several key finance positions over the past 9 years. Most recently, he served as an accounting manager, overseeing accounting and financial reporting for Newton Wellesley Hospital & North Shore Medical Center.
Prior to that, and for the majority of his tenure at Partners, he held the position of senior accounting analyst on the General Hospital Team preparing the MGH financial statements with its very challenging and complex financial structure.
Peter brings a wealth of practical experience in healthcare accounting and financial reporting and is truly an asset to the team. Peter holds a master’s degree in accountancy from Bentley University.
The Schwartz Center is fortunate to have a dedicated staff with a diverse set of talents, backgrounds and experience in numerous industries and types of organizations.